Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet the NJ SCBWI Regional Team


Tisha Hamilton  Regional Advisor

We are very pleased to have Tisha as our new Regional Advisor for the New Jersey chapter of SCBWI. A bio and photo are forthcoming. We will also have information on our first event as a new team–Fall Craft Weekend 2018–appearing shortly. Stay tuned!


Rosanne Kurstedt  Assistant Regional Advisor 

Rosanne Kurstedt has a Ph.D. in education and is the acclaimed author of the self-published book, And I Thought About You (illustrated by Lisa Carletta-Vietes), an honorable mention recipient at the New England Book Festival and the New York Book Festival.  She was also the recipient of a 2013 Barbara Karlin Grant Letter of Commendation.  In addition, she’s the author of a professional book for teachers, Teaching Writing With Picture Books as Models (Scholastic, 2000). You can visit Rosanne at, or at her blog,, and on Facebook,, and on Twitter too! @rlkurstedt


Kelly Calabrese Co-Assistant Regional Advisor 

Kelly Calabrese – has been a proud member of SCBWI since 2002. She writes mainly YA, while also embracing every form of Kidlit creative expression. In addition to writing, Kelly works as an on-camera host, actor, and marketing copywriter ( PLUS! she’s a small biz owner – Follow Kelly on Twitter! @KellyCalabrese


Anne Appert  Illustrator Coordinator

ANNE APPERT spent her childhood with her nose stuck in a book, while her wild imagination transformed her New Jersey backyard into faraway places. She still enjoys spending time in her backyard dreaming, and now her imagination turns her dreams into words and pictures for children. Anne wrote and illustrated her debut book BLOB published by HarperCollins in Fall of 2021, with a second book to follow. She has been a member of SCBWI since 2012, from which she received an honor in the 2021 Conference Portfolio Showcase. In addition, she volunteers as a moderator on the twitter #kidlitart chat. You can find her online at, Twitter and Instagram.

Kim Pfennigwerth  Volunteer Liason Captain
A writer, reader, lover of children’s picture books. Often found in the middle of two to seven dogs. Loves to travel both in the real world and in her imagination – those stories are often confused for one another. Moderator of two critique groups and member of SCBWI.

Mary Worley Event Planning Volunteer