Executive Director


Katharine Herndon was a fan of James River Writers even before they hired her.  She has attended all eleven conferences and over fifty Writing Shows, and she plans to improve on that number in 2014.  She has been on the board for several years in a variety of roles, including executive secretary, co-chair of the 2011 conference committee (with the wonderful Valley Haggard), and membership chair.  Prior to becoming employed at JRW, Katharine taught middle school language arts for thirteen years.  Her favorite bits were Shakespeare and poetry, and she was in a minority in this.  Katharine’s work has won second place in the Style Magazine fiction contest and been published by local indie press Sink/Swim in The Great Richmond Zombie Book and Front Porch Fiction.  She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Davidson College, and St. Catherine’s School.

Program Director

JeffSadler-1Jeff Sadler has always been tinkering at the intersection of culture and community and experimenting with how the former helps strengthen the latter. His previous work experience involved independent concert and festival promotions, running many of Virginia’s downtown revitalization programs, and opening Richmond’s first 1,500 person concert venue nightclub, as well as a freelance writer on all things music. An avid homebrewer, mildly enthusiastic runner, and under-qualified DIY-er, he has begun work cataloguing the new American Songbook, tentatively titled The 873 Best American Songs. When not trying to get his two boys to tie their own shoes, Jeff serves on the Richmond Planning Commission, the Richmond School Board Facilities Task Force, and as Treasurer of the Virginia Community Economic Network. He works throughout the state with his consulting company, LeadActLocal, and was named (years ago and just in time) one of Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40.