Our Team


Laura13_lo_res2Editor 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!


Katie_2Senior Editor/Online Editor Katie Wagner came to Mt. Lebanon Magazine in 2015 after acting as the marketing & communications coordinator for PICT Classic Theatre. Originally from Indiana, PA, Katie is a 2012 graduate of Mercyhurst University, where she studied communications and voice performance. Katie currently lives in Mt. Lebanon.


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 Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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 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 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.


AmyOffice Administrator Amy Martin came to Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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 Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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 Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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 Mt. Lebanon Magazine 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/ Illustrators/ Videographers

(Click on the names below to visit their websites.)

John Altdorfer

Linda Hackett

Doug Harhai

Elizabeth Hruby McCabe 

Ken Lager

George Mendel

Sarah Neff

Tom O’Connor

Martha Rial

Renee Rosensteel

John Schisler