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. 


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.


Patricia Longmire:

Patti joined The Book Farm team in 2019 as a Sales Representative in Kentucky. Before joining the team Patti was a professional Photographer for over 28 years. When she in not working Patti enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, reading, playing board games or cards and being outdoors hiking or planting flowers, she also loves to travel.

You can reach Patti at email


Michael R. Smith:

Michael loves book publishing and seeing the excitement, instruction, or entertainment a title brings to a child, student, or adult.

He has over 35 years of sales experience with book publishers, a library bookbinder and book wholesaler, and a library services company. His non-publishing jobs have included corporate communications for a healthcare company and news reporting. (His most fun story was test driving a $225,000 “entry level” Lamborghini convertible on a closed course.)

He’s worked with accounts from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and from sea to shining sea.  Those accounts include independent and national retailers with Simon & Schuster; Barnes & Noble, Google, and Apple with Elsevier; college, university, and public libraries with EBSCO; and, now K-12 and public libraries in Missouri and southern Illinois with The Book Farm.

His proudest achievements are marrying Mrs. Wonderful over 35 years ago, two fine sons, and the world’s two cutest grandchildren.  When time allows he enjoys cycling for charity events and traveling on mission trips.

Connect with Michael at or via LinkedIn at


Wendy Knodel:

Wendy Knodel, Ohio Sales Representative, lives near Columbus Ohio. Before joining The Book Farm, Wendy worked 20 years as a Regional Sales and Education Manager for clinical skincare to the medical spa industry. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences.  

Her Mother was a school librarian and she spent her summers helping rearranging the school libraries and mending damaged books.  She always enjoyed "how to" books and autobiographies.  

In her free time she enjoys working on DIY projects and loves spending time laughing with her family, husband, two elementary age boys, preschool daughter and their 5 lb. Maltese.  She reads books with her children every school night before bed.

 Wendy is no stranger to travel an excellent customer service.  She is eager to help and can be reached at 614 327-1020 or




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:




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 the 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.