Board of Directors

 Murray Hudson was a stock broker and for 12 years a  farmer in West Tennessee before he made his map and globe collecting hobby a business—one of the three largest in the country. Over thee years Murray has traveled extensively worldwide, including one trip on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. In 1995, Murray wrote his farming memoir, Dirt & Duty: How I Came to Loathe Farming and Loe the Land. Murray has served as president on the Free River Press Board of Directors since 1996.

 Bonnie Koloc was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She moved to Chicago in 1968, where she very soon developed a large enthusiastic following for her versatile voice,. Bonnie’s style is a blend of folk, jazz, and blues.  In 1973 Bonnie received the Illinois Governor’s Award for Best Singer. She has  recorded 8 albums and 5 CDs. In the 1980s she starred in The Human Comedy, first produced Off Broadway, then on Broadway, by Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. She is an active printmaker, painter, and ceramicist. In the last eleven years she has exhibited in numerous shows, including a one-woman show at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois. In 1996 she composed  in A Bestiary, capturing 13 beasts of the farm in a collection of linocuts, poetry, and song. In 2022, the songs were arranged for string quartet.In 1997 Bonnie was commissioned to write and perform a one-woman musical for the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

  Michael Lopez is a member of the Pueblo of Pojoaque.  After working for several years in politics, including a stint in the United States Congress, Michael went to work for the Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America where he serves as the Golden Eagle Senior District Executive.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and was the 2009 New Mexico TRiO Acheiver of the Year award recipient.  His autobiographical story, “Thinking Back to When I Was Young,”was published in the Free River Press anthology, Mixed Beans.  Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, or anything outdoors.  He also enjoys spending time with his three adult children (Athena, Abagale, & Michael); his grandson, Landen; his significant other Shaleigh; and Sasha the dog.   In 2022, Michael became a Member of the Board for Free River Press.

 Andres Romero was born in March 1936, the only son of Casimiro G Romero and Deluvina Salazar Romero. He served four years in the Air Force and worked for over 26 years in the New Mexico state government in various capacities. For his last 4 years with the government, he served as Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Project Coordinator in the Governor’s Office.
He has extensive experience and knowledge in the mining, development, and marketing of fossil fuels, natural resources and low and high tech energy products in the private sector. He has founded, organized, and served on various non-profit boards and commissions. Currently he serves as the VicePresident  and Founder of La Herencia de San Clemente. He is the President and founder of Los Amigos del Rancho Los Luceros. He is also a Vice President of the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. He has organized over 15 NGOs since his retirement from state government.
Andres is an avid writer who attended numerous Free River Press writing workshops in Santa Fe and contributed a story, “The Hamburger Conspiracy,” to Free River Press’, Mixed Beans.

 Julia Wharton is a professional violinist  and graduate of the Easrtman School of Music. She has been evening television news anchor in Kansas City andRochester, New York.  She recently returned to her home town of Decorah, Iowa to care for her mother. She now works for GrandPad and is director of the Free River Press theater project, The Bridge.

 Robert Wolf is a writer and visual artist. In  1990 he co-founded Free River Press with Steven Meinbresse. Since then the press has published 28 titles with stories culled from writing workshops that Wolf has conducted across the country. Prior to Free River Press, Wolf was a columnist and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune.  He  was playwright-in-residence for the San Quentin Drama Workshop in Chicago and dramaturg for Chicago’s legendary Organic Theatre. In 1997, the Commonweal Theater of Minnesota commissioned his play, Heartland Portrait. His non-fiction works include The Triumph of Technique and Building the Agricultural City. He is Free River Press treasurer.