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2008-2009 Board of Directors
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President Judy Clemens is the Anthony and Agatha-nominated author of the Grim Reaper and Stella Crown mystery series, short stories, and plays. As a professional stage manager, she began her career at the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and continued her work in Philadelphia. Judy now lives in Ohio, where she founded the Ohio Chapter of SinC and has served as judge and keynote speaker for Power of the Pen.

Vice President/President Elect 

President-Elect Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of WITHOUT A GRAVE and seven previous mystery novels featuring breast-cancer survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. Marcia is also author/editor of two star-studded collaborative novels, NAKED CAME THE PHOENIX and I’D KILL FOR THAT. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections. She lives in Annapolis, MD with a husband who loves to sail and a cat who doesn’t.

Secretary/Monitoring Project Liaison 

Mary Saums' new series stars two gun-toting sixty-something ladies, Jane Thistle and Phoebe Twigg. They made their debut in THISTLE AND TWIGG, a finalist for the 2008 SIBA Award for Fiction, presented by the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association. The second book, MIGHTY OLD BONES, was a Romantic Times Top Pick. Mary is an award-winning poet and short-story writer and former recording engineer. She lives in Nashville.


Kathryn R. Wall is the author of COVENANT HALL and eight previous Bay Tanner mysteries set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. THE MERCY OAK, released in 2008, was a Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance nominee for fiction. A former accountant and Ohio native, Kathy lives with her husband on Hilton Head Island.

Bookstore Liaison 

Jim Huang is an editor, bookseller and publisher, and he also often writes about the mystery genre. He is the co-chair of Bouchercon 2009, the 40th annual World Mystery Convention. A New York native and a graduate of Swarthmore College, he lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Jennie Jacobson and their two daughters.

Publicity/Authors Coalition Liaison 

Cathy Pickens’ first novel, SOUTHERN FRIED, won the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery and was a finalist for Romantic Times Best New Mystery. She is an attorney, a founding board member of the Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program, and a business professor. She lives in Charlotte.

Library Liaison 

Mary Callahan Boone is a life long reader of mysteries. She's a transplanted Southerner who lives in Bowling Green, Ohio with her husband, three cats, and two dogs. She has worked at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio since 1997. Her time at the library is split between working at the Reference Desk and as the library’s PR coordinator. One of the very best parts of her job is bringing writers—especially mystery writers—to the library. “There is absolutely nothing better than for a library user to tell me they have been reading a mystery author because they met her at the library, and that they can’t wait for her next book to come out!” Mary has been Library Liaison to Sisters in Crime since 2007. Visit Mary’s library at

Chapter Liaison 

Robin Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist, has worked in law enforcement for over two decades as a police officer, detective, and hostage negotiator. Her newest series features an FBI forensic artist, debuting with FACE OF A KILLER. She is also the author of the Anthony-award winning SFPD homicide inspector Kate Gillespie novels. She lives in northern California.

At Large 

Nancy Martin wrote over 40 romance novels before turning to her real passion – murder mysteries. Her first mystery, HOW TO MURDER A MILLIONAIRE, was nominated for an Agatha and launched the Blackbird Sisters mystery series. In 2009, Romantic Times magazine awarded her a Lifetime Achievement award for amateur sleuth mysteries. She lives in Pittsburgh and blogs at The Lipstick Chronicles.

Nadia Gordon (aka Julianne Balmain) 
Monitoring Project Liaison 

Nadia Gordon is the author of the Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley mystery series, including Sharpshooter (featured in the California Center for the Book documentary Mysterious California), Death by the Glass, Murder Alfresco, and Lethal Vintage, all from Chronicle Books. Gordon’s culinary mysteries have been called “jolly, high-calorie pleasure” by the Chicago Tribune, “highly enjoyable” by the Washington Post, and “rapturous” by the Los Angeles Times. Writing under her real name, Julianne Balmain, she is the author of numerous books on sex, travel, and generally having a good time. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Past President 

Immediate past-president (and goddess) Roberta Isleib’s novels have been nominated for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She has written five golf lover's mysteries and a second series featuring a Connecticut psychologist and advice columnist, which debuted in 2007 with DEADLY ADVICE.  Roberta is a psychologist who lives in Connecticut.

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