Suzanne has devoted her career to the education of children. After earning a Master of Arts in Reading and Language Arts, she taught second grade before the desire to develop teaching materials drew her to educational publishing. Suzanne began with Laidlaw Brothers, and then in 1984, joined HBJ as Executive Editor in Reading. In that role, Suzanne helped to oversee the development of basal reading programs and supervised a staff of 25. Suzanne went on to form the editorial department for a design and production development house in 1989. Under her guidance, the department produced major programs in science, reading, social studies, math, and test development. Suzanne and her husband, Austin, founded TIGHE in 2002. The company now has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Short Hills, New Jersey.
Vice President, Operations
Kevin joined TIGHE in 2005. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Kevin started his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative in 1992. He spent the next 13 years with two industry leaders in various marketing and sales positions. At TIGHE, Kevin plays a role in day-to-day company operations, helps formulate long-range plans, and establishes and maintains professional contacts with clients, assuring client satisfaction.
Vice President, Product Development
Celia has spent more than 30 years in the educational publishing industry. After 13 years at HBJ, where she held the titles of Executive Editor and Director of Reading and Language Arts, Celia switched her focus to supplemental. Working first for Weekly Reader and later for Modern Curriculum Press, she oversaw the development of national programs. Most recently, Celia was Publisher at Pearson Learning Group. At TIGHE, Celia oversees all conceptualization. Once the roadmap is completed, she works with the entire TIGHE staff to guide programs from the initial stages of prototyping and guideline writing to successful completion.
Vice President, Design and Production
Kim has more than 20 years of industry experience, spending much of that time managing all aspects of page production. Kim joined TIGHE in 2003 as Production Manager. Kim uses her finely honed skills to schedule, manage staff, and implement quality-control programs, while keeping communication open between departments and with clients. The company’s rapid growth and Kim’s expertise and insights led to her promotion to VP of Design and Production in 2009.
Mike has experience across multiple disciplines on both sides of the publishing aisle. At Scott Foresman, he led in-house staff and directed vendors as Design Manager. Since moving to the vendor side, Mike has produced award-winning designs and best-selling programs for Holt McDougal, Pearson, Scholastic, and National Geographic School Publishing. He has received honors for his work from the Chicago Book Clinic, New York Bookbinders Guild, and the AIGA.
Editorial Director, Chicago
Sue began her career as an elementary teacher in suburban Chicago. She moved on to become the Director of Education for a top-producing Sylvan Learning Center. After eight years in that position, Sue decided to make the leap to educational publishing. Suzanne hired Sue as an editor at a development house in Chicago. During her five years there, Sue worked on a variety of projects, including reading, language arts, social studies, phonics, and test preparation. She joined TIGHE in 2003. Sue’s superb communication skills, conceptual thinking, and all-inclusive knowledge of publishing keep the Editorial Department running smoothly and efficiently.
Editorial Director, Short Hills
Leslie, who spent four years as a classroom teacher, has more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. Before joining TIGHE, she spent 11 years at Pearson Learning Group as Executive Editor in Reading/Language Arts. While there, Leslie directed in-house and freelance staff on major educational programs, including reading intervention, phonics, leveled readers, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary for the pre-K through Grade 12 market. Leslie joined TIGHE in 2007, where she continues to manage in-house and freelance staff and serves as a liaison with clients.