For the term June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2023
President: Cindy Hampel
Vice President: Michelle Morouse
Secretary: Laura Hedgecock
Treasurer: Michael Kitchen
Board Committee Chairs:
Program Chair: Cindy Hampel
Critique Group Co-chairs: Roberta Brown and Pat Gibson
Newsletter: Cindy Hampel
Website: Cindy Hampel
Social Media Co-Chairs: Terry Hojnacki & Richard Stiennon
Metro Detroit Book and Author Society Chair: Theresa Nielsen
Honorary Director: Kathleen Ripley Leo
Cindy Hampel is the author of two books: “Acting As If”: Meditations of a Recovering Enabler and It’s Not Personal: Lessons I’ve Learned from Dealing with Difficult Behavior. She has earned awards for investigative reporting and feature writing. Cindy has worked as a newspaper reporter in Michigan and Ohio, served in corporate media relations in Detroit, and consulted on editorial projects for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys playing the piano.
Michelle Morouse is a Detroit area pediatrician. Her flash fiction and poetry has appeared recently, or is forthcoming, in Litro Online, Ponder Review, Necessary Fiction, Wigleaf, Peregrine, Lullwater Review, Passager, The MacGuffin, Pembroke Magazine, Passages North, and Cease, Cows.
Laura is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and blogger passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. Her books (so far) include Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life ( Cedar Fort, 2014) and Blogging for Family History. She blogs at TreasureChestofMemories.com and serves as the organizing President of GeneaBloggersTRIBE, a community of over 3,300 family history bloggers. Laura is currently working on a YA fantasy series.
Michael Kitchen is originally from Plymouth, Michigan and currently resides in Chesterfield Township, Michigan. He has been writing since the early 1980’s. A complete list of his published work can be found on his website. He is the creator of the Unofficial Detroit City FC Digital History. He hosts a Facebook page titled Peanut Ledge Cafe, which is a collection of photos at the window ledge of his home where he feeds squirrels and raccoons. By day, he practices law as a court-appointed appellate criminal defense attorney in Michigan.
Roberta BrownCritique Group Co-Chair
Roberta Brown is a writer and musician. Her work has been published in local newspapers, Peninsula Poets, Bundled Wildflowers, and online at the Michigander’s Post. She also plays oboe, piano, guitar, and bass guitar; her most recent performances have been with the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, the Troy Metro Symphony Orchestra , Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, and every Sunday at Woodside Bible Church, either in the orchestra or on the praise team. She was President of DWW from June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2021.