Meet the Team

Susanne Hill – Publisher/Sales & Marketing

A Montana State University graduate, Susanne specialized in health marketing and program management. She has owned several businesses and enjoys packaging her management experience with her marketing background to provide creative and effective promotional strategies. While her career has taken her across the country and back again, Susanne is a fifth-generation Madison County native. She has a genuine passion for the area and the success of local businesses. She and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of a golden retriever and more horses than they should admit to owning. Together they all enjoy frequent, random adventures in this beautiful area they are lucky enough to call home.


Erin Leonard - Publisher/Design

Erin Leonard’s family planted their roots as stamp mill operators in Alder Gulch before the first issue of The Madisonian came off the press in 1873 and have been around ever since. In addition to a long and relevant pedigree, Erin’s love for the visual arts makes her a great addition to The Madisonian team. While her first job as being a mom to her two awesome kids is rewarding, her role as Graphic Designer at The Madisonian has become a fulfilling part of her life as well. A graduate of Sheridan High School, Erin studied Business-Marketing at the University of Montana – Western in Dillon and Montana State University in Bozeman. When she isn’t obsessing about the paper, Erin enjoys music, traveling, skiing and her 1967 Aristocrat camper.


Abby web2Abigail Dennis – Editor

Born and raised in Kansas, Abigail graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and set her sights on Montana. She has been fortunate enough to work in newsrooms all over the world from Chicago to South Africa, but followed her passion to Madison County, an area she’s visited and loved for years. Journalism is Abigail’s outlet to pursue any topic that interests her — it lets her creatively explore many of the things that pique her curiosity. Outside the newsroom, Abigail’s passion is travel, something that has motivated her to experience adventures in many states and multiple countries across the globe. Oh, and she’s busy writing the next great American novel, so stay tuned.


Caitlin Avey – Staff Writer/Projects Assistant

Montana native and graduate from the University of Montana School of Journalism –I enjoy talking to peCaitlinwebople and love writing long-form features where I can dive deep into history and tell a story. I like to travel, hike, ski, and do whatever I can to get outside. I love dogs, anything purple and the occasional Sunday nap. I lived in Sheridan from age four to 10 before moving to Big Timber, Mont. I spent two years at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota as a music education major until I joined the newspaper and found a calling in journalism. I transferred to UM to pursue journalism and graduated in the spring of 2014. I recently moved back to the Sheridan to work for a family friend through the tax season and started freelancing for The Madisonian, and now I’m here! I’m excited to be part of the team and learn from the staff – to broaden my skills and finally put my degree to good use! I can’t wait to get to know the community and explore Madison County.


Kayla Way – Circulation Manager/Administrative Assistant

Originally from Oregon, Kayla was raised in a family with a Nike Executivkaylawebe Mother and a father that ran the family tractor dealership.   Kayla graduated from Jesuit High School and followed her families’ roots back to Montana for college to complete a degree in Business Marketing and Management from The University of Montana.  After college Kayla worked at a 5 star Luxury Resort and excelled in the guest service management role.  She relocated to Ennis 5 years ago when her and her husband purchased a local business and moved their outfitting business to the Madison Valley.  Her role at the Madisonian combines her love of guest and customer service and her business degree perfectly.  When not at the Madisonian or working in the family business she loves to get out and explore Montana with her three Labrador retrievers.




Sales/Circulation: Susanne Hill • • (406) 596-0661

Art/Design: Erin Leonard •

Reporter: Abigail Dennis • • (913) 961-9410 (cell)

Mailing address: P.O. Box 365 • Ennis, MT 59729
Physical address: 65 N. MT Hwy 287
tel. (406) 682-7755 • fax (406) 682-5013