Meet the Team
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Athena Dean is a publisher, speaker, radio host, blogger, and pastor’s wife. For the last 30 years she has worked in the industry, spearheading the independent publishing movement in the Christian publishing market. In 2014 Athena co-founded Redemption Press to fill an author-centered niche in publishing.
Her personal blog (athenadeanholtz.com/blog) was selected as one of the top 100 faith blogs for Christian women in 2015 by www.womensbiblecafe.com. She was president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association from 2016-2018, is a president’s club member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA), a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association (AWSA), and recently retired host of a weekly radio program, “Always Faithful” on AM 630 KCIS, where she shared God’s faithfulness with women across the globe.
Her newest book recounts the story of her twelve-year Job-like experience and the modern day Cinderella story she is now living.
Co-Owner and Chairman
Ross has been pastoring for the last 46 years. He founded The Summit EFC 31 years ago and continues to serve as the Senior Pastor today. His eldest son leads worship and both grandsons are on the worship team.
He attended Criswell College back in Dallas in the 70’s and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and a D.D. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary. His ordination is with the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Most recently Ross received the “Pastor of the Year” award from the National Coalition of Ministries to Men at their Reload Convention in Little Rock, AR, and is the author of “Are You in the Game or in the Way: A Question for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders” (Redemption Press 2017). He also has contributed to two other books, “How to Disciple Men” and “If You Passed Your Baton.”
Chief Operations Officer
Pamela Harding brings an extensive business management background to the Redemption Press team. Her career started as an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy and then transitioned into Human Resources, obtaining a BS Business Administration and MS Human Resources in the process. She then spent 20+ years in a variety of increasingly responsible HR roles including Chief HR Officer.
However, unlike many HR Professionals, she has had a keen interest in business operational management. Obtaining an AA in Accounting she excelled in policy & process development, accounting, payroll, HR and Social Media. In 2015 she created her own business, Metzano, and has managed that business in all aspects from the ground up. Her attention to detail, problem-solving and business savvy bring an essential skill set to Redemption Press.
Codey Forsel, Executive Admin
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 2012, Codey spent a few years working in the heavy machinery industry and then in her field of focus within the healthcare industry.
After realizing how precious her time with her four children was to her she decided to quit her dream job working administratively for a healthcare organization and spent a few years focusing on her family.
Now that most of her children are older she is excited to be a part of an organization that helps people’s dreams of authorship become a reality, and is able to do so without leaving her own home town.
She is very excited to see what God has in store for this new season of her life.
Lashell Shank (Shelly), Administrative Admin
Lashell Shank (Shelly) was born and raised in Billings, Montana and moved to Washington twenty-nine years ago. A graduate of Central Washington University, she has a bachelor’s in psychology, with a minor in family studies, and has worked in human resources, focusing on employee development, staffing, and recruiting. With a growing family, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, and supporting her husband in his profession.
Back into the workforce, Shelly has worked in healthcare management as an assisted-living director, chiropractic assistant, and X-ray technician.
Shelly’s faith and family are most important in her life, as well as helping others and having a positive impact in their lives. She currently resides in Bonney Lake with her husband and two children. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, and their English bulldog, traveling, camping, and kayaking. She teaches group fitness classes, and cake baking and decorating.
She is excited to be part of the inspiring group of people at Redemption Press, and is looking forward to this new journey and the opportunities for growth ahead.
Sr. Project Manager, Hannah McKenzie
After being a hairstylist for four years, Hannah’s love and compassion for people and their stories led her to her work at Redemption Press. Through the devotional she has written relating horses to her walk with God, she realized the power of words and helping others reach their goals in publishing. She has been with Redemption Press since the beginning as an administrative assistant and then office manager and moved into project management in January of 2016.
Hannah and her husband have been married since 2012 and have two daughters – Trinity and Paisley. They own a farm where they raise pigs, cows, chickens, and board horses. They enjoy having the opportunity to both work from home and raise their girls. In Hannah’s spare time (the little bit she has!), she enjoys riding horses, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Amber Payne - Project Manager
As a former WinePress author and Publicity and Marketing Assistant (2009-2012) Amber is no stranger to the Christian, self-publishing industry. Due to her ability to intimately understand the publishing process from an author’s standpoint, and her sincere desire to serve our authors with love, integrity and professionalism, Amber brings invaluable wisdom and passion to Redemption Press as the leader of our Project Management team. The author of Breathtaking (2013, BookJolt) and founder of a non-profit focused on God’s sovereignty and goodness amidst human suffering, she lives in Ohio with her husband and infant son, with whom they were blessed through the beautiful gift of adoption.
Colleen Jones - Project Manager
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 3:3
Colleen has enjoyed walking with Jesus for over thirty-five years—during which she’s learned that the words worth writing feature the main themes from Scripture. That’s why she loves managing projects for Christian writers, as their words, whether in a nonfiction or fiction format, carry the gospel message with the intent to enrich a believer’s—and even a nonbeliever’s—life.
With a strong background in project management and a BA in social science, Colleen has spent the last few years of her career gaining experience in the publishing industry. She looks forward to helping Redemption Press authors achieve their publishing goals. She believes clear communication is crucial, and she strives daily to meet authors’ needs.
Michelle Beard - Project Manager
With a BA in Theatre Arts; completed minors in English, Dance, and Japanese; and a MFA in Creative Writing, Michelle is also a published author herself with her most recent contribution in Nightjar (2019, CalArts), a collection of works by the students of California Institute of the Arts. She lives in the Seattle area with her wonderful husband, both happy transplants from Southern California.
Sara Colley - Project Manager
Sara was born and grew up in the Seattle area but decided to branch out of the PNW after a mission trip to Nashville, Tennessee during high school. She began her four years at Belmont University in Nashville pursuing a BFA in Studio Art until she realized her hobbies in the arts were not necessarily her passions. She began studying the publishing process during her sophomore year and never looked back! Sara graduated in May 2019 with a BA in Literary Publishing, a Minor in Studio Art, and two years of advanced Koine Biblical Greek, and is still an aspiring intellectual properties lawyer.
Upon returning home to the ocean and mountains she had missed so much, Sara was extremely excited to start her career in publishing as soon as possible after picking up several months of experience working for a literary agent while at school. She looks forward to working with authors to make their stories come to life through Redemption Press!
Kathy Green - Publishing Consultant
Megan Pardi - Senior Typesetter / Text Designer
Megan Pardi is thrilled to be contributing to the art department at Redemption Press with the myriad graphic and marketing projects associated with developing titles and the firm. She has enjoyed three distinct phases with her career. Her first 25 as a homemaker and stay at home mom, then she delved into graphic design & marketing management within the commercial and residential construction industries and now in addition she is also an active real estate agent.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Megan has lived in a few other places around the country for short stints but considers the PNW home. She loves taking road trips and dining al fresco. Her last road trip crossed the south central and southwestern states, her next will be a short run to Cannon Beach, Or. She also loves to cook and bake really good food and is a fan of Washington wines. And ultimately, she spends most of her free time with her spouse. When she’s not out driving in her snappy blue Volkswagen Beetle, she’s likely reading out on her back patio.
Nate Myers - Cover Designer & Typesetting
With over 15 years of experience in the publishing field and a BFA in Graphic Design I work to create unique designs that help our clients get noticed. My creativity and attention to the smallest detail are evident whether I’m doing a book cover or laying out the interior text within a novel.
I got my start working in-house at the custom publishing company Athena originally co-founded doing book layout and working my way up to designing book covers and eventually running the design department. After over 4 years working at an independent publisher I left, went back to school for graphic design and while in school formed Wilhelm Design.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, I currently live in the Enumclaw area. When not designing books you can find me traveling with my wife Abbey and our Boston terrier Basil
Bill Johnson - Cover Designer
Maryna Zhukova - Cover Designer
Managing Editor, Dori Harrell
Dori is an award-winning writer, editor, author coach, and speaker at writers’ and editors’ conferences and relationship-marketing events.
As managing editor of Redemption Press, she works closely with Redemption’s authors and editors, guiding manuscripts through the editing process and ensuring top-notch editing that takes authors’ books to the next level. Dori also owns Breakout Editing and edits for indie authors and publishers, including Kregel Publications and Gemma Halliday Publishing.
As an editor, she releases more than twenty books a year. Dori also guest blogs for author and editing sites. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest, and she’s an avid Seahawks fan.
Inger Logelin - Sr. Editor / Coach
Julie Carobini - Freelance Coach / Editor
Linda Nathan - Editor
Today, Linda has over 30 years of experience as a professional independent freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant, working with authors and institutions on a wide range of projects. Linda’s focus is Christian fiction and nonfiction, including extensive writing and editing in Christian apologetics, sometimes in conjunction with her husband. She also works in the areas of academia, law, journalism, business, the arts, health/social sciences, education, and history; as well as general market fiction and nonfiction. One of her fiction clients was a Christy Gold Medal finalist. Another client’s novel won first prize in a large regional contest by a Christian Writers Group.
Linda has interviewed and worked with political leaders, media figures, and Hollywood celebrities. She has edited nearly 100 college textbooks and helped numerous authors achieve publication. She is a published author of apologetics books, two devotions in Zondervan’s Livingstone Women’s Bible, and dozens of articles ranging from devotions to in-depth journalistic investigations of contemporary issues.
Linda has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and master’s level work in interdisciplinary studies. She is a Gold member of the Christian Editor Connection, and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, and the American Christian Fiction Writers.
Linda and Richard live in the foothills of beautiful Mt. Baker in Washington State, where they enjoy writing together, taking walks in the woods, and visiting their three adorable grandchildren.
Christina Miller - Editor
Christina loves to make a manuscript sparkle and to help authors bring their writing to the next level. She’s a Bethany College of Missions graduate (now Bethany Global University), pastor’s wife, worship leader, and author for Love Inspired, the Christian imprint of Harlequin.
Many of Christina’s non-fiction editing projects have dealt with aspects of Christian living. Because of her theology degrees, she has edited a good number of books written by pastors of almost every major denomination. Her affiliation with the Assemblies of God has naturally attracted Pentecostal authors/pastors, including Dr. Michael Bean, executive presbyter in the Indiana District of the Assemblies of God and author of Hello, Holy Spirit, and Randall Burton, cabinet member of the Indiana District of the Assemblies of God and author of River Rising. She has also edited many personal stories/memoirs, including What Do You Have that God Can Use? by Dr. Carolyn Smith.
Novels are Christina’s favorite books to read and edit. She is particularly proud of editing five award-winning novels. Love Ain’t No Soap Opera by Connie Kuykendall won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Novel at the Blue Ridge Christian Novelist Retreat. Shenandoah Dreams, Shenandoah Crossings, and A Shenandoah Christmas, all by Lisa Belcastro, were finalists in seven contests. In addition, between these three books, Lisa won the Christian Small Publishers Association Romance Novel Book of the Year, the Booksellers Best Award for Best Novella, and the SELAH Award for Best Novella. And The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, debut novel by Carole Brown, was the 2015 Book of the Year in General Fiction from Christian Small Publishers, an RWA Oklahoma International Digital Award second-place winner, a Clash of the Titles top-three finalist, a SELAH Award finalist, and a semi-finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis contest.
While Christina is qualified to edit fiction of all Christian genres, historical romance is her specialty. Growing up on the farm her ancestors settled in the 1850s, she loved nothing more than to explore her grandmother’s attic, finding wooden shoes and sea chests the settlers brought to America from Prussia and pretending to sew on the old treadle sewing machine. Christina’s grandmother often told stories of growing up in rural southern Indiana at the turn of the twentieth century, and those stories ignited her love of history. That love flows into her own writing as well, with her Love Inspired Historical books set in Natchez, Mississippi, during the postbellum years.
When Christina doesn’t have her nose in a book or her toes in the sand, you might catch her visiting an antebellum mansion, exploring a museum or antiques shop, or teaching at a women’s conference. She lives on her family’s farm with her husband of thirty years and Sugar, their talking dog.
Marlene McCurley - Editor
Marlene has worked in Christian education for twenty-five years and as a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and writer for nearly twenty years. She as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and an editing credential from the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, a division of the University of Chicago, home of the Chicago Manual of Style. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Editors Guild, and the Christian PEN. She is also the Editors Connection Coordinator for the Northwest Christian Writers Association. She has volunteered her editing services for the Western and Central Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the NCWA.
When not helping to spot inaccuracies, typos, grammar no-nos, and fuzzy logic for an author, she is enjoying her three grandchildren, traveling with her husband, reading speculative fiction, writing about her new favorite word, or strumming the ukulele.
Find out more about Marlene at www.mwords.net.
Rebecca Florence Miller - Coach / Editor
Prior to her career as an editor, Rebecca received a master of divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) and spent three years in parish ministry. Her undergraduate degree from Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) is in English and humanities.
Rebecca also knows what it’s like to be on the other side of the editorial relationship. She understands how quality editing can help a writer reach the next level of communication, as well as the vulnerability a writer feels when sending their work to an editor. Her writing has appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Bible Studies, Christ and Pop Culture, Christianity Today TV and Movies, and Mockingbird.
Jeanette Hanscome - Coach / Editor
As a freelance editor and coach, Jeanette has experience in a variety of genres, including devotionals, women’s contemporary fiction, historical romance, YA, memoirs, and general nonfiction. She is also a speaker and regularly teaches workshops at writers’ conferences. She is currently on the board of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference and is a member of Christian Editor Network, Inspire Christian Writers, and Christian Authors Network.
Much of Jeanette’s writing and speaking flows from her unique perspective as a woman who has been visually impaired since birth. She was born with Achromatopsia, a rare eye disease that causes complete colorblindness, extremely light sensitivity, low vision, and an inability to drive. This has not stopped her from being an avid book nerd and pursuing her passions for writing and encouraging writers.
Jenne Acevedo - Editor
As a freelance editor, consultant, and editing instructor, Jenne Acevedo encourages both writers and editors through Acevedo Word Solutions LLC and Chandler Writers’ Group (Arizona), which she started in 2011.
Jenne is a cofounder of Christian Editor Network LLC, the former director of The Christian PEN and PENCON, a member of Christian Editor Connection, and an instructor for The PEN Institute. She has written multiple articles and devotions, received an award for children’s writing, and has judged both book and editing awards.
Currently, her focus is copyediting nonfiction books, proofreading for publishers, and consulting for industry clients.
Sarah Barnum - Coach and Editor
Sarah Barnum is a freelance editor with a passion for writing and riding. After a career managing a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs, the Lord led her to start TrailBlaze Writing & Editing. Sarah is a member of Inspire Christian Writers and the Christian PEN, and she serves on board for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. Sarah has published articles and short stories—most recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul—but her true passion is in helping other authors make their writing the best it can be. When she’s not working with words, Sarah enjoys ranch life in northern California with her husband and her Appaloosa horse, Ransom. Learn more at www.trail-blazes.com.
Sue Fairchild - Coach and Editor
Sue is an editor, writer, blogger, webmistress, and blog coordinator. She has written and self-published three books: What You Think You Know (young adult fiction), Summer’s Refrain (women’s contemporary fiction), and Edit Your Novel for Less. She has published close to twenty devotions in The Secret Place and The Upper Room devotional magazines, as well as articles for her local newspaper. She is a member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network (PEN) and St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association. You can learn more about Sue on her website: www.suessimplesnippets.wordpress.com.
PROMOTION / MARKETING
Strategic Marketing Coach, Cynthia Cavanaugh
Cynthia is an award-winning author, speaker, and certified Life Coach. She has two titles with Redemption Press, Live Bold: A Devotional Journal to Strengthen Your Soul (2018) with co-author Andrea Tomassi, a bible study, Live Unveiled: Freedom to Worship God, Love Others and Tell Your Story (2017), and a third title to be released in early 2020, Live Bold: A Bible Study to Fuel Your Faith. She is also an author with New Hope Publishers, Anchored: Leading Through the Storms (2018), and Unlocked: 5 Myths Holding Your Influence Captive (2013).
Cynthia has coached a wide range of authors to encourage them to leverage their influence to the next level. Cynthia has a passion for helping others flourish with their gifts. She looks forward to serving you as a writer and author to reach your goals with your message!
Vincent Davis - Amazon Marketing Expert
He is passionate about helping authors improve their brand and platform. He works with publishing companies and individual clients to help them sell more books in the modern publishing environment. Vincent is also the Senior Editor for blueridgeconference.com.
Walinda Alleman - Social Media Manager
Sandra Barela - Online Marketing Coach
Sandra Barela, owner of Celebrate Lit Publishing & Publicity, received her master’s degree in education at the National University and was awarded her master’s in English from Southern New Hampshire University. During her program, she took a publishing class and fell in love with the industry. That infatuation sparked Celebrate Lit Publicity Group, where she helps authors publicize their books through Facebook parties and blog tours. An avid Christian fiction reader and author, Sandra enjoys helping other great Christian authors succeed, one book at a time.
Don Otis - Publicist
Otis has produced a daily radio talk show in Denver, hosted his own show in Los Angeles, produced more than 200 television shows, and has been on 600 radio and television shows himself. He has worked with more than 1,500 individuals and dozens of organizations while scheduling 35,000 interviews.