Our Team

Staff

Laura13_lo_res2Editor in Chief Laura Pace Lilley came to mtl in 2007 after nine years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, seven years at CBS radio and two years with a Knight-Ridder newspaper. She has extensive experience covering local government,  school districts and economic development. Laura lives in Mt Lebanon with her husband, Myles, son, Harrison, 18, and nutty dog, Oliver.

 

Managing Editor Merle Jantz has been a professional writer since 1990. He has received several regional, state and national writing awards. He has worked for Gateway Publications and has done freelance work for a number of magazines and newspapers. His proudest moment was having a question published in Norman Chad’s Couch Slouch column.

 

Advertising Manager Diane Cyphers, joined mtl in 1999 after working for Marc USA. She has a B.A. degree in Journalism and Communications and has worked in marketing and advertising for corporate, retail and advertising agencies in the Pittsburgh area.

 

Judy Macoskey is mtl’s designer/photo editor. She also produces videos for the website and for the Mt. Lebanon Public Information Office. She has a B.F.A. from James Madison University, has worked for ad agencies in Virginia, Washington and California, and has a recipe for spiced pecans that is legendary. Judy and her husband, Kris, raised two children, Rebecca and Jon, in Mt. Lebanon.

 

Christopher Leeper comes to us with a diverse portfolio of work, from magazine to websites to logos and photography. Leeper was a design intern for Psychology Today in New York City and was a graphic designer for Century 21 Department Stories in New York, Dreamware Inc. in Florida and NutriMost in Pittsburgh. He also works freelance for several clients and plays the drums and guitar.

 

Katie_2 Content Creator Katie Wagner came to mtl in 2015 after acting as the marketing & communications coordinator for PICT Classic Theatre. Katie also currently works for Odato Marketing Group, an agency based out of Sarasota, FL. Originally from Indiana, PA, Katie is a 2012 graduate of Mercyhurst University, where she studied communications and voice performance. Katie now lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, Killian, and her cat, Tonks.

 

AmyOffice Administrator Amy Martin came to mtl after working in the Upper St. Clair Planning & Community Development Office. She serves as Assistant to the Public Information Officer for planning and coordinating special events. A proud Pittsburgh native she studied communication at the University of Pittsburgh. Amy has enjoyed living in various parts of the country, but since 2008 has lovingly called Mt. Lebanon home with her children, Levi and Chloe.


Account Executives

Jean Peterson has been an account executive for mtl for 16 years. Jean works with clients of every industry in the Pittsburgh area and is committed to the success of local companies. A Mt. Lebanon resident for more than 30 years, Jean continually makes strides to improve our local economy through progressive advertising. Jean and her husband, Tom Peterson, have three daughters. She enjoys scouting out new Pittsburgh events, attractions, and restaurants as well as cooking, gardening and vacationing with her family.

 

Krista Troy Foster has been an account executive for mtl for more than 10 years. Krista grew up in Mt. Lebanon and currently resides in the South Hills. Krista has worked in advertising, architecture, real estate development, construction and related industries which gives her a unique perspective and approach to her position with the magazine. Her greatest joy are her four daughters; two are out of college and making their way in the world while two are still at home. Family time, gardening, exercising and travel are the things Krista enjoys doing in her spare time.

 

Emily Chiappetta comes to mtl with more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Her background includes radio advertising, pharmaceuticals, senior living and estate sales, and she loves having the opportunity to help local businesses grow in our community. Born and raised in Mt. Lebanon, Emily and her husband, Tony, now live here with their two daughters.


Photographers

Gene Puskar has been looking through the lens for mtl magazine for more than 20 years. In his role as an AP photographer, Puskar’s photo assignments of regional events have sent him all over the world. He also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

 

Martha Rial is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist based in Pittsburgh. Before becoming an independent photographer in 2009, she was a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rial also has been named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year.

 

George Mendel has been a photographer for more than 20 years. His images have appeared in The Pittsburgh Metropolitan, Industrial Photography, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, American Salon, Pittsburgh Magazine, Air Racing Illustrated, Air Show International, the Pittsburgh Pirates official yearbook, and other newspapers and magazines.

 

Julia O’Hara decided to be a stay-at-home-mom after working almost 20 years as an engineer. But now Julia is rarely at home, having found a passion for photography. By following her children through sports, she has become somewhat of a sports photography specialist, and you can see her on the sidelines of almost any Mt. Lebanon sport. Julia created the Lebofootball and Lebohoops websites.

 

John Altdorfer   With a strong background in written journalism, John believes every photo should complement and add extra meaning to each article he works on. A regular contributor to the magazine the past few years, he enjoys photographing and discovering the people and places that make Mt. Lebanon a special place.

 

Elizabeth Hruby McCabeElizabeth Hruby McCabe has been an avid photographer for over 10 years. Her travel and nature photographs were featured in an art gallery in Maui. Originally from Pittsburgh, she traveled for a few years before returning back home. She works as a portrait photographer and is the owner of e.liza photography. When she’s not holding a camera you can find her riding her bike, walking her dogs, or working in her garden. Elizabeth and her husband along with their two dogs are happy to call Mt. Lebanon home.