For Jen Wewers, President, it’s always been about stories and the people who tell them. She’s worked as a teacher, a chaplain, and a nonprofit fundraiser. She received her B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College and a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Through her business, Give Gratitude, she consults with nonprofits and small businesses on how to tell the story of their work in meaningful ways. Her personal writing interests are in essay, memoir, and poetry. Her work has been published in a variety of journals and magazines and serves as President on the Whispering Prairie Press executive board. A sample of her creative writing can be found at jenwewers.com.
Hannah Chow, Vice President, is a writer and journalist in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her B.A. in English from the University Missouri, Kansas City. Published in print and online, Hannah primarily writes how-to articles for pregnancy, newborn, and nutrition magazines. She has been published with Natural Life Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn, Love Self Magazine, and The Baby Corner. She credits her interest in writing and journalism to her late grandfather, George McCuistion, former reporter and chief for the Kansas City Star. Hannah spends much of her time as a wife and mother. She is married to Allan Chow, a Malaysian-born fine art painter. Together they have one son and a pug named Brutus. In her spare time, Hannah is a professional Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancer. She teaches at the Kansas City Swing and Tango Dance Club.
Edwin Frownfelter, Treasurer, is a lawyer and writer. He serves as editor and principal author of the email newsletter of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which circulates monthly to a mailing list over 70,000. He is the author of an independently published novel, Ghost Writer (2014), and has received awards in formal poetry and flash fiction in the Whispering Prairie Press writing contest. He has given presentations before literary festivals on copyright law and Internet resources for writers. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Originally from Nebraska, Tom Sullivan, Secretary, holds BA (Avila University) and MA (Mizzou) degrees in English literature. His Master’s thesis focused on aesthetic theory in the work of William Blake. After such an ephemeral academic endeavor, a more hands-on challenge came next in service with the US Peace Corps in Mongolia. Since returning home five years ago, he has resettled in the Kansas City area. In addition to teaching English courses for MCCKC, Tom is a self-employed editor/writer, working primarily in the academic sphere.
Ken Buch is an artist, playwright, poet, and writer. His writing has been featured in Evolving Magazine. His paintings were part of a group show at VALA Gallery and published in Kansas City Voices. He attended a playwrights’ intensive workshop through the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City and wrote and performed two plays in the KC Fringe Festival. He is the president of the board of directors for the Kansas City Friends of Jung and presents lectures and workshops on depth psychology locally and for other Jung societies. His programs include introductory classes on Jung’s psychology, the psychology of religion, creativity, and depression. He was a programmer and in the IT field for over 20 years. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and a PhD in aerospace engineering. You can see some of his work at kabuch.com.
Jessica Conoley, writes fantasy, adventure, and essays. In 2011 she became the Managing Editor of Kansas City Voices and currently serves on the Whispering Prairie Press executive board. She is a member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, the Kansas City Writers’ Group, and the WTF critique group. Her debut novel, The Color Eater, just finished rewrites. You can read samples of her work at jessicaconoley.com
Roya Farrow is a writer, editor, and high school English teacher in Kansas City. She is also a book collector, an aspiring botanist, a novice banjoist, and an avid backpacker. Born and raised in California, she is the daughter of a Pennsylvanian mother and an Iranian immigrant father and this rich (and sometimes beautifully unwieldy) composite of cultures and places permeates her stories, and her world view. Primarily a writer of short stories, creative nonfiction, and essays, she is also a part-time blogger on topics ranging from education to agriculture and the outdoors. She earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in English Literature and English Rhetoric and Composition from California State University of Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Davis. She has worked as a guest editor for multiple publications in Southern California and has edited hundreds (maybe thousands) of student papers. New to Kansas City, she is charmed by its historic, but also burgeoning urban center and by its proximity to breathtaking rural landscapes. She is eager to further her explorations – and writings – in and around Kansas City.
Barbara Kietzer Roberts’ writing includes short story and flash pieces, several which have won awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, and the Kansas Authors Club. Her debut novel, BIND, for which she is seeking representation, won first place in the Missouri Writers Guild, First Chapters-Mystery contest. She is a member of the Kansas City Writers Group, Missouri Writers Guild, and Kansas Authors Club.
In addition to her writing endeavors, Barbara has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit development, where her experience runs the gamut from grant writing, social and print media, capital campaign, and annual fund raising. She currently serves as the Mission Advancement Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Kansas City. She earned a B.A. from the University of Missouri, and M.B.A. from Rockhurst University.