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FSF 2022 Committee Member Short Bios

Dr. Jackson R. Bryer (Past President) is Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of Maryland. He is co-founder and president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and author, editor, or co-editor of 17 books by or about F. Scott and/or Zelda Fitzgerald, among them The Critical Reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected StoriesF. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical ReceptionThe Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Approaches in CriticismDear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence, and Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. He has been a member of the Committee since its inception in 1996.


Dr. Gary Berg-Cross (President) a cognitive psychologist (PhD, SUNY–Stony Brook, BS from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute) is now semi-retired from a professional life that included R&D in applied data & knowledge engineering, collaboration, and AI planning research. He has been a Board & Trustee Member of the Friends of the Library Montgomery County.


Joseph Monte (Vice President) was an Einstein High School College Counselor for fifty-one years, has served on the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference Committee for 10 years, and has been President of six different educational boards. He is also a writer for “American Teacher.”


Patricia Chickering (Treasurer) is a historian with a business background who retired in 2003 from the position of office manager for a Rockville historic preservation organization. She served as the bookkeeper and fiscal manager for the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference and became its Treasurer in 2009.


Eric Carzon (Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) representation) is manager of the Connie Morella Library in Bethesda, Maryland and represents MCPL, one of the event’s partners.  Eric has many years of experience in public programming and event management from his work in MCPL and the University of Maryland at College Park Master of Library and Information Services, and Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Ari Brooks (Friends of the Library Liaison) is an experienced fundraiser and nonprofit manager. As Executive Director of Friends of the Library (FoL), Montgomery County, she handles fundraising, marketing, membership recruitment, board engagement, and financial oversight. She is a graduate of the 2004 class of Leadership Montgomery and was the first recipient of the County Executive's Emerging Leader award in 2009.


Taryn Trazkovich (MCPS liaison) .Taryn Trazkovich is the festival liaison to Montgomery County Public Schools. Currently, she teaches English and journalism at Rockville High School where she is also the staff advisor of the student newspaper, The Rampage


Margaret Meleney (Committee Member, Writer’s Center Liaison) is senior executive of The Writer's Center with extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, investment, budgeting, annual auditing, and financial analysis. She has managed six entities with operating budgets of over $15 million and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Club Managers Association of America, where she has implemented cost-savings and reallocation strategies to improve overall financial health of the organization. She has also volunteered on a number of nonprofit committees


Betty Wisda (Rockville City Liaison) has been the Arts Programs Supervisor for the City of Rockville, Maryland since 1979. She is responsible for the coordination, planning and development of citywide visual, performing and literary arts for all ages. She has received numerous awards from the National Recreation and Parks Association and Maryland Recreation and Parks Association for her innovation, creativity, and dedication to the arts.


Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham (Committee Member), Professor Emerita of English at Concordia University in St. Paul, co-chaired the first F. Scott Fitzgerald Society International Conference held in the author’s hometown of St. Paul. She has taught on five continents, most recently at the University of Maryland; has co-chaired four major conferences; and has published two books and numerous articles, mainly on Emily Dickinson.


Dino Caterini  (Committee Member) is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served for thirty-five years with the United States Information Agency, the organization that handled educational and cultural affairs overseas, including the Fulbright Scholarship program.  He helped foster American Studies and American Literature in universities in India, Ethiopia, Somalia, Pakistan, Burma, Germany and Italy. He organized exhibits on Fitzgerald and other American literary figures at American Centers overseas as well as at foreign universities.  His undergraduate BA degree is in International Relations from Miami University (Ohio), and his JD graduate degree is in law and political science from New York University. He studied overseas on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Padua in Italy and has been associated with the Rockville Fitzgerald Festival/Conference since its beginning in1996. He is proud to have been to every annual conference since then and has been on the Fitzgerald Fest organizing committee for the past four years.

Susan Hoffmann (Committee Member) is the former mayor of Rockville and currently serves as Communications and Public Outreach Manager, Montgomery County Recreation Department. She has had decades of experience in public service and business.


Nancy Pickard (Committee Member) is an historic preservation and community planning professional. In her current position as Executive Director at Peerless Rockville, Historic Preservation, Ltd., she works with concerned citizens, volunteers, property owners and local government agencies to identify, protect and safeguard the City’s heritage. Nancy holds Master’s Degrees in Community Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State.


Mary Hopkins (Committee Member) Coordinator of Auxiliary Programs The Steward School Richmond, Virginia

Zach Powers (Committee Member) is The Writer’s Center’s Communications Manager is a seasoned media specialist with 15 years of experience, including many years working with nonprofits. He’s also an accomplished author of literary fiction, including an award-winning short story collection Gravity Changes, BOA Editions, 2017) and a novel, First Cosmic Velocity,


Patricia Dubroof (Committee Member) is the Director of Community Relations for Assisting Hands Home Care. As a lifelong artist, she has over 35 years of experience in creativity and coaching.  She developed arts and healing programs at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Iona Senior Service, Washington DC Veterans Medical Center, Interfaith Works Women's Center, Capital Workspaces among many others. She creates partnerships with communities and organizations to share educational and creative tools for the well-being of all. Patricia is an active member of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, GROWS, Rockville Art League, Peerless Rockville, Pump House Village, East Rockville Civic Association, Senior Services Alliance. Patricia serves on Rockville's Cultural Arts Commission. 


Carol Rubin (Committee Member) is an Attorney and Special Project Manager with the Maryland-National Capital Planning Commission. 

Elizabeth Redisch (Festival Coordinator) is a jack of all trades.  Trained as an attorney, she has not practiced since she moved to the DC area.  She currently works as a Weight Watchers coach, a substitute teacher in the Montgomery County Schools, and as the Coordinator for the Festival.

Shane S. Scott (contracted webmaster) is digital marketing consultant who specializes in graphic and web design, branding and marketing analytics. He has a wide range of experience from nonprofit branding to higher education marketing solutions, with award winning designs and clients. A 2015 graduate of MCCC he holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music Science from Columbia, and is a post-baccalaureate student in Premedical Sciences at Columbia University in the City of New York.

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