Vice President and Publisher
Karen Cooper joined Simon & Schuster in November of 2016, simultaneous with Simon & Schuster’s acquisition of Adams Media from F + W Publishing. In her position, she has responsibility for overseeing the publishing activities of more than 150 titles annually.
Adams Media is best known for publishing audience-driven, highly targeted, practical content for everyday life. Adams Media is home to several bestselling titles including Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad, Bushcraft 101, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, and The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book.
Prior to her time at Adams Media, which she initially joined in 2004, Ms. Cooper led the marketing efforts for Pearson’s online fundraising site, Schoolcash.com, a subsidiary of Family Education Network.
Before joining Pearson, Ms. Cooper helped launch the children’s division of Element Books in the United States, serving as Managing Director. While at Element Books, Ms. Cooper also published multiple non-fiction middle grade titles.
Ms. Cooper began her career in the marketing department at Putnam & Grosset in New York, working with such bestselling authors as Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, Patricia Polacco, and her childhood favorite, Paula Daniziger.
Ms. Cooper studied at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as The University of Seville in Spain. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.
Brendan O’Neill is a graduate of Boston College and began his career with Adams Media in 2006. As an acquisitions editor, he signed and edited a number of the imprint’s top-selling titles, including Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad and the WTF? series. He now leads the acquisitions team and continues to work with authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Dave Canterbury and Dinah Bucholz as well as award-winning comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa. He lives in Boston.
Director of Managing Editorial
Meredith O’Hayre joined Adams Media in 2004. After working as a Publicity Assistant and Development Editor, she became the Director of Managing Editorial in 2015. In addition to keeping more than 150 books a year on schedule, Ms. O’Hayre’s role allows her to enjoy the challenge of supporting editors with project and budget management as well as writing back cover copy for many of Adams Media’s nonfiction titles. A graduate of The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Meredith lives south of Boston with her husband and daughter.
Lisa Laing joined Adams Media in 2005 as an associate editor for the Everything series. To date, she has acquired more than 300 titles for the series, which at its peak of popularity, published more than 90 titles per year. She currently manages the Everything team and oversees Adams Media’s content management program. Previously, Lisa worked as an editor at Wheeler Publishing and as associate director of public relations at the American Red Cross in Boston.
Marketing and Publicity Director
Beth Gissinger returned to Simon & Schuster in November of 2016, as Marketing and Publicity Director at Adams Media. Beth was previously a publicist for Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books and Pocket Books imprints, working with such bestselling authors as Whitley Strieber, Linda Howard, and Karen Robards.
Beth began her publicity career at Ryder Communications, a Manhattan-based marketing firm catering to literary clients. Highlights included event management for the 50th Anniversary of The National Book Awards with host Steve Martin and special medal recipient Oprah Winfrey, as well as the 150th Anniversary Gala of Harper’s Magazine. Additionally, Beth has worked on the publicity team at St. Martin’s Press, collaborating with numerous bestselling authors including Jennifer Donnelly, Joyce Maynard, and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez.
A graduate of Emerson College, she lives on coastal Massachusetts with her husband and their two boys.
Stephanie McKenna started her career with Adams Media in 2003. She has been a Sales Manager for both the Mass Market and International account bases. Ms. McKenna has represented Adams Media throughout the world in the translation market while selling Subrights. In her current role, she acts as liaison between editorial, marketing, design, and the Simon & Schuster sales force. She also maintains her Subrights responsibilities.
Contracts Manager and Office Manager
Chris Duffy has been with Adams Media for more vthan twenty years. Initially hired when Adams Media Corporation was an independent company to work in the Accounting Department, Chris transitioned to the role of Contracts and Royalties Manager upon its acquisition by F+W Publications in 2003. Since that time, Chris has continued to expand his role within the company to include all office management duties for the facility in Avon, Massachusetts. Chris enjoys negotiating with authors and agents during the acquisition process and working to mediate and resolve pre- and post-acquisition contractual issues. He has also developed an ongoing interest in the intricacies of intellectual property law.
Creative Director and Design Manager
Frank Rivera joined Adams Media in 2000. During his 25-year career, Frank has worked on a vast array of design projects including EGD for Texas Instruments, First Night Boston, and corporate and product branding for several national brands. Frank has also served as an adjunct professor at Clark University and Quincy College. He lives with his wife and daughters outside of Boston, where he enjoys using salvaged wood as the canvas for unique works of art. His personal motto comes from Neue Sammlung Munich: “Design is art that makes itself useful.”
Production Project Manager
Michelle Kelly joined Adams Media in 1995. In her position she has responsibility for overseeing the production process for over 150 titles yearly. Additionally, Ms. Kelly provides support to the design team by working on interior and cover layouts.
Ms. Kelly began her career at Adams Media as an intern for the editorial department. Upon graduating, she became a full-time staff member and served as Managing Editor of the reference department for several years. In 2000, Ms. Kelly transitioned over to management of the production department.
Ms. Kelly studied at Stonehill College. She lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.
Bryan Davidson has been working in print production since 2000 and was hired as Manufacturing Lead at Adams Media in 2012. Previous employers include the Appalachian Mountain Club and Maple Street Press. He holds degrees in English and French from Syracuse University, as well as an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University. Bryan lives in Whitman, Massachusetts, with his wife, Corinna, and two kids, where he tries to get some reading and writing done in between being a dad.
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