2016 Officers

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President – Lori Younker

Lori has enjoyed writing ever since her 7th grade teacher introduced her to the world of poetry. For two decades, Lori wrote curriculum and short plays for school settings . These days she is expanding her skills into the world of fiction and memoir, producing a short story collection Mongolian Interior which captures her cross-cultural experiences. Many of her stories been published and are contest winners in Missouri anthologies.  Lori has used her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in the Graduate School of Missouri University (2010-2014) and currently as an instructor of ELLs in the public schools of Mexico, MO where she teaches children her first love: to read and write.

Vice President – Deb Sutton

DebSutton_w Deb Sutton wrote her first book while in high school and promptly experienced her first rejection. Her school librarian, Mr. D, told her—kindly—that it lacked originality. This motivated her to not only learn the craft but to expand her horizons. She is a self-published author of the novel, Broken Sidewalks, and has several entries in the Well Versed 2015 Anthology. Her screenplay of Broken Sidewalks won Honorable Mention in the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Deb is a veteran of the Air Force and has a degree in psychology from Truman University and an MSW from the University of Missouri. She’s currently a social worker for the Children’s Division and is involved in her local United Methodist Church.

Well Versed Editor – Liz Schulte

Liz Schulte http://thestorymavens.com/ www.lizschulte.com Liz Schulte is a self-published author in mystery and paranormal romance with ten novels, one short story, one box set, and has been in three anthologies. She is a member of RWA and her local chapters in Missouri, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers of America. Though success in publishing didn’t happen overnight like she envisioned it would, the journey has been worth the trials along the way. Liz became a self-supported full time author in 2013 and wouldn’t trade her hard begotten knowledge or the wonderful friends she has made along the way for anything.

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Suzanne Connelly Pautler started dabbling in writing in her childhood years. She is a life-long learner who enjoys researching a variety of topics, particularly related to history. Suzanne is an avid reader, often gravitating toward youth and children’s novels. She delights in genealogy while archiving, investigating, and unraveling puzzling details in her family’s history.Liz has a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri and a minor in philosophy. She has taken numerous forensic and writing classes and attended several symposiums on writing. She believes that with any craft, you should constantly work on honing your skills and improving your output.

Administrative Assistant – Brianna Boes

Brianna Boes has been writing since first grade when her teacher handed her a blank book and gave her a special project to write her own story. She loves to write fantasy, but dabbles in a little of every genre. Brianna is a wife and mother of two, and enjoys reading and being involved in her church.

Secretary–Peggy Crawford

After extensive travel in the US and overseas, Peggy Crawford and her husband settled quite happily on their own little piece of paradise in Columbia. A lifelong poet, Peg finds inspiration in the quiet country life.

Membership Chair – Debbie Cutler deb cutler

Debbie Cutler has more than 20 years experience as a writer, 16 of those as a magazine editor. She has published hundreds of articles in dozens of magazines, the majority of those in Alaska where she lived for 29 years before moving to Columbia in 2013 to be closer to family.

Mentorship Manager – Susan Koenig

Susan Koenig has planned training events for research support personnel for ten years as part of the compliance program at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. This involved listening to professionals and helping them connect with experts in their fields.

Member at Large – Frank Montagnino

Frank Montagnino is a retired ad man blown out of New Orleans and into Columbia by Hurricane Katrina. He has two hobbies – golf and writing stories, both of which indicate latent mental problems. Other than hundreds of ads, brochures, and contributions to Trib Talk he has never had anything published. He has, however won a couple of flash fiction events which is apropos because he clearly doesn’t have much of value to say. (P.S. He has been mistaken for George Clooney on occasion.)