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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.


Andrea Gronkowski


Bringing twenty+ years of experience in the trenches of big name companies and rapidly growing online businesses. Drea enjoys implementing best practices to maximize sales and bring back more time to creative companies. When not thinking about profitably, you can find her talking about, hiking with, and biking with her dog Chezzy.

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Adam Blackman

Acquisitions Editor

Adam has worked in nonprofit management for over 15 years. As a writer, educator, and father, he loves picture books of all stripes (and spots) and is eager to find stories that will help children grow into kind, empathetic adults.

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Sujin Gilmore

Advertising Director

Sujin uses her online marketing skills to reach future CRP fans and readers. As a mother of two children, Sujin loves CRP’s mission of educating while entertaining young readers.

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Josh Falkum

Lead Video Editor

Josh Falkum is proud to be the lead video editor for CRP. He is also the owner of Falkum Creative, a creative media agency focused on promoting the voices and missions of socially conscious small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent filmmakers. Editing these videos is one of the highlights of his job!

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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

As the Cardinal Rule Press Marketing Manager, Mandy handles marketing campaigns for backlist and frontlist titles. She works closely with authors before, during, and after the release of their books. Mandy also handles communication with our community via our email newsletters. She loves the work she does and is proud to be a member of the Cardinal Rule Press team!

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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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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

Operations Director

Liza May has been with Cardinal Rule Press from the very beginning. She manages the workflow of the team and all things to do with systems. Liza May supports CRP customer relations and scheduling as well.

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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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Law Firm

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Cardinal Rule Press

P.O. Box 930237 • Wixom, MI 48393