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 have other roles and responsibilities such as Conference Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  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.

J.T. Evans
J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans primarily writes fantasy novels, but he’ll delve into a horror or science fiction short story from time to time. He has been a member of PPW since 2008 and has attended the annual PPW conferences since 2010. He has volunteered with the PPW as a moderator, contest judge and Write Brain presenter in the past. This is his first time on the PPW board of directors. Prior to joining the PPW board, J.T. was the president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group for four years.

Vice President
MB Partlow
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 freelanced for The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, working her way up from chair stacker at Write Brains to conference jobs like Moderator Coordinator, Contest Coordinator, Director of Programming and Conference Director. She reads voraciously across genres, and thinks telling lies for a living, also known as writing, is the greatest job in the world.

Stacy S. Jensen

Stacy S. Jensen writes picture books and memoir. She has attended and volunteered at Pikes Peak Writers Conferences since 2011 and has contributed to the Writing from the Peak blog since 2012. She worked in newspapers in a variety of reporter and editor positions in several states. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She spends her time writing, revising and submitting her work. She also volunteers in her neighborhood and in her church.

Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence writes mostly horror and dark fantasy, with stories in multiple magazines and anthologies. She attended her first Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 2010, and has since been delighted to volunteer her time in various facets of Pikes Peak Writers. She is currently serving as Treasurer and PPWC 2016 administrator. She has also served as Director of Non-Conference Events, Managing Editor of Writing From the Peak, a contest judge, conference moderator, and scattered volunteer positions around PPWC.

Member at Large
Joel Quevillon

Joel Quevillon’s first Pikes Peak Writers Conference was in 2008, and he volunteered for the 2013 and 2014 conferences to support A/V needs. He has judged the Pikes Peak Writers Contest numerous times. Joel writes speculative fiction, which gives him the opportunity to touch several genres. He got serious about writing after a dinner conversation with two authors in 2007 and has been at the keyboard ever since. Hiking 14ers, fly fishing and college football are the major distracters to his writing. Joel has spent most of the last 20 years in some form of journalism or communications position. Joel has degrees in journalism and management from the University of Arkansas. (Woo Pig Sooie!) He lives on the other side of Pikes Peak.

Member at Large
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.

Member at Large
Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and two-time Hugo Award winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter or Facebook feeds. He first attended a PPW event in 2012 and has been going back ever since. HisFunctional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, and his longer works are available via He writes a twice monthly column for the Kirkus Reviews blog, is a regular contributor to SF Signal and Functional Nerds and maintains his own website and blog at

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
Donnell Bell
Donnell Bell

In non-fiction, Donnell Ann Bell is a former business newspaper and a parenting magazine editor. In fiction, she is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. Three of her releases, the Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed have been Amazon best sellers, all three reaching the top 10 overall list. Deadly Recall hit #1 on Amazon’s overall, thriller, mystery and romantic suspense lists. Buried Agendas was released in November 2014. She is published with Bell Bridge Books. Donnell enjoys working with fellow writers to encourage and support in their goals toward publication. She has recruited final round judges for The Pikes Peak Writers Conference, is open critique coordinator for Pikes Peak Writers, and the managing editor for Writing from the Peak. Donnell’s is a member at large for Pikes Peak Writers board of directors.

Non-Conference Events Director
Jennifer LaPointe

Jennifer LaPointe writes speculative fiction. She attended the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 2009, and has volunteered at every PPWC and most non-conference events since then. She is currently serving as Non-Conference Events Director.

Immediate Past President
Laura Hayden
Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden’s service to PPW started in 1993 at the first conference where she helped run the conference bookstore.  She pitched her PPW contest winning manuscript to one of the attending editors who bought it on a two book contract.  Since that inaugural year, she has attended all but one PPWC, working in a variety of positions covering almost all aspects of the conference.  She was part of the team that pioneered the formation of Pikes Peak Writers as a 501(c)(3) and was the organization’s first president.  Laura has served as the Conference Director on seven occasions, which is more than any other single person in PPW/PPWC history. She’s pleased to be PPW’s first out of state board member.

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

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