Leadership

Cara S. Rivera

Cara co-founded KWF Consulting and KWF Editorial and from the start—more than two decades ago now—has served as the companies’ managing director, working alongside our extraordinary staff to ensure that the organization anticipates and remains responsive to changes in the market and continually meets and exceeds the needs of our esteemed clients. Earlier in her career, Cara held management and executive positions with commercial publishers and editorial positions with a large association. She serves on the Programming Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and has frequently been invited to speak at industry meetings. Cara received a BA in English with high honors from Carleton College and an MBA in marketing and marketing research from DePaul University.

Marjory Spraycar

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, 2009-2017 (Retired)

Alma Wills

Co-Founder and Partner, 2000-2013 (Retired)

Fred H. Fusting

Co-Founder and Partner, 2007-2017 (Retired)

Executive Management

Erin McMullan

As a key member of KWF Editorial’s executive management team, Erin works with scholarly publishing decision-makers to create editorial solutions that achieve their goals and exceed their expectations. She participates extensively in professional societies and leads outward-facing communications for the company, making sure they reflect the excellence and professionalism of the KWF brand. While in the role of editorial director, Erin worked very closely with KWF clients and the managing editors supporting them. Erin has over 25 years of scholarly publishing experience, including a role as a managing editor for several of the high-impact journals of the American Association for Cancer Research, as well as roles in the books and journals divisions at Wolters Kluwer Health. While in a publisher role, she managed a portfolio that included Wolters Kluwer-owned publications, as well as publications managed on behalf of society partners, which gave her a thorough understanding of both types of organizations’ needs and where they intersect. Erin holds a BA in English literature from Temple University and a MA in political theory and social criticism from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Kelly Hadsell

With more than 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, Kelly is the client liaison for many client journals, ensuring that client expectations are met by implementing best publishing practices and the highest levels of customer support. Kelly supervises a team of experienced managing editors who facilitate editorial work on client journals. Additionally, Kelly leads special projects that require a deep knowledge of publishing processes, best practices, and policy such as transition support and management of ethical issues. Kelly’s previous experience includes serving as managing editor for the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer and as the director of editorial operations for the eight journals of the American Association for Cancer Research. She is also the chairperson of the Council of Science Editors’ Editorial Policy Committee and an editorial board member for the journal Peer Review Research and Integrity. Kelly holds a BA in English from Rutgers University.

Alexandra Kahler

Alex provides account management for KWF Editorial client journals and leads a team of associates who deliver high-quality customer service and efficient execution on a wide array of editorial and production tasks. Her skillset includes both process and project management, as well as data visualization, workflow analysis, documentation, and training.  Alex also applies her information management expertise to design integrated single and multi-journal work distribution solutions for clients via the KWF Editorial dashboard, creating efficiencies responsive to each journal’s individual needs. She is a proficient administrator of Aries’ Enterprise Analytics Reporting System (EAR), ScholarOne’s Cognos reports, and other industry-specific data tools utilized at all stages of the scholarly publishing cycle. Alex has presented on both information and workflow management at industry meetings, and manages social media accounts for the Council of Science Editors. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, Alex was a laboratory researcher specializing in microbial genetics, and later managed professional development for science educators, taught secondary biology and chemistry, and managed science faculty training and development. She holds a BS with honors in cell biology and molecular genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate from Marshall University.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne leads a team of managing editors and editorial associates to ensure that the highest level of editorial services is provided and maintained for the publications handled within her portfolio. Yvonne has more than 23 years of STM publishing experience which gave her firsthand knowledge across all editorial aspects of journal publishing, including various manuscript and production workflows as well as implementing ethical standards using best practice recommendations.  Her broad experience has also enabled her to fill temporary roles for clients that require a high level of publications management and editorial experience. Prior to KWF, Yvonne held various editorial titles at Springer Nature focusing on the growth and editorial development of high-profile society publications in the biomedical and clinical medicine fields.  Yvonne holds a BS in Communications from New York University.

Monica Leigh

Monica’s primary role is to lead managing editors and editorial associates who manage high-volume journals by using web-based workflow tracking systems. In her decade in scholarly publishing, Monica became an experienced project lead who has assisted clients in improving their protocols for greater efficiency and training purposes, led a client journal through an end-to-end editorial office transition, and assured smooth transitions between manuscript management systems such as ScholarOne and Editorial Manager, providing broader insight into process handling and system configuration. Monica regularly attends and has presented at professional industry conferences, staying current with best practices. She holds a BA in Writing Seminars, with a minor in Psychology, from Johns Hopkins University.

Account Management

Jane Baque

Jane brings more than 20 years of experience in managing editor roles, supervising all aspects of editorial and production for print and digital medical society publications. Jane has extensive experience in supporting the publishing and strategic goals of editorial boards as well as experience in developing new initiatives and workflows, managing editorial development and peer-review workflows, medical editing and proofreading, data analysis, and digital publishing.  Jane holds a BA in English and writing and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Connie Connolly

Connie plays a critical role on the journals she supports, including serving as a right hand to the editor-in-chief, and providing oversight to the peer review process directly and through the supervision of other team members. Connie brings 40 years of editorial experience to this role, including 20 years in managing editor roles. This deep experience allows her to support the strategic initiatives that make successful journals, guiding both the editorial and production processes, including a variety of special initiatives such as new journal launches. Connie is proficient in Editorial Manager, as well as editing and graphics software. She started her career editing manuscripts, textbooks, proceedings, and grant proposals for the Medical School at Case Western Reserve University. She holds a BA in English from Central Western University.

Cindy DeLano

Cindy has over 23 years’ experience in scholarly publishing and has worked on a wide range of academic and scientific publications for nonprofit societies and commercial publishers. In her various professional roles, from technical copyeditor to managing editor to production director, she has managed all aspects of the journal and book publication process. Her responsibilities have included writing business proposals; negotiating contracts; drafting budgets; reconfiguring and streamlining an online submission system; advising editors-in-chief, editorial boards, and societies on current STM publishing standards; writing and disseminating readership surveys; and working with authors, printers, graphic designers, and mail houses. Cindy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado.

Kathryn DeTura

Kathryn supervises associates who provide individualized support to academic editors, reviewers, and authors. As a process-oriented managing editor, she works closely with editors-in-chief and publishers to realize a journal’s strategic goals. She excels at refining protocols by standardizing communications and eliminating redundancies. In addition, Kathryn has significant expertise in investigating allegations of digital image manipulation and plagiarism. She is an expert user of the eJournalPress and ScholarOne manuscript management platforms and has over a decade of experience in scholarly publishing, including nine years at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). She holds a BFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and an MFA in Creative Writing from American University.

Karen Doyle

Karen manages several high-volume journals, providing editorial support to clients, editors, reviewers, and authors, and overseeing a staff of editorial associates. Karen is responsible for training new editors, and she has prepared formal workflow documentation and reporting for her journals. She has over 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, with experience in both editorial and production workflows, and proficiency as a user of eJournalPress, ScholarOne, and Editorial Manager manuscript management systems. Karen holds a BA in Retail Management from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Marwa Fayed

Marwa’s 7 years of experience in scholarly publishing spans both editorial and production workflows, and she has managed teams handling a wide range of tasks including submission checklists, editor selection, reviewer management, manuscript proofing and XML editing. Marwa is an expert user of ScholarOne and Editorial Manager, as well as a number of production technologies such as Oxygen XML Editor, Overleaf LaTeX editor, and math editing software. She has experience in managing peer review and production for high-volume and high-impact publications and has onboarded several journals to meet client needs. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, Marwa researched and maintained toxicology data for a variety of biomedical institutions such as the CDC and NIH. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michelle Gaffney

Michelle works very closely with the editor-in-chief, editorial board, and publisher of the journal she supports to increase the journal’s presence in the field. Michelle has played an integral part in strategic initiatives that have significantly increased the journal’s submissions, Impact Factor, and social media presence. She has extensive knowledge of Editorial Manager, eJournalPress, and Bench>Press. Michelle’s 18 years of journal management experience includes 12 years with the American Heart Association. Michelle holds a BA from Towson University and a copyediting certificate from UCSD Extension.

Michelle Lenker

With 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, Michelle has a wide range of experience from the review process through production that benefits the journals she supports. She oversees the workflow for multiple journals, managing and working with a team of editorial associates to meet and exceed client expectations. Michelle has improved editorial and production protocols and workflows, created style manuals, and maintained Editorial Board records and reports. Prior to working for KWF Editorial, Michelle worked for the American Association for Cancer Research for several years. There, among other accomplishments, she managed the launch, review process, and production of a successful cancer therapeutics journal. Michelle holds a BA in English/professional writing from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsay MacMurray

Lindsay ensures the journals she manages run smoothly and reflect scholarly publishing best practices. With over 14 years of experience in scholarly publishing, she works closely with editors, authors, and reviewers, and has developed and maintained exceptional relationships with our society partners, even being invited to and assisting with international editorial board meetings. Lindsay is an expert user of Editorial Manager and is skilled at analyzing peer review processes to create and implement efficient workflows, and to manage peer review for high-volume and high-impact publications. Additionally, Lindsay has assisted in the launch, training, and daily operations of three open access publications. Lindsay is an active member of the Council of Science Editors and has served as a faculty member for CSE’s Short Course on Advanced Publication Management. Prior to her time at KWF Editorial, she worked for the publishing program of the American Psychological Association. Lindsay holds a BA from Boston College and a MSW in Social Work from Catholic University.

Elizabeth Marshall

Beth is experienced in all aspects of the editorial process, from submission through issue compilation and works closely with all stakeholders in the publishing process for her journals. She has supported journals through editor-in-chief transitions and trained numerous associate editors on journal functions. In addition, Beth is a ScholarOne power user and has done workflow and configuration analyses for several KWF Editorial clients. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, Beth worked at PBS, and was as an editorial assistant at the American Geophysical Union. She holds a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Shruti Narang

  • Data Management Associate

Shruti manages KWF Editorial’s internal data preservation and prepares data analysis spreadsheets and visualizations for the senior management and editors. Her work is instrumental in providing insights for workflow efficacy reports for KWF editors and clients. Her skillset includes dashboard creation, running data queries, data visualization, documentation, and statistical analysis. Shruti has advanced expertise in statistical and research methodology/design and specializes in Experimental/Cognitive Psychology. Prior to working for KWF Editorial, Shruti was a post-doctoral research fellow and instructor at the University of Georgia and continues to teach Psychology to college students. She received a MA degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Allahabad in India and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Susan O’Connor

  • Associate Managing Editor

Susan supervises a team of associates who manage a multi-journal society’s peer review process and provide support to the editors, reviewers, and authors for multiple journals. Susan led a smooth transition when the client work doubled in size, providing careful oversight of both the process and the training of new associates. She is highly proficient with Editorial Manager and ScholarOne Manuscripts. Susan has over 5 years scholarly publishing experience, prior to which she worked in the counseling field. Susan graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester with a BA in History and Psychology, as well as a MS in Counseling Psychology.

Carrie Smedstad

Carrie provides leadership to editorial associates dedicated to a range of high-volume editorial and production workflows, including editor assignment, reviewer database build up, editor support and editorial manuscript management. Carrie analyzes task data and conducts regular work assessments to ensure that each team delivers exceptional efficiency to multiple KWF clients while providing thorough, high-quality work. During her decade in scholarly publishing, Carrie has partnered with clients to optimize workflows for both high-volume tasks and for a variety of specialty manuscript types such as clinical trials, transfers, resubmissions, and reassignments. Carrie is an expert user of Editorial Manager, eJournalPress, and ScholarOne manuscript systems, making her adept at forensic evaluation of technical issues and submission history. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, Carrie worked as a project coordinator in the IT staffing field for several years, where she specialized in assessing and procuring the resources needed for technical short-term projects.

Sarah Wiederkehr

Sarah brings over 20 years of experience to the role of managing editor, so has extensive experience with the editorial process. She has directed the growth and development of a large portfolio of scholarly journals, and her responsibilities have included analyzing submissions and identifying trends in subfields of psychology, striking a balance with journal initiatives to maintain journal viability, working with editors to uphold publication standards and best practices, and leading editor searches. Sarah also has experience in copyediting, production editing, management, and editorial support. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, the majority of her career was spent supporting the journals of the American Psychological Association. Sarah holds a BA in English from George Mason University.

Stacieann Yuhasz, PhD

Working closely with the Editor-in-Chief, Stacie manages all aspects of the peer review process, single topic issues, and issue line-up for the society journal she supports, as well as having responsibility for the journal’s social media content creation and outreach initiatives. Stacie interfaces with the society’s publisher with respect to journal print and online production activities. She is an expert user of ScholarOne Manuscript Central and Editorial Manager. Stacie has over 25 years’ experience in STEM publishing, including as the Editor-in-Chief for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) and Managing Editor for Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics. She earned dual BS degrees in marine biology/marine chemistry from Southampton College of Long Island University and a PhD in biophysics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Operations

Lisa Colón

Lisa leads the Business Management team as Operations Manager for the KWF companies: KWF Consulting and KWF Editorial. In this position, she is responsible for talent acquisition, employee on boarding and development, employee payroll, client invoicing, and benefits management. Lisa also manages the contracts and communications with the companies’ service providers: technology, legal, insurance, accounting, payroll, banking, and project management. Lisa joined KWF in 2015 previously working within business administration roles for 15 years. Lisa received a BS in Business Management/Human Resource Management from Towson University.

Isabella Lawrence

Isabella supports both KWF Consulting Services and KWF Editorial Services associates. With seven years of administrative experience, Isabella brings critical business and organizational skills to the companies. She assists with client invoicing and employee data management in addition to backing up the Operations Manager. Isabella holds a BS in Business Management from St. John’s University in New York.

Maureen Bagwell

Maureen has been providing accounting and bookkeeping services to KWF Consulting and KWF Editorial since 2012. In addition to managing the companies’ general ledger and preparing the companies’ budgets and monthly financial statements, she also provides business strategy support to the companies. Maureen is the President of Bagwell Accounting Services, which provides financial strategy and operational accounting services to businesses in the Baltimore area.

Editorial Associates

Michelle Adelufosi

Editorial Associate

Leanor Alt

Editorial Associate

Paige Arnold

Editorial Associate

Heidi Ballew

Editorial Associate

Christi Battiato

Editorial Associate

Jacqueline Beggins

Senior Editorial Associate

Erica Berquist

Editorial Associate

Jared Boze

Editorial Associate

Janet Bradley

Editorial Associate

Allison Brandau

Editorial Associate

Kelly Cheatham

Editorial Associate

Thomas Colihan

Editorial Associate

Sara Dailey

Editorial Associate

Gita Delsing

Senior Editorial Associate

Audrey Diggs

Editorial Associate

Trista DiPaula

Editorial Associate

Angela Dorsey

Senior Editorial Associate

Melissa Ekis

Editorial Associate

Karla Florez

Editorial Associate

Michelle Goshen

Editorial Associate

Kayla Graves

Editorial Associate

Abigail Greenwood

Editorial Associate

Elizabeth Haberkorn

Editorial Associate

Katie Heidel

Editorial Associate

Laura Hermoza

Senior Editorial Associate

Elisabeth Herschbach

Editorial Associate

Kerri Hughes

Senior Editorial Associate

Megan Johnson

Editorial Associate

Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner

Editorial Associate

Cathy Kessler

Editorial Associate

Laurie Lagasse

Editorial Associate

Erin LaFlame

Editorial Associate

Aldonita Gibson

Editorial Associate

Angelique Ly

Senior Editorial Associate

Bronwyn Madeo

Editorial Associate

Ivy McMullen

Editorial Associate

Meira Minard

Senior Editorial Associate

Carla Morales

Senior Editorial Associate

Sheena Mouton

Editorial Associate

Safiyah Murray

Editorial Associate

Lovila Nowak

Editorial Associate

Lois O’Boyle

Editorial Associate

Susan O’Connor

Associate Managing Editor

Laurie Ogden

Editorial Associate

Judith Redding

Editorial Associate

Theresa Richards

Senior Editorial Associate

Sarah Robbins-Bartlow

Editorial Associate

Kristen Russell

Editorial Associate

Starratt Scheetz

Editorial Associate

Carrie Scheidt

Editorial Associate

Janet Sei

Editorial Associate

Carol Shields

Editorial Associate

Megan Shuler

Editorial Associate

Michelle Sidler

Editorial Associate

Nicola Smith

Editorial Associate

Patrick Szostak

Editorial Associate

Carla Tellez

Senior Editorial Associate

Kathy Thomas

Editorial Associate

Nancy Toby

Editorial Associate

Larissa Toth

Editorial Associate

Janet Tumelty

Editorial Associate