Copy of Staff (TEST)

Editor - Judy Fleagle

Judy graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in English. She spent 22 years teaching first and second grades in California and 21 years as a staff writer and editor at Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines published in Florence, Oregon, where she resides.

Since retiring, she has continued as a freelance writer and editor. She co-authored Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges, in 2010, and has gone on to publish several other books, including Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans, and an Arcadia Publishing town history of Florence, Oregon: About Florence.

Editor - Burney Garelick

Burney has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Michigan. She was an English instructor at Memphis State University, and has held a variety of positions in publishing, including typesetting and graphic arts, editing, writing of press releases, features and local color pieces. (Port Hole Publishing - 2014) 

She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and for various newsletters and magazines. She presently does research, writing and layout for Arts & Entertainment, the weekly entertainment section of Siuslaw News and Newport News Times, in Florence and Newport, Oregon, specializing in music, art and theater reviews.

Burney's first book, It's Not Over: Mornings at the MET – Fantastical Opera Reviews (Port Hole Publishing, 2014) is a review of remote showings of operas from around the world. 

Editor - Carol Gunderson

Carol was introduced to the editing field as the “designated reader and first critic” of all manuscripts written by her daughter, bestselling author Ellen Gunderson Traylor.

Carol graduated at the top of her class at Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, CA, in 1943. Carol was the librarian for Bible Standard College (later Eugene Bible College and now New Hope College) in Eugene, Oregon. She was trained in bookkeeping at Eugene Business College, served as bookkeeper at First Baptist Church in Eugene, and Great Life Camps of Waitts Lake, WA.

Carol worked for several years in her daughter's bookstore, Port Hole Books, in Florence, Oregon and Polson, Montana, greeting the public and doing data entry.

Carol compiled a history of Great Life Camps, and wrote a children’s bible survey for her grandsons. She assisted her husband, Herb, for many years as a professor’s wife and co-teacher of Bible classes.

Carol spends countless hours working advanced crossword puzzles and acrostics, keeping her skills with spelling and language sharp and up-to-date.

Carol is an accomplished poet, having written a collection of poems entitled The Morning Porch - Poems and Reflections from a Quiet Heart (Port Hole Publishing, 2011), and she is the author of Gramma's Guided Tour of the World's Greatest Library (Port Hole Publishing, 2015), a fun and simple guide to the Bible.  


 Graphic Designer - Carolyn Nordahl

Carolyn, who has lived in Florence since 1952, has enjoyed art and design since childhood. She studied art throughout her school years and took formal classes at Lane Community College, the University or Oregon, and Portland State College. She taught tole painting for many years and then moved on to oils. She is presently interested in watercolor and displays her work at the Siuslaw News lobby in Florence.

Carolyn has worked as a graphic artist and page designer for Siuslaw News for 35 years and does the page finish work. She is the cover designer for Port Hole Publications and enjoys the technical issues that are involved in the book publishing process.

Carolyn owns Echo Graphics where she does composition and graphic arts for both off-set and web press operations. She is also the Editor/Publisher for the Siuslaw Alumni Association Newsletter.

Carolyn's first book, Grandma's Windowshade: Memories and Recipes from a Northwest Childhood, (Port Hole Publishing, 2013), is based on her growing up years, and is illustrated in full color with her watercolor paintings.

Illustrator - Deborah Maze

Deborah Maze has been an illustrator for more than 25 years. Her rich detailed paintings have graced the pages of numerous children’s books and a range of products including greeting cards, gift bags, and jewelry boxes.

Deborah has illustrated over 40 books including “The World of Narnia” picture-book series, adapted from C. S. Lewis’ beloved classic “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The World of Little House” from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books published by Harper Collins. She has also illustrated over 20 books for noted pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears, among them The Baby Book published by Little Brown.

We are proud to claim her as the illustrator for Jerry Copeland's The Lion Who Loved to Laugh (Port Hole Publishing - 2014), and The Boy in the Mountains (Port Hole Publishing - 2017).

A partial list of other clients include: McGraw-Hill, Barron’s Children’s Books, Children of Faith/Waterbrook Press, The L.E.A.N. Group, Creation House, Marion Heath Greeting Cards, Berkeley Designs and Rhapsody Limited. Deborah resides in Southern California with her husband John and dog “Kenny."













Publicist - Ned Hickson

Ned Hickson is an award winning, internationally syndicated humor columnist, and a blogger with 8000 followers. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for Siuslaw News, a small Oregon newspaper. As a columnist, he has been awarded "Best Local Column" from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2002, he took his column online to newspapers and, by 2003, became a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. 

Currently, his weekly column appears in dozens of newspapers in the U.S. and Canada as a syndicated feature for News Media Corporation.

His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life (Port Hole Publishing - 2013), is a collection of his most popular columns. His second book, Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From Sixteen Shucking Years as a Columnist (Port Hole Publishing - 2016) shares insights and tips for developing writers...all with a tongue in cheek approach.

Ned brings his keen wit and understanding of human nature to his position as publicist for Port Hole Publications. He enjoys helping his fellow authors get their bearings in the world of book promotion, something he has learned hands-on in promoting his own writing.

Ned lives on the Oregon coast with his wife, four children, two dogs, a cat and "entirely too many seagulls."