2016 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 26 novels, including the award-winning, best-selling, 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. She has concluded a series for middle-grade girls as well as co-authored a series of books for middle-graders-YA with her mentor, Colleen Coble.
Most recently, Robin received high acclaim on her Quilts of Love title, Hidden in the Stars. She 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, follow Robin on FaceBook.
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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
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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 life group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth. She’s also a retreat and conference speaker and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Focus on the Family Radio, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk and FamilyLife Today. In addition to writing for the SpirituallyUnequalMarriage.com community, Dineen has won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and is the author of the ACFW Carol Award winning book The Soul Saver and the novella, A Love Meant To Be, part of the Central Park Rendezvous Collection. She is the co-author of Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage, named Non-Fiction Book of 2011 by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, and Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home. She and her husband divide their time between the Bay Area (CA) to be near their two adult daughters and son-in-law and Sarasota (FL) to be near their extended family. They love to collect shells and walk the famous white sands of Siesta Key Beach.
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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 skills in promotional marketing and branding while working in a high-pressure, corporate environment for over 10 years. Now a full-time freelancer, she continues to provide high-quality graphic design and copywriting services to authors, non-profits, and other businesses from her Indiana home office. Suzanne also regularly volunteers running technology presentations at her home church, and feels blessed to be able to use this technology experience, to help behind-the-scenes, at the ACFW conferences.
Name: Lisa Davis
Position: Conference Office Assistant
Conference Task(s): Lisa assists at conference where needed and can leap over a mountainous spreadsheet with a single bound.
A former regional training auditor for a national business Lisa Davis now enjoys being the head office manager for a corporation, mother of too-many-kids-to-count plus whoever else shows up on her doorstep. She is governed by four cute but rambunctious canines and is wife to a wonderful man who entertains himself by playing practical jokes on her. She enjoys quilting, spending time with her husband and has an enormous heart for children.
Name: Becky Yauger
Position: Contests Administrator
Conference Task(s): Becky oversees all of ACFW's contests and monitors feedback and assists contests coordinators as needed.
Becky is a past vice-president and membership officer for ACFW, and currently also serves as web manager. She worked for 15 years in radio and television broadcasting, before finally starting on her writing career. She’s been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts Magazine and continues to scribble away on various projects, while she waits for God's leading for her writing career. She also hosts a weekly blog Talking Among Friends. Becky and her husband live near Dallas, Texas and have two grown children.
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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: Betsy St. Amant
Position: Genesis Coordinator
Conference Task(s): Coordinating ACFW's Genesis Contest for unpublished writers
Betsy St. Amant is the author of fourteen contemporary romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her story-telling young daughter, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women set free in Christ. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to figure out where Mr. Darcy went, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. Look for her latest novel with HarperCollins, LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES, and POCKET PRAYERS FOR FRIENDS with Max Lucado in Spring 2016.
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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: Heather Tipton
Position: Conference Administration
Conference Task(s): Overseeing the onsite conference office!
Heather Tipton makes her home near the crystal shores of Sarasota, FL. Thanks to the freedom her full-time, bill-paying job provides, she's also a part time beach bum. When asked how to best describe her life, she replied, "I'm a living, breathing, walking cliche, because I love long walks on the beach." A member since 2004, she takes great joy in serving at the ACFW conference.
Name: Robert Turner
Position: Conference Administrative Assistant
Conference Task(s): Robert assists the conference office onsite in various ways. You'll see Robert doing a multitude of tasks, including entry to meals and general sessions as well as overseeing the sponsorship items to attendees.
Robert Turner recently retired after a 28-year career in with the 138th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force. Instead of keeping F16s flying, he now tinkers with his camera and his vintage BMW convertible. Robert has been married to bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo since 2010, leading him to consider writing a book about how to survive as the spouse of a writer. It will be fiction, of course.
You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.
Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.