Our Team
Our Team

The creative team at VanitaBooks draws our ideas from the events in our lives. We are inspired by our children and grandchildren. Our stories are, in many ways, their stories. Each book is a collaboration of message and style, told with a bit of humor and a lot of love.

Vanita Oelschlager

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mount Union College, where she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. She was named "Writer in Residence" for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron in 2007.

Kristin Blackwood

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator. She has a degree from Kent State University in Art History. In addition to teaching and her design work, Kristin enjoys being a mother to her two daughters.

Robin Hegan

Robin Hegan has many artistic talents but she enjoys illustrating children's books the most. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Integrative Arts. Robin resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

Mike Blanc

Mike Blanc is a life-long professional artist. His artwork has illuminated countless publications for both corporate and public interests, worldwide. Mike contributes creative direction and illustration. He lives with his wife, Gail, in sunny Doylestown, Ohio. They enjoy their four children, and five grandkids.

Jennie Levy Smith

Jennie Levy is an art director and graphic designer. She has been creating award-winning work for more than 20 years recognized for its distinctiveness and effectiveness. Jennie has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from The University of Akron. Her two daughters are a constant source of inspiration.

Sheila Tarr is the coordinator for VanitaBooks. She has been with VanitaBooks since its inception. She has worked with Vanita at Oak Associates for 15 years. Sheila graduated from The University of Akron. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in Akron, Ohio.

Kurt Landefeld is an award-winning producer, editor and writer. He has been with VanitaBooks since its inception. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and did post-graduate work at the University of Toledo. He and his wife live lakeside in Huron, Ohio.

Joe Rossi is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer originally from Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History. He is the recipient of numerous Addy Awards and has had artwork published in the Official Michael Jackson Opus, by Kraken Opus.

Mike DeSantis creates puzzles and illustrations for children's books and magazines. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and received a BS in Management from Case Western Reserve University. Mike lives near Cleveland with his wife, three wonderful children, and two barking dogs.


VanitaBooks donates all net profits to The Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis and other charities where "people help people help themselves."
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