Los Angeles Region Volunteer Board Members

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REGIONAL TEAM

 

Sally Jones Rogan
SCBWI Los Angeles Co-Regional Advisor

Sally Jones Rogan has served on the Los Angeles Region board as Registration Coordinator, Workshop Coordinator, Assistant Regional Advisor, and now Co-Regional Advisor. She was the recipient of the Sue Alexander Service and Encouragement Award in 2013. Sally currently has two novels with Alfred A. Knopf, one of which was listed in New York Public Library’s 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing, and earned a nomination for the Arizona State Reader’s Award. After years of globetrotting, she settled in California and now shares her love of children’s literature with her students at an LAUSD Elementary School Library.

Nutschell Anne Windsor
SCBWI Los Angeles Co-Regional Advisor

Nutschell Anne Windsor first joined the SCBWI-L.A. Board as the Contest Coordinator, before transitioning into the role of Assistant Regional Advisor. Now she serves as the Co-Regional Advisor alongside Sally. Nutschell is the Founder and President of the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles, where she co-organizes and facilitates the annual CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon; as well as edits and publishes the resulting Story Sprouts anthologies and collaborative novels. Following a BA in Psychology, she became a High School English teacher. Currently, she works at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as the Creative Writing (Online) and Events Program Representative. She writes Middle Grade and YA fiction and also shares writing tips and techniques, and reports on various writing events on her blog, www.thewritingnut.com.

Kim Wildman
SCBWI Los Angeles Assistant Regional Advisor

Kim is excited and proud to serve as ARA of SCBWI-Los Angeles. She has always loved getting lost, wandering in words. Originally from South Jersey, she graduated from UCLA with an admiration of all things improvisational, from comedy to jazz to the quilts of Gee’s Bend. She practiced law for a short time as a deputy district attorney for LA County, which helped her grow up. But her love of fiction, especially YA, drew her back to the world of imagination. Teaching middle school English and drama now keeps her laughing, humble and aware of the courage it takes to be a teen. Since attending her first summer conference in 1995, her happy association with SCBWI and its talented, generous members inspires her.

Lisze Bechtold
Illustrator Coordinator

Lisze Bechtold is an animator, as well as an author & illustrator of picture books and early readers. Her published works include Edna’s Tale, Sally and the Purple Socks (a Children’s Choice and Imagination Library book), and the award-winning Buster the Very Shy Dog series. She has taught workshops, reviewed portfolios, and studied writing with such luminaries as Myra Cohn Livingston and Patricia Lee Gauch. A long time member and volunteer for the SCBWI, she co-coordinated several SCBWI Illustrator Days, sat on the L.A. Regional Board, and proposed a Working Illustrators Retreat which she co-coordinated as a tri-region event. She is the 2002 recipient of the Sue Alexander Service & Encouragement award. She holds an MFA in animation from Cal Arts and directed an independent film included in the National Film Registry. liszebechtold.com

BOARD MEMBERS

 

R.S. Mellette
PAL Liaison

R. S. Mellette is the author of the Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand series. His background is in Theatre, Film and Television – with experience from independent to studio to the Big Five.

“I don’t know why every PAL member, especially the new ones, don’t fight to do this job. As the PAL rep, I get all of the inside information on School book fairs all over LA. So I am doubly blessed – I get to help other writers and authors, while also helping myself.”

Jennifer S. Pitts
Mingle-Meister

Jennifer S. Pitts is a former teacher who understands the need for books that make children fall in love with reading. Her participation in SCBWI as an associate, Mingle Coordinator, and pre-published middle-grade author has allowed her to see the value in ‘supporting the creation and availability of quality children’s books around the world.’

“Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’ Volunteering for SCBWI-L.A. allows me to do both. As Mingle-Meister, not only do I get to work as liaison between the Regional Advisors and our magnificent Mingle Coordinators, I get to travel throughout our region to Mingle with potential authors, illustrators, and more to further our passion of writing for children.”

Sarah Parker-Lee
Kite Tales Managing Editor

Sarah Parker-Lee is the Managing Editor of Kite Tales, a book reviewer for Dwarf+Giant, a content creator for non-profits fighting injustice all over the interwebs, & is available to edit your writerly endeavors. She writes YA alt. history, sci-fi, & is the creator of Dogs & Zombies: A Dog’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Sarah lives in Los Angeles with her husband Ryan & their cat, Dr. Pharnsworth, C.A.T, Ph.d. In her free time, she is an avid reader, world traveler, indoor rock climber, social justice advocate, superhero aficionado, space nerd, & robot art collector – that’s art depicting robots, not art made by robots. But that would be awesome too. Twitterings: @SarahSoNovel, @DogsAndZombies

“SCBWI-L.A. has meant so much to me as a writer and editor. Through conferences, LitMingles, and workshops, SCBWI has given me tools and experiences to make my writing better and valuable connections within the kid lit community. I’m part of an amazing critique group because of SCBWI! I jumped at the opportunity to edit the Kite Tales blog. Not only do I get to interview so many wonderful folks in kid lit, but I get to give back to the community that’s given so much to me.”

Karol Ruth Silverstein
Contest Coordinator

Karol Ruth Silverstein writes in a variety of genres, including picture books, middle-grade and young adult novels, screenplays, op-eds and endless to-do lists. She recently sold her first picture book to RedLeaf Press. She lives in West Hollywood with her exceptionally fluffy cats, Ninja and Boo.

“Volunteering for SCBWI-L.A. helps me stay engaged in the kid-lit world and meet kindred spirits who share my belief in the importance of children’s books. It also has furthered my career and improved my craft in tangible and intangible ways. Case in point, landing my agent was a direct result of my volunteer work.”

Jessica Chrysler
Social Media Coordinator

Jessica Chrysler is an illustrator with a writer’s heart. She has several credits for illustrating picture books and comics, and is currently working on finishing an epic YA fantasy. She also enjoys teaching writing and storytelling to students in elementary through college. For more information please visit JessicaChrysler.com

Jill Tuckman
Webmaster

Jill studied Art and Literature at UC Santa Cruz and spent ten years at a multimedia company doing web design, web programming and 3D animation. She joined SCBWI in 2011 and completed UCLA Extension’s Certificate in Fiction Writing in 2014. Jill is a pre-published author and illustrator of picture books.

“My membership with SCBWI has helped me not only by granting access to information about children’s publishing, but also by helping me to improve both my writing and illustrations. I am glad to be a small part in helping the organization continue to do the same for others.”

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Claudia Harrington
RAE

Co-RA for 11 years, 10 books recently published, with another 6 under contract.

“Being a midwife to so many great works is incredibly gratifying, as are the friendships. I got back much more than I ever gave, although that was never my intent. I’ve grown in craft and as a person.”