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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 Jorden

Editorial Director

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.

Shaelyn Topolovec, often asked how to pronounce her name, goes by Shae to keep things simple. A devoted reader and writer ever since she could first crawl to the bookshelf and hold a crayon, she earned a BA in editing and publishing from BYU, worked on several online publications, and joined the Familius family. Shae is the managing editor at Familius and currently lives in California’s Central Valley, where she can go for long “junk food” rides in the mountains, around lakes, and to the coast.

Shaelyn Topolovec

Managing Editor

Ashley Marie Mireles

Director of Sales and Marketing

Ashley Marie Mireles is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Familius Publishing working to help families be happy through the books she writes, creates, and sells. She has authored several children’s books with Familius and hopes to continue creating more. Her collaborative sales efforts have helped Familius become one of the fastest growing independent publishers for four years in a row. She currently serves on the IBPA Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the IBPA’s DEI Committee. She hopes to help create a publishing industry that is inviting, inclusive, and accessible for all through her work with the IBPA.

She currently lives in Fresno, CA with her partner and two rescue pups.

Adina is a former preschool teacher and a mom of 2 young kids. She has a passion for picture books and adores reading with her kids and students. She loves helping families find books that help them navigate the ups and downs of early childhood. She has a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Manhattanville College with a certification in Special Education. Adina and her family currently live in Bethel, CT.

Adina Oberman

Marketing Associate

Jaiden Wong

PR/Marketing Associate

Jaiden Wong is a PR/Marketing associate at Familius. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in advertising and a minor in entrepreneurship she moved back to her hometown and now resides in Clackamas, Oregon. Jaiden has always loved books and as a kid she dreamed of working at a publishing company. Now her dream has come true! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafting and spending time with her cat, Starla. 

Mckay is the Video and Marketing associate for Familius, and helps to create content of all kinds for the company, including cover designs, illustrations, editing, and videos for social media. Mckay graduated from BYU with a BA in Editing and Publishing, and resides in Provo, Utah. Mckay is an avid book reader and especially loves comic books, the perfect combination of art and story, aside from picture books, of course.

McKay Rappleyea

Video & Marketing Associate

Carlos Guerrero

Art Administration & In-House Design

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 pit bulls Koda and Kiki.

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.

Jillian Sollid

Director of Accounting & Human Resources


Peg Sandkam

Habit Hub Manager

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!).


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

Maggie Wickes


Bick Robbins

Bick Robbins

HR and General Counsel

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.

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!

Allison Olson

International Rights

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