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.

Vice President of Communications: Liberty Schauf

Liberty Schauf is the Conference Sales Coordinator for Thieme Medical Publishers, a medical and science publisher. Liberty has a Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications – Electronic Media from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Before moving to New York city, she was a TV News Producer in Lake Charles, LA and Austin, TX. She is also a member of Young Adult Book Club – New York City Chapter. In her spare time, she likes to learn new skills such as: crocheting, Irish Step Dancing, playing the ukulele, and this summer she plans on learning to sew. Liberty also loves to travel to exotic places to scuba dive.

Co-Recording Secretary: Rachel Slaiman

Rachel Slaiman has over 10 years of experience as a freelancer within the publishing industry.  She has published several articles across many platforms and has edited aspiring author’s manuscripts.  She has been very active with the WNBA-NYC chapter for 8 years.  Currently, she is working behind the scenes for Query Roulette, is the co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival, and a reader for the Great Group Reads committee.  Rachel holds an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, attending festivals, and writing short stories.  She lives on the other side of the pond in Bayonne, New Jersey. 

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: Raqayyah Daud

Treasurer: Sherring Dartiguenave


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