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2018-2019 Board of Directors
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Sherry Harris


Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. She a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of SinC, the New England Chapter of SinC, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. In her spare time Sherry loves reading and is a patent holding inventor. Sherry, her husband, and her guard dog Lily are living in northern Virginia until they figure out where they want to move next.

Lori Rader-Day

Vice President

Lori Rader-Day author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour, is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. She also won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and has been a finalist for the Thriller, Barry, Macavity, and Lefty Awards. Lori lives in Chicago, where she co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. She is a former chapter president and national board member of Mystery Writers of America, a current local SinC board member, and a member of International Thriller Writers.

Susan Shea


Susan C. Shea is the author of two critically-acclaimed mystery series, the first set in San Francisco’s art world and the second in a small town in France. She is a past president of the Northern California chapter of SinC, a member of Mystery Writers of America and former member of its NorCal chapter board. She spent twenty-five years in the not-for-profit world before beginning to write full time. She lives in Marin County, CA.

Jacki York

Treasurer (non-voting) and Authors Coalition Representative

Jacki York is a CPA with a background in auditing nonprofits. She currently serves as the volunteer treasurer for her local library. She has completed and reviewed 990’s in professional and volunteer capacities, is a certified internal auditor (CIA), and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

Linda Smith (Alec Peche)

Chapter Liaison

Alec Peche has been writing mysteries for six years and has ten books published in the category of soft-boiled mysteries. Prior to her writing career, she worked as a hospital CEO. She has MBA, MPH, BA, and AS degrees. She likes SinC for its focus on women in writing and finds the organization to be very supportive of individual authors. She has served other non-profits in a Board capacity.

Chris Goff

Education Liason
Education Program Coordinator

Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental themes and two international thrillers. Her most recent book, RED SKY, is a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Book Award, Best Thriller category. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, Goff has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America. She is on the Executive Council of International Crime Writers. Goff resides in Colorado.

Kellye Garrett

Publicity Liaison

Kellye Garrett's first novel, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Lefty and "IPPY" awards and was nominated for Anthony, Barry, and Macavity awards. Hollywood Ending, will be released in August. Prior to writing books, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for "Cold Case." She now works for a leading media company. Learn more at and

Shari Randall

Library Liaison

Shari Randall is the author of the new Lobster Shack Mystery series from St. Martin's Press. She also writes short stories. The latest, “Pet,” appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies. A native New Englander, Shari earned her BA in English from Connecticut College and her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. When she's not committing murder (on the page, of course), Shari enjoys reading, dancing, and visiting her globe-trotting children. You can check out her mermaid obsession on Instagram at @sharirandallauthor.

Debra Goldstein

Monitoring Project Liaison

Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of a new cozy mystery series. Her debut, Maze in Blue, won the 2012 IPPY Award. Her Anthony- and Agatha-nominated short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. She is president of SinC’s Guppies and is vice-president of SEMWA.

Barbara Ross

Web Liaison and Authors Coalition Representative

Barbara Ross is the author of seven Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her novellas are included in the anthologies Eggnog Murder and Yule Log Murder. Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards and the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She has served as past president of Sisters in Crime New England, co-chair of the New England Crime Bake, and co-editor at Level Best Books. In her previous life she was a chief operating officer of two successful start-ups in educational technology. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and the Maine Crime Writers.

Stephanie Gayle

Chapter and Academic Grant Coordinator
Eleanor Taylor Bland and Dorothy Cannell Awards Coordinator

Stephanie Gayle has been a published author since 2007, when her debut novel, My Summer of Southern Discomfort, was published by William Morrow. In 2013, she turned her attention to writing mysteries, with the publication of her first Thomas Lynch mystery, Idyll Threats. In late 2014 she joined Sisters in Crime. Since then, she's had two more Idyll titles published.

G.M. Malliet

Member at Large

G. M. Malliet won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a best book of the year. It was nominated for many prizes including the Anthony, the Macavity, and a Left Coast Crime award. Her subsequent mysteries and short stories have been nominated for nearly every major crime-writing honor. Writes She “may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment… She’s certainly the most entertaining....” She and her husband live on the East Coast.

Kendel Lynn

Immediate Past President

Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Kendel has served as president of the board of directors for SinC National and SinC North Dallas. She is also the Editorial Director of Henery Press, where she spends her days editing, designing, and reading subs from the slush pile.

Volunteer Program Coordinators

Robin Agnew

We Love Bookstores Coordinator

Robin Agnew owned the Raven Award-winning bookstore Aunt Agatha’s Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for 26 years with her husband Jamie. Robin was on the board of Kerrytown BookFest in Ann Arbor for 14 years, serving in many capacities including president. Robin writes a review blog at and the cozy column for Mystery Scene Magazine.

Paula Benson

We Love Short Stories Coordinator

Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared online in Kings River Life and the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and in the print anthologies Mystery Times Ten 2013; A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder; A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman; and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology. With Robert Dugoni, she co-authored “A Matter of Honor” in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded.

Valerie Burns

Education Grants Coordinator

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

Sybil Johnson

We Love Libraries Coordinator

Sybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora Anderson Mystery series featuring computer programmer and tole/decorative painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. A past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of SinC, she is also a member of Mystery Writers of America. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sybil wields pen and paintbrush at her home in Southern California.

Marcia Talley

SinC Links Editor

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of TANGLED ROOTS and sixteen previous novels featuring survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. She is editor/author of two collaborative serial novels, NAKED CAME THE PHOENIX and I’D KILL FOR THAT.  Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections.  Marcia is past President of Sisters in Crime, a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers Association (U.K.)

Tina Whittle

Speakers Bureau Coordinator

Tina Whittle’s Tai Randolph mysteries—featuring intrepid gunshop owner Tai and her ex-SWAT partner Trey—have garnered starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. A Derringer finalist and two-time nominee for Georgia Author of the Year, Tina enjoys boxing, reading tarot cards, and spending time with her family (one husband, one daughter, and one neurotic Maltese).



Beth Wasson

Executive Director

Molly Weston

inSinC Editor, Sisters in Crime's quarterly publication

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