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Shari Jacobsen, publisherShari Jacobson–Publisher
As a mother who raised her three children in Portland, Shari knows what Portland families need and want. When she took over as publisher of Portland Family Magazine, she brought her lifetime of experience and love of Portland with her. Shari also has a strong commitment to wellness. As co-founder of Rejuvenation Day Spa and Wellx and owner of Driven coworking space, she uses her professional know-how to help others reach their potential. Shari dreams of creating print and on-line resources for Portland families to have information they need to live healthy, active and inspired lives.
Melissa KniazevaMelissa Kniazeva—Managing Editor
I have worked in writing and marketing for many years, and I am thrilled to bring my experience to Portland Family Magazine. Additionally, I have been a volunteer translator for the microlending charity Kiva for more than seven years. Consider supporting them as well. It’s magical to see your tiny bit of money do huge things all over the earth.
I have lived in many parts of the world before choosing Portland as the place I want to raise my children. My two amazing children attend the Russian Immersion program in Portland Public Schools and both thrive here. Portland is their home, and I am inspired to do all I can to share all of the cultural and natural wonders this part of the world has to offer.
Kat_200Kat Barrett—Community Outreach Liaison
Kat has always had a passion for education and family resource sharing. Kat obtained her degree in education from the University of New Mexico with a focus on Child Development and Family Studies. She spent a number of years working with homeless youth and mental health and used her love of learning to pursue additional studies in personal training, insurance and real estate. Kat is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Horse Sense Riding School, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable community horsemanship opportunities.
Emily FishbackEmily Fishback—Community Outreach Liaison
Emily Fishback is a wife, mother, small business owner, and type B personality. After growing up in the Midwest, Emily moved to Portland in her early twenties. She fell in love with the city and believes it would take nothing short of a miracle to get her to leave. Emily enjoys many things Portland has to offer. You can find her at the Portland Farmers Market on Saturdays, jogging on the waterfront downtown most any day, and grabbing coffee from local businesses numerous times a day. Emily is most inspired by her love of family, authenticity, and other people who wear their heart on their sleeve.
Krista_200Krista Miller—Events Director
Krista Miller is a performing artist, producer, choreographer, director, writer, and six time grant recipient, touring nationally and internationally. She has worked with Michael Baryshnikov, Danny Davis, Sasha Alexander, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Tricia Brouk, Jason Gigliotti, A. Francis Green, and many more. Krista is a graduate of the Tom Todoroff Conservatory; is a bi-coastal pro Class V whitewater river guide; is a member of the band The Rainbow Bunch; and represents the menswear line J Hilburn. A graduate of the Ohashi Institute, practicing shiatsu for over a decade, Krista is part of the founding team of Wellx.com. Krista’s goal is to help people balance the energies of their body, mind, emotions, and spirit, through joyful activity and performance. Krista is thrilled to bring this same goal to bear with Portland Family Magazine, bringing the most kicking events and offerings that our great city has to offer to the front door of your attention! Let’s do what we love!
Julie TalbotJulie Talbot – Copy Editor
Julie has more than 25 years of experience writing and editing everything from books, advertising, website content and periodicals to college catalogs, retail packaging and training manuals. Even Angus bull pedigree lines (yes, a woman once paid her to come up with themes and names for sire lines). As copyeditor for Portland Family Magazine and the mother of a grown son, Julie enjoys discovering new things about Portland and new angles on parenting. She never says ‘never,’ and always says ‘always’ if it involves chocolate.
Tay Juncker – Art Director
A perfect stolen afternoon for Tay Juncker would consist of writing on the couch with a malamute warming her feet, sigur rós playing in the background, and a glass of pinot gris in her free hand.Tay feels the purpose of design should be to make the world more appealing. One of her idols is an artist named Hundertwasser who through his artistic and architectural vision, brought color, beauty and hope into the greyness of industrial cities. Tay is excited to bring her creativity to Portland Family Magazine. She lives in north Portland.
Helen Payne – Distribution & Community Contact
Hello, my name is Helen and I am the proud mom of two beautiful children – JP who is autistic and Emily. I have been a part of the Portland Family Team as a driver since November 2006 and then took over as Distribution Manager in August of 2007. I have been reading Portland Family Magazine since my son was very small (approx 11 years) and have loved it! It’s been great watching the magazine change over the years and grow into what it is today. What first intrigued me about becoming a driver for Portland Family was all of the cool places that I’d get to visit that I haven’t gone to before and let’s face it–the money – smile. Now that I’ve transitioned into the role of Distribution Manager it has been an awesome experience. I have some of the best drivers on my team that are always there to do what it takes to get the magazine out to the community and bring on new locations to help the magazine reach new readers! Without our great drivers we wouldn’t be able to succeed as a magazine and for that I’m grateful – smile! Happy Reading!!! Hugs, Helen
Brad JohnsonBrad Johnson—Marketing Coordinator
Brad is a Portland native who, when not working on writing copy and keeping his eye on social media, loves to take advantage of the all great recreational opportunities that Portland has to offer. From enjoying the outdoors to sharing a quality microbrew with friends, Brad loves living the active Portland lifestyle.
James FishbackJames Fishback—Director of Technology
James is a Portland native who enjoys the energy of the city center where he lives with his wife and two school-aged daughters. When he’s not in class at Lewis & Clark Law School or training with the Oregon Army National Guard, James is using his decade of experience in information technology to make sure the websites for Wellx and Portland Family are as useful as they are beautiful. In his spare time, James loves to run in local races, visit farmers’ markets with his family, and travel.