Meet the Book Buddy Media leadership team!

Brett Hodus

Brett Hodus is the Founder and President of Book Buddy, with responsibilities that include business development, sales, and operations. Most importantly, Brett works with clients to make strategic connections, develop new channel partnerships, and build workflow systems that shrink production costs while growing revenue. Brett has helped build programs and initiatives that have positively impacted the educational publishing industry and schools around the country for nearly 20 years.

Jenny Skogen
Managing Director

Jenny Skogen is a professional juggler of deadlines—a.k.a., the Managing Director of BBM. When not taking a bird's-eye view of projects and staffing, Jenny works as a writer, editor, and audio producer. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, and is the author of the young adult series The Haunting of Grey Hills.

Renae Gilles
Editorial Director

Renae Gilles is an author and editor from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. She has been involved in print media since working for her mother's natural health newspaper at 14. Renae first joined Book Buddy in 2013 and has since earned a master's degree from Eastern Washington University. As editorial director, Renae is passionate about following client specifications to craft industry-leading books with Book Buddy's team of specialized writers, editors, and copyeditors.

Nikki Ramsay
Lead Editor

Nikki Ramsay is an editor from the greater Seattle area. She has more than 8 years of experience in book publishing (5 as a full-time editor), with responsibilities including developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and leveling. In her role as Lead Editor at BBM, she oversees the copyediting department—and takes great pride in vanquishing pesky typos and misplaced commas.

Sara Radka
Art Director

Sara Radka is a graphic designer with 15 years of industry experience with advertising, visual communication, and design. As Book Buddy Media’s Art Director, Sara enjoys all aspects of producing books—from curating the perfect typography to geeking out over style sheets—and helping your content look amazing.

Sam Rhodes
Audio Director

Sam Rhodes is an audio production specialist. He has produced, directed, and edited audio ranging from podcasts, to a GPS-enabled audio tour guide app, to full-cast audio dramas. Originally from Richmond, VA, Sam got his BFA in Acting at Point Park University and now lives in Studio City, CA.

Stephanie Reierson
Operations Manager

Steph Reierson is an educational publishing professional with over 15 years of experience in a variety of channels in the industry, including PK-12 book distribution, OER curriculum, ed-tech, children’s book publishing, children’s podcasts, and leadership training. As Operations Manager, Steph is passionate about aligning product, messaging, strategy, and relationships to facilitate Book Buddy’s creation of resources that ignite curiosity and support research-aligned instruction.