Our Staff

Terry Barber

Editorial Director, Palm Leaves Press

Terry came to Parallax in 2002 after living in Thich Nhat Hanh’s community for nine years. Since 1992 she has contributed to Plum Village’s Thich Nhat Hanh archive by transcribing Thay’s Dharma talks. Terry likes the mountains, reading, listener-sponsored radio, and looking out at the sky and tree from her window.

Earlita Chenault

Publicity Director

Earlita Chenault hails from California’s Central Coast. An avid reader and book collector, she is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a degree in literature from their College of Creative Studies. Earlita has been in the book publishing industry since the summer of 2000 and has worked for several East Bay publishers, publicizing everything from self-help and psychology to memoirs, fiction, and religion. She has been directing publicity at Parallax Press since 2016.

When she is not promoting books or reading them, Earlita delights in the Golden State Warriors, football season, traveling, her nephew, and her dog.

Katie Eberle

Creative Director

A constant explorer, Katie brings her experience in radio, graphic design, publishing, and thoughtful living to her work as Creative Director at Parallax. She has a nose for good stories. She often likes to tell them. And she will always love books for being what they are: perfect portals with the capacity to see into others and ourselves. She also publishes titles with Mount Vision Press, based in Inverness, California, and lives in a small cabin on the coast.

Heather Harrison

Sales and Inventory Director “Emerita”

Heather has always worked in the book business, at bookstores, book distributors and publishers including Lonely Planet and Wilderness Press before landing at Parallax in 2010. She loves to read, hear live music, travel, and support the San Francisco Giants. Now retired, Heather can still be sighted in and around the office helping get things done.

Steven D. Low

Community Engagement & Operations Director

Before joining Parallax, Steven spent 16 years in the social and environmental justice fields, focusing on strategic communications and resource development. He directs online education and engagement, while also helping operations to run smoothly at Parallax. Steven is a former lecturer at San Francisco State University where he taught rhetoric, public relations, and small group communication.

Hisae Matsuda

Publisher

Born in Japan and raised in London, Hisae first encountered mindfulness practice at a retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in England in 1993. She is honored to serve as publisher of the teachings of the Plum Village Engaged Buddhism tradition, which she finds a beautiful path for personal and community healing and transformation. Prior to joining Parallax in 2016, she was an editor at North Atlantic Books. Hisae is inspired by great writing that shows the connections between spirituality, sustainability, social change, and healing.

Elizabeth McKellar

Sales and Marketing Manager

Elizabeth McKellar is a Bay Area native, with brief stints in Kentucky, Montana, India, and Costa Rica. A lover of travel, animals, and books, Elizabeth worked in publishing at Lonely Planet and Berrett-Koehler prior to joining Parallax in 2020. A dedicated home baker with dreams of being on the Great British Baking show, when she isn’t reading, or daydreaming of reading, she enjoys practicing mindfulness and spending time with her cats, corgi, and family.

Jacob Surpin

Senior Editor and Associate Publisher

A Brooklyn native, Jacob moved to Oakland and joined the Parallax team in 2016. He was first exposed to Buddhist thought in high school and it has been a presence in his life ever since. As an editor, Jacob is most interested in projects that have the potential to change and challenge the way we think and live.

When he’s not editing, he enjoys long walks in the redwoods with his dog Juniper, and being unabashedly hopeful (there’s always next year) about the New York Mets.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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