We Are Storytellers
At Round Table Companies, we are truth seekers, storytellers, and dream makers. We are the quiet introverts, the wild extroverts, and the most amazing group of people willing to go the extra mile for everyone on our team. We are always people first and give ourselves, and each other, permission to be fully human. To love, to share, to acknowledge the bad days, to celebrate the good days, and to show up as our most authentic selves. We not only encourage vulnerability, but we receive vulnerability with grace and compassion, always striving to be a safe place to land. Through it all, we promise to stand with each other, to support each other, and love each other fiercely. No one gets left behind. No one goes unheard. No one goes unseen.
At RTC, we believe in love, we believe in the power of our stories, and most of all we believe in each other.
CEO and Founder, Artist, Speaker, Storyteller
Corey Blake began his storytelling career as an actor, starring in one of the 50 greatest Superbowl commercials of all time (Mountain Dew, Bohemian Rhapsody) and in campaigns for American Express, Miller Beer, Mitsubishi, Wrigley's Gum, Hasbro, and other name brands. Today, Corey is the founder and CEO of Round Table Companies (RTC), the publisher of Conscious Capitalism Press, and a speaker, artist, and storyteller. He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and his work in storytelling has been quoted/featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Inc., Forbes, and Wired magazines. Corey pioneered the business comic book, packaging and publishing dozens of titles—including best sellers by Tony Hsieh, Marshall Goldsmith, and Robert Cialdini, and has spent over a decade guiding CEOs, founders, and thought leaders to set up a storytelling ecosystem around their brand, including writing the book they were born to write. His work has yielded 15 Independent Publisher Awards, a Belding, a Bronze Lion, and a London International Advertising Award. His articles have been published in the Writer magazine and on FastCompany, Forbes.com, and the Huffington Post. He is also the creator of the Vulnerability Wall—whose clients include Microsoft, ADP, Marketo, and Workday— and the Vulnerability is SexyTM card game. His documentary of the same name won 2017 ADDY and HERMES awards for branded content, and his TEDx talk has over 20,000 views. Corey travels around the country delivering keynotes and facilitating storytelling workshops for organizations of all sizes. Check out where Corey will be this year.
Director of Client Relations & Integrator
"Yolanda represents the heart of RTC" - Corey Blake, CEO
As the Director of Client Relations, Yolanda has successfully guided hundreds of clients into the Round Table Companies family, introducing them to their creative teams and nurturing them through the entirety of their journey with us.
In her work with clients, she recognizes the uniqueness of every project, advocating on the behalf of the client’s best interests and fostering the true soul and brilliance of every story shared at RTC. She listens to the dreams and goals clients have for their stories and she matches them with creative teams interested in writing all genres, from comic books and novels to memoirs and company platforms, among other creative expressions. Whether a project at RTC is going smoothly or needs some love, Yolanda acts as that support system for both RTC staff and clients.
RTC runs on an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) and as the Integrator of the company, Yolanda plays a vital role in ensuring everyone is supported to reach the same north star. Using our values as a compass, she leads and coaches the RTC team through any obstacle or challenge they may face, holding the company accountable for the focus and drive needed to achieve our goals. With Yolanda by our side, the RTC team has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Wired, and many other major publications. RTC has published over 100 book-length and comic projects and has helped clients with art installations, platform development, and other storytelling formats.
Yolanda’s nurturing nature has earned her the nickname “Mama Yo.” She has always cared for animals and others, currently showering love on her husband, Matthew, their beloved Chihuahuas, Buster, and the late Bella, cooking, and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Director of Publishing and Visual Design
Sunny has a decade of book design experience and has created interior layouts, covers, and/or digital versions for nearly 140 books including business topics, memoirs, illustrated books, workbooks, and test prep books with complex math typesetting. With an eye for detail, she oversees the design and publication of all RTC and Conscious Capitalism Press books. She has over 15 years of experience with Adobe InDesign and offers an online course to other book design professionals. A designer for as long as she can remember, Sunny has also provided layout or creative direction for countless brand pieces over the years. She enjoys hand lettering and helped to pioneer RTC’s live art installations, providing structural design, creative direction, management, and onsite artistry. Sunny has been growing personally and professionally with RTC since 2009. Her personal endeavors these days are line dancing, stand-up paddleboarding, and attempting to learn the guitar.
Finance and HR
Andrea Yahr, head of finance since 2016, is in charge of payroll, budgeting, finances, accounting, royalties, book orders, HR, and bookkeeping at RTC. She’s the one who spends 18 hours each year on continuing education in US tax rules and regulations and who has QuickBooks certification as well as a specialization in clergy tax.
With a head for numbers and a heart of service, Andrea brings more than 20 years of experience in taxes and accounting to the table. For more than 15 of those years, Andrea has operated her own bookkeeping and tax company, where she currently supports over 320 clients. As part of her business, she also provides pro bono financial work for her community.
When Andrea is not wrangling numbers, she spends time with her four daughters and her husband Karl. She enjoys reading fiction and watching Netflix. And it’s not just numbers that are music to her ears; Andrea also plays the organ at local churches.
Senior Project Manager
Douglas Adams is famous for saying “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Thanks to Keli McNeill, Round Table Companies sees very little whooshing. As project manager, Keli is in charge of timelines and keeps everyone on track. She helps teams and clients communicate and supports platform development and our website to help RTC share beautiful stories.
Keli received her BS degree in English literature education from Appalachian State University and managed classrooms of 20+ students for seven years. Her experiences in the classroom and her family of five children and a husband have honed her scheduling, routine-building, and organization skills to a fine art. Keli is a pro at making a to-do list and knowing when things need to be done.
Keli has been at RTC for seven years and has helped bring more than 20 books and projects to life. She has been instrumental in Terlato Wines, ORP, and other key projects. Her background in education has also made her the go-to person for children’s and educational projects at RTC.
A true Florida native turned mountain girl, Keli knows a night of karaoke with friends will always do the soul good. She loves to log miles on her stationary bike each day and to lose herself in a long Kristin Hannah novel at night. Finding the joy and light in every day is a gift that she brings to others in her life.
Christy is a project manager at RTC and also our bridge between departments, present on projects from kick-off calls through to publication. She works closely with our client advocate, writing teams, design, and publishing to create a seamless, easy-to-understand, and efficient process. Christy is also the behind-the-scenes milestone “drill sergeant” keeping everyone on track to achieve the end goal: brilliance!!!
Christy’s career began in early childhood development before taking a sharp turn into the financial industry. She worked for JP Morgan Chase, N.A., holding multiple roles from licensed investment banker, to VP/branch manager, to a sales wholesaler (coach/educator). Christy helped to model processes and held multiple workshops across her region. She prided herself most on being able to take something very difficult to understand and making it easy enough for a preschooler to understand. People seem to forget that we are all like infants when it comes to learning new things, and sometimes using terminology that everyone can relate to can set someone up on the path to becoming an expert.
Christy likes to refer to herself as a jack of all trades. She is a whirlwind of energy, able to tackle multiple projects at once. When she’s not supporting the RTC team, her true passion is art. She loves to draw and paint as a form of expression. She believes there are no mistakes in art—just lessons that lead to masterpieces. She uses this motto in life to encourage her children, her team members, and her clients. Still an educator and leader at heart, Christy wants to inspire everyone to create their masterpiece in life by finding their voice and becoming a better version of themselves.
Christy left her career in finance 11 years ago to raise her three beautiful children—Tyler, Brayden, and Alexandria—with Larry, the love of her life. They currently live in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Kristen is one of our project managers at RTC. As a self-proclaimed Type A personality, she loves creating to-do lists, checking things off her list, and of course color-coordinating everything! She is used to wearing many hats and juggling a list full of different tasks. Although she holds a degree in criminal justice, she decided to pursue her dreams of working with children in the world of competitive cheerleading. She started her coaching career at the young age of 16. Coaching has allowed her the opportunity to work with people of all different ages and backgrounds, tailoring her coaching style to fit each individual. Over the last 10+ years, she has enjoyed working on the business end of the cheerleading industry, where she streamlined processes, learned how to use different avenues to build revenue, and even took on event planning! She is excited to bring her organizational skills and proactive approach to RTC!
Liz has been the keeper of the calls at RTC for over 10 years and if anyone should have James Bond music as their entrance music, it’s Liz. She’s heard and kept all the propriety, secret information shared between writers, editors, and clients—and has even transcribed it.
Liz has transcribed tens of thousands of hours of calls and has scheduled thousands of calls. She makes it look easy, but she’s often juggling different time zones, many busy schedules, and tight deadlines. She books calls, answers tech questions about Zoom calls, Uberline calls, Google Calendar, and the other tools RTC uses. She makes sure writing teams have the accurate transcripts they need to create beautiful work.
Liz’s journey to RTC began with transcriptionist training. She had always been organized in school and with a word per minute rate of 88, it seemed like a natural step. Working as a medical transcriptionist for over a year and transcribing doctors’ dictations only marginally less messy than doctors’ handwriting, Liz learned all the obscure medical terms usually reserved for textbooks. She got five-star ratings and rave reviews from her clients for her accuracy and the speed of her transcription, but something was missing.
It wasn’t until she was recruited for the RTC team that Liz realized the missing puzzle piece: working on books that brimmed with purpose and stories helped her enjoy work even more. Today, Liz works with a notebook at her desk, so she can make notes, and a foot pedal that lets her control playback of the audio files she’s always transcribing. When a team member is having problems with a phone call or an RTC client needs something scheduled, Liz is only a quick email away. When she’s not keeping RTC on track, Liz is spending time with (and scheduling and organizing) her family—which includes four children and her husband.
Genevieve first discovered her love of writing back when she would send letters home from summer camp. She would find herself lost in the scenery and language, and while her campmates sent less than a paragraph on a postcard, she sent seven-page narratives describing everything from the weather to the cute boy that was slowly stealing her heart. And so it happened, right there, under a canvas tent in the woods, a writer was born.
Her love of words followed her around in the form of books everywhere she went: from Harriet the Spy in her grade four English class to late nights in university reading The Pilot’s Wife and White Oleander.
But she didn’t start writing more extensively until her mid-twenties, when she became a professional photographer and felt strongly compelled to tell the stories of her clients through the written word alongside their images. This season in her professional life taught her the magic that comes with sharing stories.
In 2015, Gen took some time from her photography business to devote to her own writing and ended up publishing her first memoir, Her Own Wild Winds, in September of 2016, which was a lesson in taking her storytelling skills inward and allowing herself to be the hero for the first time. The publication of her book opened a door not only to a variety of exciting writing opportunities but also to the creation of an online community that shares her belief in vulnerability and the transformative power of storytelling.
In 2019, Gen released Solace: A Journal of Human Experience, her second book, which is a mix of her photography and creative essays spanning the course of a year. Solace found its way onto the Amazon #1 Bestseller list in three different categories and, four months after its publication, was named 2020 Book of Year for the Ottawa FACES Magazine Awards.
Both her photography and her writing has also been featured in publications such The Good Mother Project, Oprah.com, Simplify Magazine, Her View from Home, Weddingbells magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project.
Gen is now an executive editor with Round Table Companies, where she specializes in brand storytelling and the Story Hero curriculum. She is also a credited coauthor on the new release from Conscious Capitalism Press, Gathering around the Table, with Kari Warberg Block, CEO of EarthKind. Gen has a bachelor of arts focusing on marketing and communications from the University of Ottawa and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two children, and their rambunctious British retriever.
Executive Editor Sheila M. Trask has ghostwritten over a dozen nonfiction books on topics including business, leadership, medicine, finance, mind/body/spirit, and memoir. She has been a developmental editor for dozens more, including two New York Times bestselling series for middle grades, The Serafina Series and the Willa of the Wood series, as well as a National Geographic book used to teach the history of Iran in middle grade classrooms. She is also a certified copyeditor. Before joining RTC in 2019, Sheila worked with award-winning authors one-on-one and through Kirkus Reviews and Scribe Media.
Sheila works closely with authors to develop their ideas, create a structure that supports their goals, and capture the thoughts, data, and stories that will bring their vision to life on the page. She lives for the moment when an author realizes she “gets” their message and that, together, they will make sure the reader does, too. She is also a certified copyeditor who enjoys guiding authors through revising and polishing the final version of their manuscript.
Books have always been a cornerstone in Sheila’s life. Before she entered the publishing world, she received a master’s degree in library and information science and served as metadata librarian at Dartmouth College, where she managed the inner workings of the library’s online catalog to ensure discoverability and easy access to over a million books and other resources in the Dartmouth collection. She also served as head librarian at New England Culinary Institute, helping students branch out beyond the kitchen to discover the rich culinary history behind their work. (And yes, she did enjoy eating their homework.)
Sheila was born in Vermont and has never left, even though she knows better, having lived through unforgiving New England winters for decades. Sheila and her husband live on twenty acres in the woods where they homeschooled their son. Now that he has flown the coop, it’s just the two of them, a codependent golden retriever, and, of course, an overflowing library.
A novelist, playwright, and actor in Austin, TX, Kathy has been with RTC since 2014 and has had a hand in editing nearly 50 of our clients’ books. As an author, she has three books out with Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. Collectively the honors for The Radiant Road, Summer and Bird, and The Cabinet of Curiosities, include, among other recognition, six starred reviews in industry publications like Publisher’s Weekly; making Booklist’s 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, IndieBound New Voices, and the Amazon Editors’ Pick lists; being chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection; and selection as one of the New York Public Library’s 2014 Best Books for Young Readers.
In her decades as a stage actor in Austin, Kathy has won eight acting awards and starred in a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also voices regular roles in video games like DC Universe Online and Wizard 101.
In 2018, Kathy was commissioned by a professional theater to adapt her first book into a theater-for-youth play. Of her nine produced short plays, one was published in New Monologues for Women by Women, Vol II and another was nominated as best original play in Austin’s 2016 B. Iden Payne awards.
She holds a BA in English literature from Reed College in Portland, OR, and an MA in literature from The University of Texas at Austin.
An achiever at heart, James took the long path to becoming a writer and editor first pursuing careers in manufacturing, sales, property management, as well as starting a few businesses. With a lifelong focus on personal growth, James finally rediscovered writing, a skill he had pursued his entire life, and made it his profession in 2016.
His business and management experience brings a unique perspective to our clients’ work, many of whom share his experiences. In the nearly two years he has been with RTC, he has enjoyed helping clients express their stories in books, articles, blog posts, and online platforms. Traveling to conferences such as the Writer's Digest conference and the Conscious Capitalism annual conference, James has worked face-to-face with clients eager to share their knowledge and inspiration. Integral to RTC's culture through his work on the culture committee, James has led workshops and online events designed to help writers approach the blank page at their best. He has been featured on the Write Away podcast and was a regular contributor to the 30 Points of View Blog. He has had the pleasure of seeing one of his plays produced by a theater and is working on his second novel.
James lives with his wife and teenage daughter in Massachusetts. When not writing, coaching, or researching, he enjoys most things outdoor: golfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, surfing, and hopes to try his hand at scuba diving and rock climbing within the next year.
Annie Rose Stathes
Annie Rose Stathes fell for the power of language in third grade when her classmates belly-laughed at her short story. Since then, she's used words to touch hearts and souls and to elucidate illusive ideas. Her formal writing experience derives from earning a BA in international affairs and an MA in political science. During school, she wrote congressional briefs; dozens of essays on culture, economics, and humanity; grant applications; and long papers on complicated issues. After graduation, she taught academic writing and research at the college level. There, she taught that the most important writing, whether academic, creative, or other, comes from the depths of the bones. Meaningful writing, she tried to instill, requires a process of turning one's self inside out to discover something new.
Standing by clients' sides as they turn themselves inside out is another of Annie Rose's loves. She has extensive training in listening, inquiry as an art, and excavating beauty and profundity where there seems to be none. She brings these skills to the table, along with the curiosity, love, and respect she has for human beings and their stories.
Beyond writing, Annie Rose improvises with Improv for the People and devotes much of her time and mind to addressing historically stuck issues, like racism and poverty. She does so through improv, inquiry and dialogue, storytelling, yoga, dance, and breaking bread. Her greatest passion lies in establishing connection among people and inviting people into new territory to learn and grow together. She surfs, runs stairs, chases cats, loves her husband, digs in deep, and otherwise lives life in Los Angeles, CA.
Born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, FL, Kelsey Schurer received her master of fine arts in fiction from Virginia Tech University and her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Florida State University, and she is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts alum. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her honors include Winner of the Virginia Tech Poetry Prize presented by the Academy of American Poets, second-place recipient of the Emily Morrison Fiction Prize, winner of the Louis and Mart P. Hill Outstanding Thesis award, and winner of the regional Scholastic Writing Award presented by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Her work has most recently appeared on poets.org and in Apalachee Review.
As a former college writing instructor, a writing mentor, and a journalist, Kelsey is passionate about engaging and growing with the arts community. She has experience in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as technical report writing, article writing, copywriting, copyediting, and multimedia art projects, and she has even dabbled in playwriting and scriptwriting. In addition to her passion for the arts, she has also volunteered at a rescue horse farm, a wildlife sanctuary for tigers and lions, and her local church as a starting-point course leader.
At RTC, Kelsey engages with all kinds of projects, from book coaching to business storytelling and children’s illustrated books. She played an integral role in the creation of The Story Hero, RTC’s educational storytelling course.
Mary Anna Rodabaugh
With an undergraduate degree in sociology and theater from the College of William and Mary and a master of journalism from Temple University, Mary Anna brings over a decade of editorial experience to RTC. At 16, she started her writing career as the youngest journalist for a Gannet weekly paper on the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia. Mary Anna relies on her journalism training to connect with our clients and draw out the unique stories they are destined to write instead of the stories they think should write.
From those early journalism days to now, Mary Anna has always found herself in people-centric professions. She has experience as a social worker, corporate communications manager, and freelance writer and editor for various print and online platforms. She has a soft spot for the elderly and thoroughly enjoys writing monthly articles for a senior citizen newspaper in her home of Philadelphia.
As an empathetic communicator, Mary Anna is a passionate editor and writing coach, showering clients with concise direction and effervescent motivation to see them from manuscript concept to finished product. When she’s not serving as an editorial cheerleader/writing guru at RTC, you can find Mary Anna doting on her Boxer dog, Bronx Brutus, plotting out stories for her stand-up comedy debut, or making progress on her own personal non-fiction humor book.
David believes every individual has a captivating story to tell—full of accomplishment and adventure, tragedy and triumph. The details just need to be recovered from the haze of our faulty and failing memories. But maybe that is just because he has led a high-speed chase, slept with rats in an ice cave, lost a child to a reversed adoption, been caught in a mountaintop hailstorm, and broken his back.
The sixth of seven children, David learned to captivate audiences from a young age—primarily out of fear his parents would forget to feed him or leave him behind like Kevin McCallister in Home Alone.
His RTC story began when striking up a friendship with James at a writer’s conference in New York City. (Okay. In an Irish pub during the Writer’s Conference in New York City. But isn’t that somehow more perfect for two writers to become brothers?) Months later, David met most of the RTC team when they worked a conference in Phoenix, just miles from his home. He immediately realized this was a family of kindred spirits.
David has written columns for nonfiction publications the vast majority of his life, and his debut novel, Skull Valley, will be available June 1, 2021. An engaging speaker, he has given keynote talks everywhere from Santa Clarita, California, to Derry, Ireland. And although he keeps himself busy, his most important job is being husband to Maryrose and Daddy to Georgiana.
Carly has always been a word nerd and never leaves the house without a book in her purse. She also loves exploring the Pacific Northwest, from its hiking trails to its breweries. Carly recently discovered her love for gardening, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be a reciprocal relationship, yet. She can usually be found with a book in her hand, a cat in her lap, and a cup of coffee close by.
Nathan Lueth was born with a pencil in his hand, a feat that confounds obstetricians to this day. Nowadays he is a freelance comic book artisan, illustrator, and traveling caricaturist who has worked on more than a dozen books and countless illustrations for RTC. His steam-fantasy graphic novel series, Impure Blood, recently raised 120 percent of its goal on Kickstarter, with three more books in the series to follow through the end of 2021. The complete Impure Blood saga can be read at www.impurebloodwebcomic.com.
When the physical limitations of hands demand that he not draw sometimes, he enjoys reading comics and novels, watching movies, traveling, martial arts, and goofing off with his two awesome daughters.
Christy is a trained graphic designer and self-taught artist from Southern California. After graduating from UC Davis, she began freelancing for individuals and small businesses, often in the education field, such as test prep companies, college prep blogs, and continuing education software companies. It was only fitting she landed at RTC, where Christy would help lay out and design books.
She believes in not only designing the best work she could do for RTC, but also in delivering the heart, whether it’s through a polished book cover or a simple hand-lettered quote. Christy is someone her fellow colleagues can depend on to bring a project to the finish line. If there’s one thing she’s proud of, it’s being able to be present for people who need her the most, professionally or personally.
Beyond typing and clicking away on her computer, Christy loves working with her hands. She enjoys cross-stitching and sewing stuffies for her nieces and nephew. She’s most likely hanging out with her husband Casey and her cat Coffee Bean Pettiwhiskers.
RTC has a group of artists (not all pictured) who lend their talents to live art installations across the country. They all enjoy working with their hands, playing with typography and shapes, and seeing how their art impacts guests and adds a new dimension to an event.
To find out more about our art installations, click here.
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