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Carolan R. Workman

Executive Chair and President

Most of Carolan’s professional life has been at Workman Publishing, which she joined more than forty years ago to work with her husband, Peter, the founder of the company. She established and led the international publishing division and, as corporate officer, was involved in many aspects of the business. Since Peter’s death in 2013, she has presided over the company and is determined that Workman's uniqueness, culture, and success will continue to thrive.

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Daniel P. Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer

CEO at Workman since September 2014, Dan oversees the five Workman imprints: Workman Publishing, Artisan Books, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Storey Publishing in North Adams, MA, and Timber Press in Portland, OR. Prior to his current position he had been involved in the daily management of Storey since 1995 and Timber since 2006.

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Ana Maria Allessi

Publisher, Workman Audio

Ana Maria joined the company in 2020 to launch Workman Audio, where she oversees production, distribution, marketing, and sales of audiobooks published simultaneously with the print editions from across the Workman imprints. Ana Maria is an audiobook industry veteran; in her last role before joining Workman she was vice president and publisher of HarperAudio at HarperCollins Publishers.

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Deborah Balmuth

Publisher, Storey Publishing

Deborah oversees Storey’s team of acquisitions editors, who conceive and acquire books that empower people with the hands-on skills and knowledge to create richer, more connected lives. She works closely with established Storey authors to develop new proposals and identifies potential authors and topics, especially in the areas of well-being, herbalism, and crafts. As a true Storey staffer, she lives in a log cabin in the woods and enjoys sewing, knitting, and other creative pursuits.

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​Andrew Beckman

Publisher, Timber Press

Since 2010, Andrew has managed the book program at Timber, leading the Portland, Oregon–based team as they publish beautifully illustrated, authoritative books that celebrate the wonders of the natural world. This includes books on gardening, nature, science, and regional interests. Prior to joining Timber, Andrew was the garden editor at Martha Stewart Living and worked as an estate gardener and landscape architect.

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Susan Bolotin

Publisher and Editorial Director, Workman Publishing

Suzie, who manages Workman’s book program and, with Janet Harris, the calendar program, oversees the development and publishing of Workman’s eclectic list of passionate, necessary, carefully crafted, and often quirky books and calendars. Many acquisitions go through her. Suzie started her career in book publishing at Random House/Vintage and Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, made a twenty-year detour into journalism and magazine editing, and returned to books at Workman in 2000. Her responsibilities include oversight of the editorial, design, photo, publicity, and marketing departments.

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Rebecca Carlisle

Executive Director of Publicity & Marketing, Workman Publishing

Rebecca leads the strategy of integrated marketing and publicity campaigns for all books, calendars, and brands within the Workman imprint. Her responsibilities include oversight of the publicity, marketing, and digital marketing departments. Additionally, she handles corporate communications across all imprints. Before coming to Workman, she was associate director of PR & Marketing at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Rebecca started her career in book publishing at W. W. Norton & Company, Bloomsbury, and Other Press.

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Glenn D'Agnes

Chief Operating Officer

Glenn, a CPA with an MBA, joined Workman in 2009 as its COO. He manages the day-to-day business functions, including billing, production, legal and contracts, finance, information technology, and inventory control. Prior to Workman, Glenn oversaw similar functions at HarperCollins, where he worked as the CFO and COO.

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Page Edmunds

Executive Associate Publisher

Page brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience to her role at the crossroads of sales and editorial. She is responsible for the positioning of Workman titles and serves as manager for Workman’s key publishing brands in both children’s and adult books. She also oversees the managing editorial department and the promotions department, which is responsible for sales and marketing materials, trade shows, and conferences. Page held marketing and publishing positions at Random House before joining Workman in 2000 as a national accounts sales director.

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Betsy Gleick

Publisher and Editorial Director, Algonquin

Betsy leads the Algonquin team, and oversees the acquisition and curation of the prize-winning and highly curated list of fiction and narrative nonfiction. As an editor, her projects include a range of journalistic and literary nonfiction, including Josh Campbell’s Crossfire Hurricane, Michael Ian Black’s A Better Man, and Jennifer Steinhauer’s The Firsts. Her fiction acquisitions include the Booker finalist Elmet, and debut works by Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Shruti Swamy, and Zak Salih, among many others. Before joining Algonquin, she worked as a writer and editor at Time Inc., most recently as executive editor at People and editorial director for Audible Channels.

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Liz Gorinsky

President and Publisher, Erewhon

After starting her publishing career editing acclaimed and bestselling science fiction and fantasy at Tor Books, Liz embraced the exciting opportunity to found Erewhon Books, which aims to publish the best and most brilliant speculative fiction and push the limits of what the genre can do. Liz is thrilled to dive into the world of independent publishing and bring new genre horizons to the Workman family.

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Ian Gross

Contracts Director

Ian is responsible for all contractual matters at Workman, including author and artist agreements, distribution and vendor contracts, and licensing acquisition agreements. He also oversees trademark, copyright, and permissions management and acts as the company’s liaison with outside counsel. Prior to joining Workman in 2004, Ian managed the contracts departments at Perseus Books Group and Springer.

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Janet Harris

Publisher, Workman Calendars

Janet manages the business side of Workman’s calendar program. Janet was previously the publisher of Storey Books; earlier in her career she was director of sales at Workman. 

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Sara High

Director of International Sales

Sara began her career at Workman in 2003 as export sales assistant. As director of international sales, Sara oversees the English-language sales of books and calendars published by Workman and all our imprints to distributors, wholesalers, bookshops, and consumers in all global markets. She is passionate about sharing the knowledge found in our books and calendars with readers around the world.

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Elise Howard

Publisher, Algonquin Young Readers

Elise Howard joined Workman in 2011 as the founding editor and publisher of Algonquin Young Readers to build a home for books of enduring quality distinguished by superlative writing, moving stories, and memorable characters across many genres, including novels, picture books, and graphic novels. Among the Algonquin books Elise has edited is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, 2017 winner of the Newbery Medal. Before joining Algonquin, Elise was senior vice president and associate publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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Bill Jackson

Controller

Bill, a CPA with an MBA, joined Workman in 2014 as its controller. He oversees general accounting, payroll, treasury, 401(K) plan administration, accounts payable, and general insurance. He was also responsible for implementing the state-of-the-art accounting system within Workman. Prior to joining Workman, Bill was the controller and senior vice president for Bookspan.

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Dan Levy

Chief Information Officer

Dan joined Workman Publishing as chief information officer in January 2019. Dan oversees all information systems, including technology infrastructure, and all financial and operational systems for Workman Publishing, Storey, Timber, Algonquin, and Algonquin Young Readers. Dan brings twenty-five years of experience with enterprise resource planning to his work. Prior to Workman, Dan ran his own enterprise resource planning systems consulting firm for ten years.

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Matthew Lore

Cofounder, President, and Publisher, The Experiment

Having worked in other people’s publishing companies for twenty years and realizing that the people he admired most in the book business were independent publishers, Matthew set up The Experiment, with Peter Burri as his partner, in 2008. Matthew is driven by his interest in publishing life-enhancing books and, in doing so, helping to sustain the craft of independent publishing.

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Jennifer Mandel

Executive Director, New Business Development

With a career-long focus on selling books into nontraditional markets, Jenny is responsible for new business development and licensing and oversees all of Workman’s special sales efforts. She began her publishing career at Random House, where she went on to handle all special sales for the Ballantine Books division. She joined Workman in 1992 to head up the premium sales department. Since then, Jenny has focused on discovering and developing new markets across all of the Workman imprints. Jenny oversees premium, custom publishing, mail order catalog, specialty wholesale, and subscription box sales; book clubs, book fairs, and display marketers; school and library sales; and the Workman Speakers Bureau.

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Shirley Ortiz

Director, Customer Service

Shirley oversees the customer service department and is responsible for the timeliness and accuracy of orders and ensuring that Workman’s customers and staff receive quality service. She also works with the fulfillment and returns warehouse to ensure that shipments are processed correctly and in a timely manner. Shirley has been with Workman since 1998. She first joined the company as a credit clerk intern and worked her way up to her current position.

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Kendra Poster

Rights Director

Kendra joined Workman in 2007 as director of foreign rights for Algonquin, took on responsibility for domestic rights (audio, large print, and book club) in 2009, added Algonquin Young Readers rights when that imprint was established in 2012, and is now rights director for the Workman group. Kendra started her publishing career at the Agence Michelle Lapautre in Paris, and spent fifteen years handling foreign rights at Farrar, Straus & Giroux before coming to Workman.

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Christopher Robbins

Founder and CEO, Familius

Christopher Robbins is not just a storybook character. He is a husband and father to nine children, and he is also the founder and CEO of Familius, a trade book publishing company with a mission to help families be happy. Prior to founding Familius, Christopher led Gibbs Smith as CEO for sixteen years. He lives in the central valley of California.

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Lia Ronnen

Publisher and Editorial Director, Artisan Books

Lia directs all aspects of the Artisan publishing program, working to apply a visual lens to subjects ranging from food and design to lifestyle, history, animals, sports, and the unexpected. Lia also conceives and edits many of Artisan’s bestselling titles, including In the Company of Women, The Flower Recipe Book and series, The Kinfolk Table and The Kinfolk Home, Remodelista, the John Derian Picture Book, and The Noma Guide to Fermentation, among many others. Prior to joining Artisan, Lia spent ten years at Melcher Media producing a wide variety of bestselling cooking, design, and pop-culture titles.

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Jill A. Salayi

General Manager

Jill began her career at Workman in 1993. As general manager, she helps oversee fulfillment, warehousing, customer service, order processing, royalties, administration, and property management. Jill is also responsible for human resources, where she supports, develops, and encourages the amazing team at Workman to do more and be more than they ever thought possible.

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David Schiller

Group Creative Director

Working with all the imprints to elevate ideas through language, David helps to shape and communicate the core message and promise of the company’s books and calendars. He also works to get that message into the world by writing the copy for and directing the look and feel of Workman’s advertising, promotion, marketing materials, and more. Also a Workman author, his most recent book is See Your Way to Mindfulness.

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Kate Travers

Executive Director, Digital Operations

Kate leads the team that oversees digital asset management, ebook distribution, and metadata services to approximately 200+ trading partners for Workman and all of its imprints and distribution clients. She also manages all corporate website creation, merchandising, marketing, and e-commerce, including the websites workman.com and pageaday.com. Kate joined Workman in 2012 and previously held executive roles at F+W Media and HarperCollins.

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Mauricio Velázquez de León

Founder, and Publisher, duopress

Mauricio runs duopress’ publishing program, focusing on innovative books and games for children and adults. He also conceives the books for duopress labs, the division responsible for bestselling titles and brands like The Belly Sticker Book, TummyTime™: Happy Baby, SmartFlash™, My Fridge, and the High-Contrast and Local Baby book series. Before founding duopress, Mauricio worked in children’s television in Mexico City and was editorial director at Rosen Publishing in New York. Mauricio also worked as a writer for food and travel publications like Lonely Planet, Saveur, and Gourmet.

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Jodi Weiss

Chief Sales Officer

Jodi grew up in the book business—her career began in her mother's bookstore when she was nine years old. When Jodi first joined Workman in 2000, she was responsible for sales in the mass merchant channel, including accounts like Target, Kohl’s, and Readerlink. Soon after, she began overseeing Workman sales in the gift market, and, later, to the wholesale clubs. In February 2021, Jodi was promoted to Chief Sales Officer. Prior to Workman, Jodi held positions at Anness Publishing and Simon & Schuster.

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James Wehrle

Executive Director of Trade Sales

A member of the Workman family since 1999, James oversees sales into the national book chains, independent bookstores, online book retailers, and the national wholesale supply chain that serves them. James began his publishing career in sales at Penguin Books before joining St. Martin’s Press, where he was an independent bookstore rep and then a manager of national accounts.

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Doug Wolff

Director of Production

Doug joined Workman Publishing in 2000 and now oversees the manufacturing of all Workman books, calendars, promotional materials, and corrugated displays—and everything else Workman uses, from toy trains to owl puke to miniature darts—working with printers and suppliers in both the United States and the rest of the world.