The DWW Board

The DWW Board

For the term June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017

Executive Board

President Carl Anthony

Vice President Pam Houghton

Treasurer Theresa Falzone

Secretary Veronica Dale

Program Director Cynthia Harrison


Iris Underwood – DWW Historian

Theresa Neilsen

Cindy Hampel

Maureen McGerty


Executive Board

President: Carl Anthony is a Detroit advocate with a strong passion for the city and the automotive industry. He represents multiple manufactures as a vehicle coach, brand ambassador, and Right Seat host. Carl is the editor of Automoblog and has contributed to 605 Magazine, The Motor Market, The Sioux Falls Business Journal, and Music Connection Magazine. He is on the board of directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation and enjoys a multitude of health and fitness activities in his spare time.

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, 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 Dale Vernie Dalehas a background in pastoral ministry and writes fantasy fiction. Three of her flash fiction pieces were published online by Flashshot and Scent of an Ending. She won first place in the Julia Grice Fiction Competition with her short story “Dried Beans,” which later appeared in the St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Her fiction has received recognition from Writers’ Digest, Writers of the Future, Rochester Writers and the National League of American Pen
Women. Currently she is revising a four-book fantasy series.

Program Director: 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 Cindy is married to Al. They have two grown sons and two grandsons.


DWW Historian: Iris Lee Underwood Iris Lee Underwoodis 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, includingneilsen photo
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 ours 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 in her spare time, she is a dedicated quilter.

Cindy Hampel  Cindy Hampelhas 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.


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