MD/DE/WV Region Planning Committee

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Sue Poduska - Co-Regional Advisor

I write children’s fiction and nonfiction and have been the co-regional advisor since March 2013. I’ve written a nonfiction picture book, Balloons Are Full of Hot Air, and fiction picture books, Everyone Has a Song and Jamal and the Mighty Good Play ; That’s Impossible!, a middle grade nonfiction book; and Megan’s Solution, a novel about a twelve year old math geek. I own a suite of websites in which I post reviews of books, with emphasis on grade level. I’ve reviewed over 300 books for the Children’s Literature online database ( and for I’ve been everything from a stay-at-home mom to an actuarial consultant. Having grown up in the Midwest, I now live in Maryland with husband. My two grown children live close by with their families. Conact me at


Kathy MacMillan – Co-Regional Advisor

Kathy MacMillan is the author of the Young Adult fantasy novel SWORD AND VERSE (HarperCollins, 2016), as well as multiple resource books for librarians and parents, including LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS (Huron Street Press, 2013). A writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, 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 a school librarian at the Maryland School for the Deaf, leading the Eldersburg Library Bookcart Drill Team, and performing in theme parks. She lives in Owings Mills, MD with her husband and son. Find out more about her books at


Rebecca Evans – Illustrator Coordinator

Rebecca Evans is an illustrator/author. She worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. Her experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. She joined the SCBWI in 2009 and learned how to launch her career, she became Illustrator Coordinator in 2014 and is excited to help others learn the path to success through SCBWI.


Sarah Maynard – Events Coordinator

There are two things I wanted to be when I grew-up: a mom and a writer. Now, I’ve gotten older, and I’m not sure I grew-up, but I do get to be both everyday. With four young ones at home, I find spare moments (and usually a weekend day) to write. I’m also a contributor on KIDLIT411’s Writers Challenges and Contests pages and I participated in 12X12 for three years. This year I am focusing on a middle grade underwater adventure. If I could, I would paddleboard every day. My bio’s not complete without: Go Hokies!


Veronica Bartles – Published and Listed (PAL) Member Coordinator

Veronica Bartles is the author of the YA contemporary novel, TWELVE STEPS, and the upcoming picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (15 November 2016 from 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.


Tracy Gold – Member Coordinator/Twitter Administrator

Tracy Gold 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 and M.F.A. candidate in Fiction at The University of Baltimore. When Tracy’s not working or writing, she’s hanging out with her rescue dog and horse. You can find out more about Tracy at on 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 three daydreaming children and three 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. 

Susan Mannix - As the Eraser Burns Blog Co-Coordinator

Susan Mannix worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, adorable black lab, two cats, and six horses.


Laura Bowers - As the Eraser Burns Co-Coordinator

Laura Bowers is a writer, runner, reader, obsessive list keeper, happy SCBWI member since 2001, and semi-empty nester now that both her boys are in college, which makes her sad. She’s been a waitress, telemarketer, secretary, real estate agent, and during her broke college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still wakes her at night.) At the age of thirty, Laura decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She’s now the author of two young adult novels, BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT and JUST FLIRT, and she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!


Loretta Carlson – Conference Critique Coordinator

A writer all her life—but mostly of the corporate communications variety—Loretta joined SCBWI in 2010 because she wanted to stop talking about being a novelist "someday" and start doing something about it. After experiencing the joys of attending conferences and making friends with other writers, she accepted an invitation to become the region's conference critique coordinator in 2013. She's completed one YA novel, Finding Giselle, about a ballet dancer who uncovers a devastating family secret.


Lois Szymanski – RA Emeritus/Committee member

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, will be released in the spring of 2017 by Schiffer Books.