About Us

Alex Sumuel

Alexandrea Sumuel

Hey there! I’m Alex, founder of Explore Coastal Virginia (ExploreCoVA). I was born and raised in Virginia Beach but have lived all over the area; from Norfolk to Suffolk, Isle of Wight, and now Smithfield. My professional passion for marketing combined with my love of the area inspired me to launch Explore CoVA.

Education and Career

I’m a graduate of Old Dominion University where I studied Information Technology and Business Management. For the last 13 years, I’ve worked for a boutique law firm in Downtown, Norfolk. Formerly the Director of Marketing, today I am the Director of Operations overseeing the areas of intake, technology, marketing, and law firm management.

In My Spare Time

When I’m not working, I’m  house hunting with my fiancé. I’ve been a bit of a tech geek all my life. I enjoy coffee shops and lattes and will never pass up an excuse to go out for sushi. Check out my travel planning website Wander With Alex.

Chelsea DeAngio

Chelsea DeAngio

I’m Chelsea, a freelance writer and Norfolk native. While I’m currently based in North Carolina, I can never stay away from CoVA for long! I take a weekend warrior approach to my frequent visits, packing in as much beach time and restaurant hopping as I can.

Passion for Travel

Growing up as a Navy brat, I moved from Norfolk to Hawaii to California to Washington and back home to Norfolk once again. This rootless childhood inspired a lifelong love of travel. From backpacking to study abroad programs to simple day trips, I can never resist the call of the open road.

Professional Experience

With degrees in both English and Library and Information Studies, I pride myself on my ability to research, digest, and create content for a wide range of clients and industries. I’ve always been a storyteller, and I’m excited to work in a field that allows me to learn new things and share them with others in creative ways.