Savant/Aignos Staff
(alphabetically by last name)


Taylor Brack is a proofreader at Savant/Aignos. She is an aspiring fiction author who currently works as an attorney. Her prior experience is in academic research and writing. Most notably, she served as a staff editor of the Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal and was published in the Winter 2019 Special Edition of that journal. She enjoys stories in all mediums and has an enduring love for literature. Her favorite fiction genres include: fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, sci-fi and sci-fu (science-based futuring). 


Michael H. Davis, an accomplished writer, author, editor and proofreader, is Director of Publicity and Marketing for Savant/Aignos as well as the owner of Michael Harold Davis Consulting LLC. 

An award-winning Savant/Aignos author and poet, Helen R. Davis also serves as an editor and proofreader. She was guest editor of Savant's 2015/16 poetry anthology. Her favored literary focus is women in history and politics, especially those whose only true crime is ambition and being on the wrong side of history or the media. She is interested in historical fiction of all kinds, and favors the ancient and medieval world, science fiction, and fantasy, and is especially interested in works by younger "millennial" authors. She currently makes her home in the mountains of Casper, Wyoming.

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After a fulfilling 20 year career in the publishing industry with HarperCollins Publishers and Simon & Schuster, Roscel Garcia joins Savant/Aignos as an editor, proofreader, and Director of Distribution. A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Psychology with a minor in English, Roscel is an avid reader and particularly enjoys romances, romantic suspense, mysteries, thrillers, and histories that read like fiction. She also enjoys partner dancing and teaches West Coast Swing & Hustle dancing.

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Eleonor Gardner is a Savant/Aignos editor and proofreader who originally hails from San Diego, California. After many years traveling, she has now made Wahiawa, HI her home. She is also a writer, photographer, artist, culinary enthusiast, entrepreneur, and Army veteran. Eleonor holds a bachelors degree in English with a minor in business administration from Christopher Newport University where she graduated with honors. She enjoys memoirs, action and adventure, art and culture, thrillers, and horror books.

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Hailey Hamric is a Savant proofreader. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in English. Her favorite genres are contemporary fiction, modern fiction, sci-fi fiction, horror, teen fiction, fan fiction and mysteries. She will also read far from her own boundaries because she loves experiencing and reading new things in any genre and is a big lover of literature, especially Greek Mythology. In her spare time, she loves to do art, such as drawing and crafts, and loves to write as well as read a book on the beach.

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Savant/Aignos Proofreader Lisa Hodorovych is a Jersey girl, born and raised with aspirations of living in warmer weather all year round. She has always loved and has always had a passion for writing. Even in her fifth grade yearbook, under her photo, she put "Author" as her "Future Goal." While studying in college, she worked for and interned for her school's literary journal, The Literary Review, where she found her love and passion for editing and proofreading. Several years after college, she realized she wanted to do editing, proofreading, and writing more as a full-time job than anything else. Now, here she is! 

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Daniel S. Janik, Savant editor and cover artist, is a multi-award-winning author, poet and actor who founded Savant Books and Publications. A dancer, educator and former space scientist, Naval commander and physician, as an editor, he favors fiction (children's books, poetry, political thrillers and science fiction) and non-fiction (educational works, earth and space sciences). 

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Award-winning Savant/Aignos author and poet Kaethe Kauffman edits and brings to life enduring transformative literary works with a twist. She specializes in historical fiction and narrative non-fiction, humor, memoir and women's fiction and non-fiction.

Kaethe has a BA in Asian Studies from University of Washington, Seattle and a BA in Fine Art from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has since received an Masters in Fine Arts degree from University of California, Irvine and a PhD in Art History from Union Graduate School, Cincinnati, Ohio with honors.

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Savant/Aignos cover artist Dennis Krull is the owner, illustrator and designer/photographer at 5foot20 Design Lounge. After getting his BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead ('93), Dennis has had fun working ever since! He has created art for everything from magazine, newspapers, and postcard packages, helicopters and the web. He is an award-winning designer and photographer who recently jumped into the fine art world.

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Proofreader Dennis Laughlin joined Savant/Aignos in 2018. A former health and safety inspector and  retired career Naval chief, he especially loves science and westerns. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Savant editor K. M. Lee is an avid writer, gamer, and crafter, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2016, she graduated with a Masters in Popular Fiction from the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program and most enjoys Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Fairytales. She freelance writes/edits full time for companies such as interactive fiction start-up, Legendary Affinity, and tabletop roleplaying company, New Agenda Publishing. Kathryn runs on Jesus and boba, and can be found pursuing a myriad of hobbies, including but not limited to crocheting, dancing, watching anime, and figure skating


Alex Mullin graduated from New York University with a BA in Media and Communications. Born an avid reader, Alex has worked with a literary scout to proof manuscript submissions and currently works as an editor at Watching America as well as a proofreader at Savant. She hopes to continue working in the publishing industry where her love of books is facilitated by like-minded people with a common purpose: creating and sharing great literature.

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Multi-award-winning author, poet and editor, former Editor-in-Chief and publisher,  Zachary M. Oliver in 2013 founded Aignos Publications, bringing it back into the Savant fold in 2017. 


Savant cover artist Jessica Orfe an artist and educator as well as an avid reader. She is at home with nature, creatures, and peculiarly engaging stories. Jessica holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2013), a PBC from SAIC (2009), and a BA from the University of Chicago (2006).

Savant editor Stephanie Poach is an award-winning writer and former lead editor and writer for multiple publications in the pacific northwest. She has been working in the publishing industry as an editor for over ten years, and her experience with editing and writing includes a diverse and unique expanse of the industry—from magazines to scientific reports. 

Savant voice actor Peter Pollock is universally favored by Savant Books and Publications for his outstanding audiobook readings including audiobook versions of works by multi-award-winning authors William Maltese, A. G. Hayes and Raymond Gaynor. 
David Shinsato is Savant/Aignos' Editor-in-Chief/Acquisition Officer, also serves as an editor and proofreader. He currently resides in Colorado. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and enjoys both fiction (romantic-comedy, fantasy, and science fiction) and non-fiction (theology, philosophy, and history). He looks to positively transform reader's worldviews and thereby their lives a little more with every work in which he is involved.

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Kelsey Sugai is the is a Savant proofreader with a passion for storytelling regardless of the medium—books, film, music, video games, etc. She is an avid Sci-Fi and Fantasy fan and has proofread manuscripts ranging from Sci-Fi Romance to Historical Fantasy. She is also an actress, filmmaker and screenwriter. In her spare time, she loves discovering new restaurants with her husband, and then burning off the excess calories in karate. Find her on Instagram at @jedi_sugai where she often gripes about the woes—and celebrates the joys—of writing. 

Chizuru "Lucy" Takeda is the Savant/Aignos' Special Japanese Editor. Originally from Japan, she immigrated to the USA in 1989. She graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan with a BA in Theology. She also completed a Japanese teacher training course in Japan and worked as a Japanese language instructor. In her free time, she writes children’s books and does illustrations for them. She currently resides in Washington State.

Vern Turner is an experienced editor, proof-reader and author. In previous careers, he wrote for scientific and trade journals as well as having serving as an independent editor for four novels. He draws on a wealth of experience as a world traveler, a scientist, educator and principal engineer in various industries. He is an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.

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