Meet the Times Staff


Denise Dunbar
Publisher and Executive Editor
Missy Schrott
Managing Editor
Aleksandra “Sasha” Kochurova
Art Director
Cody Mello-Klein
Reporter and Photographer


Patrice Culligan
Sales Representative and Publisher Emerita
Marty DeVine
Sales Representative
Deb Riley
Sales Representative
Margaret Stevens
Sales Director


Marilyn Essex
Tina Franco
Office Administrator



Denise Dunbar, Publisher and Executive Editor

Denise Dunbar is a 30-year resident of Alexandria. She was born in Atlanta and grew up there and in New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois and Texas. Dunbar holds a bachelor of science in journalism from North Texas State University and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Georgia. Her career has been diverse, taking her from the Charlotte Observer newspaper as bridal editor to the Central Intelligence Agency as Boris Yel’tsin biographer and head of welfare reform implementation for the Virginia Department of Social Services. She loves baseball, politics and warm weather. She and her husband have three children.

Missy Schrott, Managing Editor

Missy Schrott came to the Times fresh out of college after graduating from the University of Richmond in May 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and English with a minor in music. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Missy found her passion for entertainment and feature writing during an internship with NakYouOut, an arts and culture online magazine that covered exciting events in the Burgh. When she’s not hard at work interviewing locals or attending public hearings, Missy enjoys playing piano, running on Mount Vernon trail and brunching around Alexandria and D.C.

Aleksandra “Sasha” Kochurova, Art Director

Sasha Kochurova grew up in Arkansas and joined the Alexandria Times team after graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism in print and digital design from the University of Missouri. While there, she worked as a page designer for local paper the Columbia Missourian for a year and a half. She also worked as a design teaching assistant, providing students with the basic principles of layout and design and helping them become successful in the class. Sasha’s favorite aspect of design is visualizing stories, or taking every little piece — whether graphs, photos, sidebars, even photo captions — and making it one coherent story that makes an impact on the reader. She strives to continue to create and learn new skills. 


Margaret Stevens, Sales Director

Margaret has been with the Alexandria Times since 2009. Her interests outside of advertising include creative writing, painting and gardening. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Studio Art.  She worked as a photographic researcher at the Smithsonian Institution Archives for several years on the Smithsonian Photographic Survey Project surveying photographs in the museums’ collections. After receiving her master’s degree from Virginia, she worked as an editor for Landscape Architecture magazine. Margaret and her husband have two children.

Patrice Culligan, Sales Representative and Publisher Emerita

Patrice was publisher of the Alexandria Times for three years before semi-retiring to Florida in 2013. She works part-time from there doing sales and coordinating the Times’ weekly sales production. She previously worked in medical publishing for 18 years. After working with the International Medical News Group, Patrice moved to New York City as the publisher of Physician’s Weekly. After five years as publisher and the successful sale of the publication, she started an independent rep firm and two years later joined a larger firm representing numerous medical associations and medical publishers. Patrice and her husband have six children and six grandchildren spread across the United States and Europe.

Marty DeVine, Sales Representative

Marty DeVine was born in Indiana and grew up mostly in North Carolina. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then a master’s degree in religion from Yale University, followed by an master’s in History & Theology from Durham University in England. Devine began work on her law degree at the UNC-Chapel Hill, but finished law school at the University of Detroit in London. While living in England, she assisted in editing the Iran-US Claims Tribunal Reports and the International Law Reports at the Cambridge University Press. When she returned to the States, Marty became marketing director at Wells Fargo Bank for Institutional and Individual Trusts and Investments. Among other tasks, her marketing group was responsible for the monthly investment client investment reports. Marty joined the Alexandria Times in 2008 as a freelance writer before moving over to the sales team.

Deb Riley, Sales Representative

Deb Riley grew up in Ohio and earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology from John Carroll University in Cleveland. Riley worked in Chicago for eight years and has extensive professional experience in sales and marketing. She developed distribution channels for Kimberly Clark and other large corporations, focusing on lodging, healthcare and commercial real estate. Riley moved to Alexandria in 1996, where she resides with her husband and three children. She serves on the Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board, working closely with the Department of Community and Human Services. She also is a member of the Miracle League Board and was instrumental in helping build a Miracle Field in the city of Alexandria through a public/private partnership.