2018 Board Members
Shirley Penick, President
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.
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.
Jennifer is a 2017 Golden Heart® finalist and is honored to be a member of the GSRWA board.
Raeann Berge is a writer who lives in Marysville, WA and wears many entrepreneurial hats.
Semi-retirement has given her the time and receiving an honorable mention in a writing contest has given her the impetus to write. She began her publishing career in 2016 and has twelve e-book shorts on Amazon under the pseudonym of Ava C Grayson.
Raeann has been a tax preparer, handled her family business accounting both past and present. She loves using a calculator and often says she’d like to be buried with one.
As a handwriting analyst she gets unique insights into people’s personality. To paraphrase a line, handwriting is brain-writing like eyes are windows to your soul.
Travel, riding horses and maintaining her private pilot’s license are some of the things she enjoys besides a good box of chocolates.
In 2015, on a whim, Eliana West decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and hasn’t put her pen down since.
With help and encouragement from the Pacific Northwest writing community Eliana is pursuing her passion to write multi-cultural romance with diverse characters. This passion was further borne out when Eliana founded Writers for Diversity (facebook.com/WritersforDiversity), a community for writers who are interested in creating diverse characters and worlds.
Eliana is a proud member of RWA, GSRW, RCRWA and CIMRWA. She is a former board member of Mixed Remixed, an art and literary festival celebrating the mixed experience (mixedremixed.org).