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 authors including Julia Alvarez, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jamaica Kincaid.
In 1995 she joined Warner Books, now Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette. She was VP, Executive Director of Publicity there for many years and worked with a wide range of bestselling authors including Nicholas Sparks, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille, and Brad Meltzer, among others.
Jennifer has previously taught as an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate Publishing Studies program at Hofstra University. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Hofstra University and her poems have been published in Ovunque Siamo and VIA: Voices in Italiana-Americana (forthcoming). Her poems “Omphalos” (2018) and “I terri” (2015) received first place in the Concorso Internationale di Poesia held in Messina, Sicily.
Eileen Bishop Kreit
In August 2023, Eileen Kreit joined the Pace Publishing program as a full time faculty member and lecturer.
Eileen Bishop Kreit is a lifelong reader and book lover. She spent 32 years at Penguin Random House, joining the Putnam Berkley Publishing Group as Sales Assistant after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. After 15 years in sales leadership and management, Eileen moved to the editorial side as Vice President and Publisher of Puffin Books. Rising to President in in 2007, she worked with authors including S.E. Hinton, Judy Blume, Mildred D. Taylor, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Dessen, the collective works of Roald Dahl, and the Puffin Classics publishing program. She published anniversary editions of The Westing Game; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing; and the 50th anniversary edition of The Outsiders. In 2018, she transitioned to Vice President, Business Development, Viking Children’s Books and Philomel Books, where she expanded classic brands and created new publishing for legacy characters of the publishing industry including Corduroy, Madeline, Pippi Longstocking, Encyclopedia Brown, and many others. She is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and passion with her students, both as a Faculty Advisor and as a Professor, teaching Children’s Book Publishing, Fundamentals of Trade Book Publishing, and Publishing Strategies I and II.
Graduate Assistant and Student Aides
Nina is a Student Aide for the Publishing office in her first semester of the program. From Yuma, Arizona, she moved to NYC to pursue her English undergraduate degree at Pace University. With an emphasis in Creative Writing, she loves to write poetry and creative nonfiction. In the 4/1 degree program, she is passionate about thriller, romance, literary fiction, and poetry, as she hopes to work in editorial, marketing, or subrights (while, of course, continue writing).
Harshdeep Kaur is the Student Aide for the Publishing program. She is an international student from India who has found her literary haven at Pace University. With a Master’s in English and a passion for books, she is excited to be a part of the publishing office staff. As a middle school English teacher for over three years, her love for the English language pushes her to be a publisher of books that inspire young minds. She wants to join the publishing workforce in the departments of managing editorial or production. In her free time, Harshdeep finds solace in bookstores, eagerly adding to her collection, though the thought of finishing them all can sometimes spark a touch of anxiety.
Kaitlyn is the Graduate Assistant for the Publishing office, currently in her final year in the MS in Publishing program. Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies at Carthage College. She hopes to become either an editor or a marketer to publish more LGBTQIA+ books for the people who need them the most.
Faculty and Staff Bios
Professor Ken Brooks is president of Treadwell Media Group, a product development, supply chain and strategy consulting firm focused on the education and trade publishing sectors.
Professor Brooks holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, where he also mentors graduate students in Educational Technology.
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.
Thomas A. DiMascio
The Pace Publishing Blog featured Di Mascio in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in April 2013.
Barbara A. Egidi
The Pace Publishing Blog featured Egidi in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in March 2012.
Britney Fitzgerald is a Pace Publishing alum who has worked in New York’s editorial and social media sectors for over a decade. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Parents magazine, Brit+Co, The Knot, and more. She has managed social strategy at several magazines and for an advertising agency. Currently, she is the head of social media at the American Museum of Natural History. Britney lives in Brooklyn with her husband and French bulldog, Sir Walter.
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 is the Associate Lifestyle Director, Commerce Research and Testing at Dotdash Meredith 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.
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 has nearly 20 years of experience in trade marketing, digital marketing, publishing strategy, content development, and business development. Currently, she is VP, Marketing for Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. Previously, 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. 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.
For three decades, Andrea Monfried has been a highly regarded editor and publisher of books on architecture, art, and design. Before founding Andrea Monfried Editions, she worked at Monacelli Press, Rizzoli, and Images. Among the many books she has developed are S,M,L,XL by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau; Towards a New Museum and Site and Sound: New Opera Houses and Concert Halls by Victoria Newhouse; Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design and Lifting the Curtain on Design by Vicente Wolf; John Yeon Architecture by Randy Gragg et al.; The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière; and Happenings: New York, 1958–1963 by Millie Glimcher.
In 2012, she founded publishing consultancy Andrea Monfried Editions, using her experience and expertise to tailor every aspect of book publication to the author and subject matter. Working directly with authors, Andrea strives to facilitate all steps in the publishing process: organizing content and structure, preparing a proposal, meeting with publishers, negotiating contracts, guiding assembly of text and illustrations, collaborating with graphic designers, managing production, and advising on promotion.
Andrea is a graduate of Harvard College. She is a member of the Architectural League of New York and Open House New York, among other organizations. Andrea lives in New York City with her architect husband, their daughter, and hundreds of books.
Kathleen Ortiz (she/her) founded KO Media Management in 2022, after working in publishing and international licensing for over a decade, including roles as Director of Translation, Subsidiary Rights Manager and Literary Agent. She earned her M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, and has spent her career helping build and elevate creative brands.
Patricia Payton is a metadata expert with knowledge of bibliographic standards, identifiers, and data analysis. As Senior Manager, Provider Relations, for ProQuest, part of Clarivate, she is responsible communicating book and journal metadata requirements and best practices to publishers of all sizes.
Patricia has over 20 years of experience in bookselling, library eBook platforms, and international book markets. She holds a Masters degree in Library Information Science specializing in Digital Libraries (Rutgers University) as well as an MBA (Kent State University).
In addition to serving as an Adjunct Lecturer for Pace University, she works within the Book Industry Study Group and the Book Industry Communications organization to help shape industry metadata practices. She lives in New Jersey and enjoys reading non-fiction works.
For most of his 13 years at Marvel Entertainment, Carl was an Executive Editor, whose duties included spearheading Epic, Marvel’s imprint of diverse creator-owned titles.
He discovered and mentored top comics creators including 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.
Watson-Guptill/Random House published Carl’s book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.
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, and 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.
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 Columbia Publishing Course, and has a master’s degree in information science.
Veronica Viviana Wilson
Veronica Wilson serves as National Digital Sales Director for PeopleEnEspañol.com, at Dotdash Meredith, where she is responsible for driving advertising revenue. Prior to People en Espanol she worked at The Nielsen Company, as Business Development Director from 2017-2019. She was Associate Publisher–Sales at Meredith Corporation from 2009-2017, for Latino focused lifestyle and parenthood brands, Associate Publisher–Sales at Conde Nast for the Bridal Group in 2008, and Time Inc./Essence from 1999-2008, where she last held the position of National Ad Sales Director.