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A thoughtfully curated collection of food, services, products, giving, and people in Orange County

Know Tableau


Thank you for visiting our website — we’re so happy you’re here! Whether you prefer to browse the site for stories or want to flip through the virtual pages of our digital magazine, we know you’ll love Tableau. Each issue is full of inspiring people, interesting places, delicious dining, fun shopping, captivating art, and opportunities to give back. 

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Team Tableau


Meet the passionate and talented team that brings Tableau to life

Introducing the

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Miki Akil

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After working as a publicist in Hollywood, Miki found her calling in consumer/lifestyle PR. She is a Houston native (who you’ll always find watching the Astros or Texans) with a proven track record of developing powerful marketing communications campaigns. After moving to the West Coast more than 10 years ago, she now calls Oceanside home and lives with her husband, two kitties and pups.


Carrie Freitas

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Carrie hails from a newspaper / journalism family on her mother’s side, and a marketing/ printing family on her father’s — which explains why she is both a published writer and founder of Kitchen Table Marketing. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband and is a proud mom of two, and stepmom of three. Carrie is passionate about giving back to her community and supporting LGBTQ+ rights.


Madi Sutherland

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Madi cemented her love for public relations after securing her first post-grad job with the KTM team. Over the years, she’s developed a strong passion for media relations and thrives on amplifying the narratives of our nonprofit clients. A proud OC native, Madi calls Irvine home, where she resides with her boyfriend and Goldendoodle, Rosie. She finds fulfillment is leveraging her skills to empower organizations and bring their impactful stories to the forefront of our community.

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Bridget Belden

Bridget Belden is founder and CEO of Magenta Consulting, a coaching organization providing world-class tools to empower women to discover who they are beyond being a mom. After Bridget’s own struggles to find fulfillment as a mom with young kids, she started Magenta Consulting to help others on the same journey. She lives in Orange County with her husband of 30 years, Charlie, and their dog Max. She loves travelling, spending time with friends and family, and will rarely pass up the opportunity for a good meal and a nice bottle of wine.

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Allison Emery

Allison Emery is a freelance writer based in Orange County. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and has written for numerous local magazines, including Laguna Beach Magazine and Newport Beach Magazine, among others. She resides in Dana Point with her husband, two kids and Pomeranian, where they love to spend time at Doheny Beach and watch the surfers hit the waves. 

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Nancy Gelston Fries

Nancy’s crooked path started in the television newsroom and meandered through marketing communications, advising students on their college application essays and freelance writing for publications like Tableau. The common thread: storytelling. She also serves on the board and volunteers at Save Our Youth (SOY), an after-school program for underserved students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. In her free time, Nancy avidly enjoys running, skiing, hiking and walking her labradoodle, Emmy. 

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Allison Hata

A freelance writer based in Southern California, Allison Hata loves telling the stories of people, places and ideas that shape our communities. Her writing has taken her around the world, from Macau to Mexico City. Closer to home, she has covered the latest in social impact news, guided travelers on family-friendly excursions and profiled local luminaries. She holds a journalism degree from Cal State Northridge, and lives in Orange County with her husband and daughter. 

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Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie reports on the hospitality industry, including current events, food and beverage, as well as travel for Culture OC. She recently served her third term as judge for James Beard Foundation. Anne Marie has also contributed to LAist, Eater LA, and Voice of OC (where she launched a dedicated food column in 2020). Panoringan’s travel and food writing has been acknowledged by the Orange County Press Club. Anne Marie previously worked at OC Weekly where she interviewed over 300 industry professionals for her “On the Line” column. A recurring guest in-studio at AM 830’s SoCal Restaurant Show, she has also written for publications including Westways and South Coast Plaza’s Taste.


Ashley Ryan

Ashley Ryan has been writing her whole life, from short stories as a child to diving headfirst into journalism as a teenager. She has a degree in journalism and anthropology, and loves writing about travel, food, art, nature, people and anything in between. She currently serves as an editor for Firebrand Media and, when not working, she enjoys traveling, live music, hiking, reading, Pilates, swimming, going to the beach, visiting with friends or family and all things Disney.

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Amy Senk

Amy is a CDM resident and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked at the Kansas City Times, Kansas City Star, Contra Costa Times, Coast Kids and Coast Magazines, and is a regular contributor to StuNews Newport. A recent empty nester, she spends her free time with her husband and planning elaborate imaginary vacations.

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Paige Wood

Paige is a current student at University of California, Santa Barbara heading into her senior year. She is a communications major and is hoping to enter the advertising or marketing world post-grad but is trying her hand at a little magazine writing! Born and raised in Newport Beach, Paige loves where she lives and loves sharing it with others, making Tableau an amazing fit. In her free time, Paige enjoys exercising, crocheting, and spending time with friends and family.

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