Co-Regional Advisors and Conference Directors
Dana (D1—not the evil Dana), is an illustrator/writer and Co-Regional Advisor. Her debut picture book, Bartholomew Quill, written by Thor Hanson, was published in Spring 2016 by Sasquatch Books. Her illustrations can also be seen on the iPad app Farfaria and on her website at www.danaarnim.com. Dana designs websites & graphics as her "day job." She loves her Seattle neighborhood and can often be found walking in it with her husband, daughter, and dog, Spike. In her spare moments, she reads a lot, watches movies, dreams of happy hour, and tends her garden.
Dana Sullivan (D2) is the writer and illustrator of Ozzie and the Art Contest (2013) and Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari (2014) and is the illustrator for the four-book Digger and Daisy early reader series and two sets of Bob Books for Scholastic. He also teaches Intro to Picture Books at the Kirkland Arts Center and Graphic Novel-making at Bellevue College. Dana lives in Newcastle with the sweet Vicki and their two dogs, one living (Bennie) and one not so much (Max). You can verify some of this at www.danajsullivan.com.
Assistant Regional Advisor, Conference Coordinator, & Tech Team Lead
Debbie Faith Mickelson wrote her first short story around the age of 13. It wasn’t until a year after her youngest was born that she returned to her passion. Escaping her previous life as an aerospace software engineer, she now writes for children and young adults. She loves that words create dreams and take children places. “Books and the passion for reading are the best gifts we can give the world.”
Suma Subramaniam is a writer and works with young children. After a successful corporate career for many years, now, instead of chasing technical talent in the hi-tech industry, she chases characters in her fictional work for the most part of her time. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College Of Fine Arts. Follow @suma_v_s on Twitter.
Illustrator Retreat Director
Tina Hoggatt is a writer, illustrator and educator living in Issaquah, WA. She is currently writing middle grade fiction and picture books, as well as building an illustration portfolio. Her illustrations appear in the interior of Nancy Rawles’ 2006 novel My Jim, and her portraits of ballplayers in porcelain enamel are permanently installed in the Mariners ballpark, Safeco Field. Learn more about her work at tinahoggatt.com.
Dalton Webb works as an illustrator and graphic designer in diverse fields such as mobile games, publishing, packaging, logos and typefaces. He also has drawn comics for various anthologies and cartoon pitches. Currently he is writing/illustrating for children’s books. He paints digitally, but works with gouache and watercolor when he feels like getting his hands dirty. Dalton is an all-weather scooter rider, warm weather gardener, and a voracious reader. He lives in Seattle with his family and a herd of cats.
Kimie Lampers is an artist, designer, baker of cookies, walker of woodlands and reader of novels. Pursuing her interests in narrative and beauty, she attended Cornish College of the Arts, earning a degree in Illustration. Kimie lives in the woods and loves imagination, art, bits of wisdom and chocolate chip cookies.
Writing Retreat Co-Director & Kid Lit Drink Co-Coordinator
Lois Brandt writes because otherwise she gets extremely grumpy. She writes for children because they are the best readers in the solar system. Years ago, Lois peeked into her best friend’s refrigerator and found empty shelves and one small carton of milk; her friend’s family didn’t have enough money to buy food. Maddi’s Fridge, Lois’ first picture book, is the result of that moment. Lois served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa, and continues to travel widely. She lives in Issaquah, Washington, with her husband, assorted kids, two dogs, and a fluffy cat who thinks he’s a dog.
Writing Retreat Co-Director
Allyson Valentine Schrier is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has written extensively for the school library market. Her debut novel, How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend was released summer 2013, by Penguin, and she is in revisions on her next project. Allyson believes that any day is better with a cicada molt in your mouth. She is an active member of the Mudflat Heathens and encourages anyone wondering what that is to attend one of our FABULOUS writing retreats!
Incoming Writing Retreat Director
Jennifer Longo has been an actor, playwright, literary assistant and elementary school librarian. Her debut novel, Six Feet Over It (Random House Books) has received all kinds of awards and her second novel, Up To This Pointe (Random House Books, January 2016) has received even more. A California native and recent San Francisco transplant, Jennifer now lives with her husband and daughter on an island and her every hour is consumed by writing, running marathons, taking her kid to ballet class eleven thousand times each week and reading every book she can get her hands on.
Monthly Programming Coordinator
Jan O’Neil acts as liaison between SCBWI WWA and SPU. She works as a teacher librarian and got into writing picture books while taking a class on teaching writing to young children. Since then, she has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia, completed the Writing for Children program at the University of Washington, and become somewhat addicted to attending conferences.
Published And Listed (PAL) Membership Liaison
Joni Sensel earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s the author of a handful of fantasies for middlegrade and YA readers, most recently The Skeleton’s Knife, the third book in her Farwalker Trilogy. Joni is a past Regional Advisor for our chapter and currently is a business writing freelancer and propagandist, living in the woods near Mt. Rainier. Read more at www.jonisensel.com.
Nonfiction Coordinator & CoPAL Liaison
Laurie Ann Thompson has been on the SCBWI-WWA advisory committee for eight years, including a three-year stint as co-regional advisor. She writes for children and young adults to help her readers—and herself—make better sense of the world we live in so they can help make it a better place for all of us. She strives to write nonfiction that sparks imaginations and fiction that taps into universal truths. Her books include Be a Changemaker, a teen how-to filled with advice and inspiration for budding social entrepreneurs; Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography about a young man who forever changed Ghana's perception of people with disabilities; My Dog Is the Best, a fiction picture book about the unconditional love between a child and the family pet; and the upcoming Two Truths and a Lie series. Learn more at lauriethompson.com and @lauriethompson.
Northern Network Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator
Rebecca Van Slyke has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She writes picture books, easy readers, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s currently working on something she swore she would never attempt: a middle-grade novel. She has illustrated five art books for children. She is also the author of picture books Mom School, and Dad School; and the forthcoming Where do Pants Go? and Lexie, The Word Wrangler, due to be published in 2016 and 2017. Rebecca is a second-grade teacher in Lynden, where she lives with her husband, daughter (when she’s not in college), and a very spoiled dachshund. She wants to be a cowgirl when she grows up. Or a penguin tamer.
Southern Network, Great Critique & Critique Group Coordinator
Anthony Dorrough masquerades by day as a Pipeline Safety Engineer for the state. But late at night, as well as in the early, early morning, he's busy completing a YA Sci-Fi novel. Tony lives on a small farm located in a lovely valley in the Shelton area that he shares with his wife and a few kids that refuse to move out.
Publication Design Editor & Kid Lit Drink Co-Coordinator
Kevan Atteberry was a graphic designer for many years. Today he writes and illustrates picture books. Among them are award-winners like Frankie Stein by Lola Schaefer, and Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett. His latest book, PUDDLES!!!, a companion book to BUNNIES!!! came out in May. . His biggest claim to fame is being the creator of Clippy, the Microsoft Word Assistant, which even today is annoying millions of people a day. It is important to him that you know he only created the character—not the functionality. He is a birder of over 40 years and has been bitten by both a cormorant and a raven. Though not at the same time. Kevan is a Pisces, loves banana cream pie and the color periwinkle. Or maybe just saying the word periwinkle. You can see his illustrations at www.kevanatteberry.com.
Inside Story Chair
As the new kid on the block, Dori Hillestad Butler is thrilled to join the SCBWI-WWA AdCom. She is a former Regional Advisor from Iowa, and an award-winning chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of story with readers and writers of all ages. She’s published more than 50 books for children, including the Buddy Files series, which won an Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery. Her latest series is called The Haunted Library. She’s been an active library volunteer, therapy dog partner, and mentor to many young writers. She grew up in southern Minnesota, spent the last 19 years in Iowa, and now lives in Kirkland.
Mentor Program Coordinator
Julie Artz writes stories for children that feature the natural world, folklore, mythology, history, and all that is magical about those things. Since her first work-study job editing papers and resumes at DePauw University, she’s made her living writing everything from computer manuals to training materials, from press releases and marketing copy to gardening articles, from flash fiction to novel-length works. Now, in addition to her creative writing, she works as a book coach for Author Accelerator, contributes regularly to bookish blogs From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors and The Winged Pen, and is currently building SCBWI-WWA's mentorship program.
Mili was born, raised, and educated in Lima, Peru. She moved as a young adult to the Pacific Northwest to join Phil, who soon became her husband. Since arriving she has pursued her passions: raising her young son Sami, practicing all kinds of crafts, and writing and illustrating stories for early readers. These things give her ample excuse to hang out with artisans and creative types. She is currently working on several manuscripts. Her characters tend to be bilingual (Spanish and English) and artists themselves. They include crafters (Eliot), illustrators (Edgar), and scrapbookers (Josephine). They may be audacious plotters hatching grand schemes like the Red Hoodie Society. They may live in the clouds like The Pointies, sprinkling unsuspecting Earthlings. They may be pumpkin-headed goblins stealing apples from witches or giraffe families riding in convertibles. Whatever their role they share Mili’s ever-present enthusiasm, motivation and wonder. You can meet them all on her website: milagroswelt.carbonmade.com and follow her on Facebook @milagrosweltstudio.