Board of Directors

PPW is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  The Board ensures that PPW abides by its Bylaws, state and federal laws, and the rules that bind a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  In addition, members of the Board often have additional roles in the organization.  The size of the Board and some of the job titles have changed over the years as the needs of PPW have evolved.  But what remains consistent is the volunteers’ focus on the health of the organization, and the commitment they have to the writers they serve.

Board members are elected to a two-year term at the annual meeting every September. Anyone interested in running for an open position must submit a one-page letter of inquiry detailing the position of interest, qualifications, and a brief bio to the nominations committee by August 31st of the respective year. Email letters to secretary@pikespeakwriters.com. Put Board Nomination in the subject line.

This year’s open positions are: President, Secretary, Non-Conference Events Director, and Member at Large (MAL)

President

Kameron C Easler

Kameron reads and writes Romance. While paranormal is her favorite, she enjoys suspense and contemporary stories as well. She’s been a member of Pikes Peak Writers since 2013, attended her first writers conference in 2014, and started volunteering in 2015. Outside of PPW and her day job, Kameron can be found performing amazing feats of home remodeling or playing with her super-pup – usually when she should be writing.

Immediate Past President

Bowen Gillings

Bowen’s a rookie writer, but an adept at life. He’s lived in lots of different places, traveled to quite a few more, read a bunch of stuff, and completed a degree or two. He’s an Army veteran, former personal trainer, actor, voice artist, government contractor, financial advisor, and bookseller. Now he resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Genre loves run the gamut from fantasy to historical and contemporary fiction with a smattering of sci-fi, literary, and biography thrown in for spice.

When not writing, he can be found at Garden of the Gods Park leading school programs for area elementary and high school students.

He became a member of Pikes Peak Writers in 2015, regularly attends Open Critique, Write Brain, and Writers Night, served on the Tech Team for the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and contributes to the PPW blog, Writing from the Peak.

Treasurer

Charise Simpson

Charise is currently working on a humorous travel memoir, and developing a middle grade mystery series with her teenaged daughter. She has worked as a freelance journalist writing a weekly Q&A column for the business section of The Gazette. She has also written feature stories for the local Woodmen & Cheyenne Editions newspapers. As a member of the Pikes Peak Writers since 2010, she has served as a general conference gofer and moderator, Handout Coordinator, and Allergy Meals Coordinator, as well as committee member for Non-Conference Events.

Non-Conference Events Director

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine and The Literary Hatchet, and her short story collection Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations is now available. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

Shannon has been attending non-conference events since 2009 and conference since 2010. She’s been NCE Director, Managing Editor of Writing From the Peak, Treasurer, Conference Admin Director, Signs Coordinator, Pitch/Query Staff, and more.

Non-Conference Events Director

MB Partlow

MB Partlow tries to inject her off-center sense of humor into everything she does. She writes mostly in the speculative fiction world, with forays into mystery and women’s fiction. Her first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Independent. She’s also written a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent and spent years writing restaurant reviews for the Indpendent and The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, having done everything from stacking chairs to Conference Director to serving on the board. She reads voraciously across genres, and thinks making up stories for a living is the greatest job in the world.

Secretary

Georgeanne Nelson

Georgie attended her first Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 1996 with her husband, author Steven LeRoy Nelson, and they both became hooked, attending almost every conference since. She reads across genres, but she mostly writes supernatural suspense with a bit of history, time travel, and horror thrown in.

Georgie is also a nationally published poet and an award-winning journalist and short story writer. She served two years as the Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and recently assisted Pikes Peak Writers as co-host of their monthly Write Brain workshop.

When she’s not at home on her computer writing fiction, she’s at her workplace on her computer writing voiceover scripts, mixing audio, and developing animations for online courses.

Member at Large (Marketing Director)

KL Cooper

KL Cooper spends most of her free hours writing PNR, but when she’s not doing that, she’s rocking social media for Pikes Peak Writers or creating new graphics and book covers for other writers through UnderCover Press. You can connect with her anywhere on social media using these handles: @KLCequalsME @UnderCoverKLC @FleshandFeather

Member at Large

Gabrielle Brown

Gabrielle Brown is a multi-genre writer with work published in nonfiction. Her current projects include short stories, upscale women’s humorous fiction, and a bit of poetry.  Gabrielle is active in the local writing community and edits the Pikes Peak Writers blog, Writing from the Peak.

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Member at Large

Karen Fox

When not embroiled in the adventure and romance of her latest characters, Karen shares her house in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, her granddaughter, and four cats.  She has published eight paranormal romance novels, one short story and one young adult novella.  Her second book, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, was a 1998 RITA Finalist for the Romance Writers of America.  She’s currently at work on a young adult urban fantasy and new romance.

Member At Large

Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden is one of the founders of the Pikes Peak Writers and served as it first president. She’s been associated with PPWC since its inaugural year, 1993. In addition, she’s held the position of PPWC  director for an unprecedented eight years (non-consecutive).  She’s published thirteen fiction novels in a wide variety of genres, one nonfiction and many short stories. She owns Author, Author! a bookstore serving authors and co-owns Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing company. She resides in the Birmingham, Alabama area, but her heart remains in Colorado.

Member At Large

Jenny Martin

A long-time PPWC attendee, Jenny is always looking to improve her writing skills and expand her tribe in the writing community. Currently straddling that thin line of research and writing, her current work-in-progress is an historical fiction/romance series set in the civil war. When not immersed in the writing world, Jenny volunteers with local dog rescues and spends quality time with family and friends.

Member At Large

Ed Raetz

Ed was born and raised in Colorado Springs, with stints in Germany, Boulder, and California. He attended CU Boulder for his BA in English and CSUSB for his MA in Rhetoric/Literature. His Master’s Thesis explored children’s fantasy through a psychoanalytic lens, employing the tenets of CG Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, and Joseph Campbell. Ed has dabbled in various vocations, including: college instructor, Postdoctoral lab geek, claims adjuster, executive assistant, and stay-at-home dad. He is inspired by ancient myth and archetype, as well as the musings of Lloyd Alexander, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, and Stephen King. His fantasy and horror writings incorporate ancient Celtic myth and ritual, visceral horror, fungal folklore, and natural phenomena presented as fantasy. He has been married to his better half (Carina) since 1994. He has one 12-year old son (Rowan), who is blossoming into an articulate overachiever. Ed loves world travel, surrealistic art, horror and arthouse movies, an eclectic array of music, and dark humor. Finally, Ed is an aspiring potter, and has exhibited his artistry at the Fine Arts Center.

Member At Large

Becki Davis

A member of Pikes Peak Writers for over 20 years, Becki has written dozens of lifestyle articles for local publications and has been published in a national women’s magazine. She has written several stories mostly for fun, but hopes one day to be serious and query a few of her completed middle grade stories. Currently she works as an advertising manager for a local newspaper writing copy and designing ads. She and her husband are graphic designers and have won numerous awards both locally and internationally throughout their long careers.

Previous Board Members

Kirsten Akens, Jodi Anderson, Donnell Bell, Chris Boswell, Deb Buckingham, Paul Carhart, Maxine Davenport, J.T. Evans, Todd Fahnestock, Maria Faulconer, Karen Fox, Beth Groundwater, Bonnie Hagan, Mandy Houk, Alicia Howie, Ron Heimbecher, Jax Hunter, Pat Kennelly, Jennifer LaPointe, Shannon Lawrence, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Connie McKenzie, Debbie Meldrum, Dawn Smit Miller, Sue Mitchell, Chris Myers, Barb Nickless, Chris Olsen, Ellen Phillips, Joel Quevillon, Laura Reeve, Charles Rush, Susan Rust, Michael Waite, Bret Wright, Jennifer Webster-Valant, Stacy S. Jensen.