Introducing the Team from SCBWI France:
Regional Advisor – Tioka Tokedira
As the RA in France, Tioka's met some wonderful writers and illustrators, publishers and young readers. They are a constant reminder of how lucky she is to be a part of the world of children's books. When she's not emailing the rest of the SCooBwI Board in the middle of the night with a flurry of ideas about our next great event, she's a YA acquisitions reader for La Martinière publishers and trying her hand at ghost writing series fiction for Working Partners.
Before moving here, Tioka worked in New York and Washington on news and documentaries for PBS and the Discovery Channel. For the past seven years she's lived in Paris, although she recently traded her rooftop apartment for a boat so her exact address changes with the tides. She has a BS in education from BU and a MA in anthropology from Columbia.
Assistant Regional Advisor – Dana Carey
is an author/illustrator. She has served SCBWI France as Assistant Regional Advisor organizing writer/illustrator retreats, regional conferences, workshops and webinars and serves as the SCBWI International Illustrator Coordinator. She earned a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and later, a teaching certificate. Now she teaches English to adults and university students and writes reader reports for international acquisitions for French publishers. Dana interviews illustrators for a monthly blogpost called The Postcard Post for the Sub It Club, a support group for authors and illustrators.
Regional Illustrator Coordinator – Andrea Ipaktchi
is working on a illustrated memoir for middle grade readers. She’s a Parsons School of Design grad and has lived in Paris for more than 20 years. She uses her weekly improv theatre classes to inform her comedy writing and illustration work. Andi attended her first SCBWI event in 2004 and was swept away by the quality of feedback and support. As IC, she hopes to promote the sense of community by encouraging illustrators to develop their talents, share their work with each other, and attend SCBWI events.