Byron Williamson | CEO, President & Publisher
In 2010 Byron Williamson founded Worthy Publishing – a house focusing on creativity and attentiveness to its authors, especially with regard to conceiving, packaging, marketing, and distributing each author’s remarkable works. Worthy has already signed such authors as Jerry Jenkins, David Jeremiah, Charles Colson, and Stephen Mansfield.
Byron formerly served as President of Word Publishing (Cap Cities/ABC) from 1989 through fiscal 1999, publishing such authors as Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Charles Colson, Charles Swindoll, and James Dobson. After being acquired by Thomas Nelson, he moved on to be President of the Nelson/Word Publishing Group from 1993 through fiscal 1999. During that period, he conceived and launched the industry-leading Tommy Nelson children’s imprint and the J. Countryman specialty book imprint. Such best-selling authors as Frank Peretti, John Maxwell, and John Eldredge were first signed during his term at Thomas Nelson.
Williamson left Nelson and founded Integrity Publishers in 2001, producing a stellar list of bestsellers, including Sarah Young's Jesus Calling, Beth Moore's Get Out of That Pit, Max Lucado's It's Not About Me, Emerson Eggerichs' Love and Respect, and Newt Gingrich's Searching for God in America.
David Howell | Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations
David Howell served as Sr. Vice President of Finance and Operations at Integrity Publishers. Prior to Integrity, he was the Sr. Vice President of Finance and Operations for Word Entertainment. At Thomas Nelson, he became the Vice President of Finance with a focus on strategic planning, operations and acquisitions. Earlier in his career Howell climbed through the ranks of Ernst & Young with an emphasis in serving entrepreneurial businesses.
Betty Woodmancy | Sr. Vice President, Sales
In her 20 years in the book industry, Betty Woodmancy has been directly involved in the creation of numerous New York Times and CBA bestsellers by Bill Cosby, Dave Ramsey, William Bennett, John C. Maxwell, Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Emerson Eggerichs, Sarah Young and others. She began as the book buyer for Walmart and then Sam’s Club, and later transitioned to publishing—first as the director of mass market sales for Thomas Nelson, and then as a director of sales and merchandising with Ingram Book Company, where she established their wholesale club business. She spent five years as VP of sales at Integrity Publishers and then joined Howard as VP/Associate Publisher before accepting the position with Worthy.
Jason Rovenstine | Vice President, Associate Publisher, Ellie Claire
Jason Rovenstine has been a part of the gift and book publishing industry for 18 years starting in the creative department of DaySpring Cards, a subsidiary of Hallmark. He brings to Worthy a unique blend of experience in gifts, trade publishing, and value/impulse publishing. Jason was one of the early creative influences that built Ellie Claire from a startup to a respected brand in the gift industry that sold over 4 million gift products in just four years. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children.
Jeana Ledbetter | Vice President, Associate Publisher
Jeana Ledbetter served nearly 30 years with the influential, southern California-based literary firm Yates & Yates. Throughout her career, Jeana has served as editorial advisor and most recently as literary agent to many highly respected best-selling authors including Beth Moore, Dr. David Jeremiah, David Platt, Erwin McManus, Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
Pamela Clements | Vice President, Associate Publisher,
Pamela Clements is Vice President and Associate Publisher of Worthy’s Inspired imprint. Clements is an industry veteran, most recently serving as Associate Publisher of Abingdon’s Christian Living and Fiction books, which from its launch in 2011 published over 15 award-winning titles and was named Publisher of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Prior to that she was Associate Publisher at Hachette. Clements began her career at Thomas Nelson in publicity and marketing before becoming Publisher of its General Interest and Lifestyle imprint. She was instrumental in the launch of such best-selling authors as Andy Andrews, John Eldredge, John C. Maxwell, Babbie Mason, Ted Dekker, Cynthia Ruchti, and Barbara Mahaney. A lifelong reader, Pamela is committed to helping authors craft books that touch and change lives.
Kyle L. Olund | Executive Editor
Kyle L. Olund has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years, gaining experience through a wide variety of roles. After paying his dues as a proofreader for Scripture Press/Victor Books in Wheaton, Illinois, he was promoted to editor of youth products in its curriculum department. He then moved to Nashville, where he began working for Moorings, then a division of Random House, working closely with authors such as Philip Yancey, Bodie and Brock Thoene, the late Lois Gladys Leppard, and the creators of The Beginner’s Bible. During his ten years at Thomas Nelson Publishers, he held positions of Book Design Manager, Managing Editor, and Associate Acquisitions/Development Editor. While there, he was intricately involved with the creation of such bestsellers as: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge; Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller; Do You Think I’m Beautiful by Angela Thomas; Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey; The Maxwell Daily Reader by John C. Maxwell; and many more. For the past five years he has operated KLO Publishing Service, where he provided project management, editorial and publishing services, and general consultation to publishers and individuals. As an agent, he represented books by a handful of authors, including Annie F. Downs, Jordan Easley, Brenda Garrison, Kathy Harris, Christa Kinde, and Matt Litton.
Dennis Disney | Vice President of Marketing
Dennis Disney is a 28-year veteran of the entertainment and marketing communications industries. He served as publicist for Word Records in the mid-1980s before leaving to launch The Disney Group, a Christian music marketing and management firm boasting clients that included Steven Curtis Chapman and Word Records/Nashville. After serving as Director of Marketing for both Reunion Records (1990-1991) and Benson Label Group (1991-1997), he became Vice-President of Marketing/Benson Label Group. From 1999-2012, Disney operated his own marketing consulting/artist management firm, D-Squared Entertainment, serving music, film, and book companies as well working with independent artists, authors, and ministries. Since 2009, he has also served as an adjunct instructor at Belmont University in Nashville, his alma mater, teaching entertainment distribution and promotion.
Julie Jayne | Vice President, Sales
Julie Jayne comes to Worthy with more than 27 years in publishing sales, marketing, and acquisitions. Janye, who was named Barnes & Noble's Mid-size Representative of the Year in 2011, is a graduate of New York University's School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing.
Most recently she was Director of Backlist Development at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, after transitioning from her role as Director of Digital Sales. Her wealth of knowledge is derived from past positions at Abingdon Press, Ingram Book Company, and as Key Account Sales Manager for Thomas Nelson. Jayne has worked with an array of retailers including Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon, Borders, Baker & Taylor, Sam's Club, Target, Readerlink, Apple-iBooks, and Google.
Marilyn Jansen | Editorial Director, Ellie Claire
As part of the creative teams at Garborg's Heart & Home, DaySpring Gifts, and Ellie Claire® Gift & Paper Corp., Marilyn Jansen has developed irresistibly creative gifts for the past fifteen years. She has worked with authors like Max Lucado, Melody Carlson, Philip Yancey, and Ann Graham Lotz to create calendars, devotionals, journals, and other gifts that are as beautiful on the outside as the message on the inside. Marilyn and her husband, Jeff, have three children.
Melissa Reagan | Creative Director, Ellie Claire
One autumn day in 1989, Melissa Reagan woke up in a panic, realizing that she really did not want to continue on her road to becoming an accountant—she actually wanted to be an artist. She changed her major that day and two years later earned her BFA from Western Carolina University. Twenty plus years later, she has never felt a moment of regret over that decision. After college, she spent some time in Youth With a Mission, exercising her design skills while developing her life skills. In the years since, she has been a designer for DaySpring Cards, art director for Brownlow Publishing, a missionary/designer for Bridges for Peace in Jerusalem, and finally a senior designer for Blessings Unlimited before joining the Ellie Claire team as creative director.
If asked what makes her happiest in life, she would gladly answer, "God, people, laughter, being Southern, anything that's well designed, and most shades of green." And what makes her unhappy? Florescent lighting, stories without redemption, and injustice. She would like to be a biblical archaeologist when she grows up, but until then she is quite content living in Franklin, Tennessee, and developing beautiful products that inspire people.
Sam Rodriguez | Executive Director, Worthy Latino
Rodriguez comes to Worthy after serving in leadership roles at a number of noted companies including Spanish House, Crown Financial Ministries, and Thomas Nelson Publishers–Spanish. Throughout his 25-year career, he has been instrumental in launching books and increasing platform visibility in the Spanish market for such authors as Max Lucado, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, John Mason, Andy Andrews, Stormie Omartian, John Hagee, Charles Swindoll, Marilyn Hickey, Charles Stanley, Jack Hayford, and Luis Palau.
Morgan Canclini | Director of Public Relations
Morgan Canclini brings her expertise in business, PR and marketing to Worthy Publishing as the Senior Publicist. Morgan received her degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music and Entertainment Marketing. Upon graduation, Morgan moved to Nashville, gaining experience in the fast-paced world of music business through an internship at Word Label Group (Warner Bros. Records). After completing her internship, Morgan was hired by Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group as the Director of Marketing & Media. Her major responsibilities included day-to-day management for Tri Star's roster of high-profile celebrity clientele, perpetuation of clients' brands, generation of clients' online presence, event planning, and operational duties for press events. In her current role she oversees Worthy's in-house publicity and social media efforts, in addition to campaigns for the company's roster of talent. Morgan also serves on the Board of Directors for The Literary Council of Williamson County.
Susan Thomas | Director of Accounting
Prior to joining Worthy in 2011, Susan Thomas spent 15 years in corporate accounting, largely within the Christian music industry. She began her career at Word Records in Nashville, followed by a tenure at Crescent Real Estate Equities, Squint Record Label and Rocketown Records as Finance Manager, where she worked with best-selling artists Chris Rice, Sixpence None the Richer, Ginny Owens and Watermark.
Kelli Douglas | Manager of Print and Production
Kelli Douglas comes to Worthy with over 14 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. She started her career as a production manager with Lewis Letterworks and in 2005 transitioned to Thomas Nelson, where she spent 7 years working with gift books, Bibles, trade books, journals, and other specialty items. Kelli loves to be creative and thrives on the results of the finished product.
Margaret Brock | Manager of Sales Coordination
and Content Management
Margaret Brock is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens where she received a B.A. in Economics from the Terry College of Business. After graduation, Margaret moved to Nashville and joined ServiceSource International. At SSI, she served as a senior sales representative, responsible for confirming current client's renewals, forecasting future up-sells and client retention. As Manager of Sales Coordination and Content Management, Margaret manages internal and third-party databases, supports sales campaigns, and oversees in-house logistics.
Leeanna Nelson | Associate Editor and Author Relations
Leeanna Nelson is the Associate Editor of the Worthy Books and Worthy Inspired imprints. Leeanna graduated magna cum laude from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in English. She also worked with Worthy part time for two years during school as the Marketing & PR Coordinator, during which time she initiated, developed, and managed First Look, Worthy’s 350+ member blogging review platform. While at Lipscomb, Leeanna gained experience in various avenues including secondary education, public relations, and writing center tutoring, as well as finding a passion to work in the publishing industry through an internship with Worthy. Leeanna brings expertise in social media marketing and content writing, project management, and campaign planning to the editorial department at Worthy.