About Us

Meet the current NTX SCBWI Regional Team

Jackie Kruzie, Regional Advisor

Jennifer Cole Judd, Assistant Regional Advisor

Kristine Tague, Illustrator Coordinator

Claudette Hoffmann, Critique Group Coordinator

Korey Scott, Published and Listed Coordinator

Emily Johnsen, Social Media Coordinator


SCBWI North Texas serves a very large area consisting of 120 counties and approximately 350 members. Our nonprofit organization connects local, national, and international writers and illustrators of children's and teen literature. It gives us the education and encouragement to know our craft on a deeper, more current level and network with others that travel the same road.


Our local chapter typically meets the fourth Saturday of each month for workshops and/or feedback, with illustrators meeting additionally the first Tuesday of each month. We also host an annual conference or retreat in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For our full calendar, please visit our Events Page.



Our longest-term members joined SCBWI in 1980, and the chapter was formally founded in 1981 by Mary Brite, the first regional advisor. The chapter was known as North Central/Northeast Texas until May 2013 when the name changed to North Texas.

Previous Regional Advisors

Carrie Charley Brown (2016)
Carol Barreyre (2013-2015)
Alan Stacy (2012)
George Hellstern (2009-2011)
Linda Powley (2006-2008)
Kathy Lay (2003-2005)
Karen Ferrell (2000-2002)
Jane Shuffer (1997-1999)
Crosby Holden (1995-1996)
Jan Peck (1992-1994)

Previous Assistant Regional Advisors
Jackie Kruzie (2016)
Bill Burton (2013-2015)
Carol Barreyre (2012)

Alan Stacy (2009-2011)

Previous Illustrator Coordinators
Cindy Rodella-Purdy (2013-2015)
Alan Stacy (2001-2011)