Meet the Founder

  Photograph by Suji Donnelly

Photograph by Suji Donnelly

Would you like to set up a consultation? I look forward to working with you and giving tangible form to your life stories and special memories.

Dawn M. Roode

Professionally, I am a longtime lifestyle editor and designer. I have worked with top talent as a managing editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Latina, Child, and Parenting magazines. As production director at Vogue and a consultant at other national titles including Vanity Fair, I optimized images from some of the world’s leading photographers and prepared page designs for print.

Over the last decade, my writing and editing work—focused on both digital and print—has become more customized to clients’ needs.

Personally, I am a nurturer and storyteller at heart. I am a proud mother to one young son; a lover of art, literature high and low, photography, sports, and music. 

In the last few years, I have had my share of personal loss. During that time I experienced the joys, overwhelming demands, and emotional rollercoaster of being a caregiver.

My experience losing my one-of-a-kind mother, my live-in grandmother, and my beloved mother-in-law in a few short years—and mining for a family history where one was not readily available to me—have led me to this place.

Not only do I strive to give you the gift of a beautiful, custom, heartfelt book celebrating the life of your loved one—but I also hope to walk the journey with you as you rediscover and give voice to that person, as you create a lasting memory book to be passed through the generations. 


Dawn M. Roode is a proud professional member of the Association of Personal Historians and is certified by APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.

Learn more about Dawn's experience on her LinkedIn profile.

MHBs’ Extended Team

Dawn's team consists of professional editors, writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers with whom she has worked for years in the publishing field. As a former managing editor, she is a seasoned project manager and is keenly aware that choosing the right people for each client’s book is key to its success. Trust us: You—and your stories—are in the best of hands.