In Memory of Richard Rodrigue
October 19, 1956 – August 28, 2019
Our dear friend and colleague died suddenly of a heart attack while hiking in Yosemite National Park. Richard’s passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. We will miss so much about him, especially his kindness, compassion, generosity of spirit, and mischievous sense of humor. We will also miss the competent way he has carried out a myriad of business tasks here at Dawn Publications for almost 20 years. One of Richard’s favorite sayings was, Every day, everyone should sit by a little stream and quietly listen. This became the “one and only rule” at Dawn, reminding us to take time during the busy-ness of the workday to connect with nature. He passed away near a little stream under majestic trees.
Carol Malnor began using Dawn books in her classroom in 1994. Today she is Dawn’s co-publisher, editor, and art director. Always on the lookout for the perfect manuscript, she loves working with authors to fine-tune their work. In her role as art director, she selects and guides Dawn’s talented illustrators to bring books to life. An educator at heart, Carol has been a K-12 classroom teacher; founded two alternative high schools; and designed curriculum for advanced teacher training. She’s author of six Dawn titles and all of Dawn’s Teacher’s Guides. When she’s not reading or writing, Carol is bird watching.
Bruce Malnor is co-publisher and marketing manager. He often whistles while he works, which means he’s having fun! He is a former classroom teacher, elementary school principal, and marketing director for a teacher training company. As Dawn’s sales and marketing manager, he works closely with buyers, reviewers, and sales reps. He’s also a nature photographer with a stunning collection of photos. Bruce and his wife Carol have co-authored several Dawn books and created the Nature Portals card deck.
Meera Weaver has a keen mind for business and a warm heart for sharing inspiration. She and her husband Glenn were at the helm of Dawn Publications for 20 years. Now Meera manages our warehouse and book inventory. She serves as the liaison with our printer, creates the beautiful Dawn catalog, and along with Richard and Bruce sets sales goals. Working part-time gives Meera more time for climbing mountains around the world and pouring her heart into service projects.
Tera Kelley, the newest member of our Dawn Team, carries out a myriad of diverse responsibilities. She handles order entry and shipping, writes our Nature Books for Kids blog, and coordinates social media outreach. With several years of experience in the retail side of children’s books, Tera knows firsthand what kids like and what parents want. In this way, she brings a fresh perspective to our marketing efforts and manuscript selections. As a writer and artist, Tera has a special appreciation for the beautiful books created by Dawn’s authors and illustrators.
Friends We Couldn’t Do Without
Glenn Hovemann brought his word-smithing skills to Dawn Publications in 1993, and through his masterful editing, helped create award-winning books for two decades. Now he wholeheartedly pours his time and energy into his new company, Take Heart Publications, publishers of A Course of Love. We’re grateful that Glenn’s office door remains open to us whenever we need a fresh perspective or just a listening ear.
Patty Arnold loves both reading and designing books. You can see her design work at www.menageriedesign.net. Patty is also an accomplished and creative landscape photographer. At her site www.pattyarnold.com you can see images taken while snowshoing at night (“Night Edge”), while kayaking (“Back Bay”) and while flying (“Land:Marks” and “Carrizo Plain”). Patty also teaches college-level courses in graphic design, typography, animation, and web design. She feels that it is through books that the world and universe unfold.
Catherine Rice, who resides at Rainbow Ranch, arrives each month with warmth and color to brighten our day and crunch our numbers. She’s been doing our numbers since 1996. She owns and operates Rice Business Solutions with her partner Doug Rice. When they are not crunching numbers you can find them rocking and rolling with wild abandon with their band “Star People.”
Maddie, short for Madeline Mayflower, fulfills her assignment splendidly, which is to bring a smile to everyone. Her basic attitude is “nonsense is good” and “let’s play!”