Staff Bios

Publisher: Janis Hall

Janis and Terry started the Southwest Journal in 1990 in their Linden Hills basement and purchased Minnesota Parent in 2004. 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

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

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
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 with her partner, who is a father to two teenagers.


 Art Director: Danielle Cunningham


Creative Director: Valerie Moe

Valerie Moe join Minnesota Premier Publications (our parent company) family in 2007. Valerie is Creative Director of our sister publication, the Southwest Journal and also blogs for Minnesota Parent about handy products she’s discovered while parenting (including some products that are for parenting multiples!) at In her free time, she enjoys doing art projects with her three young children and is also an Herbalife wellness coach.


 Associate Editor / Books Editor: Ed Dykhuizen

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.


Account Executive: Owen Davis
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.



Distribution Manager: Marlo Johnson

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.