Devonfield Publishing

Partial Advisory Board

Publishing and Media

Beth Davey: Literary and Publishing


Beth has spent over twenty-five years as a vice president and director of publicity and corporate communications at major publishing houses, including Ballantine Books, Little, Brown, and Rodale, in addition to two years at Inkwell Management. She has worked with many distinguished authors, such as David Sedaris, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Anita Shreve, Malcolm Gladwell, George Pelecanos, Seymour Hersh, George Stephanopoulos, Joy Bauer, Gary Vaynerchuk, Peter Greenberg, David Kidder, and Noah Oppenheim.Beth has excellent working relationships with many major media outlets, including60 Minutes, Today, NPR, USA Today, huffingtonpost.com, slate.com, to name a few. Beth works closely with her authors and publishers to provide the best media and marketing exposure to maximize a book’s potential.She has been active in the Publishers Publicity Association, where she served as president for two terms and treasurer for three.She is a regular speaker at writers’ seminars and conferences about the publishing industry.

 

Ivan Filby, PhD: Education and Media


Born just outside of Cambridge, England, Ivan completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Management at Aston Business School, Aston University, one of Europe’s leading business schools. He taught fulltime in the School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, for seven years and subsequently worked internationally for eight years as the University’s first Director of International Student Affairs. Ivan has been a visiting professor at the University Anahuac del Sur and the University Anahuac in Mayab, Mexico and Siena, Italy. He has taught in over twenty countries on a wide range of management topics. In 2005, Ivan moved to Greenville College in Illinois to become Chair of the Management Department, where, among other things, he launched a music business major and restructured AgapeFest, the college’s annual music festival. In 2012 Ivan became the Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University, and he is now the President of Greenville College.

 

Ron Forseth: Marketing and Media


Ron has been a Westfall Gold Ambassador and V.P. for Development since 2014. Westfall Group is a world-renowned consultancy for non-profit organizations that has delivered over 300 events and raised over $800 million for its clients. For ten years, Ron worked for Outreach, Inc., the largest faith-based advertiser in the world. Along with his many diverse roles, Ron was V.P. of Business Development and General Manager of Outreach Media Group. Ron developed marketing and advertising for hundreds of organizations, projects, and movies, such as The Passion of the Christ; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and God’s Not Dead. Ron was also V.P. of Marketing and Sales for Through the Bible Publishers. He served as Director of Program Development for Aquila International in Shanghai. Ron enjoys ultra-walking, including hundred-mile treks along California’s Big Sur Coast and in the Sierra Nevadas.

 

Kelly Hendrickson: Private Education


Kelly Hendrickson’s voracious appetite for literature started as a child in Florida and has remained her passion throughout her world travels, wide-ranging life experiences, and varied career fields. For the past 12 years Kelly has been the Head Librarian for a Private Classical Christian School in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. She has cultivated a community of readers and transformed the library into a vibrant and relevant part of the students’ education. She has authored the curriculum, accredited the library with both WASC and ACSI, initiated creative reading programs, and coordinated with several schools to host bestselling authors. In addition to attending national conferences, Kelly was the keynote speaker at an ACSI convention, where she spoke on innovative ideas in the library. This is how she keeps her finger on the pulse of what children, tweens, teens, and young adults are reading. She is driven to get quality, family-friendly literature into their hands. Kelly is excited to have recently joined Britfield Publishing as the Director of Media and Public Relations and cannot wait to impact this generation of children and their families with Britfield’s books and films.

 

Alan C. Hueth, PhD: Education, Film, and Media


Alan is a writer, producer, director, and editor of over 300 contracted projects, including corporate media, sports, music, documentaries, commercials, and short films. He is a college professor, supervisor, and executive producer for a student-operated college television station. Alan has served as a judge for both professional and student TV and film festivals, along with directing and editing 10 half-hour interview shows. These programs were called Image of Loveliness with author Joanne Wallace.Alan is creator of PLNU’s Theatre London Summer Study Program, which focuses on film & TV documentary production and propaganda studies. He has also created PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival Program, in which students screen films and shoot a short documentary at the Sundance Film Festival every other year.Alan received his B.A. in Information and Communication Studies from California State University, his M.A. in Radio & Television from San Diego State University, and his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, Ohio.Alan consults with and serves on numerous boards for professional media organizations.

 

Mark Joseph: Marketing, Media, and Publishing


Mark Joseph is an award-winning film and music producer, author, columnist, and founder of MJM Entertainment Group.Mark started his career in television anchoring the Entertainment Report for CNN and spent the next decade hostingThe Interview with guests like Larry King, Charlton Heston, and Jay Leno. He worked at Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment in the areas of development and marketing. In 2004, he produced the award-winning rock soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ, featuring Lauryn Hill; P.O.D.; Creed, Kirk Franklin and others. He also worked on marketing for that film.Mark has developed and/or marketed 26 films, including The Chronicles of Narnia, 2016, Ray, Because of Winn-Dixie, I Am David, and The Ultimate Gift. In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge, with producer Ralph Winter. In 2001, Joseph co-founded the Damah Film Festival. Mark is the author of four books: The Rock & Roll Rebellion; Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll; Wild Card; and The Lion, The Professor & The Movies.He won a Capra Award for his work as producer of the film Doonby and aGMA Music Award for his work as producer of The Passion of the Christ: Songs. Mark is a regular contributor to Foxnews.com and The Huffington Post and the founder and publisher of BullyPulpit.com.He is currently producing the feature filmReagan.

 

Finance, Strategy and Technology

Brian Britt: Finance


Brian has been helping individuals and institutions protect and grow their wealth since 1983, with experience ranging from senior advisory positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch, to his current role as a Managing Director at Concert Wealth Management, a Silicon Valley-based investment advisory firm managing over $1.5 billion in assets. In years past, Brian was the host of the Brian Britt Show, presented by the San Diego Union Tribune, where he interviewed some ofAmerica’s best-selling authors and top business leaders revealing the secrets of their business and personal success. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Businessat Saint John’s University and has been a student of investing and financial planning for all his adult life. He is an accomplished pianist, an avid horseman, and a former pro-am polo player. Brian has also donated hundreds of hours to helping children and adults with disabilities through the Helen Woodward therapeutic riding program and has been a patron of the arts through San Diego’s Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Ballet.

 

Harvey Hershkowitz: Technology


Harvey has a notable track record serving on numerous boards, spring-boarding start-ups, raising capital, and positioning corporations in the global market. He has successfully spearheaded companies in information technology, business, residential and commercial development, healthcare, and pharmaceutical and healthcare construction.He hasmore thanthirty years experience in the healthcare industry, including consulting, information technology, software, sales, professional services, management, building, and development.He has also served on numerous boards and advisory groups within the healthcare industry.Harvey holdsa Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Dennis Hollingsworth: Education and Strategy


Former State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth is a business, political, and development consultant and a real estate investor. His firm specializes in assisting clients in the areas of government relations, public relations, entitlement processing, habitat regulations, and the successful negotiation of regulatory processes. His real estate business generates investment strategies in commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments. Senator Hollingsworth served in the California State legislature for ten years, first in the Assembly from 2000 to 2002, and then in the Senate from 2002 to 2010. He was the Senate Minority Leader in 2009-2010. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board of trustees for Linfield Christian School, a member of the boards of the Healthy Valley Foundation and the Central Coast Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Association, and a member of the Murrieta-Temecula Group. He and his wife and three children live in Murrieta and attend Reliance Church.

 

Raghu Iyer, MA, MBA: Finance and Technology


Raghu has twenty years of global experience in management consulting, corporate strategy, financial operations, and cross-border business technology management in financial services, retail banking, and private equity. He has worked for McKinsey Singapore in private banking, wealth management, and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region; Morgan Stanley on the London, Madrid, and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges; Oracle Corporation on business data intelligence and financial projects; and CIO of Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), one of the world’s most technologically advanced electronic exchanges. Raghu has also consulted with Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, and Standard & Poor’s in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Raghu has an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in Mining/Mineral Engineering from the University of Alaska. He attended the Global Advanced Management program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India.

 

Thomas Ryba, MA: Marketing and Sponsorships


Born in New Jersey, Thomas Ryba has thirty years of experience in national, regional, and local sales; marketing; and promotional management, with an emphasis on sponsorships. Mr. Ryba has facilitated numerous seven-figure transactions with clients including Coca Cola, Chevron, Kellogg's, and Pacific Bell. While overseeing all the marketing, promotional, and corporate advertising programs during his eleven-year tenure with the San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Thomas’s revenue figures increased every year During his time with the Padres, he oversaw a multi-million, multi-departmental budget and was a critical management force who was directly involved in the Padres emergence as the first Major League team to facilitate all advertising rights in-house: television, radio, print, and stadium signage. Mr. Ryba graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Sociology (Dean's List), and received his MA from New York University, Graduate School of Public Administration.