2017-2018 Board of Directors

2017-2018 WW, Inc. Board left to right: Judy Matheny, Chris Williams, Kathy Bjornestad, Marjane Ambler, Keri DeDeo, Cindy Jackelen (not pictured: Lynn Carlson)


Cindy Jackelen, Buffalo, President

Cindy Jackelen from Buffalo is a fairly new member of Wyoming Writers. She is a Literacy Facilitator for the Johnson County School District. A former newspaper editor, she writes poetry, fiction and is working on memoir. Cindy moved to Wyoming 11 years ago, but returns frequently to the Minnesota River Valley to visit children and grandchildren and to prospect her past for inspiration. email: president@wyowriters.org 

Judy Matheny, Castle Pines, CO, Vice President

Judy’s family has hailed from Cheyenne for over forty years, although her personal and professional life has taken her across the country.  A Broadcast Journalism graduate from the University of Wyoming, Judy broadcast Radio and TV News in Cheyenne before moving to New York City as Special Agent with the FBI.  After obtaining her Masters in Journalism from New York University, she left the FBI to conduct investigations for major Wall Street banking firms. Her first mystery, Wilde at the Waldorf – The Samantha Wilde FBI Series, is based in NYC in the 1990’s and is published by August Words Publishing.  Her second novel in that series comes out in Fall 2017.  Currently a federal investigator and financial crimes expert living in Denver, Judy is working on her first creative non-fiction based upon the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and ensuing fallout from 2008.  Her middle-grade novel, play and musical is currently in its infancy publishing stages and holds promise.  Judy has been a long-term member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW), and past member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Sisters in Crime.  email: vicepresident@wyowriters.org

Keri De Deo, Sheridan, Secretary 

Keri De Deo lives in Sheridan, and is a writer, editor, teacher, musician, and online educational designer in writing, grammar, and research. She is originally from Arizona, but she has lived in Wyoming since 1998. She has a BA & an MA in English, and she is currently working on a Master’s in Education.  She loves technology and finding innovative tools for a happy, healthy life. Keri spends her free time with her husband kayaking, hiking, and walking her two beautiful dogs: Maiya and Lilla. To learn more about Keri, visit her website: keridedeo.comemail: secretary@wyowriters.org

Chris Williams, Green River, Treasurer

Christine Alethea Williams writes historical novels and sensual romances under two pseudonyms. Her historical novels deal with Wyoming and the West. Willow Vale is the Wyoming Historical Society Publications Award-winning story of a Tyrolean immigrant’s journey to America. Walls for the Wind follows a group of Irish immigrant children from the slums of New York City to Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her latest,  Naapiikoan Winter, a Western American pre-history spanning the North American continent, has been called “an involving, richly atmospheric historical novel” by Kirkus reviews. She has been writing for many years, has been involved with Wyoming Writers in one capacity or another since 1991, and she is pleased to continue serving its membership. email: treasurer@wyowriters.org

Marjane Ambler, Atlantic City
Marjane Ambler

Marjane Ambler came to Wyoming in 1973 to work for the High Country News when it was located in Lander. She has spent her career as a fulltime writer and editor, specializing in natural resource and American Indian issues. She is the author of two books (Yellowstone Has Teeth, a memoir of living fulltime in the world’s first national park, Riverbend Publishing, 1993, and Breaking the Iron Bonds: Indian Control of Energy Development, University of Kansas Press, 1990.) From 1995 until 2006, she was the editor of Tribal College Journal of American Indian Education, a national magazine covering tribal colleges and universities. email: boardmember1@wyowriters.org

Lynn Carlson, Cheyenne

Lynn Carlson lives in Cheyenne, hails from Niobrara County, and took a few detours over the years to Colorado, California, and Africa. She comes from a newspaper family but first took up creative writing in 2006, after a career in training and nonprofit management. Lynn writes primarily creative nonfiction and poetry and is co-blogger at www.writingwyoming.com. Her writing has been published in various literary magazines, on the Brevity blog and in NPR’s This I Believe archives. In 2016, Lynn came up with the idea of putting together an anthology of writings about recovery from addiction, and served as editor for the project. The result is Watch My Rising: A Recovery Anthology, published by TulipTree Press.  email: boardmember2@wyoriters.org

Kathy Bjornestad, Sundance

Kathy Bjornestad is a public school librarian and former secondary English teacher. She has been a member of Wyoming Writers since 1990 and is also an active member of Bear Lodge Writers and Black Hills Fiction Writers.  email: boardmember3@wyowriters.org