Who We Are
Northeast Editing, Inc., comprises both on- and offsite authors and educators who have worked together (mostly harmoniously) for many years. We are experienced and dedicated to ensuring student success. We maintain long-term relationships with our clients and consider them friends as well as business associates.
Tracey Vasil Biscontini, Founder and President of Northeast Editing, Inc., holds bachelor degrees in education and mass communications from King’s College and a master’s degree in English from the University of Scranton. Recently named one of the Top 25 Women in Business in Northeast Pennsylvania, she is a former educator, journalist, and newspaper columnist whose award-winning writing has appeared in national magazines. She is also a former editor and project editor for Harcourt Brace. Since founding Northeast Editing, Inc., in 1992, Biscontini has managed educational projects and authored test-preparation and library-reference content for some of the largest publishers in the United States. Biscontini enjoys spending time with her family: her husband Nick, son Tyler, and daughter Morgan.
Marie McTague Keenan, PMP, Vice President of Editorial Operations, possesses more than twenty years’ experience in instructional design, writing, and editorial work. McTague Keenan’s expertise includes needs analyses, program design, project management, and rapid e-learning development. McTague Keenan holds a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in English from Marywood University. She assists in overseeing the operation of Northeast Editing, Inc., by obtaining new clients, supervising staff, and managing projects. McTague Keenan is responsible for the development of online and classroom learning experiences as well as managing the development of content for adult learners. She spent nearly ten years as an editor and project manager designing educational material for K12 and adult learners. More recently, McTague Keenan served as AVP and director of learning and development for a large commercial insurer. McTague Keenan is an accomplished writer and editor as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In her free time, McTague Keenan is an avid workout enthusiast and enjoys being mom to two teenage boys.
Michael Pavese, Editorial Director, holds a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree in English from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. As Editorial Director, he manages projects and establishes project specifications, editorial guidelines, timelines, and budgets. For almost 20 years he served as Managing Editor and, most recently, Publishing Director at Penn Foster, the world’s oldest and largest distance education company. He has also worked as an editor at Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, an academic press formerly centered at Binghamton University. He has taught literature, composition, and technical writing at Binghamton University, the University of Scranton, Marywood University, and Penn State-Worthington. He has written reviews and articles for local newspapers and has published essays in several literary journals.
Lindsay Rock Rohland, Managing Editor/Senior Project Manager, holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in English from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. She is responsible for the hiring and management of both on- and off-site staff. An exceptional test passage and item writer, Rock Rohland has authored and edited many educational products and is fluent in reading-level assessment. Rock Rohland’s passages, which include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, are lively, interesting, and culturally diverse. Rock Rohland also co-authored Firefighter Exam For Dummies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching football, and shopping.
Anne Collins, Math Assessment Writer, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in physics from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University. In addition to contributing to scholarly publications, Collins has been involved in the writing and editing of two books in the MyMaxScore series: AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Statistics. Collins has taught mathematics and statistics at the college level for more than ten years for both traditional brick-and-mortar campuses and online institutions. When she is not working, Collins enjoys spending time with her son, Sean.
Maria Malzone, Science Assessment Editor, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in technical communication from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is responsible for ensuring that assessment items meet editorial and client standards. Malzone also manages the development of educational materials including science workbooks and teaching guides for state assessment readiness; correlates educational materials to state standards; and writes and edits assessment items, activities, and lesson plans. She has worked as a freelance educational consultant, writer, and editor for three years and is certified to teach biology in New York State. In her spare time, Malzone enjoys sewing, collecting unique jewelry, reading about the history of math and science, and learning to cook from her Italian mom.
Rebecca Sparling, Senior Project Manager/Senior Editor, holds a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in journalism from Marywood University. Sparling has worked on a number of projects, including writing test-preparation materials for many state examinations and editing articles for several History of Issues textbooks. She is also the author of the pet-care guide Our Best Friends: Gerbils. In her spare time, Sparling enjoys reading young adult novels, watching movies, running, and crocheting.
Joanne Quaglia, Senior Copy Editor, is a magna cum laude graduate of Wilkes University with a major in communications and a minor in marketing. Quaglia has 15 years’ experience writing public relations and marketing materials. She has a keen eye for detail and proofreading, and the writing-intensive positions held throughout her career have allowed her to hone her command of grammar and the English language. When not reading or editing her husband’s short stories, Quaglia enjoys watching her youngest daughter dance and her other two children play every sport under the sun.
Josephine Campbell, Content Developer/Copy Editor, has more than twenty years’ experience in publishing, having worked at The Times Leader in the production, news, and features departments. She managed and edited a wide range of projects and special sections, served as health editor for two years, and wrote food and lifestyle stories. Josephine earned bachelor degrees in communications and psychology with a minor in English at King’s College. As a copy editor at Northeast Editing, Inc., Josephine edits educational content for clarity, style, and consistency. She frequently applies to outstanding writing skills to create and update content for assessment and library-reference products. Josephine has volunteered at Candy’s Place/the Center for Cancer Wellness, the Domestic Violence Service Center, and her church. She makes time to enjoy her garden with her husband, discover new Celtic music, listen to audio books while knitting with her daughter, cheer for her son at Skyhawks soccer games, bake, sew, check out new craft books at the Osterhout Free Library, and type without waking the cat in her arms.
Angela Harmon, Content Developer/Editor/Designer, holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in English from Pennsylvania State University. Harmon spent four years as a copy editor/page designer in the news department of The Citizens’ Voice, editing news articles and designing news pages. Away from work, she can’t help but edit everything she sees from phone books to menus to billboards, so much so that her husband has to tell her to “turn it off.” When she’s not in the kitchen testing new cupcake recipes, she reads biographies and cooking blogs and spends time with her husband and two spoiled dogs, Owen and Manny.
Jack Lasky, Content Developer/Editor, holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Wilkes University and an associate’s degree in journalism from Luzerne County Community College. A frequent contributor to both the Sunday Dispatch and the Times Leader, Lasky has covered an array of local news events and written a variety of human interest feature stories. He began working with Northeast Editing as a freelancer before coming on board full time. When he’s not busy using his powers of writing and editing, Lasky enjoys reading, watching movies, and cheering on his favorite hockey team.
Mark Dziak, Content Developer/Assessment Writer, holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a secondary teaching certification from King’s College. Dziak has worked with Northeast Editing, Inc. in various capacities since 2004. During his time with the company, he has written and edited test-preparation materials and educational reference works for companies including McGraw-Hill, Gale, EBSCO, and Rally! Education. He has also written a nonfiction book on Revolutionary War history, The Battle of Wyoming: For Liberty and Life (2008), and co-authored My Max Score: AP European History (2011). In his spare time, Dziak enjoys puttering, rafting, searching for lost archeological sites, and daydreaming about writing novels.
Miroslav Farina, Graphic Designer, is a summa cum laude graduate of Marywood University, with a bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems and a master of fine arts degree in graphic design. Farina is a true Renaissance career man, having worked as a computer technician, user support expert, help desk assistant, software instructor, graphic designer, web programmer, and even a night club DJ. Farina’s design experience is extensive and diverse; his work projects have ranged from business cards and logos to magazine ads and billboards to total e-commerce web solutions. In his free time, Farina enjoys watching the Discovery and Science channels, playing video games, running laps around Lake Scranton, and crushing opponents in table tennis.
Caitlin Caffrey, Editorial Assistant, holds a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications with a minor in professional writing from King’s College. During her academic career, Caffrey served as editor in chief of her campus newspaper, The Crown, and editor of King’s literary magazine, The Scop. Caffrey interned as a staff writer for the Citizens’ Voice and traveled to Northern Ireland in 2009 to study media and Irish literature. Before joining Northeast Editing, Caffrey worked as a technical writer for a national loan servicing agency. During her free time, Caffrey reads, watches films, invents yummy recipes, and indulges her passion for music by collecting vinyl records and conducting a truly ridiculous amount of musical research.
Bailey, Office Dog, spends at least part of her day at Northeast Editing, Inc., where she enjoys kissing the staff , barking too much, and growling at the mailman.
Prince William, Senior Office Cat, also known as Prince Charming, was rescued by the staff of Northeast Editing, Inc., when he was discovered hungry, bedraggled, and lonely. He now lives a life of luxury, napping on desks chasing crumpled Post-Its.
Northeast Editing, Inc., maintains contact with a large pool of talented, experienced educational writers, editors, consultants, and subject matter experts with expertise in a variety of fields. Many members of our off-site staff have been trained in-house so that they are well prepared to assist with large projects when needed.