Elevate Publishing

Elevate began in 2008 under the name Russell Media, with Mark Russell and his wife, Laurie, at the helm. Since then, we’ve found our niche in helping established authors to hone their craft and potential authors to discover their voice. Too often, you might have a brilliant idea, yet wonder how to put it into writing. And once it’s written, you don’t know how to get your book into the hands of the people who might want to read it.
That’s where we come in.


We want to see empowered authors delivering transformative messages to the world.

Mission Statement:

We are a strategic publishing company empowering authors to strengthen their brand.

Environmental Footprint:

We believe in being good stewards of the world. In light of this, we do as much as we can to treat it with care, pursuing sustainable printing methods and implementing green initiatives into our office and products.


Ok, so a few did need to make the ultimate sacrifice, but in order to steward our environment, we have partnered with Plant with Purpose, to plant a tree for every tree that paid the price for the printing of our books.



“Buy Idaho” is more than a mantra.  We belong to a statewide community of businesses working together to ensure that Idaho remains a place to celebrate.


Our Team

Our Board

Laurie Russell


Laurie D. Russell is the Chief Creative Officer of Elevate Publishing. She has numerous publications to her credit. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has served as Stewardship Coordinator for the Boise Chapter of A Rocha, a Christian conservation organization. Laurie has lived and worked in Russia, Chile, and Germany, in addition to traveling to over forty countries on a variety of projects. She lives with her husband, Mark, their two children, Noah and Anastasia, their two dogs, Louie and Gracie, and their cat, Boo, in Boise, Idaho.

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Mark Russell

Mark Russell is an author of over 70 publications and a traveler to over 70 countries, Mark is passionate about clearly communicating stories and ideas that add to the beauty and diversity of humanity. He has a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Auburn University.

Tyson Wise

Tyson Wise has a MBA from Northwest Nazarene University, a Bachelors and Masters of Education from University of Idaho and BA Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. He enjoys giving back to his community through volunteer work with his church and Rotary International. Prior to working with Elevate, Tyson worked in the financial industry at a local community bank and a Fortune 500 institution where he provided a variety of solutions to small businesses, non-profits and high net worth individuals.

Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell is a strategic financial advisor to Elevate. He has over a decade of consulting, client management and back-office experience with a variety of large Fortune 500 corporations. He last designed and implemented a back-office shared service center that handled over $250M worth of transactions each year. Jeff is a Georgia Tech Industrial Engineer and holds an MBA from Yale University.

Gary Budzinski

Gary Budzinski brings a broad range of successful, bottom-line professional services experience in information technology, business process and technology outsourcing, and organizational labor transformation. He specializes in developing and implementing senior-level corporate strategies across multiple industries. Gary worked at Computer Science Corporation as Executive Vice President and General Manager and Leader of CSC Global Infrastructure Services.Prior to CSC, Gary was at Hewlett Packard as Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Technology Services. Prior to HP, he was at Aon Consulting Human Resources Outsourcing serving as President. Gary also had an extensive twenty-five year career with EDS Corporation in diverse global executive roles.

D.G. Elmore

D.G. Elmore is an entrepreneur and current chairman of The Navigators, an international Christian ministry established in 1933. D.G. has launched and managed numerous successful businesses and is a partner in a profitable publishing house.