With the exception of the office manager, EFA is run entirely by volunteers. The board of governors oversees EFA's operations and keeps the membership informed of important developments within the association. The co-executives manage the day-to-day business of running EFA. The committee chairs handle the day-to-day business of the various activities sponsored by EFA. The members at large help set policy at EFA Board meetings. They also serve as representatives of EFA, providing outreach to new and potential members. Often, members at large serve on one or more committees.
Board of Governors
Co-executive, Christina M. Frey
Christina M. Frey, JD, has been writing and editing for over 20 years. In 2013, Christina made the switch from magazine editing to full-time freelancing to better accommodate her independent and self-publishing clients. Now she provides manuscript editing and literary coaching services as the owner of Page Two Editing (www.pagetwoediting.com), where she works with other editorial professionals to help individual authors and small presses develop, polish, and publish fiction (fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, psychological thrillers, and contemporary), creative nonfiction, and memoir. She specializes in helping both novice and experienced writers to develop and refine their authorial voice. During her past two years on the EFA Board as a MAL, Christina has seen firsthand how the EFA evolves to better support the needs of its members. As co-executive director, she hopes to continue moving the EFA forward to meet the changing needs of the digital world.
Co-executive, William P. Keenan Jr.
Bill has spent most of his career in the publishing industry and has been a full-time freelancer for about ten years. Previously, he served as managing editor of Sales & Marketing Magazine, editor of Selling magazine, and editorial director for Alexander Communications, a newsletter publisher. As a freelance writer and editor he has focused on business writing, specializing in writing about sales, marketing, customer service, business management, and business strategy. He currently writes/edits a pair of newsletters for customer service professionals and contributes regularly to a number of business and trade publications in print and online. Bill has been a member of EFA since 2004 and earlier served on its board as a Member at Large and as Membership chairperson from 2006 through 2008.
Secretary, Judith E. Miller
Dr. Judith Miller is a university administrator and part-time freelance developmental editor (www.JEMEditing.com) specializing in higher education. Her editorial credits include Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose Antonio Bowen and four volumes of the annual journal of the POD Network in Higher Education, To Improve the Academy, as well as numerous smaller pieces. Her editorial skills are based on a broad and deep base of experience in higher education. In a career spanning 37 years, she has been a biology faculty member, faculty developer, associate dean, and assessment professional. She has won three major teaching awards, secured grants to support research in both biology and education, and made dozens of invited and accepted professional presentations. Judy has been an EFA member since 2014. She plans to retire from her day job in December 2015 and devote more time to editing, online teaching, bridge, exercise, and travel.
Treasurer, Catherine Masetti
Chapter Development, Robin Martin
Robin Martin joined the EFA in 2009 when joining the ranks of full-time freelance writer/editors. She works with the EFA to promote the importance of editorial services and the continuing education of editors in her role as EFA Chapter Development Chairperson, events subcommittee member, and web-redesign team member. She served three terms as an MAL on the Board of Governors, and has contributed to The Freelancer. Coming to freelance editing through teaching and agenting, Robin brings a unique perspective to the task of working with writers of fiction and non-fiction. She has an MA in Writing, and her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Rain Taxi, Word Riot, American River Review, and others. She is the managing editor for the literary micromag Under the Gum Tree.
Education, Jennifer Maybin
I'm a certified editor in the life sciences (ELS) and owner of an editing and writing company. My services include editing medical and nursing manuscripts, textbooks, websites, and training modules for publishers, education companies, and others. I am executive editor for CareManagement journal and managing editor for Clinical Key Nursing, an international nursing website. I've been a member of EFA for more than 10 years and have been EFA's Education Chair for 6 years. I have a master's degree in English (writing), and teach business communication and copyediting at several universities.
Job List, Sheila Buff
Sheila Buff began freelancing in 1981 and joined EFA soon after. She has been a member of the EFA board of governors for more than twenty years and served as co-executive director from 1995 to 2001. She was Job List chair from 2001 to 2005, took 2006 off, and came back in 2007. She is also the founder of the EFA discussion list. A writer, co-author, and ghostwriter specializing in health, nutrition, and consumer-oriented medicine, Sheila is the author of seven national bestsellers. Her other writing and personal interests include birding, natural history, gardening, and the outdoors. She lives in the small town of Milan in the beautiful mid-Hudson Valley with her husband Joe, a novelist, and their dog Daphne. She is an honors graduate of Washington Square College at New York University, where she was a University Scholar and received the Alfred Bush Baer Award as outstanding English major of her class.
Membership, Cassie Tuttle
Cassie has been a full-time freelance copyeditor and proofreader and a member of EFA since 2007. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Cassie worked as a paralegal for twenty-six years, where she counted proofreading and editing among her many and varied tasks. In 1999, Cassie began volunteering as an ESL tutor with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and fully realized her passion for the English language (and teaching). Leaving behind the corporate grind and transitioning to full-time copyediting and proofreading felt as natural as the rain that falls. Cassie specializes in law projects; her clients include legal publishers, academic presses, law firms, and individuals. Cassie lives in her hometown of Pittsburgh, is an animal lover and a Steelers fan, and enjoys traveling, film, art, pop culture, and cooking.
Newsletter, Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter (www.writerruth.com "I can write about anything!"™) has been a successful freelance writer/editor for 25+ years, honing her career in St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; & Baltimore, MD. She joined EFA in 2003 and is EFA's Rochester, NY, chapter coordinator; chaired & spoke at EFA's 2005 national conference; developed & presents workshops on "Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing" and other topics; wrote "Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business" for EFA; has helped with the JobList; edits the EFA newsletter; and hopes to help EFA offer more conferences in the future. "I'm active in the EFA because I believe in networking and in being more than a checkbook member. Being visibly involved yields wonderful results; not just new jobs or projects, but new skills and lasting friendships among members."
Publications, Pamela Hilliard Owens
Pamela Hilliard Owens, M. Ed., incorporated her freelance writing and editing business in July 2008. She has been an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association since 2012. Her company, Writing It Right for You (WIRFY) knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! She and her team work with individuals, graduate and post-graduate students, and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, and ten other countries on a variety of academic and business writing and editing projects. With two degrees in English and Education and a Reading Specialist Certification, as well as 30 years of experience in sales and teaching, her specialties include working with graduate students--especially ESL students, businesses, and authors with copywriting, ghost-writing, manuscript editing, web content, blogging, social media marketing and networking, and small business consulting. Pamela and her husband, an award-winning journalist and author, also have two other related businesses: Detroit Ink Publishing (eBook publishing and manuscript preparation), and 5 Easy Pages Small Business Social Media Marketing. Website: http://writingitrightforyou.com Website: http://detroitinkpublishing.com Skype: pamela.hilliard.owens Office/Text: +1 313.769.3354 Cell/Text: +1 313.341.2398 GTalk: waterprise2 Facebook: http://facebook.com/wirfy Twitter: @wirfy Facebook: http://facebook.com/detroitinkpublishing
Website, Karen L. Wallace
Karen Wallace majored in political science and Spanish and began her professional life as a bilingual claims representative with the Social Security Administration in Brooklyn. After a year of business school, she changed direction and obtained a PhD in linguistics -- with concentrations in experimental phonetics and computational linguistics -- from New York University. As a research assistant and professor, she edited many academic journal articles written by native and non-native speakers of English. While her two sons were in elementary school, she concentrated on volunteer work that involved editing, project management, teaching, and web design. She reentered the workforce in 2009 as a freelance editor and soon joined the EFA, which has been a valuable source of inspiration and guidance. Over the past three years, she has edited website content, technical documentation, and academic materials, taught college classes, and worked as a linguistics consultant. In her spare time, she reads fiction, practices fiber crafts that range from common to archaic, and learns computer applications.
Members at Large
Lindsey Alexander has been an EFA member since 2011 and is honored to serve on the board. A former editor at HarperCollins, Lindsey has been a full-time freelance editor for five years, ever since she returned to graduate school to receive her MFA in Writing from the New School University. Her editing interests run the gamut, from fiction to memoir to biography and beyond. Lindsey's current clients include trade and scholarly publishers, literary agencies, individuals, and retailers. For more about her work, visit her website: http://www.lindsey-alexander.com.
An EFA member since 1994 and a board member since 2000, Amy Fass is a medical and science editor. She is the board's unofficial insurance liaison and coordinated the effort to find replacement health insurance when CIGNA ended coverage through associations in New York State. She lives in Manhattan.
Robert Richard Faszczewski
For 15 years I was an editor of legal content for the Matthew Bender Division of Lexis Nexis, in New Providence, and Newark, New Jersey. I handled everything from author relationships to editing of manuscripts to proofreading of online, e-book and print content. I currently am a reporter for an online newspaper, TAPInto.net, which brings hyperlocal coverage of local government, school boards and other governmental bodies to readers in close to 50 communities in suburban New Jersey. New York and Pennsylvania. Additionally I am a freelance copywriter for CMM Strategic Communications in Wayne, New Jersey, where I produce press releases and other materials for a major real estate brokerage firm and a top accounting firm. Also, I am a freelance writer for Vicinity Publications, which produces a number of regional magazines in Essex County, NJ. Recently I also completed copyediting of a self-published re-release of a major authoritative work on Robert's Rules of Order.
I am the owner and senior editor of Red Pen for Rent. My team and I provide editorial, design, marketing, project management, and business-building support to indie authors of fantasy, sci-fi, lesbian fiction, romance, business, self-help, and memoir. We give you the tools and creative support you need to craft and release professional-quality products and become the best writer you can be. I am also a newly elected member-at-large on the EFA board, and recently finished a second term as president of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild.
Sangeeta Mehta joined EFA in 2014 and is delighted to have been elected to the 2016-2017 Board of Governors. She is active in EFA events, having staffed EFA's booth at Book Expo America and several writers' conferences, including Writer's Digest, Romance Writers of America, and Association of Writers & Writing Programs. She also heads EFA's newly formed public relations group. One of Sangeeta's goals as Member at Large is to promote diversity in the organization to better reflect the changing face of today's freelance landscape. Prior to joining EFA, Sangeeta worked for two literary agents and as an acquiring editor of children's books for Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster. Visit her website at http://www.mehtabookeditingnewyork.com.
Ruth Mullen has more than 25 years' experience as a writer, editor, script analyst, and copyeditor. She is a "forever freelancer," not having had a staff job since the 1980s, and an off-and-on EFA member since the days when jobs were announced on a phone hotline. She has an MA in History from Columbia University and especially loves working on memoirs, creative nonfiction, and anything related to the social sciences. Ruth also serves as co-coordinator of the NYC Metro chapter. As a board member, she hopes to focus on tools and training to help EFA members adapt and find new opportunities in the rapidly changing digital era.
Luann became a full-time freelance editor in 1990. Her areas of expertise are academic nonfiction and genre fiction (mystery, science fiction, and romance), and her clients include individual authors, publishers, and book packagers. She has written questions for standardized tests and is the co-author of a study guide for the AP English Language and Composition test. Luann has represented the EFA at BEA, the Writer's Digest conference, and the Romance Writers of America conference and is a helping plan our own EFA conference. She will be taking the helm of What's New at the EFA. Visit her website at www.thewritereed.com.
In memoriam: Trudy Balch
The EFA regrets to announce the passing of long-time member Trudy Balch on November 1, 2010. Trudy was an indispensable member of our organization, and we are especially grateful to have benefited from her service as a board member, executive committee member, and secretary — elected posts she filled with honor, humor, intelligence, and diligence. She made a living writing, translating, and editing, with a particular specialty in Ladino. And her bigheartedness toward newcomers and fellow freelancers in general truly set her apart. Trudy showed courage, grace, and a generosity of spirit that were an inspiration to us all. We at the EFA will miss her very, very much.
In memoriam: Jesse Weissman
The EFA is sad to announce that chapter coordinator Jesse Weissman passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2009. Jesse was a long-time and much valued member of our organization. He initiated the very successful chapter development program in 1997 and did service as a hard-working member at large and as EFA treasurer as well. A proofreader by trade, Jesse will be remembered as a kind and sensitive man who was devoted to his wife Sue-Ellen. His gravelly voice, his gentle demeanor, his service, and his heartfelt signature line, "may you succeed in all your endeavors," will be sorely missed by all of us at EFA.
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