The Central States Chapter Represents members in the central United States.



The Central States Chapter includes members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Chapter Officers

Chair, Chez Chesak
First Vice Chair (Sites), Jill Robbins
Second Vice Chair (PD), Leah DiPietro
Secretary/Treasurer (Interim), Lisa Evans
Active at Large, Beth Reiber
Associate at Large, Erin McCleskey

Previous Events

Shreveport, LA, April 2023

Upcoming Events

To be determined.

Holder Scholarship


The Central States Chapter’s college scholarship program honors early Associate member, Fred Holder.


Pandemic-induced procrastination meant we didn’t offer one for the 2020-2021 academic year, but we aim to cure that by offering a $500 grant for the spring semester of 2021.


Eligibility is broad, and the application is quick and easy. Applicants must have completed one year of college and be related to a member, past member or deceased member of the chapter. All details and background information about the scholarship are in the attached documents.


Applications must be completed by the students, and the deadline is December 11, 2020.


Steer questions to Tom Adkinson ([email protected] and 615-430-6947).


Holder Scholarship instructions

Holder Scholarship Application (Spring Semester)

Chapter Information

To learn more about the Central States Chapter, please contact chapter chair Chez Chesak.

Writing Awards

Rules and instructions for the 2020 contest can be found here. You can find the entry form here.  For questions, email Maren Fritz or Erin McCleskey.


To see the 2018 Writing and Photography winners, click here.