Winding Oak's Acorns
Lisa Bullard Lisa Bullard

content and creative strategist what Lisa does

As marketing director for several high-profile Minnesota publishers, Lisa Bullard helped to promote hundreds of authors and their books during her sixteen years in the publishing industry. Lisa is also a published children's book author. She combines these two career threads by working as a marketing specialist for Winding Oak's team of “Acorns.”

Lisa provides marketing plans and brainstorms with our clients to put together a reasonable, cost-effective approach to promoting themselves and their books. Her extensive experience in publishing helps her zero in on what works. An experienced copywriter, she writes articles for publication and works with authors and companies to create more effective website language.

Terri Evans Terri Evans

teaching guides what Terri does

Terri is a high school media specialist, having extensive experience as a high school English, speech, and theater teacher. An avid reader, she facilitates and participates in several book clubs. She is particularly proud of her summer reading program, involving 3,200 students in reading one book, augmented by curricular tie-ins and author visits.

Terri has written teaching guides for Patrick Ness, Gene Luen Yang, Katherine Applegate, Nina LaCour, and Anita Silvey. After carefully reading each book, she applies her knowledge of reading, literacy, and multiple disciplines to each guide she prepares.

Elizabeth Fixmer Elizabeth Fixmer

social emotional guides what Elizabeth does
A former child psychotherapist, Elizabeth now holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults. She is the author of two novels with a social justice theme. Having ample opportunity to work in therapy situations with children and books, she believes in the power of stories. For our author clients, Elizabeth writes social emotional learning guides (SEL) that have become useful for people who work with children, books, and reading.
Ray Gravlin Ray Gravlin

web editor what Ray does

Ray is a mechanical designer who has contributed at a variety of leading companies in the Minneapolis area for over 20 years. He also enjoys exercising his creative side doing web design for Winding Oak. Having a strong eye for the aesthetics of design has enabled Ray to make a smooth transition to building web sites.

Ray applies his design and organizational talents to build Winding Oak's new websites, specializing in re-designs for current, more effective communication to site visitors.
Heidi Grosch Heidi Grosch

presentation coach, readers theater what Heidi does
For over 30 years, Heidi Håvan Grosch has used the arts to empower language learning in the USA and Europe, working with teachers and students in grades 1-13. Her presentation skills have been honed through her work as an artist-in-residence in schools, museum education, planning interactive corporate family events, through her educational theater companies, and as a keynote speaker and presenter at youth conferences. Grosch holds a bachelors degree in theater and psychology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

As a presentation coach, in a two-hour Skype session, Heidi will brainstorm with you to create the class or conference program with which you’ll feel comfortable and look forward to presenting! Your audiences will respond to your energy and your message … and word-of-mouth recommendations will pass from teacher to event organizer.

As a readers theater playwright, Heidi has years of experience creating an exciting readers theater script out of picture books, early chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult books. Wordless books are a challenge for readers theater, but not impossible!

Melanie Heuiser Hill Melanie Heuiser Hill

social media manager, booktalker what Melanie does

Melanie is a writer and reader. She's also a mother, knitter, baker, pastor, etc. She has an MFA from Hamline University in Writing for Children. Her favorite thing in the world is to read to children. She can talk for a long, long time about books. Melanie writes the Red Reading Boots column for Bookology magazine.

Melanie provides social media management for Winding Oak clients. She is also a booktalker and delights in coming up with specialized lists of books across disciplines and genres, as well as finding just the right book for a particular reader. She is especially interested in read-alouds.

Steve Mudd Steve Mudd

web editor what Steve does

Steve has a Ph.D. in speech communication and has taught at several Twin Cities area colleges. For the past many years, he has been primarily a stained glass artist. Steve has published two science fiction novels, and is currently working on manuscripts for children’s stories and picture books.

Steve, or “Sparky” as we all know him, calmly hunts through the Internet, finding information Winding Oak needs to conduct its business. Whether it's a list of the state library associations, ethics professors, or teen bloggers, he's always willing to tackle the challenge. Lately he has taken to editing websites as well, updating sites for our clients.

Marsha Qualey Maurna Rome, MA, NBCT

teaching guides what Maurna does

Maurna is a National Board Certified elementary teacher, currently reading, writing, learning and growing with incredible 4th and 5th graders at Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School in Brooklyn Park. She is passionate about helping kids develop a love of reading by sharing her enthusiasm for great books. Maurna also shares ideas, insights, and inspirations from her classroom in a monthly column called Teach it Forward, published in Bookology magazine.

Maurna develops teaching ideas for preschool and elementary school educators, focusing on books that are rich in learning and discussion possibilities. She believes that the right books can not only spark imagination, but they can fulfill Common Core requirements with finesse and a high level of interest for students.

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