A locally owned and operated online magazine and calendar, St. Louis Sprout & About connects your family with events and activities in the metro area.
Meet the Sprout & About staff
Beckie Maislin, Publisher and Founder
With a background in marketing and advertising and the experience of raising three children, Beckie hopes you enjoy this much needed resource as much as she's enjoyed creating it. Beckie and her family love City Museum, Purina Farms, the Saint Louis Science Center and exploring the many beautiful parks our city offers. Contact Beckie.
Suzanne Halbrook, Editor
As a mom of four busy little boys, Suzanne Halbrook knows life with a growing family is always an adventure. Suzanne spent 11 years excelling in the field of public relations and marketing, winning numerous awards for her work in tourism marketing. In 2012, she left the workforce to focus full-time on her family. She joins St. Louis Sprout & About as the new editor, starting a new chapter in her professional life. Suzanne and her family love going to the Saint Louis Zoo, Pere Marquette State Park, Gateway Grizzlies games and The Magic House. Contact Suzanne.
Liz Behan, Calendar Manager
As calendar manager, Liz Behan has the hefty task of seeking out events, entering events in our comprehensive calendar and helping Sprout members upload their events. A lifelong St. Louisan, Liz Behan loves taking her family to the same places she enjoyed as a child, including Suson Park, Purina Farms and the Magic House. Liz, her husband and three children live in Lake Saint Louis. Contact Liz.
Kathy Deters, Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager
Originally from Jefferson City, Kathy is a transplant to St. Charles County and has enjoyed discovering all that St. Louis has to offer families. Writing for St. Louis Sprout and About has been a culmination of years of writing and editing, but her favorite part of the job is the adventures that it's taken her on, from exploring the slopes of Hidden Valley in Wildwood to wandering through artists' studios at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, and meeting a few local legends along the way. As Social Media Manager, Kathy also enjoys keeping the site connected to its readers via Twitter and Facebook. Contact Kathy.
David Maislin, Technical Director
Working in the technology space for more than 25 years, David, Beckie's husband, was inspired by his wife's idea to build a resource for families in the St. Louis area. Leveraging his extensive background in Internet technologies and guided by Beckie, David is the technical support behind Sprout & About. Contact David.
Jessica Pupillo, Founding Editor
A mom of three boys, Jessica Pupillo knows the trick to household harmony is keeping her kids busy. Jessica is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has been published in more than a dozen magazines and other publications.
Write for St. Louis Sprout & About
St. Louis Sprout & About is always looking for talented, experienced freelance writers to enhance our online publication. We are currently accepting queries for our columns about interesting places and activities for families. We welcome queries and submissions, especially from local freelancers. Before querying St. Louis Sprout, please read through our website to get a feel for our tone and the stories we tend to cover. Pitches may be emailed to Editor Suzanne Halbrook. We do not respond to "Guest Blog" requests. We may not be able to respond to all pitches, and if you haven't heard from us within a month, it is safe to assume that we have decided to pass.