GracePoint Publishing has a rock star team to help you write, publish and promote your message. We specialize in books, but also consult about media, PR, networking, and various other promotional activities. We have a core team of full time dedicated staff, and also hire trusted advisors, editors, ghostwriters and contractors as needed to fill in when we need a specialized voice or additional resource. Please read below to meet the founders and our/your team.
GracePoint Publishing, was co-created by Karen Parker and Michelle Vandepas. Their combined 60 years experience in entrepreneurship, publishing and marketing helps authors and visionary leaders to promote their work.
Best-selling author of seventeen books, superstar coach, TEDx speaker, and award-winning podcaster, you'll love having Karen on your team. With all her personal writing experience with large and small publishing houses (and self-publishing) Karen has all the knowledge needed to guide your and your book to best-selling status.
Michelle Vandepas is a serial entrepreneur who has run several million dollar businesses. Michelle believes that business, purpose and making the world a better place are inextricably intertwined. She’s passionate about combining creativity and smart business sense to help her clients unleash their power and live a life more deeply connected to their purpose. This passion makes her one of the world’s leading experts in helping teachers, thought-leaders, transformational agents and people who want to change the world, find their voice and share their ideas with the world.
Gracie Packard is an expert people person and a lover of words. She published her first book in her teens and gave her first TEDx talk on suicide prevention when she was only 18. As the Client Care Coordinator at GracePoint Publishing, Gracie combines her passion for people and stories by supporting authors through every step of the publishing process. If she’s not working or studying for her Psychology degree, you can find her writing her next book with her literary cats Scout and Atticus.
As In-House Senior Editor, Laurie brings decades of academia to the team. She provides writers with the professional editing they need while wrangling in any stray punctuation. Her freelance editing work includes best-sellers, memoirs, and children’s books, as well as other publications. Laurie has worked in behavioral health, mental wellness, nonprofit spaces, and has led workshops in various healing fields. Laurie enjoys hiking the beautiful Rockies with friends, family, and her dog Gumbo.
Mark Packard’s love of music started as a child and continues to this very day. He has released three independent albums and continues working on his passion with a brand-new podcast. Mark has a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Economics with a Minor in Dance. Mental health, wellness, and awareness are his biggest motivation in the work he does with GracePoint Publishing. Occasionally, he will put his ballet shoes on to do some Barre work with his son.
Roger Butts is ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and is a long-time member of the UU Christian Fellowship and the International Thomas Merton Society. He currently serves as a Staff Chaplain at Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs and has a deep commitment to centering prayer. He is married to Marta Fioriti, a minister in the United Church of Christ, has three teenagers, and a black lab. Roger has never met a Dad joke he didn’t like telling.
Shauna Hardy’s love affair with words began at a young age and never slowed down. After graduating with a BA in English Literature and a Master’s in Journalism, Shauna spent over twenty years working as a freelance journalist and editor, collaborating with some of Canada’s top newspapers and magazines. As one of GracePoint Publishing’s Book Coaches and Developmental Editors, Shauna helps authors birth new stories into the world with authenticity, clarity, and joy. She has two spirited sons she writes about in her soon-to-be launched blog, A Grateful Heart and, like many moms, she enjoys embarrassing her children with off-key singing and dancing in the kitchen.
Sheryl is a USA Today Bestselling author who brings years of publishing experience to GracePoint. She is also a decorated military veteran who held several positions of authority to include managing on-the-job training and professional military education for over 2,000 troops, handling human resource issues for active duty and civil service personnel, and recruiting, after graduating at the top of her class. Sheryl holds an MA degree in Criminal Justice, a BA in English, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She is an unapologetic geek and such a bookworm that she’ll use a day of vacation if one of her favorite authors releases a new book.
Tascha Yoder brings her MBA and a wealth of experience to GracePoint Publishing. As Program Advisor, she helps authors understand what they’re getting themselves into (in a positive way) as they consider working with us. Tascha brings over 25 years of experience in consulting and coaching and has worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients and solopreneurs. She excels in a multi-faceted client approach and combines life coaching, entrepreneurship, corporate consulting, leadership skills, team building, spiritual practices, and system dynamics as she figures out exactly how best to help her clients succeed. At the tender age of 16, Tascha became addicted to crossword puzzles, honing her way with words into a first place showing at a local competition in 2013.
Ryder is a high-school graduate and a young man of many talents. His circus performance skills landed him a feature in Colorado Springs’ premier newspaper, The Gazette, and a spot on local news stations. He now works with larger theatre companies as he continues performing in his community. He brings superior customer service skills to GracePoint as he serves as an office assistant and customer service specialist. Ryder has many passions but helping people is his greatest one. In his down time, he creates musical collaborations and feels more grounded on stilts than he does on his own two feet.
As a teen, you could find Liz in the library lost in a story or competing in high-level gymnastics. Guided by her avid reading habits and curiosity, Liz has a natural desire to lead people. With over 25 years in leadership, coaching, and education, Liz helps navigate people toward their higher vision and purpose and is there to guide clients in their unique publishing journeys while supporting them body, mind, and soul.
Kenzie is a lifelong lover of words and books. As a proofreader and publishing assistant for GracePoint, she is following her dream of working in the publishing industry. When she’s not obsessing over novels, you can find her on a hiking trail with her dog, Mia, and cat, Tabitha, or on a road trip.
Jessica Murrell’s artistic journey began early and flourished into a creative career. As one of GracePoint’s resident Graphic Designers, Jessica is living her dream of working with a dynamic team to create gorgeous designs and help clients tell their story through various visual mediums.
As her love for design grew, Jessica went on to earn her BA in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. A strong desire to continue learning led Jessica to earn her MBA years later. With over twenty years of experience, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge to GracePoint’s publishing team. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her family and daydreaming about where she’s going to put her horses.
Gretchel’s love of nature and calming surrounding serves to boost her dedication to the GracePoint team by offering support in day-to-day operations. She is grateful to work for such an encouraging team as they work to support authors.
In her spare time, she can be found playing acoustic music and enjoying the great outdoors.
As the co-founders of GracePoint Publishing, they know that when you succeed, we all succeed. Their dream is to help you live your purpose, share your message, and be visible in the best possible way for you. They are known for their open hearts and laser sharp coaching.
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