Mission Statement


Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators provides coordinated monthly meetings to share knowledge about writing and illustrating for children and information regarding the publishing process. Our goal is to help those writers and illustrators seeking publication in the field of children’s writing and illustrating and those already published to improve their craft through quality programs and workshops, critique groups, and the RACWI Reports newsletter.

Rochester Area Children's Writers and Illustrators Mission Statement

Board Members 2021-2022

President: Sarah Mead

Treasurer:  Jennifer Shipkowski

Membership Coordinator: Susannah Buhrman-Deever

RACWI Reports Newsletter Editors: Keely Hutton and Peggy Thomas

Festival-to-Go Director and RACWI Historian: Vivian Vande Velde

Book Festival Co-Directors: Vicki Schultz, Barbara Underhill, and Jim Chaize

Advisors: Carol Johmann, Linda Sue Park

RACWI Founders

1989    MaryJane Auch and Nancy (Hands) Kraus

RACWI Presidents

1989 – 1990   Nancy Hands

1990 – 1997    Jennifer Meagher

1998 – 2008  Carol Johmann

2009 – 2011   Elizabeth Sullivan Falk

2012 – 2016   Barbara Underhill

2016 – 2017   Andrea Page and Barbara Underhill 

2018 – 2022  Kathleen Blasi and Andrea Page

2022 –           Sarah Mead