Joellyn Cicciarelli, President and Publisher, Loyola Press
With 25+ years’ experience in religious and educational publishing, Joellyn has created materials with publishers and media producers from around the world. Early in her career, Joellyn was editor for Fred Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood as well as for Dr. Don MacMannis, former musical director of the PBS series Jay, Jay, the Jetplane. She is an award-winning author of several children’s books and a preschool curriculum, and for the last decade has supervised teams at Loyola Press to develop dozens of award-winning books and media resources, including the New York Times Bestseller, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Questions from Children Around the World. Joellyn’s passion is to help people (especially children) know that they are loved and lovable always—all because they are beloved children of God.
Santiago Cortés-Sjöberg, M. Div, VP for New Product Development, Loyola Press
With 20+ years of pastoral ministry, teaching, and writing experience, Santiago is the author of five books and over a hundred articles. A Knight-Officer of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic by appointment of the King of Spain, he has studied in the Holy Land and traveled extensively. Santiago has been a board member or director of numerous organizations including the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, “Raices y Alas 2014” National Congress on Hispanic Ministry, and the National Coordinating Leadership Team of the USCCB’s Fifth National “Encuentro” for Ministry Among Hispanics/Latinos. A Master Catechist, he has been a member of the faculty at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Liturgical Hispanic Institute, for the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, and an adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. A teacher at heart, he is always learning. When he is not reading, traveling, or napping, he spends time with Nebuchadnezzar, his Kerry Blue Terrier.
Maria Mondragon, Director of Curricula Development, Loyola Press
Maria has led the development of numerous religious education print and multimedia resources, including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts; Adaptive Finding God; adaptive sacramental preparation kits for Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation; Growing with God: a child safety/family life program, and most recently Springs of Faith, a Baptism preparation program in consultation with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She earned an MA in Literature from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in English from the University of New Mexico in her hometown of Albuquerque. She lives with her husband and two daughters on the north side of Chicago.
Geri Smith, Managing Editor for Digital Initiatives, Loyola Press
Geri has 30+ years’ experience in education, spanning research, teaching, professional development, print, television, and educational software. She is a certified secondary English teacher and has taught English, ESL, computers, science, and other subjects. In previous roles, Geri collaborated on state and national initiatives to support effective, sustainable use of technology in schools. Her work in children’s television includes programming from WXXI in Rochester, New York, Children’s Television Workshop/Sesame Workshop, and at WGBH in Boston. Since the mid-1990s, Geri has worked in computer-delivered education, where she has designed and developed interactive learning experiences and curricula for pre-K-12 and adult/higher education ventures in the US and abroad, including Learning Sciences Corporation, Siboney Learning Group, Education City, Pearson, Wiley Education Services, and Age of Learning. She is thrilled to be on the team developing Wanderlight: A Pilgrim’s Adventure!
Peter H. Reynolds, Founder, FableVision
Peter is a New York Times best-selling children’s book author and illustrator (The Word Collector, I Am Human, Judy Moody, The Dot) selling over 20 million books in more than 25 languages around the globe. Over two decades ago, he founded FableVision Studios, an award-winning children’s media & interactive development company. FableVision uses storytelling and technology to create positive programming, digital tools and game-based learning to help all ages navigate their full potential. FableVision Studios, co-located on the top floor above the Boston Children’s Museum, works closely with its K-12 edtech program group FableVision Learning, which develops, distributes and supports creativity tools for the classroom.
Paul Reynolds, CEO, FableVision/Reynolds Center TLC
Paul is Co-Founder/CEO of FableVision, which he helped build into a multimillion-dollar firm and internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher. As a go-to, custom digital media developer, FableVision enjoys creative collaborations and partnerships across many sectors, including broadcast, museum, socially-responsible non-profits, institutional, K12, educational publishing, technology and research. Paul is also an award-winning children’s book author (Going Places, STEAM-Powered Adventures of Sydney & Simon, Full STEAM Ahead!, Go Green!, To the Moon!) Paul also helped found the nonprofit the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity, which is dedicated to fostering creative human potential in all ages through media, storytelling and constructionist edtech. He also teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two decades.