Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools


Board of Trustees

Power of the Pen was incorporated in March of 1989 as an educational non-profit (501)(c)(3) organization. It is helmed by a Board of Trustees which draws its membership from the educational, corporate, and professional communities. The board has more 200 combined years of experience with Power of the Pen!

Trustees of Power of the Pen, serving as of September 2018, are:

» Mary Anderson, Interim Executive Director, Regional Director. St. Vincent-St Mary H.S., retired. B.S. in Education, M.Ed in Curriculum and Education Specialist degree. Recipient of numerous Teacher of the Year awards from multiple schools. Tutor. Her 32-year commitment to Power of the Pen includes stints as Coach, Tab Room Supervisor, and State Committee President, as well as her present roles.

» Julie Lyberger, President, Regional Director. Currently an administrator Lake Elementary School, former 7th grade Language Arts teacher, with 32 years in education. B.A. Education, M. Educational Leadership/Administration. Twenty years with Power of the Pen as Coach, Tab Room Supervisor, State Tournament Building Monitor, Member and Secretary of the State Committee.

» Robin Langlais, Secretary, Regional Director. Strongville City Schools, retired. B.A. in Library Science/Educational Media, M.S. in Educational technology. Retired after 35 years as media specialist in junior high and middle schools. Recipient of numerous grants for educational purposes. Thirty-year participant in various aspects of Power of the Pen including Coach, Computer Operator and Regional Coordinator.

» Nancy Sandlin, Treasurer/Fiscal Officer. Paralegal for United States District court Judge, retired. B.S. Paralegal Science. Volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through Summit County Juvenile Court for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, and created non-profit support group for Revere Local Schools to support students with learning differences. Joined Power of the Pen in 2018.

» Susan Cramer, Host School Coordinator, Guest Author Liaison, Book Sale Manager. Granville Village schools, retired. B.S. Design, Community Scholar scholarship winner, creative writing and non-fiction. Past president board of trustees, Granville Public Library.  Author, 14-year Power of the Pen writing coach and Member of the State Committee.

» Ellen Arena, State Tournament Housing Coordinator. B.A. Education. 37-year Language Arts teacher, Field Local Schools,  retired. Volunteer fund raiser and statistician for boys’ and girls’ school basketball  teams. Thirty-one years with Power of the Pen.

» Darlene Corfman, Coach. B.S. in Education, M. Education Curriculum and Instruction. National Writing Project. Currently Canfield Village Middle School, 30-year language arts instructor. Local free-lance writer and editor. Twenty-two years with Power of the Pen.

» Deborah Frost, Coach. B.A. Education, 2 Masters Degrees. Currently Gifted and Intervention Specialist, Cleveland Heights/University School district for 23 years. Power of the Pen writing coach for 22 years.

» Dave Hill. Currently the communications manager for finance and IT at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. 15 years of experience in corporate communications. B.S. in Public Relations from Kent State University. Joined the Power of the Pen board in 2019.

Advisory Board

» Dr. Joan Baker, Consultant, Author and Teacher, retired
» George Bilgere, John Carroll University, Professor of Creative Writing and published poet, Power of the Pen State Tournament Annual Poetry Judge
» Alex Campbell, General Counsel, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Power of the Pen
PO Box 442  |  Richfield, Ohio 44286

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