Meet the Team

Susanne Hill – Co-Owner/ Sales Director

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 works hard to mold The Madisonian and its products into the most progressive and efficient means to reach the Madison County market. Susanne 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 – Co-Owner/Art Director

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.



Sara Racine – Circulation Manager/Sales Assistant

Sara comes to us from the East Coast: more specifically, Vermont. She made the trip out west in 2003 with only a tent and her snowboard, in hopes of finding a new place to live where fresh turns could be found into the summer months. She found that in Montana. Sara has spent all of her working years in customer service and enjoys every minute of it. A people person at heart, she fits into her role as Circulation Manager perfectly and loves visiting business owners of the area and creating relationships. Recently building a house with her husband, it looks as though she is here for the long haul. When not at work, Sara can be found hanging out with her husband and three dogs, watching the Red Sox and mountain biking or skiing in this magnificent valley.


 LoriNewmanLori Newman — Editor

Lori moved back to Montana in June 2014 after spending the previous 17 years as a journalist, editor, photographer and health writer in Wyoming, Coastal Oregon and Southern California. After attending high school in Miles City, she earned degrees from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and the University of Montana in Missoula. Before becoming a journalist, she spent several years as a professional musician and singer, and did shorter stints as a junior high science teacher in Honduras and substitute teacher in Utah and Montana, and has been an administrative assistant, used-bookstore owner and stay-at-home mom to her son and daughter, who are now grown and off to create their own futures in Wyoming and Washington.


Abby web2Abigail Dennis – Reporter

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.







Owners: Erin Leonard and Susanne Hill

Editor: Lori Newman • • (310) 560-2419 (cell)

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

Sales Director: Susanne Hill • • (406) 596-0661
Circulation Manager/Sales Assistant: Sara Racine •
Art Director: Erin Leonard •

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