Our Team

Meet the talented crew behind the scenes at Cardinal Rule Press
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Maria Dismondy

Founder of Cardinal Rule Press, Publisher & Author

Maria uses her experiences as an award-winning author for over a decade to work with writers on getting their messages into the world. She takes pride in mentoring CRP authors & offering a customized marketing campaign that the CRP team coordinates and implements.

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Layne Booth

Business Strategist

Layne brings the data for better decisions in our business. She’s our in-house data interpreter for all things from advertising, to inventory, to sustainable growth.

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Shanna Bourne

Website Manager

Shanna Bourne, owner of Girlfriday Print & Web maintains the Cardinal Rule Press website. She has been married for 10+ years and has 3 children.

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Mandy Bush

Marketing Manager

Mandy works as Maria’s executive assistant. She handles anything from emails to social media to data entry. She loves the work she does and is proud to be a member of the Cardinal Rule Press team!

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Sarah Cavanaugh

Social Media Manager

Sarah Cavanaugh is a Marketing Communications Specialist living in Grand Rapids, MI. Sarah provides her copywriting skills in the bi-weekly newsletters and monthly CRP blog.

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Nancy Day

Content Editor

Nancy Raines Day helps edit Cardinal Rule Press titles from manuscript to printer-ready copy. She is herself the author of a dozen picture books.

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Kenyetta Jackson


Kenyetta helps CRP to maintain their books and records to keep them up to date by providing monthly Financial Statements.

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Meg Keys

Senior Writer

Meg Rutledge Keys is a Content Writer/Editor working to elevate Maria’s messages of kindness, empathy and character building for kids, parents and teachers, alike. Meg is driven by CRP’s mission to make a difference in the world, one book at a time.

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Stephanie Mead

Advertising Associate

Stephanie Mead is a digital marketer who helps introduce CRP and the amazing work they do to new fans, through paid media. Stephanie has always loved reading, so working with CRP is extra special to her because she loves what they stand for: a love of reading and kindness.

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Janice Pollard

Copy Editor

Janice Pollard provides proofreading & editing services for CRP. Editing often takes place during a final book review after all illustrations are complete and the book has been designed. She says it’s a pleasure to work with Maria and her team!

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Maggie Spurgeon

Senior Graphic Designer

Maggie is one of a talented team of graphic designers who bring ideas and concepts to a visual conclusion. From program logos, to library posters, employee handbooks to Instagram images, it’s her job to make it work and look good – somehow, someway.

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Liza May Saquilayan

Executive Assistant

Liza May manages the content of the blog coming from our staff writers, ensuring that articles are published as planned and scheduled. She also schedules social media for our brand, reaching out and enagaging with our audience.

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Maggie Villaume

Book Designer

Maggie creates book cover & interior designs that amplify our author’s stories with the partnership of our illustrator’s amazing creations. She believes children’s books are an essential piece in learning many important life lessons and enjoys being able to have a part in creating this impactful work.


Gladys Appleton

Educational Consultant

Gladys is a believer, bookworm, coffee junkie, and blessed mommy of 4. She’s a pick-up drivin’, high heel wearin’, lip gloss lovin’ Texas girl. She loves reading, creating resources, and teaching.


Allison Foley

Web Developer

Allison has been designing & developing websites for Maria since 2011. She loves collaborating with heartfelt brands, and one of her greatest joys is helping entrepreneurs get their innovative products out into the world.




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Varnum LLP

Law Firm

Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing business and personal legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients.

Cardinal Rule Press

P.O. Box 930237 • Wixom, MI 48393