Amanda Lee Glassware
Amanda Lee is the owner of Amanda Lee Glassware. She is also an entirely self-taught artist. Having never taken art classes, the excitement of learning new ways to paint sparked her creativity. She then studied painting at the Bratislava Fine Arts Academy in Slovakia.
With her fine art background, she is now creating stunning designs for wine glasses. It's Amanda's combination of paint and her eye for design that makes Amanda Lee Glassware so unique.
Amy Philips-Haller (A.P. Haller)
Amy Philips-Haller is a seasoned-producer and journalist who has worked in print, radio and television. She has managed talent acquisition for the new Passages & Prose, LLC, audiobooks division - auditioning and hiring voiceover talent. She contributes to the audiobook project doing voiceovers as A.P. Haller. Amy also serves as an advisory board member to Passages & Prose, LLC.
Center for Media Innovation (CMI)
Point Park University's state-of-the-art Center for Media Innovation -- an integrated 4,000 square-foot style media facility -- provides hands-on experience and networking opportunities for students, as well as, serving as a hub for local media in the downtown Pittsburgh community.
Chris Sichi is the senior studio technician for the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. He holds a degree in telecommunications from Penn State University, and has worked for WHVL-TV and the State College Spikes as a producer. His passion lies in digital media, particularly the way the internet and data-driven technologies shape the media landscape. Outside of work, he enjoys obscure music, tabletop games, and his cat Jace. Chris also is a freelance multi-media professional that works alongside authors and artists to bring their creative visions to life.
Cribs For Kids
Cribs For Kids is a non-profit organization based in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania which provides safe sleep education and free cribs to families who qualify. Founder and executive director Judy Bannon is a collaborator and fellow author of Five Ladies and A Forklift. Cribs For Kids is an on-going sponsor of Passages & Prose literary events.
Cynthia Cannell Agency
Cynthia Cannell is Lillie Leonardi’s literary agent and provides many authors with guidance and professional services to help them publish and promote their books.
Gina Masciola is the Manager of WQED Education Projects. She began her career as a classroom teacher and early learning consultant for Head Start. Gina served with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for 15 years, as an early learning consultant, Gina worked closely with parents and childcare providers. Her classroom experience has been diverse taking her from early intervention classrooms to high school child development programs. Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has done post-graduate study in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention at The University of Pittsburgh. She holds a PA instructional certificate in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten education. Since joining the education team five years ago, Gina has managed several projects including the WQED Writers Contest, Inquire Within, IQ Smartparent, IQ Kids Radio, Musical Kids and WQED SmartSchools. She also serves as an advisory board member to Passages & Prose, LLC.
Hay House, Inc.
Jennifer (Jennie) Bannon
Jennifer (Jennie) Bannon has been teaching English and language arts for over a decade and is in her eighth year as a middle-school teacher at the Environmental Charter School. She is co-author, with her mother Judy Bannon, of the book Five Ladies and A Forklift, a memoir of Judy's role in launching the infant safe-sleep movement. In addition to editing her students' papers, she has been working with Passage & Prose as a book editor since 2017. She is a 2012 fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, an organization dedicated to the idea that "the best teachers of writing are teachers who write". Jennifer also serves as an advisory board member to Passages & Prose, LLC.
Joyce Wilk is an independently-published author of ten books. She pens (under J.D. Wylde) in the sweet and sexy romance genre. Working as a confidential administrative assistant for an international software development corporation, Joyce brings 40-plus years of management expertise to the Passages & Prose, LLC, and serves as its operations manager, and advisory board member.
Maria Pisano has served as Lillie Leonardi’s publicist since 2015. In her continued work with Lillie, she also serves as Director of Marketing for Passages & Prose, LLC, and as an advisory board member. Currently, Maria is the Director of Communications for Trying Together.
Operation Safety Net
Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net is an innovative, award-winning medical and social service outreach program serving persons who are experiencing homelessness in the greater Pittsburgh area. Operation Safety Net reaches out, offering services that help people, empowering them to improve their quality of life. The organization strives to address the circumstances that undermine mental and physical well-being.
Word Association Publishers
Word Association Publishers of Tarentum, PA helped to pioneer the independent or self-publishing movement. The publishing house was founded on principles of offering authors all the professional services of a traditional publishing company - from book development, editing and original art design to publishing, printing, marketing and selling books. The company offers services to all authors and genres globally.
WQED's educational programs for children offer free and effective education tools that can make dramatic differences in how children perform and achieve. Through television programs, multimedia toolkits, literary initiatives, and community collaborations, WQED programs ensure that "anytime" is learning time.