Meet Our Team

Interested in knowing more about the diverse team behind AcuteByDesign? Scroll through to get to know a bit about each of us, where we come from, what we do, why we are here, and how we found this new, creative family.

Michele Thomas

Executive Publisher

Michele Thomas, an admitted Harry Potter superfan, has a background in both education and business and had served as assistant to the publisher, business manager, and editor
before her appointment as executive publisher of AcuteByDesign. 

Michael Marion Sharpe

Adviser to Publisher

Michael has a background in both education and business, having spent many years in each before going on to found AcuteByDesign, in 2010 as a multicultural children’s book company. In June 2014 AcuteByDesign expanded its offerings to young adult and adult readers.

Cynthia MacGregor

Editorial Operations Executive 

This perpetual motion machine has had over 100 books published—so far. And she’s not done yet.

She has produced and hosted two different TV shows that were broadcast in the South Florida area...

Tyrelle Smith

Layout Artist

Tyrelle Smith is a freelance illustrator, concept artist, and character designer living in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA and a focus in illustration. 

Meg Petrillo

Book Design Consultant

Meg Petrillo is an illustrator who grew up on the outskirts of Queens, NY. She devotes a lot of her time to creating art and encouraging new artists. She learned art at a public high school and SUNY FIT.

Rachel Raimondi

Literary Consultant

Rachel has been freelance editing fiction, non-fiction, and academic pieces for over five years. She has a BA in English from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Publishing from Pace University. 

Sanghamitra 

Dasgupta

Illustrator

Sanghamitra has over 27 years’ experience as an artist and layout artist. She is known for her quality artwork, attention to detail, and her creative thinking outside the box.

Wanda Coppedge

Writer & Editor

Wanda Coppedge is from Washington, DC and has served as an English instructor for over 17 years in the public and private sectors as well as a lecturer at Howard University and Maryland University. She’s earned her degree in Theater Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. 

Yezanira Venecia

Assistant Coordinator

  Yezanira (“Yeza”) Venecia is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she double-majored in English and Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. 

Alexis Cameron

Mrs. Alexis Cameron is a successful Illustrator and Textile Designer from New York City. Cameron majored in Illustration and Textile Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts during May 2018. 

Book Design Consultant

Alana Goodridge

Illustrator

 Alana is an accomplished illustrator whose medium of choice is graphite and color pencils.  Her special techniques are doing portraits, architecture, and illustrations in a realistic form.  

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