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Meet The Family

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins

CEO and Founder

Christopher is currently the co-founder and CEO of Familius, a trade book publishing company founded in 2012 with a mission to help families be happy, a mission that has helped Familius be one of the top fastest growing independent publishing companies in the US for the past three years as reported by Publishers Weekly. Christopher earned a BA in English and an MBA from BYU. He has served on numerous boards including Writers@Work and the Independent Book Publishers Association. His favorite quote is attributed to Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Christopher currently lives in the central valley of California with his wife, four of his nine children, and their cat and dog.

Michele Lynne Robbins, the Mater Familius and Acquisitions Editor, has been the CEO of the Robbins Roost for twenty-two years, where she has homeschooled each of her nine children. When she is not running her domestic enterprise, she is found developing important book content, creating unique gifts and enjoying the joys of family life and motherhood. She holds a BA in Special Education from Brigham Young University.

Michelle Robbins

Michele Robbins

CEO and Founder

Brooke Jordan

Managing Editor

Brooke Jorden earned a BA in English and editing from Brigham Young University. The author of If It Fits, I Sits: The Ultimate Cat Quotebook, I Dig Bathtime, and the Lit for Little Hands series, Brooke is also the managing editor at Familius. Brooke, her husband, their three children, and their cat live in Cedar Hills, Utah.

Ashley Marie Mireles was born and raised in the heart of California’s Central Valley where, as a child, she spent much of her time in her local library. Her love of books lead her to a career in the publishing industry. Ashley loves to travel, try new foods, read, and learn the choreography from her favorite music videos as a form of exercise. She currently lives in Fresno, California, with her boyfriend of six years and their terrier.

Ashley Marie Mireles

Director of Sales and Marketing

Kate

Kate Farrell

Director of Public Relations

Kate Farrell is the Director of Marketing and PR at Familius. She got her start in the industry when she spent seven years diving deep into book-to-film communities as co-administrator of a Hunger Games fansite. Kate worked for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® and is currently a M.A. student at Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.

Carlos is a Fresno, CA native. An artist at heart, he has spent his life painting, drawing, and creating. He joined the Familius team in 2019 as a freelance Graphic Designer and now works full-time as the Art Administrator and In-House Designer. When he is not working hard to make our books the best they can be, Carlos loves to spend time outdoors with his rescue pitbull Koda.

Carlos Guerrero

Art Administration & Design

Jillian Sollid

Director of Accounting & Human Resources

Hi, my name is Jillian Sollid. I am a Mom of four, 3 grown and one getting ready to graduate high school. Mimi to our sweet Emmy and her sibling due in August (so excited for many more in the future)! Also, Dog Mom to two little guys, who you have probably heard, if we have been on a call together. My husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors. I also enjoy crafting and decorating, when we have some quiet time at home. I have been fortunate to be with Familius for 8 years and look forward to helping Familius continue to grow and help families be happy.

I have long been an avid reader and member of the grammar police!

I have a B.A. in English from Drake University, with minors in film studies and environmental science. I earned a post-graduate certificate in editing from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in publishing through George Washington University.

I’ve been freelance editing with Familius since 2015, and in 2021 I took on its blog management tasks.

In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy or adventure/thriller novels, as well as getting caught up on T.V. shows and spending time with family. I also daydream about visiting Nepal to see wild red pandas, a trip that would put my list of visited countries at twenty (I guess you can say I love to travel!).

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Peg Sandkam

Habit Hub Manager

Maggie Wickes

Administration

I’m Maggie. I love reading, being outside, and going on great adventures.

Bick Robbins, our General Counsel, is a CPA and an attorney. He therefore has no personality and no soul. He does, however, have almost 40 years of legal experience which we greatly appreciate.

Bick Robbins

Bick Robbins

HR and General Counsel

Allison Olson

International Rights

DropCap co-founder, Allison Olson, has more than 25 years of experience in publishing rights management and sales. She managed the foreign language rights sales for several large book publishers for 10 years and ran her own rights agency for another 15 before co-founding DropCap in 2018.  Allison adores the Familius list and has enjoyed seeing many of the parenting and children’s books published into 6, 7, 8 even 9 languages for many titles including a Mongolian edition of Made for Me, which was a first!
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