About Us

New York Journal of Books Reviewer Panel consists of a growing team of talented and experienced reviewers with expertise and credentials that are unique among exclusively online book reviews. This panel includes bestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, experienced publishing executives, tenured academics, as well as highly experienced professionals across a number of disciplines and industries. All bring highly relevant expertise and insight to their reviews. Each reviewer writes about books with a singular, unique voice. Together, this chorus is New York Journal of Books’ special strength. NYJB’s catalog of reviews has far more in common with respected print reviews than with any other online-only review. In a world where print book reviews are in rapid decline, NYJB aims to preserve the tradition of excellence in book critique. 

Lisa Rojany, Publisher and Editor in Chief, has written over 100 books, including several award-winning and bestselling titles. She is lead writer for Writing Children’s Books for Dummies (2nd Ed. 2013). Also a publishing executive and editor for over 20 years, she founded the thriving Editorial Services of L.A and has been Editorial/Publishing Director for Golden Books, Price Stern Sloan/PenguinRandomHouse, Intervisual Books, Gateway Learning Corp (Hooked on Phonics), and other established publishing houses.

Rhonda Goldberg Sturtz, Marketing and Social Media Director, worked for 12 years in sales and marketing at TIME and Mademoiselle magazines. Rhonda also has eight years of experience in merchandising and retail management. Additionally, Rhonda has held several positions in the arts. While living in Hong Kong, she founded an art dealership, New Asia Art, which promoted undiscovered artists from around the Asia-Pacific region.

Shane Voda, CTO, has been a technology professional with a 23-year career in the fields of Web Design, Application Architecture, Project Management, and Technology Leadership. He has led small to large teams in the development, architecting, and support of applications built in the areas of Content Management, Web Development, Database Management, Business Intelligence, and Systems Integration solutions. At General Electric, he re-architected and supported the website for their online mortgage division, resulting in the increase of loan originations from $500 million to an average of $4 billion per month. For the past ten years, he has focused on managing the delivery of automated web solutions delivered through content management systems, like the one driving New York Journal of Books.

Ted Sturtz, Executive Director & CEO, established New York Journal of Books, LLC, following a long career in finance. As an investment banker, Ted covered media companies, including publishers, for ten years. He ghost-authored a business category book released in the fall of 2009 that received numerous highly favorable reviews. Ted majored in fiction writing as an undergraduate at Brown University.