The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books could not happen without the input and hard work of community members. Volunteers spend months planning, organizing, staging, and finally presenting the Festival.

Coordinator:

Candace Decker, UW-Waukesha Staff‘

Event Chairs:

Drew Blanchard, UW-Waukesha Faculty, and Duane Stein, Retired Waukesha School District Educator

Advisory Council:

Drew Blanchard, Event Co-Chair; Lillian Boese, Former UW-Waukesha Foundation Executive Director; Andrea Bryant, Waukesha Philanthropist; Candace Decker, Coordinator, Program Chair Assistant, Marketing & Communications; Jill Fuller, Bridges Library System, Marketing & Communications Librarian; Jim Hahn, Executive Director Greater Waukesha Literacy; Kori Hall, Waukesha Reads! Program Director, Waukesha Public Library; Karol Kennedy, Menomonee Falls Public Library Director; Cathy Kozlowicz, Founding Executive Director of Literacy For All, Inc.; Harry Muir, Former UW-Waukesha Campus Dean; Laraine O’Brien, UW-Waukesha Foundation and Founder of Festival; Amanda Payne, Waukesha County Business Alliance; Emily Reddy, Waukesha School District, Literacy Specialist; Debra Running, UW-Waukesha Foundation Executive Director, Sponsorship Chair; Stephen Schmid, UW-Waukesha Regional Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Duane Stein; Event Co-Chair, Sponsorships; Timothy Thering, UW-Waukesha Faculty; Holly Wehrhahn, UW-Waukesha Continuing Education, Southeast Regional Director

Executive Committee:

Drew Blanchard, Event Co-Chair; Duane Stein, Event Co-Chair; Candace Decker, Coordinator, Program Chair Assistant, Marketing & Communications; Barbara Geiger, Retired County School District Educator, Program Chair Assistant; John Klima, Waukesha Public Library and Website/Social Media Chair; Andrea Moreno-Islas, UW-Waukesha Student, Volunteer Chair; Amanda Carron and Kathleen Folbrecht, UW-Waukesha Staff, Exhibits & Writers Marketplace Co-Chairs; Marilyn Lindemeyer, Authors Reception Chair; Sharon Wood, Century Fence Essay Contest Chair; James Boling, UW-Waukesha Staff, Century Fence Essay Contest Judge; Debra Running, UW-Waukesha Foundation Executive Director, Sponsorship Chair; Harry Muir, Former UW-Waukesha Campus Dean, Sponsorships; Laraine O’Brien, UW-Waukesha Foundation and Founder of Festival, Sponsorships, Marketing & Communications; Lisa Baudoin, Books and Company Owner, Festival Bookstore; Bonnie Birk, UW-Waukesha Foundation Emeritus Board; Judy Roller, Friends of Waukesha Public Library Board; Steven Decker, Theatre, UW-Waukesha Faculty; Jill Fuller, Bridges Library System, Marketing & Communications Librarian; Ellyn Lem, English, UW-Waukesha Faculty; Kathy O’Neil, UW-Waukesha Foundation Board Member

Program Committee:

Kathie Giorgio, Allwriters’ Workplace & Workshop Program Director & author, literacy specialist, Program Chair; Candace Decker, Coordinator, Program Chair Assistant, Marketing & Communications; Barbara Geiger, Retired County School District Educator, Program Assistant; Virginia Jones, Retired Waukesha School District Librarian; Ellyn Lem; Larry Nelson, Waukesha County Board of Supervisors, Friends of Waukesha Public Library Board; Laraine O’Brien, UW-Waukesha Foundation and Founder of Festival, Sponsorships, Marketing & Communications; Susan Otto, Waukesha School District; Judy Roller, Friends of Waukesha Public Library Board; Margaret Rozga, UW-Waukesha Faculty Emerita; Debra Running, UW-Waukesha Foundation Executive Director, Sponsorship Chair; Duane Stein; Event Co-Chair, Sponsorships

Marketing & Communications:

Z2 Marketing: Debra Zindler, Owner; Karren Jeske, APR, Public Relations Director; Candace Decker; Laraine O’Brien

Website/Social Media:

John Klima

Sponsorships:

Harry Muir, Duane Stein, Laraine O’Brien

Volunteers:

Andrea Moreno-Islas, Chair

Exhibits & Writer Marketplace:

Amanda Carron, UW-Waukesha, and Kathleen Folbrecht, UW-Waukesha, Co-Chairs

Site Planning & Logistics:

John Volz, UW-Waukesha Maintenance

Administrative Support:

Candace Decker, UW-Waukesha Foundation

Finance:

Mike Blau, UW-Waukesha Foundation Treasurer

Authors & Presenters Reception:

Marilyn Lindemeyer, Chair; Margaret Mahlberg, joie en nourriture (Joy in Food,) Chef

Authors & Presenters Reception Music:

Craig Hurst, Nancy VanBrunt

Food Service:

Pat’s Tasty Eats

Century Fence Student Essay Contest Judging:

Sharon Wood, Chair: James Boling, David Hackbarth, Larry Nelson, Margaret Rozga, Scott Silet

Festival Authors Connect to Schools:

Kathie Giorgio, Chair; Susan Otto, Harry Muir, Duane Stein

Live Art:

Barbara Reinhart, UW-Waukesha Art Department; Rose Lange and Jan O’Brien, Waukesha Catholic

Festival Photographer:

Blake McNulty

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