MEET OUR TEAm
Our team of publishing professionals brings a combined 60+ 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.
Jenni Burke has been helping Christian authors build successful, life-giving writing careers 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 managed a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles through the back-end editorial process. In 2006, Jenni put her business and publishing acumen to work as she joined Don Jacobson in launching DCJA.
"Authors are my heroes. It’s an incredible honor to support and advocate for people who've been entrusted with life-changing messages," says Jenni. She spends her time developing stunning book proposals, negotiating excellent publishing deals, collaborating on marketing campaigns, and encouraging her clients as they do the brave work of sending forth their words into the world.
Jenni is on mission to reach this generation 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). (Listen to Jenni’s Podcast interview with Tsh Oxenreider to learn more about The Three C’s and Jenni’s thoughts on “slow publishing” in a fast world).
Jenni lives in Oregon with her husband Seth—a counselor—and their two young children, William John and Violet Mignon. 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 traveling Europe—into the Tuscany Writers' Retreat, a soul care pilgrimage for creatives in the land of the Renaissance. (Follow the photo trail on Instagram at #TuscanyWritersRetreat).
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.
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 30+ 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, as well as their lone high school son.