Faculty and Staff Bios

Vaughn Benjamin

Vaughn Benjamin

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Vaughn Benjamin was the Vice President of Magazine Publishers of America or MPA from 1991 to 2003.  He has been an Adjunct Professor in Pace University’s MS in Publishing program since 2003, teaching PUB 622D, the “Creating a Magazine” seminar.

He is also a Pace University alumni, from the Lubin School of Business where he received his MBA in 1996.  Professor Benjamin completed his undergraduate education at Queens College, where he received a Masters in Education in Special Education and Teaching.

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.

David Delano

David Delano

Adjunct Lecturer

David Delano’s entire career has been about books. He has worked in book publishing since 1970, after attending Northwestern University and Loyola University, Chicago where he received a BA in English. His experience ranges from design to editorial management, from title acquisition to manufacturing, from production assistant to VP, and all the stops in-between.  Professor Delano’s publishing background was polished at places like Random House and Harper & Row and printing experience was earned with industry leaders like R.R. Donnelley, G.W. Banta, and W. A. Krueger.  Currently, he is the US representative for a global printing company, Toppan Printing, Hong Kong.  Professor Delano has taught at Pace since the early 2000’s.  He also lectures at the Columbia Publishing Seminar and the NYU Summer Publishing Program.  Professor Delano has also judged the New York Book Show three times.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Delano in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in April 2012.

Kerstin Diehn

Kerstin Diehn

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Diehn is the founder and owner of KV Design in the New York City metro area. Her main areas of expertise include project management, print design, large format graphics, and branding solutions. Professor Diehn specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and teaches design and design-related software courses in the Masters of Publishing program at Pace: PUB 633 “Desktop Publishing for the Publishing Professional” and PUB635 “Advanced Desktop Publishing.”  She has also taught graphic design at FIT and the Art Institute of New York.

Professor Diehn has a Masters degree in Communications/Design from Pratt Institute and an undergraduate degree in Literature from American University.  Fascinated by books her whole life, she brings a unique literary aesthetic to her visual work.  She loves working with type and welcomes large-scale book and magazine projects.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Diehn in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in September 2012.

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.

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.
Karen Holt

Karen Holt

Adjunct Lecturer

Karen Holt has spent her entire career writing and editing, working for a decade as a newspaper reporter before moving on to books, magazines, and websites. She is currently senior editor at Guideposts Books & Inspirational media.

She has been deputy editor of Publishers Weekly, books editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, founding editor of the Reservoir Square Books imprint, and managing editor for Primedia. Her writing has appeared frequently in publications including Essence, Parade, the New York Post, Folio, Working Mother, and many others.

Holt has been an adjunct professor at Pace since 2016, when she began teaching the Editorial Principles and Practices course. Her other courses at Pace include Publishing Business Communication Skills, Professional Editing: Books, and Graduate Seminar: Publishing Strategies I.

She holds a BA from Western Washington University and an MAW from Manhattanville College.​

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 the V.P. of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Lion Forge Comics and is a publishing consultant, as the Founder of Brick Road Media, LLC.

Johnson is Co-Founder and was the Co-Publishing Director for Yen Press a new graphic novel and manga imprint for Hachette Book Group. There he established a new imprint with a focus on partnering with top Japanese publishers to create a new imprint that focused on manga and graphic novels. He also co-founded Yen Plus a monthly manga anthology magazine.

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. The expansion into the market helped to popularize an American art form. It is still the biggest growth category in the bookstore market and it had crossed into other mediums. Film and television have embraced the medium, where not only super-hero based properties like Iron Man and Batman break box office records, but where graphic novels become critically acclaimed films and television shows. Most notably The Road to Perdition, A History of Violence and The Walking Dead are all based on graphic novels.

He has worked for such companies as Archaia Entertainment, The Will Eisner Studios, Valliant Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment/Comics and Penguin Random House, Storm King Comics from film director John Carpenter, CME (Creative Mind Energy), Random House Books for Young Readers, Insight Editions, Lion Forge Comics and Diamond Comics.

He has worked in sales, marketing, acquisitions, business development, licensing, foreign rights and editorial.
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 Atomic Clock Entertainment, a film and television production and development company.

He is an adjunct professor at both Drexel University in Philadelphia and 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, 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.
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.

Bette Rockmore

Bette Rockmore

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Bette Rockmore is the current SVP of Advertising Sales for Sirius XM Radio, Inc.  She is the former SVP of Business Development at American Media for ten years and the Director of Direct Response Marketing for Meredith for seven years.  Prof. Rockmore was also the Vice President of Special Marketing at Hachette Filipacchi Media for nine years.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati and is an Adjunct Professor in the in Pace University’s MS in Publishing program.  Prof. Rockmore teaches PUB 622D, the “Creating a Magazine” seminar.”

Melissa Rosati

Melissa Rosati

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) and the owner of Melissa’s Coaching Studio, LLC. Her clients include the Institut Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, and individual writers and artists.

An award-winning publisher, Professor Rosati has lead strategic initiatives and teams in the areas of business planning, reorganization, partnerships, content acquisition, print and digital product development, contract negotiation, staff training and development, and global market planning for publishers such as HarperCollins College, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Routledge, and McGraw-Hill International. These experiences and skills enriched Professor Rosati’s approach to coaching and consulting with clients who face daunting professional challenges.

At Pace University, where Professor Rosati is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Science in Publishing program, she co-leads the U.S.-China Publishing Dialogue and designs and delivers executive leadership seminars for the top management of China’s premier media conglomerates, including China Publishing Group Corporation (CPGC), Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), and Hunan Publishing.  These seminars grapple with the profound structural changes in the global consumption and distribution of print and digital content. She is also co-founder of Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold, a special-interest group focused on publishing issues in our culture and society.

Professor Rosati earned her coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Creativity Coaching Association, and the Women’s National Book Association.  Currently, Professor Rosati has several projects in development about women working in writing and the arts. She lives in New York City with her husband Michael and her cat, Social Media Max.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Professor Rosati in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in February 2012.

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.

Kenneth Slivken

Kenneth Slivken

Adjunct Lecturer

Ken Slivken joined Pace in the Fall 2016 as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Pace Graduate Publishing Program, and he currently teaches the Financial Aspects of Publishing Course.  Ken has spent the last 22 years in the media sector, primarily with magazine publishers, both consumer and business to business. Having served earlier in his career as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a $1.5B division of a Public Media Company, he knows first-hand the importance of “non-financial types” being able to understand and utilize key financial concepts that are commonly used in the publishing sector.
Ken is currently the top human resources professional on staff at American Media, Inc.  His experience at various publishing companies, combined with his involvement in company sales and acquisitions, all contribute to aunique understanding and ability to teach the Financial Aspects of Publishing  course.  Ken has an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in Labor Relations from the University of Illinois.
Manuela Soares

Manuela Soares

Director of the M.S. in Publishing Program and Pace University Press

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 publishing industry, working in both books and magazines. Most recently, she was Managing Editor for the Scholastic Trade Book division (overseeing eight hardcover imprints and the publication of the first five Harry Potter books). Before that, she was a Senior Editor at Rizzoli International.

As the Director of the Publishing program, Soares oversees the development of curriculum and works closely with faculty and the Advisory Board to expand and support this unique and successful program.

As Director of the Pace University Press, Soares works with editors on a variety of academic journals. Well-known for its studies of Virginia Woolf and medieval literature, more recent additions to the list of publications include journals on acting, comics, philosophy, and psychology.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of Springer-Verlag’s Publishing Research Quarterly, where some of the Graduate Theses papers from the program have been published in abbreviated form.

Her own published works encompass magazines, journals, and books including: The Joy Within with Joan Goldstein (Simon & Schuster), One Hand Clapping with Rafe Martin (Rizzoli), Butch/Femme (Crown Publishing), Scholastic Bookfiles: A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time, Heart Throbs: The Best of DC Romance Comics (pseudonym Naomi Scott, Fireside Books), ESP McGee and the Dolphin’s Message (pseudonym Jesse Rodgers, Avon Books), “The Purloined Ladder” (Journal of Homosexuality, V.34, Issue 3-4), among others. In 2011, she contributed a short short story to the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, (Persea Books). In 2013, she wrote a cookbook with artist Jeanne Betancourt, Farm Stand Fresh.

An avid photographer, her photographs are in private collections and have been used for the covers of three books of poetry, various blogs, and included in several exhibitions.

Professor Soares holds a BA degree in English from Rutgers University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

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.