Our Board

Wordcrafters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Matthew Lowes, President, is a writer, a teacher, and a martial arts instructor. His stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including *Dark Recesses* and *Anotherealm*. He has traveled widely, from the deserts of Australia and West Africa, to the jungles and mountains of South America and Southeast Asia. He has been at times a pilot, a scuba diver, and a rock climber. He is currently working on a trilogy of fantasy novels, a collection of horror stories, and two roleplaying games. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where every day he pursues the dreams and ideas that are the inspiration for his work.

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Christina Lay, Treasurer, has been writing since second grade, when she first knew she wanted to be a writer. Her short stories published in anthologies like Ghosts at the Coast and Dead On Demand. Her first novel, Death Is a Star, was released as an eBook and in print by IFD Publishing. Her award include first place in the Rupert Hughes Writing Competition at the Maui Writers Conference, First Place in the Authors’ Venue Novel Competition, 2nd Place in the Writers’ Digest Short Story Contest, First Place in LaBelle Lettre’s Mystery Short Story Contest, and  runner up in the PNWA Novel competition. She maintains her secret identity by working as a bookkeeper for a nonprofit. She has a dog, five cats, and her second love (after writing) is photography.

Drea Lee, Secretary, is a writer, a performing artist, and an educator at an online learning site supporting homeschool and school districts. She has taught K-12 youth in a variety of settings including public and private schools, as well as afterschool theatre organizations. She writes for young adults and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Juanita Metzler, Founder, works at Travel Lane County as a Convention Sales Manager. In her capacity, she works with a variety of markets such as medical, military reunions, faith-based, insurance, financial and legal; as well as the arts, crafts, and hobby markets and brings a unique view to that organization. Prior to joining Travel Lane County, she worked in the financial market and as a professional event planner. At Travel Lane County Juanita works with planners as they consider location, speakers, and activities. She understands what the planners are looking for and helps them achieve their goals.

When Juanita is not at Travel Lane County she enjoys traveling with her husband, attending Oregon Duck sports events, trips to the beach, listening to music and volunteering with many organizations.

Elizabeth Engstrom Cratty, Founder, is a sought-after teacher and keynote speaker at writing conferences, conventions, and seminars around the world. She has written thirteen books and edited four anthologies, and she has over two hundred fifty short stories, articles and essays in print. She was Director of the Maui Writers Retreat for ten years and is currently on faculty at the University of Phoenix. An avid gardener and knitter, she also hikes the beautiful Pacific Northwest and puts her pen to use for social justice.