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Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty

Prof Manuela Soares

Prof Manuela Soares

Manuela Soares is the Director of the MS in Publishing program and Director of the Pace University Press, having been a full-time faculty member and Associate Director of the Pace University Press since 2004. Prior to teaching, Soares had a 30-year career in the...

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Prof Karen Holt

Prof Karen Holt

In January 2019, Karen Holt joined the full-time faculty of the Pace MS in Publishing Program, where she teaches writing and editing courses. She is also associate director of the Pace University Press. Prior to teaching, Holt enjoyed a decades-long career writing and...

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Prof Jennifer Romanello

Prof Jennifer Romanello

Jennifer Romanello began her career in book publishing as a publicity assistant at Macmillan and its imprints, Scribner and Atheneum. She then moved on to Dutton, where she rose to Associate Director of Publicity and worked with a roster of critically acclaimed...

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Assistants and Aide

Bobby Lewis

As of Fall 2020, Bobby Lewis is one of the new graduate assistants responsible for maintaining the MS in Publishing blog and social media output. Bobby was formerly the student aide, and this is his second semester in the MS in Publishing program. As an undergraduate student he earned his BA in English from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he was a writing tutor and English class TA, later worked in theatre as a New Dramatists intern and Pipeline Theatre Company play reader, and finally found his way to publishing through an internship at Writers House. Lately he’s been enjoying a lot more Netflix and videogames than usual, but remains dedicated to participating in as much of the program as possible and developing the tools necessary to thrive in publishing. Ultimately, he hopes to acquire and edit YA books by authors of color.

Gina Esposito

Gina Esposito is currently in her third semester of Pace University’s MS in Publishing program. Growing up in New Jersey, Gina trained as a classical ballet dancer for seventeen years, before deciding to pursue her dream of studying English in New York City. Gina has enjoyed exploring her creative side throughout her undergraduate career through different channels such as photography, mixed-media art, and writing. She graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Pace. Gina will be completing her MS degree in Publishing in May 2021. In the future, she hopes to write for a magazine or work as an editor for a publishing house.

Brooke Sufrin

Brooke Sufrin is the Student Aide for the Publishing office. She is an undergraduate at Pace in her senior year pursuing a double major in English and Communications/Journalism, while also beginning the first year of her MS in Publishing. Brooke has done multiple internships over the course of her time at Pace, working for companies such as Penguin Random House, W.W. Norton, ViacomCBS, and Nickelodeon. Based in New York City, Brooke also is involved on campus as a Tour Guide and Peer Leader. She looks forward to a fruitful career in Publishing.

Faculty and Staff Bios

Maria Barbo

Maria Barbo

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Maria Barbo is the author of more than 35 books for young readers, including the original 1999 New York Times #1 bestselling Official Pokémon Handbook.  She is currently a Senior Editor and IP Content Developer at HarpersCollins Children’s Books and was a Senior Editor at Scholastic for eight years. 

Joseph Caserto

Joseph Caserto

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Joseph Caserto is an award-winning graphic artist, educator, and consultant, who is based in New York City and specializes in publication art direction and design.

Joseph earned a BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where he completed one of the first classes that covered the Mac as a design tool.

With over 25 years of professional experience, he is currently a freelance art director and designer whose clients have included Billboard, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Marie Claire, and Vibe magazines. He has won American Graphic Design Awards from GD USA magazine annually, since 2008, when he also received a Create Award. Joseph is a member of Freelancers Union and has been a member of AIGA, Graphic Artists Guild, and the Society of Publication Designers (SPD).

Joseph has taught at The City College of New York and NYU, and is a contributor to Udemy.com.

He is currently Contributing Creative Director of ADDitude magazine, published by New Hope Media.

Joseph was featured in our “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in March 2017.

Jacqueline deMontravel

Jacqueline deMontravel

Adjunct Lecturer

Jacqueline deMontravel is an editor, writer, designer, and stylist in design. She is the author of eight books and was the editor of Romantic Homes and the editorial director of Engaged Media’s Lifestyle group, which publishes Victorian Homes, Cottages & Bungalows, Yummagazines and special issues such as American Farm Style, Seaside Style, Cottage White, Happy Modern and Rooms. Formerly the editor of Country magazine, deMontravel held editorial positions at Conde Nast’s Self magazine and GQ. She has been a contributor with Hearst’s Harper’s Bazaar. She also worked on the launch of Oxygen Media’s Style website, Lucky, andBlack Book magazine. deMontravel has channeled her editorial experience into marketing and content for a variety of clients with a focus on social media marketing.

Thomas A. DiMascio

Thomas A. DiMascio

Adjunct Lecturer

The supply chain is the beating heart of the business of publishing. Continuously managing and optimizing it is what publishers do every day.  With twenty-five years of experience in publishing operations, Professor Di Mascio describes the business of publishing from a unique perspective.  Today, he is the Director of Supply Chain Management & Logistics at DC Entertainment and throughout his career has worked for many other distinguished publishers such as Penguin USA, John Wiley & Sons, and Berlitz Publishing.  The course he teaches, PUB 22H “Introduction to Supply Chain Management in Publishing,” examines several distinct publishing supply chains: i.e. traditional book market, specialty book market, newsstand, subscription, and electronic. Professor Di Mascio received his undergraduate degree in Economics and MBA from Rutgers University and his MS in Publishing from Pace University.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Di Mascio in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in April 2013.

Barbara A. Egidi

Barbara A. Egidi

Program Manager

Barbara A. Egidi received her A.A.S. in General Business and her B.S. in Office Information Systems from Pace University. She has been the Program Manager of the M.S. in Publishing Program since its inception.  Egidi carefully advises and guides students throughout their stay in the program and works closely with them to succeed and graduate in a timely manner.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Egidi in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in March 2012.

Kristen Flanagan

Kristen Flanagan

Adjunct Lecturer

Kristen Flanagan is an editorial professional with more than seven years of print and digital magazine experience. She has worked for top media brands in New York and London, including Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Glamour, Shape, and SHE. Kristen is currently the Digital Editor at Architectural Digest.
Christine Ford

Christine Ford

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Christine Ford is currently Vice President of Product Management for Kantar, a WPP Company. Prior to joining Kantar, Professor Ford worked as the Director of Consumer Marketing and Strategy at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. She has also worked for companies like Everyday Health, Inc., Disney Interactive Media Group, the Walt Disney Company, NYSE Euronext, and Condé Nast.

She has been teaching for the MS in Publishing program since 2011 and will be teaching PUB 622J “Seminar on Books & Magazines: Practical Applications of Product Management in Digital Media” this summer with Professor Aaron Goldsmid.  Professor Ford attended Chester College at Liverpool University in the United Kingdom and graduated from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 1993 with a BA in English. She received her Master’s in Publishing at Pace University in 2000 and served as the Graduate Assistant at the Pace University Press while completing her education.

Ivy Jacobson Ford

Ivy Jacobson Ford

Adjunct Lecturer

Ivy Jacobson-Ford is the Digital Deputy Editor of ThePioneerWoman.com at Hearst Corporation and has a decade of experience creating lifestyle, wedding, and entertainment content. She’s held editorial positions at Country Living, The Knot, Hollywood Life, Bustle, and more.

Vincent Forgione

Vincent Forgione

Adjunct Lecturer

Vincent Forgione has more than 20 years of experience in media and communication.  He graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors degree in Television/Radio and earned a Masters degree in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University.  He has worked on the launch of NewsTalk Television, a cable television network that was a predecessor to FoxNews and MSNBC, managed public relations video projects for Edelman Public Relations, and spent over 16 years at Conde Nast leading production teams on various magazine brands such as The New Yorker and Wired.  He currently leads production and operations on a B2B brand at Hearst Corporation while teaching courses in media and communication.
Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Adjunct Lecturer

Rich Johnson has been in just about all aspects of bookselling, from store manager, to buyer to publisher. He currently is a publishing consultant, as the Founder of Brick Road Media, LLC.

Most recently he was Vice President of Lion Forge Comics, where he was instrumental in transforming a publisher best known for 1980s nostalgia comics, into an award-winning graphic novel publisher. In 2017, its first year of relaunch, he acquired Lighter Than My Shadow a graphic memoir that was named Best Graphic Novel of the Year by Amazon.

Johnson was Co-Founder and was the Co-Publishing Director for Yen Press a new graphic novel and manga imprint for Hachette Book Group. 

Previously he was Vice President of Book Trade Sales for DC Comics where he took the forefront in establishing graphic novels in the bookstore market. Johnson is held largely responsible for the creation of graphic novel sections in bookstores and libraries, where previously the medium had little, if any presence in these markets.

 He has held positions at Waldenbooks, Doubleday Bookshops, Golden Lee Book Distributors, Scholastic and Running Press. He has consulted for such companies as Archaia Entertainment, The Will Eisner Studios, Valliant Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment/Comics, Tokyopop and Penguin Random House, Storm King Comics from film director John Carpenter, CME (Creative Mind Energy), Author Services, Random House Books for Young Readers and Diamond Comics.

He is the author of the graphic memoir Invisible and is represented by Judith Hansen of Hansen Literary Agency. He is also one of the founding partners in a forthcoming book and media IP packaging company.

He has been an adjunct professor at both Drexel University and currently teaches at Pace University in New York. He is often a speaker at such shows as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, BookExpo America, the American Library Association Mid-Winter and Annual Meetings, The Center for Cartoon Studies, The Kubert School, Montclair State University and the School of Visual Arts.

 

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz

Adjunct Lecturer

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman, among many titles), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, including four NY Times Best Sellers), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making and educator (including teaching a course on “The American Graphic Novel” at Columbia and Princeton, as well as “Transmedia & The Future of Publishing” in Pace’s M.S. in Publishing Program). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and his most recent book is BROOKLYN BLOOD, illustrated by Tim Hamilton. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Boom! Studios.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Levitz in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in February 2013 and another Spotlight article in April 2012.

Xiao Chuan Lian

Xiao Chuan Lian

Senior Staff Associate, Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Lian is Senior Staff Associate and adjunct professor in the M.S. in Publishing Program, Pace University. He holds an MBA and M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, a Paralegal Certificate from New York University, and a B.A. in Library Science from Wuhan University, China. Professor Lian also attended the Denver Publishing Institute.
Before working and teaching at Pace University, Professor Lian worked as an editor at China Press USA and the Copyright & Permission Administrator at the Springer Science + Business Media in New York.  He teaches PUB 628 “Marketing Principles and Practices in Publishing” and PUB 622-G “Digital Issues in Publishing” at Pace.  His research interests include digital publishing, marketing, STM publishing, copyright, and the history of publishing.
Professor Lian also serves as the co-director of the China Cultural Publishing Center in the M.S. in Publishing Program, co-founded with China Publishing Group.
Professor Lian was one of the founding members of the first publishing program in China at Wuhan University and taught book marketing in the Publishing Science Department, School of Information Management at Wuhan University, China. He has lectured and published extensively in China on various topics of publishing.
The Pace Publishing Blog featured Professor Lian in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in April 2012.
Elena Mauer

Elena Mauer

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Elena Donovan Mauer is a freelance writer and editor who creates content for a variety of print and online publications, including The Knot, The Bump, Parents, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping.

Previously, she was Deputy Editor of The Bump, where she worked with top writers, OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other industry leaders to deliver best-in-class fertility, pregnancy and parenting information to millions of expectant and new parents. Online, Professor Mauer top-edited digital content and launched several highly popular pregnancy and parenting tools, as well as The Bump app. She headed editorial for The Bump Magazines, a large network of local pregnancy and parenting print publications. And she helmed the creation of two The Bump branded books.
Professor Mauer has also been an editor at CafeMom, iVillage, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, and Lifetime Magazines. She’s coauthored three books on weddings and relationships.
Professor Mauer is an alumna of the Pace M.S. in Publishing Program and holds a B.A. in English from The Pennsylvania State University. She has been teaching Magazine Writing and Editing, Editorial Principles and Practices, and Specialized Publications since 2008.
Jillian McBain

Jillian McBain

Adjunct Lecturer

Jillian McBain is the Finance Director for Grand Central Publishing at the Hachette Book Group, where she has worked for over ten years. She has held positions as a Senior Financial Analyst, Business Manager, and Associate Financial Director at Hachette and is well-versed in collaborating with all departments in a publishing company to make strategic  decisions.

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy

Adjunct Lecturer

Thad McIlroy is the president of The Future of Publishing, which provides in-depth coverage on the book publishing industry.  An electronic publishing analyst, author, and industry expert, McIlroy has written a dozen books and over 300 articles on cutting edge issues in publishing and media. He is also a founding partner in Publishing Technology Partners and a columnist for Publishers Weekly.

McIlroy is the author of An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups in the United States (2017), The Metadata Handbook, 2nd Ed. (2015) (co-authored with Renee Register), and Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing: A Practical Guide to the Evolving Landscape (2015). McIlroy is a consultant to a variety of publishing and media companies, including Disney,  MIT Press, Microsoft, and Pearson. He served as Program Director for Seybold Seminars, the publishing industry’s premier technology conference, for five years.

Tina McIntyre

Tina McIntyre

Adjunct Lecturer

Tina McIntyre has nearly 20 years of experience in trade marketing, digital marketing, publishing strategy, content development, and business development.

Most recently, she was Senior Executive Director of Content Development at Hachette Book Group where she worked with all of Hachette’s publishing divisions to develop initiatives designed to generate revenue beyond the core publishing programs.

She joined Hachette Book Group in the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division in 2004 as Senior Marketing Manager and was promoted throughout the years to Associate Director and Director of Marketing.  In addition to building and overseeing the marketing department, she spearheaded all marketing efforts for The Twilight Saga, including the creation of thetwilightsaga.com—one of the first social networking sites created for a YA book series.

In 2011, Tina moved into the Young Readers publishing office as Executive Director, Digital Publishing and Operations, directing all digital publishing initiatives and business development.  In 2014, her role was expanded to Executive Director, Strategic Planning; Digital Publisher where she led the NOVL digital imprint and the overarching operations and strategy for the division.

She started her publishing career at Scholastic where she worked on the paperback and digital marketing, for such bestselling properties as Captain Underpants, Animorphs, Goosebumps, and the PUSH teen paperback imprint.

In addition to teaching at Pace, she currently owns and runs a small consulting firm and works with a Seattle start up, Novel Effect. Professor McIntyre earned a masters degree in Publishing from New York University in May 2001 and attended undergrad at the State University of New York College at Oswego.

William Owen

William Owen

Adjunct Lecturer

William Owen is the Associate Director for Ebook Operations and Development for Penguin Publishing at Penguin Random House. Previously he was an Assistant Project Manager at Bedford Freeman and Worth, an Ebook Associate at Macmillan, and an Image Service Representative at Quad Graphics. He earned his BA in English with a minor in Anthropology from SUNY Geneseo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He and his wife (and their dog Rory) recently welcomed a new baby, Jack.

 

Carl Potts

Carl Potts

Adjunct Lecturer

Carl has been a creative leader in publishing, entertainment, marketing, interactive and education.

For most of his 13 years at Marvel Entertainment, Carl was an Executive Editor, overseeing 1/3rd of Marvel’s publications. His duties included spearheading Epic, Marvel’s imprint of diverse creator-owned titles.

Top comics creators he discovered and mentored include Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, June Brigman, Scott Williams, Larry Stroman, Jon Bogdanov, Art Adams and Mike Mignola.

 While at Marvel, Carl developed original and established entertainment properties. Some of these properties became cross media franchises, spawning numerous publications, games, licensed products and dramatic productions.

When he should have been sleeping, Carl also wrote and drew comics, covers and posters. He created new entertainment IP and developed established IP for contemporary audiences. Among Carl’s projects was a celebrated run as writer/layout artist on Punisher War Journal. He created the Alien Legion series and The Last of the Dragons graphic novel. 

The Alien Legion screenplay Carl wrote was bought by Jerry Bruckheimer Films/Walt Disney.

 Carl has given seminars on sequential visual storytelling at Princeton University, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), SUNY Purchase, NYU, Syracuse Univ., The Society of Illustrators, Pixar, Google NY, Blizzard, Blue Sky, Ogilvy & Mather, Psyop and R/GA. He teaches in NYC at School of Visual Arts and online for Academy of Art University.  

 Watson-Guptill/Random House published Carl’s book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Michelle Richter

Michelle Richter

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Michelle Richter has spent over a decade in publishing, beginning at St. Martin’s Press as a nonfiction book editor before becoming a literary agent with Fuse Literary in 2014 and joining the Pace faculty in 2015.

As an editor, Michelle edited MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL, the memoir from “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Clarissa Explains It All” actress Melissa Joan Hart, and RENEWABLE by science writer Jeremy Shere. She worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction for her own list and an executive editor’s list, with such writers as Dr. Ian Smith, Gene Wilder, Albert Brooks, Tom Perrotta, and Joe Eszterhas.

As an agent, Michelle represents writers of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and mystery and crime fiction, including Agatha Award-winning author Kellye Garrett.

She teaches General Interest Books (PUB 610). She is also a graduate of the Master of Science in Publishing Program.

For more information on Michelle, visit www.fuseliterary.com/michelle-richter/or follow her on Twitter at @michrichter1.

Peggy Samedi

Peggy Samedi

Adjunct Lecturer

 Professor Peggy Samedi is a production manager in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. She started her career as a publishing assistant at the Girl Scouts of the USA. She went on to be a bookseller at Barnes and Noble before joining Alfred A. Knopf in 2005. She has had the pleasure of working on titles including Metamaus and Cancer Vixen, as well as books by authors such as Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Edwidge Danticat, and Tommy Orange. She is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, with bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology. 

Kirsten Sandberg

Kirsten Sandberg

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Sandberg is a writer, editor, and consultant who works with executives and advisory boards to shape their publishing strategies in corporate, non-profit, and emerging market settings. She is currently serving as editor-in-chief of the Blockchain Research Institute and is studying how distributed ledger technology and smart contracts could transform publishing. She has extensive experience in negotiating publishing agreements and turning knowledge and expertise into branded content for a globally diverse audience.

Professor Sandberg teaches PUB 618, “The Legal Aspects of Publishing,” and PUB 632, “Academic Publishing,” both from a publishing innovator’s perspective. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Business Models. With Professor Lian, she periodically co-directs professional development programs for Chinese publishing executives.

For over a decade, she served as executive editor at Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, where she contributed to the opening of HBSP Corp Ltd in Mumbai/New Delhi. Professor Sandberg also wrote over a dozen articles for various HBS periodicals. Prior to Harvard, Professor Sandberg spent eight years at HarperCollins, first in the college division as a development editor and a marketing R&D manager and then in HarperBusiness as an acquisitions editor.

She started her media career as a computer graphics designer in the newsroom of WEEK-TV, an NBC affiliate at the time. Professor Sandberg holds a B.A. in English and TV/Radio Production from Bradley University and started an M.A. in English at Marquette University. She is a Chicago Cubs fan by birth and a Yankees fan by naturalization.

The M.S. in Publishing Blog featured Professor Sandberg’s work in “How Blockchain Could Change Publishing” in February 2018 and in “Beijing Meets Big Data” in July 2018. She was also featured in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in April 2012.

Jason Wells

Jason Wells

Adjunct Lecturer

Jason M. Wells is the Books Marketing Director at the American Psychological Association, where he and his team promote APA Books, APA Videos, APA Style, Life Tools, and Magination Press Children’s Books. Previously Jason worked for almost 15 years at Abrams, where he invented and maintained for over a decade the marketing and publicity activities for the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, among other bestselling and award-winning titles. Jason has also held marketing and publicity roles at Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Disney, and Rodale. He lives in Washington, DC, has previously taught at the Colubmia Publishing Course, and has a master’s degree in information science. 

Veronica Viviana Wilson

Veronica Viviana Wilson

Adjunct Lecturer

Veronica Viviana Wilson serves as Director of Business Development for The Nielsen Company, where she works within the Nielsen Marketing Cloud division. Here she provides Financial advertisers the technology, data, and measurement they need to help build their growth strategies, as well as provide confidence that their digital advertising budgets are spent effectively and efficiently.
Prior to Nielsen, Veronica served as Associate Publisher–Head of Advertising Sales at Meredith Corporation from 2009 to 2017, for a national women’s lifestyle brand and two national parenthood brands. In her role, Veronica managed integrated multi-platform sales nationally overseeing four offices. She has been instrumental in launching an independent research series and signature events, as well as developed partnerships with companies/organizations such as CNN, Univision, UNWomen, museums, and national retailers. Veronica also was Associate Publisher–Head of Advertising Sales at Conde Nast for their Bridal Group division in 2008, overseeing six offices across the country. And she worked at Time Inc. from 1999 to 2008 for a national women’s lifestyle brand in various positions, including National Ad Sales Director, where she oversaw five offices nationwide.
Veronica comes from a family of educators, so it’s no surprise that she has lent her publishing expertise to Pace University, New York City, as an Adjunct Lecturer to their Masters in Publishing Program since 2008. Veronica also holds an M.S. degree from Pace University and a B.B.A. degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Veronica lives in Brooklyn, NY and has traveled to six of our seven continents, visiting over 30 countries.
The Pace Publishing Blog featured Veronica in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in January 2013.

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