Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet our SCBWI-WI Volunteers

Co-Regional Advisors

www Rochelle Groskreutz
Rochelle has been a self-employed copywriter (Words For Sale) since 1997, and started her children’s writing journey in 2009. The enthusiasm, talent and dedication of fellow members have inspired her since she joined SCBWI in 2012.  She lives on a 6-acre farmette with her husband and three young daughters in Genesee, Wisconsin. For event ideas or information, contact her at For SCBWI -related topics, reach Rochelle at Her office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon until 4 p.m.
  Silvia Acevedo
Silvia is the SCBWI SPARK Award winner for God Awful Rebel, the third book in her God Awful trilogy. Its prequels, God Awful Loser and God Awful Thief, bring misfit ancient Roman gods into modern times. Besides writing fiction, Silvia is also a veteran journalist with 25+ years in news, covering everything from presidential candidates to food-on-a-stick. She’s guest-hosted a morning talk show for the Milwaukee NBC station and continues to write for magazines and newspapers. Connect with Silvia at For SCBWI -related topics, you reach her at Her office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon until 4 p.m.

Assistant Regional Advisor

www Deb Buschman
Deb was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Wisconsin. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2011 and served as Co-Area Rep for Wisconsin’s southwest area. She is a member of 12×12 and coordinates two online critique groups. Deb won honorable mention in the 2017 “Rate Your Story” contest for her picture book. Her family can be found on the lake in the summer and skiing in the winter.


Area Representatives

We divide our region into four areas: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest. Our Area Representatives work to connect members all over the state by offering smaller events – such as mingles/schmoozes, and workshops that are closer to members in those areas who may have trouble attending our larger events.


Southeast Area

Stacie Poole, Area Rep
Bio coming soon.||  






OPEN! The Southeast Area Illustrator Rep position is open. (Contact if interested!)


Southwest Area

Kathy Nieber-Lathrop www Kathy Nieber-Lathrop, Area Rep
After retiring from teaching and counseling middle school students, Kathy started writing their stories. “Just make sure they have a happy ending,” one student told her after she shared his story of sexual abuse.  Kathy’s son and daughter-in-law had a baby in September of 2019, and she wanted to write a book for him. She wrote a few picture books, one of which led to a publishing contract. Kathy has been involved with SCBWI for more than ten years and feels now is time to pay it forward to help the Wisconsin region.
www OPEN!
The Southwest Area Illustrator Rep position is open. (Contact if interested!)


Northeast Area

www Terrie G. Seiler, Co-Area Rep
Terri writes picture books, fiction and nonfiction, and chapter books. She completed her post graduate studies at UW-Milwaukee before moving to Illinois to work as a Youth Services librarian for over a decade.  Terrie returned to Wisconsin to work in education as a teacher and school counselor. When she isn’t writing, she loves spending time with family and fellow creative authors, artists and educators. Her greatest joy in life is in the creative process and sharing her love of writing and children’s books to children of all ages.
www Lisa Aikins, Co-Area Rep
Lisa has been an active member of SCBWI since 2004. Prior to moving to Wisconsin last summer and becoming the co-NE rep, she was the ARA for the San Francisco North/East Bay chapter. She writes picture books and young adult novels, however, her fiction and nonfiction pieces have been published in numerous children’s magazines under her full name of Elisabeth Aikins. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and received her teaching credential in the state of CA but has spent most of her working life teaching special needs kids and serving coffee…when she’s not writing. She’s lives in Green Bay with her husband, three teen/young adult kids, a perky yellow lab, a grumpy gray tabby and a geriatric guinea pig who all give her lots of support and inspiration for her stories.



The Northeast Area Illustrator Rep position is open. (Contact if interested!)


Northwest Area

www Amanda Zieba, Area Rep
As a word nerd, Amanda has the best job in the world. In addition to 11 books written for children and adults, she works to help other writers tell their own stories through classes, workshops and retreats including a course called the Take Action Author Plan in which she teaches others how to self-publish their book, market/sell that book and level up their author career. As a social butterfly, she is looking forward to connecting with and creating alongside other members in the Northwest region. Amanda lives in the La Crosse area with her husband and two sons. Visit her at
www Jeanne Styczinski, Area Illustrator Rep
During Jeanne’s 30 year career as a kindergarten teacher, Jeanne read countless picture books and wrote/illustrated many stories in her classrooms.  She could see the important role that children’s picture books play in students’ literacy development and how early connection with pictures books help students develop a love for reading. In 2013, Jeanne felt an urgency to pursue a life-long dream, to write and illustrate picture books for children beyond her classroom. She created a small publishing company, JeanneKay Publishing (, a website (, promotes writing and illustrating by presenting to elementary schools/libraries and has self-published three picture books, that have all won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (2014 Mama, How Does The Wind Start To Blow? and 2015 Papa Why Does The Sun Shine? and 2017 Who Will Be My Friend?


PAL Coordinator

PAL is the SCBWI designation for “Published And Listed” members, those who have been published by SCBWI recognized organizations. AKA: publicity committee. PAL Coordinator (n.) Cheerleader, town crier, reminder.  Utilizing social media and other outlets to share information and resources about organization activities and accomplishments with membership and the greater community. Prepares and distributes spring and fall release announcements.


www Sandy Brehl
Reader, writer, retired (but still engaged) educator. Passionate about picture books and children’s literature. Author of ODIN’S PROMISE (2014), MG Historical Fiction, (Crispin, an imprint of Crickhollow Books)  Contact:


Self Pub/Indie Coordinator

Photo of Bob Allen www Bob Allen
Bob Allen is a Wisconsin author of kids picture books. He features the outdoors and environment as a place to explore and enjoy while maintaining them as a heritage. His focus is on family and fun. Walter the Wily Walleye is the story of a fish that invites and challenges a child to try and catch him. Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Bob lives with his wife, Ann, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Critique Group Coordinator

www Susan Twiggs
Susan is the Critique Group Coordinator for SCBWI-WI. She is a published poet and on the journey to publishing for children. She practices yoga and has taught for many years. She believes in the power of mentoring and sharing what we know with each other. Her critique group offers continued encouragement and constructive criticism. She co-founded a high school mentoring program, Pathway Partners that continues to support teens in finding their careers. As the CGC-WI she will facilitate members in finding and creating their own support system so they can be the best writers possible.


Newsletter Coordinator

wwwSandra Nichols
Sandra is a writer, educator, and editor who has a keen interest in helping others find joy in creative expression. Sandra has a passion for history and learning. As an educator, she teaches both developmental writing and civics. She has been an active member in Wisconsin State Reading Association for the past ten years and is a regular contributor to their state journal. She has a BA in History from UW Milwaukee and an MA in English from UW Oshkosh. Currently, she teaches at Mid-State Technical College.


Blog Coordinator

www Jane Kelley
Jane grew up by a woods in Mequon, Wisconsin, a perfect place for her imagination to roam. After graduating from Northwestern University, she performed street theater throughout the Midwest. She moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, and was inspired by their daughter, to write for kids. In 2010, she published her first middle grade novel, Nature Girl. She was the 2013 Thurber House Children’s Writer in Residence. She has written many more novels, including The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, which was honored by the CCBC in 2014. Her most recent work is the chapter book series, The Escapades of Clint McCool.


|Membership & Listserv Coordinator

www Silvia Acevedo
Silvia, our region’s co-Regional Advisor, is temporarily filling this role until a new volunteer is put in place. You can apply for this role here. If you’re a member who would like to be added to the listserv, email Silvia at

Social Media Coordinator

www Liza Wiemer
Liza is an award-winning educator with over twenty-five years of teaching experience. HELLO?, her debut realistic contemporary YA novel, is set in Door County, Wisconsin and was published by Spencer Hill Press, NY. It was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel. In addition, Liza has had two adult non-fiction books published through Random House and Gefen Publishing. Several of her short stories were included in the New York Times bestselling Small Miracles series. A die-hard Packer fan and graduate of UW-Madison, she’s married with two sons. Find her on Twitter: @lizawiemer, Instagram: lizamwiemer, Goodreads: Liza M Wiemer and


New Releases Flyer

www Leah Danz
Ever since Leah could hold a crayon… she liked to eat them. She has since outgrown the phase of eating her drawing utensils, and today, she puts them to use as an Illustrator and Designer.  She has been an SCBWI member since 2013 and has worked on illustration projects for BabyBug magazine, has created illustrations for the books Patsy Bea and Even Lions Wear Pajamas, and is working on illustrations for the upcoming book, Easter Elf vs. Christmas Elf written by Wisconsin author Rochelle Groskreutz (KWiL Publishing, 2019).  Leah lives in Madison, WI, where she works as a Graphic Designer.


Equity & Inclusion Team Leader

www Charlene Avery
Children’s lit writer, elementary school volunteer, occupational therapist, animal & arts enthusiast. Naps are wonderful. Member: SCBWI-Wisconsin, 12×12, We Need Diverse Books. I enjoy working on multiple manuscripts in many genres: chapter books, picture books, non-fiction, early readers. I love blending perspective and perceptions, heart, and skills from all areas and ages of my life & others’…into my writing. It’s rewarding working as a team in all facets of my life. I can’t wait to work with more literary professionals, to see how the ideas I present, change & grow into something much richer for everyone’s input and expertise.


Webinar Coordinator

Joyce Uglow headshot www Joyce Uglow
Joyce Uglow is a retired educator and school principal who is currently serving the Wisconsin State Reading Association as the admin where she wears many hats, including web editor and event registrar. She is the founder of the Read the Way WSRA. Joyce reads to breathe in and writes to breathe out.


Newsletter Designer

The Newsletter Designer position is open. Contact if interested!





Membership & Listserv Coordinator

The Membership & Listserv Coordinator position is open. Contact if interested!





Website/Tech Coordinator

The Website/Tech Coordinator position is open. Contact if interested!