Brenda Cole, President
Brenda has been an educator for children from preschool through high school. Her multiple life sciences degrees led to teaching Biology and Western Medicine at three different institutions. She splits her time between writing, art projects, and genealogy. Over the years she has become an award-winning author of nonfiction short stories. Brenda was SWW’s 2021 vice president and chair of the Collegium Committee.
Joe Brown, Vice President
Joe writes historical fiction and memoirs. He retired from his USAF military and civil service careers in 2010 as a Senior Analyst advising the Commander, USAF Flight Test Center. He is a member of SouthWest Writers, Western Writers of America, Military Writers Society of America, and several non-profit organizations.
Dan Wetmore, Secretary
Dan is a North Carolina transplant, having landed in New Mexico after twenty years’ peripatations with the U.S. military, during which he performed tours of duty in a nuclear missile silo as an ICBM launch officer, as an Instructor of Ethics and Logic at the US Air Force Academy, launching satellites aboard decommissioned ICBMs, and overseeing a communications post in southern Turkey. His dual degrees are in Philosophy. Dan is a poet and essayist who was the 2021 chair of the SWW writing contest. He is the editor of Ramblings & Reflections, SWW’s 2021 contest anthology.
Rose Marie Kern, Treasurer
Rose attended Butler University where she began her studies in Arts Administration, though she received her Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit management from the University of New Mexico. In addition to working for the FAA and later Lockheed Martin, Rose has owned and managed her own business since 2003. As an author, Rose has had over a thousand articles published in national and regional magazines on solar energy, sustainable living, solar cooking, aviation, and organic gardening, and has written five books. Currently she works with authors who want to learn how to self-publish, and has given a number of classes and workshops for SWW. Rose has been a member of SouthWest Writers since January of 2006 and a board member since 2008. She is familiar with the history and present workings of SWW’s finances and has worked closely with Jennifer Black, outgoing treasurer, and office manager ReVaH Loring.