Meet Our Team

Brink is run by a dynamic team of experts and industry leaders, bringing together decades of diverse experience in education, literacy, writing, editing, publishing, and prison reform

Executive

Dani Hedlund Headshot

Dani Hedlund

Chief Executive & Founder

Helen Maimaris Headshot

Helen Maimaris

Chief of Staff

Leadership

Victoria Bruick Headshot

Victoria Bruick

Operations & Finance Coordinator

Erin Clements Headshot

Erin Clements

Personal Assistant to the CEO & Junior Editor

Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe

Assistant Creative Director & Impact Lead

John Legarte Headshot

JP Legarte

Junior Editor

Kaitlin Lounsberry

Internship Supervisor & Senior Editor

Nate Ragolia

Communications & Marketing Director

Valerie San Filippo Headshot

Valerie San Filippo

Education Program Manager

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Evan Sheldon

Editorial Director

Senior

Suzie Bartholomew Headshot

Suzie Bartholomew

Senior Editor

Soni Brown headshot - a black woman with shoulder length hair and wide-rimmed glasses leans out of a window. She is wearing a blue shirt and large silver hoop earrings.

Soni Brown

Writing Instructor

Megan Casimir headshot - a white woman with a wide welcoming smile stands in front of a bookshelf. She has grey-brown hair and wears a black drawstring hoodie.

Megan Casimir

Education Community Liaison

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Thomas Chisholm

Senior Editor

Race Garber

Senior Editor

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Sam Gladstone

IT Officer

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Maribel Leddy

Internship Assistant & Junior Editor

Dominic Loise

Content Creator & Staff Writer

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Patty McCrystal

Writing Instructor

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Matt Peadon

Visual Identity Associate

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Anya Prosser

Education Associate

Calvin Shaw headshot - a black man with short black hair smiles softly in front of a bookshelf. He wears rimless glasses and a blue collared shirt.

Calvin Shaw

Writing Instructor

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Eileen Silverthorn

Senior Editor

Junior

Azalea Acevedo Headshot

Azalea Acevedo

Junior Editor

Chase Bailey Headshot

Chase Bailey

Junior Editor

Eliza Browning Headshot

Eliza Browning

Junior Editor

Sam Burt Headshot

Sam Burt

Junior Editor

Inanna Carter

Junior Editor

Zara Garcia

Junior Editor

Ally Geist Headshot

Ally Geist

Junior Editor

Gina Gruss Headshot

Gina Gruss

Junior Editor

Carolyn Janecek Headshot

C. E. Janecek

Junior Editor & Communications Associate

Simon Kerr

Junior Editor

Asmaani Kumar Headshot

Asmaani Kumar

Junior Editor

Haley Lawson

Junior Editor

Marizel Malan

Junior Editor

Sonya Minner Headshot

Sonya Minner

Junior Editor

Jaclyn Morken Headshot

Jaclyn Morken

Junior Editor

Sara Santistevan

Junior Editor

Alex Schotzko

Junior Editor

Amber Sullivan Headshot

Amber Sullivan

Junior Editor

Aubrey Unemori

Junior Editor

Intern

Asma Al-Masyabi

Intern

Ari Iscariot

Intern

Jazzmin Joya

Intern

Stephanie Sargas

Intern

Ciena Valenzuela-Peterson

Intern

Consultant

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Asa C. Garber

Legal Advisor

Zach Howard Headshot

Zach Howard

Prison Book Art Director & Co-Creator

Drew Nolte

Web Designer

Board

Suzanne Hickox Headshot

Suzanne Hickox

US Board Member

Jennifer Leong Headshot

Jennifer Leong

US Board Member

Ian Leprino

US Board Member

Vivian Marr Headshot

Vivian Marr

UK Trustee

Harriet Moll Headshot

Harriet Moll

UK Trustee

Jon Schindehette Headshot

Jon Schindehette

US Board Member

Catherine Stihler Headshot

Catherine Stihler OBE

UK Trustee

Calvin Shaw headshot - a black man with short black hair smiles softly in front of a bookshelf. He wears rimless glasses and a blue collared shirt.
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Megan Casimir headshot - a white woman with a wide welcoming smile stands in front of a bookshelf. She has grey-brown hair and wears a black drawstring hoodie.
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Valerie San Filippo Headshot
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John Legarte Headshot
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Victoria Bruick Headshot
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Helen Maimaris Headshot
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Dani Hedlund Headshot
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