Our Team

Barb Pettie
Regional Publisher
I joined Black Press Media in 2010 as an Inside Sales Rep at the Red Deer Advocate, moving quickly to Outside Sales. In 2018, I became Sales Manager at the Sylvan Lake News and Eckville Echo and was appointed Regional Publisher of the Sylvan Lake News, Eckville Echo and Lacombe Express in 2022. I am very proud to be one of the many important contributors to the newspaper’s successes and our vital role in our community. I’m active with the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Committee.

Jaylee MacDonald
Multimedia Marketing Specialist
I joined Black Press Media in September 2022. I am an advertising consultant for Central Alberta. What I love about my position is the feeling of community; getting to know the people behind the business and helping entrepreneurs to achieve their goals is internally rewarding. I am a mother of three boys, and in my spare time, I love to bake. I have been a fan of the arts since I can remember, I enjoy painting scenery most of all.

Cheryl Hyvonen
Ad Controller
I started in 1980 as a typesetter, eventually moving to the front office. Today, I’m an ad controller for many of the Prairie Division papers and Farm Press.

Sarah Baker
Multimedia Journalist
403-887-2331 Ext2023
I joined Black Press in March 2023 and am looking forward to sharing stories about the local communities. I was raised in Central Alberta and I’m thrilled that I can still call it home as I embark on this career.