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, Book of the Year (now the Carol Awards), 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 Conference 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
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 17 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.
Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut novel, Stealing Jake, finaled in the International Digital Awards and is a 2013 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: Michelle Mitchell
Position: Registration Desk Specialist
Conference Task(s): Michelle has been on-site (doing whatever but mostly handles the registration desk) since 2008 when it was in her hometown of Minneapolis. Michelle took a part-time ‘meeting gig’ since she likes meetings/conferences but has enjoyed the ACFW Conference so much that now it is the only one she is on-site for.
Michelle has been in the meeting industry for many years with some time off to be home with her two children. She's been married to her high school sweetheart since 1999. She is involved in different things including being a Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader, volunteering, and working in the evenings.
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: 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: Mindy Obenhaus
Position: Carol Awards Coordinator
Conference Task(s): Coordinating ACFW's Carol Awards
Mindy Obenhaus was raised in Michigan, but got to Texas as fast as she could. This mother of five and Grammy of just as many has a penchant for chocolate, clothes, and shoes. When she’s not penning romance novels, Mindy enjoys cooking, decorating, and shopping.
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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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You must be 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.