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Board of Trustees

The New Hampshire Writers' Project Board of Trustees is a working board of highly skilled volunteers who oversee the scope and mission of the organization, while also establishing the strategic direction and fiscal oversight. The board works to develop appropriate policies and procedures, secures the organization’s financial health, and monitors the programs and overall performance of the organization in its effort to fulfill its mission.

Jessica Estevao (Chair of NHWP) writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries.The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, released in September 2016. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children, she spends summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.  As Jessie Crockett, she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

Masheri Chappelle (Vice Chair of NHWP) is a Smith Scholar graduate of Smith College, where she received her B.A. for Theater and Writing. As an undergraduate, her plays won awards and were produced at Smith College and at The University of Massachusett's Third World Theater Series. Presently, she is a Data Analyst by day and a novelist, playwright, and intuitive consultant by night. She utilizes her profound spiritual experiences in the telling of her stories and plays.

Barbara Hoover (Treasurer of NHWP) brings a long professional background in information technology, finance, and administration to the NH Writers’ Project Board of Trustees. In the dark hours that surround full-time work, she writes fiction. She is currently polishing two short stories and two novels, and hopes to begin collecting rejections soon. She has a short piece published in the inaugural issue of the The Birds We Piled Loosely and has been Freshly Pressed. You can learn more about Barbara's writing journey at

Sally Hirsh-Dickinson (Secretary of NHWP) is an Associate Professor of English at Rivier University who occasionally moonlights as an announcer for New Hampshire Public Radio. Her book, DIRTY WHITES AND DARK SECRETS: SEX AND RACE IN PEYTON PLACE, was published in 2011 by the University Press of New England.

Stephanie Davidson is an attorney advisor.

Jeff Deck is a Today Show-featured ghostwriter and editor who lives in the Seacoast area with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Burleigh. He writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative fiction, as well as helping others tell their stories. Deck's latest book is the supernatural thriller The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley. His previous book is the sci-fi gaming adventure e-book Player Choice. Deck is also the author, with Benjamin D. Herson, of the nonfiction book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (Crown/Random House).


Gary Devore is an archaeologist and author.  In 2013 he moved to New Hampshire to build a house and devote the majority of his time to writing.  He has been a lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz and has directed archaeological projects in Italy and the UK.


David Elliott is a writer.


R.W.W. Greene is a fiction writer, teacher, and recovering journalist who lives in Manchester. He writes short stories and medium-length books in a tiny room and keeps bees.

Tracy Hahn-Burkett is a writer and former D.C. public policy advocate who traded suits for blue jeans and fleece when she moved to New Hampshire in 2003. She writes the adoption and parenting blog, Uncharted Parent, contributes to the fiction-writing blog, Writer Unboxed, and has published dozens of essays, stories, articles and reviews. Tracy is revising her first novel, and is a recipient of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. When not writing, Tracy can usually be found on Twitter, especially when she ought to be doing something else.


Mary Russell earned an English degree from New York University and then proceeded directly to graduate school to become a librarian. She works at the New Hampshire State Library and has served as the Director of the Center for the Book at the NHSL since 2003. She is a blogger, a quilter, a homebrewer and an avid reader.