Our Team - The International Women's Writing Guild
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MICHELLE MILLER, Executive Director

Michelle joins the Guild in 2019 with over two decades of experience in international marketing and nonprofit management. Prior to joining the Guild, Michelle worked on fundraising for nonprofits focused on human services in Boston, children’s welfare in China, and human trafficking in Thailand and Spain. She has also directed global marketing and branding strategies for Reebok and Pepsi while based in Europe and Asia. Michelle is passionate about advocating for and helping women find their voice and a community of support. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Education from Boston College and a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University. She speaks Chinese, French and Spanish and is writing her first novel. She lives in Providence with her daughter, Lara..

JUDY HUGE, Board Chair

Judith Huge is founder of both the Goucher (College) Teachers’ Institute, a graduate program first focused on improving the teaching of writing and work/write consulting, her own national firm dedicated to helping clients make a lasting difference in the way they define, approach, and solve the communications and management challenges unique to their particular situations. Clients have ranged from Fortune 100 corporations to not-for- profits. Her projects have ranged from working with senior management at a New York utility to improve their crisis communication after the first World Trade Center bombing to helping one of the nation’s largest foodbanks redesign their business model after traditional sources of donated food dried up. She was graduated cum laude from Goucher College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

She has also been instrumental in helping individuals as well as organizations grow through their transitions.  In these capacities, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational development, advanced writing and therapeutic journaling and has directed workshops in venues across the nation.

Currently Board Chair of the International Women’s Writing Guild and Vice President of the Board of Truro (MA) Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, as an officer and board member she has led governance reform and strategic planning for non-profits boards working in the arts and social sevices: Reach Counseling, the Cleveland Foodbank, Center for Humanistic Change, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, among others..

LAURA KIELEY, Board Vice Chair

A member of the Guild since 2003, Laura joined the Board in 2016. Recognizing the need for a refreshed brand that would appeal to a new generation of women writers, Laura founded the Branding Committee and served as its Chair. The Committee conducted an extensive branding and positioning initiative, which led to a new brand platform and visual identity. Laura currently heads the Guild’s Marketing and Communications Committee and is a member of the Governance, Fundraising and Conference Committees.

A former Director of Marketing and Communications, Laura’s fifteen-year career in communications and marketing began at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City, where she represented the Canadian federal government to its Wall Street investors. Since 2013, she has been an independent consultant, working with a range of organizations, from New York-based start-ups to an elite global law firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (High Honors) and a Master’s in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Laura won a national writing award in Canada and has had her work included in several publications. She is happy to apply her professional experience to further the Guild’s mission and provide opportunities to amplify women’s voices around the world.

HOPE PLAYER, Board Treasurer

As Treasurer of The International Women’s Writing Guild, Hope Player is responsible for financial oversight of IWWG. Author of the book Find the Numbers for Your Business Plan (Full Court Press, 2010), Hope has published articles in New Jersey CPA magazine, Blue Ridge Business Journal, Bergen Record, RacersReunion.com, and Bergen Health and Life. Interim Co-Executive Director from 2018-2019, Hope is a member of the IWWG faculty, teaching business skills to writers.

Hope’s business, The Arcadian Group, provides advisory services and training to small businesses.  She holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst. A Cayce, South Carolina native, Hope received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Hope served in leadership roles with the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Century Venture Center, as well as many other civic and arts organizations.  For her dedication to small business, she was recognized by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and by the Small Business Administration.

A member of IWWG since 2003, Hope loves the time she spends with writers and artists and is honored to be able to share her skills with the organization and the membership..

CATHLEEN O’CONNOR, Ph.D., Board Secretary

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a life-long New York resident, 30-year member of the Guild and former Technology CIO with an MBA in International Finance. She is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors and is on the faculty of the IWWG teaching creative writing, the power of the first chapter for fiction, and how to create a successful anthology. Her articles have been published in Canada’s ALIVE magazine and Australia’s THE SPHERE. She has been featured on ABC News in Green Bay, WI and quoted in the Huffington Post.

Cathleen has offered programs in writing to not-for-profit organizations in her community, including Support Connection, a Westchester County organization providing services to women with breast and ovarian cancer, and Wainwright House, a non-profit center dedicated to education and programs for transformational living. She served on the Board of the Barbara Giordano Foundation, a NY nonprofit offering services and support to women veterans for two years and was instrumental in the development of their governance policies.

Cathleen is passionate about encouraging other women to get their words out into the world, keeping abreast of the latest changes in the publishing world. Her own books have been traditionally published as well as self-published, and she is skilled at providing services to other writers in developmental editing, book layout and design..

KELLY DUMAR, Board Member

Kelly DuMar, M.Ed., C.P., a Boston area playwright, poet, and workshop facilitator, has served on the board and faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild since 2015. Instrumental in establishing the IWWG Digital Village, Kelly produces its innovative programming, including the popular Open Mic series. She also produces the annual Boston Regional IWWG Conference and teaches the Intensive Play Lab at the annual IWWG Summer Conference.

Kelly’s poems are published in numerous literary journals, including, Bellevue Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Tiferet. Her plays have been produced around the US and put into print by dramatic publishers. She is the author of a non-fiction parenting book, Before You Forget-The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children as well as three poetry chapbooks.

Kelly’s past board leaderships include Playwright’s Platform, Boston. She co-founded and ran the New England Chapter of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, served on the Council of the Transformative Language Arts Association. and produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights, held at Wellesley College.

Kelly is a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, a Certified Psychodramatist, a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst..


Raquel Arrechea, CPA is the Executive Director for the Individual Tax Practice at a nationwide CPA firm. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, she has over 20 years of public accounting experience and specializes in tax services including high net worth individual taxation, tax consulting, tax controversy, and international tax. She manages over thirty other tax professionals and is responsible for developing and implementing effective policies and procedures.

In 2015, she was named to the Fairleigh Dickinson University Silberman College of Business’ 50 under 50 list of top alumni business leaders under the age of 50.  In 2017, she received the National Association of Cuban American Women’s prestigious Elena Mederos Award for her contributions to the advancement of those in the Hispanic American community.

Raquel has a BS in Accounting from NYU, an MS in Taxation, and a Financial Planning Certification, both from FDU. She served as Secretary of the IWWG Board from 2015-2018 and is the author of various works including The Bird That Couldn’t Fly, A Toast to My Family, There Once Was A Time, Scrappy, and Understanding Tax Return Identity Theft.

MORGAN LETT, Board Member

Morgan Lett is an Atlanta native, millennial entrepreneur, and marketing creative. With a BBA in Hospitality Administration and over ten years of experience in event planning, she is currently co-chair of the Membership Committee and founder of High Eats Kitchen and Bakery, LLC. Her articles and one-of-a-kind recipes have been featured in Atlanta Magazine, Taste of Atlanta, and Food and Wine.

Morgan has bridged the gap between writing and culinary arts by offering intimate workshops for women and children, often using food journaling as a creative means to inspire others. As the youngest woman and chef to ever receive a scholarship of honor from the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Atlanta Chapter, Morgan’s leadership skills expand beyond the kitchen. She served on the board of the Restaurant Association Club for three years at Georgia State University, where she was one of the first group of students to plan a professional trade show for the school.

As a successful blogger, Youtuber, and producer of her hit cooking series, Morgan is passionate about uplifting other young women to use their voice and platform, and often shares her skills on digital marketing with her fellow sisters of the Guild.


A graduate of the University of Rochester and Temple University School of Law, Leslie spent most of her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the NYS Department of Law, where she represented state agencies in appellate courts. She also served as regional coordinator for the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau. Leslie taught CLE courses for the NYS Bar Association, the AG’s Office, and led consumer frauds workshops for seniors.

As a member of the Youth, Law, Citizenship Committee of the NYS Bar Association, she taught workshops for teachers. She co-chaired the Brandeis Society for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY. A cancer survivor, Leslie volunteered as a lifeline coach, advising patients for the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation and led workshops at Gilda’s Club.

In 2014, Leslie published a collection of poetry, Bearing Fruit: A Poetic Journey, and has donated the entire proceeds to not-for-profits. Her poetry has been published in the following anthologies: the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women; Workers Write: Tales from the Courtroom, Mentor’s Bouquet, Musematrix, peer glass, A Measured Sense of Outrage,  and Decolonizing Poetry, as well as in numerous journals. Her artwork has been on four book covers.


Marisa Moks-Unger, MA, an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at Polk State College, is the fifth poet laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Guild’s teaching faculty, she also organized and managed two week-end regional conferences. Her articles have been published in First for Women and Women’s World. She has been featured on ABC News in Erie, PA and quoted in the Orlando Sentinel.

As poet laureate, Marisa used two concurrent $10,000 grants to create both in-person and virtual programming for the 250,000 residents of Erie County, PA. The project’s companion book, The Picture This Anthology: Poems from Pop Art, Fine Art, and Photography, featured established and emerging poets who bridged the county divided by the 2016 presidential election. She read two of her poems honoring women’s voices, Will You Mend or Add to the Fray, at the Erie Women’s March on January 21, 2017.

Author of Mud and Stars, a book of poems written in a four-story walkup in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Marisa is also the owner of We Write It Right. She delivers business writing, professional training services, and keynotes to women-lead companies and nonprofits servicing at risk populations, including Dress for Success and United Way.


Lynne Barrett – Instructor, Member since 1992

Caitlin Gutheil – Member since 2003

Maureen Murdock – Instructor, Member since 1998

Jan Phillips – Instructor, Former Co-Executive Director, Member since 1991

Eunice Scarfe – Instructor, Member since 1995

Myra Shapiro – Instructor, Member since 1993

Arielle Silver – Instructor, Member since 2016

Marylou Streznewski – Instructor, Member since 1990

Susan Tiberghien – Instructor, Member since 1990

Pam Varkony – Instructor, Member since 2011


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