Staff & Board

Meet the team

Meet our hardworking staff and board! We’re passionate about books, writing, and helping anyone who wants to write create their best work.

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    Gary Luke

    President

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    Daniel Glasser

    Vice President

  • Greta Hotopp

    Greta Hotopp

    Secretary

  • Tim Shea

    Tim Shea

    Treasurer

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    Lynn Grant

  • Dottie Hall

    Dottie Hall

  • Elise Holschuh

    Elise Holschuh

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    Eric Magnuson

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    Rebecca Mann

  • Georgia Mcdade

    Georgia S. McDade

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    Mary Jo Newhouse

  • Sharyn Skeeter

    Sharyn Skeeter

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Gary Luke

President

Gary Luke held editorial and executive positions in the book publishing industry over four decades. He recently retired as the publisher at Sasquatch Books in Seattle. Gary worked as an editor of fiction and nonfiction books at Dell/Doubleday, Penguin USA, and Simon & Schuster when he lived in New York. Authors he has worked with include Shawn Wong, Brenda Peterson, Bruce Barcott, Nancy Pearl, Kate Lebo, Jonathan Raban, and Eric Liu. A fourth-generation Seattleite, he received a BA in English from Western Washington State College. He is a past board member of Artist Trust.

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Daniel Glasser

Vice President

Daniel Glasser is a writer and satirist who has been an active member of Hugo House since 2015. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, his passion for writing has been stoked by a series of gifted teachers, starting in high school when he studied with Frank McCourt. He has lived most of his adult life in the Seattle area, where he previously worked as an engineer and engineering manager at Microsoft, specializing in developing software for real-time communications and social networking. He is the holder of more than twenty US patents. In addition to reading and writing, he enjoys traveling with his family and driving and cycling on back roads. He has a BS in computer science from Yale University and a certificate in literary fiction writing from the University of Washington.

Greta Hotopp

Greta Hotopp

Secretary

Greta Hotopp specializes in financial leadership through critical inflection points, including the UW School of Law, a civic software start-up, and a Microsoft-embedded tech group, helping clients with expertise in capital management, technology transformation, operations, accounting, compliance, funding, contract negotiations and more. Her early career was in the capital markets –as a derivatives trader in London, San Francisco, and Kuala Lumpur; on the Board of the Malaysian Monetary Exchange; and broking foreign exchange to global hedge funds from Tokyo. She then became a columnist on the economy for a Japanese think tank, managed litigation support to prosecute trading-related financial fraud in New York, and ran a quarterly creativity and innovation get-together to catalyze interaction around ideas. She loves community spaces such as those Hugo House enables.

Tim Shea

Tim Shea

Treasurer

Tim Shea was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Montana State University as an accidental chemical engineer. Accidental because after six years and three colleges, chemical engineering fit his accumulation of credits. Moving to Washington immediately after graduation, he had a 42-year career as an engineer and economist. Now retired, he has the opportunity to pursue personal rather than professional interests. At one-time retirement plans included climbing mountains, rafting rivers, visiting the great cities of the world, reading thought-provoking books, and hopefully writing. Two knee replacements later, coffee shops and brew-pubs have replaced the mountains and rivers, but the rest of the retirement plans remain intact.

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Lynn Grant

Lynn is a developmental editor at Wiley Editorial Service, where she has wielded her red pen since 2002. She has an MA in Literature and an MFA in Writing. In her spare time, Lynn plants giant sequoia and coast redwood saplings with the good folks at PropagationNation. She owns too many books.

Dottie Hall

Dottie Hall

Dottie Hall is an aspiring writer who has benefited from multiple Hugo House courses. With her husband JJ Leary, she has co-authored a cookbook, Cooking with Your Snooks, to share the joy and rewards of cooking with your loved one. She is a retired high-tech marketing executive with over thirty years’ experience. The quintessential startup junkie, she led marketing at companies including Symantec, Tesla Motors, and Microsoft. She holds an MS in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in journalism from Georgia State University. She has served on other nonprofit boards including the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation (current), New American Schools, and the Arizona Software Association as well as on various for-profit boards.

Elise Holschuh

Elise Holschuh

Elise Holschuh built her career in general management and marketing, working in product management and marketing strategy for General Mills, US Communications, and Foote, Cone and Belding. Her nonprofit experience has focused on utilizing her professional training on behalf of organizations that matter to her. Most recently she served several years as Board Chair for Path with Art, an organization whose mission is to help transform lives of people in recovery by harnessing the power of creative engagement. Her personal passion in the arts takes the form of writing, a pursuit that brought her to Hugo House for the rich opportunities offered, and then, for the opportunity to serve on the board.

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Eric Magnuson

Eric Magnuson moved to Seattle from his native Wisconsin in 1993 for grad school at the University of Washington. Eric previously received a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and went on to live and work in Texas, Vermont, California, and Ethiopia. Eric’s work as a writer, teacher, and advocate for a vibrant local arts scene brought him to Hugo House in 2007. Eric’s current book project (a narrative nonfiction history of the modern global fur trade) contrasts nicely with his work as a nostalgia merchant (running a Seattle music and sports history tour company). 

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Rebecca Mann

Rebecca was born and raised in Wollongong, Australia by parents who immigrated from Malaysia and the United Kingdom, by way of New Zealand. She started her career as an attorney in the United Kingdom and Belgium working on public law, international trade, and antitrust matters, and moved to Seattle in 2012 to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rebecca is a passionate fan of West Ham United Football Club in the English Premier League, does not ski despite being married to an alpinist, and is a keen distance runner whose lifelong goal is to run a sub-three hour marathon. On weekends, she is usually baking with her toddler and leaving boxes of misshapen cookies on the doorsteps of neighbors. Rebecca holds Bachelors of Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oxford.

Georgia Mcdade

Georgia S. McDade

Georgia S. McDade, PhD, is a retired English professor who spent most of her career teaching at Tacoma Community College but also taught at Seattle Community College, University of Washington, Renton Vocational Technical School, and Lakeside School. She has volunteered at a number of elementary and high schools as both teacher and tutor and conducted writing classes for all ages. A prolific writer, McDade published Travel Tips for Dream Trips, questions and answers about her six-month solo trip around the world; Outside the Cave I, II, III, and IV, volumes of her poetry; and Observations and Revelations, a collection of stories and essays. Her writing can be found in Leschinews and South Seattle Emerald. Much of her time today is spent organizing events for the 28-year-old African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA); McDade was a charter member.

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Mary Jo Newhouse

Mary Jo Newhouse is a long-time resident of Montlake. She spent her career practicing law in Seattle, primarily focusing on health care. Prior to law school, she worked as a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the family farm which raised hops, fruit trees, and wine grapes. She and her husband have three adult children and two grandchildren. She most enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading and sewing for her grandchildren.

Sharyn Skeeter

Sharyn Skeeter

Sharyn Skeeter was fiction/poetry/book review editor at Essence and editor-in-chief at Black Elegance magazine. She’s taught at Emerson College, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University, and elsewhere in the Northeast. She participated in panel discussions and readings at universities in India and Singapore. Sharyn has published magazine articles, poetry, and fiction. In addition to being on the Hugo House board, she’s on the board of trustees at ACT Theatre. Her debut novel Dancing with Langston (Green Writers Press) won Gold in the 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards in multicultural adult fiction.