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Board of Directors and Advisory Council

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christina Ball, Secretary

Bethany Joy Carlson

Jeff Coomer, Treasurer

Bobbi Dunn

James Harrigan

Walker Thornton, Vice President

Rachel Unkefer, President and Founding Member

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Rita Mae Brown, Author

Rita Dove, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award Winning Author

Susan Gregg Gilmore,  Author

Joseph Jennings, Founder, Carden Jennings Publishing Co., Ltd.

Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management

Lee Smith, Author

ABOUT THE BOARD MEMBERS

Rachel Unkefer, President and Founding Member

In a previous life, Rachel was co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based technical bookstore chain Computer Literacy Bookshops. She is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Writers in the Heartland.

Walker Thornton, Vice President

Walker comes to WriterHouse with a varied resume of experience on nonprofit board of directors. From her tenure on the Alabama Diocesan Board of Episcopal Church Women, to the board of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA) she has worked to support a variety of causes. Before starting a new career as a freelance writer, Walker was the Executive Director of SARA. As a writer she works with small business clients, offering blogs, articles, newsletters, web content, press releases and consulting services. Walker writes several blogs, including A Woman's Page and The Diva of Dating. She is currently working on her memoir about divorce and dating as a midlife woman. A UVA grad with a graduate degree from the University of Georgia, she returned to Charlottesville in 1999.

Jeff Coomer, Treasurer

Christina Ball, Secretary

An Italian teacher for the past 20 years and the owner of local foreign language/ESL enterprise, Speak! Language Center, Ball also leads language and opera-focused travel programs in Italy. She has served as the Business Representative to  the Sister City Commission of Charlottesville and is a founding Board member of Slow Food Albemarle Piedmont. A free lance writer since 2000, Ball has published over 40 magazine articles, which have focused primarily on food and wine, but have also touched upon topics as diverse as silent film star Clara Bow and Franz Kafka.

Bethany Joy Carlson

Bobbi Dunn

Bobbi Dunn has extensive public policy experience in the arts, humanities, and education. She served as Director of the Congressional Relations Office of the National Endowment for the Arts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Student Financial Assistance Programs, and Education Policy Director for a United States Senator serving on the budget and authorizing committees for programs in these fields. Bobbi moved to Charlottesville in 2007 and joined the Piedmont Council for the Arts Board of Directors in 2008. She is also on the Board of Wintergreen Performing Arts.

James Harrigan

 

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITI

Diana Strickler, Past Treasurer

Catherine Crittenden, Past Secretary and Founding Member

Elizabeth McCullough, Past Treasurer and Founding Member

Christy Strick, Past President and Founding Member

Burnley Hayes, Founding Member

Hilary Jerrill Steinitz, Founding Member

Hope Mills Voelkel, Founding Member

Kristen-Paige Madonia, Past Membership Committee Chair

Charles J. Shields

Gale Martin

 

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