Our Editors

David-DzienaDavid Dziena is the Editorial Director for Pflaum Publishing Group. He has also served as Executive Editor and Parish Projects Manager with Our Sunday Visitor. Prior to OSV, he was Editorial Manager for nine years at Silver Burdett Ginn Religion, followed by RCL Benziger. He also worked for St. Joseph’s Parish in Croton Falls, NY for a total of ten years—first as Director of Religious Education and then Coordinator of Youth Ministries. Since 1993, he has led Confirmation workshops and retreats, and catechist formation classes. David is the co-author of the Catholic Prayer Book for the Separated and Divorced (OSV); Our Catholic Family: Activities, Conversations, and Prayer for Sharing Faith at Home (Pflaum); and the general editor for Singing Our Faith, Second Edition: Leader’s and Catechist’s Manual (GIA).

At Bayard, David manages children’s catechetical materials, including the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, sacramental preparation programs, and family catechesis.

David graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, with a Bachelor or Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in Fine Arts and Religious Studies. He also received a Masters in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Gloria.

Nicholle Check, senior editor, joined Pflaum Publishing Group in 2014. Throughout her 25-year career in publishing, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor for numerous industries and organizations, including motorsports, real estate, energy, and education. She also produced publications for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nicholle comes to religious publishing with more than a decade of happy experiences serving as a catechist. She currently co-teaches a class of amazing eighth-graders.

Nicholle works primarily on the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, specifically Venture and Visions, as well as many of the online resources available on gospelweeklies.com. She lives in suburban Minneapolis with her husband, Steve, and her two children. They are members of Pax Christi Catholic Community.

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Joan McKamey, project editor, joined the Gospel Weeklies editorial team in September 2016. Her passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ led her to seek degrees in Religious Studies/Religious Education (University of Dayton, BA) and Religious Studies/Pastoral Family Studies (Mount St. Joseph University, MA). She has served as a Catholic school religion teacher, parish catechist, youth retreat team leader, parish catechetical director, and RCIA team leader.

For the past 21 years, Joan has worked in Catholic publishing—helping create the Catholic Update Video series (Franciscan Media), producing audiobooks (Franciscan Media), and editing several print publications. She served as editor of Every Day Catholic (Franciscan Media), Catholic Update (Franciscan Media,  Liguori Publications), and the new edition of Journey of Faith for adults (Liguori Publications).

Joan is thrilled to bring her skills and passion to the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. She works primarily on Seeds, Promise, and Good News. She is married to Jon and has a young adult daughter, Claire. She makes her home in southeastern Indiana, near Cincinnati, Ohio.


 

Erika De Urquidi, bilingual editor, joined Bayard, Inc. in July 2018. During her 15 years as a professional translator, Erika has worked in education, human resources, marketing, and legal departments for companies in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. She has a background in teaching, both in public and Catholic schools. Since her high school years, Erika has been an active member of the Catholic Church, serving as coordinator of her Diocese’s Youth Ministries, organizing conferences and retreats, and participating as a speaker at such events. She has also served as a catechist and on the Hispanic Ministry at her local parish.

 

Erika collaborates with different divisions of Bayard, Inc. She works on the bilingual materials of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. She lives in the Cleveland area with her husband, Tomás, and their two children, Tomás and Sofía.

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