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MWA Slate of Candidates for Board of Directors, 2018 - 2020

The MWA Annual Membership Meeting and Elections will be held on June 23, 2018, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the East Columbia Branch Howard County Library. The slate of candidates is below. 

Executive Committee

President -  Eileen Haavik McIntire

Eileen is seeking reelection to the Board of Directors as MWA president.  She previously served as MWA membership chair and MWA secretary and was a founding member and first secretary of MWA’s Howard County Chapter. She is also a past president of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association. She is co-owner of Summit Crossroads Press, which publishes practical books for parents, and its fiction imprint, Amanita Books. She writes the 90s Club mystery series and an historical adventure series, which includes her first novel, Shadow of the Rock. Her sixth novel will be published this year. She is a strong advocate of MWA’s critique groups, a long-time member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a member of Sisters in Crime and its Chesapeake Chapter.

During Eileen’s past two years as president and with a team of competent, creative, and enthusiastic board members,  MWA has increased its membership to more than 500 members, produced two outstanding conferences, published a quarterly newsletter and biannual literary journal on schedule, increased its community outreach activities, received two grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, offered writer critique groups, and supported the monthly programming of seven chapters around the state. Eileen also writes a monthly “Quick Notes” sent to MWA members to inform them of MWA events and opportunities such as contests and retreats for writers.

In the next two years, she would work for and support increased membership, more community outreach activities, additional grant funding and other funding activities, and more involvement of the MWA members in western Maryland and the eastern shore.

She would also like to develop positive reciprocal working relationships with other writing and publishing organizations and increase promotional opportunities for MWA authors, such as collaborative book launching events. She supports any activities that benefit Maryland’s writers and is receptive to suggestions that will help MWA better serve its members.

Vice-president – Amy Kaplan

I have been an active member of MWA for many years and would like to be considered for the position of vice president position for the 2018-2020 Board. I served as the secretary of the Howard County chapter for two years, president of the chapter for three years, and am presently the chapter/board liaison and unofficial Facebook moderator.

MWA offers support, guidance, and education to both established and emerging writers. I know I have grown as a writer through this organization and wish to do the same for others. We can best serve our members by continuing to provide quality programs and workshops at our chapter meetings and annual conference, and to offer publication opportunities in our publications, as well as information on other writing prospects. Communication with our members is essential to meeting their needs. We should also continue our outreach to young writers and spread awareness of our presence to other Maryland writers.

Secretary – Patti Ross

In seeking to fill the position of MWA Executive Board Secretary, I hope to support the continuity and good works of the current board. In addition, bringing new insight and energy toward moving the organization to stability and legacy among writer's associations throughout the region.

As the current secretary for the organization my hope is to establish a process that will be a foundation for future board secretaries to follow. From the time I was a journalism major in college I have always believed in writing and reading as lifelong tools for learning. As a poet I believe words can restore our souls and give meditation to our minds.

Treasurer – Mark Willen

I would like to stand for election to the position of Treasurer for the 2018-20 MWA Board term.

In the year since I was appointed to this position, I have worked to bring more transparency and clarity to the MWA budget and balance sheet, hoping that this would allow the board to make more informed decisions about a wide range of issues and programs. I believe we have made

considerable progress, although there is more that I would like to do in this regard in the next two years. We have also moved closer to compliance with normal accounting standards, though again, there is still more work to do in that regard.

I have been a member of MWA since 2009, and an appointed Board member (Teen Writing Club coordinator) since 2012.  Thank you for your consideration.


Development and Long Range Planning Chair – Jess Williams

After spending my past term as the MWA conference chair, I hope to be part of planning MWA's future. This is why I wish to run for Long Range Planning chair. The people in this organization are what make it great, and they deserve a future full of growth from their organization. Our industry is evolving and we should evolve with it, giving our members the most out of their organization and helping them grow their careers.

Conference Chair – Judy Kelly

This is in application for the Conference Chair position currently available. Embarking on a career as a novelist, I have attended many conferences such as the Maryland Writers' Association, Eastern Shore Writers' Conference, the Antioch Writers' Conference, The Gettysburg Writers' Conference, and Bethesda Writing Center. I am currently assisting with the Maryland Writers' Conference for 2019. I have had a proposal accepted for a one day workshop at the Frederick Community College that will occur in the Fall.

I have been a member of Maryland Writers' Association since the 90s and have attended their conferences for many years.  With the assistance of Alix Moore, I founded the Montgomery County Chapter. I have been the vice president, program chair and now president of the chapter. As the program chair and president of the chapter, I was and am responsible for the activities and events of the chapter. We are having increasing growth and participation in our chapter meetings and activities.

I have spent my life as a teacher of reading and writing and as a college professor teaching reading, writing and speech. I believe in the values of Maryland Writers' Association as the organization promotes the develop of writing and writing strategies in all genres. I am dedicated to providing programs and opportunities for writers that enable our members to reach their potential in the art of writing.

Over the years, I have attended many conferences that helped me write my novels. I have learned how to network, learned marketing skills, and developed friends through the chapter presentations and conferences. I have suggested ideas and speakers.  I would like the opportunity to demonstrate those skills that I have taken away from this organization, through the position of conference chair.

Publications Chair – Barbara Morrison

As the current Publications Chair, I edit the quarterly newsletter and serve on the MWA board. In addition to being a freelance editor, I lead classes and workshops on the craft and business of writing. I have been a member of MWA for many years and active in MWA events. I try to make the newsletter support the goals of MWA members, both by providing useful information and by offering opportunities for members to promote their work and gain publishing credentials.

Program Chair – Katherine Melvin

I’d like to submit my name for the MWA Program Chair. As a former President of the Montgomery County chapter, I ran the Montgomery Writes! Contest which is conducted in conjunction with Montgomery Magazine. The tasks included soliciting readers, judges, and submissions, tracking submissions, coordinating the judging process, and working with Montgomery Magazine’s Associate Publisher Doug McDaniel.

I became the Interim MWA Program Chair in 2017 when the then current chair stepped down for personal reasons. I took over the position in the middle of the 2018 MWA Novel Contest. This required a coordinated effort to inform members of the opportunity, to ensure guidelines were met, and to encourage members to judge the entries. Also, to keep the MWA Board apprised of the contest’s status.

For 2019, in support of MWA’s 30th Anniversary, we are set to launch a short story contest with the criteria that each story must be related to or take place in Maryland - past, present, or future. The winners will be published in an anthology – 30 Stories About Maryland.

MWA is a great organization, especially for aspiring writers. The community of writers is very supportive. I hope to help build a stronger MWA and an outstanding, reputable conference known as “the place to be” in March.

As Program Chair, I’d like to hold a mid-year mini, hand’s on, writing seminar. I envision a half-day seminar with two speakers. One idea would be to hold it in conjunction with Sandy Spring Museum and center the program on historical research and writing using the Museum’s artifacts.

Membership Chair  - Flo McCahon

I have been a member of MWA for several years and I’m currently serving as the secretary for the Baltimore chapter.  In addition, for the last 20 months I have served as the membership chair for the state organization.

The current state board team has accomplished many things over the last two years including purging inactive/pending membership files, establishing processes to help the chapters mange their membership and adding over 300 new members. I would like to continue to improve the membership processes and attract even more new members.

I have thirty years of experience in the marketing and public relations fields where the goal was to establish effective communications and get our products/services into the hands of potential users. These same principles can be applied to help our organization grow. We have a great community of writers and chapters in MWA and we need to continue to reach out to new writers but more importantly add them to our membership ranks.

Finally, as a board member I would support and help implement any of the proposals from the new team of officers.

Member-at-Large – Jim Brewster

I am interested in being considered for a Member at Large position on the MWA Board.

I am an author (, publisher (, and salesman and bring these perspectives to the board.

Currently, I am the Chair of the 30th Anniversary program and would expect to continue this work through March of 2019.

I have a future interest in being part of the Conference Committee.


Open Call for Nominations – MWA Board Elections in June

MWA is growing and becoming an ever more active organization, with plans already underway for the next writing contests and the next TWO conferences, for expanding Pen in Hand, and much more! Those interested in helping lead the association during this exciting time are encouraged to put in their names now.

The MWA Board is up for re-election and you are needed!

Elections for the 2018 – 2020 Board will be held at the MWA Annual Meeting on June 23.

The current Board and the nominating committee encourage all MWA members to consider running for the following positions:

  • President. presides over the Executive Committee, Board and membership meetings. The President directs or supervises all MWA activities, serving as an ex officio member of every Committee.
  • Vice President. assists the President, mentors Committees as needed, and presides in lieu of the President.
  • Secretary. takes attendance, and record, maintains and disseminates the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee, Board and membership.
  • Treasurer. accounts for all income, expenses, assets and liabilities of MWA, maintains all funds and accounts, prepares the annual General Budget, and collects data necessary to file all necessary tax returns and other financial disclosure documents.
  • Member at Large (2): assists the Executive Committee and the Board on special projects and provides general advice and guidance.

In addition, the following elected chairperson positions are open for nominations. The chairpersons recruit volunteers for their committees and form a Standing Committee. They serve as voting Board members.

  • Development & Long-Range Planning. handles development, sponsor recruitment, and long-range planning of MWA.
  • Communications. publicizes MWA activities to members and to the public, initiates and responds to media requests.
  • Conference. responsible for all aspects of planning and carrying out the Annual Writers’ Conference. If there is no Annual Writers’ Conference, the Conference Chair may be given other responsibilities.
  • Publications. supervises the publication of all MWA newsletters, journals, books, and other publications.
  • Program. develops and manages writing contests, awards, critique groups and other programs or events offered by or participated in by MWA.
  • Membership. receives and processes membership applications and dues and maintains accurate dues status and contact information for members. The Membership Director strives to increase MWA membership.

All Board positions require a two-year commitment (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2018) with regular attendance at Board meetings, as well as meetings of standing committees as needed.

If you wish to apply or want to learn more about the positions, email the nominating committee at Please specify the position you are interested in, and describe your qualifications, your interest in MWA and your vision for how MWA can serve its members and the community.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the East Columbia Branch of the Howard County library, East Columbia Branch, June 23, 1-3pm (Lucille Clifton Meeting Room A/B, 6600 Cradlerock Way Columbia MD 21045.

Now is the time for you to step forward!