Digital Publishing Institute


Cheryl Ball - Director

Cheryl E. Ball, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies, Director of the Digital Publishing Institute at WVU, and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She is co-PI on Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform. Her research is available online at

Carrie Lamanna - Project Manager

Carrie Lamanna, Ph.D., is a writer, researcher, editor, and writing coach. She has previously worked as a writing center director and an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric. Currently, she is project manager for the Vega scholarly publishing platform and related DPI projects. When not working at her computer or in the garden, Carrie can be found obsessively posting to Facebook and Instagram.

Megan Fahey - Graduate Assistant

Megan Fahey is an MFA in Fiction at West Virginia University where she teaches creative writing and works as editor-in-chief of the Cheat River Review. In addition to her work with the DPI, she also serves as a mentor for the Center of Writing Excellence and a volunteer staff member for the West Virginia Writers Workshop. Other interests include traveling, eating pizza, and watching professional wrestling.

Demi Fuentes Ramirez - Graduate Assistant

Demi Fuentes Ramirez is a first year Professional Writing and Editing graduate student at WVU and is currently assisting with KairosCamp. She is a lover of music, books, and food.

Lydia Welker - Graduate Assistant

Lydia Welker is a graduate student in the Professional Writing and Editing program at WVU and works with the "digital" portion of the DPI. When she's not learning a new coding language or reading a new book, you can find her talking to strangers on the street, cooking food with pretentious sounding ingredients, or memorizing poetry for fun.


Matt Jarrett
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