Meet the Team
Amber Payne - Senior 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.
Hannah McKenzie - Project Manager
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 has now moved into project management. Hannah lives on a small farm with her husband of four years and their two girls, Trinity and newborn Paisley. They enjoy raising their goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, and two horses. In her spare time (the little bit she has!) she rides horses and spends time with her friends and family.
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.
REDEMPTION PRESS EVENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Athena Dean Holtz - Tour Spokesperson for Redemption Press
Athena Dean Holtz developed the vision for Redemption Press’ partnership with the Women of Joy Tour and will be the Redemption Press spokesperson for the 8 events across the country. This partnership comes as a full circle from her first encounter with Phil and Debbie Waldrep and the Women of Joy event in San Antonio, Texas in 2013. It was at that event that she first jumped into the Women of Joy waters being a local media partner, interviewing Women of Joy founders, speakers and promoting the event to her audience on AM 630 KSLR. Only God could have orchestrated this full circle just four years later, only this one is a much larger role and task. These are definitely exciting times for Redemption Press and our authors!
Cynthia Cavanaugh - Redemption Press Event Manager
Author, speaker, Life Coach and Leadership Influencer. I am a truth seeker, dream giver and love inspiring others to flourish. My heart is wrecked over injustice and I want to join my voice with others to act and eradicate the suffering and bring healing. My mantra is to live bold and leave a legacy.
It is a privilege to share with others about my own life journey. Like most people, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. One of my core values is “no pain is wasted.” Clinical depression, performance issues, marriage struggles and fearful insecurities have been some of my not so desirable companions on the journey. However, they have out of desperation pointed the way to ironclad promises from God and the Bible. My desire is to live bold for Jesus inspite of my own insecurities and fears. I am passionate about empowering others to live out their potential. I love writing and teaching God’s truth, being a Life Coach, and speaking at conferences and retreats. One of my more recent ventures is teaching international and adult students as an adjunct professor at Trinity Western University. I’ve got two books in print, one with New Hope Publishers and one with Redemption Press, and I have two books in process, one more with each of my publishers! For this amazing opportunity with Women of Joy, not only am I involved as an author, but I am also overseeing all the participating authors and will be onsite at each event to manage all aspects.
I love connecting over tea or coffee with a friend, indulging in fine chocolate and shopping for just the right pair of shoes with a girlfriend makes me smile!
And I love doing life with my big, loud and sometimes crazy family – my faithful husband, three amazing sons, their beautiful wives, AND the awesome joyful opportunity to spoil our six yummy grandchildren.
Amber Wiegand-Buckley - Redemption Press Tour Magazine Managing Editor and Art Director
Amber Weigand-Buckley is founding editor, art director and podcast host for the multi-award-winning Leading Hearts magazine (leadinghearts.com). She has been in the mag-making business for 22 years.
Including the 16 years as editor for ONCOURSE magazine in Assemblies of God Youth Ministries, the publications Weigand-Buckley has served on as editor have garnered a total of 13 Evangelical Press Association Awards. She also was named the 2015 Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Member of the Year (awsa.com).
Her design work has also extended to book covers, web sites and various promotional advertising and promotional materials. Amber is over-the-moon excited about being able to lead the charge for Redemption Press in this cutting edge Author Showcase Magazine.
In her full-time she is wife to her Brit-native Philip & mum to 3 inspiring creatives: Saffron (17), Imogen (Moose) (14) & Penelope (10) as well as social media manager & communications support for many authors, non-profits and missionaries.
Kathy Green - Publishing Consultant
Kathy R. Green is an author and speaker with a fresh voice to this generation. She is a prayer general who has spent the vast majority of her life seeking the face of God through daily prayer and fellowship. Kathy’s God-given mandate is to teach people how to pray and stand in the gap for their loved ones. She teaches others how to draw on the supernatural power of God and recognize His voice in prayer. Kathy has written two books, Pray-ers Bear Fruit and “Come.” After releasing her first book, others began to ask her for publishing advice. This happened so frequently that Kathy decided to pursue a career in the publishing industry. She has gained years of experience as a publishing consultant, production manager, and is currently an acquisitions editor with Redemption Press. She understands each step of the publishing process from manuscript submission to print, and she truly enjoys serving the Christian community. Kathy is the owner of KRG Publications, LLC where she coaches writers and authors to prepare their work for publishing as well as assist them in choosing the best publishing option for their work. Kathy serves on the board of directors for two nonprofit organizations, Leave Your Beauty Mark and Christian Women In Media Association where is actively involved. Kathy and her husband Cliff have been married for over thirty years. They have two adult children who are married to wonderful spouses, and they have a two beautiful grandchildren. They reside in suburban Dallas, Texas.
Amanda Thoreson - Publishing Consultant
Born and raised in Utah, I moved to the beautiful State of Washington in 2002. I met the love of my life, Eric, and we married on the beaches of Maui July 4, 2005. After a successful career in the Heath Insurance industry, I was blessed with the opportunity to stay home to raise our two amazing and energetic boys, Kane and Rhys. As our children began getting older and I wanted to rejoin the workforce, I tried a few paths but none of them felt right. I prayed that I could find a new career path in publishing and something that involved aspiring writers, as it’s a personal passion of my own. I love people and I believe we all have a story to tell; and now I’m able to help others accomplish those dreams and goals. It’s a true blessing to be a part of the Redemption Press Team!
Nate Myers - Cover Design
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
Accomplished Art Director, and goal-oriented strategic thinker inspiring a team of creative professionals consisting of graphic designers, illustrators, production artists and staff. Excellence in marketing and book design, magazine design, brand management, product development, photo shoots, and overall strategies to reach and surpass vision objectives on-time and on-budget with award-winning results. A great addition to the Redemption Press design team!
Maryna Zhukova - Cover Designer
For many years, Maryna worked a nurse, but art was her passion from an early age. Training as a graphic designer, she graduated summa cum laude, at the top of her class. She specialized in book cover designs and won over 20 international design contests. With over ten years of experience, she combines her talents with her Christian beliefs and helps authors spread the message God has given them by creating eye-catching designs to touch the heart of readers. Known for her quality work, Maryna’s book cover designs are well-thought-out works of art that draw attention in today’s discriminating market.
CJ Wright - In-House Typesetting and Text Design
Before starting at Redemption Press, CJ has worked in several different industries including Construction, Retail, Shipping and Aerospace. In that time, he learned a lot, but ultimately couldn’t find a place he felt passionate about. With Redemption Press he has found a place that he can learn and grow in different areas. Having somewhere he can learn something new every day and be challenged is something that is important to him. CJ enjoys video games, playing piano, baking bread, and spending time with his wife, Leanna.
Managing Editor, Dori Harrell
Dori Harrell is a multiple-award-winning writer and has published more than a thousand articles in newspapers and magazines nationwide. She released her debut novel, A Christmas Hallelujah, in late 2017. Dori owns Breakout Editing and writes and edits books full time—she reads more books than anyone she knows! She edits for NYT, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling authors, publishers, and indie authors.
Several of her authors have won publishing-industry awards, and she currently (Feb. 2018) has two authors on the INSPY 2018 Awards long list (Mikal Dawn with Count Me In, and Sarah Monzon with The Ester Paradigm). As an editor, Dori releases more than twenty-five books a year (writing and editing are equal passions!).
Dori is delighted to team up with Redemption Press as a coach and an editor. She is committed to helping authors produce the best possible books. She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network). She also speaks at meetings and conferences and will be presenting two workshops at PENCON 2018 (Christian editors’ conference) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in May.
Dori grew up on the rainy west side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, in the Seattle area, and graduated from the University of Washington. She crossed over to the sunny, arid east side of the Cascades when she married her husband, Doug, and they live in Yakima. She’s an avid runner and knitter and loves to camp, fish, hike, and watch Seahawks games (go Hawks!).
Inger Logelin - Sr. Editor / Coach
Inger Logelin is an author, copywriter, speaker, book coach, ghostwriter, and freelance editor. She began working with Athena Dean as her first editor nearly thirty years ago and is a former staff writer for The Sentinel Group, and Creative Resources Inc. The co-author of Triumphant Faith with Susan Mackrill and collaborator with Athena Dean on Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God is a former missionary serving in the high Canadian Arctic, Alaska, and a wilderness island camp in western B.C. She enjoys RV camping with her husband and their last remaining, elderly long-haired dachshund, and blogging at www.gracetogray.wordpress.com.
Julie Carobini - Freelance Coach / Editor
Julie Carobini is an author, editor, and beachcomber. Her stories and editing projects have won numerous awards from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW, and RT Book Reviews says, “Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.” She is a member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network (PEN) and her clients include: Redemption Press, Salem Media Group, Abingdon, and B&H. Julie lives with her family in California and loves all things coastal (except sharks). Visit her at: juliecarobini.com.
Judy Gordon Morrow - Coach / Editor
Judy Gordon Morrow, a lifelong lover of words, has published poetry, articles, song lyrics, and devotionals. Her first book dealt with pregnancy loss and was followed by nine gift books and two devotional books, including The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer. Her writings appear in magazines such as Guideposts and Clubhouse Jr.
Judy’s rich editorial history includes work as a nonfiction editor at Multnomah Publishers and a stint as a newspaper copyeditor. She’s also served as an elementary school library specialist. Judy speaks at events for women and writers, sharing her passion for the Word and words.
She is called “Mom” by three sons and their wives and “Grandma Judy” by five. Judy makes her home in a charming mountain community in northeastern California and savors small-town living. She looks forward to bringing her talent, experience, and care to Redemption Press authors.
Charity Tinnin - Editor
As an author, editor, bookstore floor manager, and avid reader, Charity Tinnin feels confident in saying she “bleeds books.” A lover of words since childhood, Charity signed up for an advanced grammar and style course in college for fun. Yes, fun. That class ignited a love for helping others communicate well with the written word, and she has been engaged in that endeavor ever since.
Charity has more than seven years experience as a professional freelance editor. During that time, she’s edited fiction for traditional, hybrid, and indie authors and nonfiction for nonprofits and ministry leaders. Before becoming a freelance editor, she worked as a staff editor for a youth curriculum and parent resource publisher.
With the publication of her debut novel in 2014, Charity also has experience on the author’s side of the editorial process. She knows firsthand how daunting it is to hand over your words for critique and how valuable an editor who helps without hurting can be. She is excited to be a part of the team at Redemption Press and looks forward to working with its authors to refine and polish their manuscripts for publication.
When she isn’t partnering with an author client, Charity spends her time hand-selling books at her Christian bookstore, writing YA fiction, and reading her way through a massive to-be-read pile.
Bethany Kaczmarek - Coach/Editor
Bethany Kaczmarek is a sojourner. She loves new countries and cultures, new experiences and stories. And just like she does with her favorite places in t
he world, she’s been known to revisit books and well-written lines again and again, keeping them close to her heart. Her debut novel, Strains of Silence, is rich with settings and conversations reminiscent of her time on the mission field. Strains of Silence is a contemporary romance, but the healing journey her main character walks is one many—too many—young women face.
Bethany works as both an author and a professional writing coach, content and line editor, and copy editor. An ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, she has worked with writers all along the spectrum—from multi-published, award-winning authors to beginners. She enjoys coaching stories out of fledgling writers as much as she loves helping her seasoned clients to deliver one shining manuscript after another. Because of her love for the Great Author, Bethany believes in using Story to inspire, encourage, and teach. She makes sure stories resonate deeply with readers, connecting and prodding them to consider deeper things. Her goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers. And, strangely enough, she believes a healthy dose of humor can make the revision process fun.
Her clan enjoys the cold winters of western Wisconsin, and they’re fans of ethnic food, real conversation, board games, and sonic screwdrivers. She and her husband have been known to speak Polish and Lithuanian at home, whenever they don’t want the kids to listen in.
You can find out more about her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com
Sue Miholer - Editor
Sue Miholer, of Salem, Oregon, loves to fit editing projects around her busy schedule. She retired as an assistant in classrooms for special needs students and continues to work with them in her church’s ministry. A lot of her time is spent serving as the business manager of Oregon Christian Writers, and the name of her editing business is Picky, Picky Ink, where she prefers to edit nonfiction manuscripts. She enjoys working with her clients, helping them “write it right.”
Melanie Dobson - Editor
Three-time Carol Award winner and author of twenty books, Melanie Dobson, is the former publicity manager with Focus on the Family Publishing and owner of Dobson Media Group where she’s edited both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts and coordinated publicity campaigns for book publishers and nonprofit organizations. When she’s not writing or editing, Melanie teaches writing classes at George Fox University and various writers conferences. Because of her husband’s work in the film industry, their family has lived in multiple states, but the Dobson family is settled for now in a small town near Portland, Oregon. More information about Melanie and her books is available at www.melaniedobson.com.
Linda Nathan - Editor
The first and most important fact about Linda is that she belongs to Jesus Christ. He rescued her from the terrible darkness of an unsaved life in the occultic counterculture of the Sixties, healed her when she was dying of cancer, gave her a child after 15 years of barrenness, and resurrected her dead marriage. Christ then sent her husband, Richard (raised as a Marxist atheist in San Francisco), to seminary, where he obtained an MA in Church History and became a Bible teacher. Their passion is to serve Jesus Christ, which Linda loves to do through helping writers.
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
Editor and author Christina Miller’s idea of a perfect day involves a white-sand beach, a stack of books, and a glass of sweet tea. Ten years ago, she decided to leave her job as an RN and become a writer and editor so she could read for a living—and sometimes even work on the beach.
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.
PROMOTION / MARKETING
Serena Chase - Marketing Copy Specialist
Serena Chase is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria epic fantasy series and the contemporary YA coming-of-age romance, Intermission. A freelance editor, workshop presenter, and respected industry influencer, Serena believes in the power of story as a connective tool to impact individual lives.
Serena is thrilled to be a part of the Redemption Press team as a Marketing Copy Specialist.
Serena lives in Iowa with her husband, two daughters, and a big fluffy dog who rarely leaves her side. When she’s not writing, reading, teaching writing workshops, or working on other authors’ projects, Serena can be found attending her daughters’ school events and volunteering to support the fine arts in her community.
Don Otis - Publicist
Veritas President, Don Otis, has over 20 years’ experience managing successful corporate media campaigns, author publicity campaigns, and overseeing creative media writing and immediate-response releases. As an author himself, Otis has written five books and his writing has appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family magazine, Charisma, ParentLife, Living with Teenagers, Light & Life, Religious Broadcasting, and Christian Single.
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.