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.

President

J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. He is the president of Pikes Peak Writers. When not writing, he keeps computers secure at the Day Job, homebrews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card/board/role-playing games.

He originally spawned in the desert-ridden lands of West Texas, but got out of there as soon as he could at the “tender” age of 23. After a year in San Antonio and a year in the northern tundra of Montana, he landed in the Colorado Springs area where he remains to this day.

Vice President

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.

Member at Large

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.

Member at Large

KL Cooper

klcooperKL 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

Secretary

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.

Treasurer

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in anthologies and magazines, including Under the Bed, Devolution Z, and The Deep Dark Woods. 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.

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.

Patrick Hester

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. His Functional 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 Amazon.com. 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 atfmb.com.

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

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’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, Joel Quevillon, Laura Reeve, Charles Rush, Susan Rust, Michael Waite, Bret Wright, Ellen Phillips, Jennifer Webster-Valant.