2015-2016 Board

Megan Sweas

A freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, Megan Sweas is the author of “Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education.”

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

Sarah Shemkus

A freelancer in the greater Boston area for the past four years, Sarah Shemkus has been writing for the Boston Globe, The Guardian, local lifestyle magazines and other publications, focusing on business, food and sustainability reporting.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

Jane Isay

Jane Isay spent over 40 years as an editor of nonfiction books before becoming a book author.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

Liz Seegert

2014-2015 Board, 2015-2016 Board l

LizSeegertLiz Seegert has spent more than 30 years reporting and writing about health and other topics for print, digital, and broadcast media. She reports on a range of public and community health issues, with an emphasis on aging, social determinants and women’s health.

Term expires Oct. 30, 2016.

Merrill Perlman

2014-2015 Board, 2015-2016 Board l

MerrillPerlmanMerrill Perlman is a freelance copy editor for such places as ProPublica, Rosetta Books and Amazon Kindle Singles, where the people she’s edited include Mara Altman, Erica Jong, The Onion, Stephen King, Armistead Maupin, Eliot Spitzer, John Sculley and Kurt Vonnegut (posthumously, for him).

Term expires Oct. 30, 2016.

Secretary: Sheila Solomon

Sheila Solomon is a native of Newport News, Virginia, and a graduate of Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Virginia. She’s worked at newspapers in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.; Long Island, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. Solomon’s also worked as an adjunct journalism professor, served on numerous boards and been a frequent speaker at journalism workshops and conferences.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017