Pam Lagomarsino – Editor

Pam has been involved in Children’s Ministry for over twenty years and has taught numerous Christian ministries, Sunday school, VBS, girls’ retreats, or Bible studies for adults and children and has a heart for children to grow closer to God. She also homeschooled her children for several years. Pam has edited, proofread, or beta-read Christian nonfiction books, devotionals, sermons, Bible studies, homeschool curriculum, children’s books, and Christian fiction. Although Pam works on a variety of projects, her specialties are Christian nonfiction, homeschool curriculum, and children’s materials. She has asked God to use her behind the scenes to bring people closer to Him. She considers it a privilege to be a part of Hearts Alive to touch the hearts of their readers. Pam is a Silver Member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network.

Julia Phillips – Writer

Julia Phillips is a Children’s Church writer for the Hearts Alive project. Julia and her family were recently called to move from their beloved mountain home to Florida, where her husband, Tom, now runs the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies. She grew up with a love for writing and fostered it by earning an English degree from the University of Virginia. She went on to work as a Literacy Specialist at a children’s museum, where she developed and implemented an emergent literacy curriculum for young children in a county suffering from a high rate of illiteracy. Julia currently teaches at Twin Rivers Montessori Academy after years of home schooling her own two young children. She is excited about the opportunity to help create a gospel-centered curriculum that combines her heart for children with her dedication to biblical literacy.

Caryn Rivadeneira – Writer

Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of seven books, for children and adults, including her most recent: Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible (Sparkhouse Family, 2017). Caryn is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a founding member of Ink: A Creative Collective. She lives in the near-west suburbs of Chicago with her husband, three kids, and rescued pit bull.

Lisa Salerno – Writer

Lisa Salerno has a degree in Elementary Education and has home schooled her children and taught elementary and middle school at international schools in South America. She also served as a children’s ministry director and a worked as a school librarian and currently teaches Sunday School. Lisa and her husband of 29 years have 4 daughters and 1 son and are blessed with 3 granddaughters.

David Sanford – Writer

David Sanford’s speaking engagements have ranged everywhere from The Billy Graham Center at the Cove to the University of California Berkeley. His book and Bible projects have been published by Zondervan, Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Doubleday, and Amazon. His professional biography is summarized at His personal biography features his wife of 35 years, Renée, their five children, and their twelve grandchildren (including one in heaven).

Marci Strickland – Writer

Marci Strickland is a Sunday School writer for the Hearts Alive project. Marci attended East Carolina University in North Carolina where she studied Early Childhood Development and Family Life. She worked in the field for 12 years teaching young children in the classroom and served as her school’s Curriculum Resource Teacher for two years supporting and training teachers. She has spoken at teacher conferences about incorporating diverse learning practices in every classroom and successfully balancing core standards while teaching to individual learning styles. Marci was a recipient of bible stories, memory verses, and Sunday School hugs throughout her entire childhood. This is why she has served in Sunday School as a teacher or administrator since college. She has been blessed as a homeschooling mother for the past four years of her three beautiful children and is celebrating 18 years of marriage.

Jill Turner – Writer

Jill Turner earned her degree in Communications/Journalism from Cal State Fullerton and has been working as a professional writer and curriculum designer since 2002. She is the designer and writer of a leveled online Bible curriculum for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade covering the entire text of the Bible, as well as a Systematic Theology and Christology for the online curriculum Dew Learning (now owned by Lifeway Christian Resources). She writes and edits books and curriculum with Dr. Kenneth Boa of Reflections Ministries, including their most recent Heart, Head and Hands Discipleship Curriculum Series, and she ideated and wrote for the Orange curriculum (the reThink Group) for many years. Jill is also a mom to three teenagers, an artist and a lover of all languages who aspires to one day be a missionary.

Lonnie Gilbert – Graphic Design

Lonnie’s design career began in 1998, and it has spanned from Las Vegas to South Carolina, from airlines to casinos to churches. In January 2015, he started his own company, Lonnie G. Creative, where he designs for churches around the country. He’s also a trained chef who teaches cooking classes in Downtown Greenville, SC.

Tommy Owen – Design & Consulting

Tommy is the *go-to guy* for a lot of companies. He has over 20 years industry experience in print design, web design/development, video production, mobile application creation and internet marketing. He is also a consultant and problem solver for companies (big or small) that are in need of general creative & technical consulting.