Cape Fear Living is a lifestyle magazine local to the Cape Fear region. Our passion is to entertain, inspire, inform, and produce a high-quality magazine that has an appeal to everyone. It’s important to us to support our local arts and culture, as well as local businesses. We are local residents ourselves, and our mission it to connect businesses, residents, newcomers, and visitors together in building a stronger Cape Fear community.
Meet our team below and get to know more about the individuals working hard to accentuate the finer details of our Cape Fear region.
Leping Beck, Publisher
Leping Beck has been a part of the Cape Fear community since moving to Wilmington, NC in 2013. Prior to moving, Leping practiced immigration and business law as an attorney in Colorado for twenty years. After purchasing Cape Fear Living the start of January 2016, Leping has been working to reshape Cape Fear Living to truly represent all of the Cape Fear region. She is happy with the progress that has been made so far to capture the heart of Cape Fear. She believes Cape Fear Living should be a magazine that all ages can enjoy, and grow in learning more about the culture, people, and art of our Cape Fear region. Leping hopes to continue to nurture the development of Cape Fear Living, inspiring to build a supportive community together.
Laura Frank, Chief Executive Officer
Laura Frank has over 15 years of experience leading and growing new and existing businesses and programs. Her previous experience includes leading several nonprofit organizations and also serving as a Director of Religious Education for Chapel Services on several military installations and serving as a Youth and Family Minister for local churches. She has spent time coordinating events and facilitating religious dialogue for a branch of the Religion News Service. For over 5 years, she served as the Executive Director of Upper Room Theater company. Laura is an avid hiker and enjoys fine wine and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is excited to have the opportunity to create a multimedia magazine sharing the innovation, culture and stories that inspire and captivate the community of the Cape Fear region and to work with such a talented, creative staff. Laura also writes a monthly column titled Pilgrimage across the Cape Fear region. The column focuses on the diverse religious and spiritual paths across our region.
Kharin Gibson, Editor
Kharin Gibson arrived in the Cape Fear region in the summer of 2015. She brings with her years of experience as a freelance writer and travel magazine editor from her hometown of Miami. Locally, she began writing and editing for a couple of community magazines and has been a contributing writer with Cape Fear Living. She holds a BS in Communications and MBA in International Business. Kharin enjoys the outdoors, good food & wine and meeting interesting and artistic people. She is thrilled to be part of Cape Fear’s growing and thriving community, and looking forward to getting better acquainted with the faces, the culture and the lifestyle of the region.
Samantha Lowe, Art Director/Graphic Designer
Samantha Lowe received her degree in graphic design from Kansas State University and has been designing publications for 11 years. 5 years of that time was as an Art Director for Richmond Hill Reflections lifestyle magazine, and 4 years was spent designing publications for Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, GA. Samantha values spending time with her husband, Tim; her daughter, Kana; her son, Alex; and their lovable German Shepherd named Bear. Chocolate is her weakness, and she has a heart for serif fonts, traveling, and Jesus. Samantha and her family recently moved to the area and she’s looking forward to exploring the Cape Fear region and everything it has to offer.
Kerry Owen, Director of Sales and Marketing
Growing up in Greensboro, Kerry started her career in advertising with the Greensboro News and Record, moving on to become the Ad Director of the Thomasville Times. She then made a career move in advertising covering 12 states with Furniture Retailer, Elegant Bride and US Air magazines. She soon left the industry to join her husband’s businesses in land developing, modular housing and a microbrewery while he helped finance several restaurant chains in NC and Va. Kerry has been enjoying the Cape Fear lifestyle for nearly 15 years and appreciates the tranquility of coastal living. She is an avid king mackerel tournament fisherman and enjoys wonderful social dinners, good wine and food and the love of the Wilmington theater and music scene. Kerry is excited about being apart of the Cape Fear Living team.
Kara J’Anthony, Account Executive
Kara has over 15 years experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining CFLM, Kara started her career in Real Estate while in her home state of CT and did that for over 10 years. Kara also was a marketing and sales manager for a building inspection company for 3 years while perusing her love of photography into her own business.
Shay Hagerman, Account Executive
Shay was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Robert Dale Thornton Sr., (deceased) and Sharon Thornton. Shay was reared in Cleveland Ohio, until the age of 14, when she moved to Atkinson, North Carolina. Shay is a graduate of Pender High School, and continued her education majoring in Criminal Justice at, Cape Fear Community College, and UNC at Wilmington. Shay is the proud mother of three daughters; Shantaira, Zariyah, and Chloe (deceased). Shay is a MC, Motivational Speaker, Host, Model, Actor, Playwright, Wellness Coach for Herbalife, Paralegal, Counselor, Auditor, GIA accredited Jewelry Professional, Licensed Substitute Teacher, and writer for Cape Fear Living Magazine. Shay has worked for Pender and New Hanover counties District Attorney Office, The Federal Bureau of Prisons, and REEDS Jewelers Loss Prevention. Shay has volunteered at; The Good Shepherd, The Salvation Army, Houston Moore Housing development, Port City Rip the Runway, and The New Hanover county Sheriff Department, where she earned a certificate from the Sheriff Citizens Academy. She also earned a certificate in substitute educator. Shay attends and is a member of Purpose Church, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, under Pastor(s) Cedrick and Latoya Barrett. Shay is the founder of the women empowerment movement: “I Love Being A Girl“. She lives her life by her personal motto; “Forgive quickly, Smile every day, and Love with your entire heart.”
Kolin Griffin, Account Executive & I.T.
Kolin Griffin is a Wilmington native, having attended Alderman Elementary School, Roland Grise Middle School and John T. Hoggard High School before briefly studying at NC State University majoring in Computer Engineering. It was here that Kolin discovered his love for technology and entrepreneurship. Kolin is currently a founder at a local tech startup and continues to offer value to clients via freelance technology and marketing projects. Kolin has amassed a plethora of experience in Sales, Copywriting, Project Management, Marketing, Whitehat Hacking/PenTesting, Currency/Options Trading and Behavioral Analysis. His hobbies include learning new languages, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, painting and Krav Maga. When he’s not working, or enjoying the rare block of free time, Kolin stays up to date on Blockchain and Quantum Computing technologies, which he believes will be as disruptive to society as the Internet was in the 90’s.