Tracey Vasil Biscontini
President & CEO
President & CEO
Tracey Vasil Biscontini begins her workday long before the sun rises and the birds begin to sing. “I’m incredibly type A,” she confesses. “Our clients trust us to do the very best job that we can, so it’s important to me that we do just that. I like to make every minute of my day count.” Under Tracey’s direction, Northeast Editing, Inc. has grown from a one-woman enterprise to a company with a staff of professional writers and editors who work for the largest educational publishers and testing companies in the United States.
Tracey has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. Her experience includes employment as a project manager and copy editor. She has worked as a newspaper columnist and a college instructor. She has written many test-preparation books for publishers. She founded Northeast Editing, Inc. in 1992, but the company did not find its niche in content development and assessment until a decade later. “We get most of our new business through referrals,” she explains. “My staff and I are very proud of the company’s outstanding reputation.”
When she is not working, Tracey is often with her family, which includes her husband, Nick, and her grown children, Tyler and Morgan. She is also involved in rescuing and fostering stray and feral community cats. Several former strays call the Northeast Editing building home, and she and her staff enjoy socializing kittens for adoption. She spends her spare time reading, writing, shopping, and decorating her home.
Tracey holds bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and mass communications from King’s College and a master’s degree in English from the University of Scranton. In 2009, she was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business in Northeastern Pennsylvania by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Elizabeth Mohn began working at Northeast Editing, Inc., in 2007 after graduating from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Elizabeth started working as an editorial assistant and was given the opportunity to hone her writing and editing skills. She became an editor in 2008, and two years later she became a project manager. She now uses the many skills she has learned during her years in educational publishing to create and edit educational content.
During her time at Northeast Editing, Elizabeth has worked in various roles on many different projects. A skilled assessment writer, Elizabeth has authored numerous items and passages aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). She has also authored library reference entries and other fiction and nonfiction works. She has written, edited, and managed projects for clients including McGraw-Hill, Discovery Education, RALLY! Education, American Institutes for Research, and Northwest Evaluation Association.
“Writing has been a passion of mine for many years,” Elizabeth said, “and being able to write educational content for a living has been a wonderful experience.”
At home, Elizabeth also enjoys writing and reading, but she is happiest spending time with her children, her husband, and her dog. She and her family enjoy going for walks, going to the park, and traveling to visit family members and friends.
Richard Sheposh earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University and set out to become a newspaper reporter. It wasn’t a surprising career choice, considering he had been writing his own newspapers since he was ten and landed his first job at a real paper as a copy boy when he was sixteen. Life didn’t turn out quite the way he expected, however, and after college he soon found himself taking a detour into the editing and design side of the newspaper business. Twenty-some years later, the newspaper business was changing, and Rich was lucky enough to begin freelance work for Northeast Editing, Inc. After a few submissions on Balkan politicians, the War of 1812, and childhood skin diseases, Rich was able to work for Northeast Editing full time, merging his love of writing with his editing skills.
Rich is no fun at parties, as he usually starts telling people about obscure historical facts (the Plague arrived in Europe in 1347) or who kicked the winning field goal in the 1989 AFC Wild Card game (Gary Anderson). He is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Penn State Nittany Lions. He has always wanted to visit Scotland, has no interest in setting foot in Kosovo, and believes society began going downhill when people began airing reality shows on the History Channel. Rich once tried out for the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and would have made it if it wasn’t for that question about the Kardashians. Rich is the father of the two greatest children in the world, Matthew and Emmalin.
Josephine Campbell joined the Northeast Editing team in 2011 after more than twenty years in the newspaper industry. She was surprised when Tracey contacted her about copy editing in the educational publishing industry and happily made the transition to a new field. Josephine is frequently delighted by discoveries she makes while researching and enjoys following the threads of history to see how movements and people interconnect. “I was researching the history of the bicycle and realized how deeply connected it was to the women’s suffrage movement and changes in women’s fashions during the late nineteenth century,” she said. “There in the middle of it all is Amelia Bloomer, with her shockingly short skirts and bold ideas about women and society.”
Some of Josephine’s favorite projects include writing and editing biographies and writing brief passages for audio recordings. Researching pop-culture figures helps her to surprise her teens with interesting facts, while writing very brief audio passages requires focus. Her favorite biographies, however, are those of obscure figures. Perhaps due to her years in a newsroom, she relishes the challenge of tracking down a reliable source and confirming biographical data.
In the office, Josephine relies on visits from her furry friends to soothe the stresses of approaching deadlines. Outside of work, she shares cats, a dog, and a fluctuating fish population with her husband, son, and daughter. She enjoys walking her dog, reading, and baking.
Josephine—who counts among her favorite books Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Silas Marner by George Eliot, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding—volunteers with her local public library. She and her daughter are founding members of the library’s knitting and crocheting group and regularly knit for charity projects. With her family she supports several community organizations including the SPCA of Luzerne County.
Josephine graduated from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre with a bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology and a minor in English.
Content Developer/Assessment Writer
Mark Dziak (that’s pronounced zee-yak) began working at Northeast Editing in 2004, shortly after he graduated from King’s College with a bachelor’s degree in English. Although he began as a part-time editorial assistant, he soon found a full-time place in the growing editorial company. Since that time, Mark has worked with Northeast in several capacities and is currently a content developer and assessment writer.
Mark has been involved in many steps of the company’s development and many of its diverse projects. He has written and edited test-preparation materials and educational reference works for companies including McGraw-Hill, Discovery Education, Gale, Pearson, and EBSCO. His secondary teaching credentials, which he earned in 2011, come in handy for helping students comprehend difficult concepts. Mark is often called upon to use his interest in history for various projects, such as in co-writing My Max Score: AP European History (2011).
Mark is a writer after work, too. Seemingly since birth he has been starting and restarting his Great American Novel, which is still in progress. In 2008 he published a nonfiction account of the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Wyoming: For Liberty and Life. In 2013 he tried his hand at scripting (and co-producing) a short comedy film. He also frequently contributes to various publications. “For me, the secret to being productive is just doggedly sticking to a task,” explained Mark.
Not entirely bookish, Mark enjoys a good adventure. Over years of exploration, he identified three previously unknown archaeological sites. He also takes great pleasure in learning the basics of a wide variety of topics, from social psychology to metal casting to hang-gliding to martial arts. A friend once commented, “It’s always fun going to Mark’s house because you never know what he’ll have on the table.”
Jack Lasky began his career at Northeast Editing, Inc. as a freelance writer in the late 2000s. Eventually, his natural penchant for words won him a full-time position as a content developer/editor in July of 2010. Prior to his arrival, Jack successfully earned an associate’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes University, respectively. He also spent time working as a staff writer and reporter for the Sunday Dispatch and the Times Leader, two local Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area newspapers.
Since joining the Northeast Editing team, Jack has worked on a wide variety of exciting and engaging projects through which he has gained an inestimable degree of experience as a writer, an editor, and a researcher. Two of his proudest accomplishments include being the lead author of Sourcebooks’ My Max Score: SAT World History Subject Test and making significant contributions to CliffsNotes’ EMT-Basic Exam Cram Plan guide. Working on the Cram Plan was particularly enjoyable and fulfilling for Jack, as he is the son of a long-time local leader in emergency medicine.
For Jack, working with Northeast Editing has been nothing short of a dream come true. He loves tackling the diverse array of challenges that are part and parcel of his job and revels in the never-ending opportunities for learning and personal growth it provides. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Jack has also ‐‐ because of his fondness for Northeast Editing’s roster of four-legged employees ‐‐ adopted the title of “executive vice president of office pet wrangling.”
When he is away from his beloved writer’s garret, Jack enjoys pursuing a number of eclectic personal interests. An avid reader, he counts Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas Adams, and Dan Brown among his favorite writers. He also harbors great affection for partaking in the high drama and glorious pageantry of professional wrestling, watching classic cinema, and traveling through time and space in his TARDIS. Jack’s greatest passion, however, is his love of the written word, the importance of which he feels was best described by economist John Maynard Keynes:
“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.”
Cait Caffrey began working as an editorial assistant for Northeast Editing, Inc. in the fall of 2011 before earning the title of content developer/editor two years later. As an editorial assistant, Cait worked with the editorial staff on various educational projects, mainly writing and updating biographical content and other library-reference materials. She also performed basic clerical duties including scanning and logging freelance contracts, accounting for freelance invoices, researching potential clients, and slamming the phone down on telemarketers.
As a content developer/editor, Cait became more involved in the editorial process and began writing fiction and nonfiction passages for educational testing companies and publishers, broadening her knowledge of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and K-12 assessment.
“I love to learn,” Cait said. “I also like to share what I’ve learned with others, and that’s exactly what I’m doing every day.”
Cait has a background in technical writing and journalism. She was editor-in-chief of the King’s College newspaper The Crown as well as an editor of the campus’s literary journal The Scop and briefly interned at the Citizens’ Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and professional writing in 2010. Before joining Northeast Editing, Inc., she worked at Sallie Mae Loan Services as a technical writer/email representative, educating borrowers about the company’s services.
Outside the office, Cait spends her free time loitering at the local library, practicing Vinyasa yoga, watching TEDtalks, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, and brushing up on her music history. She dreams of being a passenger on the world’s first commercial spaceflight.
Tyler Biscontini earned a degree in professional writing from King’s College. After graduation, he began working at Northeast Editing full time as an editorial assistant but was soon promoted to content developer. He particularly enjoys writing about history, politics, and computers.
Outside of his professional life, Tyler has played billiards competitively since he began college. He also practices amateur photography and historic fencing. At the end of the day, he can usually be found herding his three stubborn cats.
Because Tyler’s boss is also his mother, he is often assigned “special” tasks, such as taking out the dogs when they visit, sloshing through a foot of water in the garage to find and open a drain, and running to Dunkin’ for much-needed coffee.