Mary-Alice is the editorial director, Book Publishing, Boyds Mills Press and Highlights for Children. She manages the New Products production and staff at the Highlights editorial offices in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, developing new book products and programs for continuity book clubs, retail, and other trade channels. Previously, Mary-Alice held editorial management roles at HarperCollins and Scholastic, Inc. In her most recent role as vice president of New Product Development for Scholastic, she provided strategic oversight of all new product and new business development initiatives for Scholastic At Home. Early in her career, Mary-Alice managed a children’s bookshop. She later acquired hands-on experience with kids as a director of a child-care center for a community agency in Connecticut. In 2006, HarperCollins published her first children’s picture book, The Wheels on the School Bus.