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Sonshinepr Appoints Erica Brown as Associate Creative Director

Erica Brown

Erica Brown

Helping clients shine is one of the key tasks of Erica Brown, the newly appointed Associate Creative Director and Senior Graphic Designer at Sonshine Communications.  In this new role, Erica is responsible for managing creative design, graphic services, and creative packaging.

“Erica has an exceptional eye for detail and creativity,” says Bernadette Morris, president/CEO. “She often veers away from the norm and strives to develop products that are extremely innovative and out of the box. She is a valuable asset to our team.”

The consummate professional, Erica has been a part of the Sonshine team for nearly 15 years.  Her award-winning designs have included campaigns for the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Transportation, the U.S. General Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, among others.

Erica holds a Master of Communication Arts degree from New York Institute of Technology. In addition, her work has afforded her with multiple awards including recognition from the American Advertising Federation, and the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

Sonshine Communications is a leading public relations, marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Miami, Florida.  Sonshine works with a diverse array of government agencies, non-profits and businesses in numerous industries nationwide.

For more information on how you can experience the Sonshine Communications, please call (305) 948-8063 or visit www.sonshine.com.


San Bernardino Native Helps Keep One of The Navy’s Newest, Most Advanced Aircraft Flying

Danyelle Ridley

Danyelle Ridley

By Chief Petty Officer Bill Steele, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2013 Pacific High School graduate and San Bernadino, California native is serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron that flies one of the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft, the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Danyielle Ridley is an aviation structural mechanic with the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 “Super Hornets”, stationed in Lemoore, California. The squadron is currently training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington.

As an aviation structural mechanic, Ridley is responsible for repairing the structure the jet aircraft and changing the hydraulic components.

“I enjoy anything with hydraulics,” said Ridley. “I think it’s interesting how it works. I never knew anything about hydraulics until I joined the Navy.”

The F/A-18 Hornet, an all-weather aircraft, is used as an attack aircraft as well as a fighter. In its fighter mode, it is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support, according to Navy sources.

The newest model, Super Hornet, is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day or night precision strike. Compared to the original aircraft, according to Navy officials, Super Hornet has longer range, an aerial refueling capability, increased survivability and improved carrier suitability.

“I like that this is a training command—it gives us lots of room to learn,” said Ridley.

As a member of one of the Navy’s squadrons with the newest aircraft platforms, Ridley and other VFA-122 sailors are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied at VFA-122, according to Navy officials. Since the squadron is the 10th largest in the world, with over 100 aircraft operating, sailors must make up and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly — this includes everything from maintaining airframes and engines, to processing paperwork, handling weaponry, and flying the aircraft. 

Serving in the Navy, Ridley is learning about being a more responsible leader, sailor and citizen through handling numerous responsibilities.

“I first joined the Navy just to get education, but something about it makes me want to do it forever,” Ridley added. “It’s never boring at work, it’s not repetitive. Jets are exciting.”

Red Cross Shares 15 Safety Tips to Keep Your Summer Fun and Stress Free

Although we are half way through summer, the kiddos are still trying to enjoy their last few days before it’s time to hit the books again, and not to mention the days are still hot and just getting hotter! Whether you spend these hot days outside having picnics or enjoying that dip in the ocean or pool, it is important to stay safe. The American Red Cross offers these 15 safety tips to make sure your summer fun stays safe, fun and stress free.


  1. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors – they absorb the sun’s rays.
  3. Slow down, stay indoors. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  4. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  5. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. 


  1. Do your part, be water smart! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
  2. Actively supervise children by staying within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers.
  3. Don’t fool with a pool: fence it in. Enclose your pool and spa with four-sided, four-foot fencing and use self-closing, self-latching gates.
  4. Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and close adult supervision.
  5. Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair – everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards.


  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  5. Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

The Red Cross Emergency App can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross Swim App promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The Red Cross First Aid App gives instant access to expert guidance on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.