Meet the Board

Maddie Cohen is a freelance content writer, editor, and photographer. Previously, she reported the news in Montana, where she launched her career after graduating from UC Berkeley. When she’s not at her desk, you can find Maddie out of breath on the Superior Hiking Trail, or in summer, losing her balance on a stand-up paddleboard.

Brooks Johnson tells the Northland’s stories as an investigative journalist with the Duluth News Tribune. He grew up in Fargo, graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism and lived and worked in Idaho, Washington and Oregon before putting down roots in Duluth. Brooks likes to bike, hike, fly fish and write bad poetry. Keep up with his work at

Jenna Kowaleski uses her degree in public relations from the U of M – Twin Cities in her day job as an Account Manager and Strategist at Swim Creative. She spends the hours before dawn writing novels and short stories, as well as working on her book review site:

Chris Pascone attended Macalester College in St. Paul and then spent the next 14 years in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he earned a Master’s in Russian Language and Literature. Chris currently teaches ESL and writing at UW-Superior. He enjoys writing poetry about his trips to the Boundary Waters, and writes a blog about his family’s outdoor adventures in Duluth:

Felicia Schneiderhan is the author of the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler. Her work appears in Real Simple, Chicago Sun-Times, Great Lakes Review, Literary Mama, Lake Superior Magazine, Sport Literate, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Duluth, where she writes in whatever closet she thinks her three tsunamis won’t find her.