Board of Directors

Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors



Barbara Eppich Struna – President  is an International Best Selling Author of suspenseful historical fiction, including, The Old Cape House, The Old Cape Teapot, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret, and The Old Cape Blood Ruby. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, IBPA, IPNE, Sisters In Crime: National and New England and President of Cape Cod Writers Center. Always a journal writer, she is fascinated by history and writes a blog about the unique facts and myths of Cape Cod.


Kathy Aspden – Vice President

In no particular order, Kathy is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong resident of Cape Cod, occasional host for the television show Books and the World, public speaker, reviewer for, and contributing writer for Her Circle News. Her first novel, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman, was a finalist for the Multicultural Fiction category of International Book Awards. The sequel, An Irishman’s Son, was published in May 2020.  Her 2015 short film, The Solomons’ Dog, was a finalist in the 15-Minutes of Fame Film Festival in Orlando, Florida.  Interested in everything from the next great invention to the easiest way to tile a bathroom, Kathy is a gleeful research junkie and an enthusiastic participant in the human experience. She is currently working on a feature screenplay, entitled, The Magnificent Quarantinos.






Perry Karfunkel, MD, PhD – Treasurer 

Perry started his career as a professor of Biology and subsequently became a Primary Care physician, working for many years in a large multi-specialty clinic and subsequently at various offices of the VA Healthcare System in southeastern Massachusetts. University faculties constitute multi-generational organizations that can include mentoring of careers but can also involve the mentoring of personal growth. Professors also interact with non-faculty people around them, both within and outside the campus where they work, and the dynamics of those relationships became the inspiration for his writing. He continues to work on a series of personal-growth romance novels inspired by those dynamics and involving characters over the age of thirty. The stories had tumbled out of his head once he had time in his retirement to walk on a daily basis and he is working on the final editing of the first book as he prepares it for publication.


Hugh Blair-Smith – Former Treasurer & Director 

After retiring from a career in computer science, especially the guidance computer for the Apollo spacecraft, Hugh Blair-Smith published his techno-memoir, Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History in 2015. He appeared in a Nova show, Apollo’s Daring Mission, in December 2018, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first to place men in orbit around the Moon. He is serving as CCWC Treasurer, leads the Mid-Cape Nonfiction Writers Group, and is working on his next book, Minot’s Gifts.


Harris Thompson –  Secretary-Clerk

Harris developed his passion for writing through a BA/MA program at Boston University and 35-year career teaching literature and creative writing to high school students. After being honored with a teaching chair, he got the idea for a novel during a sabbatical in Greece. His insistence on becoming fluent in Greek didn’t make sense—he claimed it was because he had been held hostage by an Athens bus inspector—until he had created fifty Greek characters, who required him to authenticate and individualize their dialogue. Chasing Light follows a psychotherapist who, desperate to heal herself, recreates the odyssey of the mother who failed her. With the help of his CCWC writing group, it is in the final stages of revision. Harris is now fluent in broken Greek and
broken English.


Additional Directors



Alyssa Metcalfe  – Director

Alyssa Metcalfe was born and raised in New York City, where the streets were her playground, theater, and teacher. As an adult, Metcalfe’s writing is influenced by the dark and gritty themes from her childhood leading her to award-winning short stories in Gemini Magazine and Dark Ink Magazine. But her lifelong love of animals also fuels her imagination along with an A.S. in Equine Studies from Northwest College in Powell, WY and a B.S. in Animal Science from UMASS Amherst. Mousebound, a children’s picture book was published in September 2018. She currently lives on Cape Cod, is on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Writers Center, member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the SCBWI.


Madeline Holt  – Director

Madeline Miele Holt journeyed through several careers relating to books, libraries, and media. She was an editor, a library consultant, and a sales and marketing executive traveling throughout the United States and abroad representing library automation systems. As a second career, she completed a master’s degree in library science and became the director of the Ames Free Library in Easton, MA where innovative and community-focus programs led to a Bill and Melinda Gates award as a second-place winner of the Best Small Library in America contest.



Judith Partelow  – Director

Judith Partelow is a poet, director, and actress. Her first chapbook of poetry called A Woman’s Heart was released in 2014. She then created a play from her poetry with the same title which has been produced four times and will be produced again at The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, May 10,11,12 and in Cotuit in September. Her second book of poems published by Scargo Hill Poets is Carry Me Back, A Woman’s Life in Poetry. 


Michael Solomowitz

Originally from Coney Island, Michael Solomowitz has enjoyed a roller-coaster writing career. His debut novel, BEHIND THE FOURTH WALL, set on Cape Cod, was published in January, 2022 by Black Rose Writing.
Mr. Solomowitz began writing for Manhattan Cable TV and has worked for Warner Bros. He was a freelance sports journalist and a Contributing Author for two non-fiction sports books. He has also written and directed for the theater with works appearing on stages from Los Angeles to Long Island to Boston. In June, 2023, the Curtain Call Theater in Braintree, MA will produce an evening of four of his plays: DIVINE COMEDY – A Spirited Collection of One-Act Plays. A member of the Authors Guild, he is currently working on his second novel set in post-WWII


Terri Arthur – Director

I have been a long-time writer over the years submitting to magazines and creating and maintaining a newsletter for nurses. My first book “Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WW1 Nurse” came out in 2012 and was an immediate hit. Awards:  Midwest Independent Book Association and a finalist-Eric Hoffer Award. In April of last year, I signed an option for a film, and it was renewed in April of this year. In 2016, I translated the American book into British and entitled it, “Fatal Destiny: Edith Cavell WW1 Nurse.”  In 2017 I published the children’s book “Nurse Hero: Edith Cavell.” My second book “Power Failure: A Nurse’s Story” came out in 2021 and has also won two awards.

I have given numerous presentations over the last decade both in-person and on numerous radio/ TV interviews including the BBC in England.

In addition to writing, I worked as a critical care nurse in three of the Cape hospitals. I hold a degree in nursing, a BS in secondary education and biology and a Master’s in Health Business Management from Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.


 Christine Golding – Director

Christine Golding is a retired educator and first-time author. She holds two master’s degrees; one as Consulting -Teacher of Reading, and one as an Education Administrator. She is the former owner of Splatter Art School, in Sandwich and Sandwich Independent Day School, a progressive early childhood program that received national accreditation (NAEYC) for over 10 years.
After retiring from a 4O year career in education. Her first book, Daddy Came Home A Stranger, which is currently in publication, is a labor of love to all those children who grew up in homes with an alcoholic parent.
Having personally experienced the trauma of growing up in an alcoholic family, Christine was inspired to write this book to show the human side of alcoholism through the eyes of a child.



Nancy Rubin Stuart  Executive Director 

CCWC Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author/ journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New England Quarterly, American History, Huffington Post, in other national publications and abroad.  She has authored eight traditionally published books, including American EmpressDefiant Brides and The Muse of the Revolution. Nancy’s most recent book is Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father published by Beacon Press in 2022.