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

Anne Clermont

Anne is a novelist, a developmental editor, web designer and teaches writing classes via the Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec Department. Born in Kraków and raised in Toronto, Anne holds a B.Sc. degree and an MBA. Prior to running an equestrian center, Anne’s experience ranges from studying animal behavior to pancreatic cancer research. Anne pursued her first writing classes via the Writing Salon in San Francisco. She has taken classes with Ellen Sussman and workshopped with Robert Goolrick, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Maria Semple. She continues her education via books on writing, classes, group critiques and conferences. Anne's first novel, LEARNING TO FALL, has found representation with Kevan Lyon, of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and will be published August, 2016.

Isabel Gates

Since 2000, Isabel has worked as a professional wedding and portrait photographer on the Kitsap peninsula and before that owned Apple Tree Graphics for ten years. She and her husband have two daughters in their twenties, no grandbabies yet, but she is ready!

Passionate about writing, she completed her first novel, Wool Dresses in Summer, this fall and is beginning the long slog toward publication. After attending several events and workshops with the organization, she was inspired to volunteer for Field's End where she works with the team on regular website updates, event photography and help with the Field's End e-newsletter.

She will also write for chocolate.

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.

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.