MISSION & VALUES
The mission of The Apopka Voice is to engage with relevancy, inform with integrity, and inspire greater good at all levels of the community. We uphold the key values of honesty and transparency, seeking to shine a compassionate light on social justice issues, sharing opportunities for residents to connect and make a difference, and opening avenues for deeper dialogue, solution-finding and action-taking. We see our site and mission as a “work in progress”, pursuing improvement and growth through learning, risk-taking, listening and engaging, with the hope to become more effective and expand our reach and positive impact in the world.
Denise Connell is the publisher and managing editor of The Apopka Voice. With a BA in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida and an MA in Religious Studies from La Sierra University in California, Denise has served the Central Florida community since 1992 through organizational leadership, teaching, research and writing, motivational speaking, and life-design coaching. She has led and guided businesses, churches, non-profit organizations, departments, teams, and individuals in finding their vision and creating a better world for themselves and others. Denise’s heart and focus in both work and personal pursuits have always been on inspiring change for more passionate, purposeful, joy-filled, and difference-making kind of living. It is her hope that as publisher of The Apopka Voice she will be able to do the same. Denise is also the publisher and managing editor of The Seminole Source, an independent, online news site covering the seven major cities of Seminole County, Florida.
Reggie Connell started his journalism career in 1981 with the St. Pete Times working the desk as well as writing for the sports department. He attended the University of Florida and served as a journalist on two of the student newspapers there, The Independent Florida Alligator and The Student Leader. With a few years of additional experience in insurance and mortgage sales, Reggie soon bought and ran City Magazine in Altamonte Springs, serving as publisher and managing editor there, while also writing and publishing his first book in 2014, Falconland, an historical novel on the life of the 13th century King Frederick. While working on the sequel to Falconland, Reggie took on the managing editor role for The Apopka Voice in 2015, and just two years later became its owner, running and writing for the site until 2020. In February, Reggie turned the publishing reins over to Denise as he was invited to help develop and become the managing editor for a new online news site, Mainstreet Daily News, that would serve his college town of Gainesville, FL and Alachua County. Reggie currently contributes as a guest journalist and consultant on staff for both The Apopka Voice and The Seminole Source, providing a wealth of business experience, journalistic skill and editorial wisdom.
Reggie and Denise married on April 4,2020, celebrating their special day with family and friends via Zoom.
Delivering worthwhile local news and accurate reporting is truly a community-wide effort. It takes a dedicated staff and a loyal readership working together to make it happen. We hope you will give The Apopka Voice a good look, and then join us as a partner in transforming the way news is delivered and acted upon. Your engagement and participation with us says you believe that supporting trustworthy, independent, and difference-making local news means a better community for all.
We invite you to share your thoughts and concerns, ideas and celebrations, questions and solutions with us through photos, social media interactions, comments, advertising, community participation and support. We, in turn, hope to make you proud to have us as a main source for keeping informed, engaged and inspired, connecting you more with the community you love.
QUESTIONS & SUGGESTIONS
Questions about our news site or advertising? Suggestions or ideas? Want to join the team? Feel free to email or call us. We’d love to connect.