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It’s April, and that means…tax day?  (Don’t remind me.)  Cherry blossoms?  (Past their peak now.)  WRW officer elections?  (Woohoo!)

Cast your vote for WRW officers for 2013-2014.  The election is open April 12-May 31, 2013. 

Instead of paper ballots, this year’s election will be carried out electronically on myRWA.  See the bottom of the page for the link. 

The slate for this year’s election is: 
Candy Lyons, President
Julie Halperson, Vice President
Lisa Fontaine, Treasurer
Linda Heller, Secretary


Candidate Bios
Candy Lyons has been a member of RWA since 2004 and WRW since 2005. She served as vice president of the chapter in 2012 and secretary in 2011. She assisted with the Marlene Awards Contest from 2008 to 2010—as the Marlene Awards Contest chair, a category coordinator, and a judge wrangler. She’s also been a Marlene judge every year since she joined the chapter. She won the WRW Marlene Awards historical category in 2008 for her Regency-set historical, The Lady Falcon. She’s a PRO member and a member of IASPR (the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance). In January 2011, she graduated with her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and earned a B.A. in Literature from Dickinson College too many moons ago to count. Candy is the mother of three teenage boys and works part-time as a staff writer at a small, woman-owned business in Frederick, MD. She writes sexy paranormal romances as Mackenzie Lucas and contemporary romances under her own name. No matter if her characters are wielding magic or not, they’re sure to face trials by fire, fight unspeakable villainy, and confront their own fears and flaws all in the pursuit of true love. When she’s not pursuing her writing career, Candy can be found reading, because long before she was a writer, she was a romance reader. Some things never change.

Julie Halperson is proud to be included in the upcoming slate as Vice President of Washington Romance Writers for the upcoming fiscal year. She has been a member of WRW and RWA for several years, and has served as Secretary and Treasurer with WRW before. Currently, she supports the online forms for our events. Her experience has been that she has always gotten more out of WRW than she put in, and she’s looking forward to our upcoming year. She’s currently working on a contemporary single title, and a science fiction novel and all her story characters are in search of a happy ending.

Lisa Fontaine has been a member of WRW since 2006. She has been a Category Coordinator for the Marlene contest, a contest judge, Programs Chair, and current treasurer. In addition, she has served St. Peter’s School on the School Advisory Board as part of the Finance Committee and on the Home and School Board where she is currently the Publicity Chair. Lisa graduated from The George Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Accountancy and worked for several years in two of the “Big Four” firms. She has worked for the Department of Energy in budgeting and finance in addition to conducting in-house training sessions on related topics. Currently, she works in contracting and is Level III certified in government procurement. Lisa has been a finalist in the Top of the Peak and Labor of Love contests. She writes romantic suspense.

Linda Heller joined RWA and WRW in 2007. She served as retreat chair in 2011 and assistant chair in 2012. She holds an undergraduate degree in American literature from the George Washington University and a Masters in Education, also from GWU. She publishes high heat romance under the pen name, Lynne Silver, for Entangled Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. Linda lives in an old-fixer upper in Washington DC with her husband and two young sons.

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