MEET OUR TEAm
Our team of publishing professionals brings a combined 80+ years of specialized experience in the Christian publishing industry. Our skills and areas of expertise are varied, but we all share a commitment to the tenets of DCJA—producing and promoting messages that will renew the Church and redeem culture for Jesus Christ. We have fun working together and hope you'll enjoy getting to know us a bit here.
Don Jacobson has been involved in publishing for over 30 years. As owner and president of Multnomah Publishers for 14 years, Don worked with hundreds of authors and oversaw the production of over 1,000 book titles. Multnomah's readers enjoyed The Prayer of Jabez, Redeeming Love, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, For Women Only, and books from Dr. James Dobson, Henry Blackaby, Max Lucado, Andy Stanley, Robin Jones Gunn, and many more.
Don's favorite part about publishing has always been working with authors and helping them develop creative book concepts. After selling Multnomah to Random House in 2006, Don founded D.C. Jacobson & Associates, where he continues to do what he loves—helping authors get their life-changing books published.
That passion is still the heartbeat of Don’s professional life as he leads DCJA.
Don and his wife Brenda live in Fairview, Oregon.
Jenni Burke has been helping Christian authors realize their publishing dreams since the beginning of D.C. Jacobson & Associates. Her love of books and her passion for Christ led her into the Christian publishing industry in 2003. While earning her degrees in English Communication and Business Administration at Corban University, Jenni was a literary associate at a respected CBA agency. Later, she joined Multnomah Publishers' production and editorial department, where she worked on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles. In 2006, Jenni put her business and publishing experience to work as she joined Don Jacobson in launching DCJA.
"Working with authors who've been entrusted with life-changing messages is an incredible honor," says Jenni. She spends her time providing support and encouragement to her authors, developing stunning book proposals, and collaborating with her authors, editors, marketers, and publishers to best position their books for success.
Jenni is on mission to reach her generation (GenX/Millennials) with words that breathe life. She is open to queries from authors of adult nonfiction who are strong in what she calls The Three Cs: Concept (message, angle), Craft (writing skill), and Crowd (platform, network). (Hear more about Jenni's take on becoming a published author in today's market via this podcast chat with her client Tsh Oxenreider).
Jenni is crazy in love with her husband Seth—a counselor—and their two young children, William John and Violet Mignon. They live together on a historic homestead in Central Oregon. When not working or reading, she enjoys getting her hands in the dirt with her family, ministering with her local community, or planning her next trip to Italy. Jenni has combined two of her passions—lifting up Christian communicators and European travel—into the Tuscany Writers' Retreat, a soul care pilgrimage for creatives in one of the world's most beautiful and artful settings. (Follow the photo trail on Instagram at #TuscanyWritersRetreat).
Heidi Mitchell has been a reader since childhood. She majored in Art History in college but eventually found her way back to her first love: books. She began reading manuscripts for DCJA in 2009 and began working as a literary agent in 2012. Heidi enjoys working with authors and developing proposals, and she especially loves the thrill of discovering an author with a message she is passionate about. Her goal is to develop strong relationships with her authors, helping them develop lasting relationships with their editors and publishers.
Heidi is actively acquiring narrative nonfiction, memoir, popular culture, and current affairs as well as children’s fiction.
Heidi and her husband Mike live in Southern California. She spends much of her free time with her family, traveling, biking, and watching an abundance of football.
Tawny Johnson began her association with the Christian retail and publishing industry back in 1979. Her years of experience in bookstore retailing give her the unique ability to recognize relevance and marketability. She was a store manager, regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a chain of 10 successful Christian bookstores before being hired by Multnomah Press. During her time at Multnomah, Tawny lent her skills in the areas of marketing, advertising, and international book rights.
“All my past experience in the industry, coupled with my passion for exceptional writing, depth of content, and theological integrity, has led me to a career as a literary agent,” Tawny says.
“On a personal note, my initial encounter with Christ was through reading a memoir, so I know, first-hand, how God can use a Christian book to touch the heart of a searching soul. It truly is a privilege to work alongside authors, to encourage their work, and to transfer their vision to those who are equally dedicated to furthering the impact of their words.”
Tawny holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology with a minor in English Literature from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. She is a native Oregonian, loves to laugh with her family and friends, and anticipates every year her inevitable return to her “happy place”—Nantucket Island.
Blair Jacobson is a reader at heart, and he loves dreaming with authors about their books. He has over seven years of experience working with authors and publishers as a literary agent, and he's particularly effective at helping authors shape and develop their books, write compelling proposals, and craft successful pitches.
When Blair isn’t reading, he’s single-handedly cheering the Blazers to victory, volunteering at a local charity bookstore, or drinking awesome coffee at awesome hipster coffee shops. Blair and his wife, Rachel, live in Salem with Mr. Bingley, their golden retriever.
Director of Operations
Martin Raz (Marty) has been involved in the publishing industry since 1989, when he joined Don Jacobson’s first publishing venture, Questar Publishers, in Sisters, Oregon.
Marty has performed many duties during those 25+ years, including those in business, information technology, and operations. Currently Director of Operations, he oversees the day-to-day business needs of the DCJA office, and he enjoys interacting with Authors while negotiating contracts.
When not sitting in front of a computer, Marty dabbles with cooking, pretends to garden his sixty-year-old Nectar berry vines, and enjoys watching basketball, especially the Portland Trail Blazers. A life-long Oregonian, he loves living in the Pacific Northwest, despite its soggy days, with his wife Keri Jo, as together they cheer for their two older children navigating the collegiate waters, and high school son Davis.
As D.C. Jacobson & Associates Literary Agency’s marketing coordinator, Laurel Boruck works with authors and publishers to help get books into the hands of the readers who need them. She works with agents and authors to develop book proposals with great marketing, target audience, and platform and publicity sections, and she also helps authors and publishers strategize on marketing plans.
Before joining DCJA, Laurel was a project manager and marketing manager at Ooligan Press. She holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MA in Writing and Book Publishing from Portland State University, where she accidentally discovered that she was an absolute nerd when it comes to book marketing and publicity. While working towards her master's degree, she completed marketing internships at Harper Perennial at HarperCollins in New York, and at Portland’s own Tin House Books—both experiences that reinforced her enthusiasm for helping spread the word about great books.
In her free time, Laurel enjoys playing pub trivia with friends and drinking strong coffee with a good book in hand.