treeOur region has two Co-Regional Advisors, Judith Gardiner and Barb Herkert. Each signed up for a 3 year volunteer term begining June 2015. Sue Ford was our Co-RA for three years with Judi June 2012 – May 2015.  Sue is honored with the title of Regional Advisor Emerita for serving as RA in Oregon, Washington and Kansas. The region had previously been under the leadership of Robin Koontz for 18 years–she is honored with the title of Regional Advisor Emerita as well. 

Judi serves as the Annual Conference Director and Retreat Director. Barb oversees the bimonthy newsletter. Of course, Judi and Barb make decisions for the region jointly.  Our Co-RAs oversee a team of volunteers who help plan upcoming events. Click here to see volunteer bios.


Co-Regional Advisors

Judi Gardineroregon-ra2@scbwi.org

Barb Herkert Newsletter Editor oregon-ra@scbwi.org

Illustrator Coordinator

Robyn Watersoregon-ic@scbwi.org


Advisory Committee (AdCom)

Arlene Williams – Good News and Articles Editor – OrNewsScbwi@gmail.com 

Barb Kerley – PAL Publicity Coordinator – barbara@barbarakerley.com

Carol Bloemen – The Write Direction Coordinator & Book Salesbloemen.carol@gmail.com

Chamisa Kellogg – Art and Layout Editor – chamisakellog@gmail.com

Christy Peterson SW Washington Liaison/Nonfiction Liaison –  christy@christypeterson.com

Debby Zigenis-Lowery – PAL Communicator (on sabbatical, contact Barb Kerley) – debbyzig@hotmail.com

Kelly Garrett – The Next Level Coordinator – garrett.kelly@gmail.com

Kim Kasch – Critique Group Coordinator – kimkasch@comcast.net

Laura Byrd Hospitality/Event Session Coordinator/New Member Liaison  laura7byrd@yahoo.com

Rosanne Parry – Youth Outreach Coordinator – rosanneparry@comcast.net

Roz Malin – Publicity – rrmalin@gmail.com 

Sheryl MurrayIllustrator At Large sheryl@sherylmurray.com

Sue Ford – Webmaster – suhligford@gmail.com

Talia Heath – Library/Bookstore Liaison – talia.heath@gmail.com


treeHow you can communicate with the Co-RAs and Advisory Committee:

Send an email! Addresses above.

Critique group info and requests go to Kim Kasch. (Please use form on critique group page.)

For the newsletter: Illustrations to Chamissa Kellog; Articles, event info, good news, etc. to Arlene Williams.
In the subject line, please put: NEWSLETTER, your name and what you're sending.

Offers to volunteer go to Judi Gardiner.

Notice of your PAL opportunites go to Barb Kerley.

Website corrections, additions, or info about broken links go to Sue Ford.

For The Write Direction scheduling talk to Carol Bloemen.

Youth Outreach questions go to Rosanne Parry.

SCBWI Oregon Connections



logo by Lisa Mundorff

CONNECTIONS are geographically-based groups for the purpose of networking for our SCBWI members in areas away from the Portland metro area where most of our events are held. Each area has one or more representatives. These representatives, under the authority of the Co-RAs, may plan local events in specific subsets of our region. Want your area covered? Find out what volunteering entails by contacting the Co-RAs.



Cidney Swanson – cidneyswanson@gmail.com
Doreen Grace Kester contactdoreengrace@gmail.com
Kristin J. Ammerman kjgammerman@gmail.com