Patricia Marshall,
owner / editor

Patricia is a writer, editor, and publisher with a passion for helping authors produce the best books possible.

She is the former editor of Forest Magazine, published by a national conservation group located in Eugene, Ore., and she has extensive experience producing marketing and promotional materials, both for print and online. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about Burley Design Cooperative.

Patricia has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, and a certificate in Digital Journalism from Media Bistro in New York. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Willamette Writers, and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

Claire Flint Last,
graphic designer

Claire Flint has been an accomplished graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art painter for almost twenty years. She has executed design and illustration work for many high-profile clients including Coldwater Creek, PhotoTidings, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Princeton HealthCare System, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History and

In 2010, Claire was voted “Best Visual Artist” in the Eugene Weekly’s reader polls and was accepted into the Mayor’s Art Show. Claire currently divides her time between mothering her daughter, Penny Lane, painting in her home studio, illustrating children’s books, and designing book covers and author marketing materials for Luminare.

Kim Harper-Kennedy,
project and operations manager

Kim Harper-Kennedy has a Master’s degree in arts/non-profit management and museum studies from the University of Oregon. She spent 14 years as a Content and Project Manager for a local exhibit and architectural display company writing, developing, and managing hundreds of exhibits and displays for major institutions across the United States.

Kim brings her love of writing, story-telling, and organization to Luminare as the Project and Operations Manager, returning her to her first love, books.

In her spare time she “manages” her husband, daughter, and two feisty fur-babies through the manuscript of life.

Caitlin McCrum,
publication assistant

Caitlin received her B.F.A. in Sequential Art (comic book illustration, design, writing) from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2019, with a double minor in Conceptual Illustration and Art History. She has always found joy in editing her brother and sister’s high school and college papers, often doing so in the dark of the night while they were unaware. Writing has always been a passion of hers, and she’s excited to help make your book the best it can be. Caitlin flitters around the office assisting in all stages of the publishing process.

Caitlin currently resides in Oregon, but she was born and raised in Anaheim, California; went to college in Savannah, Georgia; and even spent several months studying in both Hong Kong and in a small medieval village located in the Provençal region of France.

One of Caitlin’s main hobbies is making and self-publishing mini-comics, art zines, and coloring books to sell at various comic and other media-based conventions along the coast.

Melissa Thomas,
graphic designer / author services

Melissa has over 15 years of graphic design and marketing experience from her time working in fast-paced marketing departments for national companies. She brings that experience to her roles of graphic designer, branding, and author assistant services at Luminare.

Melissa is an accomplished photographer and artist. Her work can be found in homes and businesses worldwide and internationally on book covers. Locally her art can be found in the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys dancing, reading, learning the drums, cycling, and spending time with friends.

Kristen Brack,
graphic designer

Kristen has worked as an illustrator and designer since she graduated art school with honors in 2004. As an avid reader and lover of all visual forms of communication, designing books quickly became a passion and long-term career. Her previous clients have included a range of businesses from tech companies, landscape designers, tea makers, a home goods boutique, a board game entrepreneur, and several non-profits.

Kristen loves to sing, dance, hike, and to go camping near rivers or lakes. An outdoor enthusiast and adventurer with her husband, she is also bonus mom to three amazing sons who make her laugh every single day.

Nina Leis,
graphic designer

Nina has a BA in Art & Technology from University of Oregon and specializes in book design—from cover to page layout to ebooks.
As a former bookseller and freelance graphic designer, she brings familiarity with the industry and a love for books to the backstage of bookmaking. Her strengths lie in technical skill and software troubleshooting—not to mention office plant care.

In her free time, Nina enjoys an array of arts and crafts, baking, and spontaneous adventures around the PNW.

Sallie Vandagrift,
managing editor

Sallie is an editor, writer, and teacher. She’s served on the editorial team at Wipf & Stock Publishers, and was the assistant editor and publicist at Slant Books. She has a BA in English from the University of Oregon, where she also studied fiction in the Kidd Creative Writing Workshop.

Before working in publishing, Sallie was the coordinator for Writers In The Schools (WITS) in Lane County, Oregon, and taught creative writing with all age groups through Wordcrafters, Salmon House Writers Workshop, and Young Writers Association.

Her essays have appeared in Minding Nature, Sun Magazine, and Coffee Talk. She is currently working on a novel set in Astoria, Oregon.

Jenny Wierschem,

Jenny has a master’s degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon and studied English language and literature both as an undergrad and during a study abroad in London. She has been an editor and writer for twenty years for corporate, nonprofit, and publishing clients. Though she started out as a writer, she quickly fell in love with the various stages of the editing process and how thoughtful editing can enliven a story while retaining the author’s voice.

Jenny lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is Luminare Press’s only remote employee. She appreciates every day how she has been embraced by the team from afar.

In her spare time, she is a very beginning mandolin player and enjoys getting outdoors with her partner and friends as often as possible.