IMG 15992Rachel Sweasey

Rhiza Connect Editor

Rachel Sweasey joined the Rhiza Press team as an editor having first begun work experience in 2015. Rachel graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Composition. With a passion for stories and a dream to work in the world of words, Rachel is excited about being part of a team that brings into being books that encourage relational connection and growth.




rochelle-manners-publisherRochelle Manners

Director, Publisher

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing. Rochelle has also been an author in the educational market, and enjoys writing for a change to publishing.

Having worked in traditional publishing, editing, distribution and working with self-published authors, Rochelle has experience from all angles. 

She is a mum to young children, loves to travel, be creative and dream up new business ideas. Rochelle enjoys seeing the book production right from publishing to selling as she is also a co-owner of the independent bookstore, The Mad Hatters Bookshop in Manly.




emily lighezzolo 200pxEmily Lighezzolo

Publicity Coordinator, Wombat Books
Rhiza Edge Commissioning Editor

Emily Lighezzolo began her journey at Rhiza Press as the chosen candidate from The Australian Publishing Association’s Internship Program. She graduated with Distinction from a double degree in Professional Writing and Public Relations at Queensland University of Technology. Emily is a book worm and always on the look out for the next story to share. She’s particularly passionate about giving youths a voice, leading to the emergence of Rhiza Edge imprint for young adults.