We are proud to announce the National Writers Series’ distinguished Advisory Board:
Casey Cowell serves as Principal Owner at Durandal Inc. He also serves as Advisor at Grand Ventures. Mr. Cowell co-founded U.S. Robotics in 1976 and served as its President from 1983 to January 1996. He served as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Robotics Corp., from 1983 to June 1996. Mr. Cowell has been Vice Chairman of 3Com Corp. since June 1997. He has been Director of CDW Government Inc. since November 1999. He serves as a Director of Northwestern Memorial
Susie Janis is is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Janis is recognized for her nearly four decades of volunteer service. That service includes Northwestern Michigan College’s Foundation Board – where she oversaw a $6 million fundraising campaign to build the Dennos Museum Center and development of its membership program – the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Board and the Traverse Symphony Friends board. She was also among the first women to serve as a director for the Traverse City Area Chamber and was instrumental in the development of the Smith Family Breast Health Center.
Janis was also involved in several endeavors outside the Grand Traverse region, including the Michigan Community Economic Excellence Board, Michigan’s Bureau of History and the Michigan Humanities Council.
Today she’s involved with the National Writers Series, Grand Traverse Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan and the Front Street Writers group among other organizations.