Lisa Diane Kastner
Founder & Executive Editor
Lisa Diane Kastner is the Founder and Executive Editor of Running Wild Press.
Likes: great stories, great writing, writing in-between genres, laughter, joy, a collaborative effort, great food, great drinks, great music, art, travel, dancing from the heart, great friends and family.
Dislikes: negativity for negativity sake, offering problems without possible solutions, days so hot that she’d turn into a piece of burnt toast within moments of walking into the sunlight, okra.
Cecile Sarruf recently jumped on board at Running Wild Press as editor. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles and has a trained eye for fresh authentic voices, no matter what genre. Being a published author of fiction and creative nonfiction, she anticipates the creative pulse in others.
Likes: Literature, Lebanon, painting in her free time, foreign film, social causes, opera, cats, Turkish coffee, the beach and organized chaos.
Dislikes: The disingenuous and mediocre swim of posers, bombast.
After leaving a satisfying career in medicine, Barbara Lockwood embraced her love of the well-written narrative and joined Running Wild Press to help their amazing authors birth their books and send them out into the world. She lives with her husband, cat, and bunny in a reconstructed church in the boondocks.
Likes: Brilliant writing, new ideas, different perspectives, communing with nature, creating art, sharing expertise, but most of all learning, learning, learning, and bunnies and kitties.
Dislikes: People whose minds are so closed that no new ideas can squeeze in and people whose minds are so open their brains have fallen out. Bad grammar except when purposefully used in creative ways, which is rare!
Director of Education
As the Director of Education for Running Wild Press, Dr. Lisa Montagne is the administrator of the learning management system, oversees curriculum development, and trains and guides instructors. Dr. Montagne brings many years of experience in the arts and in education to this position. She is a visual and performance artist, a writer, a college English professor, and former director of educational technology and online learning at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. She is active in distance education leadership at the local and state levels, and she keeps up-to-date with current federal and California state standards for distance education for accredited higher education institutions. She has 20 years of experience teaching college English, and 17 years of experience teaching writing classes in an online environment. She has taught composition and literature at University of California Irvine, Irvine Valley College, and Long Beach City College. She has B.A. in English with a drama minor, an M.A. in English literature, and a doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in online learning. She was a Carnegie Foundation Research Fellow, and she is an alumna of the Yale Writer’s Workshop. Her creative non-fiction and personal narrative essays have been published by Running Wild Press and Boomer Reviews. Her blog “Talking Out of My Pie Hole” is at lisamontagne.com. She has performed her poetry all over Los Angeles for Linda Kaye Presents, at the Beyond Baroque literary center, and for Lummis Day 2016.
Public Relations/Marketing Associate
Jenna Faccenda is a Public Relations/Marketing Associate at Running Wild Press. She shines the spotlight on our books so people can find and enjoy great stories by our authors.
Likes: cats, books that make you almost miss your stop on the train, odd cheesecake flavors, adventures, young adult fiction, Ellen Hopkins, powerful slam poems, getting lost in writing, a beach with palm trees, and passion planners.
Dislikes: really high up places, people who don’t understand the bubble rule of personal space, close-minded conversations, and grumpiness.
Public Relations/Marketing Associate
Rachael Angelo is a Public Relations/Marketing Associate at Running Wild Press. She builds partnerships, marketing campaigns, and web content to connect readers with our great new titles.
Likes: Reading, writing, inspiring others, hanging with my little man, making memories, a glass of wine, talking with friends and laughing.
Dislikes: Bullies, negativity, not thinking before speaking, arguing for the sake of arguing.