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Our Team

Koehler Books is staffed by writers and authors just like you.

Our staff of writers, editors, designers and technicians are totally devoted to serving authors. Our goal is the same as yours: to craft the highest caliber of book possible and to sell lots of copies. Our two key words are quality and collaboration. We lift the author up to the big leagues of publishing and literature, and show them the way so that together we can make the author and book the best it can be.

  • John Koehler
    President and Publisher
    John is the company founder and runs its day-to-day operations. He is an award-winning graphics designer, and the author of seven books. He was awarded the lifetime achievement Silver Medal by the Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads in 2016. He earned a BFA in Communications Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended graduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. John’s professional career includes being senior art director of a major advertising agency and running a design studio. John lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is active in his church. He has helped run a ministry dedicated to helping children with disabilities, a cause he is still very much dedicated to. John made an international splash in 1991 by winning the Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia and was a member of the Foster’s Boomerang 2000 Team, a touring troop that taught professional athletes, and others, the gospel of boomerangs.
    John Koehler
    President and Publisher
  • Joe Coccaro
    Vice President and Executive Editor
    Joe is in charge of all editing evaluating submissions. Joe joined the company after nearly three decades as reporter, columnist, editor and senior newsroom manager at several major newspapers, including Virginia’s largest and most widely circulated daily, The Virginian-Pilot. Joe holds an MA in writing from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, where he also studied as an undergraduate. Joe has won dozens of individual writing awards and has edited work that has been nationally recognized. He has coached hundreds of news writers, novelists and non-fiction authors, and has taught writing at two Virginia universities. He also has ghostwritten books and has a novel underway. Joe is a competitive runner and cyclist, and five-string banjo picker. He lives in Cape Charles, VA on the Chesapeake Bay.
    Joe Coccaro
    Vice President and Executive Editor
  • Kellie Emery
    Senior Graphic Designer
    Kellie Emery is a graphic designer who attended the Art Institute of Virginia Beach with a BFA in Graphic Design. She creates text layouts and designs book covers that are coming soon to a bookseller near you. She has worked on many titles such as: Papa: the Story of Papa John’s Pizza, Loving Samantha, Stump!, and Long Hill Home. She is also an illustrator, an acrylic painter, and face painter. She has worked on several film projects in the art and assistant director departments at Regent University. Kellie plans on living in Ireland one day, making cheesecake and art with her polar bear, Toulouse. But for now, she resides in Portsmouth, Virginia.
    Kellie Emery
    Senior Graphic Designer
  • Steven Riddle
    Graphic Designer
    Steven Riddle is a graphic designer and illustrator who attended the Art Institute of Va Beach with a BFA in Graphic Design. He has worked on several titles such as: Unrepentant, The Darkest Season, and The Servant Boy. When Steven needs to recharge his overactive brain from art and design, he can be found playing and recording his own music in his home studio where he resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.
    Steven Riddle
    Graphic Designer
  • Dana Salerno
    Senior Acquisitions Editor
    Dana Salerno is a senior acquisitions editor. She has a passion for literature, entertainment and the arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Film and Television Production in 2010. She interned at the Cannes Film Festival, and then worked as a Hollywood casting associate with some of the most prominent studios and production companies in the country. She has since worked with the Virginia Stage Company and The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. Dana has always dreamed of becoming involved in the publishing industry due to her immense admiration for authors, whom she considers to be true artists of this world. During her free time she is an avid reader, loves traveling as well as spending time with her Yorkie, Dolce.
    Dana Salerno
    Senior Acquisitions Editor
  • Denise Van Dyke
    Editor
    Denise Van Dyke is an editor who holds an M.A. degree in English from Old Dominion University and a B.A. degree in both English and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An avid reader and writer, Denise has dreamed of joining the publishing world since she was in high school. She is thrilled to realize this dream at Köehler Books, where she helps authors polish their manuscripts through the editing process. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys reading children’s literature and honing her creative writing skills. Denise currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, daughter, and their four furry and adoring pets.
    Denise Van Dyke
    Editor
  • Nora Firestone
    Acquisition Editor
    Nora Firestone, acquisitions editor. Nora has published more than 1,200 articles as a reporter and feature writer for the Virginian-Pilot and Inside Business news journal and has authored two books: A History of Optometry in Tidewater, Virginia and soon-to-be-released The $10,000 Apostrophe, as well as the instructional Design, Build and Manage Your Own Website workshop manual. Nora has been featured in books, on radio and TV and in numerous print articles, both locally and nationwide, and has secured valuable media attention for others. She owns Step-by-Step Presentations, which develops and leads instructional presentations and training workshops covering various elements of professional writing, do-it-yourself website building and management, effective media relations and outreach.
    Nora Firestone
    Acquisition Editor
  • Dean Robertson
    Acquisition Editor
    Prior to taking up writing with various essays and her debut book, Dean Robertson was a school teacher, retiring in 2006. After suffering a bad fall in 2013, Dean ended up convalescing at the Lydia Roper Home. There she met the amazing women who inspired her to teach them about the Bible. Soon it became clear that she was the student, and so the journey of the book began.She is the author of Looking for Lydia, Looking for God.
    Dean Robertson
    Acquisition Editor
  • Leticia Gomez
    Foreign and Audio Rights
    Leticia is in charge of international and audio sales for the company and scouts new talent as an acquisitions manager and literary agent. Leticia has a very broad and deep experience in book publishing and journalism. She once ran her own newspaper, has authored two books, and has two others underway. She has edited numerous fiction and nonfiction manuscripts written in both English and Spanish. She owns and operates Savvy Literary Service, a national agency that has placed work with major U.S. publishers. Her Koehler Books imprint focuses on works written by, or of interest to, Latinos.
    Leticia Gomez
    Foreign and Audio Rights

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