All About Us

We're proud to provide State College and the surrounding region with an interesting, timely and fun monthly magazine that brings together great people, ideas and events. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of wonderful people from our area—young and old. This is our opportunity to introduce ourselves to you!

Marlene Sample • President

Marlene Sample, president of Sample Media.

Marlene Sample has been in the publishing business for more than 30 years. She and her husband, George, own several newspapers and shoppers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. State College Magazine and Pennsylvania Business Central were acquired by the Sample Media group in 2007. These two publications, along with The Bargain Sheet, are housed in the Vallamont Building, 1001 University Drive. As a 1973 Penn State grad, she is loyal to all that is "Penn State Proud." Marlene loves golf and the beach, but most of all, spending time with her daughter, Morgan. Email Marlene at

Sarah Rafacz • Editor of State College Magazine

Sarah Rafacz joined State College Magazine in 2019. She grew up in Pine Grove Mills and graduated from State College Area High School in 2011. She's a Penn State alumna, with degrees in journalism and English. Sarah loves to travel, read and spend time outside. Email Sarah at

Chad Cowder • Art Director

Chad Cowder joined State College Magazine in 2019, bringing multiple years of publishing design experience to the team. He grew up in neighboring Clearfield County but has lived in State College for  almost 20 years. He's a Penn State alumnus, with a degree in studio art. Chad enjoys drawing, hiking and is a big Penn State basketball fan. Email Chad at

Chris Blaska • Production Director

Chris Blaska

Chris Blaska is a lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in graphic design. He joined the Sample Media staff in 2001. Chris enjoys watching and playing sports and following Penn State athletics.

Corinna Anskis • Account Executive


Corinna Anskis joined Sample Media in 2006. She enjoys working with her clients and creating effective advertising within their budgets. When not working, she volunteers for the March of Dimes and plays an active role in her three children's activities. Email Corinna to discuss your advertising needs today!