Board of Directors
Redbud Writers Guild is a registered 501(c)3 with tax exempt status and is run completely by volunteers.
Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, President
Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young is an author, speaker, former news reporter, podcaster, and long-time runner. Dorina is passionate about helping people discover God’s glory on life’s unexpected paths. She writes from her multi-ethnic experience about culture, faith, grief, food, and running. Dorina is a storyteller for DaySpring’s (in)courage writing team and has contributed to multiple books with them. Dorina and her husband Shawn recently published Walk Run Soar, a devotional and training journal (Bethany House/Baker). She has also published three children’s books with two coming, two Bible studies with one coming, and a volume of poetry. Dorina and Shawn are raising three brave daughters in Central California. Connect with her on Instagram @DorinaGilmore and at www.DorinaGilmore.com.
Dorothy Greco, Vice President
Dorothy Littell Greco writes about marriage and family, leadership, race, aging, and theology. She is the author of two books: Making Marriage Beautiful (David C Cook, Jan 2017) and Marriage in the Middle (IVP, winter 2020). She also works as a professional photographer. When she’s not at her computer or behind her camera, Dorothy loves to kayak with her husband, bake paleo desserts, and go for long walks on the beach. You can find more of her work on her website or by following her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. She is also a member of The Pelican Project.
FB: Words&Images by Dorothy Greco
Prasanta Verma, Secretary
Melanie Weldon-Soiset, Treasurer
Melanie Weldon-Soiset is a poet, MDiv graduate, contemplative prayer leader, #ChurchToo spiritual abuse survivor, and former pastor at a church for foreigners in Shanghai. At the end of the day, however, her epitaph will say “child of God.” Until then, find her in real life biking on local DC greenways, or getting comfy with house slippers. Follow her blog, and/or sign up for her newsletter on poetry and prayer resources, at melanieweldonsoiset.com.
Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, telling stories of faith, hope, and love through essays, articles, books, and presentations. She is the author of The Art of the Essay: From Ordinary Life to Extraordinary Words, a contributor to The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength, and co-author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts. She has written for several publications, including Joyful Life Magazine, Awake our Hearts Journal, Edible Indy, In Touch Magazine, Redbud Post, InCourage, Christianity Today, The High Calling, The Curator, The Perennial Gen, Discipleship Journal, Tweetspeak Poetry, The Write Life, Grubstreet Daily, and others. You can find her online at charitysingletoncraig.com and on Instagram @charitysingletoncraig or at home in central Indiana, where she lives with her husband and stepsons.
Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and the Scholar in Residence at Hope Community Church. She is the author of Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures. Dr. Reyes has contributed to several book chapters including The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School and Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay. She serves on the board for Redbud Writers Guild, is a writing fellow at Missio Alliance, and a regular contributor at (in)courage and Think Christian. Her writing on faith and culture can be found in many other publications, including Christianity Today, Patheos, and Faithfully Magazine. She lives in Austin, Texas with her pastor husband and two amazing kids. You can connect with her and her work at https://michelleamireyes.com.
Chelle Wilson is a writer, speaker, and having made peace with uneasiness and most of her fears, an unflinching advocate for social justice. She writes because ambiversion allow her to be in the world, but not quite of it. She writes because it grants her time and space to understand how she feels about the world. Her capacity for swearing when necessary to get the reader’s attention is indicative of her commitment to the precise word for each situation. She envisions a world where each of us embraces the Perfect, Precise Image of God that we are naturally, at every given moment, even as each of us exists in a liminal state. She fights with God and always loses, laughs often, and never gives up. Find her words at Evolution of a #HolyBadass, The Mudroom, and in the pages of the (in)courage Devotional Bible.
Tasha is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, mama to three, and likely craving kimchi and fries. She grew up in a multicultural and biracial home with the backdrop of three different countries and continents. Her world has always felt like a cultural collision and she sees the world best through stories and poetry. She is passionate about helping others notice beauty and embrace themselves as wholly beloved image bearers. She writes about everyday life and cultural identity. Writing has always been the way God has led her towards home and the hope of shalom. Tasha is a monthly contributor at (in)Courage. She’s also written for publications like Relevant, The Mudroom, PAX, SheLoves Magazine, MOPs, Think Christian and others. She’s currently working on her first book about identity, faith, and belonging, due to be released in May 2023. Find her on Instagram or sign up for her monthly(ish) updates.