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 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.
Jax Bubis, writing as Jaxine Daniels is a multi-published romance writer. She enjoys storytelling in all venues. Before joining the PPW board, Jax volunteered on the Non-Conference Event committee. Her current project is a series of books based on the events of April 19, 1775. She teaches writing workshops throughout the country. She lives with her husband of over thirty years, has grown children, has grandchildren and a spoiled rotten dog.
Laura Reeve writes science fiction and fantasy. She has attended yearly PPW conferences since 2000 or 2001 (memories are getting a bit fuzzy). By pitching at the 2003 PPWC, she successfully garnered agent representation and in 2007, her PPW contest winning manuscript snagged her a three-book contract with Roc. Laura has volunteered at several conferences, but this will be her first time serving on the PPW Board.
Alicia Howie is from Danville, Illinois. While enrolled in a Fantasy and Mythology course at Danville Area Community College, a few wayward characters rooted into her psyche and the only way to get them out was to tell their story. She’s been writing ever since, a passion that continues to send her on interesting adventures, including a trip to Brazil. Alicia currently lives in Colorado Springs surrounded by her many writer friends. Of course, her family and friends in Danville are forever in her heart and never far from her thoughts.
|Member at Large|
In 2004, Bonnie attended her first Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and she hasnt missed one since. Bonnie started off volunteering as a ticket taker and door holder, spent three years as the Pitch Coordinator, and is now serving as Director for PPWC 2010. She also served 2 years on the Board of Directors as Secretary. For the last eight years, she has been a leader and participant in a weekly improvisational writing group. Bonnie writes fantasy and young adult novels, and is looking forward to becoming a published author.
Susan Mitchell has a degree in English from Northern Arizona University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including George and Mertie’s Place, Poetry Motel and Wordwrights. She writes and produces local television commercials, promotions and programs. She has written and produced projects for TLC, regional ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Advertising for PPW/PPWC and enjoys helping writers grow their marketing arsenal. Susan is also completing work on a darkly humorous horror series and a bone chilling screenplay.
|Member at Large|
MB went to college (St. Lawrence University) and graduate school (UNC-Chapel Hill). She’s lived in upstate NY, central NC, coastal VA and now Colorado Springs. She can also check the boxes for “married,” “kids” and “cats.” Her first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Independent. She wrote a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent for several years, and currently freelances for The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, working her way up from chair stacker at Write Brains to Moderator Coordinator, Contest Coordinator, and now Director of Programming. A voracious reader across genres, she primarily write urban fantasy, although she ventures into space opera, mystery and magical realism. Her current goal in life is to put together the mythical creature that is the perfect critique group. MB is physically unable to restrain her sense of humor, and her mouth occasionally moves faster than her brain.
|Member at Large|
In nonfiction, Donnell Ann Bell is a former business newspaper and a parenting magazine editor. In fiction, she is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist for both her 2011 debut novel The Past Came Hunting and her January 2013 release, Deadly Recall, both of which are Amazon bestsellers, Deadly Recall, becoming a #1 Amazon Bestseller on the overall, thriller, mystery and romantic suspense lists. Her third release, Betrayed will be out in November, 19, 2013. She is published with Bell Bridge Books.Donnell enjoys working with fellow writers to encourage and support in their goals toward publication. She held the Overall Contest Coordinator for The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for six years. For the last two years, she has been active in recruiting the final round judges for The Pikes Peak Writers Conference. She has been a first-round judge, second-round judge and volunteer during the year conferences. Donnell recently became a contributor to PPW’s Writing from the Peak.
|Non-Conference Events Director|
|Shannon LawrenceShannon Lawrence writes mostly horror and dark fantasy. She has stories in two anthologies, and articles in various publications. 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 the Director of Non-Conference Events and the Managing Editor of the official blog of PPW, Writing From the Peak. She has also served as a contest judge, conference moderator, and scattered volunteer positions around PPWC.|
|Immediate Past President|
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, Mandy Houk, Ron Heimbecher, Pat Kennelly, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Connie McKenzie, Debbie Meldrum, Dawn Smit Miller, Chris Myers, Barb Nickless, Chris Olsen, Charles Rush, Susan Rust, Michael Waite, Bret Wright, Ellen Phillips, Jennifer Webster-Valant.|