Board Members Emeritus

Maile Meloy is a novelist and short-story writer and Ellen’s niece. She grew up in Montana, where Ellen was an inspiring and entertaining presence. The summer Ellen’s first book, Raven’s Exile, was published, Maile was living with Mark and Ellen in Utah, and working on the Green River. She credits Ellen with making it seem possible to make a life and a living as a writer.

When Beth Satre was in junior high, her sister Kay moved in with Mark’s brother Tim and her family was welcomed into the extended Meloy clan. As a result, she got to know Ellen as a family member which led to many shared dinners, celebrations, and laughter in Helena along with hikes, hijinks, and sing-a-longs out at the family campsite on Crow Creek. Still living in Montana, Beth is graphic designer who dabbles in photography and loves the wilderness, learning new things, and reading.

Rena Satre Meloy wishes she had Ellen's voice--both how she remembers it sounding in real life, like rich amber, as well as how she captured it in words on a page. Rena also wishes she had Ellen's height. Although she can only covet these, one thing she and Ellen share whole-heartedly is a reverent love for sunshine. Rena, Ellen's niece, grew up in Helena, Montana and currently works as a graphic designer and artist in Portland, Oregon. And yes, she still worships the sun every chance she gets.