Ohio-North Regional Team

Who We Are:

SCBWI regions are run by members like YOU! Our SCBWI Regional Team (RT) members are all volunteers deeply committed to helping others get the most out of their membership. We’re serious about kidlit and want nothing more than for you to succeed, no matter how you define success! The Ohio North RT helps Ohio North members feel supported and connected to a local creative community of children's literature writers, illustrators, and translators. 

Our Regional Team members are: 

Regional Advisor (RA) - Meena Bantanwala Poe,

-Specializes in Middle Grade (MG) & Young Adult (YA). Lives on Cleveland's West side

Regional Advisor (RA) - CJ Penko, 

-Specializes in Picture Books (PB) & Board Books (BB). Lives on Cleveland's East side

Illustrator Coordinator (IC) - Kristi Tartara,

-Specializes in all things Illustration & Graphic Novels (GN)

Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA) - Britney Rudowsky,

-Specializes in Picture Books (PB) and newsletter help

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at any time. If you would like to help our RT we have several new volunteer positions opening. They are listed under the "Open Volunteer Positions" button on our website.

Meet the Team!

Meena Banatwala-Poe
Co-Regional Advisor
CJ Penko
Co-Regional Advisor
Britney Rudowsky
Assistant Regional Advisor
Kristina Tartara
Illustrator Coordinator