IWWG Board of Directors
RAQUEL ARRECHEA, Secretary, has worked for Untracht Early LLC since 2000 and is currently a Senior Tax Manager. She provides services within the personal wealth and fiduciary industries. Raquel specializes in tax services such as tax consulting, tax controversy, high net-worth individual taxation, and international tax. Raquel has oversight responsibilities for managing tax professionals and determining and implementing effective policies and procedures.
Raquel is a member of the AICPA, the NYSSCPA, and the American Woman’s Society of CPAs. She is also Treasurer for the firm’s chapter of Toastmasters International. Raquel received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from New York University. She earned a Master of Science in Taxation and a Certificate of Completion in Financial Planning from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Raquel is a licensed CPA in New York. At age 9, Raquel wrote The Bird Who Couldn’t Fly. A memoir, A Toast to My Family, was published in 2008. Since 2006 she has attended and been an active member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.
LYNNE BARRETT is the author of the short story collections Magpies, The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go. She is editor of Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash and co-editor of the anthology Birth, A Literary Companion. Her writing has been published in Blue Christmas, Delta Blues, Miami Noir, A Dixie Christmas, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Saw Palm, The Written Wardrobe, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and magazines. The Penguin books Now Write! and Now Write! Nonfiction include her writing exercises. Her work has been honored with the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America for best mystery story, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She is a professor in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review. More information is available at www.lynnebarrett.com.
KELLY DUMAR is a poet and playwright whose chapbook “All These Cures,” won the 2014 Lit House Press poetry contest. Her poems are published in dozens of literary journals, and her award winning monologues and plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Women Playwrights & Poets held at Wellesley College, now in its 9th year. Kelly’s certification in Psychodrama and passion for Playback Theatre inspire her creative writing workshops with transformative energy. Her Writing Truth & Beauty Essay & Writing Prompt are sent weekly to subscribers at kellydumar.com.
JUDITH HUGE, President, 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 is the founder of the Goucher (College) Teachers’ Institute, a graduate program focused on improving the teaching of writing. Her own consulting firm, Work/Write consulting, helps clients make a difference in the way they define, approach, and solve the communications and management challenges that are 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 helped individuals as well as organizations grow through their transitions teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational development, advanced writing and therapeutic journaling as well as directing workshops in venues across the nation. Additionally, she is the author of A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea, a tale of memoir and transition published in Women in the Wild as well as her own business column and travel articles for the Gannett newspaper chain. She is also a contributing author, with six other IWWG members, to the recently published 101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Support and Comfort to Those Who are Grieving.
DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY is a popular speaker, writing coach and bestselling author of the acclaimed Soul Between The Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing (Avon/HarperCollins). Her publications include Muse Blues, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, The Passion Collection, A Taste of Tamarinda, and her latest book of poetry, Sharing The Same Sky. She has been a contributor to Personal Journaling, Heart&Soul, the NY Times, Drum Voices, SisterFire, HealthQuest, Conditions and many other publications. A former Poet-in-Residence at Hunter College, NYU faculty member, NiaOnline columnist, and commentator for National Public Radio, Dorothy is founder of the Heartland Institute for Transformation. In her activist commitment to global healing she has served as a UNESCO delegate, conducted educational supply campaigns for schools and villages in Africa, and shared the dais with the Dalai Lama.
DIXIE KING, Ph.D., Executive Director, has been writing since she first taught herself to type at age seven on her father’s big metal Smith Corona typewriter. Between the ages of eight and eleven she produced plays for her classroom, and won the Read Magazine Creative Writing award at age thirteen. In high school she was a member of the Forensics team, and specialized in original oratory, writing persuasive pieces to inspire and motivate. She then took a twenty-year hiatus from creative writing and went on to receive her doctorate in cultural anthropology from UCLA in 1996, with a specialization in medical and psycho-cultural studies. For the past twenty-five years, her professional life has focused around the evaluation of primary prevention and intervention programs, substance abuse treatment, and integrated service delivery systems in both education and health-related settings. She has provided training at both the State and federal level in needs assessment, strategic planning, delivering curriculum with fidelity, group facilitation skills, leadership development, conflict management, and cultural diversity. In 1997, Dixie founded Transforming Local Communities, Inc. Today her company provides training, research, and evaluation services to school districts and public agencies throughout California. Dixie became a member of the IWWG in the mid-1990’s and had her first piece of fiction published in the New England Writers Network shortly after. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she is focusing on creative nonfiction—specifically, the personal essay and memoir.
ANNA MURRAY is a native New Yorker. Her great-grandfather was the partner of Thomas Edison. Her career is synonymous with the emergence of new media and the interactive space. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Yale, she taught English and drama while working on her Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. There, her thesis won the James A. Weschler scholarship. Before founding e*media in 1996, Anna worked for NewsOne, the ABC News satellite feed service, and World News Tonight. Over the past eleven years, Anna has gained national recognition as an internet specialist for her ability to craft online programs for national and international companies. Her achievements include: creating the first branded multimedia game, Mott's Mind Castle (1994); launching many consumer goods' companies first websites, including one for the Keebler elves in 1996; launching an Instant-Messenger 'bot,' a program so groundbreaking it was covered in the Wall Street Journal; speaking regularly at industry gatherings such as AdTech, Jupiter Media, the Direct Marketing Association, and the Yale School of Management; publishing numerous articles and books, including a book on e-Marketing Strategies (Marketing Sherpa, 2003). In 2004, e*media was acquired by the Technology Management Group to form tmg-e*media inc. where she now serves as the President of the e*media division of the combined companies.
KATHLEEN A. O'SHEA, a former nun and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, is an independent social worker who does research on women prisoners. For the past 15 years her emphasis has been on women on death row. Her current focus is women aging in prison. She is on the Board of the National Prisons Foundation in Washington, D.C. and describes herself as a teacher, writer, activist, and lecturer. Ms. Magazine has called her the leading authority on the subject of women on death row. O'Shea published Female Offenders: An Annotated Bibliography in 1997, Women and the Death Penalty in the United States: 1900-1998, in 1999, and Women on the Row: Revelations From Both Sides of the Bars, in 2000. Her work with Women on Death Row was profiled in a documentary on Women's Television Network in February 2007 and again in the form of a play presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in Fall 2009. Her recently finished manuscript, Faithful Companions: Nuns and Death Row Inmates is a collection of stories of 30 nuns who befriended death row inmates. She is actively involved translating (from Spanish to English) the stories of women who were tortured, murdered or disappeared in Chile during the Pinochet regime and is working on a novel, Adios Compaňera: A Chilean Memoir, loosely based on her years in Chile (1965-1973).
HOPE PLAYER, Treasurer, is the Managing Member of The Arcadian Group, LLC which provides advisory services and training to small businesses. She holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Valuation Analyst. Hope received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and is a frequent author and speaker on small business and financial literacy topics. Her articles have been published in New Jersey CPA magazine, and Blue Ridge Business Journal. Hope is also the author of the book Find the Numbers for Your Business Plan (Full Court Press, 2010).
Hope is active with the Financial Literacy Committee of New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Newark, New Jersey and Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For her dedication to small business, Ms Player was recognized by Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants for Outstanding Public Service and by the Small Business Administration as an Outstanding Accountant Advocate. She has been a partner in CPA firms in Roanoke, Virginia and Fort Lee, New Jersey.