|Conference Chair||Aleasha Shelnutt|
|Past President||Staci Mauney|
|First Vice President||Traci Ison Schafer|
|Second Vice President||Christina Consolino|
|Grants Director||Vivian Zabel|
|Publicity Director||Nick Lyon|
|Technology Director||Jack Burgos|
|Newsletter Editor||Ariel White|
Shelley Pagach – President
Shelley Pagach is the past president of the OWFI affiliate, Oklahoma City Writers Inc. (2016-2017) and the current 2nd VP of Membership. She has worked in the legal field for 28 years, beginning as a court runner, receptionist, legal secretary, human resources, assistant manager, and finally landing in the service department. Many of the tools she learned as a legal secretary she still uses in her writing today.
She has won first place in 2013 Oklahoma City Writer’s annual contest with her MG novel, The Queen and the Fiddler, which also won an Honorable Mention from OWFI in 2017. She recently won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Oklahoma City Writer’s contest for her Romance novel, Broken Together.
She loves to knit and crochet , watch TV with her family where everyone picks a character that represents themselves, go to the library because books remind her of chicken soup, or find some new craft project to try because she loves gluing things.
Staci Mauney – Past President
Staci Mauney is a professional writer and editor and award-winning author. She is the co-owner of Prestige Prose, a freelance writing and editing company. She earned a Master of Education in secondary education from Cameron University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As an author, she has written four devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series, all of which can be found on her website at stacimauney.com. Her Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, is the main character in her devotionals and her blog, which can also be found on her website. She has had short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul; Owl Hootings, Vol. II; Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland, and the OWFI Report and has worked as a content writer for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch magazine. Staci volunteers for a variety of organizations in her local community. She has been a member of OWFI since 2007 and is currently serving as the 2020 OWFI Past President. In this role, Staci provides advice, guidance, and encouragement to the other board members, especially the current president.
Traci Ison Schafer – First Vice President
Traci Ison Schafer lives in Ada, Oklahoma, and is a Price Analyst for the United States Air Force. She’s a native of Ohio and started her career at the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which she used as the backdrop for her first book, the science fiction novel The Anuan Legacy.
Traci is current Past President of the Oklahoma City Writers and is an officer on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., where she serves as First Vice President. She also remains active in the writing community in the Dayton, Ohio, area where she’s a founding member of the critique group The Plot Sisters (est. 2012) and has served as a panelist at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton.
Traci has a master’s degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in science education, and has earned teaching certifications in several science fields including physics, astronomy, and earth science. She’s curious about all things beyond the physical world such as aliens, reincarnation, and psychic abilities, making them among her favorite writing topics.
Traci’s writing has earned several awards, including Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medalist in Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-book; National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA) Winner in Science Fiction; NIEA Finalist in New Adult; and Finalist for the Independent Author Network (IAN) Science Fiction Book of the Year. When not busy writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her family.
Christina Consolino – Second Vice President
Christina Consolino is a freelance editor and teacher and has had work featured in Brevity Blog, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair Community College, HuffPost, Short Fiction Break, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where she serves as senior editor. She is the coauthor of Historic Photos of University of Michigan and is a founding member of The Plot Sisters, a Dayton, Ohio, writing group that strives to offer compassionate writing critiques and promote literary citizenship. Along with writing, editing, and teaching, Christina spends time volunteering, running, playing piano, and learning from all that life has to offer in Kettering, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, four children, and several pets. You can learn more about Christina and her work at christinaconsolino.com.
Julia Mozingo – Secretary
Oklahoma author Julia Mozingo began writing for publication in 1986. Many of her works (essays, articles, poetry, fillers, children’s, and romance) have won awards, sold, and been published. Mozingo holds membership in several writing organizations including Romance Writers of America and OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.).
At the May conference OWFI presented Mozingo with their 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member Award. She has held the office of Secretary for the past six years and is sometimes referred to as the "forever" secretary. She says this honor ranks at the top with Silhouette Books' choosing her as their Woman to Watch for her first published romance novel, her novel making the USA Today Top 150 Bestseller List, and totally selling out within four and a half months.
You can find out more about Julia at www.juliamozingo.com — and maybe she will be motivated to update her blog more often.
Vinita Eggers – Treasurer
Born and raised in India, Vinita Eggers came to the United States at the age of seventeen to pursue a computer science degree at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. Although she never completed her computer science degree, she does hold an Associate’s degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma City Community College.
While working various jobs, including but not limited to, manager of a video store, tax preparer and manager of a motel, Vinita read extensively. After seven years of being immersed in marriage and kids, she looked up one day and decided that she would be a writer.
She writes romance flavored by her childhood in India. Vinita writes fanfiction for the Supernatural and Star Trek fandoms, and is published on archiveofourown.org and fanfiction.net. She blogs at eastindianinoklahoma.blogspot.com.
Vinita is active in the following writer’s groups:
Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc., Treasurer, January 2015 – May 2019; Assistant Treasurer, May 2014 – December 2014
Green Country Ruff Riters, an affiliate of OWFI, President, October 2015 – September 2018; Reporter to OWFI, October 2013 – September 2018; Delegate to OWFI, October 2013 – September 2018
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, Member, since November 2011; National Readers Choice Award, Inspirational Category Coordinator, 2016 – 2017
Romance Writers of America, Member, since November 2011
American Christian Writers, Member, since April 2011
Vivian Zabel – Grants Director
Vivian Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2012. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013.
She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. As a former English and writing teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.
Vivian is the president/CEO of 4RV Publishing as well as a published author and editor. Her books include YA books The Base Stealers Club, Case of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has two children’s books coming out in 2018 and one already released, I Like Pink. Other available novels are Stolen, Midnight Hours, and a book of short stories and one of poetry.
Nick Lyon – Publicity Director
Nick Lyon is a father, husband, teacher, woodturner, musician, and writer. He discovered his love for writing during a Creative Writing class in college taught by the incendiary Dr. Jim Yates. Since then, he's completed three novels and multiple short stories and won several awards in the OWFI Writing Contest, including First Place in the Historical Novel for his most recent novel. Currently, he teaches high school English in Crescent, OK, volunteers as a photographer and graphic designer at Life.Church and is the Public Relations Director for Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc. He lives in Guthrie, OK, with his wife, two boys, two dogs, and one cat.
Wayne Harris-Wyrick – Parliamentarian
Wayne is an astronomer by training. After 40 years working with children as the director of the planetarium in Science Museum Oklahoma, he decided to focus his energies in a new direction. He retired from the museum to become a full-time writer, concentrating mostly on books for children. He has five published books and three more in the works, to be released soon. He is the Non-Fiction Imprint editor and the Tweens & Teens for 4RV Publishing and the Proof-Copy editor for the company.
Wayne writes a monthly astronomy column for the Oklahoman, continuously published since 1984, and has also published a dozen astronomy and science articles and science fiction short stories in various national publications. He has published five children’s books with three more being illustrated by the publisher. Wayne offers editing services to novice authors.
Wayne has been involved with the creation of three organizations, including creating the Bylaws of the organizations.
Wayne also hunts ghosts with a paranormal investigation team, Insight Paranormal. This team is the Oklahoma affiliate of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, better known as TAPS.
Jack Burgos – Technology Director
Jack Burgos is a 35-year-old author of transgressive, speculative fiction living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007, with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Philosophy, a Political Science minor, and a concentration in Creative Writing. He graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2013.
Jack co-founded the writing critique group Nevermore Edits in 2012, through which he continues to improve his craft. His work has been published in Happy Days, Sweetheart, Beyond the Nightlight, Now Playing in Theater B, Dark and Dangerous Things III, and The Book of Blasphemous Words. He edited Broken Worlds, published by A Murder of Storytellers. His series Stormborn debuts on May 1, 2017, with its first book, 13 Hearts to Start a Storm.
You can learn more about Jack at www.jackburgos.com.
Ariel White – Newsletter Editor
Ariel White is an avid reader and nonpublished writer who enjoys writing in various genres and has a passion for making lists. She is a board/dice game enthusiast, an occasional book-review blogger, a god-fearing wife & mama, a gardening novice, and a PC game player.
Ariel is a freelance photographer and graphic designer. She can be found on various social media outlets as MandarinBlues. She is currently a Member at Large.