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Amazing WI Volunteers


Wisconsin has a long history of excellence when it comes to offering top-notch SCBWI events. The only way that this is possible is the commitment of our volunteers who understand that part of what make SCBWI work is industry professionals giving back to their peers by donating their time and talent to the region. As they say – you can't help someone up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.


Regional Advisors 

Miranda Paul


Miranda Paul serves as the co-Regional Advisor. Her debut picture book, ONE PLASTIC BAG, (Lerner/Millbrook Press) and her second book WATER IS WATER (Neal Porter Books/RB/Macmillan) both received starred reviews and were named Junior Library Guild selections. Her newest books include WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE (Lerner), TRAINBOTS (little bee), and 10 LITTLE NINJAS (Knopf). For more info, visit For inquiries about SCBWI-Wisconsin and its regional events and activities, email Miranda at:

Andrea Skyberg

ANDREA HS - 1Andrea currently serves as the co-Regional Advisor for Wisconsin. She is an author, illustrator, and artist educator who has a unique method for creating her picture books—collaborating with students to illustrate and sometimes write the story. Her books ShimmerlingCommuniTreeSquircle, and Snickeyfritz have won national awards. She runs the blog feature Tuesday Tours, which showcases the studios of artists and writers. To learn more visit http://andreaskyberg.comFor inquiries about SCBWI-Wisconsin and its regional events and activities, email Andrea at:




Illustrator Coordinator

Ingrid Kallick


I. S. Kallick  is an artist and writer.Her artwork has appeared in Cricket Magazine, Communication Arts, the Spectrum Fantastic Arts Annual 20, Scientific American, the cover of Science, in textbooks, advertising and print design. Her cover illustration for Cricket received the 2012 first place Magazine Merit Award from the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Two of her works were featured in the 2013 Society of Illustrators Los Angeles show. Her selection for the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair received an honorable mention. She exhibits her work regularly at WisCon and Illuxcon. Her nonfiction has appeared in Leonardo magazine and the SCBWI Bulletin. Her fiction was selected in annual fiction competition of the Wisconsin Academy Journal and published in Wisconsin People and Ideas. It went on to receive the 2008 Eleanor Sternig Award for best short story from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. To learn more visit For inquiries about SCBWI-Wisconsin illustrator events and activities, email her at:


PAL Coordinator

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 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.
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:



Membership Chair

Melissa Gorzelanczyk 

Melissa Gorzelanczyk_smallerMelissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. Her debut young adult novel ARROWS is out now from Random House/Delacorte Press. Proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family. Also believes love is strong coffee, arrow jewelry and simple, beautiful everyday things. She helps new and future members feel at home! If you have questions about your membership or renewal contact:


Area Representatives

In Wisconsin, we are divided into four areas: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. 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.

RaChelle Lisiecki – Northeast WI area rep

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RaChelle has just stepped into the position of Area Rep for the Northeast region of Wisconsin's SCBWI chapter. She is an elementary school teacher, mom, and picture book writer. Events are listed on the purple calendar at this SCBWI website or for more information about local meetups and events in the Northeast part of the state, email RaChelle at

Kate Lindsay – Northwest WI area rep

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Kate has been a member of SCBWI since 2013 and enjoys working with children in many capacities. She has worked as a child welfare attorney, a therapist for autistic children, and recently became a certified special education teacher. In her spare time, she co-manages the Facebook page for SCBWI-WI and enjoys writing MG novels. She lives on a farm in Jim Falls, WI with her fiance and two dogs. For event ideas or information, contact her at


Kat Abbott – Southwest WI area rep


Kat Abbott has been a member of SCBWI since 2009, joining back when she worked in the movie industry and lived in Los Angeles. Since then, she’s quickly immersed herself in all the wonderful events SCBWI has to offer and is very honored to be part of such a supportive community. She writes MG, YA, and scripts, and has an amazing job that allows her plenty of creative time.  Southwest Area –  Contact:




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


Critique Groups

TRACI BOLD – Critique Group Coordinator

traci_boldTraci Bold has been creating stories for children since she was a child. She became serious about the craft of writing for children years later when her children and husband encouraged her to do so after fate stepped in to give her that opportunity. Not yet published, Traci’s stories using a unique approach can be found on her website, Her stories are for all ages. One of these stories, THE CASE OF THE MISSING GUINEA PIG garnered the attention of CQ (Creative Quarterly) online magazines editor, Paul White who published it in 2015 and later won the CQ annual Best Children’s Story Award for that same year. Traci is the current Critique Group Coordinator for WI-SCBWI. Her mantra is #justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting in honor of Dory.

If you're looking to join a critique group with other SCBWI-Wisconsin members, email Traci at



Wisconsin Listserv 

LORA HYLER – Listserv Coordinator

Lora Hyler Chapman8 Lora Hyler has completed the manuscript of her middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, and has begun the second in the series while actively seeking an agent. She will join the faculty for SCBWI’s upcoming fall 2017 conference. She holds a 2016 Jade Ring award from the Wisconsin Writers Association for an adult short story, several screenwriting awards, and has published many corporate articles. She is the recipient of a 2017 artist residency at Marnay sur Seine, France and two previous residencies at Noepe Center for the Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. More about Lora at




More Volunteers! *All email adresses are located on our home page (click a purple name on the left bottom sidebar to send a message)*

Traci Bold coordinates critique groups.

Kate Lindsay, JoAnn Early Macken, Sandy Brehl, MJ Diem coordinate our social media posts on Facebook and Twitter as well as the Yahoo listserv.

Colleen Riordan and Genevieve Artel are our blog editors for the SCBWI-WI regional blog page. Check it out here!