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Nominees for the Board (2020-2021)

Being a member of the Sisters in Crime national board is both an honor and a responsibility. Board members set the strategic vision for the organization in support of the more than 50 individual chapters and approximately 4,000 members of Sisters in Crime. Board members identify and discuss issues of importance to the organization and devise, improve, and maintain programs as solutions. They carefully steward the financial and human resources of Sisters in Crime to support the future of the organization and women in crime fiction. The time commitment includes management of assigned projects and committee activity, as well as a full day of meetings at Bouchercon annually and monthly participation through emailed reports to the board and a group phone call. 

You can find the full slate of volunteer nominees and more detailed information about them below.

You will also be voting on proposed by-law changes which can be viewed here [PDF] on a marked-up version of our current by-laws.


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The deadline for voting is September 12, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET


 Executive Council of the Board


S.G. Wong


Sandra Wong publishes as an indie author as well as with traditional publishers; is creator of the crime/speculative Lola Starke novels and Crescent City short stories; and also writes contemporary suspense. An Arthur Ellis Awards finalist and Whistler Independent Book Awards nominee, as well as a mentor, speaker, and a founding board member of SinC-Canada West, she is privileged to work in service of an organization dedicated to equity and community.

Vice President

Stephanie Gayle


Stephanie Gayle is the author of the Thomas Lynch mystery series, which starts with Idyll Threats. A member of Sisters in Crime since 2014, she's delighted to be part of an organization devoted to equality. She co-created the Boston reading series Craft on Draft and served as President of Grub Street's Novel Incubator Alumni group. A graduate of Smith College, Stephanie works at MIT doing finance stuff for "people too smart to do basic math."


Faye Snowden


Faye Snowden is the author of four mysteries including the latest, A Killing Fire. She has published short stories and poems in various literary journals and small presses. Though writing is her first love, Faye has been in the information technology industry 25+ years serving in both highly technical and leadership roles throughout her career. Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California.

Treasurer (Appointed Position), Authors Coalition Representative

Jacki York


Jacki York is a CPA with a background in auditing nonprofits. She has completed and reviewed 990s in professional and volunteer capacities, is a certified internal auditor (CIA), and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). She is a member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the Guppies Chapter.

 Members of the Board


Grants and Awards Coordinator

V.M (Valerie) Burns


V.M. (Valerie) Burns is the author of three mystery series: the Agatha Award-nominated Mystery Bookshop series, the Dog Club series, and the RJ Franklin mystery series. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers Association of America, International Thriller Writers, and a member of the East Tennessee chapter of Sisters in Crime. She was born and raised in northwestern Indiana, but currently resides in Eastern Tennessee with her three poodles.

Membership Development Liaison

Tracee de Hahn


Tracee de Hahn is the author of Swiss Vendetta and A Well-Timed Murder, both set in Switzerland. Her work is inspired by her background in architecture and history and her years living overseas. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

Member at Large

Kellye Garrett

Kellye Garrett’s debut, Hollywood Homicide, won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty awards for best first novel, and her second, Hollywood Ending, was featured on the TODAY show and was nominated for Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing books, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She is the co-founder of Crime Writers of Color and is working on an #ownvoices domestic suspense novel about a woman looking into the overdose death of a reality star found within blocks of her house—her own estranged younger sister.

Education Liaison

Edwin Hill


Edwin Hill’s novels include Watch Her, The Missing Ones, and Little Comfort. He has been nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award at the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Award. He has been featured in Us Magazine and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, and was recognized as one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch” in Mystery Scene magazine. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.

Monitoring Project Liaison/Authors Coalition Representative

Cynthia Kuhn


Cynthia Kuhn is an English professor and author of the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries: The Semester of Our Discontent, The Art of Vanishing, The Spirit in Question, The Subject of Malice, and The Study of Secrets. Honors for the series include an Agatha Award, William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant, and Lefty Award nominations. She lives in Denver with her family and is past president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Publicity Liaison

Vanessa Lillie


Vanessa Lillie is the Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices, which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and was among the Best Debuts 2019 by Bolo Books. Her second thriller, For the Best, releases September 8th, and she's currently working on her third, which is set in rural Oklahoma where she's from. She now lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and sloth-obsessed son. Smitten with the smallest state, she's a regular contributor to The Providence Journal and enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings in the city's robust creative community.

Chapter Liaison

Alec Peche


Alec Peche is the California author of fourteen books and one novella. Ten releases in the Jill Quint, MD, Forensic Pathologist series are about a part-time PI, part-time vintner. There are four books in the Damian Green series about a modern-day MacGyver. Both series are soft-boiled mysteries. Alec lives in Northern California with her rescue dog and cat and enjoys wine, skiing, and making excuses for not writing. She's a member of NorCal, Coastal Cruisers, and the Guppy Chapters.

Library and Bookstore Liaison

Shari Randall

Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series and the upcoming Ice Cream Shop Mysteries from St. Martin's Press. Her debut, Curses, Boiled Again, won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. A former librarian, she loves travel, antiques, mermaids, and all things New England. She and her husband, a retired Coast Guard officer, have two globe-trotting daughters and live on Connecticut shoreline.

Web Liaison

Barbara Ross


Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara has served as a past president of Sisters in Crime New England, co-chair of the New England Crime Bake, and as an editor of the Best New England Crime Stories series. In her former life she was chief operating officer of two successful start-ups in educational technology. Barbara lives in Portland, Maine.

Immediate Past President

Lori Rader-Day


Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. Her next novel, set at Agatha Christie’s summer home in World War II, will be released from William Morrow in 2021.



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