Pike Artworks
Board Members

Our History

Pike Artworks and The Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Pike Artworks was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in January 2017 as an umbrella organization for the Milford Readers & Writers Festival. It provides an opportunity for friends and donors of the Festival to enjoy a tax benefit for their contributions. It is registered under the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations and with the Federal Government as a 501 (c) (3). Pike Artworks was formed by a dedicated group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware Region to ensure that the Readers & Writers Festival is an annual event.  It also provides the opportunity to create and support other cultural events in the future should the need and desire arise.

Pike Artworks Mission Statement

The Milford Readers and Writers Festival aims to inspire conversations between people who love to read books and people who write them. Building on the timeless tradition of storytelling and the participatory energy of book clubs, we focus on the readers by inviting them to share their insights, queries, and responses directly with the authors.

Board Members

Edson Whitney

Chairman of Pike Artworks and Co-Chair of Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Originally from Port Jervis, New York, Edson returned to the area, retiring in Shohola, Pennsylvania, after a decades-long international career in education and public health communication.

Carol McManus

Vice Chair, Pike Artworks & Co-Chair Milford Readers and Writers Festival

Carol McManus is an award-winning author, professional speaker, and radio host. She is the Senior Editor for the Mark Victor Hansen Library and oversees a team of ghostwriters and illustrators. She is passionate about the written word and helping others discover their voice through poetry and prose.

Barbara Zappile


Barbara is a English teacher, a writing professor, and a former school administrator. She serves as Pike Artworks’ Secretary, and runs the children’s events at the festival.

Rocco Zappile


Rocco Zappile serves as the Treasurer of Pike Artworks. He is a CPA, holds an advanced degree in finance, and manages a large not-for-profit organization in Patterson, New Jersey.

Rebecca Lindsey
Rebecca Lindsey

Board Member

Rebecca Lindsey practiced law in Chicago, New York and Washington. She researches and writes extensively for the Metropolitan Museum. Her history of the 130 year old Musical Instruments Department at the Metropolitan Museum was published in 2016. She and her husband Richard came to Milford twenty years ago and now make it their permanent residence.

Jennifer Zeigler
Jennifer Ziegler

Board Member

Jennifer Ziegler is retired from her company JCZ Inc. in Connecticut and New Jersey after over 30 years in business. She has been on the Board of Stamford Women’s Club. Jennifer also served as event planner for 3 seasons of the Ridgefield Film Festival. She is current President of the Highland Lakes Women’s Auxiliary.  She has been on the Milford Readers and Writers Festival Committee since its inception.

Linda Perlman Fields, Milford Readers and Writers Festival Board Member
Linda Perlman Fields

Board Member

Linda Perlman Fields is a writer, journalist and a former broadcast news producer/writer. She won a Peabody award while at CBS News and was nominated by the Writers Guild, East for Outstanding Achievement in the category of radio documentary. She taught English at the high school and college levels and writes from her home in Milford.

Rose Chiocchi
Rose Chiocchi

Board Member

Rose Chiocchi is the Executive Director of the Pike County Public Library. She has a BA in Public Relations and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Before entering librarianship over 10 years ago, she was in marketing and large-scale event planning in NYC.  She serves on multiple local boards and is heavily involved in the Pennsylvania Library Association. Rose is originally from Pike County and now lives over the river in Port Jervis, NY.

Brian Carso
Brian Carso

Board Member

Brian Carso has worked in law, government, and academia. As both a lawyer and historian, he has written broadly about the American experience, including a scholarly book on the history of treason and a historical novel about Revolutionary War espionage.  He serves on the faculty of Misericordia University in Dallas, PA, and lives in Matamoras, PA.

Verne Kreger, Board Member of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival
Verne Kreger

Board Member

Verne Kreger worked as an engineer and attorney for Fortune 500 companies and recently retired from the Johnson & Johnson law department.  He has been visiting the Milford area since 1977, and he and his wife, Lynn Nordstrom, became full time residents at Twin Lakes in 2019.  Verne also volunteers at the Milford food pantry and is on the board of the Twin Lakes Property Owners Assn.