Staff Bios
Sarah Jackson / Editor
Direct: (612) 436-4385
Job duties: Planning, assigning, writing, editing and overseeing editorial content and social media for Minnesota Parent and one of our sister publications, Minnesota Good Age
With the company since: 2014
I grew up in South Dakota and graduated from MSU-Moorhead with a mass communications degree after running the college paper and writing feature stories (and typing obituaries) for The Forum in Fargo. After living and studying in the U.K. for a year, I returned to the U.S. to work as a reporter, feature writer, blogger and page designer at newspapers in Duluth, Minn.; and Olympia and Everett, Washington. After living in the Seattle area for 12 years, I moved to the Twin Cities and entered the world of magazines with Gardening How-To (deceased). I came to Minnesota Parent in 2014. I live in Minnetonka (not on Lake Minnetonka) and love gardening, eating out, trying to learn tennis and, most of all, spending time with my son.
Valerie Moe / Creative Director
Direct: (612) 436-5075
Job duties: Leading the creative team and designing award-winning page layouts and print advertisements for Minnesota Parent and our sister publications, Minnesota Good Age, The Journal and The Southwest Journal
With the company since: 2007
I grew up in Mankato, moved to the Twin Cities in 2001 for college, and then never left. While attending The Art Institutes International Minnesota, I worked at TGI Friday’s — which is where I met my wonderful husband. Now we live in Bloomington with our three children and are enjoying life in the 'burbs. We love being outside, whether it's camping in the pop-up, playing at the park, biking around the neighborhood or taking a walk with the double stroller. You can read all about the handy products I’ve discovered while parenting (including some products that are for parenting multiples!) at
Kaitlin Ungs / Graphic Designer
Direct: 612-436-4365
Job duties: Designing pages and advertisements
With the company since: 2016
Kaitlin came to Minnesota Premier Publications from Iowa as an alumna of Iowa State University – she also runs her own freelance design company, A11 Design, named after the apartment she inhabited in Rome. She has a passion for travel, color, eating and getting 10,000 steps on her Fitbit daily. You can find her editing photos of loved ones (dogs included), illustrating social media shareables, laying out page content, and writing about children’s books. Outside of the office, she’ll be walking her dog, going to a gym class, exploring the cities, or eating everything in sight.
Ed Dykhuizen / Web Content Editor
Direct: 612-436-4368
Job duties: Web content management, editing, proofreading, e-news guru
With the company since: 2017
I am a husband to Erin and a father of three kids — daughter Eleanor and twin boys Samuel and Nicholas. Most of my time is spent being a stay-at-home dad, which I love, but it is also very nice to get away for a few hours a day and work at MPP! In the past, I worked in copywriting, newswriting, Internet marketing, social media, data analysis, and lots of other stuff. I also wrote and self-published a book — The Baseball Hall of Fame Corrected — under the pseudonym Eddie Daniels.
Zoe Gahan / Client Services Administrator
Direct: (612) 436-4375
Job duties: Trafficking ads, client support, sales team support, event coordination
With the company since: 2013
I enjoy the unique challenges and opportunities that come with working in a small local business and the connections she makes each day with clients and readers. You can usually find me cooking, reading, hiking or gawking at cute dogs.
Delaney Patterson / Client Services
Direct: (612) 436-5070
Job duties: Trafficking ads, client support, sales team support, office manager
With the company since: 2016
Delaney likes that Minnesota Premier Publications places her at the heart of the Minneapolis community. Around the office, she plays Jane-of-many-trades. Outside business hours, find her flowing through a Chaturanga, admiring Earth's natural environment, or working up the motivation to try a new recipe.
Terry Gahan / Co-Owner
Direct: (612) 436-4360
Job duties: Co-Publisher & Sales Manager
With the company since: 1990
I like the newspaper business. It’s fun working with business and community leaders who recognize our contribution to the community. I also enjoy spending time with my family, working out and playing music.
Marlo Johnson / Distribution Manager
Direct: (612) 436-4388
Job duties: Managing timely distribution of our publications
With the company since: 2004
I lead a force of 60 carriers and drivers to ensure timely and accurate distribution of our publications. I was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. I came to Minnesota Premier Publications after working with national newsstand magazines for a number of years.
Janis Hall / Co-OWNER
Direct: (612) 436-4361
Job duties: Co-Publisher
With the company since: 1990
Terry and I started the Southwest Journal in 1990 in our basement, never dreaming that the business would grow to include four publications. We have a wonderful staff and we all pride ourselves on providing outstanding news and information coverage for our readers. As for me, I'm an old-house nut with the 1916 Arts & Crafts home to prove it. I share the house with husband Terry, two field spaniels named Django and Emmet, and large piles of reading material.