ECPA's Rush To Press

WaterBrook Multnomah announces several staff promotions;
Ginia Hairston joins company as VP, Director of Marketing

 Alexander Field, Vice President & Publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, The Crown Publishing Group announces: 

 Since joining WaterBrook and Multnomah last December, I have been incredibly blessed to work with such a highly dedicated team that is committed to quality Christian publishing. Having now had time to review our organizational structure and the significant contributions made by key members of our staff across various functional areas, I am very pleased to announce the following promotions, each of which is effective immediately:

Laura Barker has been promoted to Vice President, Editorial Director, WaterBrook Multnomah, continuing to report to me. Laura has been a highly valued member of the WaterBrook Multnomah team for more than twelve years. She served in several management roles for WaterBrook from 1998 to 2004, including Managing Editor and Editorial Director, before doing freelance work for a season. Returning to the company in 2009 as Editorial Director, she has helped lead our editorial team with a high level of professionalism and expertise. In addition, she has acquired and edited with consummate skill some of our most important authors, including Kay Arthur, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Joanna Weaver. She has established herself as an integral part of my management team and has become a trusted colleague in helping me in my transition here.

Susan Tjaden has been promoted to Editor, continuing to report to Laura. Since joining our staff in March 2012, Susan has demonstrated brilliant editorial skill in her work on such titles as Shaunti Feldhahn’s The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages and the forthcoming Unafraid by Susie Davis. Her recent acquisitions of promising authors like Joshua Becker, Elisa Pulliam, and Becky Thompson are evidence of her outstanding publishing instincts. Authors, agents, and colleagues consistently praise Susan for her editorial acumen, as well as her professionalism and collegiality.

Kendall Davis has been promoted to Assistant Editor, also reporting to Laura. Since joining WaterBrook Multnomah in July 2012, Kendall has provided exceptional support to the editorial team and to our authors and agents. She has also shown strong acquisition instincts, which will serve her well as she seeks out high-potential projects for our list. Her professional demeanor, commitment to excellence, and creative problem-solving have made her an invaluable member of our team and will serve us well in her expanded role.

Debbie Mitchell has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Operations, WaterBrook Multnomah, continuing to report to me. Debbie’s role is a widely varied one. In addition to her responsibilities directing our Production, Managing Editorial, Inventory Management, and Art Departments, she oversees all office operations in Colorado Springs and makes our entire organization run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. She has been a guiding hand for me these past few months and I could not perform daily as well without her.

In connection to Tina Constable’s announcement that the position of Associate Publisher for WaterBrook Multnomah, Convergent, and Image has been eliminated, I am announcing new leadership for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity and Marketing Departments.

Beverly Rykerd has been promoted to Publicity Director, now reporting to me. Bev has been Publicity Manager for WaterBrook Multnomah since 2011. She has directed publicity campaigns for dozens of our high-profile titles, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including Be the Message, by Kerry and Chris Shook; Fearless, by Eric Blehm; To Heaven and Back, by Dr. Mary Neal; Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs; Greater and Crash the Chatterbox, by Steven Furtick; Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver; and The Winnowing Season and other novels by Cindy Woodsmall. A highly effective, dedicated, and respected member of our team, she has placed our authors at numerous national press outlets, including the 700 Club, GuidepostsChristianity Today, the Today show, Fox & Friends, and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.

Continuing to report to Bev are Lynette Kittle, Senior Publicist; Charlene Guzman, Senior Publicist; and Jessica Lamb, Publicity Assistant.

I am happy to announce that Ginia Hairston will be joining the company on April 6 as Vice President, Director of Marketing, also reporting to me. A highly accomplished and creative marketing professional with more than twenty years’ experience in Christian publishing, Ginia joins us from David C Cook, where, most recently, she served as Vice President of Marketing. Previously, she served as Program Services Director for HopeChest and as Vice President of Marketing for trade books at Zondervan. Ginia’s new position with us represents a homecoming of sorts, as many of you worked with her during her previous decade-long tenure at WaterBrook Multnomah from 1997 to 2008. Ginia’s deep marketing expertise and proven leadership skills, combined with her historical knowledge of our group and established relationships with current staff and authors will be a tremendous asset to our program.

Newly reporting to Ginia will be Johanna Inwood, who has been named Executive Marketer; Chris Sigfrids, Senior Manager, Community Operations; Amy Haddock, Senior Manager Marketing; and Jessica Gingrich, Marketing Associate. Also reporting to Ginia will be Sara Selkirk, Manager, General Market Sales Support. Sara plays an integral role as liaison between our WaterBrook and Multnomah teams and our New York–based sales organization, regularly providing updates and communications about our publications for those titles that sell into the secular non-CBA accounts.

I look forward to working more closely in the coming months with this very talented, collaborative team of professionals. Please join me in welcoming Ginia back to WaterBrook Multnomah, in congratulating Laura, Susan, Kendall, Debbie, and Bev on their well-deserved promotions, and in wishing them continued success.