About Us

The Professional Editors Network is a nonprofit association of editors, writers, proofreaders, indexers, and other publishing professionals. For members, we provide opportunities to develop and share knowledge, exchange job leads, market services, and grow professionally. For those looking to hire, our searchable member directory is an easy way to find the right editorial professional for you. We are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but have members located throughout the United States and beyond.

We offer free professional development events monthly from September through May online and at locations in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, with start times generally alternating between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Any nonmember is welcome to attend up to two of these meetings before joining as a member. In addition to unlimited attendance at PEN meetings, membership unlocks access to an archive of audio, video, and reference material for meetings on a wide range of topics going back to 2010. We host casual networking happy hours on a more variable schedule (currently on hold due to the pandemic), fully open to both members and nonmembers, as well as occasional one-off events such as paid workshops and webinars.

Browse our calendar to learn what’s coming up—and if you’re a member, be sure to attend our annual planning meeting to have your voice heard as we plan out the next season’s programming.

PEN is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and a proud partner of the Twin Cities Literary Calendar.

Board of Directors

The board is PEN’s governing body. It oversees activities, establishes policies, and makes decisions for the organization and its members. PEN members and the public are welcome to approach any board member with suggestions, questions, or concerns. We all strive to make our organization the best it can be. If you have a question for the board as a whole rather than an individual member, contact info@pensite.org.
Renee LaPlume, Coordinator

Renee presides at board meetings, ensures that board resolutions and directives are carried out, and manages monthly in-person meetings in coordination with other board members.


Melanie Hagge
Melanie Hagge, Treasurer
Melanie prepares the annual budget and keeps records belonging to PEN. She reports on the state of our finances at quarterly board meetings and at the annual planning meeting and manages PEN’s accounts.

Renee Nelson
Renee Nelson, Secretary
Renee receives membership payments and prepares reports of new and renewing members. She also calls special meetings when requested and takes minutes at board meetings and the annual meeting.

Erika Zabinski
Erika Zabinski, Member Registrar

Erika maintains the membership database and notifies members before their membership is due for renewal. She also keeps PEN’s records of member volunteering.


Madeleine Vasaly
Madeleine Vasaly, Marketing and Social Media Liaison

Madeleine manages PEN’s website and social media feeds. She also drives overall marketing and outreach, plans happy hour events, and coordinates and runs online meetings.


Linda Ruggeri
Linda Ruggeri, Mentor Liaison

Linda runs PEN’s member mentoring program. She pairs mentors and mentees based on interests and expertise, provides a roadmap for participants, and addresses any ongoing needs.


Lynn Varon
Lynn Varon, Managing Editor

Lynn coordinates the production of PEN’s member newsletter, Networking News. She solicits articles from members, reviews content in collaboration with the newsletter copyeditor and proofreader, and maintains the editorial calendar.



In addition to our board, a number of other volunteers help PEN run smoothly. Roles include:
  • working on our newsletter
  • moderating our members-only email list
  • planning monthly meetings
  • posting on PEN social media
  • staffing the PEN table at local literary events and workshops
Are you a member interested in becoming a volunteer? Email volunteers@pensite.org or visit the Volunteer with PEN page in the members-only section of the website to learn about current openings!