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Barron Ressler | www.whenIgrowupbooks.comBarron Ressler

Publisher, Executive Editor

Barron began his publishing career in 1975, editing and “pasting up” his hometown community newspaper in Laguna Beach, California. While he was attending the University of Southern California, the opportunity arose to publish a Greek community newspaper, the Row Run. Barron jumped in feet first, selling ads, writing articles, and once again “pasting up” and distributing the biweekly publication throughout the fraternity and sorority system. After two-year stints in both banking and leasing commercial real estate, the publishing bug returned. Barron formed Pacific Media Group in 1985, producing six regional magazines throughout California. More recently, Barron created the When I Grow Up I Want To Be… book series to inspire all of our children to be all that they can be. Public relations and marketing seem to be in his blood, as his grandfather was head of publicity for MGM Studios, Cary Grant, and numerous other Hollywood insiders. His mother, Sandra, was also a publicist for the movie industry and for the American Cancer Society. Barron is a proud father of four and the owner of several hundred children’s books.



Mark Shyres | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.com M. L. Shyres

 Editorial Director and Content Manager

M. L. Shyres’s career spans over 40 years of successful writing, illustrating, and reporting for various trade and consumer journals, as well as marketing consulting and product development. His range of clients includes the toy and entertainment industries and consumer goods and services for children and adults. These clients include Disney, Nestle (Willy Wonka), the Kellogg Company,  KFC, Pizza Hut, Mattel, Celestial Seasonings Tea, Electronic Arts, Sony, Tropicana Juice Products, H. J. Heinz, and  MGM/UA. He served as a Mess Sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, where his specialty was hash browns for 1,000. Mark serves on the board of directors of the National Association of School Superintendents. He has, as of this writing, four children, three granddaughters, two grandsons, and two cats. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is a self-taught artist. He holds numerous awards from the New York Art Directors and Copy Club. Mark worked his way through college writing short stories, producing copy for advertising agencies, and working in an ice factory.





Debbie | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.comDebbie Hefke

Graphic Arts Manager

Deb was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. As a young child, she was fascinated with the arts. She graduated at the top of her class from the Art Institute of Seattle, with a degree in illustration and computers. After graduation, Deb worked for Humongous Entertainment as a staff artist working on children’s video games. She also went on to manage a team of artists, hiring and training them in the use of in-house proprietary software. After five years at Humongous, Deb moved to San Diego, California, where she acquired another degree from the Art Institute of San Diego, this time in animation and media arts. After becoming a 3D animator, Deb moved once again to the East Coast with her family. There, she created her own job and currently works freelance around the world with clients in Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, China, and many other places. Her true passion is to create illustrations with vibrant colors in any medium required. She loves them all, whether digital or painted with paint and brush.



Wigu Team Gina | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.comGina Moffitt

Managing Editor

Gina Moffitt considered becoming a teacher until she got her first summer job as a library page at the Downey City Library. Suddenly, a career she had never even considered became a new possibility! Gina earned her master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University. Since she has always enjoyed elements of reading, writing, and performance, children’s librarianship was the perfect fit. She has worked as a children’s librarian for the Downey City Library and the Newport Beach Public Library, planning and conducting summer reading programs, story times, and book discussion programs. She also enjoyed helping develop outstanding collections for children in these communities. Gina has also gone to the “grown-up section,” spending time as a reference librarian in the Inland Empire. She currently works as a freelance editor and an on-call children’s librarian. She lives with her husband and children (and a cat, of course) in Orange County, California.



Wigu Team Julie | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.comJulie A. Lewis


Julie’s passion for language has been a driving force throughout her life. After college, she worked in publishing before getting her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley.

As a freelance editor Julie specializes in fine arts materials and academic work. She has two young children, and in her free time she enjoys volunteering at their school, singing, and reading.