Board of Directors

The Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) is run by a volunteer board of directors.

Members of the board work together with the Leadership Team to develop and oversee the scope and mission of the organization. It also provides fiscal oversight and develops appropriate policies and procedures and monitors the BWW’s programs and overall performance.

The BWW Board of Directors:

Janet McKeehan-Medina, Co-chair
…grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in New York with her husband. She is a trained psychotherapist and special education consultant. She has always harbored a passion for writing and has incorporated it into her professional and personal life. As a Burlington Writers Workshop member and volunteer, she was able to reconnect with her love for poetry.
During the pandemic, she kept herself centered through the practice of Wild Writing. It allowed her space to process and heal. She is a certified Wild Writing teacher and hosts classes at BWW. To find out more about the therapeutic benefits of Wild Writing, you may email her at or go to her website

Katie Lazarus, Co-chair
… is a writer, editor, artist, journalist and copywriter with poems published in Bloodroot Literary Magazine, The Decadent Review, Meow Meow Pow Pow Literary Magazine, Cold Lake Anthology, and Zig Zag Lit Mag. She received a MFA in poetry at Bennington College and before that, attended University of Vermont where she majored in English. She currently serves BWW as co-chair on the board and writer for the website.

Millie Eidson, Secretary
…is retired as a public health veterinarian with CDC and state health departments, although she continues as a part-time epidemiology faculty member at the University at Albany and the University of Vermont where she teaches a course on zoonoses (diseases from animals) and climate change. After a career writing scientific publications, Millie now lives in Burlington, Vermont and brings these zoonotic diseases to life in an alphabetic microbial mystery series (Anthracis and Borrelia are the first two). In addition to BWW, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Alliance of Independent Authors. The MayaVerse at includes prequels, “El Chinche” in Danse Macabre and “What’s Within” in Fiction on the Web, and a side story, “Pérdida” in El Portal Literary Journal. Author awards include Best Play in Synkroniciti and Honorable Mention from the Arizona Mystery Writers.

Millie Eidson - Burlington Writers Workshop Secretary

Monte Mann, Treasurer
…grew up in nearly a dozen small towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, before joining the Navy.  Having visited and explored over fifty countries, he now resides in rural Texas, with his wife, two children, and three dogs.  He received a MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL and BA from the University of Oklahoma.  He is also a certified Project Management Professional, Scrum Master, Sig Sigma Black Belt, and holds numerous career level certifications from the DoD.  Having always enjoyed writing, Monte started working on a series of books while working in Iraq.  He is now on book three of that series, but keeps getting sidetracked with other writing projects.

Julie Hay
…was born in Montreal and has lived in Canada, the UK and now the US – 12 cities and counting! She is currently based in the Adirondacks where she works in strategy for American Express and paddles or hikes in her free time. A life-long journaler, newsy email writer, sporadic fiction writer and avid reader, during the pandemic she began putting some consistency to her writing practice and discovered the Burlington Writers Workshop. Julie has an MEd and an MBA from the University of Toronto and York University, respectively.

Jane Nevins
…is a writer, editor and artisan of Vermont.  She grew up in Montpelier, the capital, and left for a short period of time to develop a career path, but never forgot her roots.  She came back to her beloved green mountains and never left since.  From free writes, to short stories, to chapters, manuscripts and dabbling with illustrating and writing a children’s book, Jane loves the craft of writing.  Jane holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Vermont.  She has held various writing positions throughout her career including writing, interviewing, editing, and photographing certain individuals to be included in a published Annual Report. 

Ashley Hajimirsadeghi, Mud Season Review co-seat
…is an Iranian-American multimedia artist, journalist, and writer. She currently is an M.A. Candidate in Global Humanities at Towson University and previously received her BS in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The recipient of awards, scholarships, and honors from the US State Department, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, the State University of New York, and Brooklyn Poets, Ashley is the author of two chapbooks (cinephile, Ghost City Press, and cartography of trauma, dancing girl press). Her creative writing has appeared in Hobart, RHINO, Salt Hill, DIALOGIST, among others. Find her online at

Suzanne Guess, Mud Season Review co-seat
… is a writer living in central Iowa, where her family has resided for six generations. She holds an M.A. in Literature from Iowa State University, and an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of Nebraska. Her work has appeared in The Girlfriend, Brevity Blog, Intercom, Concurrence, and Storied Stuff. She is also the founder of the Raccoon River Reading Series. When she’s not writing, Suzanne plays flute respectably, but not expertly, in a wind ensemble.