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Our Staff

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Julie Ditrich
Communications Coordinator

Julie Ditrich is a writer, working predominantly in the visual storytelling niche. Julie has a BA in Professional Writing (University of Canberra), and has worked in mainstream publishing as a bookseller, publicist, author, and marketing manager. She was also employed as publications manager at the Australian Society of Authors. Julie has worked extensively as a comic book writer with sales of over 270,000 comics all over the world. In 2016 she launched the Comics Mastermind™ professional development service for evolving Australian comics creators. She also began volunteering as a Role Model at Books in Homes® in 2012 before being employed as the Role Model Coordinator between 2014 and 2015. Julie returned to Books in Homes® in late 2016 where she took on the position of Communications Coordinator. Julie enjoys working with Sponsors and Partners, Role Models and the schools on the Program, as well as Books in Homes’ many supporters.

Hester Lee

Hester Lee’s journey with Books in Homes® began in 2005 when she volunteered as an office administrator. After completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce, she took on further duties including the financial accounting, as well as constructing the Salesforce CRM platform for the charity. During this time, Hester thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the many incredible Principals and teachers on the Program, while learning about the many different communities in Australia. Hester is now a mum who is building her own home library, so her son can grow up immersed in the fantasy of books.


Our Volunteers

Sasha Wasley
WA Ambassador

Sasha Wasley is a general fiction author from WA. She completed a PhD in cultural theory in 2006 and is passionate about social justice, with special interests in feminism and equality. A former copywriter, Sasha works part time for a non-profit youth organisation as well as writing. She is published by Penguin Random House, Curiosity Quills and Evernight Teen. She has two teenagers and a host of pets on half an acre in the Perth hills. Sasha was invited to become a Books in Homes Role Model in 2017 and became increasingly interested in the Program. Since the beginning of 2018, she has volunteered as a Books in Homes® Ambassador in WA, working to ignite interest in the important work of the Program, especially in remote communities.
www.sdwasley.com and www.sashawasley.com

Wendy Haynes
Reading and Literacy Researcher

Wendy Haynes has been learning the craft of writing for over ten years and has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and YA. Her first picture book Hayden’s Bedtime was published in March 2019, and she is working on a children’s fantasy series, with book one due out in August 2019. She believes that having a regular writing practice, and understand the device at your disposal, is the key to not only completing a story but in building the skills required to produce a worthy manuscript. She was a judge for the Port Writer’s In-house competition for the creative non-fiction category in 2018, and one of the judges of the fiction category in 2019. She is one of the judges for the CYA Competition for 2019 and a board member for Hunter Writer’s Centre. Wendy won first prize for her short story “Going Nowhere”, at Port Writers In-house competition 2018, and enjoys helping and motivating writers and has developed a mentorship program to help writers tell stories. Armed with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she conducts writing workshops on and offline through her business. Being part of a writing community Wendy has volunteered for both roles of the President and Treasurer of Port Writers Inc. a not for profit local writing group bringing writing workshops and presentations, as well as writing exercises to the group.
www.writingforkeeps.com.au and www.facebook.com/wendyhaynesauthor/

Maura Pierlot
Grant Application Coordinator

Maura Pierlot has been reading and writing stories for as long as she can remember. She pretends to be an adult but secretly she’s still a teenager inside; maybe that’s why she loves writing for children and young adults. Inspired by her music-loving children, Maura’s first picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, won the 2018 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. Her latest play, Fragments recently played to sell-out crowds at Canberra’s Street Theatre, and her young adult novel will be published in 2020. When she’s not busy thinking, dreaming, laughing or creating – and sometimes even when she is – Maura enjoys spending time with her family at their avocado farm near the coast, a property they share with wombats, echidnas, lyrebirds, kangaroos and two energetic Bordoodle pups. Maura loves thunderstorms and cheesecake, and tries to learn something new every day.

Kelly Ung
Social Media Coordinator

Kelly Ung has been an avid reader from a young age. Currently in the last year of her Bachelors of Arts at the University of Sydney, Kelly joined Books In Homes to spread her own love of books with others. When she isn’t writing essays for class, Kelly can be found reading various books, playing with her dog, and building her home library. While she loves to read widely, young adult and children’s books have a special place in Kelly’s heart. She aspires to be part of the publishing industry to help foster a love of reading in others.

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