Our Story

Shawn Miller, Publisher and CEO

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Calif., I moved in 1989 to Arizona, where I received a degree in global marketing with a minor in advertising at Arizona State University. I worked nine years for a regional magazine publisher in Arizona, learning about the magazine industry from top to bottom. In 2007, I and my wife/business partner, Kristin, along with our first child and three pups, relocated to Colorado to launch Denver Life Magazine. We now have three wonderful children and love this amazing state. I enjoy skiing, golfing, camping, hiking, fly-fishing, and spending time with my family.

Tom Visocchi, Creative Director

I grew up in Detroit, studied at the Center for Creative Studies, and worked at an ad agency before moving to Denver 25 years ago. Since then, I have done an array of creative work (plus bartending!), working at an ad agency, designing mail-order catalogs for a subsidiary of Whole Foods, and photo editing for Starz. In publishing, I have worked at Colorado Biz magazine and Denver magazine, and freelanced for Ft. Collins, Breckenridge, and Winter Park magazines for Evergreen Publishing. For the last five years, I’ve designed Denver Life Magazine.

Kerrie Lee Brown, Executive Editor

After almost 20 years working in media in Toronto, I relocated to Denver with my two boys and husband in 2014. I’m a proud Canadian, but am grateful that our family aspirations have led us to the beautiful Mile High City. I’ve had the pleasure of running several editorial and creative teams in the health and fitness, entertainment, parenting, food, and lifestyle industries—most notably, as the editor-in-chief of Oxygen Women’s Fitness magazine, founding editor of American Health & Fitness, and executive editor of Today’s Parent magazine. I’ve also freelanced for over 100 publications in the areas of fashion, beauty, celebrity profiles, extreme sports, motivation, and marketing. After taking some time off to write a book on the importance of selfcare My Heart, My Self and launch my own women’s storytelling platform Redlilylife.com, I am thrilled to be back in-house overseeing the amazing Denver Life team. Off the clock, when I’m not at the motocross track or hockey rink with my kids, you’ll most likely find me at the gym or walking my rescue French bulldog Tessie.

Michelle M. Gutierrez, Art Director

Growing up in Santa Fe, I spent many afternoons daydreaming about my future. At 18, I enlisted in the Army and was able to travel the world. After four years of serving my country and gaining a sense of direction, I began my creative journey in the Pacific Northwest. Now, with over 15 years of design experience, I have an innate sense of layout, and believe my travels have given me a perspective on the world that I bring to my work as a designer and art director. With a passion for the arts, I immerse myself in it all—whether fine-tuning my cooking skills, mixology, visual arts, dancing, or attending as many music events as possible.

Lori Perry, Senior Account Executive

I joined the Denver Life Magazine family in 2016.  A Minnesota native, I fell in love with Colorado’s mountains in 1978 and always knew this was where my heart belonged. I moved to Colorado in 2012. I have two degrees—in accounting and in sales & marketing—and have owned two successful businesses. My husband, Tim, and I have four amazing sons and daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. We own a horse ranch in Franktown, where we have six horses, four dogs, and one donkey. I love professional barrel racing.

Susan Fornoff, Associate Editor

I moved to Denver for love in 2016 after 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have felt right at home—from the vibrant arts and dining scenes, to the rabid sports culture, to the burgeoning real estate market. Even Denver's traffic rivals that of Northern California! Born in Baltimore and educated at the University of Maryland's journalism school, I worked as a writer and/or editor at USA Today (sports), Sacramento Bee (sports), and San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle (sports, real estate, home/garden, travel) before venturing out on my own as a freelancer and founder of GottaGoGolf.com. I'm thrilled to be back in print and serving readers again at Denver Life Magazine!

Jamie Froyd, Business Development Manager / Events

In my role at Denver Life, I collaborate with various clients and nonprofits to create partnerships that provide new branding opportunities and event marketing. The team’s only Colorado native, I’m a Cherry Creek and CU Boulder alum, so you’ll find me enjoying all things outdoorsy around the state in my spare time.

Hope Marks, Editorial Intern

Hope Marks is a fourth year student double majoring in Journalism and Communications and minoring in Marketing at the University of Denver. Before moving to Denver for school, Hope lived in Chicago with her parents and three siblings. In her free time, Hope loves to hike, cook, read, and catch up on her favorite TV shows. She is also a big film lover. When Hope is home in Chicago, she is rarely seen without her dog, Meli. Last fall, Hope had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic where she traveled around Europe and learned a bit of Czech. Hope has held internships in public relations as well as marketing for companies in Chicago. She hopes to return to Chicago someday but right now is enjoying her time in Denver.

Benjamin Goldsmith, Editorial Intern

I'm Ben Goldsmith. I'm a Florida boy, but I've been living in Colorado for 6 years and prefer everything about this place over the flat, hot, mosquito-and-gator-infested marsh I call home. I graduated last May from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in creative writing and linguistics, and I'm currently trying to make use of those two pieces of paper. I love skiing, writing (science fiction being my wheelhouse), and long walks on the beach, but I also really enjoy editing. It's kinda fun in the same way washing dishes or knitting is fun, and I like doing it until my mind burns out and I lose the ability to read. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this internship and building my portfolio through it, and getting to know everyone here who is helping to give me this awesome opportunity!