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Board of Directors & Staff

Board President: Nancy Cary – Nancy first performed on the So Say We All VAMP stage in 2013 and since then has volunteered in all capacities, from writing coach to SSWA board member. In 2015 she served as board secretary and in 2016 as board president. Nancy’s feature stories have appeared in San Diego CityBeat and San Diego Magazine. She has literary works and reviews in Rattle, Sunshine Noir II, and other publications. She conceived of and served as chief editor of the anthology Hunger and Thirst, Food Literature. She is a founding member of the independent, non-profit City Works Press. Nancy has an MFA and MA. She is a former professor of creative writing, composition, and American literature from San Diego City College. Nancy moved inland from Ocean Beach to La Mesa with her husband, but can still be found boogie boarding on a good day.

Vice President: Amy Forrest – Amy  enjoys teaching critical analysis for UCSD’s Muir College Writing Program. She has taught creative writing at UCSD and for So Say We All’s Veteran Writing Program. Amy completed an MFA in 2012 (UCSD) and likes to write experimental fiction. She lives in Cardiff with her family.

Secretary: Jen Derilo – Jenn Derilo has been a devotee of So Say We All since her first VAMP performance in 2014. She co-founded VAMP at Southwestern College and has served as the literary program coordinator for the Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literatures of the World from UC San Diego and a Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she was its first Jacob K. Javits scholar. She is a proud alumna of the Voices of Our Nation’s Arts (VONA) Writing Workshop and is the creative nonfiction editor at Kartika Review. She has a memoir in progress that triangulates haunting, illness, and World War II. You can find her bopping around the San Diego Mesa College campus as an assistant professor of English. She often has nightmares about sleep paralysis and zombies. And abandoned predicate parts.

Treasurer: Rolf Yngves – Rolf is former career naval officer, surface warfare, who is now an author, editor and promoter of not-for-profit arts organizations. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories (1979), Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, The Indiana Review, Fifth Wednesday, War Literature and the Arts and others. He works as a volunteer at the Veterans Village of San Diego where he assists in a recovery program by writing veteran’s resumes, an exercise in creating a new life-narrative. He edits fiction for Shadowgraph Magazine and is board member with Friends of Writers. Among other degrees, Yngve holds an MFA in fiction from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow (2012), a Bread Loaf Camargo Residency Fellow (2014) and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow (2016). He lives in Coronado, California, with his spouse, Sharon Shelton, Captain, USN (retired). His novel Any Watch They Keep is represented by Brandt and Hochman.

Patrick Eugene Stewart – Patrick is the Executive Director of Words Alive, San Diego’s leading community-based literacy organization. In this capacity, he provides vision and leadership to the staff, programs and community that serves the more than 5,000 children and families impacted by Words Alive on a monthly basis. Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy of Aesthetics from San Diego State University with distinction, and graduated from the Executive Non-Profit Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy in Washington, DC. With a strong non-profit background, Stewart has held leadership positions in arts, culture, community and development organizations in San Diego as well as Washington, DC.

Jason Eliaser, esq. – Jason received his BA in Creative Writing and Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz in 2000, and received his JD at McGeorge School of Law in 2006. He has lived in and practiced law in San Diego since 2007, and opened his solo practice in 2012. Jason was awarded San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in 2016. Jason lives in Mission Hills with his significant other, Monica, and their cat, Ruth Bader Ginspurr.

Eber Lambert Eber is currently the Senior Director of Engineering Programs and Ingenu Inc., managing the development of IOT network software and devices. Over the past 20 years, he has become increasingly involved with the SD writing and spoken word community as a writer, performer and organizer. He has been published in multiple SDWI Year In Ink anthologies and various on-line magazines. He co-produced Dime Stories, and hosted/produced the New Poetic Brew Open Mic. He has been working with SSWA VAMP and Green Room Writing workshops since 2013.

Sara Morrison – Sara Morrison joined the board of So Say We All at the beginning of 2016. She is the Membership Director at the San Diego History Center and is responsible for developing and implementing strategy to acquire and steward members to the organization. Prior to the History Center, she worked at Classics 4 Kids where she was responsible for marketing, annual gifts, and grant writing. From 2003 to 2013, she worked at Girl Scouts San Diego in several positions in camps, event planning, and organizational management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Outdoor Recreation and a certificate of Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State University. She serves as the North Park Festival of Arts Chair and previously has served on the Board of North Park Main Street and on their Organization Committee. She enjoys writing fiction for fun with Elephant Words and NYC Midnight.

Staff:

Executive Director: Justin received his BFA in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently serves as the Executive Director of So Say We All, a San Diego-based literary arts and education non-profit. In a prior career, he served with the United Nations in South Sudan as an emergency response officer. He is a recipient of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fellowship and Rising Arts Leader award, and is an alumni of the Vermont Studio Center. He is a two-time semi-finalist for the Fish Publishing international short story contest and winner of the 2014 In-Cahoots Collaborative Arts Contest. His stories have been published by The Quotable, Art Pulse, The Naughty American, and Monologues for Men by Men. He produces and hosts the PRX public radio series, Incoming.

Production Director: Julia Dixon Evans works on programming and production for So Say We All. Her fiction can be found in Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Black Candies, and elsewhere. She was twice nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize and for the 2015 Best of the Net. Her non-fiction work has been featured in VAMP showcases and in Like the Wind Magazine. She has taught creative writing at Veterans Village of San Diego, for the ARTs TranscenDANCE youth program, with the Lesbian Wellness Project, at High Tech High Chula Vista, and at the Braille Institute of San Diego. Her background is in non-profit programming and fundraising, as well as technical writing in engineering. She was a PEN in the Community Resident in 2014 and received a Poets & Writers Grant in 2015 for teaching and facilitating writing workshops.

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