Ave Maria Press and publisher and CEO Thomas Grady has announced several promotions. Karey Circosta a 15-year veteran at Ave Maria has been named associate publisher and will also retain her responsibilities as director of sales and marketing. Under her leadership, Ave’s sales and marketing efforts have significantly increased sales, particularly in high school religion textbooks and trade books. She also strengthened Ave’s relationship with key distributors, including Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. The company also launched its new Parish Book Program and Ave Explores during Circosta’s tenure as vice president and director of sales and marketing.
Two members of Ave’s editorial department have also been promoted. Eileen Ponder has been named executive editor, ministry resources. She has also worked at Ave for 15 years and is responsible for the Rebuilt Parish series, including the award-winning and bestselling Rebuilt by Michael White and Tom Corcoran. Ponder developed Ave’s marriage preparation program, Joined by Grace, in conjunction with authors John and Teri Bosio. She also updated The Order of Celebrating Matrimony ritual cards, as well as Together for Life, to reflect the Church’s new translation.
Heidi Hess Saxton has been named senior acquisitions editor. She worked as an editor at Ave from 2013 to 2015 and then rejoined the company as an acquisition editor in 2017. She has been responsible for acquiring books by notable authors such as Kelly Wahlquist, Sarah Christmyer, Sonja Corbitt, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, Michele Faehnle, Emily Jaminet, and Maria Morena Johnson.