Board of Directors

Lynelle Souleiel | President NwSG

Lynelle Souleiel


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lynelle has been a storyteller her entire life from fantasies with garden creatures, to penning children’s stories and poetry. Later taking to the stage as an actor and gifted dancer, she received a theatre scholarship to California State University Northridge. This led to multiple jobs on Hollywood sets, working on both sides of the camera. Feeling a yearning for more, she spent years traveling, dancing & making magic.


After writing her YA novel, Children of the Unndis Sedna, Lynelle added screenwriting to her repertoire.

She has been a finalist in the Seattle Film Summit, Portland Screenplay Awards, & Bigfoot Script Challenge. A semi-finalist in the Pitch & Feature Screenplay competition at the Seattle Film Summit, as well as a semi-finalist at the Screenplay Festival in L.A. and a quarter-finalist in additional competitions.

George Washington Laws

George W. Laws


George is an ardent independent filmmaker hailing from the dynamic Seattle landscape, with a particular focus on fostering community connections. As a dedicated member of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, he presently serves as Secretary. His writing prowess extends to a noteworthy community project under the aegis of the Seattle Film Summit. Currently, George is in the throes of bringing a feature film to life. For a deeper insight, including an enticing proof of concept trailer, explore here: Fool’s Fantasy Film.

Martin Bard | Membership Chairperson NwSG

Martin Bard
Membership Coordinator


Martin has been involved in screenwriting since retirement as an academic at Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Screenwriting was not on his horizon as a geneticist but that’s not to say he was not involved in writing reviewed research publications. Since his post-retirement writing career started, he has placed as a top 100 finalist for a feature and top 25 finalists for a comedy short for the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay Contest. He enjoys writing in multiple genres – comedy, drama, and action. When not writing, he hikes, volunteers in the kitchen at the Lacey Senior Center, also at a Medical Surplus Recovery Organization (which sends medical supplies to third-world countries), and makes time for the grandkids.

Travis Baechler
Website & Media Coordinator


Travis is a screenwriter and video editor from Washington state with over 15 years experience as a marketing professional and graphic designer. He studied Fine Arts, Dramatic Writing, and Screenwriting at Western Washington University and writes genre screenplays, both original and adaptation and is working on his first novel.

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