Editor in Chief Laura Pace Lilley came to Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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, and dogs Oliver and Roxanne. Her son, Harrison, is away at college. Call your mother!
Advertising Manager Stu Chaban has a wealth of experience in media ad sales, beginning as a radio producer for WTAE in 1981, following his graduation from Temple University with a degree in communications. He has sold advertising for The Jewish Chronicle, the Pittsburgh Business Times, 3WS radio, KDKA radio, and in television. He also worked as a media planner and buyer for the marketing firm 321 Blink. Chaban, a lifelong Mt. Lebanon resident, lives here with his wife, Sandy, and their corgi, Jack.
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.
Senior Editor Stephanie Hacke is a South Hills native who has worked as a writer for more than a decade. Her past work includes covering the South Hills for Trib Total Media and working as a freelance writer with a focus on local government and education. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to run, shop and consume more coffee than is humanly acceptable. She shares her home with her fiancé, Tom, her daughter Isabella and rescue dog Mac.
Judy Macoskey is Mt. Lebanon Magazine’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 State and California, and has a recipe for spiced pecans that is legendary. Judy and her husband, Kris, have raised two children, Rebecca and Jonathan, 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.
Content Creator Carrie Moniot comes to Mt. Lebanon Magazine with years of TV, digital and higher education experience. Her past work includes stints as a news assignment editor, first for KDKA-TV, then at WPXI-TV, where she also worked as a producer and executive producer. After working in higher education for more than a decade at Point Park and Robert Morris universities, Carrie returned to her journalistic roots as a freelance senior producer for Sparkt.com, then as a freelance reporter for Gazette 2.0. A member of several journalism organizations, Carrie also sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences mid-Atlantic region. In her spare time, Carrie can be found rooting on Pittsburgh’s sports teams, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates. She currently lives in Robinson Township with her husband Drew.
Public Information Office Assistant Karen Gottschall feels that her life has come full circle. Her first job out of college was at the Washingtonian Magazine in Washington DC. Many years later, after raising her family, she spent 7 years at the circulation desk of Mt Lebanon Library, followed by various administrative positions. She is happy that she found her way back to the municipality and to Mt Lebanon Magazine. Karen resides in Dormont and enjoys visiting her adult children, staying active, trying new microbrews, and traveling.
Jill Doverspike comes to Mt. Lebanon Magazine with several years of experience in the newspaper and magazine industry, both in media marketing and journalism. After graduating from Penn State, she moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a career in advertising. She has a passion for people and loves helping local businesses expand their reach through print and digital solutions. Jill volunteers as a media coordinator and webmaster at her church. She lives in the South Hills with her husband, Tom, and they love spending time cooking, exploring and spending time working in ministry together.
Tony McGrath comes to Mt. Lebanon Magazine with more than 25 years’ experience in media advertising and marketing. His background includes print, television & radio advertising, and he values having the opportunity to help local businesses grow in our community. Born and raised in Scotland, Tony and his wife Tanya, now live here with their two dobermans in Peters Township.
Mt. Lebanon resident Mark Zigarovich has been helping local businesses for the past 20 years. As an Advertising Manager and Director at Trib Total Media, Mark has worked in both the Retail and Classified categories, and is passionate about finding solutions to help his customers grow their business. One of his favorite career milestones was spearheading the initial sales effort to get the Trib’s online High School Sports Network off the ground. Mark has one son, Alex, a law student in North Carolina. When he’s not at the Saloon, or exploring everything our community has to offer, he enjoys live music and home brewing his own beer. A lifelong baseball fan, Mark spends most of his summer at PNC Park and hopes to be around for the Pirates next World Championship
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