Branch Officers and Chairs

Elected Officers

Robbi Sommers Bryant

President Robbi Sommers Bryant is the author of her newest book, Dream, 2nd place winner in the Los Angeles Book Festival Best in Genre, and currently, a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013. Her novel, The Beautiful Evil, has won the BAIPA Award for Best in Genre, as well as Honorary Mention in the Los Angeles Book Festival in fiction, and was a top finalist in the Kindle Book Review Contest.

Robbi Sommers Bryant

Robbi Sommers Bryant

She is the author of one novella, four novels, five books of short stories, and a book of poetry. Bryant has had articles published in magazines such as Redbook and  Reader’s Digest. 

Besides  her  writing, she is a professional editor, specializing in Tempo Editing, a creativity coach,  and a member of the web team for the Redwood Writers website. Moreover, Bryant is an active member of the Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Women’s National Book Association.

Visit Bryant’s website at RobbiBryant.com.

Email: [email protected] 


Sandy Baker

Sandy Baker

Vice President, and CWC and NorCal Representative, Sandy Baker writes children’s gardening books and teen poetry, and co-authored the thriller The Tehran Triangle with Tom Reed. She chaired the Redwood Writers “Next Step” Conference in 2012. Baker is giving NaNoWriMo a shot for the first time when she will attempt to write the sequel thriller The Tehran Revenge—just for the challenge and discipline of it. She’s also a member of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Get to know her better at SandyBakerWriter.com and her blog at WriterSandy.wordpress.com/ Baker and Thonie Hevron co-chaired the Redwood Writers’ “From Pen to Published” Conference, April 26, 2014.

Email: [email protected]

JanRawley

Jan Rawley

Vice President and Membership Chair Jan Rowley was raised a preacher’s kid in the Deep South, followed by a 26-year airline career. Rowley is happy to stay firmly planted in Sonoma County, connected to friends and place. She enjoys reading, writing, home cheese-making, and gardening–-all in the company of her three much-loved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Email: [email protected]


Eljumaily Malena

Malena Eljumaily

Secretary Malena Eljumaily won the Audience Choice Award at the Redwood Writers 10-Minute Play Festival in 2012 for her play, “Special Delivery.” It has since been produced several times in Northern California. Currently, she is working on a full-length comedy, and continues to write and submit short plays to theaters all over the globe. Eljumily is also on the Board of the Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Santa Rosa.

Email: [email protected]

 

Treasurer, Briahn Kelly-Brennan. 

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Board Members

Bill Haigwood

Bill Haigwood

Publicity Chair William Haigwood is the author of Journeying the Sixties: A Counterculture Tarot, a history of the Sixties that uses 78 of Haigwood’s vintage photos from the era to support researched essays that offer new readings of the Counterculture’s crucial touch points.  A former newspaper editor and publisher, Haigwood photographed and wrote about the Sixties as a news reporter.  He is currently writing the fifth in a series of literary novels that explores the experiences of Sixties protagonists during the decades of the post-Counterculture.  He will publish the first of these novels in 2015.  You can visit the Counterculture Tarot at CounterCultureCreations.com.

Email: [email protected]

Crissi Langwell

Crissi Langwell

Newsletter Editor Crissi Langwell is the author of paranormal fantasy novels, A Symphony of Cicadas and Forever Thirteen, two of three books in the trilogy, “Forever After.” Currently, she is in the process of writing the third installment to this trilogy. She is also the author of Everything I Am Not Saying, a book of her poetry, and the book, Golf Balls, Eight Year Olds & Dual Paned Windows, a collection of true parenting stories from her former column with the Press Democrat. Langwell lives in Petaluma with her husband, their blended family of three kids, and several whiny fur-kids. She writes about her stories, writing, and life in general at CrissiLangwell.com

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Email: [email protected] 


Linda L Reid

Linda L Reid

Past President Linda Loveland Reid published her first novel Touch of Magenta in 2009. Her short stories also are published in the anthologies, 95% Naked and Vintage Voices: Cent’Anni.

She is a graduate of Sonoma State University (cum laude in History and Art History), a theater director, and figurative oil painter. Professionally, she founded a family insurance business in Santa Rosa. Reid is winner of the 2008 Redwood Writers short fiction contest.

Jeane Slone

Jeane Slone

Member-at-Large Jeane Slone previously served as a vice president  of the California Redwood Writers Club, and continues serving as a board member. She is a member of the Healdsburg Literary Guild, Military Writers Society of America, and the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Slone is host of the television show “Writer/Speak.” She is a tutor for the Library Literary Program, and distributes more than 85 local authors’ books in 17 Sonoma County shops. Visit her website at JeaneSlone.com.


Marian Lindner

Contest Chair Marian Lindner: After growing up in Los Angeles, Lindner attended the University of California at Santa Cruz. Falling in love with the city of San Francisco, she moved north. Since then, she has made the Bay Area her home, living in several counties and working a variety of jobs. Some of these positions included high school English teacher, retail manager, and grant writer. She has a Master of Arts in comparative literature and writes screenplays, as well as novels. She is also the author of a daily affirmation self-help book on relationships. An active board member of the California Writers Club, she lives in Glen Ellen, California, with her husband, daughter, a golden-haired Chow-Chow, and a little black cat. More information about Lindner can be found at her website MarianLindner.com.

Email: [email protected] 

Committee Chairs

Joelle Burnette

Joelle Burnette

Web Editor Joelle Burnette is a KRON 4 News web content producer. She reported for the Press Democrat and more newspapers before taking a break to write her first book, Cancer Time Bomb, her non-fiction BRCA journey about having preventative surgeries to eliminate her extremely high risk of breast and ovarian cancers. She also writes and illustrates children’s books. The first was Freedom Doesn’t Just Come Along with a Tree, promoting tolerance and diversity. Burnette’s magazine writing was awarded Gold by the International Parenting Media Association that represents more than 100 magazines worldwide. Prior to having received her master’s in journalism from Stanford University, she applied her love of writing to her work in television news in San Francisco, congressional offices on Capitol Hill and in California, and media relations on presidential and other regional political campaigns. Soon, she will be releasing her second children’s book, Magic Peas and Two Front Teeth, a silly story encouraging children to choose healthy foods. Follow her writing at JoelleBurnette.net, and her art at 4GenerationArtists.com.

Email: [email protected] 


Marie Millard

Marie Millard

Social Media Manager Marie Millard joined Redwood Writers in 2011. She has since self-published a children’s book, a Bible devotional, and Anaheim Tales, a YA novella. She also writes web content and maintains businesses’ Facebook pages at Petaluma Online Presence.

Email: [email protected] 

Sher Garmard

Salon Chair  Sher Gamard has been living the writer’s life—with gratitude and gusto—for the past 22 years. She stayed home to raise her daughter. As her child grew and flourished, so did her manuscript—page by page, and year by year. Garmand’s memoir, Gifts From An Unseen Hand, is the engaging story of her plunge into a sacred journey. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from San Francisco State University, and has been a member of Redwood Writers since November 2009.

Email: [email protected] 


Jean Wong

Jean Wong

Redwood Writers Library Open Mic Chair Jean Wong writes fiction, memoir, drama and poetry. Her work has also been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Theater Group. Her book, Sleeping with the Gods, was released in 2013. When writing, Wong sometimes prods along like a mule—at other  times a brilliant race horse speeds by. Whatever the process, she’s amazed to be alive and able to tell the tale.

 

 


 

Note: The wonderful Redwood officers, board members, and chairs of committee on this page are those who serve all year long. Other chairs serve for key events and activities and will appear on this website with their special functions from time to time. Our thanks to all!

Elected Officers
President: Robbi Sommers Bryant

Vice Presidents: Sandy Baker, Jan Rowley
Secretary: Malena Eljumaily
Treasurer: Briahn Kelly-Brennan 

Board Members: Membership Chair: Jan Rowley/  Publicity Chair: William Haigwood/  Newsletter Editor: Crissi Langwell/  Past President: Linda Loveland Reid/  Contest Chair: Marian Lindner/  Member-At-Large: Jeane Slone

Volunteers: The following link  is an updated list of the scores of volunteers who make it possible to provide the many services and activities of Redwood Writers.
Board Members, Committee Chairs and Team Members (April 2015)