November 2019 Writers' League of Texas Board of Directors

Slate of Candidates



Katie Gerber


Katie Gerber is a Counsel in the Tax Group at Thompson & Knight LLP, who focuses her  practice on corporate, partnership, and cross-border tax matters. Katie also advises nonprofit clients, including public charities, family and company foundations, social welfare organizations, Section 527 organizations, and social clubs. Her areas of expertise in the nonprofit sector include formation and corporate governance matters, applying for and maintaining tax-exemption, minimizing unrelated business taxable income, avoiding excess benefit transactions, supporting organizations, domestic and international grant-making, program-related investments, fiscal sponsorship arrangements, structuring joint-ventures with for-profit entities, and the federal tax rules governing private foundations. Katie lives in Fort Worth, Texas.






John A. McDermott


John A. McDermott completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MA at Marquette University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He's been teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University since 2004. In 2006, SFA created the sole BFA program in creative writing in the state of Texas. Since then, he has directed dozens of BFA and MA theses, primarily in fiction, and taught workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. His own writing has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Brevity, Florida Review, and Southeast Review, and he's the author of the poetry collections "The Idea of God in Tennessee" and "Writhe.Waltz." His scholarly writing has appeared in journals such as the Raymond Carver Review and the Journal of Popular Culture. John lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.





Amanda Moore


Amanda Moore graduated with the highest honors from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.A. in English and Spanish. She earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Amanda is a staff attorney at the Texas State Teachers Association where she represents public school employees. She is a member of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Executive Committee for the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2015, Amanda won first place in the Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest for her story, “The Corner Man.” Amanda is an avid reader and has written several member book reviews for the Writers’ League of Texas where she has been a member since 2014. Amanda lives in Austin, Texas.






Beth Sample

Beth Sample earned a BA in Journalism from Texas State University and has more than 25 years of experience in publishing, communications, and project management. She began volunteering with the Writers’ League in 1989 and served on the WLT's Board of Directors from 2010-2012, serving as President in 2012 and assisting several years with the Summer Writing Retreat and A&E Conference events. A past President of Sisters in Crime, Beth wrote and produced murder mystery parties and has completed NaNoWriMo 12 times. She is a founding member of the Pen & Fork writers support group, now meeting in its sixteenth year. Beth lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Stan, and cats Elvis and Gracie.






Gina Panza Woodruff

Gina Panza Woodruff graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Communications Art and Design and has 20+ years experience in web design and technical marketing communications. She was an active and contributing Director on the WLT's Board for three years, stepping down at the end of 2018. In the interim, she has launched a creativity coaching business and has been a gallery teacher at the Blanton Museum of Art. She currently works part-time for Art Spark Texas (formerly VSA Texas), a nonprofit whose mission is to "challenge perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities.” Gina lives in Austin, Texas.