Charlton Villavelez at Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing has been promoted to production coordinator, from production assistant.

Beth Phelan has joined the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency as an agent. Most recently she was with the Bent Agency; she is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized voices. She will continue to represent middle-grade and teen fiction.

Kane Press has two new hires. Joy Bean has joined as senior editor. She was previously senior editor at Little Bee Books and held editorial roles at Marshall Cavendish and Random House Children’s Books, and was also associate children’s book editor at Publishers Weekly. Jes Negrón has joined as editor. Previously, she was editor at video game company Riot Games and associate agent with Talcott Notch Literary. They will both work on Kane Press books, as well as titles for the new trade imprint StarBerry Books.

Nicole Banholzer is launching Nicole Banholzer PR, a children’s book publicity business. Formerly, she worked in the publicity departments of Macmillan Children’s Books, Random House Children’s Books, and Sasquatch Books. She can be reached here.

Lerner Publishing Group has a new hire and several promotions. Rachel Zugschwert has joined as group marketing director, effective January 1; she was previously director of marketing at Sparkhouse Family. Jill Braithwaiteis moving from group marketing director to the role of publishing director, trade. Jenny Krueger has been promoted to publishing director, school and library, from product planning director. Andy Cummings has been promoted to executive v-p, editor-in-chief, from v-p, editor-in-chief. Mark Budde has been named executive v-p, chief operations officer; he was previously executive v-p, operations

Jennifer Wattley has joined Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing as associate digital and social marketing manager; she was most recently a production associate at St. Martin’s Press.

Random House Children’s Books has two promotions. Kristin Schulz has been promoted to manager of school and library marketing, from associate manager. Emily Petrickhas been promoted to associate manager of school and library marketing, from assistant manager.

Mary McCue has been promoted to publicity director at Random House Children’s Books; she was previously associate director.

Holiday House has two promotions and one new hire. Emily Mannon has been promoted to marketing coordinator, from marketing assistant. Emily Campisano has been promoted to associate publicist, from publicity assistant. Louisa Bradyhas joined as editorial assistant; she was previously a bookseller at the Strand Bookstore and an intern at Folio Literary Management.

Jalissa Corrie has been promoted to marketing associate at Lee Low Books, from marketing assistant.