2013 Conference Staff
Name: Robin Miller
Position: Conference Director
Conference Task(s): It would probably be much easier to note what details of the conference DON'T fall under Robin's job description. Then again, none really come to mind. If it has to do with conference, she oversees.
Robin Miller is the author of sixteen novels, including the award-winning, critically acclaimed Deliver Us From Evil, under the pen name of Robin Caroll. Her books have placed/finaled in such contests as Bookseller’s Best, Carol Awards, Daphne du Maurier, Holt Medallion, and Reviewer’s Choice Award.
Most recently, she concluded co-authoring a series of books for middle-graders-YA with her mentor, Colleen Coble. Robin is a past-president of ACFW and now gives back to the organization by serving as the Executive Director. To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin’s website www.robincaroll.com.
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Name: Allison Wilson
Position: Conference Administrator & Contests Commissioner
Conference Task(s): Allison Wilson has been a part of the ACFW conference from the first national in Kansas City. As Conference Administrator, her job is to ensure everything regarding conference runs smoothly.
Allison Wilson is a mom of three, wife for 20 years to the love of her life and slightly nuts enough to have worked all the conferences. She’s been a member of ACRW/ACFW since there were less than 100 members and has watched this amazing organization grow. She lives in central Florida with her family.
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Name: Pam Hillman
Position: Conference Treasurer
Conference Task(s): Pam handles all of the accounting and bookkeeping aspects of the annual conference.
Pam Hillman spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an old Allis Chalmers 110. When her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Her debut historical romance, Stealing Jake, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Claiming Mariah, her second novel, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart. As past treasurer of ACFW, Pam continues to give back to the organization as Conference Treasurer. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.
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Name: Casey Miller
Position: Appointment Coordinator/Conference Sponsorship Liaison
Conference Task(s): Schedule all conferee ACFW appointments (with Agents, Editors, Mentors, PR/Media Professionals, and Paid Critiquers) and oversee the sponsorship program
Casey Miller is a husband, father to three daughters, and grandfather to two cute-as-a-button grandsons. With experience as an independent business owner, he’s accustomed to scheduling appointments and organization. With a heart for the Christian fiction industry, Casey helps organize, set up, and execute book signings and events.
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Name: Cheryl Wyatt
Position: Assistant Appointments Coordinator
Conference Task(s): Cheryl is the assistant appointments coordinator onsite.
Born Valentine’s Day on a naval base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military and rescue romance. Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks, plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin's Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, and lists including NYT Bestsellers. She is a Reviewers Choice Award Winner and a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist. You can keep up with Cheryl at: http://www.CherylWyatt.com or on her blog: http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com
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Name: Dineen A. Miller
Position: Registration Desk Specialist
Conference Task(s): Oversee the registration desk.
Dineen Miller readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. It’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories are of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family. Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth. In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen has won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine. She’s also a C.L.A.S.S. Communicator and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Family Life, and Focus on the Family Radio. Married for 24 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their two adult daughters, who surprise her daily with their own creativity. Her daily joy comes in her quiet time with God, serving her family and delighting in the crazy antics of their dogs, Shasta and River, who no doubt are angels in disguise.
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Name: Suzanne Wesley
Position: Conference Administrative Assistant
Conference Task(s): Suzanne will be monitoring and conducting the onsite PowerPoint displays throughout conference. She will also be assisting in the conference office as needed.
Suzanne honed her promotional marketing skills while working for Sony DADC for over 10 years. Now a full-time work-at-home mom to two mostly sweet little girls, she supports her household (and her fiction writing habit) by offering high-quality graphic design and copy writing services to authors, non-profits, and small businesses from her Indiana home office. An avid reader of Christian fiction since her teens, Suzanne desires to do all she can to help the industry continue to thrive. She regularly reviews books on her blog The Book and Cover Reviewer, finished her CWG apprenticeship, and has been an active member of ACFW since 2009. She assisted creating logos for the Genesis and Carol Awards in 2010, designed the 2011 conference booklet and materials, and is a regular author interviewer for the ACFW web site.
Name: Billy Wyatt
Position: Conference Audio/Video, Head Technician
Conference Task(s): Billy and his crew handle the technical side of all of the audio and visual for the conference, as well as providing all of the AV equipment and producing the conference CD.
Billy Wyatt is a highly sought-after audio-visual engineer, known in the industry for his integrity and ingenuity. He has been doing pro-audio for most major Christian bands and many mainstream country and southern rock bands since 1991. Oh...and he also runs with scissors.
Name: Rachel Hauck
Position: Conference Worship Leader
Conference Task(s): Conference Worship Leader
"At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me. The truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. That's always first and foremost in everything I do; from writing to leading worship and everything that falls in between."
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, best selling author of twelve novels with more to come. It’s her desire for readers to find hope and escape in the stories she writes, and inhale a bit of the fragrance of Jesus’s love. Rachel is a past president of ACFW and currently serves on the Executive Board.
With a true heart for Christ, Rachel is an exceptional worship leader who brings deep spiritual meaning to what has become one of the highlights of conference for many attendees.
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Name: Brandilyn Collins
Position: Prayer Room Coordinator and Emcee
Conference Task(s): Brandilyn's ministry to the conference includes ensuring that there is always someone on hand to pray with conference attendees in the Conference Prayer Room...even if it means filling the time slots herself, which she does quite often.
In addition, Brandilyn also serves as Conference Emcee, delighting all in attendance with her wonderful sense of humor while continually encouraging members in their walk with Christ.
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Book of the Year, now Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.
Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer Magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.
When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.
Name: Casey Herringshaw
Position: Carol Awards Coordinator
Conference Task(s): Coordinating ACFW's Carol Awards
Casey Herringshaw is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She lives in rural Eastern Oregon in a town more populated with cows than people. Taking the words and stories God has placed on her heart and putting them on paper is one of her greatest passions in life. Casey is a member of ACFW, Carol Award Coordinator and Northwest Zone Director. You can connect with her through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer's Alley.
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Name: Pamela Meyers
Position: Genesis Coordinator
Conference Task(s): Coordinating ACFW's Genesis Contest for unpublished writers
Pamela Meyers lives in Arlington Heights, Ill., and served on the Operating Board of ACFW as secretary 2005-2009. She recently finished her term as president of her local ACFW. Pamela writes historical romance and contemporary cozy mystery. She has published articles in Today's Christian Woman, Christian Computing, Victory in Grace, and Ancestry magazines. She is also a contributor in the compilation book, His Forever (Adams Media). Her debut novel, a romance with a twist of mystery, Thyme for Love, released from Oak/Tara in November 2011, and the sequel, Love Will Find a Way is scheduled to release soon. Her historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (her hometown) will release from Summerside Press in April 2013. She has served her church in many capacities over the years and currently leads a Women's Life Group there.
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Name: Sharon Lavy
Position: Silent Auction Co-Coordinator
A Christ follower, Sharon A. Lavy is not Amish. But, as a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, New Conference, she is part of the Ana-Baptist culture. Sharon grew up in a medical family. Her father was the second or third member of the Old Order Brethren to become a licensed Medical Doctor. He entered Medical School at George Washington University~~the year Sharon entered the first grade. He earned his tuition money by working the wheat field of Kansas with his father during the summer. The first year Sharon's mother ran a boarding house in Washington D.C. one block from the capital building. Sharon's parents then moved to Maryland to get out of the city. They, along with another couple,purchased the student book store. Sharon loved to look through her father's medical books, and during her school years she used them for her science fair projects. The hospital setting became as familiar as any home. While her father finished his internship and residency in Sacramento, California, Sharon and her siblings explored the hospital on many evenings and weekends. Carrying on the family tradition, two sisters, a niece, a granddaughter and a brother-in-law are registered nurses. A sister-in-love and three other grandchildren have also entered the medical field. Instead of becoming an RN herself, Sharon turned her medical interests into writing fiction with a hospital setting. Sharon writes Women's Fiction with the theme, "From the ashes of dreams comes the promise of tomorrow."
You must be 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.
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