Staff Bios
Sarah Jackson / Editor
Direct: (612) 436-4385
Job duties: Planning, assigning, writing, editing and overseeing editorial content and social media
With the company since: 2014
I grew up in rural South Dakota — OK, it’s all pretty rural — and graduated from MSU-Moorhead with a mass communications degree. Then, after living in the U.K. for a year, I worked at newspapers in Duluth, then Olympia and Everett, Washington. After 12 years in the Seattle area, my husband and young son and I moved to Golden Valley in 2012. I love gardening, camping, canoeing, biking and photography. You can see my photos at Read my blog at My blog’s called Beyond Perfect because I’ve let go of the myth of perfect parenting!
Sarah Karnas / Creative Director
Direct: (612) 436-4365
Job duties: Overseeing the production department -- where we take raw words and images and create a complete publication
With the company since: 2016
Sarah uses her experience in strategic communications and graphic design to lead our production team on the creation of client advertisements and the layout of our four publications. She is an alumna of the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining Minnesota Premier Publications, she spent ten years as the creative director for the environmental institute at the University of Minnesota — managing branding and marketing, crafting promotional materials and designing an independent magazine. In her spare time she enjoys walking the chain of lakes, frequenting local restaurants, taking photos and drinking lots of coffee. She lives in her childhood home in the Kenny neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis with her sports-obsessed husband, their two busy boys, a raccoon-sized cat and a teeny tiny dog.
Valerie Moe / Senior Graphic Designer
Direct: (612) 436-5075
Job duties: Designing and providing quality control for ads, mama blogging, pinning
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 awesome daughter (she amazes me every day) 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 stroller. You can read all about the handy products I’ve discovered while parenting at
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.
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.
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.
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.