meet Herbie's special helpers!



Athena Phillips

A resident of Franklin, Tennessee, Athena is an author, tenured teacher in Williamson County Tennessee, and works in the children’s department at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. Athena's dream to author children's books began while earning her graduate degree at Belmont University. Athena collaborated with Donte' Jackson to bring Herbie Vore the Dinosaur to life in her first published book, Herbie's Happy Birthday! When she's not working on Herbie's next adventure, Athena enjoys traveling to magical lands such as Austria, Budapest and Prague. She also teaches traditional Greek dance. 

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Donte' Jackson

Donte' Jackson is a painter, poet, writer, part-time philosopher  and resident of Southern California. He specializes in character design and story development, and the concept for Herbie Vore the Dinosaur's world was born in his imagination. His other projects include comic books, movie scripts, and a blog where he shares his unique perspective on life. In his spare time, Donte' enjoys reading and watching documentaries, movies and cartoons. All of his creative endeavors originate from his extensive study of the metaphysical.

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Meredith Mills

Meredith is a freelance illustrator currently living in Southern California. She has been drawing since she was a toddler and now uses her graphic design skills to create lovable animal characters for children. Meredith was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to begin pursuing her career in art. When she's not drawing Herbie Vore and his friends, Meredith enjoys reading, playing video games, making music, and babysitting.