Permanent Staff

Glenn Yeffeth is Publisher of BenBella Books. For 15 years, Glenn was a corporate strategist and marketer who ran companies in Chicago, London, and Dallas. In 2001, Glenn formed BenBella Books (named after Glenn’s children Benjamin and Isabella) to combine his love for books with his passion for marketing. Glenn has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Oberlin College. His favorite book is The DaVinci Mole, a little-known work by the eminent philosopher Dr. Ian Browne. More about Glenn can be found at LinkedIn.

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Sarah Dombrowsky

Sarah Avinger is the Art Director at BenBella Books. As many people really do judge a book by its cover, Sarah’s focus is developing cover art to best position BenBella titles in the competitive book marketplace through strong creative direction and design. In addition to designing covers in-house, she also works with a talented team of freelancers and is always looking for new talent. (If interested, please submit your portfolio to!) Sarah is a DFW native and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University before joining the BenBella team. She loves city life, great food, art in its many forms, and as for books, her childhood favorite Ella Enchanted will always hold top billing.


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Sarah Beck is a Publishing Assistant at BenBella Books, where she assists the acquisitions and strategic packaging and positioning departments. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 where she studied English and anthropology. Unable to stay away from the mountains, she went back to Denver to earn a publishing certificate at the Denver Publishing Institute. Sarah has an eclectic taste in literature but she most enjoys: Passing by Nella Larsen, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf, and Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is playing with her dog, writing poetry, or day dreaming about the next trip she will take.


Heather Butterfield is the Senior Marketing Manager at BenBella Books, and she oversees big-picture and title marketing for BenBella’s pop culture imprint, Smart Pop, along with their plant-based living platform, BenBella Vegan. She earned her BA in Communication and Rhetoric from Nazareth College, and while working on her MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in 2009, she started interning with BenBella and has been with the company ever since. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she loves being a homebody with her cats and plants.

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Jennifer Canzoneri is the Senior Marketing Director at BenBella Books. She heads the marketing department, and has been with BenBella for fourteen years. Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with degrees in History and English. She lives with her husband and son in a Fort Worth suburb, and she enjoys hand-lettering when she’s not at work.

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Katie Dickman is Senior Editor of the BenBella imprint Matt Holt Books. She loves partnering with authors to help their visions come to life on the page. Katie earned a PhD in English from Saint Louis University, where she also taught writing and rhetoric courses. She lives in Chicago where she enjoys long walks (especially in non-winter months) with her husband and sweet pup, Lucy, exploring the city via its restaurants, and perfecting her home barista skills.

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Aaron Edmiston

Aaron Edmiston is the Graphic Design & Production Associate at BenBella Books, where he focuses on various marketing design and book production roles. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and with a BA in Emerging Media and Communications. When not at work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife, Dana, and their son, Riley. Aaron is also an avid comic reader, gamer, foodie, musician, and lover of all things related. His favorite reads are anything by the crime/noir comic duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (especially Sleeper and Fatale), Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy, and Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.

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Lise Engel is the Accounting and Royalty Specialist at BenBella Books. Her responsibilities include managing royalty calculation, accounts payable, and assisting with subsidiary rights management. She comes from a diverse background with a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston in cello performance. She later studied accounting and subsequently opened a bookkeeping practice where she served businesses including real estate, construction, nonprofit, and music publishing. Lise has traveled extensively as a cellist, performing in such venues as the Paris Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Hollywood Bowl. Lise and her husband, Richard, are currently developing a native bee habitat on their land in rural Bosque County, Texas.

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Aida Herrera is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, where her focus lies in preparing financial reports, managing the company budget, filing taxes, supervising royalty calculations, managing subsidiary rights for signed contracts, and handling payroll and benefits.

Aida has a BA in business from the University of Mexico, as well as a certificate in accounting from San Diego State University. She has thirty-plus years of experience managing financial forecasting, budget creation, cost reduction, financial reporting, logistics, project management, sales, and international trade. She has worked in financial, insurance, electronics, non-profit and food industries.

She is a Mexico City native and enjoys traveling all over the world. Aida’s favorite person in the world is her son Max, and she’s a very proud Texas Tech mom.

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Katie Hollister is a Production and Ebook Associate at BenBella Books. She manages the production processes of books, designs and typesets interiors, and oversees the e-book department. Katie has a BA in English with a Business minor from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Publishing and Communications from the University of Melbourne in Australia. When she’s not reading, she’s going for a run, writing, drawing, playing the ukulele, or watching a movie. Her favorite authors include Alice Munro, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, and Sherman Alexie.

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Matt Holt is Editor in Chief of the BenBella imprint Matt Holt Books. Holt was previously Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, where he oversaw a team of 85 staff. Over Holt’s 27-year career, he’s acquired over 1,000 titles and published 10,000 titles including: Jon Gordon’s Energy Bus, Larry Winget’s Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life, Patrick Lencioni’s The Ideal Team Player, Jeffrey Gitomer’s The Sales Bible, Ben Stein’s What Would Ben Stein Do?, Joe Calloway’s Becoming a Category of Oneand David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Marketing and PR. Holt acquires roughly 20 titles per year in business, finance, and professional development spaces.

Mallory Hyde is the Senior Marketing Manager for the Matt Holt Books imprint at BenBella Books. She handles all marketing needs for the Matt Holt Books line by overseeing big-picture and title-specific marketing efforts for the imprint. Mallory brings over six years of publishing and marketing experience to her role and is proud to have worked on numerous New York Times bestsellers. When not working, Mallory enjoys discovering new restaurants, going on runs with her Golden Retriever, Graham, and playing first base on her rec league softball team. Mallory is based in the Chicago area and regrets this decision every winter.

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Alicia Kania is the Vendor Content Manager at BenBella Books. She handles all product information needed for retailer listings, including sales copy development, endorsements outreach, and metadata coordination. Alicia has a BA in Advertising from the University of Texas at Arlington, which is located in her hometown. An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader, a few of Alicia’s favorite authors are Becky Chambers, Fletcher DeLancey, and Naomi Novik. In her free time, Alicia is likely on a new travel adventure, visiting art festivals, freelance writing, or maybe just relaxing at home with her cat.

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Jay Kilburn is a Production Editor at BenBella Books.  He earned a BA in journalism from the University of Arkansas and came to BenBella after book production positions in Tulsa, OK, and more recently at Stenhouse Publishers in Portland, Maine. He loves painting, reading, movies, and spending time with family.

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Adrienne Lang

Adrienne Lang is the Deputy Publisher at BenBella Books and oversees the packaging and positioning of titles. Among many things, she is in charge of sales and publication information, cover development, vendor site listings, coordination of audio and foreign rights, and co-op opportunities. A proud native and fan of all things Kansas City, she somehow found herself in Fort Worth, where she graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in news-editorial journalism and political science, a jaded view of the BCS’ inner workings, and a devotion to Horned Frog football. She has been with BenBella for six years and has held a variety of positions. She, of course, has many favorite books, but will just list The Poisonwood Bible in this instance.

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Monica Lowry is the Production Director at BenBella Books. Her main responsibilities include creating and managing design and typesetting schedules for both BenBella and Smart Pop lines; working with authors, editors, and proofreaders to produce an error-free book; and coordinating with printers on everything from project estimates to distribution of final printed books. Monica graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in English and a minor in Business Administration. When she’s not at work, she’s either walking her dog or saving the universe (in one of her sci-fi video games).

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Lindsay Marshall is the Marketing Director at BenBella Books. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Lindsay has over six years of book marketing experience and helped develop BenBella’s plant-based imprint, BenBella Vegan. When not helping authors build their platforms and promote their books, Lindsay is likely planning her next travel adventure, reading in her hammock at White Rock Lake, or listening to live music at one of Dallas’ many music venues. One of her favorite reads is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

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Raquel Moreno is the customer service representative and her main focus is addressing customer issues and resolving them in a timely and efficient manner. She handles everything from bulk orders and bulk pricing to responses for the most commonly asked questions and specific guidelines for dealing with requests or complaints. Raquel has a BA in International Business and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Sonora. Raquel enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, or any activity that involves being around nature. She is married and the mother of two very friendly dogs, Sofi and Ramona.

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Robb Pearlman is the Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop Books. Over his publishing career, Robb has conceived of and acquired internationally bestselling works based on licensed properties including Star Trek, Bob’s Burgers, Bob Ross, The Princess Bride, and more, worked with such studios as Fox/Disney, Sony, CBSViacom/Paramount, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, and many others, lead the revitalization of publishing and merchandising programs for classic characters including Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and managed book-to-film rights for front and backlist titles. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, having written over 30 books for adults and kids. As a pop culturalist, Robb is a guest speaker at pop culture conventions and events, and is a featured pop culture expert online, on air, on podcasts, and in print. Robb acquires broadly in the pop culture space.

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Brigid Pearson is a Designer at BenBella Books, where she creates book covers for the Matt Holt and Smart Pop imprints. She earned a BA in Fine Art from U.C.L.A. Before joining the BenBella team, she designed book covers at several large publishing houses and recorded covers at Rhino Records. She can often be found cycling, planning travel adventures, playing ukulele (badly) on the front porch, making weird tiny art, composing tunes for the music box, listening to LPs (look it up, kids), twisting into yoga poses, pondering the lives of groundhogs and other woodland creatures, or reading just about anything in front of her face. She currently resides in the woods of upstate New York.

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Debbie Petersen is the Subsidiary Rights Associate at BenBella Books.  Her responsibilities include tracking subsidiary rights records.  Debbie has a BS degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Missouri and an MBA from St. Louis University. Prior to joining BenBella in January 2020, Debbie stayed at home for several years with her teenage daughter, Nina.  Most of her former work experience was in the commercial banking field in St. Louis and Dallas.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family (including two cats and one dog), reading novels, cooking, and working out. 

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Rachel Phares plays the dual roles of Acquisitions Manager and Editor at BenBella Books, where she oversees the acquisitions and contracting processes, and edits a select number of books per year. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in cello performance and obtained a publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute in 2014. When she’s not working or reading, Rachel is probably playing music (cello and viola da gamba), tending to her dogs and houseplants, or rewatching episodes of 30 Rock. Among her many favorite authors are Jhumpa Lahiri, Jia Tolentino, Lindy West, Jon Ronson, Carmen Maria Machado, and David Sedaris.

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Jessika Rieck

Jessika Rieck is the Deputy Production Manager at BenBella Books. She supports the Production Director in producing beautiful, error-free, and on-time books. Jessika graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English literature and an enduring love for the German language. (Her favorite word is herumtollen: to cavort.) When not at work, Jessika is probably reading (YA, science fiction, or fantasy—preferably a combination of the three), baking, or shopping for dresses with pockets.

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Lindsey Sageser is the Marketing Administrative Assistant at BenBella Books. Her main responsibilities include title marketing, social media management, and assisting the department as a whole. Lindsey is a Texas native and graduated with a BA in English literature from the University of North Texas before joining the BenBella team in 2020. When not at work, you can find Lindsey curled up with a book, watching bad reality TV with friends, or walking her beloved dog, Lizard.

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Claire Schulz is a Senior Editor at BenBella Books. Previously, she held editorial positions at Da Capo Press and Cengage Learning. Claire has enjoyed working with a wide range of authors, including business leaders, vegan chefs, MDs, journalists, popular bloggers, and celebrity trainers. She holds an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College and a BA in French Language and Literature from Penn State University. Claire could never pick a favorite book (it varies depending on mood and time of day), but the most frequently visited volume on her shelves is Joy of Cooking. 

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Alexa Stevenson

Alexa Stevenson is a Senior Editor at BenBella Books. She has worked in publishing for nearly fifteen years as an editor, a writer, and in production. Her creative work has appeared on NPR and variously online and in print; her memoir, Half Baked, was published in 2010. Do not ask her to choose a favorite book as this impossible task will cause her brain to malfunction spectacularly, like the computer at the end of War Games.

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Susan Welte is the Publishing Associate at BenBella Books, where she assists primarily in strategic packaging and positioning. Susan holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in English literature from Emporia State University, where she also competed in cross country and track and field. In 2017, she obtained a publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute. When not at work, she can be found playing with her pet rabbit, curled up with a cup of tea, or writing (and rewriting) her own fiction.

Vy Tran

Vy Tran is an Editor at BenBella Books and has worked on titles such as Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and the Strength to Forgive. Vy enjoys kpop, soccer, and space opera. One of her favorite books is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a BA in English Literature and lives in California.

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Alyn Wallace is the Acquisitions and Editorial Assistant at BenBella Books. A graduate of Harvard University, with a joint concentration, magna cum laude, in Folklore & Mythology and Government, she lives in New Orleans. Prior to working at BenBella, she was on a purposeful travel fellowship in South Korea, dancing at 1Million. She’s written a thesis on the relationship of pop culture, politics, and identity in South Korea; penned a novel; plays the ukulele; enjoys random facts; sings all the time; favors the color yellow; and thinks that picking a favorite book is far too exclusionary. She has at least a thousand books in her room and, soon, those will include the ones she’s edited and written.

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Tanya Wardell is the Junior Marketing Associate at BenBella Books. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Tanya has over two years of experience in publishing, marketing, graphic design, and bookselling. She previously worked with Deep Vellum Publishing and Bookstore in Dallas, where she oversaw various projects in production, book design, marketing, and nonprofit development. She loves all things typography and dance, and when she’s not working or reading, you can find her hiking in the mountains of Colorado with her dogs, finding new places to explore, or rewatching The IT Crowd for the hundredth time. Some of her favorite authors include Tatiana Ryckman, César Aira, Juan Pablo Villalobos, and Sarah Gerard. She lives in Fort Worth.

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Leah Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of BenBella Books. With BenBella since 2003, she has edited a number of the company’s most successful titles, including the New York Times bestseller WholeDemigods and Monsters, and The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Her responsibilities include overseeing BenBella’s editorial department as well as working directly with authors editorially. Leah has a BA in Culture and Modern Fiction from Duke University.

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