2023 Board Members

President: Maddie Margarita

Vice President: Sherry Bridges Clitheroe

Treasurer: Lance Charnes

Corresponding Secretary: Sherry Bridges Clitheroe

Membership: Marisa Babjak

Immediate Past President: Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Program Chairs: Maddie Margarita, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Greeter: Gita Fisher

Members at Large:
Pat Broeske, Jack Martin, Diane Dallape


Zara Altair

Marisa Babjak

Veronica Cline Barton

Nancy Brashear

Pat H. Broeske

Lance Charnes has been an Air Force intelligence officer, information technology manager, computer-game artist, set designer, and Jeopardy! contestant, and is now an emergency management specialist. He’s had training in architectural rendering, terrorist incident response, and maritime archaeology, though not all at the same time. His Facebook author page features spies, archaeology, and art crime. Lance is the author of the DeWitt Agency Files series of international art-crime novels (THE COLLECTION, STEALING GHOSTS, and CHASING CLAY), the DeWitt Agency Adventures series of action/adventure novels (ZRADA and ENGAÑO), the international thriller DOHA 12, and the near-future thriller SOUTH. All are available in trade paperback and digital editions.

Sherry Bridges Clitheroe (pseudonym: Abigail Leigh Reed) is a 2019 Writer’s Digest Award winner and the 2021 Dorothy Cannell Scholarship winner. She sits on the board of Sisters in Crime Orange County, is a member of the SinC Guppy chapter, and is a Southern California Writers Association member. She writes cozy mysteries, fantasy, and short fiction in various genres.

Diana Dallape

Stacia Deutsch

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is the author/editor of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic) and the Los Angeles Times bestseller, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt, 2004; reissued by Mars Street Press, 2018). Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Orange County Noir (Akashic), Literary Hatchet, Rock and a Hard Place magazine, USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Serial Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Crossing Borders (Down & Out Books), Inlandia, Authors Guild Bulletin, Belle Ombre, the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Since 1998, she’s hosted Writers on Writing, a radio show on KUCI-FM for 20+ years, now podcast wherever you get your podcasts. She taught at UC-Irvine, where she was named Distinguished Instructor, and currently teaches at Chapman University’s Dodge Film School, Gotham Writers Workshop (NYC), Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute (Orange County, CA), and privately.

Maya Dunne

Nancy Fay

Gita Fisher

Jamie Freveletti

Annabelle Hunter

Aileen Jue

Mike Kammerzelt

Barbara Kovacs

Laurie Sullivan Laren

Dianne Larson

Maddie Margarita
Maddie Margarita writes humorous mystery and thrillers. When not writing, Maddie is the host of Lit Up! OC an amped up digital writers’ salon in Southern California, and Character Floss The Podcast which can be heard on Authors on the Air Global Network, and other major podcasting platforms. Maddie serves on the Boards of Sisters-in-Crime OC, and the Southern California Writers Association. Her short stories can be found in It’s All in the Story–California, an anthology of short fiction.

Jack Martin

Marla Jo Noel

Terri Nolan

Jack Oakes

Diane Pavesic

Howard Rogers

Elena E Smith

Kami Snyder

James Takos

Kathleen Troy

Lisa Webb

Cynthia Weitz

Jacquie Wilvers