Meet eReleases' People

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They “cut through all the crazy and get to what businesses really need.”

Mickie Kennedy, Founder - eReleases

Mickie Kennedy

Founder with a Mission

eReleases’ founder Mickie Kennedy started the company 20 years ago after working in a PR environment that was not meeting the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses and firms. He struck out on his own to build a company that would give smaller firms access to the newswire – with a personal touch. eReleases has grown exponentially since then and even works with big names now, but the spirit of Mickie’s original intent has not changed. eReleases delivers personal service and exceptional value to every customer, every time a release is submitted, at every price point.

Mickie lives in Baltimore County with his wife, son, daughter, and two feuding cats. He enjoys British science fiction and acknowledges an unhealthy addiction to diet soda. Mickie holds an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from George Mason University. He still writes poetry most Thursday nights with a group of fellow misfits in Brunswick, Maryland

eReleases' editorial director

Allison McAlister

Managing Editor

Allison has always loved to read and knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. It should’ve been clear that editing was also in her future when, at age 11, she would take a red pen to her cousin’s letters, mark all the spelling and grammatical errors, and then mail them back. (Sorry, Patti.)

Allison began her career writing for various websites before landing a gig as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. She quickly moved up the ranks and spent several years as the newspaper’s editor before making the move to join the team of editors at eReleases, where she looks forward to being on the other side of the press release.

When not wielding her trusty red pen, Allison enjoys hanging out with her amazing husband and daughter and indulging her sense of wanderlust, especially if the travel destination involves sun, sand and sea.

eReleases Editor

Janelle James

Editor

Janelle discovered she had a knack for writing in fifth grade, when a poem she wrote about her dog was published in a book compiled of students’ writings. She carried her love for writing through high school and then to Stevenson University, where she wrote for their school paper, The Villager. Janelle graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications.

During college, Janelle completed a marketing internship with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit organization with whom she has been volunteering for more than eight years. While interning, Janelle decided on a whim to write a press release from the perspective of a dog, and it resulted in a feature story in the Frederick News Post, an appearance on a local news channel, and a handful of smaller articles in various newspapers.

In her free time, Janelle enjoys spending time with her menagerie of animals, including a Lionhead bunny and a sugar glider. She and her husband are car aficionados, frequenting local car events throughout the spring and fall.

eReleases editor

Samantha Ravenscroft

Editor

Samantha found she had a love of reading at a very young age, but it wasn’t until she was 10 years old that she discovered a love for writing as well, mainly through poetry. Since then, most of Samantha’s free time has gone to filling notebooks with poems, short stories, and random character ideas.

It wasn’t until college that Samantha found a love of editing while reviewing essays written by her peers. In between studies, Samantha spent time interning as a copyeditor with a celebrity magazine, and also assisted as Design Editor on her school’s literary magazine. Samantha graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing.

Now Samantha spends much of her free time attempting to make a dent in her never-ending Netflix queue and scouring “The Book Thing of Baltimore” for new books to fill the limited spaces in her bookshelf.

Megan Dell

Editor

Megan discovered her love of reading and writing pretty early in life. As a child she was constantly filling notebooks with story after story, and reading anything and everything she could get her hands on. Her favorite books of all-time: the Harry Potter series, obviously.

Megan carried her love of writing into college at Stevenson University, where she wrote for their school paper, The Villager. Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications in 2017. She dreams of ultimately getting a Master’s degree in creative writing, hoping to fill the racks of Barnes & Noble with her own novels for fellow book lovers.

Megan is a dog lover who recently adopted her first fur-baby Storm, who is equal parts rotten and cute. When she’s not taking Storm for walks in the park she can be found strolling through Barnes & Noble spending entire paychecks on books for her at home library.

Shannon Clarke

Editor

Shannon has always had a healthy love of books. She loves to find mistakes in publications and will even fix them in her personal copies. Regularly, she can be heard shouting about how you should always read the source material before seeing the movie (even if she sometimes doesn’t take her own advice).

She took a step towards the dream of editing as a profession by going to Stevenson University and earning a degree in English Language and Literature. She helped produce content for the literary magazine, THIS: A Literary and Media Journal. While at Stevenson, Shannon found that she loved writing short stories and prose poems. She continues to have bursts of inspiration.

In her spare time, she enjoys driving to nowhere with the radio blasting anything from country to showtunes, hiking, sewing, and swing dancing. When not dreaming of seeing a Broadway show in New York City, she spends time with friends. She also enjoys evenings with her cat, who thinks that she’s the Queen of the Underworld and acts accordingly.

eReleases office assistant

Randolph Barnes

Office Assistant

Randolph is a self-proclaimed tech nerd. He enjoys toying with and exploring technology, especially cell phones. Randolph is a budding graphic designer and likes doodling, Photoshop, Illustrator, painting, and drawing. He prides himself on his eccentric art. He believes fashion is art and yet another way to express yourself.

Randolph has many varied interests, including museums. “They always teach you new things no matter how many times you visit.” He also likes the intersection of commerce and urban planning. “There’s something to be said about the ways in which builders and cities come together to create interesting places to shop, connect, and explore. I’m really fond of the post-mall movement towards open air shopping markets.”

In his spare time, Randolph enjoys music, working out and comedy. Randolph also has a great appreciation for Italian food. Buon appetito!

eReleases special projects

Dave Seldon

Special Projects

Dave met Mickie in 2008 at a marketing meeting, found many common interests, and began working together in 2010. Dave’s known as Project Wrangler since he works on a wide variety of projects with Mickie, from managing developers, designers, and other geeks, to helping with advertising management, doing some light programming, and working with staff and customers on many operational details.

Dave graduated High School before most of you reading this were born, and quit college after a year or so, deciding it just wasn’t for him.

At 60+, this “old man” of the group spends most of his time working from his home base in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Debbie. If he’s not watching something on TIVO or Netflix, or listening to No Agenda (best podcast in the universe), you might find him practicing Tai Chi. Kind of a weird guy (but who isn’t?) …