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Susan Julian Gates is our Executive Director. Susan is an entrepreneur, an impresaria who founded and runs Illumination Opera Company and an arts center, an international award-winning documentary maker, and an attorney. Susan keeps us all on our toes. As you can see, she has a lot of energy and experience across a wide range of activities!

Madeleine Needles is our Creative Director. Madeleine is a career librarian and educator who has worked on children’s museum exhibits, the NASA-funded vodcast series, Space Weather FX, and co-authored articles on getting young people interested in science. At Flying Corgi, Madeleine creates a pathway for kids and adults to share the joy of reading, and is a non-stop fountain of inventive ideas for new products!

Priscilla Stevens is our Managing Editor. Priscilla brings to Flying Corgi over 30 years of experience as a professional educator, theater director, and editor. She’s also a writer, journalist, and photographer (watch for her work on some of our book covers!) and a musical librettist. She oversees everything we publish, and writes and maintains our interactive blog so you can keep up with the latest news and activities at Flying Corgi!


Fun facts about our team

Susan is a singer and Priscilla, also a singer, sometimes works with Susan and her opera company as a director or emcee.

• One of Susan’s sons has a car that is the inspiration for an upcoming Flying Corgi video series.

Madeleine travels all over the world looking for inspiration for new series, and she has adventures of her own. Watch for YouTube videos and pictures on our website!

• All three Flying Corgi partners-in-fun
teacupcan show you how to throw a Flying Corgi Tea Party! Sound delicious? See our baked goods source, Baking For Good, at and watch our website for details.


We recommend these Flying Corgi Friends to you:

David Freedman, Graphic Designer: David is responsible for our Flying Corgi logo (with the assistance of illustrator Tim Robinson) and our website design and maintenance, and serves as our technical and graphic design advisor. David has 35 years of experience as a designer and we recommend his work to anyone who wants to find exactly the right way to brand a business. Contact him at

Jonathan Stevens, Strategic Business Consultant: Jonathan’s 37 years of experience helped us with our startup and continuing business plan and our financial and marketing strategies. He’s a great asset to our team and we recommend his work to anyone who wants to form and track plans and strategies for business growth and development. Contact him at

Trina Teele, Artist, Graphic Designer: With degrees in Graphic Design and Painting, and two of her own businesses ( and The Joy of Paint), Trina was the ideal person to design the dynamic cover of Audrey's Garden. Trina says she loves to emphasize "rhythmic shapes of bold color." We love working with her, and you can see more of her art on her blog


Watch this CorgiColumn for more great team members whose expertise we’d like to pass on to you!

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