Meet Your New Board!


On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 the WNBA-NYC chapter ( inducted the following new Executive Officers at their annual meeting held at the AAP Offices in New York City.  This distinguished group of women will serve two-year terms as part of their induction and will continue to promote the WNBA-NYC’s mission to provide support to people involved in all aspects of the book community, promote literacy and other charitable efforts, sponsor several nationwide awards in efforts to bring support and recognition to individuals whose work and life embody WNBA values. We welcome them to these new positions and thank them in advance for their commitment to the organization.


professor-denningPresident, WNBA-NYC: 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.


VP of Communications, WNBA-NYC: Jessica Napp is the Associate Director of Publicity for Rizzoli JNM head shotInternational Publications, Inc. She focuses on publicizing and marketing lifestyle books ranging from interior design and fashion, to cooking, photography, and pop culture.  Over the years Jessica has held positions at Stewart, Tabori & Chang; Abrams Books; Simon & Schuster; and Little, Brown. Jessica also is the publicity and marketing consultant to Mambo 64, a Latin-fusion restaurant in Tuckahoe, NY and in her spare time, Jessica enjoys attending theater, practicing Pilates, and learning about the culinary arts. She lives in New Jersey with her husband.


Andrea Baron

VP of Programming, WNBA-NYC: Andrea Baron 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.


Co-Recording Secretary, WNBA-NYC: Celine Keating is a writer of fiction and nonfiction and a Celine Keatingfreelance 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 JournalThe North Stone ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Santa Clara Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in Acoustic GuitarMinor 7th, Coastal Livingand 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.


Sheila LewisCo-Recording Secretary, WNBA-NYC: 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.


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The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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