2017 Board Members
Carmen Cook, President
Linda Hornung, Vice-President of Programs
By day she is a business relationship manager, and by night Linda crafts relationships for characters in her romantic suspense stories. Relationships are her business and passion, and she wants everyone to have a HEA.
Linda joined RWA and GSRWA in 2013; she has worked on ECWC committees every year since. She loves wearing a tiara, cheering on her fellow writers, and celebrating their successes.
Her degree is in Classics (dead languages), she has been a massage therapist for a decade, and has done many styles of dance from ballet to belly.
As Vice-President of Programs she wants to find speakers who inspire members to reach their goals. She’s a collaborator, supporter, and co-conspirator as the situation requires. For more information, please visit www.gsrwa.org or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/linda.hornung.75 and Twitter @lexa_fisher.
JC Hay, Vice-President of Communications
Jennifer Henderson, Secretary
Jennifer’s addiction to romance novels began at a young age when she would sneak peeks at her mom’s Harlequins while the rest of the family was at swim lessons. Her love of all things old led to a history degree, a dozen years teaching U.S. and world history at a prep school, and eventually writing Regency romance novels. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, loves travel, scuba diving, and going to the movies, and has yet to find a piece of chocolate she did not enjoy.
She is excited to be on the GSRWA board.
Shirley Penick, Treasurer
Shirley Penick is a techy turned writer. As a lifelong reader it seemed only natural that one day she decided to write. Of course, translating her mathematical and computer science engineering degrees and experience into story telling wasn’t exactly a smooth transition. But with her parents’ encouragement ringing in her memory of “You can do whatever you choose to do” she did just that. Learning the craft and finding her niche, which currently happens to be small town contemporary romance, is all it took. Shirley volunteered at her very first conference with GSRWA in 2015 and continues to do so both in the chapter and the conference. She also belongs to the Eastside RWA chapter and the PNWA, where she loves to encourage new writers to follow their heart and not let anything or anyone stop them.
Clare McKay, Emerald City Conference Chair
Clare McKay writes contemporary and paranormal romance. She loves to tuck in her supernatural elements alongside the everyday world of unsuspecting cowboys, ranchers, small town sheriffs, and big city detectives.
Clare migrated from Austin, Texas to the Pacific Northwest with her husband some twenty years ago. She has a master’s degree in Humanities and teaches at an art college but lives for the day she’ll be able to write full time.
Clare is a member of GSRWA and Evergreen RWA and has served on the boards of each chapter. She’s a inveterate volunteer and has worked on a variety of committees for the Emerald City Writers’ Conference since 2011. She served as Co-Chair for the remainder of 2016 and is thrilled to be Conference Chair in 2017.