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Hedgebrook’s team of staff members span two locations. Our retreat & headquarters are on Whidbey Island, and our Seattle office is located in Pioneer Square.


Amy Wheeler – Executive Director

As a playwright, alumna and Executive Director for 12 years, I am so proud to be leading Hedgebrook at an incredibly exciting time. The world needs the medicine Hedgebrook offers, as we nurture and create space for women’s voices to rise, center women of color, and welcome transgender and gender non-conforming writers. We’ve been doing this work for 30 years, and now that we’re a leading advocate nationally for gender parity and racial equity — the cultural conversation is finally catching up with us!


Vito Zingarelli – Program Director

For over 11 years Vito has enjoyed expanding the impacts of Hedgebrook’s programs, supporting the work done both here at the Whidbey retreat as well as our national and international presence.


Karen Mudd – Interim Director of Development & Outreach

I’ve centered my life and career around women’s empowerment, social justice and philanthropy – so Hedgebrook feels like home. I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the fundraising success of Hedgebrook. More resources focused on lifting women’s voices are sure to widen the global ripple effect!


Cathy Bruemmer – Property Manager

Caretaking the land and buildings at Hedgebrook, together with a top-notch team, allows me to support our writers by helping provide a safe and serene place for them to do their best work.  It is challenging, rewarding and an absolute honor.

Julie O'Brien

Julie O'Brien – Program and IT Manager

I am honored to play a part in bringing to life Nancy Nordhoff’s vision of creating space for writers, amplifying their voices and making connections around the world. I get to do that by managing programs and the systems that support them and most importantly, welcoming the wonderful writers that appear on this precious land.


Denise Barr – Head Chef

I treasure the creative and nurturing environment of the Hedgebrook kitchen and feel honored to spend my time there. Planning, prepping and cooking a meal is a gift to be passed on. I find that everyone brings something wonderful to the table.

Autumn Preble

Autumn Preble – Executive Assistant

In large and small ways my entire adult life has been about women’s empowerment. Now to have it all come together where the focus is on bringing the diversity of women’s voices into the world to help us all articulate the world we want to live in . . . Well, that is a meaningful place to spend my days. I’ve lived on Whidbey Island for 38 years and have known Hedgebrook since its beginnings. The world that Hedgebrook inhabits is so vital and interesting – what a privilege to be a part of it!


Harolynne Bobis – Administrative Assistant

When I was younger, I determined I wanted to work for organizations that nourished and encouraged its staff and the greater world. Hedgebrook does all of this and more. I’m so happy to be here.


Kelly Ford – Head Housekeeper

Working at Hedgebrook is an inspiration on every level…once you are through the gates, the enchanted forest envelopes you, and you are held…it is a good place to be.


Yai Fatou Jallow – Development & Outreach Associate

Growing up in a small West African country — The Gambia — my escape was through the world of books, being a student of the Arts, books will always be my first love. Hedgebrook puts me in an environment where I see all these amazing writers flourish whilst working with outstanding people.


Gabrielle James – Development & Outreach Associate

I have worked for nonprofits the majority of my career, managing youth development programs, where kids felt empowered, honored and creativity was encouraged.  Hedgebrook does all of that for women writers and I am excited to be a part of the development team, helping to amplify women’s voices for years to come.


Britt Conn – Program Associate

It’s a blessing and an honor to work with such a passionate and dynamic staff who embody radical hospitality with natural ease.  I’m constantly inspired by the writers whose voices are changing the landscape of my understanding of the world around me. I’m delighted to become a part of this team at the start of Hedgebrook’s 30th anniversary.