Meet the Team
Here are the Sagamoreans who help you with your questions about orders, books, ebooks, etexts, journals, desk copy requests and more.
Misti Gilles - Sales and Marketing Manager
Misti has been with Sagamore Publishing for 3 years. She has a B.S in Communications from Oklahoma State University. Before joining Sagamore she was a Senior Sales Representative for Cengage Learning for 14 years. She is responsible for all textbook sales.
Misti loves ice hockey and skating. She drags her boys to rinks all over the Mid-West shouting "get yer skates on!" One January, she flooded the Sagamore foyer so she'd have something to do at lunchtime.
Kim Vecchio - Sales & Marketing Assistant
Work with faculty at colleges and universities to supply products when needed; authors to provide marketing plans and flyers, support for conferences and other promotional needs; and journal editors and boards to provide marketing and sales information and content for promotions.
Experienced Marketing Associate with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry for 7+ years and the hobby industry for 13 years.
Skilled in marketing management, search engine optimization (SEO), marketing planning, constant contact and lyris email systems, social media, and Microsoft Office programs. As a seasoned career woman and mother of 3, I am also currently working towards an Associate’s degree in Business Administration Technology.
Mark Atkinson - Tech & Web Development Manager
Mark oversees Sagamore's web presence and IT requirements. Mark has over 20 years experience in programming, web design, website usability, SEO, social media, and content management systems.
He also assists editors and authors in operating the journal management system which hosts the seven journals published by Sagamore.
Mark has three daughters who simultaneously indulge him and keep him misinformed.
Glenda Bates - Office Manager
Glenda Bates has been the Office Manager with Sagamore for 17 years. She attended Parkland College in Champaign, IL, and has taken continuing education and accounting courses.
Glenda oversees customer service and supervises the Sagamore warehouse. Her responsibilities include administering all human resources duties and tracking and maintaining all royalties, AR, AP, print bids, payroll, and financials for the company.
In her free time (currently Fridays 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and Sundays 11:00 am to 2:30 pm), Glenda enjoys camping, sewing, decorating, traveling, and she stays active with her 14 grandchildren.
Marissa Willison - Graphic Designer
Duties include: book cover design, book interior design/layout, creation of marketing images and advertisements, as well as various other duties for Sagamore-Venture.
When she’s not too busy daydreaming about the next big Sagamore-Venture title to hit the shelves, Marissa enjoys being outside doing almost any activity (aside from running) and is often accompanied by her dog, Piper, who is a lab-whippet mix. Marissa graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BFA in May 2014 and has been with Sagamore-Venture since October 2014.
Amy Dagit - Production Coordinator
Amy edits and designs books and journals, working with authors and editors throughout the production process. She has a BA in English and a copyediting certificate from UC San Diego Extension.
She has been with Sagamore since July 2011.
Amy loves to travel with her husband and is always thinking about their next adventure!
Terri Vickers - Administrative Assistant, Journals
Joined Sagamore-Venture in 2014. Provides customer service for all journal needs including renewals, on-line access, and claims. Wanted a change from 25+ years in medical administrative work, and enjoy my job at Sagamore-Venture.
Manages individual and group memberships for The Academy of Leisure Sciences.
"I enjoy spending time with my husband, my cat Milo, and two children who have flown the coop. I especially enjoy spending time with my neighbor, who is 91 years old, and a WWII veteran. There are not many left, and I like to let him know how much he is appreciated."
Amber Jones-Bantz - Administrative Assistant
Amber provides customer service, and admin duties.
She loves to read, sports, and hanging out with her family.
Lori Johnston - Administrative Assistant
I provide customer service for book orders, book returns and credit memos. I am new member at Sagamore, I joined in April 2017.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my 2 sons and my 3 ½ year old grandson, who keeps me on my toes. I recently moved to Mahomet, and it is a nice small town to live in.
Chris Miller - Warehouse Administrator
When not shipping books and journals all over the world and keeping the warehouse meticulously well-organized, Chris spends his spare time practicing wheelies on the forklift.