Kathy MacMillan – Co-Regional Advisor
Kathy MacMillan is the author of the young adult fantasy novels Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperCollins), the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press), and multiple resource books for librarians and parents, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press). A writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller, she holds National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Her diverse career includes working as a children’s librarian at public libraries, working as a school librarian at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and performing in theme parks. She lives in Owings Mills, MD. Kathy is represented by Steven Malk at Writers House. www.kathymacmillan.com.
Rebecca Evans – Co-Regional Advisor
Rebecca Evans is an author/illustrator with a BA in Illustration. She worked as a designer for nine years. Since returning to publishing, she has illustrated eleven picture books, nine middle grade readers and authored one picture book. She speaks at schools, mentors with EB Lewis, is a CBA graduate and is Co-RA for her regional SCBWI. She lives in Maryland and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. Rebecca is represented by Essie White at Storm Literary. www.rebeccaevans.net
Cheryl Mendenhall – Illustrator Coordinator
Veronica Bartles – Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA)
Veronica Bartles is the author of the YA contemporary novel Twelve Steps and the picture book, The Princess and the Frogs (Balzer & Bray / Harper Collins). Veronica is a member of the OneFour KidLit group; she’s been a mentor in Pitch Wars (both for MG and YA) for the past three years, and she hosts the #PubTalkTV Twitter Party. She’s also an incurable optimist who loves gray, drizzly days, because that’s when rainbows come to visit.
Jen Eyre- Events Coordinator
Jen Eyre lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and incredibly hyper kitten. Her passion for writing stems back thirty years when she hand-wrote and “published” (shout-out to her Dad’s photocopier) a neighborhood newsletter composed of kid jokes, stories, and advertisements for her painted rock collection. While the newsletter’s circulation was short-lived, her love for writing only grew throughout the years. Jen joined the SCBWI in 2017 and is a regular attendee to both the national and regional conferences. She writes poetry, picture books, and young adult contemporary novels. Jen has also completed a variety of writing courses through Gotham Writers Workshop, Writer’s Digest University, and The Writer’s Center. In 2020, she took the plunge and joined the 12 x 12 picture book challenge and completed NaNoWriMo in 2018. Outside of writing, Jen’s talents include knowing every line to “The Breakfast Club” and being able to kill a houseplant in less than a week.
Lisa Crayton – Published and Listed (PAL) Member Coordinator
A former corporate editor and writer for multi-million corporations, Lisa Crayton is a versatile African-American nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. Her background includes corporate publications management, public speaking, e-publishing, and freelance writing. She is an award-winning freelance writer, freelance editor, conference speaker, writing mentor, and multi-published author of 15 books, including 14 children’s nonfiction books. Recent titles include two books on race relations. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and her dual Bachelor of Arts in PR/Journalism from Utica College.
Meg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” (2017), and the poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games (https://super.magfest.org/mages-blog). Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.
Tracy Gold – Member Coordinator/Twitter Administrator
Tracy is a writer, teacher, and editor living in Baltimore, Maryland. She writes young adult novels, and short stories and poems for all ages. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in YARN, Youth Imagination, The Stoneslide Corrective, two feminist anthologies, and several other magazines. Tracy cofounded Sounding Sea Writers’ Workshop and is a composition instructor at The University of Baltimore. When Tracy’s not working or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, which includes a rescue dog and horse. You can find out more about Tracy at tracycgold.com o by following her on Twitter @tracycgold.
Mike Karg – Critique Group Coordinator/Conference Registrar
Mike Karg is a picture book writer and a feline-exclusive veterinarian. In art and science, he caters to two “clients”, the vase-breaking, heart-melting child or cat, and the caregiver who pays the bills. Mike writes before breakfast, drawing upon the lives of his daydreaming children and impish cats. He fancies himself a woodland gardener (whatever that means), a tinkerer of buildings and board games, and will always be about seven years old.
Sharada Vibhakar – Volunteer Coordinator
Sharada has been an avid reader her entire life, leading to a change in careers from the world of finance to aspiring author. Born in West Virginia, she was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. Today, Sharada lives with her husband, two kids, and a fluffy dog in western Maryland. She is currently working on a middle-grade fantasy.
Lois Szymanski – RA Emeritus
Lois Szymanski is the author of 27 books for children, including chapter books for young readers, middle grade novels, picture books and nonfiction for children and adults. She has two middle grade book series – Charming Ponies with Harper Festival and The Gettysburg Ghost Gang coauthored by Shelley Sykes and published by White Mane Kids. Szymanski was Regional Advisor of the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI for over 10 years. She is a weekly correspondent for the Carroll County Times and teaches occasional writing classes at Carroll Community College. Her picture book, Surfer Dude, was released in the spring of 2017 by Schiffer Books.