Board of Directors and Staff
Coffee House Press is led by twenty-one directors and twelve staff members.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carol Mack, President
Patricia Beithon, Vice President
Apogee Enterprises, General Counsel & Secretary
Patricia Tilton, Treasurer
KPMG, Partner, retired
Louise Copeland, Secretary
William Mitchell College of Law, Marketing & Alumni Relations
Ottertail Corporation, VP and Treasurer
Minnesota Historical Society, Acquisitions Librarian
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Legal Counsel
US Bank, Wealth Management Advisor
MZ & Drew, President
Toro Corporation, retired
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
St. Olaf College, Associate Professor of English and Director of Race and Ethnic Studies
Lutman & Associates, Principal
CBIZ MHM Minneapolis, Director
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Attorney, Partner
Maureen Millea Smith
Hennepin County Library–Edina, Librarian
Dorsey & Whitney, Attorney, Partner
Enrique Olivarez Jr.
CLUES, VP of Development & Communications
Walker Art Center, Director of Special Projects Fundraising
WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization, Cooperative Development Coordinator
Chris Fischbach, ex officio
Coffee House Press, Publisher
Board Members Emeritus:
COFFEE HOUSE STAFF
Sheila Bayle, Development Manager
Sheila Bayle joined Coffee House in 2016 as Development Manager. A journalist and a published author, Sheila has many years of fundraising experience and holds a deep interest in women’s stories and writing—a nod to her maternal grandmother, who was a poet and advocate for women’s rights. When not at work, Sheila can be found beading, knitting, hiking, or helping her daughters and husband with their latest creative projects.
Nica Carrillo, Marketing and Publicity Associate
Nica Carrillo joined Coffee House Press in 2015. In addition to degrees in Anthropology and Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, she has pursued work in disability services and the Minneapolis restaurant industry. Nica has performed in Story Club Minneapolis’ monthly events, and can often be found browsing bookstore shelves or learning new banjo tunes.
Caroline Casey, Managing Director
Caroline joined Coffee House Press in 2012 as Marketing and Sales Director. She serves on the board of Unstuck and holds an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Lizzie Davis, Assistant Editor
As assistant editor, Lizzie supports the editorial and production staff to bring titles from acquisition to finished book. Prior to joining Coffee House Press, she studied literary arts and romance languages at Brown University. Her translations from the Spanish include works by Ezio Neyra, Pilar Fraile Amador, Daniel Saldaña París, and others, as well as Elena Medel’s My First Bikini (Jai-Alai, 2015) and the prose for Then Come Back: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda (Copper Canyon, 2016).
Chris Fischbach, Publisher
Chris became publisher of Coffee House Press in July 2011, after sixteen years in various editorial roles. He has served as co-chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission and as assistant director of the Twin Cities Book Festival, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Rob Keefe, Bookkeeper
Robert Keefe arrived at the offices of Coffee House Press via a trajectory that reads like a Proustian phrase: long, complex, all-encompassing—beginning as a computer scientist who picked up accounting while networking small construction developers in Los Angeles, to trade that hat and to ply his hands at publishing and writing, and cinema and radio in the Pacific Northwest, then a skip across the pond to Europe as a DJ until an inevitable return to NYC as an accountant for record labels. A year ago he packed up shop again for the long mid-west horizons to settle just south of the source of the Mississippi. He’s rather fond of biking and meeting new folks.
Allan Kornblum, Founder
Allan studied poetry at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and published poems in a wide variety of little magazines in the 1970s and early 1980s. During that period he served as the editor, designer, printer, and publisher for Toothpaste Press. From 1984 – 2011 he served as editor and publisher at Coffee House Press. In recognition of his work at these two presses, Kornblum received an American Book Award for Special Achievement as an Editor and Publisher in 1997. Allan passed away on November 23, 2014.
Mandy Medley, Publicist
Mandy spent seven years in the vibrant Chicago book community organizing author events throughout the city. She created and coordinated full event programming for two different bookstores and she worked closely with the Chicago Humanities Festival to secure their fall and spring literary lineups. She orchestrated countless unconventional literary experiences ranging from bookstore bicycle crawls to Chicago Independent Bookstore Day. Originally from Georgia, she is proud to call the Midwest her home.
Timothy Otte, Publishing Assistant
Timothy Otte joined Coffee House Press as Publishing Assistant in 2016 after five years in the tea industry. He studied English and theater at St. Olaf College and was a selected participant in the 2014-15 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series in Poetry. His writing has appeared internationally in a variety of journals and was recently set to music. When not at work, he is probably walking his dogs or reading, often out loud.
Jay Peterson, CHP in the Stacks Project Coordinator
Jay D. Peterson was the general manager of Magers and Quinn Booksellers for twelve years and a programming consultant for the Twin Cities Book Festival for 4. He is currently the Project Coordinator of the CHP In The Stacks library residency program and Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Augsburg College. He is also a volunteer tutor and Vice Chair of the board of directors of Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, a Twin Cities tutoring and writing center for students ages 6-18.
Janna Rademacher, Sales Analyst
Janna is the head of Jx2 Consulting. She works with a variety of arts and service organizations on publicity, marketing, strategic planning, financial analysis, and fundraising. Current long-term clients include Black Balloon Publishing, Bellevue Literary Press, Devereux Consulting, Northern Clay Center, and Coffee House Press.
Erika Stevens, Poetry Editor at Large
Erika Stevens is poetry editor-at-large at Coffee House Press and runs Quick Bread Editorial, an independent freelance editing business. Erika previously acquired creative writing, scholarly, and trade books for the University of Georgia Press.
Carla Valadez, Production Editor
Carla Valadez joined Coffee House Press in 2015 with a decade of experience in book publishing. She is a seasoned copy editor, a Chicago Manual of Style enthusiast, and an advocate for best practices in the editorial-production process. Carla is also on the board of directors of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable. When not at work, you will likely find her hanging out with her daughter and husband or running on one of the many trails the Twin Cities has to offer.
EMILY BOOKS STAFF
Ruth Curry, Publisher
Ruth Curry is a writer, editor, and former Coffee House Press intern. Together with Emily Gould, she cofounded Emily Books in 2011. She grew up in Illinois, received her BA from Carleton College, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Emily Gould, Publisher
Emily Gould is the author of Friendship and And The Heart Says Whatever. In 2011, Ruth Curry and she founded Emily Books as a subscription-based e-book–of–the–month club. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.