Staff Bios

Publisher: Janis Hall / jhall@mnparent.com

Janis and Terry started the Southwest Journal in 1990 in their Linden Hills basement. Janis grew up reading the San Francisco Chronicle and remains a diehard newspaper fan. She lives in a 1916 Arts and Crafts house in Fulton with husband Terry, dogs Emmet and Lily, and cat Bello. And a massive number of books.

 

 

Co-publisher & Sales Manager: Terry Gahan / tgahan@mnparent.com
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Terry Gahan likes the newspaper business and the fun that comes with working with business and community leaders who recognize the Journals’ contribution to the community. He also enjoys spending time with his family, working out and playing music.

 

 

General Manager: Zoe Gahan zgahan@mnparent.com

You know that thrill when the next issue of your favorite magazine arrives and you can’t wait to dive in? Or the joy of unfolding the newspaper over a cup of coffee and losing yourself for a time in the stories? Providing those small but treasured moments is what Zoe loves most about the publishing biz. That and working closely with MPP’s small, talented staff on projects big and small. She is proud to work at a locally-owned business that serves the community with high-quality content. When not at MPP, Zoe is likely cooking at home in Harrison Minneapolis, hiking, fishing, crafting, or tackling an impulsive home project that may or may not be finished anytime soon.

 

Editor: Sarah Jackson / sjackson@mnparent.com
Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson is a Midwest native (born in Shakopee!) who started her career in daily newspaper journalism with editing and writing gigs in Minnesota (Duluth News-Tribune) and Washington state (The Olympian and The Everett Herald). She started editing magazines in 2012 and arrived at Minnesota Parent in 2014. She’s in charge of all content planning and editing for the magazine, website and social media channels. (She also edits our sister publication, Good Age.) She lives in Minnetonka with her school-age son and loves to garden, play tennis and find new restaurants (and taprooms) with her partner, who is a father to two teenagers.

 

Creative Director: Valerie Moe / vmoe@mnparent.com

Valerie Moe works side-by-side with the other members of our small, yet powerful, design team as they create award-winning page layouts, cover designs and print advertisements. She joined the Minnesota Premier Publications (our parent company) family in 2007 as a graphic designer and was promoted to Creative Director in June of 2017. Valerie blogs about handy products she’s discovered while parenting (including some products that are for parenting multiples!) at mnparent.com/moe-mama for our sister publication, Minnesota Parent. In her free time, she enjoys doing art projects with her three young children and is also an Herbalife wellness coach.

 

 Associate Editor: Ed Dykhuizen / edykhuizen@mnparent.com

Ed Dykhuizen

Ed Dykhuizen works for Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Good Age and Southwest Journal as an Associate Editor, which involves proofreading stories and managing the publications’ websites, event calendars, and social media presences. He also writes Minnesota Parent’s Bookshelf column, meaning he gets to receive and read lots of children’s books. He is a husband to Erin and a father of three kids — daughter Eleanor and twin boys Samuel and Nicholas. In 2015, he wrote and self-published a book — The Baseball Hall of Fame Corrected — under the pseudonym Eddie Daniels.

 

Office Manager: Amy Rash / arash@mnparent.com

Amy Rash is the Office Manager at Minnesota Premier Publications and she is so excited to be a part of the MPP team. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul. In her spare time she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, cooking, black and white photography and spending time with family. Amy is originally from Minnesota and loves exploring the state! She realized quite quickly that she is happiest when she's near or on water! Amy is looking forward to working with you all.

 

 

Account Executive: Owen Davis / odavis@mnparent.com
Owen Davis

Owen handles advertising sales, which is a great way to stay in touch with the local community, and a total blast. When he isn’t hard at work on that, he can be found teaching and performing music throughout the Twin Cities. He’s grateful to live in a place with such an appreciation for both art and journalism.

 

 

Account Executive: Nik Krawczyk / nkrawczyk@mnparent.com
Nik Krawczyk

Nik came to working in sales at MPP after a long and winding journey through the American West, where he worked in jobs ranging from wildland firefighter to Nordic ski coach. A Wisconsinite by birth, the Midwest (and his mom’s cooking) called him back home in 2017. Outside of MPP, you’ll find him training for his next marathon, cruising singletrack, or watching the Wild play mediocre hockey. He lives in Minnetonka where he enjoys the solitude of the lakes and bike paths with his partner Lily and chatty cat Penelope. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, class of 2013.

 

Account Executive: Kathie Smith / ksmith@mnparent.com
Kathie Smith

Kathie spent her early career in advertising and loves being around print. For the past 15 years, she’s been teaching kids with special needs and has had the joy of raising a brilliant, beautiful and independent daughter. In her free time, you can find her letting her dog teach her new tricks about getting treats, and basically trying to run, bike or swim in no specific order. Being grateful every day is her biggest priority. 

  

 

Distribution Manager: Marlo Johnson / distribution@mnparent.com

 Marlo manages a roster of 50 carriers and drivers to efficiently distribute our publications to residents and bulk drop sites. He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Marlo came to Minnesota Premier Publications in 2004 after working with national consumer magazines for a number of years.