WriteAngles is produced by a committee of volunteers. Biographical sketches for the panel organizers, who also serve as moderators for the panels they organize, are listed on the Panelists page. The following profiles are for conference volunteers who work behind the scenes.
Cheryl Malandrinos, WriteAngles registrar, is a freelance writer, children’s author, and editor. She is the author of LITTLE SHEPHERD and A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS, which was written under the name C. C. Gevry. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a book reviewer, and blogger. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
Daisy Mathias acts as co-coordinator for WriteAngles. She produces a weekly radio show, Poetry à la Carte, on the UMass station WMUA-Amherst, 91.1 FM, where she reads published poems each week and interviews local poets. The show airs on Mondays and is streamed live at http://www.wmua.org. A hospital-based pediatric speech and language pathologist, Daisy specializes in craniofacial disorders. She writes poetry, and is working on a romance novel.
Chris Rohmann, conference co-coordinator, is an arts writer, critic, author, theater director, teacher, and musician. His theater column, StageStruck, appears weekly in the Valley Advocate and he comments regularly on the arts scene for WFCR New England public radio. He has directed for numerous Western Massachusetts theater companies and teaches at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School. He is the author of A WORLD OF IDEAS: A DICTIONARY OF IMPORTANT THEORIES, CONCEPTS, BELIEFS AND THINKERS (Ballantine, 2000; also UK & Brazilian editions).
Jan Whitaker is the website editor for WriteAngles, as well as serving as liaison with the Willits-Hallowell Center. She is the author of three books. SERVICE AND STYLE: HOW THE AMERICAN DEPARTMENT STORE FASHIONED THE MIDDLE CLASS and TEA AT THE BLUE LANTERN INN: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE TEA ROOM CRAZE IN AMERICA were published by St. Martin’s press. Her latest book on worldwide department store history, THE WORLD OF DEPARTMENT STORES, was published by Vendome Press in 2011 in the US, UK, and France, and in Germany in 2013. She writes a blog on restaurants called Restaurant-ing through history.