Meet Our Team!

Meet Our Team!



Patricia Crawford:

Patty is our Northern and Central Ohio Sales Representative. Before she started with The Book Farm in 2001, she earned a B. S. in Elementary Education.  She has taught 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grade as well as kindergarten and 1st grade reading readiness.  Selling books has been a wonderful extension and aid in promoting literacy along with her education degree.

In her down time, she enjoys dancing with her husband. She also enjoys cooking and reading historical fiction.


Liz Goble:

Liz has always loved libraries and books!  She fondly remembers climbing the turret at her local Carnegie library in search of her next adventure in the pages of a book.  Her love of literacy continued as she studied Elementary Education, English, and Speech at Spring Arbor College.  Teaching was a great way to spread that love, and she had the opportunity to teach in mid-Michigan for several years. 

Since, 2007, Liz has been visiting libraries in Michigan and the northeast corner of Indiana with The Book Farm's selection of books, puppets, puzzles, and more.  She will celebrate 10 years with The Book Farm in January 2017! 

When Liz is not bookin' around, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, exploring rivers and trails, singing at the top of her lungs, telling stories and spending time with her family.  She and her husband Randy have three adult sons, an elementary age son and granddaughter, and infant grandson.  You can reach her by email at and or by phone at 517-521-3616.


Karen Greene:

Karen Greene is the Alabama and Georgia. She joined the Book Farm in 2010 and has over twenty years of experience in education, publishing and printing. 

Karen has a degree in Fine Arts and Education with a Professional Teaching Certification for K-12 grade levels.  Prior to joining the Book Farm, Karen taught in public schools and a community college, developed educational youth programming and teacher workshops for an art museum, and worked for a variety of printers and publishers including Time Warner.

When she is not on the road visiting school and public libraries, you will likely find Karen abroad on a cultural study trip, with fellow foodies trying the newest restaurants or hanging out at a local dog park. 

Chris Tinsley:

Chris Tinsley is a Sales Representative in Southern Ohio, most of Kentucky, and Central and Southern Indiana.  He started at The Book Farm in November of 2009. Prior to working for The Book Farm he worked at Sony Electronics Inc. for 20+ years, which he retired from in June 2009.

Chris enjoys hiking, traveling, and of course, reading. Down time will find him either reading or hanging with his wife who is also an avid reader. He can be reached at (937) 266-3723.


Rick Brammer:

Rick Brammer, a.k.a., Magician Rick Eugene, is The Book Farm, Inc.’s sales representative for Iowa and western Illinois. Rick has worked with The Book Farm since 2003.

Rick, who is a full time magician, full time sales representative, and a strong advocate for libraries, recently also founded his own science programming company, Absolute Science.
You can reach Rick via email: Email:, or via phone: 309-945-3414.


Barbara Wege:

Barbara Wege has been an outside sales representative for over 30 years, selling all types of products. Her territory is Texas and Oklahoma. She has a B.S. degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising from the University of Central Oklahoma.

For fun, she likes to read non-fiction books, bird watch, do photography, visit museums, and travel with her husband.


She lives in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex.
You can reach Barbara via email: , or via phone: 214-558-3354.




Leah Burden:

Leah was born and raised in Blanchester, Ohio.  A wife, mother of two, and graduate of The Ohio State University, she began working for The Book Farm, Inc. in 2002 when there were only a hand full of sales reps and staff combined.  Originally hired to run the warehouse, she was quickly promoted to office manager, and eventually Director of Operations. 

After Bill’s passing in 2012, Leah took on the role of CEO and assumed the Sales Director responsibilities.  Leah worked closely with Co-Founder Kathryn Sample to ensure the integrity of the business that she and her late husband built remained intact.  Leah became the sole shareholder/owner of The Book Farm, Inc. in January 2018.  Leah is known for her honest straight shooting approach and her crazy hair.  You never know what you will find Leah doing after work, but you can guarantee that she will be surrounded by family while she is doing it.

You can reach Leah via our Toll Free line or email:

Beth Carpenter:

Beth is our Bookkeeper and does Order Entry in the Ohio office. Beth started at The Book Farm Inc. in 2008. Before that, she worked as a bookkeeper part time for a real estate investment company and a full time mom.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, who are now grown, gardening both flowers and vegetable and entering sweepstakes.

You can reach Beth via our Toll Free line. Email her regarding billing at or regarding order information at

Mindy Dye:

Mindy is the Warehouse Manager at the main office in Ohio. Mindy started at The Book Farm Inc. in 2003. Prior to that, she was self-employed.

In her free time, she likes camping, boating, swimming, going on vacation and spending time with her family, including her grandson, Cohen.

You can reach Mindy via our Toll Free line or email: 


Christie Fox:


Christie is our Operations Assistant. Before starting at The Book Farm Inc. in 2010, she was a home health aid and received a B.S. in Substance Abuse Counseling.

In her spare time, Christie likes reading, gardening, photography and spending time with her kids.

You can reach Christie via our Toll Free line or email at 


Maureen Wells:

Maureen is the Marketing Manager and does Order Entry at the Ohio office. Before she came to The Book Farm Inc. in 2008, she was an Assistant Front End Manager at Kroger for 17 years and before that was a stay at home mom.

In her spare time, Maureen enjoys gardening, reading, working out and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

You can reach Maureen via our Toll Free line or by email at



Kathryn and William Sample:

Bill and Kathy Sample began The Book Farm, Inc. in an outside building on their small Ohio sheep farm in 1997. Bill was president of the company until his passing in 2012.  As Co-Founder, Kathryn worked with current owner, Leah Burden until her passing in April of 2018.  Theirs is a legacy that will not be forgotten.  

Rick Rayburn:

Rick Rayburn was our sales representative for Missouri, Southern Illinois, Eastern Kansas, Western Indiana and  Western Kentucky until he lost his battle with cancer on May 4, 2018..  Rick was with The Book Farm from 2007-2018.  We will miss his sunny good humor and his music greatly. 

If you were one of Rick's customers you can reach us at The Book  Farm, Inc. toll free 1-866-744-8093.