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
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.