NYC Executive Board

President: Hannah Bennett

Hannah Bennett is the Managing Editor at RosettaBooks, where she co-manages the Editorial, Production, and Design department. Thanks to Rosetta’s small-company ethos, Hannah gets to work on a wide variety of projects—everything from acquiring and editing manuscripts to speaking at sales conferences and coding ebooks. Hannah is a member of the Pace University M.S. in Publishing program advisory board, and was a speaker at Pace’s 4th Annual International Conference on the Publishing Industry in Wuhan, China in 2014. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University in New York City. In her spare time, Hannah is a writer and musician, and can occasionally be seen reading or performing in venues around New York City. She lives in Brooklyn.

Past-President: Jane Kinney-Denning

Jane Kinney-Denning has served as the President of the NYC Chapter of the WNBA since June of 2012 and continues for a second two-year term starting now. In June, Jane also will be inducted as Vice President/President-Elect for the National organization, putting her in line to be the National President in 2016 when she will be spearheading the event planning for the WNBA’s 100th anniversary, which will take place in New York City in 2017. Since 2000, Jane has taught full-time and has served as the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach for the MS in Publishing program at Pace University. In this capacity she works with students to help them secure internships in the book, magazine and digital publishing industries and guides them as they write their master’s thesis papers. Jane is also the Editor for Pace’s MS in Publishing Blog. She also has extensive experience in acquiring academic as well as scientific and trade books at CRC Press, Van Nostrand Reinhold and HarperCollins Publishers. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children.

Co-Vice President, Programming: Christine Sikule

Christine Sikule works in Publishing Operations at Penguin Random House. She has worn many hats in the publishing industry, holding positions in managing editorial, production, and editorial at companies such as Scholastic, Bloomsbury, and Cengage Learning. Christine received her undergraduate degree in Publishing from Hofstra University and is currently obtaining her MBA from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn.

Co-Vice President, Programming: Laurel Stokes

Laurel Stokes is a Client Support Manager for Penguin Random House Publisher Services. She is responsible for supporting several Client Publishers, and specializes in project management and solving operational issues. Laurel has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in New York City.

Co-Recording Secretary: Celine Keating

Celine is a writer of fiction and nonfiction and a freelance copyeditor. Celine has worked in publishing for over 30 years for such companies as Harper & Row, Academic Press, John Wiley & Sons, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, and, most recently, BusinessWeek magazine. Keating’s debut novel Layla was published in 2011 and her short fiction has been published in Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and Santa Clara Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in Acoustic Guitar, Minor 7th, Coastal Living, and Poets & Writers magazines. She has had residencies with Breadloaf, Writers at Work, and the MacDowell Colony, and she serves as a board member of the environmental organization Concerned Citizens of Montauk. Her second novel, Stargazer Lily, will be published in Spring 2015. She lives in New York City and Montauk.

Co-Recording Secretary: Sheila Lewis

Sheila Lewis is a curriculum and children’s writer, writing coach, educator and tutor. She teaches meditation and related classes and leads a children’s book club at the JCC in Manhattan. Recently, Sheila co-authored a summer learning program for the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and is now developing more book club material for after schools. Sheila joined WNBA-NYC over six years ago and worked on many early panels.

Membership Chairperson: Rachel Feldman

Treasurer: Andrea Baron

Andrea has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting her career in book design and adding experience in consumer marketing and print and digital production. She worked with some of the largest consumer magazine publishers, including Condé Nast, Time Inc., American Express Publishing, The New York Times Magazines, and Ziff-Davis. She has organized and developed digital workflows and production processes for magazines such as Vogue, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine.  She has been teaching magazine publishing in the Pace MS in Publishing program for 11 years, with the goal of giving students a thorough grounding in the field and bringing them deeper into the industry. Andrea also teaches in the Advertising, Design & Graphics Arts program at the New York City College of Technology.

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