For the term June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017
President: Roberta Brown
Vice President: Pam Houghton
Treasurer: Theresa Falzone
Secretary: Veronica Dale
New Membership Chair: Iris Underwood
BOARD MEMBER PROFILES
President: Roberta Brown is a writer and musician. Her work has been published in local newspapers, Peninsula Poets, online at the Michigander’s Post, and in the upcoming fall edition of Selected Writings from the Michigander’s Post, Vol. 3, 2015 – 2016. She also plays oboe, piano, guitar, and bass guitar; her most recent performances have been at the Onyx Restaurant in Royal Oak, Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, and every Sunday at Woodside Bible Church, either in the orchestra or on the praise team.
Vice President: Pam Houghton transitioned to freelance writing from the IT industry after a corporate downsizing in 2008. Her work has been featured in Michigan Prime, Metro Parent, X-ology, Detroit Jewish News, Neighborhood SEEN, Christian Science Monitor and numerous other publications. Currently, she works in Marketing and Public Affairs for Lawrence Technological University.
Treasurer: Theresa Falzone is director of custom publications for Michigan.com, the marketing communications agency that manages the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Over the past 20 years, she launched, edited and wrote for several regional magazines, including Women’s HealthStyle, StyleLine, and Michigan PRIME, a monthly publication for active baby boomers. Theresa has won awards from the Michigan Press Association, Women In Communications and Inland Press Association. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Secretary: Veronica “Vernie” Dale writes genre-bridging fiction that includes fantasy, psychological intrigue, romance and the call to the spiritual journey. She is the author of Blood Seed and Dark Twin, the first two books in her four-book series Coin of Rulve; as well as a short story collection, Night Cruiser. A Detroit booster, she holds master’s degrees from Wayne State University and Marygrove College, and is also a graduate of the Viable Paradise Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop held on Martha’s Vineyard. With a background in pastoral ministry, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Alliance of Independent Authors. “I love dark chocolate,” she says, “and am a real fan of what you might call the Holmes-Data-Spock archetype.”
DWW Historian: Iris Lee Underwood is a graduate of Oakland University, a past president of DWW, and former Writer in Residence at the Troy Public Library. Her publication credits include The MacGuffin, Farming Magazine, Michigan Gardener, edibleWOW, Michigan Out-of-Doors, Woods-N-Water News, Rotarian, Metro Parent, Quilter’s World, The Oakland Press, Romeo Observer, Tri-City Times, Eccentric and Observer papers, Detroit News, Royal Oak Tribune, Grand Rapids Press, and the Appaliachian News Express in Pikesville, Kentucky. Iris owns Yule Love it Lavender Farm in Leonard, Michigan.
Theresa Nielsen enjoys writing in a variety of genres, including
children’s stories, nonfiction and young adult. Her love of all things nature and her pets are often her inspiration for writing. Growing up in a large family had its advantages, as she learned to cook and sew, but life didn’t allow time for writing. Now she is hard at work writing many childhood stories as well as a memoir about life with her pets, who fill many hours of her days with a joyful noise. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mich., but now calls Royal Oak home. She shares her home with her husband and a menagerie of dogs, cats and birds. Theresa writes daily and spends her spare time as a dedicated quilter.
Cindy Hampel has earned awards for investigative journalism and feature writing. She has reported for daily newspapers, served in corporate media relations, and consulted on editorial projects for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Cindy lives with her family in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Maureen McGerty is an editorial manager specializing in scientific, academic, and medical science publishing for a local university. She has been published in dailies and magazines, and has worked as a public relations specialist in the health care industry. A past president of DWW (2007-2011) and former press relations chair, she enthusiastically supports the literary arts. Maureen is developing a memoir based on her grandparents’ immigration to the United States.
Roberta Brown is a writer and musician. Her work has been published in local newspapers, Peninsula Poets, online at the Michigander’s Post, and in the upcoming fall edition of Selected Writings from the Michigander’s Post, Vol. 3, 2015 – 2016. She also plays oboe, piano, guitar, and bass guitar; her most recent performances have been at the Onyx Restaurant in Royal Oak, Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, and every Sunday at Woodside Bible Church, either in the orchestra or on the praise team.
Cynthia Harrison has been a member of DWW since 2008. She previously served on the board as Spring Readings Chair, Conference Chair, Secretary. Cynthia is the author of ten books, including the Blue Lake series of novels. She has been blogging since 2002 at www.cynthiaharrison.com. Cindy is married to Al. They have two grown sons and two grandsons.