Jason Davis, Co-President
IPNE Project Teams: Mission
Jason Davis, the Principal Director at Brithe Publishing, has an aerospace background that started while serving in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and continued through his lean initiatives at United Technologies Corporation, Danaher and Toyoda Machinery. He holds an undergraduate degree in Professional Aeronautics and a M.B.A. He recently started Brithe Publishing to cultivate all those skills and experiences circling around manufacturing facets. Though new to publishing, Jason has been an independent author since the age of 17. A couple of fun facts about Jason: His most recent hobby includes amateur Olympic lifting and eating (noting as an Olympic sport unfortunately.) Also recently married, Jason, his wife and their 4-year-old Labrador (their only child) often go on hikes and kayak trips around New England.
Eddie Vincent, Co-President
IPNE Project Teams: Systems & Technology
Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for more than thirty years. His company Encircle Publications specializes in complete book production, and is home to the Aurorean poetry journal. Eddie works with publishers and independent authors, helping them with all their design needs and all facets of bringing a book to life. He and his wife live in Maine.
Rona Gofstein, Vice-President
IPNE Project Teams: Events
Rona Gofstein has been involved in the publishing world for over twenty years, the last nine as a published author, and the last three as the co-founder of the Writers Business School. She is currently working on her sixth novel, the first of a three book series that will be released in 2017 and is on the board of Broad Universe. When she is not writing she is homeschooling her sons, trying unsuccessfully to keep up with laundry, and laughing as much as possible. She loves reading, chocolate, her morning cup of coffee, and retail therapy. She can also be found (perhaps a little too much) on Facebook.
Anastasia Antoniou, Vice-President
IPNE Project Teams: Membership
Anastasia Antoniou has a diverse interdisciplinary educational and professional foundation. Educated in Europe and the USA, she is an entrepreneur with a strong work ethic, an extensive operations management experience background and firmly believes that all situations can be optimized if there is an accurate identification of the key drivers as the cornerstone to design and implement a strategy for success. She has spent many years conducting self-directed and formal research on how an individual can become an agent for positive change for themselves and others.
In 2004, Anastasia established theabc101.com to offer eBooks with a variety of topics that include personal, professional and business development. Owing to a love for reading and learning something new every day, Anastasia provides eBook editing services for those that understand the value of a peer review and on-demand publishing consultations. Authors are invited to email her if interested in including their work as part of the offerings.
Currently, Anastasia is working on “Effective business practices for the New Millennium Global Market” to highlight challenges, opportunities and expectations for the 21st Century Entrepreneur.
Peeragogy Project contributing editor Karen Einstein has been working in the field of education for over three decades. Karen worked for the British Council and lived in Barcelona, Spain from 1994-2013, before moving back to the US to care for an elderly parent.
"I tend to be inspired by my students and feel I learn as much from them as they do from me," admits Einstein. "In experimenting through action research with ideas borrowed from both Multiple Intelligence Theory and Social/Emotional Intelligence (with students in classes held and colleagues in programs directed), "I have found these tools to be effective at improving motivation."
Karen is particularly interested in creating a classroom/working environment in which the skills of active listening, critical thinking and supportive constructive criticism are fostered. "My experiences wit h peer teaching, peer observation and team teaching have been extremely rewarding."
Karen assists in hosting IPNE's live-streaming book & publishing shows, and recently held the post of vice-president on the Board of Directors.
Cynthia Hagan Kallai
IPNE Project Teams: Marketing
Cynthia Hagan began her writing career in the film industry and is an optioned and commissioned screenwriter. She is also a documentarian and a credited story researcher/story consultant on the World War II documentary, Operation Valkyrie: The Stauffenberg Conspiracy. Her original screenplay, The Disappearance of Daniel Klein, on which her first novel is based, was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Nicholl Fellowship top 50 screenplay in 2013. The author holds a PhD in psychology and has worked as both a forensic psychologist and child psychologist, a background which informs her work. Cynthia lives in West Virginia and is planning a move to Lowell, Massachusetts.
IPNE Project Teams: TBD
Joanne Lannin is a freelance writer and a writing instructor. She has been honored by the New England Women's Press Association and the Maine Press Association for her sportswriting. She wrote for the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland for 22 years. Her latest book won a silver medal in the ForeWord Reviews INDIEFAB awards competition in 2015. She writes a blog about women’s basketball at FindingAWayToPlay.com.
Joanne also teaches journalism and writing at the high school and college levels. She is involved in coaching and playing basketball and is actively soliciting sports manuscripts for her next publishing project.
IPNE Project Teams: TBD
Gordon McClellan is the founder of Splashing Cow Books (traditional style publisher of books for children, women and families), and DartFrog Books, which finds and selects the best in self-published literature to distribute exclusively to independent bookstores.
IPNE Project Teams: Mission
Paul Parisi began working for the 100-year-old family business, Acme Bookbinding (now part of HF Group), in 1971. HF Group/Acme Binding is a high-end book manufacturer and a web to print manufacturer of hardcover and paperback books of runs from one to hundreds of thousands.
The company's Edition Division binds long runs of art books, yearbooks, history books, textbooks, and more. The Harcourt division binds books in leather with hand tooling and gilt edges, fit for a king or collector. HF Group's AssureVault offers data backup/recovery and document storage and retrieval. Book Partners offers short run and POD book printing/binding services. RecordSave offers municipal record restoration and rebinding. Digital Solutions offers reformatting and digitization of books and documents. ECS Conservation offers the highest level book, document and paper conservation and restoration. The HFGroup and the venerable Acme Bookbinding merged in July 2012.
Paul offers printing discounts to IPNE members; please email him for a quote. Based in Charlestown, MA, HF Group hosts most of the IPNE Metro Boston Branch meetups and our Annual Meeting.
Paul graduated from Harvard College and enjoys adventure travel with his family.
"The best thing about being a publisher?
IPNE Project Teams: Live Streaming
An indie publisher and freelancer since 1989 when she started Pierce Press, former IPNE president Charlotte Pierce is an advocate for the collaborative economy, both inside and outside of IPNE. She wrote the editorial, Collaboration Is the New Competition, in the 2015 IPNE Catalog.
Charlotte started in publishing as a regional editor for Outdoor Empire Publishing in Seattle from 1980-1985 and served as managing editor for Home Office Computing Magazine (Scholastic) in New York from 1985-1989 before moving to Boston to start Pierce Press.
Charlotte grew up on a small farm in Eastern Washington and is an avid sculler (rower). She enjoys winter & summer hiking, language learning, adventure travel, fiber arts, and all manner of crafting & making. She graduated from the University of Washington (BA cum laude) and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Master's in Public Administration, 1992).
Charlotte welcomes inquiries for three live-streaming YouTube shows, Ask the Experts, Face The Book TV (authors & book reviews) and IPNE Office Hours (Q&A for members). An IPNE member since 2007, Charlotte has served on the Board in a number of capacities, including president, co-president, vice-president, and secretary.
IPNE Project Teams: Systems and TechnologyNelson Suit is the managing editor at Inkspokes Media LLC, a publisher of children's books and imaginative resources for kids. He and his wife Seri manage inkspokes.com, a e-journal that features illustrators, indie authors, small presses and other publishing creatives creating in the world of independent children's publishing.
Under its Trillo Books imprint, Inkspokes is the publisher of Nelson's middle grade children's book series, the Tilley Pond Mouse books. The books are about a little mouse who, with his companions, travels into the wilds beyond his village of Tilley Pond. There's adventure, friendship and bits of courage mixed in but, more, the books attempt to spark imagination and kindness.
Outside of writing and publishing, Nelson enjoys hiking, drawing and making things. He coaches soccer. He loves dogs though he has never raised one. On days he is not writing or drawing or editing or hiking or making things, he practices law. Nelson studied history and literature at Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
IPNE Project Teams: Bookstores
After transferring from the University of Redlands, in California, and graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., becoming a Peace Corps volunteer and working for two years in the Philippines, VL Towler worked as a Refugee Caseworker in the Indochinese Refugee Camps in the Philippines and Thailand for another 1.5 years. Towler, who resides in New England, speaks conversationally in several languages (Spanish, French, Cebuano, Cambodian), and was a recipient of a screenwriting Fellowship sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation.
Her first novel, Severed, a murder thriller set in Louisiana, was released in 2015. An attorney by profession, Virginia is admitted to the bar in New Hampshire.
Pick one of these fun, hard-working folks to shadow as time allows; you'll help us expand member benefits and keep the ball rolling during vacations and absences. With your help, we'll be able carry out more effective programming without burnout!
The goal of Adopt-A-Board Member is to have our shadow-ees eventually take a role on the Board or as a Project Team coordinator. We hope this will be a painless way of getting up to speed on IPNE programs and helping your own publishing while you help your colleagues in IPNE.
The "Adopt Me" links below the bios lead to the Project Teams signup form, where you can pick your Board member!
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