Fluid Power Journal

Meet the Staff of the Fluid Power Journal



Paul Prass

Started working for FPJ: March 1, 1993

Duties: Oversight and final approval

Hobbies and Interests: Walking, jogging, hiking, boating, construction, and working at our church. Professionally, I love helping to create awesome products from scratch—concept to completion. It’s very rewarding.

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) because it’s true. You can do anything you set your heart, mind, and soul to—you just have to want to!

Contact: 484-546-0400, pprass@fluidpowerjournal.com


Lisa Prass

Started working for FPJ: March 1, 1993

Duties: VP, COO, Operations Manager

Hobbies and Interests: I love walking, gardening, cooking for my family, and professionally, I love creating and working on beautiful publications, advertisements, and custom publishing projects.

Favorite Quote: “The happiness of your life depends on your thoughts.” I love this quote because what we tell ourselves is just as important to our outlook on life as what we tell other people.

Contact: 484-546-0412, lprass@fluidpowerjournal.com


Marc Mitchell
Associate Publisher

Started working for FPJ: August 2, 2004

Duties: I am responsible for managing the marketing, editing, and also promotional and sales efforts for the Midwest/Northwest regions of the U.S. and International sales.

Hobbies and Interests: Science fiction, writing, music, art collecting, vintage vinyl record collecting, and football

Favorite Quote: “All I insist on, and nothing else is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember you” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This quote resonates with me, as it’s important in this world to stand up for what you believe and say things in either a simple, profound or eloquent way that enables you to be heard.

Contact: 484-546-0421, mmitchell@fluidpowerjournal.com


Kristine Coblitz

Started working for FPJ: August 1, 2006

Duties: I manage all of the editorial content for the print issue, as well as the e-newsletter, which includes assigning and editing all feature articles; reviewing and editing news, product, and personnel releases; and communicating with our contributors, technical editor, and the IFPS to provide an educational, technical resource for our readers.

Hobbies and Interests: I am a voracious reader of crime and contemporary women’s fiction, as well as nonfiction books on spirituality and creativity. Some of my favorite things include listening to music, suspenseful movies, coffee, and spending time with my husband, two children, and chocolate Labrador puppy.

Favorite Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” This quote by Walt Disney inspires me to pursue my goals to create a life of joy, passion, and abundance.

Contact: 412-719-4464, kcoblitz@fluidpowerjournal.com


Dan Helgerson
Technical Editor

Started working for FPJ: I began submitting articles to the Journal in mid-2008. Then, in 2012, I was asked to become the technical editor.

Duties: I review submitted articles for their technical content to be sure they are accurate and conform to standards appropriate for the IFPS.

Hobbies and Interests: I am convinced that we live in a world that was designed by the Creator and that we have an obligation to be good stewards of the resources available to us. Because my field of work is in fluid power, I spend a lot of my time planning ways in which we can more efficiently transfer energy through fluids.

Favorite Quote: One of my favorites is from Thomas Edison: “I never failed; I just found 10,000 ways it won’t work.” I find this encouraging.

Contact: 971-261-3007, dan@perisseumaenergy.com


Quynh Vo
Art Director

Started working for FPJ: August 2008

Duties: My responsibilities include designing the magazine and all related marketing materials and  handling advertising artworks. Updating web content, putting together the digital issue, creating the e-newsletter, and posting on social media are amongst my duties. I also crack a lot of jokes, but I don’t think I’m getting paid to do this.

Hobbies and Interests: Eating, laughing, and watching movies. Marvel Cinematic Universe, anyone? I also love a good book that can make me cry. It’s therapeutic, and to my amusement, it freaks out the fiancé.

Favorite Quote: “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” by Christopher Columbus.

Contact: 484-546-0411, qvo@fluidpowerjournal.com


Bob McKinney
Senior Account Executive

Started working for FPJ: August 6, 2007

Duties: I am responsible for all of the account management and customer acquisition activities in the East Coast and southwestern United States.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy reading, baseball (I am a diehard Phillies fan!), football (How ‘bout dem Cowboys?), walking, and traveling to new places.

Favorite Quote: “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you truly help other people, you will ultimately help yourself.

Contact: 484-546-0419, rmckinney@fluidpowerjournal.com


Donna J. Bachman
Accounting Manager

Started working for FPJ: June 2001

Duties: All accounting functions

Hobbies and Interests: Walking, reading, and beaches

Favorite Quote: “It is what it is.”

Contact: 484-546-0404, dbachman@fluidpowerjournal.com


Kristy O’Brien
Program Assistant

Started working for FPJ: August 25, 2016

Duties: I enter circle numbers and update the directory listings and matrix

Hobbies and Interests: Karaoke, painting, and Lazer-tag

Favorite Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you” by Walt Whitman. I like this quote because it reminds me that I can control the positive and negative outcomes in my life by how I choose to view them.

Contact: 484-546-0422, kobrien@fluidpowerjournal.com

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