John Quattrocchi is the President and co-owner of Albert Whitman & Company. John and Patrick McPartland, friends since first grade, purchased Albert Whitman in January 2008. John’s global business expertise acquired over 25 years include strategic planning and execution, supply chain management, finance and accounting, and operations. John considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world because he works with an incredibly dedicated and talented team of people.
Vice President and co-owner Pat McPartland is celebrating 25 years with Albert Whitman & Company in 2014! He loves going to trade shows (no joke!) and has been friends with co-owner John Quattrocchi since the 1st grade. When he’s not at Albert Whitman slinging books, you can find him on the golf course or at home with his wife Laura, Buddy the cat, and Buttercup the dog.
Joe Campbell has held a lot of different positions—customer service rep, supervisor, operations manager, and now business director—at Albert Whitman since he started in 1993. Currently, he is responsible for AW’s contracts, purchasing, royalties, accounting, and distribution. His claim to fame, aside from being a no-holds barred reader of acquisitions manuscripts, is that he got the first PC in AW history (that’s how old he is) in 1995.
At five, Sue Tarsky read her first Eloise book, which necessitated a visit to the Plaza Hotel. The staff told little girls, “Miss Eloise is out but we’ll tell her you called.” One week later, a postcard came from Eloise, thanking Sue for coming. Eloise is partially why Sue is a children’s book publisher. Although a New Yorker (and Yankee fan) at heart, Sue lived and worked in London for many years. Now home, she feels incredibly fortunate to do what she loves, in a thoughtful, exciting company (and living in a 1930s apartment on the beach isn’t bad, either!).
Wendy McClure was named for the Wendy in Peter Pan, so it figures that she works in children’s books. She has a poetry MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She won’t say how long she’s been at Whitman, but more than seventy Boxcar Children Mysteries have been published since she started and she can tell you what every single one of them is about.
Christina Pulles once endured a punishment of a promised library visit taken away—and her parents still drove her past that glorious building! New to Albert Whitman in 2018, she was previously at Sterling Children’s Books and Simon & Schuster and has been lucky to work with authors Dusti Bowling, Alice Faye Duncan, Josh Funk, Casey Lyall, and more. In her spare time Christina enjoys baking and running (and there’s a direct correlation between the two).
Led by his two faithful redbone coonhounds, Jon Westmark spent his childhood roaming the muddy river bottoms of the Oklahoma Ozarks in search of adventure. Well…okay, that’s not quite true. He actually grew up in flat, oft-frozen Minneapolis and had just one dog—a Lab—which rarely left the yard. But Jon learned early on that books could send him anywhere. Now he edits stories he hopes will transport the next generation. Before joining AW in 2016, he spent two years editing children’s nonfiction. He formerly interned at Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.
A complete bookworm, Andrea Hall knew in middle school that she wanted to work in the wonderful world of publishing. After attending Miami University in Oxford, she spent the next seven years working at Pearson Education before joining the Albert Whitman team. Andrea is also a former ARA of the Central and Southern Ohio Chapter of SCBWI. Children’s books are her first love and she’s always looking for the next book that pulls her in and won’t let go.
In fifth grade, Madison Moore won the award for most voracious reader, and she hasn’t slowed down since. After studying English Literature and Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, Madison has joined the Albert Whitman team as an Editorial Assistant. A native to the Midwest, she spends her free time swimming in the lake, playing ultimate frisbee, and exploring different kinds of art-making.
Rick DeMonico’s interest in art started at a very young age, tracing comic book panels and drawing animals. He later turned his attention to graphic design while attending the High School of Art and Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. Rick was previously a Senior Art Director at Scholastic. He recently relocated to the Chicago area and is excited to begin a new chapter as Albert Whitman’s Art Director.
Growing up, Aphelandra (aka Aphee) could always be found either reading or drawing. She continued the trend in college, earning an English degree while taking every art and design class she could. So, when she stumbled into the field of book design, she knew she had found her niche. Before joining Albert Whitman in the Land of Lincoln, Aphee lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked as a designer and illustrator. Her favorite books from childhood include Redwall, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stellaluna.
Lisa White’s world has always been surrounded by words, from penning her first book in the third grade (a fascinating tale called All About Whales) to working at multiple media outlets in Chicago. Lisa previously worked at DNAinfo Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Chicagoist and Gapers Block, which led to such adventures as co-writing a hot dog column to interviewing a slew of musicians, fulfilling her teenage rock journalist fantasy. The first chapter book Lisa ever read was The Boxcar Children, so it feels like her life has come full circle working at Albert Whitman.
Kiki Schotanus had no idea she was going to go into publishing when studying philosophy at Michigan State University. After staying home for ten years with four children, she finds herself here in the Marketing Department. She coordinates trade shows both domestic and international. No need to ponder the existence of life when she is happy to be part of the wonderful community here at AW!
Sue Funari is Albert Whitman’s accounts receivable, collections, and credits wiz. She’s been making the one-hour-and-fifteen-minute commute from practically Wisconsin to Albert Whitman & Company’s offices since September 1990! Sue likes reading, cooking, and being outdoors (she even teaches snowmobile safety classes!), and especially loves spending the weekends with her hubby on their motorcycle.
Caity Anast was thrilled to find a children’s book publisher in her own backyard almost twenty years ago. She has always loved reading and writing—so much so that she once attended the Anne of Green Gables Festival on Prince Edward Island. Working for a small company has allowed her to do a variety of tasks from sales and promotions to contracts and metadata.
Min Huang was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to Chicago in 2004. She likes traveling and trying new and exciting foods from all over the world. She is currently responsible for business analysis and purchasing at Albert Whitman & Company. She enjoys what she does and is thrilled to be a part of the AW family to create books that make a difference for children.
James Pryor is a former English major who grew up in the New England area and attended Northeastern University in Boston. For the last 20 years he’s worked with educators and librarians in some sales capacity, most recently with Follett School Solutions. With that as his background he felt working for a publisher seemed like a great and natural fit. He loves reading the latest thrillers, like Grisham, Lee Child, and Gregg Hurwitz along with the wine stories from Jay McInerny. When he’s not reading or working he likes to frustrate himself on the golf course.
Megan Hamilton was captivated by the magic of storytelling at a young age, never leaving the library without carefully counting her books to make sure she had the maximum allowed. She wrote her first “book” in a green spiral bound notebook, and in second grade when she won the award for most creative short story, she knew she wanted to work in the world of books. Megan is Albert Whitman’s sales coordinator and is happy to be part of a team of passionate people publishing quality stories.