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Greenleaf’s employees bring the extensive experience and business perspective to guide our clients through successful production, platform development, distribution and marketing.

Staff

Hobbs Allison

Consultant

Hobbs seeks out and partners with both new and established authors to help them develop their publishing programs utilizing Greenleaf's author-centric model. He also acts as a liaison between new publishers and our production, distribution, and marketing teams.

Elizabeth Barrett

Brand Strategist

Elizabeth has worked in the book publishing industry since 2007 and comes to Greenleaf with experience in editorial, foreign rights, and project management. She spent six years working at the National Geographic Society, with two years spent in their Germany office. She has managed authors and book projects in over 35 countries and holds an MBA in International Business. As a Brand Strategist at Greenleaf, Elizabeth pulls from both business and editorial points of view to advise independent authors on brand positioning, audience engagement, and increased readership.

Yolanda Barton

Distribution Account Executive

Yolanda Barton holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Law Society & Justice from the University of Washington. Yolanda brings invaluable experience as an Executive Assistant to highly proficient C-Suite Executives in government and global organizations. She successfully organized, coordinated and managed campaigns, projects and processes both domestically and internationally. She has extensive knowledge in project management, retreat facilitation and event production coordinating festivals, conferences and corporate events. Yolanda works closely with authors to advise them on the distribution process and selling books to retailers and wholesalers throughout the country and abroad.

Jodi Boyer

Contracts Coordinator

Jodi Boyer joins the Greenleaf team with over eight years of professional operations and project coordination experience, notably for Ballet Austin and PR Newswire. As a member of the GBG Legal Team, Jodi coordinates the contract process and facilitates compliance for each of our authors. Jodi’s love of literature spans beyond GBG, as she is an active volunteer for Austin Bat Cave and Texas Book Festival.

Justin Branch

Director of Consulting

As Director of Consulting for Greenleaf Book Group, Justin leads the acquisitions process and designs successful book launch strategies. Applying a holistic approach to book publishing, Justin focuses on author brand and platform development in conjunction with producing a high-quality, differentiated book product that is ready for market. With more than twenty New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers to his credit, Justin has a proven record for results. His client list ranges from well-known brands such as John Gray and Kanye West to debut authors. Once a title is acquired and the strategy is mapped, Justin is the author's liaison as he or she works with the Greenleaf production, distribution, and marketing teams. Before joining Greenleaf, he worked in television production and marketing for KingWorld Productions (The Roseanne Show), HollywoodBroadcasting,com, and Cox Communications.

Rachael Brandenburg

Junior Designer

Rachael holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Austin and started at Greenleaf as a graphic design intern. Now as a Production Artist, Rachael works under the Art Director and closely with the Design, Editorial, and Production teams, as well as taking on various design requests from other departments. She is responsible for inputting editorial and design changes; prepressing files; and composing interior layouts, ARC covers, and Platform Development packages.

Diana Ceres

Senior Editor

Diana brings 20 years’ editorial and publications experience to Greenleaf Book Group. Diana thrives in a creative team environment where she can inspire others to reach their fullest potential. She has edited a variety of publications, ranging from novels and memoirs to children’s books and basal readers. Most recently, she was in charge of submissions for Foxhead Books. Diana has a master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Lindsey Clark

Assistant Editor

Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. She worked as assistant manager and author attendant at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, and managed the Signed First Editions Book Club at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson. She is currently a committee chair for the Texas Book Festival. Lindsey began her career with Greenleaf as an intern and quickly advanced to full-time editor. She enjoys working closely with Greenleaf authors to help them unlock their manuscript’s full potential.

Carly Cohen

Jr. Distribution Account Executive

As a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Communications, Carly works closely with the Distribution Account Executives to maintain supply and provide data for inventory and sales updates.  She is the main contact for our international distributors and helps maintain title information on retail websites.  Carly also produces material for our sales representatives and regularly contributes to the website.

Nathan DeLacretaz

Manager of Information Systems

Nathan is in charge of database development and administration, computer support, network management, and various tech-related projects with outside vendors and consultants. He tracks and troubleshoots computer and network issues, assesses bids, and is the buyer for all software and hardware.

Steven Elizalde

Distribution Account Executive

Steve is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Management. He comes to Greenleaf Book Group with experience in the wholesale side of publishing. He currently works in the Distribution department, working closely with authors throughout the distribution process as their book is sold to retailers and wholesalers throughout the country.   

Corrin Foster

Marketing Manager

Corrin works in Greenleaf's marketing department where she assists with various marketing programs, manages project workflow and procedures, and oversees Greenleaf's social media presence. Corrin earned her MBA from Indiana University and BS from Ball State University specializing in Marketing and Professional English Composition. She has more than eight years experience in account management and project coordination in both agency and corporate settings. Prior to Greenleaf, Corrin provided social media consulting to authors and small businesses.

Sally Garland

Associate Editor

Sally began her career in publishing at the French publisher Hachette in New York City where she worked for eight years. She worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston in Austin, and Houghton Mifflin in Boston, for an additional ten years. Sally enjoys editing all types of books and her leisure reading gravitates toward any book set in or about NYC. Her publishing background includes experience in foreign rights, permissions acquisitions, and subsidiary rights. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas, and studied French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Persian at Georgetown University and New York University.

Jen Glynn

Project Manager

Jen comes to Greenleaf Book Group with more than 13 years of publishing experience. She began her career as a receptionist at Boston magazine, later moving to the Production Department where she eventually became Production Director. Her role allowed her to work on the magazine's most anticipated issue, "Best of Boston" each year. More recently, she worked as the business manager at the Harvard Common Press. At Greenleaf, Jen guides authors and their projects through the editorial, design and printing process as a project manager.

Neil Gonzalez

Art Director

A member of the Greenleaf design team since 2007, Neil has designed over 30 titles, including two Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestsellers. He holds a BA in Communication Design from Texas State University, and an Associate’s degree in Visual Communication Design from Austin Community College. When working with authors, Neil focuses on effective, conceptual designs that present a message in a simple, clever, and attractive fashion. He also draws upon his knowledge of Flash and interactive media when developing projects. Outside of work, Neil applies his creative skills to designing posters and materials for his band. His work has earned him the gold award from the Art Director’s Club of Houston for poster design.

Bryan Goodwin

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Bryan provides general legal support to the Greenleaf business team and also works with management on process improvements, compliance and human resources matters. Bryan has a broad range of legal experience including previously serving as senior corporate counsel with Avis Budget Group and as corporate counsel for Schlotzsky's. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law.

Tanya Hall

Chief Executive Officer

Tanya drives Greenleaf¹s growth efforts and fosters a culture built around serving authors. Prior to her current role, Tanya worked directly with Greenleaf's authors to develop publishing strategies (including multiple New York Times bestsellers); spearheaded growth strategies including Greenleaf's ebook program and the River Grove digital-first imprint; and built Greenleaf's distribution organization, working directly with retailers and wholesalers to develop one of the fastest growing distribution businesses in the industry. Before joining the publishing industry, Tanya worked in digital media and as a television producer for Extra! and E! Cable Networks.

Scott James

Manager of Brand Strategy

Scott is a strategist and coach who helps Greenleaf authors develop their brand strategy, build high-impact assets, and connect with their target audience. Entrepreneur.com listed him as one of "27 Masters of Marketing and PR Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From". He has been working with authors and start-ups since 2007 and frequently speaks on publishing at conferences like O'Reilly Tools of Change Author (R)evolution, Writer.ly PubCamp, and Greenleaf Author Summit.

Ashley Jones

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Ashley is a results-oriented, creative marketing professional with experience in marketing strategy, brand architecture, and program creation for top brands including Bud Light, KitchenAid, and Chevrolet. Throughout her career, she has created successful marketing campaigns including award-winning advertising and highly targeted word-of-mouth programs. At Greenleaf, she is using her strategic skills to help authors build their brands and connect with audiences. 

Carrie Jones

Director of Production

Carrie Jones comes to Greenleaf with more than 25 years of publishing experience, most recently with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has held a variety of positions, encompassing editorial, rights and permissions, and project management. At Greenleaf, Carrie manages Editorial, Design, and Project Management, focusing on process improvement and quality management. Carrie also oversees Greenleaf’s Permissions Services.

Tyler LeBleu

Project Manager

Tyler comes to Greenleaf Book Group with more than ten years of events, marketing, and merchandising experience within publishing. Under direction of the Production Manager, Tyler oversees projects as they progress through the editorial, design, and printing processes of book production. He manages project schedules, facilitates interdepartmental collaboration, and oversees quality control for production projects. He is a primary client contact for books in production.

Emilie Lyons

Project Manager

A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in English Literature and minors in Corporate Strategy and Spanish, Emilie started at Greenleaf as the Print Buyer. In her current role as Project Manager, she works with clients to create a production schedule and oversees the project as it advances through editorial, design and printing. She works to unite the vision and expertise of the client and the various departments within Greenleaf into a cohesive final product.

Maryn Masumiya

Business Development Executive

Maryn leads Greenleaf’s business development efforts by cultivating strategic partnerships that promote growth and innovation. With over 8 years of project development and marketing expertise, she has helped launch networking platforms, national conferences, and consumer programs. She holds a BA in English from UCLA.

Kimberly McDole

Business Development Coordinator

Kimberly holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and began her career at Greenleaf as a Marketing and Platform Development intern. As coordinator, her current responsibilities include ad development, assisting inbound authors with inquiries, and the management of Greenleaf's submissions department. Kimberly is also one of Greenleaf’s book reviewers.

Stephanie Mlynarski

Accounting Clerk

Stephanie has worked in the accounting field for more than 19 years, bringing to Greenleaf vast experience in receivables, payables, collections, and customer service. She has worked in a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction, and mortgage. Stephanie works closely with Sarah and Shannon providing internal accounting support and assisting authors and industry wholesalers.

Sarah Mueller

Print Buyer

As the print buyer, Sarah works with top printers in the United States and abroad to maximize the profit margins for our clients by finding the right printer for each book. She ensures Greenleaf's high quality standards are met and monitors press schedules. Sarah started with Greenleaf as a Publishing Assistant. She has a background in television and film, and also assists with GBG media projects.

Kristine Peyre-Ferry

Logistics Coordinator

A graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business, Kristine started as an intern in Greenleaf’s distribution department and moved into her current role as Logistics Coordinator. Kristine is the main point of contact with the warehouse who she works with to oversee and manage the books inventory levels as well as all order processing and inbound/outbound shipping. She also works closely with the Distribution Account Executives to monitor the supply and demand for all Greenleaf books and works to make sure the book launch process runs smoothly. In addition, Kristine handles the title data management for new and existing books with retailers and wholesalers as well as Greenleaf’s numerous ebook accounts. Kristine also acts as a support contact for our backlist authors and helps them with anything from their recent sales history, to online book page updates, to shipping needs and inventory requests.

Brian Phillips

Designer

Brian holds a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has worked as a graphic designer for the past four years. At Greenleaf, he is responsible for designing book covers and interior layouts, and also works with the marketing team to coordinate the design of marketing and promotional material. Recently, one of his book covers was featured in the international design publication HOW Magazine, and his independent work has been showcased in the visual communication journal Graphis.

Felecha Reece

Senior Accountant

As a member of the accounting team, Felecha handles high level reconciliations, internal accounting projects, and other internal reporting needs. She handles billing, tracks expenses, and works closely with Brian and Shannon to ensure accurate financials. Felecha completed her professional accounting requirements through Austin Community College and is a candidate to sit for the Certified Public Accounting Exam.

Chelsea Richards

Marketing Associate

As a member of Greenleaf's marketing team, Chelsea is responsible for executing book launch marketing initiatives, coordinating advertising placements with industry vendors, and scouting for new and exciting promotional opportunities for our authors. Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Southwestern University and completed New York University's Summer Publishing Institute. She brings hybrid experience in both marketing and publishing and a passion for literature.

Danny Sandoval

Consultant

Danny comes to Greenleaf with an entrepreneurial background in marketing and corporate training. He seeks out and partners with new and established authors to create a customized strategy for a successful book launch. Once a project is launched, Danny acts as a liaison for the authors as they work with the Greenleaf production, distribution, and marketing teams. Literature is a strong part of Danny’s past, as he began his career working in theatre and film. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chantel Stull

Production Artist

Chantel is a graduate of the Art Institute of Austin whose keen attention to detail and grasp of type and layout has been sharpened through previous experiences as a designer for Tenderling and local nonprofit Big Medium. Working closely with Greenleaf’s art director, Chantel applies her design skill to a diverse range of projects, working closely with the marketing, production, and editorial teams.

Magdalene Thomas

Marketing Associate

As a member of Greenleaf's marketing team, Magdalene works with authors to design, execute, and evaluate balanced, thoughtful marketing campaigns surrounding their book launch. Prior to joining Greenleaf, Magdalene worked in publicity for Dorling Kindersley and spearheaded the marketing team for an independent international ebook retailer. While she has worked in both traditional and independent publishing, she much prefers independent publishing because she gets to work one-on-one with authors. She holds a BA in International Journalism and Media from Richmond University in London, England.

Nathan True

Senior Editor

Nathan works closely with authors and editors to guide projects through the editorial process, ensuring that the author’s voice and purpose are clear and well presented in the final publication. He comes to Greenleaf after nine years in publishing in the sciences and social sciences. He has also worked in various areas of print production, including graphics, typesetting and compositing, and production management. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, each in French and linguistics.

Brian Viktorin

Chief Financial Officer

Brian oversees the policy and management of Greenleaf's accounting and finance functions, including budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, cash management, banking relationships, and general accounting functions (payroll, vendor payables, and customer receivables). He is also responsible for the company's risk management and human resources areas. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant with broad expertise and experience in public accounting and internal auditing with both developing and publicly held companies.

Shannon Zuniga

Manager of Accounting Services

Shannon manages accounts receivable and assists in multiple accounting related functions, including client support and inquiries, invoicing and billing, and account reconciliations. She provides internal accounting support and works closely with Sarah and Stephanie assisting authors and industry wholesalers.

Development Partners

Chris Benguhe

Editor at Large

Internationally published author, columnist, and editor Chris Benguhe has worked as an editor at every level of the editorial process, including editor-in-chief and publisher, and has edited dozens of titles for up-and-coming authors. He is also a former People magazine writer and tabloid editor. Chris has interviewed everyone from the famous to the felonious and chronicled the world’s most provocative stories. His first book, Triumphs of the Heart (Penguin Putnam), was introduced by President George W. Bush. He went on to write Triumphs of the Heart Book II and Beyond Courage: The 9 Principles of Heroism (Penguin Putnam). His latest book, Overcoming Life’s 7 Common Tragedies (Paulist Press), examines the positive potential of tragedy—how it can bring people closer to each other and help them realize their ultimate purpose. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. He is also a TV writer, speaker, and columnist with over a million readers.

Lari Bishop

Editor at Large

Lari Bishop has spent more than two decades writing and editing for a variety of publications, including newspapers, magazines, websites, and books, and has spent the last thirteen years in book publishing. She helped build editorial teams for small firms, worked for John Wiley & Sons as a developmental editor, was a senior editor for Greenleaf Book Group, and now runs her own editorial company, Draft Lab. Throughout the years, she has written or contributed to more than twenty-five books, including well-known business, self-help, finance, fiction, and health titles. She has edited an additional sixty titles, provided editorial direction on hundreds of manuscripts, and coached dozens of authors through the writing process. Her level of comfort in all media and a variety of genres has enabled her authors to expand their horizons, deepen their ideas, and broaden their influence. Lari has a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in economics.

Jay Hodges

Editor at Large

Jay Hodges began editing professionally in 1995. He has experience with magazines, online media, and books. A graduate from the Bennington Writing Seminars with an MFA in fiction writing and from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in German literature, Jay has worked in the editorial departments of Routledge, Penguin, and Martha Stewart. He has written for several publications, including Time Out New York and In These Times. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Jay is exceptionally good at identifying language that is unclear and improving the general flow of ideas and prose in manuscripts.

Kim Lance

Designer at Large

Kim holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee. Before finding her home in the publishing world as a book cover designer, she worked in the advertising industry creating award-winning campaigns for many high-ranking clients. After spending some additional time as an art director of a university magazine and working on some small-press photography books, she knew book design was her calling. When not busy creating, Kim is browsing the bookstores looking for great reads and terrific covers.

Sheila Parr

Designer at Large

Sheila is an award-winning book designer and art director. She oversees the creative work of our in-house and freelance designers to shape innovative book cover and page designs, and she regularly consults with authors on industry design standards. Her journalism background gives her a unique perspective on how design can relay information. She has been at Greenleaf since 2005.

Brandy Savarese

Editor at Large

Brandy Savarese comes to Greenleaf from university press publishing, with a particular focus on acquiring and developing books in the fine arts (especially photography) architecture, and humanities. To enhance her publishing knowledge, she has expanded her experience in imprint and brand development and project-based fundraising. With a bachelor's degree in Italian and art history from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia, Brandy is at ease collaborating with authors on a wide variety of books. She brings ten years of publishing experience to the group.

Jeanne Thornton

Editor at Large

Jeanne Thornton is a freelance editor working at a variety of levels, from project development to copy editing and manuscript diagnosis, with a specialization in fiction titles. She has worked in the past with a variety of trade and academic publishers on both a freelance and in-house basis, most notably Seven Stories Press in New York City as an acquiring editor for award-winning literary fiction and other titles. She is also an author in her own right, with her debut novel, The Dream of Doctor Bantam, having been released in October 2012 by OR Books.

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