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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PPW is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  The Board ensures that PPW abides by its Bylaws, state and federal laws, and the rules that bind a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  In addition, members of the Board often have additional roles in the organization.  The size of the Board and some of the job titles have changed over the years as the needs of PPW have evolved.  But what remains consistent is the volunteers’ focus on the health of the organization, and the commitment they have to the writers they serve.

Board members are elected to a two-year term at the annual meeting every September. Anyone interested in running for an open position must submit a one-page letter of inquiry detailing the position of interest, qualifications, and a brief bio to the nominations committee by August 31st of the respective year. Email letters to secretary@pikespeakwriters.com. Put Board Nomination in the subject line.

President
Kim Olgren

Like many writers, Kim Olgren is a voracious reader. She’s worn many hats but writing has been her constant companion. In her “free” time she is a house renovator, PPW volunteer, maker, traveler, and loves hanging out with her family and faithful sofa wolf. She is a published mystery writer, but writes in many genres.

Kim has been a volunteer with Pikes Peak Writers since 2018. In addition to her duties as board president, she has been the editor of the PPW newsletter, non-conference events director, and is a contributor to Writing from the Peak, the PPW blog.

Immediate Past President
Deb Courtney

Deb holds a degree in Fiction from the University of South Florida, where she was a Saunders Scholar in Fiction. She has had numerous short stories published and has worked as a freelance journalist. Her background includes more than 20 years in Technical Project Management. 

Her consulting firm, Courtney Literary, is about to launch TaleWinds, featuring Regatta Project Management Software for Writers. She hosts the popular “Write Drunk, Edit Sober” improv writing series monthly in Colorado Springs.

Vice President
A.J. Metzger

AJ Metzger has been writing all her life and in the last few years published multiple academic papers for law enforcement.  She is branching out into fiction writing using some of the more comical and unique situations from real life as inspiration.  She currently lives in Colorado Springs where she grew up hunting, fishing, and off-roading with her dad.  When she isn’t writing she can be found riding or hiking with her dog or buried in a book.   

AJ became a PPW Volunteer in April 2022. She is not only the board Vice President, in May, she started out as the PPW Newsletter editor and has contributed to both non-conference and conference events.  

Secretary
Kathie Scrimgeour

Kathie Scrimgeour is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with PPW, she is also the Managing Editor of Writing from the Peak (PPW’s blog) and the Project Manager on PPW’s anthologies, Fresh Starts and Dream. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. You can follow her on her website, KJScrim.com and on Facebook. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Arizona biking, hiking, or finding Zen through Pilates.

Treasurer
Charise Simpson

Charise is currently working on a humorous travel memoir, and developing a middle grade mystery series with her teenaged daughter. She has worked as a freelance journalist writing a weekly Q&A column for the business section of The Gazette. She has also written feature stories for the local Woodmen & Cheyenne Editions newspapers. As a member of the Pikes Peak Writers since 2010, she has served as a general conference gofer and moderator, Handout Coordinator, and Allergy Meals Coordinator, as well as committee member for Non-Conference Events.

Member At Large
Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden is one of the founders of the Pikes Peak Writers and served as it first president. She’s been associated with PPWC since its inaugural year, 1993. In addition, she’s held the position of PPWC  director for an unprecedented eight years (non-consecutive).  She’s published thirteen fiction novels in a wide variety of genres, one nonfiction and many short stories. She owns Author, Author! a bookstore serving authors and co-owns Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing company. She resides in the Birmingham, Alabama area, but her heart remains in Colorado.

Member At Large
Dustin Hodge

Dustin has written and produced over 275 episodes of national television and is a member of the Television Academy and the Producers Guild of America. In addition, he has worked as a journalist in broadcast news and produced media projects in over 30 countries. Dustin was also a producer for Dr. Cornel West’s podcast, The Tightrope.

Dustin was appointed to a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Committee and an invited panelist for the Aspen Institute’s Colorado Public Dialogues on Public Libraries.

He is currently the showrunner for the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded podcast Lost Highways.

Member At Large
Sharon Manislovich

Sharon Manislovich has a broad background in the technology field – teaching, constructing, and supporting website applications and infrastructure for over 25 years. She is currently working as a Web Systems Administrator, supporting over 150 websites and 55 servers.

Sharon has taught computer software courses for Delaware Technical & Community College, UCCS Adult Education, Colorado Springs IBEW, PPLD, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, and an assortment of private corporations.

Member At Large
Melissa Rollo

Member At Large
Leilah Wright

Leilah Wright lives in beautiful Colorado Springs where she amasses books like a dragon hoards treasure. She is a freelance copy editor and career coach. A true pluviophile, she is happiest on rainy days while drinking obscene amounts of coffee. When not working she enjoys time with her two children, reading, and playing guitar.