|Conference Chair||Shelley Pagach|
|Past President||Sabrina A. Fish|
|First Vice President||Aleasha Shelnutt|
|Second Vice President||Traci Ison Schafer|
|Grants Director||Vivian Zabel|
|Publicity Director||Mariana Llanos|
|Newsletter Editor||Ariel White|
Staci Mauney – President
Staci Mauney is a freelance writer and editor and indie author. She is the co-owner of Prestige Prose, a freelance writing and editing company, which she started with her friend Michael Matthews in 2015. As an author, she has written three devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series: Echoes of Joy: 30 Days of Experiencing God’s Grace, Echoes of Joy: A Daily Devotional for Christmas, and Echoes of Joy: Growing Closer to God, all of which can be found on her website at stacimauney.com. She is currently at work on the fourth installment in the series titled Echoes of Joy: A Devotional for Animal Lovers. Her Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, is the main character in her devotionals and her blog, which can also be found on her website. In addition to writing devotionals, Staci is working on a cozy mystery series, and she is determined to finish the first novel by the end of the year. 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 2019 OWFI president.
Shelley Pagach – Conference Chair
One of Shelley Pagach's favorite things about writing is the elusive epiphany. It can happen anywhere at any time, and when it does...it's magic. Her current project is The Queen and the Fiddler, a middle grade novel where the only way to make music is through singing. All other forms (instruments) have been outlawed.
When she isn't obsessed with the writing, she knits and crochets (yes, there is a difference), watches TV with her family (everyone picks a character that represents themselves), goes to the library (she loves the smell of books), or finds some new craft project she has to try (because she loves gluing things).
Sabrina A. Fish – Past President
Sabrina A. Fish lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and two cats, where she owns a trophy company and collects names for her novels from lists of award’s recipients. She loves all things chocolate and her husband is sweet enough to never let the candy dish near her computer become empty.
She loves and advocates being involved in the local writing community, and is currently Past President and the Public Relations Director for the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc (OWFI).
She is an annual featured speaker at The Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Wizard World Comic Con.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, she considers the three years she spent in a Texas high school to be a short trip down the rabbit hole that ended at graduation. She returned to Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER.
When she isn't writing & promoting her novels or running her company, she can be found reading, scrapbooking, or spending quality time with her family.
To find out more about Sabrina and her books, visit her website www.SabrinaAFish.com
Traci Ison Schafer – Second Vice President
Traci Ison Schafer is a native of Ohio and has lived in Oklahoma since 2015. She’s a Contracting Officer (civilian position) for the United States Air Force and started her career at the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which she used for the backdrop of her first book, the science fiction novel The Anuan Legacy. She 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 is currently President of the Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. (OCWI) and serves on the executive board of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. (OWFI).
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 anything beyond this physical world such as aliens, reincarnation, and psychic abilities, making them among her favorite writing topics.
Traci’s work has won several awards, including the National Indie Excellence Award in Science Fiction. When not busy writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her family. Traci did not discover her love of reading and writing until her mid-forties and encourages everyone to follow their passions, no matter what age. You can learn more about Traci and her books at www.traciisonschafer.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.
Mariana Llanos – Publicity Director
Mariana Llanos was born in Lima, Peru. Mariana developed an early passion for writing and reading, writing poetry, short stories, and plays all the way through school. She studied theatre in the prestigious school CuatroTablas based in Lima and moved to Oklahoma in 2002. In 2013, she published her first book, Tristan Wolf, which won a finalist spot in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award and a spot in the 2013 Gittle List Independent Book Awards. Since then, she has published eight children’s books independently in English and Spanish. Her work geared toward an adult audience has appeared on Writer's Resist, Blackbirds Thirds Flight, and a Haunting of Words, among others. But Mariana’s real passion was ignited after discovering the magic of virtual technology. Using Skype and Google Hangouts, she has visited more than 150 schools in the United States and around the world. These visits allow Mariana to spread her love for reading and writing, as well as to promote understanding and cultural awareness. Recently, Mariana signed a contract with the publishing company Penny Candy Books for the publication of her new children's story, Luca's Bridge, which will be available next spring. Meanwhile, Mariana continues her work of visiting schools, enticing young minds with the magic of her children’s literature. In 2014 she won the Most Outstanding Latino Artist in Literature given by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma. Mariana was awarded the 2017 Global Citizen Award in Arts by the World Experiences Foundation for her contribution to multicultural literature, and the 2017 Human Rights Award given by the United Nations Association of Oklahoma City, which recognizes individuals’ contributions to the principles of human rights. Also, she received the award as Best Artist of 2017 from the Hispanic Council of Oklahoma. Her books in English and Spanish can be found on Amazon.com or her website.
Jack Burgos – Webmaster
Jack Burgos is a 33-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 a nonpublished writer who enjoys writing just-for-fun and perhaps we will all be lucky to see some work of hers one day...maybe. Her perfectionistic tendencies lead her to only share the majority of her novels and poems with her computer/paper, dogs, and/or select family. Ariel actively enjoys reading, blogging reviews about said books, essential oils, growing in her faith, and occasionally updating her blog. She is a freelance photographer and graphic designer.
Ariel can be found on various social media outlets as MandarinBlues. She is active in the Norman Galaxy of Writers group.