Rebecca Arno is Chief Operating Officer of the Barton Institute for Community Action. She has more than three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector, including as Vice President for Operations and Communications for The Denver Foundation, and Vice President of Communications for the Daniels Fund. Rebecca has served on numerous boards including as chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Communications Network and of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Rebecca earned her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and teaches in the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program at University of Denver. She is currently board chair of Lighthouse Writers Workshop and serves a board member of the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative.




Rudy Melena has been an educator all his life. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he graduated from Colorado College with a BA in anthropology and a minor in elementary education. He taught fifth grade for 18 years in Canon City, Colorado where, in 1991, he was selected Elementary Teacher of the Year for Fremont County. He was an elementary principal in Jefferson County for 14 years. Kyffin Elementary, where he was principal for 9 years, was consistently ranked excellent by the state. In 2002, he opened Blue Heron Elementary in Grant Ranch, managing the construction budget and developing the school’s educational philosophy. During his time in Jefferson County, he successfully facilitated conflict mediation that involved families of minority students and administrators. Rudy participated in the Book Project developed by Lighthouse Writers. During the two-year program, he wrote 16 short stories and a novel. His short stories have appeared in and Green Hills Literary Lantern. He has served on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Writers since 2015.




Randall Sylvan has over 25 years of financial-management experience within the telecommunications industry and is currently an Executive Director with Comcast Cable, where he oversees the budgeting and forecasting for national engineering capital investments. Randall has a BS in accounting from Colorado State University, and a MA in education from the University of Colorado, Denver. Randall has taken workshops at Lighthouse for six years and enjoys writing about balancing career and parenting responsibilities (or not balancing as is oftentimes the case). Randall also serves on the Sewall Child Development board where he is co-treasurer. Randall enjoys playing golf, reading about history, hanging with his wife, Elizabeth, and playing with their two sons, Joseph and Daniel. His fiction has been published in Beloit Fiction Journal.




Gary Dudley has specialized in financial reporting and tax matters for more than 40 years. His first career of 36 years was with Deloitte where he was the Tax Partner in Charge of the Kansas City, Houston, and Denver offices in the different phases of his tenure with the firm. For the last 10 years, he has worked with the Kinder Foundation and Kinder Family Office in Houston where he currently serves as Chief of Staff. He has also served on the Board of Directors with the Ronald McDonald House in Houston and the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Denver. Gary and his wife Kathryn have a daughter and son as well as five grandkids who continue to keep their lives very interesting with travel and sports at their mountain home near Tabernash.




A Colorado native, Deanne Gertner holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Art and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Fine Art from Regis University. Deanne has over ten years of project and program management experience in the creative industries with both nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations. She is the founder and owner of Hey Hue, an experimental arts agency aimed at artist entrepreneurship and accessibility. Deanne serves as a pro bono dance critic for Presenting Denver. Previously she served on the board of CultureHaus and has volunteered for the Center for Visual Art, Arts for Colorado, and Create Denver to name a few. She was a finalist for the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts EY Emerging Leader in the Arts and has been published or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, Scintilla, Into the Void, Treehouse, and Daily Serving among others. She was most recently a writer in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in March 2019.




Rich Devlin is a lawyer and aspiring writer. His nonfiction life includes business and legal jobs in the telecommunications industry, the longest being a 13-year stint as EVP-General Counsel for Sprint Corporation, running a pro bono law firm, and serving on numerous nonprofit boards in Kansas City, Winter Park, and Denver. He received a BS in industrial engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his JD from Fordham University School of Law. His fiction life involves inventing twisted characters that cannot stay out of trouble. Rich and his wife, Kim Linin, an interior designer, live in Winter Park and enjoy outdoor activities.



Rick Bailey is a trial lawyer handling complex business disputes.  He has his own firm.  From 2003 through 2013 he was a partner at Holland & Hart in Denver.  From 2000 through 2002, he served as senior vice president and general counsel for AT&T Broadband, where he served as senior legal counsel and local government affairs officer for the 40,000-employee cable and broadband division of AT&T Corp. Between June 1997 and April 2000, Rick was the senior vice president of federal government affairs for AT&T Corp, responsible for the day-to-day operations of AT&T’s federal government affairs office and its relations with the Executive Branch, the Congress, the State Department, the FCC and other regulatory agencies, trade associations and think-tanks in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining AT&T in 1988, Mr. Bailey was a trial lawyer in Chicago. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating cum laude, in 1982, and is also a 1979 graduate of Illinois State University, having received a BS, with honors, in political science. Rick is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, in several Federal Courts and in the US Court of Federal Claims. He is also a playwright and screenwriter.




Mark Bell has practiced law in Colorado for 25 years emphasizing finance, real estate and business. He holds a preeminent ranking in his practice areas and is currently a shareholder with the Tulsa-based firm, Hall Estill, P.C. Beyond law, Mark's passions are alternative music and literature. Mark is an avid but mediocre guitarist and writer of poetry and dark fiction. His favorite haunts are the Tattered Cover on Colfax and the Continental Club in Austin, Texas where he attended college. His community involvement is extensive and focuses on furthering the arts and assisting those suffering from addiction or homelessness. Mark serves on the Colorado Public Radio Community Advisory Board, the Stain'd Arts Board of Directors, and facilitates for Refuge Recovery, a national Buddhist based addiction recovery program. Mark has two amazing daughters and enjoys every day with his radiant and eclectic partner.




Louise is a native Coloradan, and is passionate about supporting, improving and exploring the state. Louise has served on the boards of numerous non-profits from National Parks to film festivals. She relishes the gift of time at this point and has become an avid reader, joining three book clubs. She spent her career in marketing for corporations and start-ups, in new product development and in a variety of marketing related agencies. Her experience spans nearly all industries including food and beverage, recreation, cable, health care, travel, eco-products, baby products, restaurants and grocery. She received a BA in Socio Economics from Mills College and an MBA from Cornell University. Louise and her husband, Richard, live in Denver and enjoy traveling with their two adult daughters.




Juliette LaChapelle is a mediator, advocate, master planner, and a firm believer in the power of story—the stories we read or write and share with others, and even those we write and keep to ourselves. Her own stories are mostly fiction or fantasy and draw heavily on the years she worked as a federal prosecutor and civil rights attorney. She is the owner of JLC Resolution LLC, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Harvard Law School, and The London School of Economics and Political Science. She enjoys tennis and rowing and most of the adventures cooked up by her partner and their two boys.




Annette Taylor is a molecular geneticist and lover of the arts. She is currently scientific director of molecular genetics at Esoterix Coagulation, Laboratory Corporation of America. Previously the founder, president, and CEO of Kimball Genetics, she has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, marketing, and education to empower patients and physicians. Annette is board-certified in both clinical molecular genetics and genetic counseling. She earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology from UCLA, a master's in genetic counseling from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor's in biology, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College. She has more than 50 scientific research publications in the fields of fragile X syndrome and celiac disease.
Annette has served on the American College of Medical Genetics Quality Assurance Committee and Intellectual Property Committee and has contributed to guidelines for genetic testing. She has also served on the Department of Veteran Affairs Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee and in the Personalized Health Care Working Group of the Department of Health and Human Services. Annette has taken classes at Lighthouse Writers since 2011 and is a previous member of the Book Project. She has served on the board of directors at Lighthouse since 2016. Annette embraces story and metaphor in all of the arts, and she especially loves theater and the visual arts in addition to the literary world. She enjoys photography and the wild west outdoors and cherishes time with beloved friends and her daughter.