Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter
President: Elise Marie Collins
Elise’s accomplishments as our former VP are numerous and include playing major roles in the overall direction and strategy development of the chapter, leading teams to accomplish successful Pitch-O-Ramas, membership drives and mixers, and educational literary presentations. A yoga foodie, Elise has also been a yoga instructor for more than a decade. Through her yoga and meditation practice, Elise became more in touch with what we put in our bodies and how food affects us spiritually. This knowledge led her to author “The A-Z Guide to Healing Foods, A Shoppers Companion,” Chakra Tonics. Essential Elixirs for Mind, Body and Spirit, published by Conari Press and, “Super Ager: You Can Look Younger, Have More Energy, A Better Memory, and Live a Long and Healthy Life,” published by Mango Publishers.
Co-Vice President: Renee Jadushlever
Renée Jadushlever is Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Mills College and has served Mills in a variety of leadership roles since 1991. She has edited two scholarly journals, as Editor-in-Chief for Printing History, the journal of the American Printing History Association, and as the Managing Editor of Phaedrus: An International Journal of Children’s Literature Research. Additionally, she has curated numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Centennial Celebration Exhibition of the Grolier Club (NY). Renee received her MLS in Library Science from Columbia University, with a concentration in Rare Books Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in book clubs and attending San Francisco Giants games.
Co-Vice President: Earlita Chenault
Earlita Chenault is a former “military brat” who was born in the Philippines and raised primarily in Lompoc, near Vandenberg AFB, on California’s central coast. An avid reader and book collector, she is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a degree in Literature from their College of Creative Studies. Earlita has been in the book publishing industry since the summer of 2000 and has worked for several East Bay publishers, publicizing everything from self-help and psychology to memoirs, fiction, and religion. She is currently publicity director at Parallax Press, where she has been since 2016. When she is not publicizing books or reading them, Earlita delights in the Golden State Warriors, and loves football season, traveling, and her nephew.
Treasurer: A. Leslie Noble
Secretary: Kathleen Archambeau
Fourth-generation native San Franciscan, Kathleen Archambeau, is an award-winning writer and LGBTQ activist. She is author of four nonfiction works, Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels (2006), “Seized,” an essay in The Other Woman (2007), edited by Victoria Zackheim, Pride & Joy (2017), and We Make It Better (2019), with gay dad, Eric Rosswood. Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black wrote the Foreword to Pride & Joy and endorsed We Make It Better. Archambeau’s work has been favorably reviewed in global and national literary publications and she has been a featured speaker at national and global Pride literary events. Her book was included as part of the Oakland Museum of California store’s Queer California Exhibit and she is a founding member of the James Hormel LGBT wing of the SF Public Library.
Membership Chair: Julianne Reidy
Julianne Reidy is a retired Circulation Supervisor in the San Mateo County Peninsula Library System. She continues to work on-call at Canada College and College of San Mateo. She recently facilitated a Motivational Writing Workshop at Burlingame Public Library. She earned a M.A. in Women’s Spirituality at New College of California and M.F.A. in Creative Writing at CIIS. She is a long-time volunteer with many local animal rescue organizations. She is currently at work on her first novel combining her love of literature with her passion for rescuing cats.
Board Development: Sheryl Bize-Boutte
Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer. Her autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry have been described as “rich in vivid imagery,” “incredible,” and “great contributions to literature.” Her first novel, “Betrayal on the Bayou,” was published in June 2020. She is also a popular literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator and emcee for local events.
Member at Large: Fran Quittel, Marketing
Fran Quittel is an accomplished non-fiction author whose grassroots efforts successfully restored $270 million to 10,000 bank depositors by helping to add an amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Her delightful children’s book, The Central Park Lost Mitten Party (Gingerspice Imprint, Regent Press, 2018) celebrates the rich history and beautiful architecture of America’s first urban public park.
Member at Large: Mary Volmer, Events Co-Chair
Member at Large: B. Lynn Goodwin, Newsletter Editor
Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s the author of an award-winning YA, Talent and an award-winning memoir Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, plus a collection of journaling prompts, flash pieces, and short articles. Her flash fiction is published in Flashquake, Nebo, Cabinet of Heed, Murmur of Words, 100-Word Stories, Ariel’s Dream, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. She lives near Mt. Diablo, California with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.
Member at Large: Joan Gelfand, former Nat’l WNBA Chair, Chapter Development
The author of three poetry collections, Joan Gelfand’s work appears in national and international journals. Her chapbook of short fiction won the Cervena Barva Fiction Award. Joan has won over 20 awards for poetry, fiction and reviewing. Her book, “You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors” published by Mango Press, is an Amazon #1 best seller. Joan’s debut novel, “Extreme” published by Blue Light Press is set in a Silicon Valley gaming startup.
Past President: Brenda Knight
Brenda Knight began her publishing career at HarperCollins. An author of ten books, she won the American Book Award for “Women of the Beat Generation.” In 2015, she was named Indiefab Publisher of the Year. She is now Associate Publisher of Mango Publishing Group.
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