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Lynn Benedetto

Director of Finance and Production

As a long-term Cornell University employee with a diverse background in Finance and Administrative Systems projects, I welcomed the opportunity to join Cornell University Press in 2016. As the Director of Finance and Production, I work with a motivated, creative and dedicated team of publishing professionals to keep our business operations running smoothly and everything on schedule. With a lifetime passion for reading and spending many hours in libraries and bookstores, I was known as a child to write the longest book reports. In my off time I teach indoor cycling physical education classes at Cornell, am a strength and yoga teacher and enjoy West Coast Swing, Salsa and African dance.

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Scott Levine

Art Director

I entered the publishing world in 1996 and joined Cornell University Press in 2003. I enjoy the challenge and reward of working with my talented colleagues to translate our author’s words into a visual form. When I am not in front of my Mac, you will likely find me pursuing my love of photography, cooking a meal for my wife (and let’s be honest, for our dog too) playing a video game next to our two cats, or at Lynah Rink, rooting for the Cornell Hockey team.

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Kate Leboff

Production Coordinator

Joining Cornell University Press in 2018 was the best decision I have ever made personally and professionally. I am now working in an industry about which I am passionate and one which is wholly rewarding as we strive to change the world one book at a time. For a year in a temporary position, I worked in a variety of capacities at the Press including project management, metadata, workflow documentation, reprints and POD, and much more before being hired permanently as a Production Coordinator in early 2019. I am now responsible for the production of half of the Press’ front list titles in addition to continuing to manage or assist with various responsibilities and projects. I hold a Masters in Publishing and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing and I also freelance for a number of publications as an editor and writer.

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Bill Oates

Graphic Designer

Originally from Northern California, I joined the press in 2014 with a background in poster design and screen printing. I currently design covers and coordinate overseas print production. I truly feel lucky to have the experience of working with the amazing and talented people at CUP. No two days are ever the same. When I’m not at CUP I’m usually hanging out with family or at the local dog park. I’m overly enthusiastic about the SF Giants, film, music, good books, and motorcycles.

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Richanna Patrick

Graphic Designer

After a long career in Graphic Design and IT at Cornell Publications Services designing admissions pieces, bears, busses, newsletters and logos, I found myself at Cornell Press in 2010 where I now strive to bring the titles of our books to visual life, enticing someone to grab it off the shelf and run to the checkout or download it off a website. In between I care for all our various Apple Computers. My favorite books are bios—I love following the journey of how someone got from here to there. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design from Wittenberg University, and my at home design assistant is an African Grey Parrot. In the rare times I’m not designing, I’m either teaching riding (Equitation/Hunters), jumping my virtual horse in Second Life, or enjoying travel with my husband when he plays in his AC/DC Tribute band.

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Steven Schwartz

Project Manager

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and most recently resided in New Jersey. My background includes experience in production management for book, magazine, and corporate publishers, as well as for advertising and sales promotion agencies. In my spare time I enjoy bicycling, photography, and handball (the kind that is played against a wall). My wife and daughters are Cornellians, so we have spent much time visiting and enjoying all that Ithaca has to offer. I am now thrilled to contribute to Cornell University Press and become the latest in my family to have a connection to Cornell.

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Diana Silva

Senior Production Coordinator

I began a career in the printing industry estimating commercial products such as high-end catalogs booklets, flyers, posters, etc. Some of the more memorable printed pieces I helped produce included a “Subway Series” poster for the 2000 World Series between the Yankees and the Mets; the packaging for Britney Spear’s first perfume, “Curious;” and for many years, the VIP tags for special seating at the Kentucky Derby. I joined the Press in 2006, and as digital assets manager have helped with the conversion of over 3,000 of our backlist titles into ebooks.

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