The Team

Meet the people who work at Leonard’s Book Restoration!

Eric J. Haley

Eric J. Haley

Proprietor

Eric J. Haley is the youngest son of Leonard Haley, and is the founder of Leonard’s Book Restoration.  He has a unique set of qualifications for the business, including a background in and love for history, antique books and ephemera, and arts and crafts.  He is also the pastor of a local church and is a U.S.Air Force veteran.

Eric supervises a team of highly skilled and artistic bookbinders and is still the go-to guy for questions like what would be period appropriate for a particular book.

Margie L. Haley

Margie L. Haley

Proprietor

Margie L. Haley is also a proprietor of Leonard’s, and wife of Eric.  It’s a Joint Venture Partnership (a mom-and-pop business).  Margie is the office supervisor for a team of friendly customer servants.  Her background in computers, writing, and bookkeeping keep things running smoothly and the taxes paid.

Margie is also a U.S. Air Force veteran; in fact, Eric and Margie met in the Air Force more than 40 years ago, and they have raised and home-schooled a family of eight children, many of whom have worked for Leonard’s or work here now.

Chris Haley

Chris Haley

Bookbinder

Chris Haley is the oldest son of Eric and Margie, and father to one of their many talented grandkids.  He was involved with the bookbinding from its earliest stages but he has been working full-time at Leonard’s since 2008.

Chris specializes in antiquarian books and family Bibles.  He is particularly talented in art and music, and also loves cooking when he gets a chance.  Mostly, Chris just loves Jesus!

Joe Silva

Joe Silva

Bookbinder

Joe is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College Indianapolis and he’s been working at Leonard’s since 2012.  He was noticed by Susie Haley there because of his love for Jesus, and became part of the family.  Joe and Susie have three charming kids and another charming kid on the way.

With the skills he has developed here, he rebinds many personal Bibles and has developed some new techniques.

Zach Smith

Zach Smith

Bookbinder

Zach’s family has also been among our homeschooling circle for a long time. He is an Eagle Scout who joined the team at Leonard’s in 2017 and is producing many hand-dyed, tooled covers for us.

Jason Miley

Jason Miley

Bookbinder

Jason, another homeschooled friend of the family, has been working at Leonard’s since 2015, starting out as they all do in the shop — putting away typeset.  He also did landscaping, maintenance, and cleaning.

Now, he rebinds books and Bibles, but his homeschooled son is taking over many of the other projects.

Liz Miley

Liz Miley

Bookbinder

Liz joined our team in 2016. Though she looks great now, Eric and Margie knew her back when she was still a young kid playing in the dirt with their kids.  Since she has an artistic streak, Liz fits right in at Leonard’s, rebinding Bibles.  (She’s also kind of related by marriage.)

She and Jason have three great kids, who seem to want to be artists, bookbinders, or groundskeepers when they grow up.

Faith Burnside

Faith Burnside

Customer Servant

Faith is our Customer Servant, trained working for political campaigns like the one for Mike Pence for Governor, for example. It seems like our family has always known her through homeschooling ties, but there was a beginning at some point. Faith lives on a farm, has a horse, and she has a beekeeping suit, which can come in mighty handy!

When she works here, Faith may be answering phones, sending invoices, or inspecting work before it is shipped.

Valerie Stewart

Valerie Stewart

Bookbinder

Valerie was one of the original Haley kids, who worked at Leonard’s since 2009, took a 2-year break while she went to college, got married, and then returned in 2019, bringing her husband with her.

Valerie has been working in the bookbinding shop since her return.  She’s been working on some larger book sets and brings joy and music with her.

Joe Stewart V

Joe Stewart V

Shipping and Receiving

Joe is our newest shipping and receiving specialist.  He is a homeschooler and a US Army veteran with a big heart.  He enjoys his job, learning even more about something he loves (books), and working alongside someone he loves (Valerie).

Israel Darling

Israel Darling

Shipping and Receiving / Photographer

Israel is our student (homeschool, of course) shipping and receiving specialist, but he is also adding beautiful pictures of our projects to our collection.