Meet the Families Magazine Team | South-East QLD

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Meet the Families Magazine team from South East Queensland who value community, responsive parenting and education. We know because we go!

Our core values

The staff at Families Magazine are geographically spread out but philosophically linked. They hold close to the same core values and ensure that they are central at all times.

The core values at Families Magazine are:

  • Inclusivity
  • Equity
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Literacy

The Families Magazine team…

Families Magazine Team Janine

Janine – Editor

Janine took a sidestep from secondary education to become a magazine editor in 2010 to create a sense of work/life balance. Those two roles may seem contradictory but it’s working well so far! Her tenacious, genuine approach allows her to really get to know her staff, her audience and her business partners. Janine believes in education, equality and engaging children in positive, authentic experiences.

Families Magazine Team Dana

Dana – Digital Strategist

Dana is an integral part of the team and brings with her over 15 years’ experience working in the media. She is passionate about the building of community as well as working in a collegial, supportive, female-friendly environment. Families Magazine provides the perfect opportunity for those interests to come together in a way that benefits thousands of readers.

Families Magazine Team Jesse

Jesse – IT Guru

Jesse has been with Families Magazine since its online inception. He answers all of the “How do I…” and “Why isn’t it…” questions that the team love to throw at him. It’s his goal to empower his colleagues to allow them to be able to deliver high-quality information and content to the local community.


Families Magazine Team Lou

Lou – Online Content Manager and Content Creator

Lou is passionate about literacy, the promotion and fostering of resilience in children and mental health awareness for adolescents.  Working with Families Magazine means that she can engage with a community that focuses on responsible, engaged and pro-active parenting. She finds connecting families with experiences and products that improve their lives hugely rewarding.


Families Magazine Team Regina

Regina – Listings Editor

Regina comes to team with a wealth of experience in the field of early childhood education. She is extremely community-minded and makes it her personal mission to find as many low cost (or free!) activities for families as possible. You can thank her for our excellent school holiday activities lists! This thirst for knowledge and desire to ‘get out there’ makes her an irreplaceable member of the team.

Families Magazine Team Jaclyn

Jaclyn – Graphic Designer

Jaclyn Cochrane, a mum-of-two has been living and breathing design for over twenty years. This gentle creative loves to make art. If you can’t find her, you can guarantee that she’s escaped the office and is out exploring with her camera. Jaclyn’s passion for design and photography gives our Gold Coast Magazine it’s unique style and flavour.

Families Magazine Team Suzie

Suzie – Graphic Designer

A designer with over twenty years’ experience (and a self-confessed typography obsessive), Suzie practices peaceful, solo parenting. Her passions are promoting creativity and freedom of expression in children. She lives and breathes art and design. Experiencing local culture, visiting galleries and creating abstract art make Suzie’s heart sing.

Families Magazine Team - Joanne

Joanne – Co-Editor

Joanne loves working with Families Magazine as the experience reflects the realities of parenting in today’s climate. Her focus is on the development of resilience, confidence and independence in children. Self-esteem, self-respect and self-worth are vital skills that Joanne believes children need to learn early to help them grow as adults.

Families Magazine Team Karen

Karen – Videographer and Content Creator

Karen’s dream is that the uniqueness of every child is nurtured, respected and catered for. Her focus as a parent is on celebrating diversity, promoting creativity, embracing the ‘crazy’ and building self-esteem. Families Magazine offers her the opportunity to pursue these interests in a supportive, open environment that accepts and responds to all types of families.

Families Magazine Team - Amanda

Dr Amanda – Educational Consultant

Dr Amanda is a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education) as well as a registered psychologist. Her research focus has a lot of relevance for the Families Magazine audience, concentrating on delayed school entry, student wellbeing and school uniform policies. Dr Amanda a the driving force behind Girls Uniform Agenda which was founded in 2017 to advocate for the rights of female students.


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