Fall is a season of change, and this year it's even more so, at least for Pikes Peak Writers. Not only is this blog changing hands in terms of the managing editor, but there have been changes within the ranks of Pikes Peak Writers, itself.
As we previously announced, Jodi Anderson retired from her role as Executive Director. In addition, the annual election for the Pikes Peak Writers Board of Directors was held in August, resulting in a changing of the guard. Chris Mandeville stepped down as President, with that role now going to Mandy Houk, one of our columnists here at Writing From the Peak. Filling Mandy's previous role of secretary, Laura Reeve has stepped in. Our other board members remain the same. You can read more about this transition in a note from Chris Mandeville, as found on the home page of www.pikespeakwriters.com.
Chris has been an amazing president during her tenure. While it's sad to see her step down, the great news is that she will be around with the organization, fulfilling the role of mentor, which she has had plenty of practice at.
Mandy is an excellent and natural choice for our new president, and has already slipped smoothly into the role. If you get a chance, make sure to welcome Mandy and Laura in their new roles!
We also have several new columnists here on Writing From the Peak: Stacy S. Jensen, Debbie Maxwell Allen and Jax Hunter. You can click on their names in the sidebar to learn more about each of them. Unfortunately, we are losing Catherine Dilts as Assistant Editor. The rest of the blog staff remains the same.
Other changes to the blog include adding Google Friend Connect to offer you an alternate method to follow Writing From the Peak, as well as removing the captcha code on a trial basis to make commenting easier on you. We love to hear your feedback, and look forward to hearing more from you!
Just a note: We are always looking for submissions for Writing From the Peak. You do not have to be a columnist to submit a piece. If you have something you'd like to contribute, or you'd like to request more on a specific topic, please feel free to contact me via the link on the sidebar. Your feedback and submissions are appreciated. If you are a member of Pikes Peak Writers and have a brag, contact DeAnna Knippling at dknippling [at] gmail [dot] com. There's nothing better than sharing in the revelry of our fellow PPW members!
Lastly, my appreciation goes out to Robin Widmar for sticking around to help me through the end of the year. I hope to live up to the high standards she has maintained on this blog through her hard work and creativity. And a thank you to the columnists, old and new, for bearing with me as we transition, and for sticking around.
Here's to another fabulous year!
Managing Editor, Writing From the Peak