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David Visser, Chair, Promotions
David is an attorney with Overcast Law Offices in Wenatchee, where he maintains a general practice with an emphasis on estate planning and business matters. David was raised in Wenatchee and spent just over a decade in the Seattle area while attending college and starting out his legal career before returning to North Central Washington. When not working or volunteering, David enjoys spending time with family and recreating outdoors.
Kay Kenyon, 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.
Kayla Van Winkle, Data Management, Finance
Kayla lends her background in Public Relations and Business Administration to the Write On The River Board of Directors, and serves as the organization’s Data Manager. As the mother of three busy daughters, Kayla and her husband enjoy spending time as a family and golfing during the warmer months. Kayla is passionate about all forms of communication, both personally and professionally. Growing up without television, Kayla built an early love of reading and writing, and enjoys exploring how the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of one individual can impact others without ever seeing or hearing one another.
Eldene Wall, School Connections, Secretary
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, Promotions
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.
Lorna Rose-Hahn, Promotions
Lorna is a WEMT and Certified Medical Assistant who teaches CPR and First Aid courses for the American Red Cross. In the past she has written for a small newspaper in California and poetry for a small literary mag. Currently she writes for a small business blog, and also manages her own blog, backyarder.org. Lorna enjoys spending time with her husband Nathan and young son Sawyer. Usually she can be found hiking, camping, cycling, snowshoeing, XC skiing, volunteering, traveling, writing, or reading. She most enjoys reading nonfiction, and her favorite author is Sherman Alexie. She most enjoys writing memoir and short fiction. Lorna was born and raised in IL.
Barbara Carrillo, Hospitality
Barbara Carrillo has over 20 years of experience in administration and office management primarily with nonprofits and government entities. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Wenatchee Valley College and is currently working on finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Communications with Washington State University. Barbara also has several years of experience as an independent consultant in media relations, writing, marketing and communications. She recently joined the Write On The River Board, a nonprofit board that offers events and programs to the entire NCW Community of writers. Barbara’s hobbies include reading historical fiction, running, snow skiing, boating and spending time with her family in the great outdoors of North Central Washington.
Melody Kreimes, Past Chair
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.