Patricia Marshall, Board President. Patricia Marshall lives and writes in Eugene. She is the former editor of Forest Magazine, a conservation magazine published by a national environmental group, and is working on a non-fiction book about Burley Design Cooperative. For the past six years, she has served on the Downtown Events Management Board (DEMI) which produces the Eugene Celebration, and in her spare time, she runs Luminare Press, a publishing company that helps authors navigate the complexities of self-publishing.Patricia has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore. She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.
Juanita Metzler, Treasurer, works at Travel Lane County as a Convention Sales Manager. In her capacity she works with a variety of markets such as medical, military reunions, faith-based, insurance, financial and legal; as well as the arts, crafts and hobby markets and brings a unique view to that organization. Prior to joining Travel Lane County she worked in the financial market and as a professional event planner. At Travel Lane County Juanita works with planners as they consider location, speakers and activities. She understands what the planners are looking for and helps them achieve their goals.
When Juanita is not at Travel Lane County she enjoys traveling with her husband, attending Oregon Duck sports events, trips to the beach, listening to music and volunteering with many organizations.
Matthew Lowes is a writer, a teacher, and a martial arts instructor. His stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including *Dark Recesses* and *Anotherealm*. He has traveled widely, from the deserts of Australia and West Africa, to the jungles and mountains of South America and Southeast Asia. He has been at times a pilot, a scuba diver, and a rock climber. He is currently working on a trilogy of fantasy novels, a collection of horror stories, and two roleplaying games. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where every day he pursues the dreams and ideas that are the inspiration for his work.
Elizabeth Engstrom Cratty is a sought-after teacher and keynote speaker at writing conferences, conventions, and seminars around the world. She has written thirteen books and edited four anthologies, and she has over two hundred fifty short stories, articles and essays in print. She was Director of the Maui Writers Retreat for ten years and is currently on faculty at the University of Phoenix. An avid gardener and knitter, she also hikes the beautiful Pacific Northwest and puts her pen to use for social justice.
Wendy Morgan, Board Vice President, moved to Oregon from Georgia to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the Pacific Northwest. Since arriving she has run a hobby farm, volunteered in her children’s schools, and taught and tutored in a private elementary school. Wendy is an educator with more than fifteen years experience in public and private schools in three different states and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In January 2014 she joined the University of Oregon Professional Development for Educators as Program Developer. She and her two children and their beloved dog go on adventures nearly every weekend.
Cheryl Owen-Wilson, Board Treasurer, began her career in business management in 1988 in both the insurance and health fields. She is currently the Practice Manager for a local Eugene optometrist. In each position held throughout her career, she is known for her “thinking beyond the linear” approach to problem solving, skills she honed by being the mother of eight children. She now enjoys being grandmother to five and counting.
The writing bug first snagged Cheryl through her penning of a personal essay, for which she received an award and publication. However, today short story fiction is what drives her writing, with an emphasis on Southern Gothic. Since her roots are buried deep in the bayous of Southern Louisiana, it is a natural fit. When not visiting the mysteries of her childhood home she also writes fantasy and science fiction.
When Cheryl is not writing, you will find her at an easel covered in oil. “When I write I usually have a picture in my mind of a painting to go with the story. The same holds true when the picture of a painting forms in my mind. It’s usually followed closely with an idea for a story.”
Daryll Lynne Evans, Executive Director, began her writing career as a playwright with the Performing Arts Conservatory in Colorado, where she also taught theatre and play writing to youth. She has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she taught creative writing and worked with Sycamore Review. She has presented writing workshops as part of the Loose Leaf Writing Series in Lafayette, Indiana, and for the Mid-Valley chapter of Willamette Writers in Eugene, and was a presenter at Wordcrafters’ inaugural conference.
Sallie Vandagrift, WITS Coordinator, has taught creative writing in after-school programs for Salmon House Writers Workshop and Young Writers Association. She has also facilitated writing groups for youth in detention and residents in the Phoenix treatment program at John Serbu Youth Campus. Sallie’s short stories have appeared in The Sun, and Coffee Talk. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family in an old pink Craftsman house that always seems to have a new ghost story, a fix-it project, and too many weeds in the garden.