Meet the Team






Derrick Kennedy

Derrick is the Founder and President of District Publishing. He leads by example and with the rest of the DP team has created a “Customer First” culture. Derrick enjoys working with our clients and our management to help facilitate a better customer experience in everything we do. He takes great pride in watching team members learn and grow because of the collaborative environment the company has cultivated over the last 17 years. His favorite pastime is enjoying the lakes in Michigan with his family.


Brad Scott
Director of Sales

Brad has been overseeing the Account Executive team since District Publishing started. He manages the day-to-day activities as it relates to all key client accounts, while also playing a key role in the growth and development of our sales & marketing process. Brad’s in-depth knowledge of the industries we serve and each division of our company, makes him an important link between the products and services offered by District Publishing and the continued focus on client satisfaction. He is a dedicated family man to his wife and two children and is an avid outdoorsman.


Veronica Decker
Production Manager

Veronica has been with the District Publishing team since 2005 and designed the first brochure project with Derrick Kennedy. Since then, she has taken on the management of the Production team, coordinating photo shoots, organizing workflow, and working closely with printers to ensure our clients have the best-looking printed brochures possible. Besides loving most everything in the art and creative world, she loves her husband, spending time with family and friends, and is a huge Beatles fan.





Jenny Adams
Accounting / Human Resources

Jenny has been with District Publishing since 2018. She leads our Accounting and H/R functions for the company and is instrumental in making sure all processes, billing, and client project information is accurate at all times. Her attention to detail and willingness to take on a variety of different tasks makes her uniquely qualified to handle this area of our business. She likes spending time with her husband, ten-year-old son, and an eleven-year-old Labrador Retriever. She also enjoys music, cooking, and genealogy.




Client On-Boarding Team



Sheree Weddell
Senior Account Manager

Sheree has been with District Publishing since 2008. Her key role is to on-board clients by demonstrating the benefits of our partnership marketing program and how it’s a win, win for both the client and their vendor partners. She also serves as a mentor to our Sales Coordinators and assists our leadership team with the management of the client on-boarding process. She is known to go above and beyond for both her clients and her peers when they seek her assistance. Sheree loves spending time with family (grandkids), friends, & meeting the needs of others. She also makes custom-decorated cookies in her spare time.


Shelly Byarski
Senior Account Manager

Shelly has been a part of our team since 2014. She identifies companies that can benefit from a new or revitalized sales/marketing piece. She works closely with those companies to share unique ways DP can provide customized print and digital media campaigns at no cost. Shelly is passionate about building long-term relationships with her client base and understanding their niche markets. She can be found most weekends enjoying the outdoors up north amongst family & friends, cooking, kayaking, and relaxing around campfires.


Katie Lackey
Senior Account Manager

Katie joined the District Publishing team in 2013. She is always looking for new and different ways to set her clients apart from their competition and help increase their sales long-term. Katie takes pride in building and cultivating relationships with her clients that extend beyond the initial on-boarding process. She believes that one of the biggest compliments her clients have given is to refer their peers to her for the same exceptional service they received. Katie’s greatest joys are her husband and baby girl. She loves time spent with her family and friends especially during the summer months when she can take advantage of living on the water.




Inside Sales



Amanda Ciavone
Sales Coordinator

Amanda joined our team in 2019. She enjoys the challenge of consulting and problem solving with companies all across North America, introducing them to our unique products and ultimately helping to grow their business. Amanda feels, “The best part of working at DP is the supportive owners and my awesome teammates.” She also enjoys spending time with her daughter Kiley and her family.


Carol Ciavone
Sales Coordinator

Carol joined our team in 2020. She enjoys learning about different companies and how we can help them expand and grow. She loves learning from other team members in the office, and the team/family environment we have, it's a big family here and it makes coming into the office so much more enjoyable. Carol is very good at staying positive and helping others. She loves spending time with her family at home and is married with 3 beautiful children. She also loves to cook.


Rachel Osipoff
Sales Coordinator

Rachel recently joined the District Publishing team. She is excited to have learned so much in a short period of time, thanks to the help & guidance of the team here! She really enjoys being a part of such a positive & encouraging workforce. This is a brand new career path for Rachel and she is looking forward to growing with the company and contributing to the companies future growth as well. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, working on renovating her first home and raising her puppy Teddy.



Anna Cabatas
Sales Coordinator

Anna joined the District Publishing team in 2022. Since joining our team she has learned to showcase her abilities in outbound sales more. She loves how everyone on the team treats you like a member of the family, and the level of support has exceeded her expectations. As an Aries, she frequently explores Zodiac Signs and Placements. She is very passionate and loves the outdoors. She also enjoys challenges and new experiences.


Morgan Stephenson
Sales Coordinator

Morgan joined District Publishing in October 2022. She enjoys researching the nature of different businesses and learning all the details of our program. She is a new Grandma and loves being able to take care of and spend time with her family. She enjoys music, campfires, nature and her personal studies.




Advertising Sales


Bill Upleger
Senior Account Executive

Bill Upleger is approaching 16 years of service, as he works directly with our client representatives to formulate the marketing plans and initiatives needed to guarantee success. Utilizing Partnership Marketing Bill works directly with supporting vendors to ensure all parties are maximizing their unique message, to help create a win/win situation with his clients and their partners. Bill loves spending his free time with his family camping, working on cars, volunteering as a mentor for the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, and sits as a President of his Home Owners Association.


Tom Stockman
Senior Account Executive

Tom Stockman has been dazzling our clients since 2008. He enjoys working with clients and their vendor partners to create top-quality projects that will help grow their relationships and sales together for years to come. His positive “can do” problem-solving and relationship-building approach helps to ensure maximum, complete, and comprehensive project success for his clients and their vendors. Tom loves spending his free time with his family. His hobbies include music, traveling, and studying history.




Writing, Design,


Kurt Nass
Graphic Designer / Writer

Kurt has served as a graphic designer/writer for District Publishing since 2005. He enjoys working with the diverse customer base we maintain and leveraging the qualities in each of them for a more effective marketing initiative. His main goal is to provide an experience that keeps customers coming back. Kurt also serves as a Fire Chief for his community.


Jordann Dillard

Jordann has been our fantastic proofreader here at District Publishing since 2018. She carefully reviews all the projects that passes through the Production Department and makes sure that everything looks and reads as professional as possible.



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