We Are


Meet our Staff:

JENNIFER FRANKLIN, Program Director & Slapering Hol Press Managing Editor


Jennifer Franklin (Program Director since 2014) concentrated in English and Creative Writing at Brown University and her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections—No Small Gift  (Four Way Books, 2018) and Looming  (Elixir, 2015). She is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press and teaches poetry workshops at the Writers’ Center. For all programming questions and proposals, please email her at jennifer@writerscenter.org






KRISTA MADSEN, Managing Director


Krista has written two novels, has been a bar owner, journalist, creative writing instructor and not-for-profit grant administrator. She graduated cum laude with distinction from Yale University and holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing Fiction from the New School. Most recently for Historic Hudson Valley she organized the implementation of a New York Community Trust grant to bring Runaway Art, an interdisciplinary social studies/art curriculum based on slavery in the colonial north, to New York City middle school and high school students over the course of three years. Krista has been a regular contributor to The Hudson Independent, recording oral histories of significant local organizations and individuals in collaboration with the Warner Library in Tarrytown. She is proud to be raising her two daughters in Sleepy Hollow. 




Meet our Board





A prominent environmental lawyer, Donald Stever has practiced and taught environmental law for forty-seven years.  He is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and is Of Counsel to the law firm K&L Gates LLP, based in the firm’s New York office. He is a widely published author, and his works include, among many others, the multi-volume treatise, Law of Chemical Regulation and Hazardous Waste and an award winning analysis of nuclear power plant licensing, Seabrook and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  He is a past board chair of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC ,and currently serves on the boards of directors of Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Teatown Lake Reservation.  He is a founding board member of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Inc.



JIM TILLEY, Treasurer


Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in Physics from Harvard University in 1975. He worked as an actuary in the life insurance industry from 1975 to 1983 when he joined Morgan Stanley, where he was named a Managing Director in 1987. At Morgan Stanley, he headed Global Fixed Income Research before becoming Chief Information Officer for Institutional Securities in 1997. He retired in 2001, but continued to serve as an Advisory Director until 2007. Since retiring, Jim has published three collections of poetry through Red Hen Press and a short memoir as a Ploughshares e-solo. His first novel will be published in 2019. He lives in Bedford with his wife Deborah Schneider.





Paula Armbruster is a retired clinical professor at Yale University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of social psychology and social work. Ms. Armbruster is a member of the boards of directors of several arts and culture organizations in New Haven, Connecticut.








Michael A. Baker has had an eclectic business career developing numerous entrepreneurial ventures. He has been chef/owner of a well-known restaurant and is recently retired from UBS Financial Services. He is currently a partner at Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods in Chappaqua NY. Michael has authored children’s books, cookbooks and a recently performed play at The Arc Stages Theatre in Pleasantville where he is on the Community Board. In addition, he has volunteered for many community organizations including The Open Door Family Medical Center, Loucks Regional Track Meet at the White Plains High School, White Plains Rotary, Connecticut Organic Farmers Association and is a Deputy Fire Chief for The Archville Fire Department in Mt. Pleasant. Michael is honored to now be part of HVWC.





After a 30 plus year career doing eye surgery and general ophthalmology in Manhattan, Dr. Alan C. Brown is devoting most of his time to visiting his children on the West Coast, riding his bicycle and turning an occasional bowl or pepper mill.  An amateur wood worker with more tools than he will ever be able to use, he hopes to be able to one day show his grandchildren how to create something beautiful out of the natural objects that surround us.






Herbert Hadad is an award-winning freelancer writer, who has specialized on topics of family and the Middle East.  He is the author of “Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family,” and is at work on a new collection of essays. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Parenting, Reader’s Digest, Poets & Writers and others. He worked as a reporter for The Times, New York Post, Boston Globe and Keene (N.H.) Sentinel. He also served in New York as a press officer for the U.S. Department of Justice and currently teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He has won writing awards from the New York Press Club, Council or the Advancement and Support of Education, Folio magazine and others.  Hadad is a governor emeritus of venerable press club called Society of Silurians and a board member of the Rockefeller Preserve. His wife Evelyn and he have three children and live in Pocantico Hills, New York.





Jason Kelly is a Bloomberg News reporter and managing editor of Bloomberg LINK. Kelly is the author of the book The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything. A frequent Bloomberg Television Contributor, Kelly has worked on stories ranging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to economic advancements made during the war in Afghanistan. 








As a corporate executive, Mary Carroll Linder headed up brand strategy, corporate communications and crisis management departments for several Fortune 100 companies. Mary has been a Board member of the Ordway Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and Twin Cities Public Television. She is a member of the Philipse Manor Improvement Association and the Philips Manor Garden Club. Mary is an active volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Tarrytown as an ESL tutor, and the Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills as a CCD teacher. 






John Lyden, M.D. is an orthopedic trauma surgeon at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HSS at its 26th Annual Tribute Dinner in 2009. He won numerous accolades as a Navy orthopedic surgeon including three Presidential Unit Citations and Bronze Star for his work with the United States Department of Defense’s research team. He serves on various committees at HSS and is involved in a Hudson River Healthcare program that has developed a series of medical clinics for migrant workers in the Hudson Valley.






Wayne L. Miller lives in Northern New Jersey. His work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, Great Falls Anthology, Narrative Northeast, Turtle Island Quarterly, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, theEEEL, The Long-Islander (Walt’s Corner), Instigatorzine, and Edison Literary Review. His blog is at WayneLMiller.info.






Aubrey Moncrieffe is a poet and an assistant professor of developmental English at Housatonic Community College and a creative writing instructor at the Baldwin Center. He lives in White Plains.







Wanda Wlmore is an architect at Selldorf Architects.