Elections for the 2020 SWW Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) will take place at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Those elected begin their terms on January 1, 2020. For information on how to vote, go to this page.
The following nominees for president, secretary, and treasurer are running uncontested:
Rose Marie Kern, President
Rose Marie Kern has been a member of SWW since 1991. She has been the editor of the Sage Newsletter, webmistress, and a board member for at least 6 years. Although most people think she’s nuts to want the job of president two years in a row, she figures this crazy quilt of literary talents and personalities is worth it.
Patricia Walkow, Secretary
Patricia Walkow is an award-winning author. Her work was honored in the 2016 William Faulkner Literary Competition. A full-length biography, The War Within, the Story of Josef, won four firstplace awards in national and international competitions. She writes short stories and essays and has contributed to both online and in-print anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. Her work appears in over a dozen anthologies. The most recent anthology she contributed to and edited, Love, Sweet to Spicy, won a 2019 1st place award from New Mexico Press Women and 2nd place from National Federation of Press Women. Ms. Walkow was a former systems manager in a Fortune 200 company, and editor emeritus of Corrales Main-Street News. She is a member of the Corrales Writing Group, SouthWest Writers, New Mexico Press Women, and The National Federation of Press Women. She lives in Corrales, New Mexico with her husband, cats, and one very spoiled dog.
Jennifer Black, Treasurer
Jennifer Black joined SouthWest Writers in 2017. Answering a 2018 call to volunteer, she offered to help out at the business table, which led to an invitation to join the board in 2019. As a board member, her focus has been on finance while shadowing the current treasurer. Together, they have updated the way SWW uses its credit card service, making it easier to reconcile and track daily sales. In the coming months, we will continue to update SWW’s accounting, syncing software to streamline recordkeeping. From the age of ten, Jennifer was raised in family-run businesses, and has been successfully self-employed since 2002. She currently owns a medical massage practice on Albuquerque’s Westside, and taught business classes for four years as a registered massage therapy instructor. She is running for Treasurer because she wants to lead the organization into the digital age of efficient bookkeeping. She says the first step starts with gratitude for the current process and Treasurer, as well as appreciation for all past Treasurers; it would be her honor to serve the organization in this capacity.
The nominees for Vice President are:
Fred A. Aiken
Fred A. Aiken has been an active member of SouthWest Writers since 1996 and has served on several committees including the Writing Contest and chairing the literary fiction conference. His long, active participation provides a great institutional memory that would greatly benefit SWW in the near-term future. He has been a contributor to the SWW Sage and has presented workshops on the business of writing both locally and elsewhere in the country. Fred is also an active member of the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (Romance Writers of America), Croak and Dagger chapter of Sisters in Crime, and the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society. His writing credits include first and second place awards in the Spiritual and Inspirational category of the annual SWW writing contest as well as being published in Angels On Earth and Guidebook magazines. He holds Masters Degrees in Business and Education, has worked as a design engineer for several companies in the Chemical Progress industry for more than thirty years, and taught the mathematical sciences at Rio Grande High School for ten years.
Elizabeth S. Layton
Elizabeth S. Layton has been engaged in the world of writing for most of her five-plus decades. She knew she wanted to be a writer at the early age of six when she began her own greeting card business, trading personalized greeting cards for quarters to get into her neighborhood pool. Along with being a life-long writer and learner, Elizabeth has been a waitress, a horticulturist, a geriatric care manager, a website designer, digital marketer, social media manager, and a writing coach. Within her 20-plus years as a freelance writer, Elizabeth has been a journalist, science writer, creative writer, screenwriter, copywriter, and online content writer. She has written for the U.S. Forest Service, the Durango Herald newspaper, and a wide variety of online websites. Elizabeth’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s in Creative Writing for Film, Television, and Gaming. Elizabeth is also an educator who has taught math, science, language arts, and currently holds a position as a high school Special Education English teacher. She greatly enjoys being an English teacher because it allows her to share her love of reading and the written word with hundreds of young curious minds. As far as writing projects, Elizabeth is currently writing a Young Adult Fantasy book with its main location in New Mexico. Elizabeth has lived within the four corners states of the Southwest all of her life and in Albuquerque since the Spring of 2003. The Southwest appears strongly in many of her writings. Elizabeth is grateful to the SouthWest Writers organization for its many writing supports and for allowing her to serve on the current SWW Board of Directors as the Digital Media Specialist. She is dedicated to supporting budding and experienced New Mexico writers in all of their writing goals and scribing dreams.