Staff

Minda Armstrong

Print Production Manager

Minda’s interest in alternative medicine lead her to NAB in 2005. She has worked in newspaper production and bronze art production, and as a print broker and graphic designer. She enjoys her work as Print Production Manager, negotiating quotes, working with printers and bird-dogging books to the warehouse. She has a sustaining interest in the healing arts and is an Acutonics practitioner. Before joining NAB, she managed the Bancroft Center of Chinese Medicine-Berkeley. Minda also enjoys reading, politics, and spirited conversations with good friends.

Katherine Arnett

Digital Programs Coordinator

Katherine is a California native, though she has spent time as a student in India and as a teacher in Japan. She attended Humboldt State University on the California coast where she earned her degree in religious studies and a minor in botany. One day she decided to turn her love of books into more than just a hobby. She joined NAB after a successful internship and couldn’t feel more at home.

Emily Boyd

Managing Editor

Emily has been with NAB since 2003, led there by her interest in alternative medicine. An Oakland native, she received her BA in communications from UCLA and her MS in print journalism from Boston University, making a speedy return to the Bay Area after receiving her degree. Prior to NAB, she worked for Red Herring, several dot-com start-ups, and AOL. Emily has written for Los Angeles and 7×7 magazines and enjoys reading actual printed books, walking, and good food and wine. She lives in Oakland with her husband and cat, and feels fortunate to work with so many other cat (and yes, dog) lovers.

Susan Bumps

Senior Manager of Organizational Development

Susan began working at NAB in July of 1995, months after she graduated with an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. She has also worked for UC Davis Extension, the Inter-Tribal Council of California, and as a writer for The Book of Symbols (Taschen). While at NAB, Susan has performed many jobs including project editor, customer service manager, and production manager. In her free time, she can often be found hiking on Mount Tam with her husband and teenage son.

Drew Cavanaugh

Sales and Marketing Manager

Drew Cavanaugh grew up in Southern Oregon and went to college in Los Angeles before relocating to the Bay Area in 2006. That same year he joined the sales and marketing group at NAB. Currently, Drew serves as primary contact with North Atlantic Books’s distributor, Penguin Random House, in the many areas related to sales and distribution. Additionally, in collaboration with the foreign rights manger, he develops and maintains partnerships with international publishers and agents to secure a growing number of foreign-language book editions each year. During his free time, Drew is often found at the gym (arguably spending more time talking to his friends than working out); enjoying the many forms of performance art, fine art, or storytelling; writing in his favorite cafés; or discovering new regions in national parks or city centers. It sometimes takes Drew longer to pick out a new tie than to climb an 8,000-foot peak—but those ties, though!

Emma Cofod

Senior Production Artist

Emma Cofod is a production wiz with 17 years experience at a variety of Bay Area publishers, working on a wide range of subjects and formats, including art books, legal treatise, literary fiction, and multi-component educational curricula. She loves the particulars of prepress as well as the creative chaos of the design process. After hours you can find her pretending it’s still the 90s, riding bikes, camping, gardening, and doing mom-tivities.

Bevin Donahue

Publicity Manager

Bevin has worked in publishing since graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in public relations and anthropology. Before coming to NAB in 2014, she worked at New Harbinger, a psychology and self-help publishing house in Oakland, and did HIV testing and counseling in Palm Beach, Florida.

Joe Finlaw

Senior Digital Business Manager

Joe has been with NAB since 2012. His role in the company combines two of his favorite interests, technology and books, and he thoroughly enjoys it. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Joe graduated from Rowan University in 1998 with a radio/television/film degree. He moved to Berkeley a few months later and spent many years working in the independent music industry. Joe spent more than five years working in both marketing and software development for Nolo, an influential DIY legal publisher based in Berkeley. He’s an avid record collector who runs his own independent label called American Dust Records. His favorite books are Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, Studs Terkel’s Talking to Myself, and Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One. Joe lives in Alameda with his wife and two daughters.

Katie Gezi

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Before officially joining NAB, Katie earned her BA in English at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. There, she learned that working with books was an actual career! After her first year at school, she worked for two small publishing houses as an editorial intern. Returning from a four-month adventure in Spain, she began working for the Graduate Education Office as a thesis editor. She then stumbled upon a marketing and publicity internship with (drumroll please) North Atlantic Books—and loves that she’s back! Katie spent her last year of school publishing a literary facsimile and contemplating life’s greatest questions. As a former fitness instructor and current avid reader, Katie is thrilled to work with a wide range of books that matches her range of hobbies!

Richard Grossinger

Founding Publisher

Richard is the cofounder of Io magazine, the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, and North Atlantic Books. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, ranging from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (The Night Sky, Planet Medicine: Origins, Planet Medicine: Modalities, Embryogenesis) to memoirs (New Moon, Out of Babylon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky, Spaces Wild and Tame) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Jasmine Hromjak

Art Director

Jasmine is a native New Englander who still can’t tell what month it is. Since age two, she hasn’t gone a day without scribbling something on a piece of paper. Today, though her work is much more sophisticated (and digital), she approaches each project with the same enthusiasm and innovation. Since 2005 she has worked in both publishing and agency environments as a designer, illustrator, and art director. She hopes to one day join the Explorers Club and have a late-life career as a professional miniaturist, dioramist, or paleontologist.

Alison Knowles

Acquisitions Editor

Alison has realized her childhood dream of reading books all day. After graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota, teaching English in Japan, and getting a Masters in Japanese Literature from the University of British Columbia, she decided the West coast was the place to be. In 2007 she started working in publishing at HarperOne, then moved on to Wiley/Jossey-Bass working on religion and spirituality titles and eventually to academic higher education titles. Alison was thrilled to take the next step in her career when she joined NAB and has since discovered that she loves NAB books the best. When she’s not reading books, you can find her chasing her two kids around Oakland, knitting and crafting, doing yoga, or feeding her cat.

Al Lazard

Accounting Specialist/Facilities Coordinator

Al moved to Oakland in 1986 after studying accounting and music at Southern University of New Orleans. A musician since the age of nine, Al juggled accounting and musical careers, and came to NAB in 2008, where he started out as accounting specialist. His duties gradually expanded to include facilities coordinator. Al enjoys the wide variety of jobs he handles at NAB, including managing office equipment and emergencies, serving as a liaison between company employees and outside contractors, fixing building malfunctions, maintaining all office supplies, responding to staff requests, payroll, mailing, and accounts payables and receivables. He interacts with staff across all departments and is happy to have a job that draws on his versatility and broad range of skills. His love of music is still going strong and he continues to play gigs all over the Bay Area as well as on several extended tours.

Ebonie Ledbetter

Editor

Ebonie Ledbetter was drawn to NAB because of her love for books, yoga, and alternative medicine. An avid reader since childhood, she loves nothing more than to bring home a stack of new books. Ebonie worked as a writer and copyeditor for newspapers and magazines before entering the book publishing field in 2011. She is currently in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University. Ebonie is the editor of Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints: Media Bias and Perspectives on Modern World History: Hurricane Katrina. She is at work on her first novel.

Janet Levin

Senior Director of Sales and Distribution

Janet left the East Coast after college to travel “off the beaten path,” live in Mexico for two years, and ultimately find “home” in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is proud of the fact that she has worked in publishing throughout her career. Experienced in setting organizational strategic direction, she has worked in all facets of the publishing process from acquisitions/editorial to marketing/sales—for large corporate companies, independently owned publishers, and nonprofit presses. She came to NAB wanting to move back into nonprofit work and respects that NAB publishes alternative thought and new/old ways of telling the world story. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking the bounty from her vegetable garden, learning more about permaculture, finding ways to be in service to the concept of Tikun Olam, being in nature in the beautiful California countryside, and (you guessed it!) reading!

Tim McKee

Publisher

Tim came to NAB in 2013 and is honored to serve as publisher. Born in New York City, McKee grew up in Los Angeles and received a BA from Princeton University and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for his entire career, including serving as the long-time managing editor of The Sun magazine, the grants director for a social-justice foundation in San Francisco, and as a writer for several community-based organizations in California. He has also taught college-level writing and journalism. His book No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa (Dorling Kindersley) was an Honor Book for the Jane Addams Book Award and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is happiest when bringing necessary stories to the page.

Julia Sadowski

Associate Publicist

Julia is a Massachusetts native who thoroughly enjoys living on the west coast. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Politics, she spent time living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she supported in a third grade classroom as an AmeriCorps member. She eventually made her way to California, and before joining NAB, was the Event Coordinator at Books Inc in Berkeley. She loves working at NAB, and in particular enjoys helping to spread the word about new and exciting books! She also enjoys practicing yoga, reading advance copies of books long after their publication dates, and eating all of the delicious food Berkeley has to offer.

Sarah Serafimidis

Rights Manager

Sarah first joined NAB in 2000 as customer service manager after finally escaping from an accidental career in medical office management. During her years at NAB she worked as a project editor and contracts assistant before discovering her affinity for foreign rights licensing. Sarah’s favorite part of her work is connecting with people from all over a world that seems so much smaller now. She holds an MA in English literature from California State University, Fresno, and still enjoys a long Victorian novel in addition to titles on health and psychology. Sarah lives with her husband and son in Albany, where she relishes sharing good food and wine with friends and still hopes to find time to play her guitar again and finish just one sewing project.

Philip Smith

Digital Production Manager

Philip came to North Atlantic from a background in publishing and bookselling, as well as the creative world. He previously worked in the editorial departments at Dover Publications, the University of Chicago Press, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Octavo (a publisher of high-end digital facsimiles of rare books) while developing an online presence as a bookseller. In the latter field he has specialized in rare and unappreciated material that bridges disciplines and cultures while embodying peoples and times. This dynamic eclecticism brought him into contact with fellow traveler Richard Grossinger, which developed into a role at NAB. Philip continues to operate his online business and pursue independent curatorial and scholarly activities while helping NAB extend its operations and modalities.

Alla Spector

Director of Finance and Operations

Born and raised in the Ukraine, Alla received her BA from Odessa State University in 1986 and has worked in the field of finance ever since. She moved to the U.S. in 1994 and, after working at Ten Speed Press, joined NAB in 2010. She loves finance and accounting and has extensive experience recording and projecting business activity, but what she finds especially rewarding at NAB is the opportunity to shape the financial landscape and to steer the organization toward greater success. Alla enjoys using her talent for paying strong attention to detail, her aptitude for numbers and problem solving, and her role in capturing and analyzing business activities on a daily basis. It is by far the most rewarding position she has had yet. She lives in the East Bay with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and a parrot.

Louis Swaim

Editor

Louis Swaim joined NAB in 2013, continuing a career of more than twenty-five years in book publishing. He loves engaging with manuscripts, authors, editors, and designers in carefully shepherding good books to publication. A longtime taijiquan practitioner, Louis has published two translations, Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan and The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan with NAB/Blue Snake Books. In addition to Chinese language, philosophy, and poetry, Louis is passionate about birds, hiking, and jazz.

Vanessa Ta

Associate Acquisitions Editor

Vanessa found a home at North Atlantic Books in 2013, starting as a project editor and later finding her way to acquisitions. She holds a BA in English and French from San Francisco State University and earned an MFA in poetry from Mills College before pursuing work in publishing. She acquires across the many subjects areas in which North Atlantic publishes and is happily pursuing children’s books.

Karen Windham

Inventory Manager

A former buyer for Tower Records, Karen cut her teeth booking shows and managing bands in the Washington, DC/Virginia area. When the music business stopped being fun, she moved into publishing where she finds that the BA in psychology she earned at the University of Virginia is amazingly useful when working with the artistic temperament. Karen joined NAB in 2008 where she manages all things inventory, including scheduling reprints with the production department and handling author purchases. She enjoys nothing more than sitting in her sunny California backyard with her dogs, listening to the Ramones and reading a good fantasy/sci-fi book.