About Us

The Family Behind it All

The company is owned by Marlin Miller and his wife, Lisa. They have adopted four beautiful children, three of whom sport an extra chromosome (Down syndrome), and one who is on the Autism spectrum. Their love for children with special needs and the beauty of adoption have become central pillars of this company. Plain Values was started because a couple prayerfully entered a journey of opening up their hearts to a few kids who needed love. Their humble prayer was, “Lord, you gave us these kids, now you need to provide for them.” God responded by not only blessing these children but also by providing a way to help children across the world.

The family behind it all

The company is owned by Marlin Miller and his wife, Lisa. They have adopted four beautiful children, three of whom sport an extra chromosome (Down syndrome), and one who is on the Autism spectrum. Their love for children with special needs and the beauty of adoption have become central pillars of this company. Plain Values was started because a couple prayerfully entered a journey of opening up their hearts to a few kids who needed love. Their humble prayer was, “Lord, you gave us these kids, now you need to provide for them.” God responded by not only blessing these children but also by providing a way to help children across the world.

Meet the Team

Marlin Miller

Publisher

Marlin Miller

Marlin is our visionary and leader. He can throw more good ideas at you than you can ever accomplish. His persistence and tenacity have helped grow our company into what it is today. He has a heart for orphans and does whatever is in his power to help them. Marlin has a great sense of humor, loves a good movie quote, and creates a wonderful atmosphere for his team. If he has any free time, you’ll find him with a fly rod in his hand or perusing a bookstore. Our team wouldn’t be complete without him.
Landon Troyer

Kevin Bille

General Manager

Kevin Bille

Kevin Bille

Kevin is our General Manager. The first thing you will notice about Kevin is—he’s intense; this probably comes from being both a coach and an athletic director at the high school and college levels. His ambition and drive never end, and you will know this by the number of articles he reads and the number of tabs open on his desktop. But he doesn’t just read; he pushes us to pursue better and joins us in that pursuit. When Kevin was brought on board, it didn’t take us long to realize he was going to make us a better team.

Sue Wengerd

Senior Editor

Sue Wengerd

Sue is our Senior Editor. When the opportunity for a great story is brewing, she’s the one that makes it all come together. She artfully juggles the schedules for all of our writers and stories and finds time to deal with all the other questions and projects sent her way. Sue also knows how to host a wonderful party. Her creativity comes alive when planning and putting together all of our events. In her inventory of life’s little pleasures, a good book and the sound of ocean waves top the list.

Phil Barkman

Copy Editor

Phil Barkman

Phil is our Copy Editor. He is the one who pores over every article to make sure it is easy to read and that every comma and period are in the correct spot. He enjoys the challenge of finding the misspellings and making sure every ad is mistake-free. When the magazine goes to press, you can be confident that he has critiqued every word and made that month’s issue the best it can be. Phil will often be the quietest one in a meeting but is known to contribute words of wisdom at just the right moment. Phil enjoys history, a good cup of coffee, and a relaxing weekend of camping.

Matt Yoder

Accounts Manager

Matt Yoder

Matt is our Account Manager. When you make the decision to advertise, Matt is the one who will make the process a smooth one. He loves connecting with clients, brainstorming ad ideas, and copywriting. He works hard to make sure you receive the best value possible and will ensure your ad design goes to work for you. Matt is known around the office as having a great sense of humor and loves to insert a “zinger” at just the right moment. He considers running and writing as therapy (although not at the same time).

Isaac Hershberger

Graphic Designer

Isaac Hershberger

The designs you find in the magazine as well as our JPV Press books are the product of Isaac, our talented graphic designer. Isaac is a pro at taking hours worth of our input and turning it into designs that delight the eye and convey the heart of the project. He may be more low-key than the rest of us, but don’t let that fool you—underneath that calm exterior, the creative juices are flowing. If you really want to get his attention, though, mention the food in the kitchen or bring him a cup of well-brewed coffee! We are proud to have him as a part of the team.

Seth Yoder

Graphic Designer

Seth Yoder

When we design an ad for you, Seth is the one behind the creative art that will blow you away. Seth is a focused, hard worker; when he’s given an assignment, you can be sure that it is done not only well, but to perfection. Don’t be fooled by his nose-to-the-grindstone mentality, though. Seth loves a good laugh, a serious theological discussion, singing acapella, and Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza. To check out his work, just pick out your favorite ad in the magazine (It will probably be his work) or check out his illustrations in our kid’s book, Cowboy Joel and the Wild Wild West.
Erica Chupp

Bethany Troyer

Customer Service Representative

Bethany Troyer

Bethany Troyer

Bethany’s title is Customer Service Rep, but she handles much more than the phones. No matter where she’s at, Bethany works hard; even in the depths of the office basement, where she makes boxes fly out the door. Her skills and knowledge of QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel may even surpass her boxing skills. When Bethany isn’t at work, she loves planning trips and traveling to new places with her two sisters. If you give us a call or stop in for a visit, Bethany’s friendly face and voice will be the first to greet you. We make sure to keep our best foot forward in that way.
Landon Troyer

Landon Troyer

Media/ Photographer

Landon Troyer

Landon Troyer

Landon is our talented photographer and social media master. When the morning is bright and clear, you’re likely to find him on a dirt road, setting up his camera to catch the perfect light. While nature is his preferred subject, it doesn’t keep him from capturing the varied expressions of humanity. Landon has traveled extensively and has recorded scenes all over the globe. When not behind a lens, he enjoys talking—and thinking—about photography. He often initiates invigorating conversation and always has well-reasoned input (even if it’s not about photography).
Jan Schlabach

Jan Schlabach

Customer Service

Jan Schlabach

Jan Schlabach

Until we get to write a bit more about Jan, all you need to know is that she is awesome!
Landon Troyer

Mocca Master

CEO

Mocca Master

Mocca Master

Mo is our CEO (Chief Energy Officer) and is arguably the hardest-working member of our team. We keep this guy moving all day long and he, in turn, keeps us moving. He is the engine behind all the work we do; he picks us up when we’re down and gives us the energy to do our jobs well. Mo is also a great people “person,” so if you ever visit our office, he’ll be sure to greet you warmly.

More about us

We work in a pre-Civil War stone house. It was renovated in the early 2000s and became our office in 2014. If you ever wanted to—you know, bring us donuts or something, this is where you can find us. If you stop in (even without a treat in hand), we would love to show you around!
JPV Press Location

More about us

We work in a pre-Civil War stone house. It was renovated in the early 2000s and became our office in 2014. If you ever wanted to—you know, bring us donuts or something, this is where you can find us. If you stop in (even without a treat in hand), we would love to show you around!

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