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Lorna Rose-Hahn, Chair

Lorna has served on the Board since 2014. She writes creative nonfiction and poetry under the name Lorna Rose. Her in-progress memoir was a finalist in PNWA’s 2017 writing contest. Her website is www.lornarose.com. A native of the Chicago area, she and her husband have lived in Wenatchee for ten years. They have two young children.




Melody Kreimes, Vice Chair

 Melody is the Executive Director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery
Board. Her home is nestled at the base of the mountains in Leavenworth,
where she skis and hikes with her husband and two busy teens. She is
currently working on a memoir about her father’s life.




Shirley Ostenson, Treasurer

Shirley Ostenson is a retired CPA.   Shirley has had a variety of life experiences from Naval Officer’s wife living in Japan and Europe, to organic orcharding, co-managing an organic fruit packing business and is presently a partner in Double O Organics, a consulting firm.  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.


Paula Walters, Secretary

admin-ajaxPaula Walters is a retired librarian from North Central Regional Library. She was the reference librarian for many years and then the Adult Outreach Librarian, her main job being the coordinator of many bookclubs. She is a board member for FIDO, Friends Improving Dogs Opportunities, a Deacon at her church and volunteers at her church library. She enjoys attending plays, the Symphony, operas, and is an avid reader. She was born and raised in Seattle and has lived in Wenatchee since 1976.



Kay Kenyon

Kay Kenyon is the author of fourteen science fiction and fantasy novels as well as numerous short stories. Her latest work is an historical fantasy series from Simon and Schuster/Saga Press, beginning with At the Table of Wolves and most recently, Serpent in the HeatherShe is a founding member of Write on the River, and has served on its governing body since 2005. She teaches an intensive bi weekly novel seminar for WOTR held February – May. Connect with Kay at her website www.kaykenyon.com, on Twitter @KayKenyon and Facebook @KayKenyonAuthor.


Dan Gemeinhart

Dan Gemeinhart writes middle grade novels for children, and is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. He is the author of four middle grade books from Scholastic Press, as well as the forthcoming The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise in January 2019. His passions beside reading and writing books are the outdoors and music. His writing website can be found at www.dangemeinhart.com, and you can follow him on Twitter at @dangemeinhart. He lives in Cashmere with his wife and three young daughters.



Susan Lagsdin

Susan Lagsdin helps plan and facilitate some of WOTR’s year-round community events: Four Minutes of Fame evenings, the writers competitions , and Weekend Writing Workshops. Retired recently from a long career teaching high school and college English, she also crafts poetry and writes feature stories for The Good Life magazine. Susan lives in East Wenatchee near the Loop Trail but also spends quality time in the Methow Valley cozying up in a 110-year-old cabin and riding her horse in the foothills of the Cascades.



Eldene Wall

Eldene serves as Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist at North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee, WA. She serves as Liaison to the NCESD Educational Foundation and as editor of Teachers Make a Difference, a book that is sold to raise money for scholarships for high school graduates who want to become teachers. Eldene is co-author of several articles (with Dr. Rich McBride and Dr. Gene Sharratt) for office professionals, including At the Leading Edge of Success, Falling to the Top, Success in Life is Not Accidental and Mistakes: Opportunities in Disguise.