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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President

Erin Landis
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Vice President of Publications, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

Erin Landis received her BA in psychology from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and began her career in scholarly publishing at the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in 2000. In her role as Vice President of Publications, she oversees the editorial and financial operations of four GI-related peer-reviewed journals; a newspaper, GI & Hepatology News; and a magazine, The New Gastroenterologist. In partnership with the editors and editorial staff, she ensures that the publications maintain and advance their standing in the GI community and align with the AGA strategic plan. She also develops publication policies, oversees the development and implementation of new initiatives, and manages the periodicals’ marketing activities. Additionally, she serves as the staff liaison to the AGA Publications Committee. Erin is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Council of Science Editors, Committee on Publication Ethics, and the American Society of Association Executives.

 

Immediate Past-President

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

Julie Nash 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. Julie started working in Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing as 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. Julie is the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and serves on the mentorship committee for the Council for Science Editors. She has served on the membership committee for the Society of Scholarly Publishing. Julie regularly speaks about peer review best practices, mentorship, society-publisher relations and professional development in academic publishing. In addition, Julie serves as the Managing Editor for Movement Disorders, the official journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.



President Elect

Meghan McDevitt
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Managing Editor, The Journal of Pediatrics

Meghan McDevitt is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Pediatrics based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has  been involved with ISMTE since 2011, serving as Treasurer from 2016-2019 and as the Editor of EON from 2014-2016. Meghan has participated on several ISMTE committees and was the ISMTE representative on the Peer Review Week steering committee from 2017-2019. She was the 2018 recipient of the ISMTE Award for Excellence. Meghan attended the University of Dayton, graduating with degrees in English and French. Meghan began her career in scholarly publishing as an editorial assistant for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the official journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She enjoys traveling, attending musicals, and reading on her front porch.

 


Vice President

Michelle English
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Executive Editor, American Society of Civil Engineers 

Michelle is the Executive Editor at the American Society of Civil Engineers, where she has general oversight over the editorial operations of the society's 34 journals. Prior to working at ASCE, Michelle was the Director of Operations at J&J Editorial. Michelle has been working in publishing for 12 years, and attended her first ISMTE conference in 2011. Michelle has volunteered on ISMTE’s North American Planning committee for a number of years, and served as the Committee Chair for the 2017 and 2018 North American Meetings. Michelle serves on the Career Development Committee for the Society of Scholarly Publishing, and is active in the SSP Mentorship Program.  She holds a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

 


Treasurer

Alethea Gerding
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Managing Editor, Journal of Prosthodontics

Alethea Gerding is the Managing Editor at the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT), overseeing three titles Prior to that she was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics, the official publication of the American College of Prosthodontists. She is a member of the Council of Science Editors and the Committee on Publication Ethics. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years. While serving as a naval intelligence analyst in Washington, DC, she received her Master’s Degree in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University. 

She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and two sons. She is active in the Chapel Hill community, and in her free time she enjoys running, following baseball, reading, and binge watching television shows.

 


Secretary

Chris Heid
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Product Lead, Clarivate Analytics

Chris Heid started his career as a Research Analyst for a financial data software company. After transitioning to product management, he entered the scholarly communication industry in 2011 with a product position at ScholarOne. His work focused on growth initiatives for their Manuscripts platform, a submission and peer-review workflow solution for publishers. Currently Chris serves as Product Lead for Clarivate Analytics’ Publishing & Associations business, heading product management for a suite solutions serving scholarly publishers, societies, and their constituents. Chris earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia.

 

Board Members


Liz Bury
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Senior Managing Editor, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Publications

Liz Bury is the Senior Managing Editor of ASA Publications. She manages the ASA Publications portfolio: the flagship peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA), and its special section JASA Express Letters; the proceedings journal, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics; and the magazine, Acoustics Today. Liz has over 12 years of experience in scholarly publishing and previously worked in various editorial roles at the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and got her start as an editorial assistant at the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Liz has been a Senior Editor of Editorial Office News since 2015 and has been a member of ISMTE's Awards Committee since 2018, serving as Chair for the committee in 2019. She earned a BA in English and a BA in Humanities from the University of Central Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.



Thina Hedbom
Solna, Sweden
Managing Editor, Journal of Internal Medicine

Thina Hedbom is Managing Editor for the Journal of Internal Medicine, JIM, located at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has worked with this journal since 2000 and as Managing Editor since 2008. She has been a member of ISMTE since its inception. Prior to coming to JIM, she worked for 14 years at a manufacturing company for rehabilitation products. Thina is a licensed physical therapist, graduated from Karolinska Institutet.

 


Stephanie Kinnan
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Managing Editor of Clinical Publications, ASGE

Stephanie Kinnan is the Managing Editor of Clinical Publications for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Since 2014, she has assisted in the management of ASGE’s flagship journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and she stepped into a managing editor role when ASGE launched VideoGIE in 2017. Stephanie joined the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors in 2015 and has been very active in the Society since then. She is currently enjoying her second term as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Editorial Office News, having previously served in the roles of EON Associate Editor and Section Editor. In 2018, she joined ISMTE's Board of Directors. She is also pursuing her master's degree at the University of Chicago.

 


Jennifer Mahar
Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA
Executive Peer Review Manager, Origin Editorial

Jennifer Mahar, Executive Peer Review Manager, has 25+ years experience in science and editorial office management in disciplines ranging from basic science, renal and psychiatric medicine, nutrition, toxicology, oncology, evolution, conservation ecology and physics. She has been on her own island in the lab with her Editor in Chief with the American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology, sat in a Society office with the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and at the Publishers office as an in-house Managing Editor at John Wiley and Sons. She is currently a contractor with Origin Editorial. Jennifer has been on the CSE Editorial Policy Committee for 15 years and has moderated the Ethics Clinic at the annual CSE meeting for the past 5 years. Jennifer is married and has two daughters, enjoys baking and camping.

 


George Woodward
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Executive Publisher, Journals, Oxford University Press

George Woodward started his career in scholarly publishing as an intern at Nature Publishing Group and since then has worked in a variety of editorial and publishing roles, including Managing Editor for the American Academy of Allergy, Allergy, and Immunology, and seven years as a Publisher at Elsevier. His areas of interest include education and outreach, bibliometrics, and improving the author experience. George is a two-time member of the ISMTE Conference Planning Committee.

 


Ren Yan-Gang
Beijing, China
Editorial DirectorChronic Diseases and Translational Medicine

Ren Yan-Gang is the Editorial Director of Chronic Diseases and Translational Medicine located in Beijing, by the Chinese Medical Association, China. He has a Doctor of Medicine degree from China Medical University in Shenyang, China, and a Doctor of Education degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He started working for Chinese Journals of Practical Internal Medicine (in Chinese) as an assistant editor in 2001. He participated in the founding of an English journal, Endoscopic Ultrasound in 2012, which is the official journal of the International Society of Endoscopic Ultrasound. He has been working in medical publishing for 19 years, including 15 years managerial experience. In addition, Ren serves as the Chairman of the Youth Working Committee of the China Editology Society of Science Periodicals (CESSP).

  

Past Presidents

 

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

Julie Nash 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. Julie started working in Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing as 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. Julie is the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and serves on the mentorship committee for the Council for Science Editors. She has served on the membership committee for the Society of Scholarly Publishing. Julie regularly speaks about peer review best practices, mentorship, society-publisher relations and professional development in academic publishing. In addition, Julie serves as the Managing Editor for Movement Disorders, the official journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

 

Michael Willis
Oxford, United Kingdom
Researcher Advocate, Wiley

After teaching Classics at secondary school and conducting postgraduate research in ancient history and literature, Michael  started his publishing career with CatchWord (later Ingenta) in processing and developing online journal content for STM publishers. He joined Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley) in 2005 as Editorial Services Manager, managing journal editorial offices in health sciences and a team of editorial assistants. In July 2014 he became Senior Manager, Peer Review, for all of Wiley's in-house EMEA editorial offices, overseeing the development and implementation of peer review best practice across all disciplines and peer review models, and developing relationships with offshore vendors supporting editorial offices. Since October 2019 he has been Researcher Advocate within Wiley's Content Review team, promoting the work and functions of researchers as editors, peer reviewers and authors. Michael was President of ISMTE in 2016-2017.

 

Kristen Overstreet
Leander, Texas USA
Senior Partner / Managing Editor, Origin Editorial, LLC

Kristen Overstreet is a managing editor and Senior Partner at Origin Editorial, LLC, providing consultation and peer-review management services. She is a Past President of the ISMTE Board of Directors and currently serves the Society as a member of the 2020 North American Conference Committee. Kristen began editorial work in 1998 and currently manages titles in a variety of disciplines. She enjoys researching, writing, and presenting on best practices in peer review and editorial office management.

 

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 served as the Executive Managing Editor of theJournal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and associated journals from 2001 to 2014. He then joined Origin Editorial and serves as the Director of Publishing and Managing Editor for the ACRM family of journals. He also developed and acts as Executive Editor for the journal Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team for the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and consults for various societies on their publishing programs. 

 

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
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Senior Partner, Origin Editorial
Executive Editor, Headache

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 practices.

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.

 


(Past Presidents: Glenn Collins, Kristen Overstreet, Jason Roberts, Elizabeth Blalock, Michael Willis, Not pictured Julie Nash)

 

Executive Director
Donna Blake-Weems
Raleigh, NC USA

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