MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Academy Instructors each bring with them advanced knowledge in specific areas related to self-publishing. Academy Members get special access to our Instructors through live interviews, video lectures, "hot seats," office hours, discounts and digital resources made just for you!
Katie Bogner is a Catholic School Teacher and Director of Religious Education. For over a decade, she has run a religious education website where she shares free lesson plans, printables, and other resources for Catholic homes and classrooms. She also is the author of the books Through the Year with Jesus: Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children as well as Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children.
Connect with Katie at looktohimandberadiant.com
International Distribution & Ministry Building
Charbel Raish is the founder of Parousia Media which, created in 2005, publishes and distributes books, study programs and events. Charbel has organized over 1000 face to face and virtual events consisting of local and international speakers who have featured all over Australia and the world.
Connect with Charbel at parousiamedia.com.
DEACON HAROLD BURKE-SIVERS
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, award-winning author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network.
Connect with Deacon Harold at deaconharold.com or Christian Marketing Solution.
JODY C. BENSON
Writing & Editing
Jody C. Benson is a freelance writer and editor. After earning her master’s degree, she taught writing as an adjunct instructor and served as a writing coach and tutor. Her love of writing led her to work for various traditional publishing companies where she's been the editor of over fifty nonfiction books. In 2021, she self-published a journal called Behold: A Reflection Journal Where Wonder, Creation, and Stewardship Meet.
Connect with Jody at jodycbenson.com.
Email & Amazon
Greg Johnson is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. He has built six and seven figure businesses in the past. Currently, he and his wife Erica run The Little Catholic Box, a subscription box for Catholic women, while raising 7 kids. Greg also serves as Head of Coaching inside the Capitalism Incubator, a mentoring program designed to help entrepreneurs build 7 and 8 figure businesses. In his free time, Greg offers 1 on 1 and group mentoring for online business owners, and runs a small email marketing agency.
Connect with Greg at emailmagic.com.
Business & Mindset Coaching
Lisa Canning is a mom of 10, and founder of Wealth Without Guilt, an Academy and Coaching experience for Catholic moms who want to build businesses from home. Author of the book The Possibility Mom: How to Pursue Your Dreams While Being a Great Mom at the Same Time, Lisa is passionate about helping authors see their book as a spring board for recurring revenue for years to come.
Connect with Lisa at lisacanning.ca or on Instagram.
Henry Kutarna is a long-time investor, CEO, mentor, coach, business owner and life-long Catholic. Also known as The Catholic CEO, Henry's mission is to help faithful Catholics build and operate businesses for the greater glory of God. Throughout the years, he has learned many secrets to successful business and is here to offer that wisdom for the sake of your business.
Connect with Henry at thecatholicceo.com or on Instagram and Facebook.
Writing & Editing
Lindsay Schlegel is an author and editor with over eighteen years’ experience in traditional publishing. She has worked as a bookseller, agent’s assistant, and in the publicity, marketing, and editorial departments of publishers large and small, often focusing on children’s books. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in fiction at the University of St. Thomas, Houston.
Connect with Lindsay at LindsaySchlegel.com or on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Public Relations & Marketing
Kate Sell is the Founder and Managing Partner of Mission Advancement Partners. She is an organizational and communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience in business and nonprofit consulting. She is able to help authors better understand the Catholic landscape in the 21st Century, and guide them to effectively communicate to serve the needs of the modern Church.
Connect with Kate at missionadvancementpartners.com or on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.
Stephanie Petters is the author of Fools for Heaven: A Rhyming Collection of Moments From Our Holy Friends. Her company, Of Wood and Word, seeks to inspire people through the intersection of faith and poetry. Stephanie successfully launched Fools for Heaven through Kickstarter and now, as a crowdfunding instructor, assists other authors to launch their own dreams.
Connect with Stephanie at ofwoodandword.com.
James T. Olsen is a Catholic arts & entertainment attorney as well as partner at Seiler Law, PLLC. His mission is to help build and advance your mission. As a husband, and father of four, he witnesses the power of story on the imagination on a daily basis, and as a convert to Catholicism, his own imagination was first captured by the beauty of the Church. James is also a published photographer.
Connect with James at seilerlaw.com or on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Molly is an Instagram Coach and Business Mentor. She believes in teaching with simplicity and clarity, so that you can grow a successful business online and cultivate a beautiful life offline. Molly has worked in the online space for 19 years as a writer, professional photographer and social media strategist for the web's #1 global media company for parents.
Connect with Molly at mollybalint.com or on Instagram.
eBooks & Audiobooks
Jacqueline Brown is the author of 8 novels, including The Light and Awakening. All of her books are available as paperbacks, ebooks, and audiobooks. She has learned a great deal over the last six years as an independent publisher and enjoys sharing her knowledge with other self-published authors.
Connect with Jacqueline at Jacqueline-Brown.com or on Facebook and Instagram.
Book Cover Design
Benita Thompson has worked in book cover design and formatting since 2016, and is passionate about making professional yet affordable design accessible to indie authors. Besides collaborating with clients on commissioned projects, she also works to share principles and techniques of book design so authors can accomplish it on their own. Benita has self-published three books and loves Jane Austen, Dutch food, and thunderstorms.
Connect with Benita at kairosbookdesign.com or on Facebook and Instagram.
Cathy Knipper has worked with authors as a coach and book publicist since 2009, with a focus on the Catholic sector. Her goal is to connect authors of quality books with readers who wish to be inspired in their faith journey. She strives to guide authors in developing a workable marketing plan with a combination of innovative and traditional avenues.
Connect with Cathy on Instagram.
CHRISTINE MARIE LACAYO
Multicultural Storytelling & Translation
Christine is a multilingual content writer helping mission-driven brands grow an engaged and diverse following using brand storytelling through a multicultural lens. She focuses her work on blogging, email marketing, and translations. Join her newsletter for more on content writing, multicultural marketing, and the intersections of living a life in faith while caring for our common home!
Connect with Christine at christinemarielacayo.com or through her newsletter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.