Meet the Team

 

Hover over the team and in-house photos to learn more about the culture at Redemption Press…

Athena Dean Holtz

Publisher

Ross Holtz

Co-Owner and Consultant

Christian Holtz

In-House Text Formatting
Onsite IT Manager

Hannah McKenzie

Project Manager

Kate Myers

In-House Project Manager

Nate Myers

Custom Text & Cover Designer

Niki Manbeck

Publishing Consultant

Brenda Anderson

Accounts Manager

Stephanie Mathis

Former Project Manager
Current Brand Ambassador

Leanna Wright

Administrative Director

OFFSITE TEAM MEMBERS

Inger Logelin - Senior Editor

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.

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.

Chelsea Kuhel - Social Media Manager


Chelsea has a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in reading. For six years she shared her love of reading and writing with her students as a high school and middle school teacher. Since 2013, she has also been a fiction editor with Madison Seidler Editing Services, working with indie authors in all stages of editing and helping to develop an online writers’ course, The Writer’s Hangout. Chelsea is currently a social media manager and cheerleading and tumbling community director for a performing arts center, and a First Year Writing professor and graduate writing specialist at Lewis University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Danny, and their 4 children in their small town outside Chicago, where she also grew up. Chelsea is thrilled to join the Redemption Press team!

Karrie Roberts - Administrative Assistant

Redemption Press author, Karrie Roberts, shares her husband’s passion for guide dogs and the need for people of all ages to be educated about the importance of valuing the person behind the leash. Karrie has been gifted by God in administration, creativity and amazing people skills and is a welcomed asset to our team of Christ followers at Redemption Press. Karrie and Clark have 2 children and spend their time sharing hope and encouragement in businesses and schools.

Melissa Mingle - Administrative Assistant

Melissa is a follower of Christ, wife, and mother. She has worked in various capacities developing her passion for learning, instructing, and studying the written word as well. Professionally, Melissa has taught English as a Second Language at a private university, foreign language at the intermediate level in public school, and was a 5th grade teacher at a classical Christian academy. She also homeschooled her own children, Brooke and Ryan, for 12 years and also taught Beginning French, Spanish I, and Spanish II in their homeschool community.

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in languages from The University of Oklahoma in 1993. In 2005, she completed the Partners in Ministry theological curriculum from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary as a two year post-graduate study.

Melissa enjoys communicating about God’s faithfulness in her life as a speaker to a variety of women’s groups and enjoys volunteer opportunities with Bible studies, children’s church, and Vacation Bible School.

Besides freelance work, Melissa owns and operates a virtual skincare franchise and loves spending time with friends and family. Being with her best friend and husband, Mark, is one of her favorite pastimes, whether they are traveling or just hanging out at home watching Netflix.

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.

ACQUISITIONS

DESIGN

Madison Seidler - Acquisitions Editor

Madison Seidler is a Jesus follower, editor, author coach, voracious reader, mother of Cohen and Sloan, and former blogger and reviewer. Originally hailing from a small town outside Chicago, she now lives in the suburbs of Seattle and absolutely loves it. Shortly after self-publishing took off in 2011, she began her own review blog, which, over time, transitioned into a full-time career in editing. She’s worked with authors during every phase of their writing journey, editing for many best-selling indie and hybrid authors, and several times a year, she teaches a writers’ workshop, which she created with the help of her sister, Chelsea. A self-proclaimed nerd, she could spend the rest of her life learning, reading, and connecting with others, and is passionate about all things Jesus, people, words, coffee, and fashion. Madison is so excited to be part of the Redemption Press team, and cannot wait to find even more great talent. 

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, she discovered she had a large mass on her thyroid, and shortly following surgery she was diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord. Kathy thought her ministry had come to an abrupt end, when she discovered she was just getting started.

Kathy is the owner of KRG Publications, LLC where she coaches writers and authors to prepare their work for publishing. She also works as a consultant with Christian publishing companies, including Redemption Press, Dream Releaser Publishing, and Kudu Publishing Services where she assists authors in choosing the best publishing options 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 thirty-one years. They have two adult children who are married to wonderful spouses, and they have a beautiful granddaughter named Grace and new grandson Josiah.

 

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, she discovered she had a large mass on her thyroid, and shortly following surgery she was diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord. Kathy thought her ministry had come to an abrupt end, when she discovered she was just getting started.

Kathy is the owner of KRG Publications, LLC where she coaches writers and authors to prepare their work for publishing. She also works as a consultant with Christian publishing companies, including Redemption Press, Dream Releaser Publishing, and Kudu Publishing Services where she assists authors in choosing the best publishing options 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 thirty-one years. They have two adult children who are married to wonderful spouses, and they have a beautiful granddaughter named Grace and new grandson Josiah. 

 

Maryna Zhukova - 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.

EDITORIAL

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.

Sandra Byrd - Freelance Coach / Editor

When she’s not writing or editing, best-selling author Sandra Byrd spends her time baking French pastries – and then taking long walks in her seaside town to burn off the brioche!

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, Sandra has now published more than forty books, and is a twice-nominated Christy Award finalist; she’s earned two Best Book of the Year picks from Library Journal, as well as starred reviews. Her latest book was honored with a coveted Editor’s Choice designation from the Historical Novel Society. A devotionalist as well as a novelist, Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

She is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward publication. As such, she has edited, mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to help dozens to success each year.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com or www.novelcoaching.com to learn more.

Larry J. Leech - Freelance Coach / Editor

All his life Larry J. Leech II has loved to tell stories. First, to his family and now for lovers of the written word. A ghostwriter and novelist, Larry writes most days while sitting at his favorite table at what he calls his “branch office.”

Larry’s writing journey began in the sports department of the Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard at age 18. After twenty-three years of writing and editing at daily newspapers and a magazine, Larry, with more than two thousand articles published, switched his focus to editing and writing books in 2004.

Since that time he has ghostwritten fifteen books and edited more than 200 manuscripts. He also teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach.

James L. Rubart - Freelance Coach / Editor

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and award winning author of six novels. His books have been nominated for three Carol Awards, three INSPY Awards and two Christy Awards. His novel ROOMS won the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year as well as a USA Book of the Year Award. In 2013, his novel Soul’s Gate, won both a Christy Award and an INSPY Award.

He’s also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing, and has worked with clients such as AT&T, ABC, and RE/MAX as well as numerous bestselling authors on their branding and marketing. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.

Bob Feifer - Audiobook Project Manager

Your book will now come alive in audio from Redemption Press. Project Manager Bob Feifar will work with you in bringing your written word to life!

Experienced in the creation of many audio books, some of which can be sampled on Amazon.

A professional voice-actor and narrator Bob was a full-time radio announcer for 3 years at WYEZ in South Bend, IN. Both on camera and off, he has voiced hundreds of commercials, phone on-hold messages, IVR phone greetings, as well as corporate training and promotional videos.

He received the Silver Microphone award for writing, voicing and producing, as well as the MAB Award for Creative Excellence for the Radio/Commercial Small Market. His acting resume’ includes the leads in musicals such as South Pacific, Finian’s Rainbow, and 45-minutes to Broadway.

So we look forward to partnering with you in creating an audio book from your written word – today!

Gail Hayes - Freelance Coach / Editor

Gail Hayes is an international communicator and book coach who has written over 30 books. She self-published her first book, Daughters of the King, in1994 and appeared on QVC and sold over 10,000 copies before social media.

Her work has been published by Thomas Nelson, Harvest House, Hachette Books, Simon & Schuster, and Barbour Publishing. She has ghostwritten books and helped many people realize their publishing dreams through book coaching and self-publishing.

She became a mother for the first time at 41 and again at 43 after doctors told her she would never have children. Although she has lived on three continents, she is quick to let others know that her favorite place on earth is wherever she and her children can laugh and love.

Areas of expertise:

  • Book Coaching
  • Manuscript organization
  • Helping writers find their voice
  • Ghostwriting
  • Creative Nonfiction

Barbara Kois - Freelance Coach / Editor

Barbara is a writer, editor, author coach, and speaker for women’s groups and writers’ conferences. She has written or co-written eight books: ABCs of Praise and Prayer adult devotional, ABCs of Praise and Prayer coloring book for children, Help Wanted for Busy Moms, Cat Lover’s Almanac, Life According to Jesus, Starved for Affection, The Power of One Thing, God’s Words of Wisdom, and Making Ends Meet.

Barbara has published more than 600 articles in the Chicago Tribune, as well as articles in Today’s Christian Woman, Moody magazine, Guideposts’ Angels on Earth, Psychology for Living, and Whispers from Heaven. She is a regular contributor to technology and other corporate Web sites and serves as a corporate communications consultant. She is the mother of three wonderful adult children! Her website is barbarakois.com

Marlene McCurley - Freelance Coach / Editor

Marlene McCurley has been a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and writer for more than fifteen years. She has also been employed in Christian education for twenty-one years.

Marlene has a bachelor’s degree from Friends University and an editing credential from the Graham School at the University of Chicago, home of the Chicago Manual of Style. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, the Christian PEN, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association where she serves as Editors Connection Coordinator.

Marlene has had the honor of working with tremendous Redemption Press authors on a variety of books such as World Split Open, Garden of Hope, Mountain Rescue, Worship Outside the Music Box, and Which Messiah Will You Meet?.

A distant second to her friends, her family, her husband, and the Lord, Marlene loves having a stack of great books waiting to be read, girl trips, family shindigs, playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes with her grandson Colin, having deep conversations with her nearly three-year-old granddaughter Wendy, listening to 60s music, and playing the ukulele.

Mary DeMuth - Freelance Coach / Editor

If you met Mary DeMuth today, her joy would confuse you. Who she has become in light of tragedy is a testimony of Jesus’s ability to transform a broken life. A child of three divorces, a victim of sexual assault at a young age, with a father who died when she was ten, Mary wanted to end her life in her teens. In the tenth grade, she heard about Jesus, and she knew she wanted to chase after Him for the rest of her life. Thankfully, He chased her.

Mary is the author of thirty books, including her latest: The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to uncage a life, bringing needed freedom to her audiences. She’s been on the 700 Club, spoken in Munich, Cape Town, and Monte Carlo, and planted a church with her family in southern France. Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of nearly 25 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband, two dueling cats, and a dog who smells like fish. Find out more at marydemuth.com.

Ocieanna Fleiss - Freelance Coach/Editor

Ocieanna has written three historical novels with Tricia Goyer: Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington, and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana, which were part of Summerside Publishing’s “Love Finds You” series. She wrote a writing column for several years and contributes to Seriously Write blog. She’s also written for MOMSense, MOPS.org, Hearts at Home, Guideposts for Kids, and CBA Marketplace.

Her new book, Love Like There’s No Tomorrow: How a Cardiac Arrest Brought My Heart to Life, will come out early 2016.

As well as providing copy editing and substantive editing for eight years, Ocieanna has edited six of Tricia Goyer’s World War II novels, two of her nonfiction titles, and Mike Yorkey’s novel, By the Sword (B&H Publishing Group).

Also a seasoned speaker, Ocieanna offers enthusiastic, heartfelt, practical talks for women, teens, and writers.

Ocieanna lives in Western Washington with her husband of twenty-four years and four kids. Loving with a passion has become Ocieanna’s theme since her resurrection experience in 2011, and she pours out this love through homeschooling, writing, teaching teens the Bible, serving at her church, and embracing each moment with her family.

PROMOTION / MARKETING

Mark Mingle – Marketing Director

Mark Mingle brings over a dozen years’ publishing experience to Redemption Press. Beginning his publishing career in editing and transitioning to publicity, vendor relations, marketing, consulting, film, and business development, Mark is passionate about serving authors through education to help them understand the complex publishing industry. His desire is to assist each Redemption Press author in developing unique marketing strategies so each one can find their fit in the marketplace.

Mark holds a Communication Degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and spent 11 years in full-time ministry prior to his career in publishing. He and his wife Melissa have two children, Brooke and Ryan.

Keiki Hendrix - Social Media Coach

Keiki Hendrix is a web designer and social media coach helping authors build and grow a vibrant reader base. Utilizing her premier website, The Vessel Project, she connects Christian authors to ready readers. Keiki has coached a host of Christian authors on the benefits of social media to expand their existing base and reach new audiences. She encourages authors to jump into social media and enjoy the benefits of reaching and interacting with a worldwide audience.

Helen Cook - Publicity Coach

With more than 32 years of publicity, public relations, advertising and marketing experience to her credit, Helen Cook focuses her professional talents on working with her client’s strengths to create customized, strategic media campaigns.

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.

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