Way back in mid-March, we closed our office as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19, and since then I have been planning (and planning and planning) to write about Pressbooks and the ways open digital technologies, open content, and open practices can be part of a resilience strategy in the face of upheavals like
We’re delighted to introduce Ricardo Aragón and Sarah Fennessey, the newest members of the Pressbooks organization. Ricardo has joined us as a full stack developer, and Sarah has taken the role of institutional sales manager.
Outside of work, Ricardo enjoys cooking Argentine barbecue (asado) and playing guitar in a variety of musical styles.
“I was looking for a company with good values and good people, and since day one I have received help and good vibes from everyone,” says Ricardo. “I am amazed by the way the team balances human kindness with a commitment to building a great product.”
Prior to joining Pressbooks, Sarah worked as the sales & growth lead for Mikata Health and managed a remote, international team for Breather. Sarah is also a co-founder of Vent Over Tea, an active listening service that pairs people who need to talk with great listeners in Montréal cafés. She is a graduate from McGill University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology.
Two things that bring her joy are deep conversations and long walks with her french bulldog, Pants.
“I’m thrilled to be joining an amazing team,” says Sarah. “It is clear that everyone is so passionate about the product and the company’s mission. I look forward to helping the education community expand its open educational resources.”
Please join us in welcoming Ricardo and Sarah to our organization!
Farewells to Liz & Taylor
We’ve also recently said goodbye to our longtime colleagues Taylor McGrath and Liz Mays. Taylor is now putting her master’s degree in publishing to further use as a digital publishing assistant at the University of Chicago Press while Liz has returned to university teaching as an online instructor for Arizona State University’s journalism program.
We’ll miss you, Liz & Taylor. Thanks for everything!