Jim Ack is a lifetime outdoors enthusiast whose Zen place is fishing. Originally a Ohio native, Jim fell in love with the West and is now a 27 year resident of Utah. Jim has had careers as a practicing veterinarian, a medical researcher, an executive with contract medical research and medical device companies, a veterinary practice owner and administrator, and as a business development officer for a veterinary consolidator. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife,son and daughter.
A sixth generation Utahn, Kirsten Allen holds a BA in English from Westminster College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah. She is the literary acquisitions and development editor at Torrey House Press. Her previous professional background includes public health data analysis, college writing instruction, private piano instruction, and freelance writing and editing. She loves to travel, read, hike, and cook. She has two grown children.
Mark Bailey is a retired partner from Wasatch Advisors, Inc., an investment management firm headquartered in Salt Lake City. A sixth-generation Utahan, Mark grew up in Utah, California, and Florida before returning to Salt Lake City in 1974 to study engineering and finance at the University of Utah. Founder of Torrey House Press, Mark is also a private pilot, cross-country and downhill skier, amateur astro-photographer, and avid reader. He writes about the intrinsic value of wilderness. He has two grown children.
A New Jersey native, Carly moved to Utah six years ago on a whim, fell in love with the landscape and all that it affords and now dedicates herself to protecting the place she now calls home. She holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Management. Currently, Carly is a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club. Her previous professional background includes working for a land trust in Summit County and research and development for Colgate-Palmolive. When she is not working, she is usually traveling, snowboarding, playing soccer, or hiking with her best K-9 pal, Ghost.
Kathy Metcalf, after recently comopleting her M.S. in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, is now overseeing design and managing acquisitions at Torrey House Press. Her previous professional background includes Art Director for Patagonia, Inc., and Designer & Marketing Director/Owner of Wingspan Design in Park City. A twenty five year resident of Utah, she was raised on the west coast which accounts for her love of the water. She and her husband Peter are longstanding conservation activists. She has three grown children, loves rivers and non-fiction, and is an avid Laser sailor, private pilot, and artist.