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Board of Directors
Past Presidents
Executive Director

 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President
Michael Willis
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Manager, Peer Review (EMEA), Wiley

Michael Willis is Senior Manager, Peer Review, at Wiley, based in Oxford, UK, responsible for overseeing Wiley's peer review operations within the UK. He has 11 years' experience of managing editorial offices and in-house editorial office resource within Blackwell's and then Wiley's UK Health Sciences portfolio. After a spell of teaching and research in Greek and Latin, he started his publishing career with CatchWord (later Ingenta) in processing and developing online journal content for STM publishers. He has been a member of the ISMTE Board since 2010 and chaired the annual European Conference committee in 2011 and 2012. He is also a member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).


Immediate Past President
Elizabeth Blalock
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Managing Editor, Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Elizabeth Blalock has been Managing Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology since 2002. Previously, she managed the Journal Endocrinology. Elizabeth is a founding member of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors, and she served as its President from 2010-2011. She has been a member of the Council of Science Editors since 1998 and currently serves as co-chair for its Short Course on Publication Ethics. Elizabeth has spoken on peer review management and reporting as well as managing change and publication ethics for these and other international organizations. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she earned a Master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

President-Elect
Julie Nash
Cary, North Carolina, USA
Senior Partner, J & J Editorial, LLC

Julie Nash is senior partner at J&J Editorial, LLC in Cary, North Carolina. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Duke University. She was an award-winning journalist in Washington,D.C., Pennsylvania, and North Carolina before becoming an assistant editor with Arthritis & Rheumatism (A&R) in May 2000. After working on A&R and other titles for several years, she founded J&J Editorial with partner Jennifer Deyton in 2008. In addition to being the President-Elect of ISMTE, Julie serves on the Professional Development Committee for the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and the membership committee for the Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP).

 

Vice President

Jan Higgins, PhD, ELS
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Managing Editor, Genetics in Medicine

Jan Higgins started out as a research scientist before transitioning to her current position as managing editor for Genetics in Medicine.  Based in Raleigh, she has been in this role since 2006 but has continued as a freelancer in editing and writing scientific manuscripts. She also teaches graduate students how to write a scientific manuscript at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 


Treasurer
Meghan McDevitt
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Managing Editor, The Journal of Pediatrics 

Meghan McDevitt is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Pediatrics based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She previously worked as the Assistant Manager of Clinical Publications at the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, overseeing the society's clinical practice guidelines and managed the journal, VideoGIE. She is the previous Editor of EON (2014-2016) and has been involved with the ISMTE since 2011. In addition to her role as Treasurer, Meghan oversees the focus area of Peer Organizations, which aims to develop and maintain relationships with similar groups, is a member of the Scholarship Committee, and organizes the Chicagoland local group. Meghan attended the University of Dayton, graduating with degrees in English and French. She completed the University of Chicago's Medical Writing and Editing Certificate program in 2016.


Secretary
Deborah Bowman, MFA, ELS
Wentzville, Missouri, USA
Managing Editor, GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Deborah Bowman has been the Managing Editor for GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for nine years. Before that, she worked as a manager in the journals department of Elsevier. Deborah has an MFA in writing from the University of Missouri and a BA in English Education from Purdue University. She was a founding member of Loosely Identified, a women’s writing group in St. Louis, and has been a member of The Project, a poetry-writing group, for 15 years. She was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of EON from 2011 through 2012. She gave a presentation entitled “The Philosophy of Editing” at the ISMTE North American Conference in 2009.

Deborah owns her own company, ImagineInk Publishing Company, which helps “indie” authors to self publish, in print or as eBooks. She is very active in her community as Vice President of the Historical Society, Secretary of the Community Club, member of the Downtown Business Association, and member of a City Committee, The Downtown Economic Development and Historic Preservation Committee. She also writes a monthly column for the local newspaper about her city’s history and earned the Wentzville, Missouri, Community Servant of the Year Award for 2009. Deborah is currently writing a book about the history of Wentzville. She has a houseful of books, dreams about books, and likes to quote Jorge Luis Borges: “I have always imagined that heaven will be a kind of library.”


Board Members

Diana Epstein
Glasgow, UK
Managing Editor, Di-Ep Biomedical Editorial Services Ltd


Diana’s background is in the hotel industry, having worked for three years in the front office, reservations, and international reservations at a well known hotel chain. She then moved to Germany and after a child care break began her career in the world of publication in June 1996. The journal developed, and by the time she relocated to Glasgow in July 2005 not only was the journal position full time, but also she had acquired additional journals. In Glasgow, Di-Ep Biomedical Editorial Services was founded. Diana has been a member of the ISMTE resource committee, and she contributes to EON. She is also a member of EASE (European Association of Science Editors) and EMWA (European Medical Writers Association).

Adam Etkin
New York City, New York USA
President, Etkin Consulting

Adam Etkin, President Etkin Consulting; Founder, PRE (Peer Review Evaluation). In 1994 Adam founded OakTek Web Architects, providing technology solutions for several retail companies. Over the past eighteen years he has established himself as a leader in the scholarly publishing industry and is highly experienced with the peer-review process and integrated systems. He is also well-versed in scholarly metrics, and all aspects of the scholarly publishing environment and related technology, having received his Masters of Publishing from Pace University.


Beverly Lindeen
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Senior Managing Editor, Allen Press, Inc.

Beverly Lindeen graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kansas. Her first job after graduation was as a Proofreader for Allen Press. Over the next 8 years, she moved through the Customer Service department, first as Production Assistant, and then as Account Manager. She became a Managing Editor in 2006. Over the last 9 years she has worked with nearly 20 different journals, both in the coordination of peer review activities and the management of the journals’ production processes. Throughout her 17-year career at Allen Press she has had the opportunity to serve in a supervisory capacity, but her journal work has remained her first love. She was able to return to being a Managing Editor full time in early 2015, and now works with 7 journals ranging in discipline from oral implantology to weed science


Margot Puerta
New York City, New York, USA
Executive Editor for Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine

Margot Puerta is the Executive Editor for both Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine. She is responsible for strategically guiding the development of the journals, including web and multimedia content. During her six-year tenure as Managing Editor for Molecular Medicine, Margot oversaw the peer-review process, redesigned the journal website, and mentored Associate Editors. Prior to assuming these roles, Margot worked as an Associate Editor and Assistant Editor for Molecular Medicine as well as a Senior Project Editor for Macmillian/McGraw Hill Health & Sciences Division.

Carolyn Sperry
Rochester, New York, USA
Editorial Assistant at Archives of PM&R, Origin Editorial, LLC

Carolyn Sperry has been an Editorial Assistant at Archives of PM&R since 2011, reprising the Editorial Assistant role she held from 2003 to 2005. Carolyn loves her work! She lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and two children.


Meg Weist
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Managing Editor, American Journal of Medical Genetics and the AJMG Seminars in Medical Genetics


Meg Weist is the Managing Editor for the American Journal of Medical Genetics and the AJMG Seminars in Medical Genetics.  She has been with the Journal for over 10 years and came from the world of textbook publishing prior to that.  Her editorial focus has been shaped by her background in the sciences and a longstanding interest in words.  Meg is part of today's offsite work force supporting her Editors worldwide, primarily from her home office in Las Vegas and sometimes a more formal one in Salt Lake City, UT.  She continues to be intrigued by the advances of digital technology and is always looking for effective ways to share ideas within the editorial community.



Past Presidents

Kristen Overstreet
Leander, Texas USA
Senior Partner, Origin Editorial, LLC


Kristen Overstreet earned her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1997.  She began working with the Journal for the Society of Pediatric Nurses (now Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing) as the editorial assistant in 1998 and became the managing editor in 2006. In 2007, Ms. Overstreet became a managing editor full time, handling five titles, and joined the board of directors for ISMTE, becoming the founding editor of the society's newsletter, EON.  She is now a senior partner with Origin Editorial, LLC. 

 

Glenn Collins
San Diego, California, USA
Director of Business Development/Managing Editor, Origin Editorial

Born and raised in New York, Glenn Collins graduated from Cornell University in 1991 and entered the world of STM publishing a few years later. He started at John Wiley & Sons working his way up to Acquisitions Editor in the Reference Works division before heading west to San Diego. After a brief stint with the journal Brain Research he has been the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and associated journals since 2001. 


Elizabeth Blalock
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Managing Editor, Journal of Investigative Dermatology


Elizabeth Blalock has been Managing Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology since 2002. Previously, she managed the Journal Endocrinology. Elizabeth is a founding member of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors, and she served as its President from 2010-2011. She has been a member of the Council of Science Editors since 1998 and currently serves as co-chair for its Short Course on Publication Ethics. Elizabeth has spoken on peer review management and reporting as well as managing change and publication ethics for these and other international organizations. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she earned a Master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Founding President
Jason Roberts, PhD
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Executive Editor, Headache; Journal of Sexual Medicine


After earning a doctorate in Geography from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, Dr. Roberts began work in the subscription services department at Blackwell Science in Oxford, UK. Following a move to Blackwell's US office, he joined that company's editorial team and eventually rose to Publishing Manager and, subsequently, Senior Editor of US-based medical journals; in the latter position he developed and managed budgets and business plans and oversaw society/editor relations with the publisher. In 2004 he left Blackwell to become a Managing Editor. After receiving several requests to help out struggling editorial offices, along with Kristen Overstreet, he now runs Origin Editorial, providing peer review operational support and consultancies on peer review management best practice.

Dr. Roberts frequently serves as an invited speaker on such topics as publication ethics, peer review management and editorial office best practices. He is also an active supporter of using guidelines such as CONSORT for Randomized Controlled Trials to strengthen reporting standards in biomedical journals, believing that a smartly-run editorial office can deliver improvements to the quality of peer review and not just perform a purely operational role.

                                      

 

Executive Director
Kelly Schild
Elmhurst, IL USA

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