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 Hunter 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.
|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 LawrenceShannon 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. 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’s first Pikes Peak Writers Conference was in 2008, and he volunteered for the 2013 and 2014 conferences to support A/V needs. He is on the 2015 conference committee as Faculty Coordinator and is on the Zebulon committee. 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.
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|
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 and Admin Director for 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, Bonnie Hagan, Mandy Houk, Alicia Howie, Ron Heimbecher, Pat Kennelly, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Connie McKenzie, Debbie Meldrum, Dawn Smit Miller, Chris Myers, Barb Nickless, Chris Olsen, Laura Reeve, Charles Rush, Susan Rust, Michael Waite, Bret Wright, Ellen Phillips, Jennifer Webster-Valant.|