During the long days and short years of raising children, PDX Parent is there for Portland’s busy families. Locally owned and operated — PDX Parent is for local parents by local parents.
Rose Caudillo is the Publisher for PDX Parent. Before taking a break from her professional career to raise two girls, Rose lived in Austin, Texas where she ran her own communications company and produced shows like the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards and Quentin Tarantino’s 24 Hour Film Fest. When not glued to her laptop, she’s baking, gardening or playing cribbage with her girls.
Editor Denise Castañon loves the process of making magazines: taking ideas and turning them into something tangible that can help make the lives of fellow Portland parents easier. She has been with PDX Parent for more than six years, first as managing editor, and now as editor. Denise graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print journalism and political science. She also has more than eight years of national magazine editing experience, including working on staff at Fit Pregnancy and Physical magazines. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband and their daughter and son.
Susan Bard is our “Art Department.” She builds ads, designs and produces the monthly issues, and creates graphics for marketing pieces used in print and online. When not working at the computer, she’s taming her wild yard, puttering in the kitchen, drawing, sewing, walking her energetic pooch, or kayaking with her family (husband and two daughters) along the Siletz River.
Michelle Carew is our Web Director. Her professional background includes roles in communications, marketing and project management. Michelle joined the team in 2016 after five years of doggedly following PDX Parent for resources and family fun ideas. She lives in Southwest Portland with her daughter and husband. When she’s not working, Michelle is reading, doing puzzles, watching gymnastics class or checking the Kids Calendar for a new activity to explore.
Lionel Di Giacomo provides web development and technical support for the PDX Parent website. A Colorado native, Lionel now lives happily in Southwest Portland co-parenting a menagerie of dogs, pet rats, snails and a turtle nicknamed Chainsaw. Apart from animals and the great outdoors, Lionel enjoys programming, art and good sci-fi.
Jill Weisensee is our Westside Account Representative, and, as of February 2020, she also is the owner of PDX Parent. A University of Oregon Journalism School graduate, Jill has spent her career working with local businesses in the area of print, digital and social media marketing. She believes strongly that by continuing to work in the area of sales, she will stay connected to our partners and have a better understanding of the marketplace and needs of local businesses. Both native Oregonians, Jill and her husband enjoy exploring our city, state and (hopefully soon!) the world with their school-age twin boys. And when they get an evening away, the Portland restaurant scene is always their first choice for a night out.
Lauren Wylie is our Eastside Account Executive. Before moving to Oregon and starting a new career in sales, she worked in public health advocating for health policy change in low-income high schools in California. She lives in Southwest Portland with her two boys, husband and their furry dog child. She loves going on adventures with her family that include hiking, biking and exploring all things Oregon.
Melissa Light wears many hats at PDX Parent. She currently is the Newsletter & Calendar Editor, Distribution Coordinator and Events Manager. She also works part-time as an Educational Assistant for PPS. When she is not working, she can often be found on the tennis court; hiking in the Southwest and Northwest hills with her dog, Roxy; baking and spending a lot of time with her 12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter and husband.
Christie Kline is PDX Parent’s Finance Manager. With a background in human resources, Christie first became active in Portland’s parent community by co-founding a co-op preschool and then continuing her volunteer board work for other parenting organizations. After treasuring the magazine’s extensive kid’s calendar for years as a homeschooling parent (it was only in print back then!), she started working at PDX Parent in 2010. Her daughter is now about to graduate college. Her favorite thing to do is rock climb, an activity she started in her 40s at the encouragement of her daughter. They’ve been climbing together for almost a decade.