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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...
Assistants and Aide
Adjei Kwesi Boateng
Adjei Kwesi Boateng is a Graduate Assistant at the MS Publishing office where he is pursuing his Master’s degree. He is from Ghana, West Africa where he has spent most of his life. He is a published novelist with the pseudonym J. K. Knowlife. He’s best known for writing the mystery thriller The Homecoming. He writes mostly fiction, on subjects ranging from folklores, fantasy, mystery thrillers to sci-fi. You can find some his books on Amazon by searching his pen name. He hopes to use his degree to improve his publishing firm.
He loves reading and playing video games, as should all fun-loving gentlemen born from the ’80s on.
Katie Merikallio is one of the Graduate Assistants for the Publishing program. She is in her first semester of the program. Katie grew up in Santa Cruz, California. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Creative Writing and History. While she does enjoy writing as a hobby, Katie decided to pursue editing when she realized what she likes best is strengthening the writing of others. She is excited to be a part of this program and to pursue a career in publishing, where she hopes to work as an editor of speculative fiction.
Katie Schwab is the Student Aide for the Publishing office, currently in her first year in the MS in Publishing program. Originally from Sacramento, California, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and Dance at UC Davis, where she trained as both an actor and costume designer. During her performance career, she enjoyed the privilege of acting both on stage and a few small onscreen roles. Since the pandemic, Katie has shifted her focus from her love of theater to her love of books. She is excited to begin her Publishing journey at Pace, and hopes to one day work as an editor in trade fiction.
Faculty and Staff Bios
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
Rich Johnson has been in almost 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. Currently he is V.P. Sales and Business Development at Diamond Book Distributors.
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, Random House Books for Young Readers, Diamond Comics, and Penn State University Press. At PSU he consulted on the lunch of their new graphic novel imprint Graphic Mundi. Thee he was co-editor of COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology – which was included on the Washington Posts’ list of Best Graphic Novels of the Year 2021.
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 the book and media IP packaging company Endpaper Entertainment.
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. He is currently writing a series of Marvel art books for Rizzoli Books’ Universe imprint-which includes the title Spider-Man: Webslinger, Hero, Icon.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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
Carla Stockalper is a full stack web developer currently serving as a Technical Lead at Hachette Book Group. As part of the web services team at HBG, she helps build and manage consumer facing web sites as well as develop technological solutions unique to the publishing world. Prior to HBG, she cofounded a small business where she directed web and digital marketing efforts. Carla holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Media Arts. She lives in San Diego on a horse ranch with her family and 3 rambunctious dogs.
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.