2014 Writers' League of Texas Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

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Joseph Pluta has published 21 books, over 70 short stories, and more than 60 articles in academic journals. He has served on the faculties of 8 universities and has been Editor of a magazine, host of a radio show, director of a University Honors Program, and consultant to both foreign governments and U. S. businesses. Joe grew up in New Buffalo, Michigan and still enjoys traveling throughout the state and Canada. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Mary Black --After years of writing hundreds of non-fiction articles for newspapers and professional journals, editing three newsletters, and co-authoring a book on Texas school history, Mary has returned to her first love, fiction. She is currently writing a historical novel about sex, art, and peyote on the Rio Grande. She is a member of the Writer's League of Texas and coordinated transportation for the 2013 Agents & Editors conference.

Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz is an award-winning creative director at GSD&M Advertising, where she has led national campaigns for brands such as Whole Foods Market, Hallmark, Texas Tourism, Zales, John Deere and Marshalls. Her creative work has been recognized with industry awards that include the Cannes Lions, Addys, Clios, and inclusion in the Communication Arts Advertising Annual. She has been a featured speaker at advertising and marketing conference. She also is an avid punster; she won the 2003 O. Henry Pun Off World Championship. Carlotta is a long time member of the Writer's League and the Austin SCBWI. Check out her blog at www.wellversedmom.com. She can be reached at lottacar11@me.com.

Anna Marie Dempsey is a partner in the Corporate and Securities section of Thompson & Knight LLP. She regularly advises clients on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, private equity fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, and compliance with securities laws, exchange rules, the Investment Company Act, and the Investment Advisers Act. Anna Marie received her J.D. and her B.S.B. in Accounting and Business Administration, with highest distinction, from the University of Kansas. Anna Marie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Fair Park.

Terry Sherrell is a native Texan with a BLA. in English and a CMBA from the McCombs School of Business. In her lifelong personal and professional crusade for literature she encourages and promotes authors and publishers in Texas. She was Vice President of Morgan Printing when they joined Ginny’s Printing (now OneTouchPoint Ginny’s) in 2010. Terry is a member of the Writers League of Texas, Story Circle Network, New College Writers and the Travis County Archaeological Society. She is advisor to St. Edward’s New Lit, Austin Community College’s Rio Review, Festival Hill’s Poetry at Round Top and the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Shennandoah Diaz is a copywriter and consultant specializing in branding, expert positioning, social media, and strategic marketing. As Branding and Communications Officer for 5th Gear Consulting, Diaz works with businesses, indie publishers, and experts crafting unique marketing strategies and content. A curious writer, Diaz writes both fiction and nonfiction and has published several short stories, poems, and articles. She is passionate about educating and empowering writers and regularly teaches workshops for the Writer's League of Texas. She lives in Wimberely, Texas, with her talented daughter and an obscene number of books.

Jacqueline Broussard of Houston Texas is the CEO of the Transformational Growth Institute and a founder of Pantheon of Women (a film production company). She wrote the Musical “Two Steppin’” which is currently being presented off-Broadway. She has attended many WLT sponsored events including the Sul Ross Retreat.
Transformational Growth: Leading Positive Change in Industry
Founder, Pantheon of Women (POW) Fund I
Chief Strategist, POW Producers
Recognized as one of the top 10 Women on the Move Business Leaders by the Houston Chronicle and TEW
Certified State of Texas Historically Under Utilized Business and Woman Owned Business, Women's Business Enterprise Alliance, WBENC, WOSB

Rodney Sprott of Austin graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in communications. He recently retired from Maximus where he served as Director. His debut novel “Boonesboro” is completed and seeking representation. Mr. Sprott is a long term member of WLT who has attended many workshops and served in volunteer positions. Now that he has free time he wishes to give back to the organization that supports him in his creative endeavors.