Staff

IMG 6465 Laura Furney is Assistant Director and Managing Editor of the University Press of Colorado. Since her publishing career began in 1993, she has worked in the business, acquisitions, manuscript editorial, and production departments. Laura has been the press’s managing editor since 2004 and is responsible for coordinating the schedules and directing the production for both press imprints. Under her oversight, the press’s list has grown to some fifty books annually and includes award-winning scholarly monographs and edited volumes, textbooks, and reference materials. Recently, Laura implemented an XML-first workflow, in partnership with University of Toronto Press, directing the necessary adjustments to the press’s editorial and production practices. A Boulder native, Laura returned to Colorado after receiving her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is an avid supporter of the local arts community.
   
IMG 2607 2 Rachael Levay, Acquisitions Editor, lives in Pocatello, Idaho with her family. She was formerly the Marketing and Sales Director at the University of Washington Press, where she worked for 11 years. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro MFA program and a BA from the University of Washington.
   
1bbaad13db4af2c2ee70cb76148e9d8a L Dan Miller, who has been designing and typesetting both books and marketing materials for University Press of Colorado | Utah State University Press for well over a decade, is retiring at the end of October 2020. Prior to joining Utah State University Press, Dan worked as a photojournalist for most of Utah's major newspapers, including the Salt Lake Tribune and The Herald Journal in Logan, Utah. In his capacity as a professional photographer, Dan is also a contributing author to two Utah State University Press titles, The River Knows Everything and Visions of Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake. You will probably find Dan enjoying his retirement on a trail or a river in the Four Corners area with his wife, Diane Bush, and his dog, Deso. The rest of the staff wish Dan the best in his retirement and want him to know that he will be greatly missed.
   
 20201220 163158 Daniel Pratt started with the University Press of Colorado as a Marketing and Editorial Intern in 1998. Hired on as the Business Assistant in 1999, he has worked for UPC’s editorial and production departments for fifteen years, the last eleven of them as Production Manager. He has been involved in the production of nearly 500 books, and his work has been recognized by the PubWest Annual Design Awards, the National Outdoor Book Awards, the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s EVVY Awards.
   
Darrin Pratt Headshot Darrin Pratt is Director of the University Press of Colorado, a position he has held since 2000, and a past President of the Association of University Presses (2016-2017). Prior to becoming Director, Darrin was the Assistant Director and Sales & Marketing Manager at University Press of Colorado, and he has also held editorial, marketing, and sales positions at Ohio State University Press, Indiana University Press, and Columbia University Press. Darrin has a Master’s in English Literature from Indiana University, and he obtained his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in his home state of Ohio.
   
IMG 5902 Beth Svinarich is the Sales and Marketing Manager at the University Press of Colorado. She has a BA in English from Fairfield University and a MS in Publishing from Pace University. Beth began her career in Special Markets at Workman Publishing in New York, but eventually could not resist the urge to return to her native state. She moved back to Colorado and feels very lucky to have found a home at UPC, where she's been handling the sales and marketing department since 2008.
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Cassidy McDougal is the Sales and Marketing Assistant at the University Press of Colorado/Utah State University. She is currently pursuing her BS in Marketing from Utah State University and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Cassidy started working at UPC in 2020 and has enjoyed her time working at the press.