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Kari Kube, Chair and Fundraising

Kari Kube assists with fundraising and hospitality.  In addition to volunteer work, Kari enjoys yoga, mountain biking, boating, telemark skiing & traveling.  Raised in Wenatchee, Kari left the area to attend college & law school.  She returned in 1996 with an increased appreciation of the valley.  She & her husband Paul have an 10 year old son, Nason.

Kay Kenyon, Vice Chair and Programming

Kay Kenyon is a writer of speculative fiction, primarily fantasy and science fiction. Her novels have been nominated for major awards in the field, and translated into French, Russian, Spanish, and Czech. Her latest work is a sci-fantasy series beginning with Bright of the Sky, the story of a man on an odyssey to  find his lost wife and daughter. Publishers Weekly listed this novel among the top 150 books of 2007. The series has twice been shortlisted for the American Library Association Reading List award.

Susan Lagsdin, Special Events, Writing Contests, Conference Coordinator

Susan Lagsdin plans and facilitates WOTR’s community events: Writers Meeting Writers, the Alcoa Competition, and the Spring conference weekend.  She also crafts poetry, teaches English at Wenatchee Valley College and writes feature stories for The Good Life magazine. Susan lives in East Wenatchee with her spouse, journalist Mike Irwin, but also spends quality time in the Methow Valley cozying up their 106 year old cabin and riding her horse on mountain trails.

Eldene Wall, School Connections

Eldene Wall, CEOE, is Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist at North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee.  She has been at the ESD for 18 years, serving as Executive Assistant for 14 years.  The Public Relations work was added the past 5 years.

Shirley Ostenson, Finance

Shirley Ostenson is a retired CPA.  She received a BS from Central Washington University in Accounting and has completed coursework for a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from Baystr University.  Shirley has had a variety of life experiences from Naval Officer’s wife living in Japan and Europe, to organic orcharding and co-managing an organic fruit packing business.  In between these two diverse lifestyles, she worked as Controller for Selland Construction in Wenatchee and as Controller for Alcoa at its magnesium plant in Addy outside Spokane.  Married to Harold Ostenson, organic guru for Stemilt Growers, her greatest accomplishment is their two children, Julie Banken and Jeff Ostenson.  Her sources of most pride are grandsons Isaiah and Zachary.

Dan Gemeinhart, Web & Social Media

Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian at Mission View Elementary school in Wenatchee. In his writing life he focuses mostly on literature for children and young adults, and is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. His passions beside reading and writing books are the outdoors and music. His writing website can be found at www.dangemeinhart.com. He lives in Cashmere with his wife and two young daughters.

Sara Higgins, Promotions

With a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, Sara is currently the Director of Constituent Services at 501 Consultants, Inc., a company dedicated to the service of nonprofit organizations. As a Write On The River Board member, she enjoys learning about the literary arts and broadening her horizons as the Promotions Chair. Sara was a 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship finalist as well as one of the inaugural Wenatchee Business World’s “30 under 35” professionals. A Wenatchee native, Sara enjoys the outdoors, particularly camping with her husband, Brian, and dog, Eda Dee.

Jessica Simons, Finance and Information Management

Jessica Simons is a CPA at Cordell, Neher & Co., PLLC, in Wenatchee. Jessica was born and raised in Wenatchee and she enjoys spending her free time exploring all that the area has to offer. She loves to run, hike, read, travel, and spend time with her wonderful family and friends. She and her husband Philip, have a 7-year-old son, Jack.

Melody Kreimes, Operations Manager

Melody Kreimes is adjunct faculty at WSU and maintains a private practice as an environmental mediator. Her “real” job is raising her two children, Molly & Zachary, with her husband Steve. In her spare time she is collaborating with her father on a memoir about his infamous life & the impact it had on her.