About the Cofounders

OakTara

A Place to Call Home

Mind-stretching, heart-transforming, life-inspiring fiction and nonfiction

OakTara was founded by two veterans of the publishing world, Jeff Nesbit and Ramona Cramer Tucker, to step into the marketplace gap to create opportunities for new, talented writers, to widen the readership for already-established authors, and to seek those readers who wouldn’t traditionally enter an inspirational bookstore but who avidly shop the Web. We are passionate about providing a broad spectrum of quality fiction and nonfiction, as well as cutting-edge blogs to intrigue, motivate, challenge, and inspire readers of all ages.

Jeff Nesbit, Managing Director of OakTara (www.oaktara.com) has written 20 inspirational and commercially successful novels for publishing houses, including his latest blockbusters, Jude, Peace, and Oil, for publishing houses such as David C. Cook, Revell, Tyndale, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, WaterBrook/Random House, Hodder & Stoughton, Guideposts, and others.

Jeff Nesbit was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies (the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration) in two GOP administrations and the Obama administration, as well as former Vice President Dan Quayle’s communications director at the White House. He was also a journalist with Knight-Ridder Newspapers, ABC News’ Satellite News Channels, and others. He was once profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal as one of the seven people who ended the Tobacco Wars.

For nearly 15 years, Nesbit launched and managed a successful strategic communications business whose clients and projects represented more than 100 national clients, such as the Discovery Channel networks, Yale University, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

While at the National Science Foundation, where he directed both legislative and public affairs in the Bush and Obama administrations, Nesbit was the co-creator of the Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Learn and NBC Sports, which won the 2010 Sports Emmy for best original sports programming, as well as The Science of Speed, a novel video series partnership with the NASCAR Media Group.

Jeff is the Executive Director for Climate Nexus, Strategic Advisor and Cofounder of Thrive Sports/Thrive Entertainment Network, writes a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report called “At the Edge” (www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge), and co-manages the “Faith Matters” blog (www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/faith-matters).

Ramona Cramer Tucker, Cofounder and Editorial Director of OakTara (www.oaktara.com), editor, writer, speaker, and publishing strategist for over 30+ years, has produced NY Times best-sellers for 18 large mainstream and inspirational publishing houses; been the Editor of Today's Christian Woman and Executive Editor of Virtue, Christianity Today, International; Senior Editor of Tyndale House; and Editorial Director of Harold Shaw (now an imprint of Random House).

She has also been a freelance writer, editor, and/or editorial strategist for Random House, Viking-Penguin, Zondervan and Nelson/HarperCollins, Baker/Revell, InterVarsity, Howard/Simon & Schuster, David C. Cook, Barbour, Guideposts, Wiley, Chosen, and other publishers.

Ramona has taught writing and journalism nationwide at colleges and universities, including Biola, Moody, and Wheaton College; serves as adjunct professor at Wheaton College; and has spoken and taught at numerous writing, editorial, and library conferences over the past three decades, including Write to Publish, Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference, ECLA, Florida Christian Writers Conference, Called to Write Conference, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference, and ACFW groups. She is also a columnist for “Faith Matters” (www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/faith-matters).