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.
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.
Amber Payne - Senior Project Manager
Hannah McKenzie - Project Manager
Colleen Jones - Project Manager
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.
Kathy Green - Publishing Consultant
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 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 recently (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
Julie Carobini - Freelance Coach / Editor
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.
Bethany Kaczmarek - Coach/Editor
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
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.
PROMOTION / MARKETING
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
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.
Dave Shrein - Website Management
During his time in vocational ministry he developed skills in graphic and web design along with skills in videography, photography, social media marketing, content marketing, along with many other new millennium communication strategies. As a result, he founded Shrein Media, LLC – a marketing agency for online businesses. Shrein Media works with a large assortment of clients —Redemption Press being just one – to build online business marketing strategies that drive online sales.