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ACP Members Elect Six Board Members, Reflects Balance of Types of Member Publishers

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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BALTIMORE, MD -The Association of Catholic Publishers' (ACP) members elected six board members including re-electing Therese Ratliff, increased the number of heads-of-house to six, and brought a balance among the types of publishers represented by the membership. "This new board reflects the breadth of vision and mission in Catholic publishing as well as the various types of publishing-liturgical, music, trade, catechetical-that make up our industry," noted executive director, Therese Brown.

Members elected Peter Dwyer (Liturgical Press), Conor Gallagher (Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books), Fr. Dan Kroger (Franciscan Media), Therese Ratliff (Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard), Kathleen Sommers-Garcia (Liturgy Training Publications), and Jon Sweeney (Ave Maria Press) to three-year terms beginning in February 2017.

Peter Dwyer is the Director of Liturgical Press and Publisher of Give Us This Day. He has worked in periodical and book publishing for forty-two years, including the past 27 years in Catholic publishing. He served the Catholic Book Publishers Association (predecessor to ACP) as board member and president in the mid-1990s.

Conor Gallagher is currently the Publisher of Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He then earned both his Masters in Philosophy and Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America. He has been an adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Political Philosophy at Belmont Abbey College. He is the founding Executive Director of the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College. Gallagher is the author of If Aristotle's Kid had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents.

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Fr. Dan Kroger, OFM, is currently Publisher and CEO of Franciscan Media. With a distinguished academic background in pastoral ministry, church history, and ethics, he has taught in the seminary in the Philippines and as De La Salle University from which he retired his professorship in 2006. He has written extensively on issues such as the just war tradition (Ph.D. dissertation), and Franciscan spirituality and philosophy.

Therese L. Ratliff currently serves as the Publisher of Twenty-Third Publications/Books & Devotionals at Bayard Inc., on the Editorial Board for Bayard Inc., and is part of the International Steering Committee for Religious Books at Bayard Presse, Paris. She holds degrees in Writing and Publishing, Systematic Theology, and a PhD in Theology and Education from Boston College, with a focus on the Trinitarian dimensions of a conversational pedagogy in view of Adult Faith Formation.

Kathleen Sommers-Garcia is the Marketing and Sales manager at Liturgy Training Publications. She began at LTP to coordinate online marketing campaigns and special projects. She was responsible for creating, writing, and coordinating the marketing campaign for the implementation of the third edition of The Roman Missal and the many related resources. Since, she has assisted in HR, facilities, and fulfillment in addition to her role in marketing and sales. She earned a Master's degree in Public Relations and Advertising at DePaul University.

Jon M. Sweeney has worked in religion and Catholic publishing for about 25 years. He started out a theological bookseller, post-seminary, and since then has worked for Augsburg Fortress, Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths, Paraclete Press, Franciscan Media, and Ave Maria. He is currently Executive Editor for trade books at Ave Maria. He is also the author of 25 books of his own, including The Pope Who Quit, which has been optioned by HBO, and The Complete Francis of Assisi. He writes regularly for America, and The Tablet.
The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.

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