Brielle Benton

Director of Operations

Brielle Benton is an author and former book publishing professional. She got her start doing marketing and publicity at Diversion Books, eventually going on to work at Macmillan marketing children's and YA titles.

Following her time in publishing, Brielle relocated to Europe as a freelance writer and editor, while building New York City Writers Network (NYCWN), an online networking platform for writers back.


Now Brielle works full-time on both NYCWN and Writers for Readers, while freelancing in the TV and production industry as well.  

Board of Directors


KiKi Walton


KiKi Walton has over 21 years experience in the field of eduction. Over the course of her career, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels and has served in leadership capacities at both the school-building and state levels. Ms. Walton holds a BA in Communications, a MS in Elementary Education, and an EdS in School Leadership and Technology from New York Institute of Technology. She has participated in the Long Island Leadership Academy and the Institute of Leadership Development for Teaching Mathematics and Technology at SUNY Old Westbury.  


Lenora Hazell


Lenora Hazell is a former Retail Accounting specialist with a focus in Accounts Payable, Vendor Relations, Inventory Control and Freight Logistics. Lenora has over 3 decades of successful experience in internal controls and systems accurately recording financial information. Merged, streamlined, and developed staff which reduced process variation, led to more predictable outcomes and provided easier tools to measure and increase productivity. Lenora set Internal Control Objectives related to the reliability of financial reporting, timely feedback on the achievement of operational or strategic goals and inventory valuation. 


Lenora enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her kids and grandchildren. Enjoys reading, continuing education and listening to music.

Lauren McGregor


Lauren McGregor is a seasoned TV producer, having worked on several popular projects for both broadcast and cable television, as well as streaming networks such as VH1, TLC, and Bravo.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, theatre, and quality time with her family.