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.
Best-selling author of three books, author coach to Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield clients, TEDx speaker, Michelle has helped publish over 1,000 books in the last two decades. As an entrepreneur, Michelle combines her book knowledge with marketing and business sense to create a book that will sell!
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.
Director, Number Three Productions
Mark is a musician, a producer, a creator, and a thought leader who applies the lens of economic theory to emerging digital media markets. His diverse background of mathematics, economics, audio production, music composition, dance performance, and a passion for mental health awareness helps him bring a unique perspective to the world of sound. He believes passionately in the mission of Number Three Productions and can’t wait to amplify your voice to disrupt the world. If he’s not producing audio, you can probably find him studying the word flows and rhyme schemes of his favorite underground hip hop artists.
Book Coach, Developmental Editor, Storyteller
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.
In-House Senior Editor
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.
Sarah is a bookkeeper with over 15 years of working with small businesses. She specializes in knowing the numbers. She is responsible for keeping the finances running smoothly and oversees internal accounting. When she’s not crunching the numbers, Sarah is inspired daily by her husband and 2 kids. She loves hiking, lounging at the pool, chocolate chip cookies, and puzzles.
Communication and Culture Manager
Carly is a lifelong lover of words, writing, and storytelling. Having graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Sociology, Carly fell in love with combining her passion for writing with her love for understanding people. Carly is responsible for many of the communications authors and clients receive from GracePoint and prides herself in being someone they can come to to get the answers they need. In addition to her communications responsibilities, Carly has been appointed as the “Manager of Fun” for GracePoint and always likes to find a way to get the team to celebrate a random national holiday or gather for some trivia. When she isn’t at work doing the job she loves she is hiking, cooking soup, crocheting, training for her next half marathon, playing video games with her boyfriend, Wilson or snuggling with her fur babies, Aldo and Soup.
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.
Customer Service Specialist and Office Assistant
Ryder is a high-school student 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 at his school. 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.
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.
Resident Graphic Designer
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.
Proofreader and Publishing Assistant
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.
Lexi is an author coach and editor specializing in developmental editing. As an author herself, she understands the ins and outs of creating a book and building the courage to cross the publishing finish line. She is responsible for helping authors fill in the blanks to crafting their best stories and uncovering real narrative messages in the literature. When she's not elbows deep in a good book, Lexi can be found traveling. She loves writing, new adventures, family time, and a sunny day at the beach.
Clementine is an adventurer, artist, and entrepreneur. She runs her online business, Clemstarz, where she is able to bring her abstract artwork into everyday life with a collection of stylish products. Her involvement with the Publishing Industry and writing has grown in the last 3 years through her involvement with Write On, Ann Arbor, Courage Publishing and now Grace Point! When she is not on a journey, making artwork, or attending to business, she likes to sip coffee at a cafe and people watch wherever her adventures take her.
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