Team Members

Corporate / Administrative

Athena Dean Holtz - Publisher / Co-Founder

Athena Dean is a publisher, speaker, author, blogger, radio personality, and pastor's wife. For the last 30 years she has worked in the Christian publishing industry, co-founding and managing one of the leading custom Christian publishing companies. As a publishing coach, and publicity specialist, she enjoys helping new authors gain traction and achieve their goals in the industry. She is the former host of “Always Faithful Radio,” on AM 630 KCIS in Seattle. The show was initially birthed in 2013 on AM 630 KSLR, a Salem Communications station in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2014 Athena co-founded Redemption Press to fill an author-centered niche in publishing. Redemption Press takes pride in their personalized assistance in helping authors grow effectively and realistically. A full range of services and guidance is available on everything from branding, copyediting, coaching or publicity with fair fees and ethical and excellent service.

As a blogger and author of a number of books including, Consumed by Success: Reaching the Top and Finding God Wasn’t There, and her newest release, FULL CIRCLE: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God which tells the whole story of the loss of her first publishing company and how God birthed Redemption Press to redeem all that the enemy stole. Her personal blog ( was selected as one of the Top 100 faith blogs for Christian women in 2015 by She is president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association (2015-1016), a president’s club member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA), a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association (AWSA), and a member of the Christian Women’s Small Business Association. She recently completed a limited run radio program, “Publishing Today: Clear  Direction for a Changing Industry,” on the Voice America Variety Internet channel which shared publishing trends, and insights and introduces listeners to experts in the field. Those shows continue to be offered as helpful resources to authors today.

In 2014 she married Ross Holtz, the founding pastor of The Summit, an Evangelical Free Church in Enumclaw, Washington. Athena and her husband enjoy their grandchildren, and time spent on Puget Sound waters on their sailboat, and make their home in Enumclaw, WA.

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

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.

Brenda Anderson - Accounts Manager

Brenda Anderson brings to Redemption Press a solid, well-rounded and diverse background in retail sales that translates into great customer service, and a “can-do” attitude. Her proclivity toward home improvement projects and “fixing stuff” will ensure her authors are well served.

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.

Kate Myers - Receptionist

Kate is a born and raised PNW girl who loves Jesus and people. She is learning new things about the publishing industry daily, and enjoys talking to authors and hearing their stories. Redemption Press has become an avenue for growth, challenges, and new adventures for her. She loves to lead worship and serve the youth of her church with her husband. Her favorite things to do in her free time are: reading, blogging, and hiking/adventuring with her husband.


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

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:

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. She 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

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 or to learn more.

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. She 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. 

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.

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

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.

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,, 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 copyediting 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. 

Neva Coyle - Freelance Coach/Editor

Neva Coyle is a long-time southern California resident and Redlands, California native.  She has written and published more than 50 book titles in her 30 year writing career.  Neva has written grant proposals for the past ten years for select non-profit organizations.
Her publishers include Bethany House Publishers, Thomas Nelson, and Servant Publications. Her published books range in subjects from Christian living, self-help, recovery, devotional, and seven Christian novels.  
She also provided the writing, editing, and voice for more than 100 three-minute radio scripts produced by a local radio station.  She has also collaborated on many titles and has ghostwritten two books.
Neva’s most recent professional development area lies in the coaching and mentoring of new and aspiring authors. 

Project Management

Hannah McKenzie - Project Manager

After being a hair stylist 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 three years and their baby girl born in April. The 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.

Stephanie Mathis - Project Manager

I am taking on this new adventure in the publishing business that God presented to me. I have years of experience in my "before kids" life with administration work. I am really looking forward to challenging myself and putting my past skills to work. I have taken the last 7 years off so I could put my all into my 3 beautiful babies that God has blessed my husband and I with. I have been the Children's Ministry director at our church for the last 3 years. I have a heart for children. I love that I get to serve while getting to see God through their sweet, innocent eyes.

Christian Holtz - Project Manager

Having grown up in the church that his grandfather pastors, as well as a large, connected family in the Enumclaw area, Christian has grown up among speakers, teachers, writers, leaders, thinkers and musicians. For some time now, he has been a lead sound tech at The Summit Church in Enumclaw, worked at several local businesses, worked as part time help at Redemption Press, and now is working full time as a Project Manager. He enjoys playing guitar, writing music, and building computers when time (and money) allows. He is always looking for a new project to work on and enjoys the adventure of discovering new things.

Promotion / Marketing

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.

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 in to social media and enjoy the benefits of reaching and interacting with a worldwide audience.

Mark Mingle

Mark Mingle - Director of Marketing

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.



Kathy R. Green - Publishing Consultant

Kathy R Green has been writing for as long as she can remember. By the age of 15 her first article was published in a local newspaper. In 2008 Kathy submitted her first manuscript to a major Christian publishing house and it was accepted on the first attempt. After releasing her book, Pray-ers Bear Fruit, Kathy began to be highly sought after for her wisdom and guidance on the writing and publishing process. This led to her work as a freelance publishing consultant and writing coach. Kathy serves the Christian community with excellence and integrity. She genuinely cares about people, and helping authors reach their greatest potential through the written word. Kathy seems to find the hidden treasure in every writer she works with, as she gains an understanding of the heart behind their work. 

Kathy has gained the trust and respect of ministry and marketplace leaders across the United States as well as internationally. She has a keen ability to hear an author's heart concerning their message, and recognize what it takes to bring a book to completion. Kathy and her husband Cliff have been married for 31 years. They have 2 adult children who are both married, and a beautiful granddaughter named Grace.

Niki Manbeck - Executive Manager of Acquisitions

Niki Manbeck recently moved to Enumclaw, Washington from her hometown of Benton, Kansas. She brings a wide variety of skills in the communication field such as writing, publishing, sales, and event planning. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism.
Getting to know people and hearing their stories is one of Niki's passions. "Everyone has a different and unique story to tell, and I am happy if I can be a part of that."
She also loves spending time with her husband and two kids. When they aren't running from one sport practice to the next they love to travel, watching movies, and going to Mariners games. She can't wait to start the next chapter in her life here at Redemption Press.

Stephanie Musser - Publishing Consultant

Stephanie D. Musser, of Oklahoma City, is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Fine Arts. She has a Bachelor’s of Music, specializing in Musical Theatre. Within her rich musical heritage (voice, dance & acting) she has performed professionally for over 30 years.

   Stephanie is also trained and plays as a professional pianist, is a film score composer/songwriter (she recently co-wrote a song with Dr. Kevin McAfee, “Time Waits” for Ms. Susan Boyle of Great Britain) and is actively involved in teaching music, vocal coaching, studio recording, working with potential artists, and serves as Music Advisory for episodic television, and big screen.

   Stephanie has now joined The Redemption Press Team and serves as a Publishing Consultant. Her excitement and enthusiasm, along with her passion and love for authors, their stories, and lives will bring a refreshing breath to the team. She is a person of great desire to see each and every author succeed in their endeavors.



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. 

Nate Meyers - Custom Text Designer

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 a publishing company 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 great Seattle area. When not designing books you can find me traveling with my wife Abbey and our Boston terrier Basil