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Kay Kenyon, Programming

Kay Kenyon is the author of twelve science fiction and fantasy novels as well as numerous short stories. Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and twice for the American Library Association Reading List awards. Two paranormal espionage novels are forthcoming from Simon and Schuster/Saga Press, beginning with At the Table of Wolves in July, 2017.

Susan Lagsdin, Events Coordinator

Susan Lagsdin plans and facilitates WOTR’s year-round community events, notably the Writers Meeting Writer evenings, the two writers competitions , 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 near the Loop Trail with her spouse, journalist Mike Irwin, but also spends quality time in the Methow Valley cozying up their 107-year-old cabin and riding her horse on mountain trails.

Trish McCallan, Vice-Chair, Subcommittee Communications


International best-selling author Trish McCallan was born in Oregon and raised in Washington State, where as a child she sold her first crayon-illustrated books for a nickel. This love of writing led her to study the craft at Western Washington University. She worked as a bookkeeper and a human-resource specialist before trading in her day job for a full-time writing career. Her debut novel, Forged in Fire, went on to final in two prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® awards.  Information regarding her books can be found at http://trishmccallan.com/. Trish is also active on Facebook, and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/trish.mccallan.

Eldene Wall, School Connections, Secretary

Eldene serves as Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist at North Central Educational Service District in Wenatchee, WA where she has worked for 25 years. 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.

Shirley Ostenson, Finance

Shirley Ostenson is a retired CPA.  She received a BS from Central Washington University in Accounting and studied Applied Behavioral Science at Baystr University.  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.

Dan Gemeinhart, Web & Social Media, Promotions

Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian at Mission View Elementary school in Wenatchee. He writes middle grade novels for children, and is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. His debut novel, The Honest Truth, will be published by Scholastic Press in January 2015.  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.

Lorna Rose-Hahn, Promotions

Lorna serves as head of promotions, and has been on the Board since 2014. She is the author of several personal essays, creative nonfiction pieces, and poems. A Chicago native, she loves spending time outdoors. Because mountains. 


Steve Scott, Memberships Chair

unnamedSteve Scott is a full-time writer for North 40 Productions, a film company in Wenatchee. From fully scripted commercials to interview-centric documentaries, Steve’s love for story and words helps North 40 tell visually engaging tales that compels audience to action. Steve has served on the Write On The River Board as Membership Chair since 2014, and is grateful to serve such an amazing community of writers here in the Valley. Several of his recent pieces for North 40 can be viewed at the following links: Green the Green, Public Works Saves the Day, LINK Transit – Alien Life

Melody Kreimes, Chair

Melody Melody works for a local non-profit, facilitating consensus around restoring the region’s forests. Her home is nestled at the base of the mountains in Leavenworth, where she skis and hikes with her husband and two rambunctious children. She is currently working on a memoir about her father’s life.


Paula Walters, Library Liaison

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.