Kelly Figueroa-Ray earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in the Scripture, Interpretation & Practice Program and is a co-founder of Copy Write Consultants (CWC) along with Christopher Hoffmann. CWC grew out of Grad Student Freelancers in order to expand the work with clients in the areas of permissions, agent/publisher research, editing, and other forms of author assistance. In addition, she has over ten years of experience working on book and archive projects and navigating the use and attribution of copyrighted material. In addition to working with Jane Friedman (The Business of Being a Writer, 2018), she has also worked with Charles Marsh (author of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2014)) and Vanessa L. Ochs (author of a The Passover Haggadah (2020)).
Christopher Hoffmann graduated from Harvard Divinity with a Masters in Theological Studies and is the co-founder and co-director of Copy Write Consultants. He is trained in the historical approach to biblical texts. He has mastered a variety of languages from antiquity (such as Biblical & Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine & Patristic Greek), historical-critical and other textual research tools, and communicating complex concepts in clear, precise terms. Christopher has always enjoyed helping others express their ideas in the best manner possible. After two years of doctoral work, he is leaving academia for the more stable world of freelancing. Christopher also enjoys cooking and the arcana of bicycle repair.
Patricia Ray received her juris doctor from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She initially practiced law in California and during the early years taught legal writing skills to law students at the University of San Diego School of Law. Subsequently, Patricia’s law practice centered on transactional business law with an emphasis on contracts. Her final years of practice were in Missouri where she continued to practice contract law until her retirement in 2017. After retirement Patricia utilized her writing skills in her capacity as a board member of the Public Health Center in Cape Girardeau County Missouri where she assisted the center in the drafting of policies and procedures. In 2019, Patricia moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts where she serves as a community member of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Patricia enjoys gardening and cooking in her free time.