Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Team

Danielle Sunshine, Co-Regional Advisor

Danielle has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She has written professionally for over twenty-five years. She writes picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. Danielle is an editor at Angelella Editorial and an instructor of writing and English at Canada College. She is the founder of the MG Lunchbreak, a bookclub of professional writers who discuss books with an eye for craft. Danielle holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Christine Evans, Co-Regional Advisor

Christine has been a SCBWI member since 2016 and an avid volunteer with our region for the last two years looking after our website, social media, and webinar program. She is the author of two picture books, Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist and Emily’s Idea, plus a chapter book series, The Wish Library, coming in 2021.
Christine has jumped out of a plane once, windsurfed once, and water skied once. She much prefers books and writing to adrenaline sports. She is a British expat and has lived in Saratoga for eight years with her husband, two young daughters, and her tiny Yorkshire terrier.

Margaret Bloom, Co-Assistant Regional Advisor

Margaret has been a member of SCBWI since 2009 and the region’s New Member Coordinator since early 2019. She holds a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and an MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. Margaret is the author of two handcraft books, Making Peg Dolls, and Making Peg Dolls and More and is now focusing on writing and illustrating picture books.


Michelle O'HealyMichelle O’Healy is Co-Assistant Regional Advisor 

Michelle assists with scheduling faculty, critiques, and roundtables. In addition, she assists with webinars, website updates and event management. Michelle has a background in databases and data analysis and has spent nearly a decade and a half homeschooling her kids. She holds a captain’s license and recently sailed across the Pacific Ocean.


 Rob Sayegh Jr. , Regional Illustrator Coordinator

Rob Sayegh Jr. is a former toy designer who now works as an author and illustrator of children’s books. He is the author/illustrator of Love Tails, and the illustrator of Arlo Draws an Octopus and Slow Down,Tumbleweed. Rob lives with his wife and their two dogs in San Francisco where he enjoys making messy sketches, aimless dog walks, and secret late-night cookies. Learn more at