Our Staff

Our award-winning team is composed of alumni from major publishing houses, marketing experts, sales specialists, and artists who are passionate about our work. We love working with thought leaders and authors who want to share their stories and ideas with the world.


Sam Alexander

Brand Strategist

Sam came to Greenleaf following eleven years in NYC and now works with our authors to understand how they can stand out in the crowded book market and engage with their audience to build a following. He comes equipped with a variety of brand-building and marketing experience—from creating advertising campaigns for Sprint, MasterCard, and UnitedHealthcare to working with celebrities like Steve Harvey and Colin Kaepernick on their brand strategies. Sam earned a BS in advertising from the University of Florida, and he actually enjoys assembling IKEA furniture. Really.

Tiffany Barrientos

Distribution Account Coordinator

Tiffany began her career at Greenleaf as publishing assistant and advanced to support the distribution account executive team. Tiffany's broad range of skills in marketing, finance, and customer service served to assist in many aspects of Greenleaf's office environment. She provides data reporting, researches, and disseminates the information vital to the success of the sales team. Tiffany earned her BS in international business from the University of San Francisco and loves all things relating to travel, food, and the outdoors.

Sophie Brame

Publishing Assistant

Whether you call in to the office or come by for a meeting, you’re likely to speak to Sophie first. With a background in education, nonprofit organizations, and community outreach, she brings excellent communication and staff support skills to her position at Greenleaf. As a native Austinite, Sophie takes joy in helping an Austin-based company to thrive and grow. She has a BA in Sociology and English from Texas A&M University and loves to spend her time enjoying music, hiking, writing, and cooking.

Justin Branch

Director of Consulting

Justin leads the acquisitions process for Greenleaf, designing successful book launch strategies for our authors. He takes a holistic approach to publishing, with a focus on author brand and platform development, as well as creating a high-quality, differentiated, and market-ready book. This approach—applied to well-known brands like John Gray and Kanye West, as well as debut authors—has produced more than twenty New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Before joining Greenleaf, Justin worked in television production and marketing for KingWorld Productions (The Roseanne Show), HollywoodBroadcasting.com, and Cox Communications.

Rachael Brandenburg

Junior Designer

Rachael is an award-winning book designer who, in addition to making sure Greenleaf books look great, is dedicated to creating beautiful and functional marketing and branding pieces. She fosters an author-centered partnership throughout the design process and enjoys finding the best solution to each unique challenge she faces. In addition, her strong work ethic and great attitude make her a valuable member of the Greenleaf design team. Rachael grew up in West Texas and graduated from The Art Institute of Austin with a BFA in graphic design, and she stays inspired by listening to the Design Matters podcast.

Gardiner Brown

Print Buyer

Gardiner is Greenleaf's direct point of contact for our printers both domestically and abroad. It's his job as Print Buyer to find the right printer for each project and to ensure all of our books are printed to Greenleaf's high standard of quality for the best price. Gardiner developed his passion for helping others bring their stories into the world while studying Creative Writing and Cultural Anthropology at Hampshire College. He is a native Austinite, and loves to spend time on the local hiking trails or writing in one of Austin's many coffee shops.

Bethany Chapoy

Staff Accountant

Bethany works behind the scenes in billing and reconciliation and on other accounting projects to ensure a smooth author experience with Greenleaf. She received her BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has strong industry experience through prior work for indie bookstores and in book wholesaling. Bethany is a lover of the arts by night and thrives on finding new opportunities to unify her community, supporting artists and musicians in doing what they love to do.

Jessica Choi

Senior Editor

Jessica specializes in bringing out the best in authors, planning and shaping content, and developing great books, brands, and ideas. With over eight years of experience as both a senior editor and managing editor, she has produced books, manuals, training publications, web-based products, and online courses for leading educational and technology publishers, including The University of Texas Press, Alpha Omega Publications, and Coriolis Technology Press. Jessica holds a MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and in 2017 had her writing featured in the live stage production, Listen to Your Mother.

Lindsey Clark

Associate Editor

Lindsey began her career with Greenleaf as an intern and quickly advanced to full-time editor. She enjoys working closely with authors on a wide range of projects to help them unlock their manuscript’s full potential. She has a degree in English literature from Belhaven University, in Jackson, Mississippi. Lindsey worked as assistant manager and author attendant at Square Books, in Oxford, Mississippi, and managed the Signed First Editions Book Club, at Lemuria Bookstore, in Jackson, Mississippi. She is currently a committee chair for the Texas Book Festival and is an avid reader and writer herself.

Nathan DeLacretaz

Manager of Information Systems

Nathan oversees Greenleaf’s internal database development, compiles authors’ sales data for presentation online and in royalty reporting, and performs a range of technical-support functions. His ten-plus years building and maintaining systems at Greenleaf reflects the company’s unique business model and its history of delivering a customized experience to its authors. Nathan is also a freelance musician—a lifelong pursuit that, like his work at Greenleaf, involves problem solving, exploration, and the desire to provide a great customer (or listener) experience.

Steven Elizalde

Director, Distribution

Steven is responsible for every aspect of book distribution for Greenleaf. He plays a key role in evaluating authors’ submissions for the marketplace and guides authors through the complex intricacies of book distribution. He also works to ensure all our books are sold in as many outlets as possible—from high-profile wholesalers and nontraditional retailers to indie bookstores and airports. Before joining Greenleaf in 2012, he was the key account manager for The News Group, where he made all book and magazine buying decisions for the largest grocery chain in Texas, HEB. Steven is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Corrin Foster

Director, Marketing and Branding

With over fifteen years of experience in branding and digital marketing, Corrin has extensive knowledge of content management, product marketing, and online advertising. At Greenleaf, she develops and executes strategic marketing programs; oversees social media; and consults with authors on building their brand, establishing online presence, and growing reader communities. Corrin holds an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, completed the Yale Publishing Course, and was a 2015 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Corrin is also a popular lifestyle blogger and has spoken at IBPA Publishing University, WordPress WordCamp, and South by Southwest.

Sally Garland

Associate Editor

Sally began her publishing career in New York City at the French publishing house Hachette. She subsequently worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston in Austin and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston. Her background includes foreign rights, permissions acquisitions, and subsidiary rights. Sally has a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin, taught university English in the Middle East, and studied foreign languages at Georgetown University and New York University. She is devoted to making sure every author’s manuscript reaches its greatest potential.

Jen Glynn

Project Manager

Jen came to Greenleaf with more than fourteen years of magazine and book publishing experience. At Boston magazine, where she served as production director, she oversaw the production of the monthly magazine, as well as several ancillary publications focusing on weddings, travel, and home design. Most recently, she worked as the business manager of the Harvard Common Press, a cookbook and parenting book publisher. At Greenleaf, Jen guides authors and their projects through the editorial, design, and printing process as a project manager.

Neil Gonzalez

Art Director

As the leader of Greenleaf’s design team, Neil ensures that every author’s project we touch meets the highest quality standards. Since he joined the company in 2007, he has personally designed over one hundred titles, including two Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestsellers. He’s proud to help promote our authors’ work and ideas—especially when a new book arrives from the printer. Neil holds a BA in communication design from Texas State University and an associate’s degree in visual communication design from Austin Community College.

Claire Jentsch

Business Development Coordinator

Claire began her career at Greenleaf as an intern and quickly moved on to manage incoming submissions and assist authors with inbound inquiries. She spreads the word about Greenleaf by building relationships with industry partners and forward-thinking brands with big ideas. A graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in English and a passion for great writing and innovation, Claire is enthusiastic about exploring new projects and helping thought leaders grow their ideas into realities. She is an avid writer, home cook, and traveler.

Carrie Jones

Director of Production

Carrie came to Greenleaf with more than twenty-five years of publishing experience, most recently with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has held a variety of positions, encompassing editorial, rights and permissions, and project management. At Greenleaf, Carrie manages the editorial, design, and project management teams, focusing on process improvement and quality management. Carrie also oversees Greenleaf’s permissions services. Carrie holds a BA in English from the University of Texas and has been a certified PMP since 2010.

Tyler LeBleu

Production Manager

Tyler has more than thirteen years of varied publishing industry experience spanning production, marketing, merchandising, and events. He has worked at Simon & Schuster and Audible.com, and Tyler currently manages Greenleaf Book Group’s project management and printing/buying team. He also oversees author projects as they progress through the editorial, design, and printing processes. Tyler is a primary author contact and facilitates interdepartmental collaboration and communication to ensure a smooth and efficient book production process.

Emilie Lyons

Business Development Manager

Emilie spreads the word about Greenleaf and builds relationships with key partners and brands in an effort to help more authors share their big ideas with the world. She has moved through several roles here at Greenleaf. Prior to this, she worked as Greenleaf's Print Buyer and, more recently, as a Project Manager. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she has also worked in international sales at HarperCollins. 

Stephanie Mlynarski

Accounting Specialist

Stephanie has worked in the accounting field for more than nineteen years, bringing to Greenleaf Book Group vast experience in receivables, payables, collections, and customer service. She has worked in a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction, and mortgage. Stephanie works closely with our authors and industry wholesalers to ensure the company’s smooth, efficient financial performance. She loves working with the wonderful people on the Greenleaf team and with some of the best clients in the world.

AprilJo Murphy


AprilJo Murphy comes to Greenleaf after earning her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of North Texas. She has worked for a variety of publications in editorial and research roles, including many literary journals and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. She enjoys helping authors discover and refine their voices so that their ideas effectively reach their audiences. April is an avid reader, writer, and explorer of Texas State Parks. 

Daniel Pederson

Project Manager

Dan brings over six years of publishing and commercial printing experience to Greenleaf. In his time as a production supervisor with Penguin Random House, Dan oversaw frontlist book projects ranging from traditional hardcovers and paperbacks to box sets and bespoke editions. His focus as a project manager with Greenleaf is shepherding authors and their projects through the editorial, design, and printing process. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Kristine Peyre-Ferry

Distribution Account Executive

Kristine is responsible for guiding authors through the distribution process. She strives to understand each author’s personal goals and helps devise a successful strategy for each book’s distribution. Kristine joined Greenleaf in 2011 and has worn many hats in the Distribution department since, most recently, as logistics coordinator. She enjoys seeing a book go from an idea to a finished product in the hands of readers. Kristine is a graduate of the University of Texas and is a lifelong bookworm.

Brian Phillips


Brian works directly with authors and editors to develop eye-catching book covers, interior layouts, and various other promotional and branding materials. He holds a BA in visual communication from the University of Texas at Arlington and has worked in publishing for over eight years. His work has received numerous awards and has been showcased in design annuals like HOW and Graphis. Brian enjoys the process of extracting that one element of a manuscript that can best represent the book on its cover.

Chelsea Richards

Senior Marketing Associate

Chelsea is responsible for executing book launch marketing initiatives that promote discoverability and awareness for authors and their books among both industry professionals and readers alike. Chelsea earned her BA in English and communications from Southwestern University and completed New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. She has worked in both magazine and book publishing in San Francisco and London. Chelsea is a bibliophile and an Anglophile, and she feels right at home in the publishing world.

Dylan Ross

Logistics Coordinator

Dylan started his career at Greenleaf as an intern in the distribution department and returned over a year later to serve on the team full time. He is responsible for order processing, shipping, and inventory management, and he strives to provide quality service at every opportunity. He also guarantees that Greenleaf’s online catalogue data for retail partners is correct and updated and maintains its ebook library. Dylan graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in radio, television, and film and loves a good book almost as much as a great movie.

Danny Sandoval


Danny comes to Greenleaf with an entrepreneurial background in marketing and corporate training. He seeks out and partners with new and established authors to create a customized strategy for a successful book launch. Once a project is launched, Danny acts as a liaison for the authors as they work with the Greenleaf production, distribution, and marketing teams. Literature is a strong part of Danny’s past, as he began his career working in theatre and film. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chantel Stull

Junior Designer

Chantel is a graduate of the Art Institute of Austin whose keen attention to detail and grasp of type and layout has been sharpened through previous experiences as a designer for Tenderling and local nonprofit Big Medium. Working closely with Greenleaf’s art director, Chantel applies her design skill to solve a diverse range of marketing, production, and editorial challenges—everything from creating branding elements and advertising materials to designing book covers and interior book layouts. She loves having the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, and her favorite book is Pictorial Webster’s.

Brian Viktorin

Chief Financial Officer

Brian oversees Greenleaf’s finance and accounting functions, including budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, cash management, and banking relationships. He also manages the company’s human resources, risk management, and benefits programs. His broad expertise and experience in public accounting and internal auditing includes both start-up and publicly held companies. He holds a BBA from the University of Texas, is a certified public accountant, loves college football along with all things Vegas and New Orleans, and has never met a spicy food he didn’t like.

Shannon Zuniga

Manager of Accounting Services

Shannon manages overall client financial support matters, including royalty processing and payments, accounts receivable, account reconciliations, billing, and audits. She also manages Greenleaf’s key wholesale accounts. As a member of the Greenleaf team since 2009, Shannon understands that authors have a variety of needs in assessing the financial success of their books, and she strives to provide excellent client support. She holds a BS in communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Development Partners

Chris Benguhe

Editor at Large

Internationally published author, columnist, and editor Chris Benguhe has worked as an editor at every level of the editorial process, including editor-in-chief and publisher, and has edited dozens of titles for up-and-coming authors. He is also a former People magazine writer and tabloid editor. Chris has interviewed everyone from the famous to the felonious and chronicled the world’s most provocative stories. His first book, Triumphs of the Heart (Penguin Putnam), was introduced by President George W. Bush. He went on to write Triumphs of the Heart BookII and Beyond Courage: The 9 Principles of Heroism (Penguin Putnam). His latest book, Overcoming Life’s 7 Common Tragedies (Paulist Press), examines the positive potential of tragedy—how it can bring people closer to each other and help them realize their ultimate purpose. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. He is also a TV writer, speaker, and columnist with over a million readers.

Lari Bishop

Editor at Large

Lari Bishop has spent more than two decades writing and editing for a variety of publications, including newspapers, magazines, websites, and books, and has spent the last thirteen years in book publishing. She helped build editorial teams for small firms, worked for John Wiley & Sons as a developmental editor, was a senior editor for Greenleaf Book Group, and now runs her own editorial company, Draft Lab. Throughout the years, she has written or contributed to more than twenty-five books, including well-known business, self-help, finance, fiction, and health titles. She has edited an additional sixty titles, provided editorial direction on hundreds of manuscripts, and coached dozens of authors through the writing process. Her level of comfort in all media and a variety of genres has enabled her authors to expand their horizons, deepen their ideas, and broaden their influence. Lari has a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in economics.

Diana Ceres

Editor at Large

Diana fosters a creative team environment to inspire Greenleaf authors to maximize their books’ full potential. She has edited a variety of publications, ranging from novels and memoirs to children’s books and business titles. Most recently, she was in charge of submissions for Foxhead Books. Diana has a master’s degree in foreign languages and literature from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She brings twenty years of editorial and publications experience to the group.

Kat Fatland

Editor at Large

Kat joined Greenleaf after spending four years in Penang, Malaysia, where she worked as an editor for Areca Books, a niche local publishing company specializing in topics of social history, cultural heritage, art, and architecture. During her tenure in Penang she worked closely with a number of multinational authors to produce high-quality, well-researched books targeted towards a diverse readership, including the award-winning nonfiction title The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan King Mosque, 1786–1957In addition to her work as an editor, Kat contributed to a number of monthly magazines based in Malaysia, including Time Out Malaysia and The Expat. Kat was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Drake University.

Jay Hodges

Editor at Large

Jay Hodges began editing professionally in 1995, and he worked for Greenleaf Book Group from 2005 through 2014. He has experience with magazines, online media, and books. A graduate from the Bennington Writing Seminars with an MFA in fiction writing and from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in German literature, Jay has worked in the editorial departments of Routledge, Penguin, and Martha Stewart. He has written for several publications, including Time Out New York and In These Times. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Jay is exceptionally good at identifying language that is unclear and improving the general flow of ideas and prose in manuscripts.

Scott James

Brand Strategist

Scott is a strategist and coach who helps Greenleaf authors develop their brand strategy, build high-impact assets, and connect with their target audience. Entrepreneur.com listed him as one of "27 Masters of Marketing and PR Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From". He has been working with authors and start-ups since 2007 and frequently speaks on publishing at conferences like O'Reilly Tools of Change Author (R)evolution, Writer.ly PubCamp, and Greenleaf Author Summit.

Kim Lance

Designer at Large

Kim holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee. Before finding her home in the publishing world as a book cover designer, she worked in the advertising industry creating award-winning campaigns for many high-ranking clients. After spending some additional time as an art director of a university magazine and working on some small-press photography books, she knew book design was her calling. When not busy creating, Kim is browsing the bookstores looking for great reads and terrific covers.

Sheila Parr

Designer at Large

Sheila is an award-winning book designer and art director. She spent over ten years in-house at Greenleaf Book Group, working closely with our sales team and overseeing the creative work of our design department. She has designed well over 100 books, and provided creative direction on countless more. Her ability to shape innovative branding pieces, book covers and page designs has made her an expert in her field, and she regularly consults with authors on industry design standards.

Brandy Savarese

Editor at Large

Brandy Savarese comes to Greenleaf from university press publishing, with a particular focus on acquiring and developing books in the fine arts (especially photography) architecture, and humanities. To enhance her publishing knowledge, she has expanded her experience in imprint and brand development and project-based fundraising. With a bachelor's degree in Italian and art history from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia, Brandy is at ease collaborating with authors on a wide variety of books. She brings ten years of publishing experience to the group.

Jeanne Thornton

Editor at Large

Jeanne Thornton is a freelance editor working at a variety of levels, from project development to copy editing and manuscript diagnosis, with a specialization in fiction titles. She has worked in the past with a variety of trade and academic publishers on both a freelance and in-house basis, most notably Seven Stories Press in New York City as an acquiring editor for award-winning literary fiction and other titles. She is also an author in her own right, with her debut novel, The Dream of Doctor Bantam, having been released in October 2012 by OR Books.