Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


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


Barb Herkert – Newsletter Editor

Illustrator Coordinator



Advisory Committee (AdCom)

Arlene Williams – Good News and Articles Editor –

Barb Kerley – PAL Publicity Coordinator –

Carol Bloemen – The Write Direction Coordinator & Book Sales –

Christy Peterson – SW Washington Liaison/Nonfiction Liaison –

Debby Zigenis-Lowery – PAL Communicator (on sabbatical, contact Barb Kerley) –

Jenny Schrader Art and Layout

Joan DiCicco – Incoming Critique Group Coordinator as of May 1st –

Kelly Garrett – The Next Level Coordinator –

Kim Kasch – Critique Group Coordinator –

Laura Byrd – Hospitality/Event Session Coordinator/New Member Liaison –

Rosanne Parry – Youth Outreach Coordinator –

Roz Malin – Publicity –

Sheryl MurrayIllustrator At Large

Sue Ford – Webmaster –

Talia Heath – Library/Bookstore Liaison –


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 Jenny Schrader; 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 –
Doreen Grace Kester
Kristin J. Ammerman