Balance – Meet the Team

Nana K. Twumasi

VP and Publisher, Balance

My career in publishing grew from a genuine love of reading and acquiring knowledge—whether for enjoyment or for learning, getting into a good book is a thoroughly gratifying experience. My 20-year (and counting) path through the industry has taken me from an independent children’s book publisher in Minnesota to John Wiley & Sons, and on to Callisto Media, where I built a self-help and trade-psychology publishing program from the ground up, developing such titles as Retrain Your Brain, The Complex PTSD Workbook, and The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners. My focus is on health and wellness inside and out, for all the spaces life occupies, in all the forms and shapes it takes. As a Publisher, I keep market analysis and consumers’ needs at the forefront of Balance’s publishing program. As an editor, I seek out a diverse range of authors whose work is steeped in research, education, and innovation — and who are dedicated to helping people be the best version of themselves.

Diana Ventimiglia

Executive Editor, Balance

Ever since reading Norma Jean Jumping Bean, I’ve been obsessed with the power of books and their ability to help people feel seen. I remember following that kangaroo from home to school and finally not feeling alone in my own journey of fitting in. So, it’s no surprise that I knew I needed to establish a career in Publishing. For the last 17 years my passion has been working with authors who speak to the diversity of our lived experiences. I’m drawn to strong voices in spirituality, identity & sexuality, relationships, psychology, mental health, female empowerment, and LGBTQ+ rights. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and lessons to share, and the best part of my job is partnering with incredible individuals who are dedicated to starting bigger conversations and inspiring individual and collective healing. I truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else! When I’m not working with authors, you’ll find me working through the 5 plus books on my nightstand and yelling at my cat, Phillip, to stop knocking things off the shelf. But he’s so cute!

Alexandra Hernandez

Senior Publicist, Balance

I’ve long described myself as a reader. My penchant for the literary world started as an obsession with the works of exemplary female writers like Jane Austen and Nora Ephron. You could say my role as a book publicist is a dream job. I began my career at a boutique public relations firm in Washington, D.C. running media campaigns for policymakers, world leaders, and nonprofits alike. When I made the decision to pivot to the publishing industry, Balance emerged as the perfect blend of my passion for books and my strength as a third person narrator. I work closely with our expert authors to launch vital books into the hands of communities that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our society and culture today. I’ve had the privilege of working on books from groundbreaking leaders such as Dr. Jenny T. Wang and Khnum ‘Stic’ Ibomu. My continued goal is to position Balance and our authors as the leading voice on radically practical, inclusive advice across health, wellness, spirituality, business, leadership, and lifestyle genres.

Natalie Bautista

Assistant Editor, Balance

Working with books has always been a dream of mine! After graduating college with a Creative Writing, and taking a detour through a few other professional industries, I found myself coming back to what I’ve always been passionate about: amplifying the voices and stories of others. I managed to make an industry switch, and after interning with Folio Literary Management and Catapult, I eagerly accepted an Editorial & Marketing Assistant position with GCP Balance. I am passionate about perspectives that reflect the nuanced, in-between spaces that many of us occupy, and believe we can only be the best versions of ourselves (physically, emotionally, spiritually) when we honor and nurture these diverse facets of who we are.