Three new members will join the Clarion West Writers Workshop board of directors, and two long-time board members will retire. Kelley Eskridge, a Clarion grad, will become board chair; Kij Johnson, a Clarion West grad, will become vice chair; and Karen G. Anderson will join as a board member.
Deborah Fisher, the outgoing chair, will remain on the board, while outgoing vice chair Eileen Gunn and board member Kate Schaefer will retire. Gunn and Schaefer will continue to volunteer for Clarion West. Gunn says, “I’m enormously pleased at the amount of experience in writing, editing, and management that Kelley, Kij, and Karen bring to the Clarion West board, and I’m grateful that they are willing to guide the organization at a time when publishing and writing are undergoing huge changes. And I’m looking forward to some time off.”
“Between them, Kate, Eileen, and Deborah have nearly 50 years of service to Clarion West,” says Kelley Eskridge. “I’m honored that they trust me to step into such big shoes and grateful that they’re willing to serve on the board, on committees, and as volunteers for years to come; that’s the kind of community every nonprofit dreams of.”