Field's End Core Team

Field’s End is a volunteer organization. The Core Team plans and manages all of Field’s End’s programs including: the Speakers Series, workshops, conferences, special events, print media, and social media.

Donna Lee Anderson

Donna Lee Anderson is a retired teacher who still loves to teach. She leads Memoir Writing Workshops, teaches Beginning Fiction Writing and writes an on-going newspaper column (since 2001) called Hansville Happenings. She says she started writing as soon as she could manage a pen, and has been telling stories her whole life. Donna's work has been appeared in two anthologies, published Necessary Words for Writers (2012), and a novel Project Emily: A Story from Haven Port Island in 2013. You can find out more about Donna and read her blog at

Margaret Chang

Margaret Chang, a former children’s librarian, holds an MA in Children’s Literature and for 17 years taught college courses in children’s literature. With her Chinese-born husband, she has published four children’s books set in China, and an introduction to the Chinese language. A longtime reviewer for School Library Journal, she served on two American Library Association award committees: the 2005 Caldecott and the 2007 Batchelder. Maggie grew up on the West Coast, and has recently moved to Bainbridge Island from Massachusetts, where she lived for many years. She has served on the Board of Directors for the United States Board on Books for Young People, the US branch of a worldwide organization that promotes peace and international understanding through children’s books, and is now a Washington State Ambassador for USBBY. Her most recent book is Celia’s Robot.

Mike Donnelly

Mike has been expelled from school, investigated by the feds, and locked in the cargo hold of a Chinese ship for his writing. Two of his novels have been published: Awakening Curry Buckle, a YA adventure, and False Harbor, a mystery. More trouble is on the way.

Alexandra Edvardsen

Alexandra Edvardsen has lived on Bainbridge Island for the last eight years. She is a cross-cultural trainer for professional’s traveling on international work assignments. Alexandra was born in Argentina, of Italian heritage.  She speaks English, Spanish and Italian and has traveled to over 40 countries, living and working in several different continents. Her writing is focused on experiences in other cultures and how societies organize and develop.  Alexandra has a BA in International Communication, and master’s course work in Organizational Development.

Bill Galvani

Bill Galvani has lived on Bainbridge Island for the past ten years.  He is the editor of Mainsail to the Wind (1999) and has written for newspapers and magazines. Recently retired, he had a career in museums and served as director of three, including the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport.  When not working on his first novel, Bill swims with the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters, carves decorative birds and whales, and strums on his electric guitar.

Robin Gaphni

Robin has lived on Bainbridge Island for 18 years and has worked and volunteered for nonprofits her entire professional life. She has an English degree, as well as a Masters in adult education, and has been an instructor in Motheread/Fatheread, a national family literacy program. Her fulltime (i.e. paying) job is as program manager/registrar for the Center for Courage & Renewal. Robin's passion is writing, and she has one unfinished middle-grade novel and numerous picture books in various stages of production. She is currently working on a series of essays dealing with grief, loss, and gratitude

Karen Gerstenberger

Karen Gerstenberger has roots on Bainbridge Island going back to the 1950s, when her parents built a cabin in West Port Madison. Karen's professional background includes work in sales, marketing and finance. She began writing and working to raise awareness of family-centered care, the cancer journey, and grief issues after her daughter Katie's passing from cancer at the age of 12 in 2007. Beside her memoir, Because of Katie, Karen founded Katie's Comforters Guild at Seattle Children's Hospital (visit on Facebook) and the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment for Cancer Research. You can find out more about Karen and her advocacy work at

Jennifer Hager

Jennifer Hager is a freelance developmental editor and member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She works on book-length projects with a focus on "big picture" aspects of story. You can contact Jennifer through the Member Directory at

Sue Hassenmiller

Sue Hassenmiller joined Field's End after retiring from a career in accounting and auditing. A graduate of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Sue received a degree in accounting. She worked as a government auditor and as the financial manager of a nonprofit organization that finds adoptive parents for special needs children. After attending many Field's End events, Sue is nourishing her creative side by supporting and assisting Field's End in its mission. She plans on using her new free time to complete an historical fiction novel that combines her longtime hobby of genealogy and her love of history. In addition to gardening, Sue enjoys meeting with friends locally and on her blog which includes friends in Canada, Germany, and Australia.

Rebecca Lacko

A fiction writer and magazine editor, Rebecca oversees Field’s End’s social media initiative, and mentors teen and middle grade writers, in cooperation with Bainbridge Public Library. She has short stories published in Gravel, Wordhaus, and Mixtape Methodology, and blogs about writing and publishing at The Written Word ( Rebecca’s debut novel is coming out February 2016, and she is currently working on her next novel, How I Learned to Play Guitar. Rebecca has bylines nationwide exploring family issues, eco-friendly living solutions, and food and nutrition. Her award-winning culinary column appeared in several channels including a celebrity cookbook, and she contributed a regularly featured first-person vignette on fostering meaningful family life. It became such a hot topic, she did a few TV appearances. Rebecca lives with her family on Bainbridge Island.

Sherill Leonardi

Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Sherill spent most of her life toting a shoehorn designed to fit 27 hours into 24. By day she ran a thriving Southern California chiropractic practice. Nights and weekends were dedicated to learning the craft of writing. After completing coursework in the UCLA Writer’s Program and the Producer’s Program at Hollywood Film Institute, Sherill and her husband packed up the pets and headed north. Sherill is an active member of the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association and of Sisters in Crime. She’s hard at work on a Northwest-based mystery series while her first series is in the capable hands of her agent.

Kathleen O'Brien

After a successful career in sales and marketing, Kathleen O'Brien broke away from corporate America to pursue her dream of a career as a writer. Kathleen is a fiction writer, freelancer, past president/founder of the Peninsula Writers' Association, and past director/creator of the Gig Harbor  Writers' Conference. As a freelance writer, she writes articles for trade, national real estate, and hospitality magazines. After moving around the United States for many years, she recently moved to Bainbridge Island to be close to family. She is a member of the Associated Writers Program and Pacific Northwest Writers Association.Her debut novel, A Light in the Heart, was released in April 2011. She is currently working on her second novel. Find out more about Kathy at

Nancy Rekow

Nancy Rekow, a widely published, award-winning poet, has worked with words nearly all her life. For 40 years, she's taught poetry and creative writing workshops for all ages and experience levels--privately, at community colleges, for various organizations, and as a visiting poet in the Bainbridge Island Public Schools. Along the way, she's helped organize numerous poetry readings, displays, radio readings and poetry competitions. Many of her students have published and won awards. She has edited, published, and helped others publish various books of poetry, memoirs, stories and non-fiction--most recently with her husband Everett Thompson through their NW Trillium Press. Together they've published Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens, Far As I Can Remember, and Even in the Wind, Even in the Dark. Besides teaching workshops, Nancy works as a freelance editor, publishing consultant, and private tutor for all grade levels in English and

Suzanne Selfors

Suzanne Selfors began her first novel in September 2002, the morning her youngest child got onto the school bus for her first day of school. Now eighteen books and counting later, she is a featured speaker, instructor, and recipient of starred reviews and many awards. Her titled series and most recent middle-grade works include: The Smells Like Dog Series, (Smells Like Pirates, 2012); The Imaginary Veterinary Series, (Order of the Unicorn, 2014); and The Secret Box Series, (The Secret Box, 2014), and four single titles for young adults. Suzanne lives on Bainbridge Island and can be reached at

Bonnie Story

Bonnie lives on the Toandos Peninsula in Quilcene with her husband and two small dogs. She runs her web design business, StoryBoard Productions, from home. They moved to Quilcene from Sonoma, CA in 2007. Originally from Marin County in the SF Bay Area, she started studying computers and web design at The Santa Rosa Junior College in their acclaimed Information Technology program, and started freelancing full-time in 1997. When not working on her computer, you can find Bonnie hiking on the beautiful Toandos Peninsula, gardening, or volunteering in her community.

Wendy Wallace

Wendy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. After living in Texas, California and Alaska, she came to Bainbridge Island and eventually began blogging in 2006. Her writings and photography have been published locally and online at her site, Let The Dog In!, as well as the Seattle P-I, Kitsap Sun, BlogHer, and Seattle Mom Blogs sites. She has several adult and children's projects in progress, and her comedic one-act play was produced and performed at the Bainbridge Performing Arts' Evening of New Works in spring 2011. Never far from an online connection, Wendy can be found blogging and tweeting (and occasionally helping her dog tweet). She also administers the Field's End Facebook group and other social media communications.

Elsa Watson

Elsa is a native Washingtonian who loves getting to know the writers of Bainbridge Island. She graduated from Carleton College with a degree in classical languages, spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer with her husband in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, and now works at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. Elsa is the author of Maid Marian (2004), forthcoming novels Dog Days (2012) and The Love Dog (2013), and a short story in the anthology Penumbra (2011). She has deep appreciation for the mission of Field's End, creating a community for writers on Bainbridge.