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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.”

Farrha Khan
Kite Tales Managing Editor

Farrha Khan is the Managing Editor of Kite Tales, a Los Angeles Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators board member, and a freelance journalist and writer. When she’s not advocating for better representation, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and entertainment, media, and tech industries or championing everyone to tell their own stories, she writes YA and short stories. In her spare time, she loves to travel, obsess over her favorite fandoms, and nerd out over innovative tech and discoveries. Connect with her on Twitter: @farrhak

“As someone who has recently moved to SoCal from Australia, I had only heard of the wonderful support and community that SCBWI-L.A. provides. When the opportunity to become the Managing Editor of Kite Tales came up, I was thrilled to be given the chance to help the organization in encouraging and supporting the community while also learning from so many of the amazing people in kid lit.”

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.”

Daka Hermon
Small Events Coordinator

Daka Hermon works in the entertainment industry. She recently sold her first middle-grade novel Hide & Seeker to Scholastic. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s collecting superhero toys and other paraphernalia like any true fangirl.

“Volunteering for SCBWI has been a blessing in so many ways. Not only have I met some wonderful friends and mentors, but the events and workshops have helped me hone my craft and taught me so much about the children’s publishing industry. While volunteering, I even met my future editor. I’m so grateful for this organization and I’m excited I have the opportunity to encourage and support other writers on their journey.”

Jill Tuckman
Webmaster

Jill Tuckman 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.”

**REGIONAL ADVISOR EMERITA LOCAL**

 

Remembering
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.”