Our Team


Gaye Sanders - Regional Advisor

Gaye is a retired veteran teacher, with 40 years in the classroom. She is the author of THE SURVIVOR TREE, the story of the tree that survived the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, published by Roadrunner Press. Gaye has won the Oklahoma Book Award Director's Award and the Comstock Read Aloud award.


Jennifer Sneed - Assistant Regional Advisor

Jennifer has published articles and short stories for young readers in Cricket and Ask magazines. Her short stories have won a few awards, including a 1st in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Contest for her YA short, “Supernova.” She is the author of several pre-published MG novels and a YA that hides from embarrassment in a computer file.


Kara Mitchell - Illustrator Coordinator

Kara is a small-town girl from Oklahoma. But now, she lives in the big city of Oklahoma City with two boys and a husband. She is a landscape designer and an illustrator/author. Kara is represented by Rick Richter of Aevitas Creative Management.