Aaron Hickman

Conference Coordinator + ARA

By day, I make learning math enjoyable for my high school students. By night, I wrangle all the weird, eclectic ideas stampeding through my head into quirky, whimsical, and, occasionally scary, MG and YA stories. I live in Colorado with my wife (who is an illustrator/author), my two teenagers, and my two rescue pups.

Hilary Faith Hickman

Hilary Faith Hickman

Regional Illustrator Coordinator

Hilary lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, two children and two doggies. When not making pictures or websites in her studio, she enjoys reading, hiking and breaking into song. Hilary has a healthy yoga practice and a worrisome Earl Grey habit.

Amy Ellerman

Assistant Regional Advisor

Amy Ellerman is a writer and educator in Arvada, Colorado. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Stan Yan

Co-Regional Advisor

Stan is an award-winning, first generation American-born-Chinese, Denver-based writer, illustrator, caricature artist and instructor.

His PETER CADAVER kidlit comic strip can be seen weekly in THE SUNDAY HA HA and his late middle-grade graphic novel, THE MANY MISFORTUNES OF EUGENIA WANG is being published by Atheneum (S&S), scheduled for Fall ’25.

His work was the grand prize recipient of the 2022 SCBWI-FL Conference Portfolio Excellence Award! He currently teaches illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and via the Cuddlefish Academy kidlit art school.

Susan Wroble

Co-Regional Advisor

Susan Wroble has degrees in electrical engineering and foreign affairs—but her great love has always been kid’s literature. She is published in the work-for-hire and magazine markets with books and articles on climate science, neurodiversity, and the human-animal bond. Her nonfiction picture book DAWN CHORUS: PROTECTING BIRDSONG AROUND THE WORLD is being published by Holiday House, scheduled for Spring 2026. When she’s not writing or gardening, you can find her working at Colorado Children’s Hospital with her therapy dog.