About

Susan Wittig Albert
Founder; Past President: 1998-2003, 2015-2018

Susan is SCN's founder and past board president. She has presented at conferences, LifeLines, and Writing From Life events; taught in the online class program; and volunteered as the coordinator of StoryCircleBookReviews and the Sarton Award Program. She is also a facilitator in the WorkInProgress Roundtable and coordinates the Austin Reading Circle. She writes mysteries, historical fiction, memoir, and nonfiction; her work is traditionally published and published by her own imprint, Persevero Press. Visit her website.

Liz Beaty
Program Director, Treasurer

Liz Beaty, SCN's Program Director, lives with her husband, bulldog, and seven chickens on an orange grove in Ojai, California. She is a licensed California attorney with years of experience working with/in nonprofit program management. Her areas of expertise are coordinating teams of volunteers and improving organizational/information systems. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family. Liz is an avid reader and loves to travel. Her involvement with SCN began in 2019 as a participant in the International Writing Workshop in Italy.

Shelley Johnson Carey
Secretary; Publications Coordinator

Shelley Johnson Carey is the author of numerous articles, short stories, and poems, and of the nonfiction book, Thin Mint Memories: Scouting for Empowerment through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. She recently retired from her nearly 40-year editorial career, where she worked on several award-winning magazines and journals. Most recently, she served as the editor of Peer Review, a higher education journal, where she worked with hundreds of authors to polish their writing. Shelley has an BA from Hampshire Colleges and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She has facilitated several writing workshops for teens and adults. She is currently revising a novel about a group of friends, which is based on her own lifetime friendships. www.shelleyjohnsoncarey.com

Cynthia F. Davidson
Reading Group Coordinator

A member of SCN for over a dozen years, Cynthia F. Davidson is now a member of the board and on the faculty. A long time expatriate and former CBS News journalist, she spent two decades as a pioneer in the global management field. She credits SCN membership with the support and skill development required to publish her first memoir, The Importance of Paris. SCN also inspired her to start facilitating workshops and writing groups that capture women’s lived wisdom.

Tina Games
Social Media

Tina lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where she has been inspired as a freelance writer for over nine years, after moving from the Washington, DC area where she was active in the political scene. She owns her own consulting/coaching business where she works with highly-creative women who want to make their mark in the world through creative activism and artistic endeavors. She is also a contributing writer for a variety of print and online publications, and a licensed workshop facilitator.

Tina serves on numerous boards in a leadership capacity, and is also a grant writer, having written several grants for a variety of nonprofit organizations, causes, and campaigns focused on the general welfare of women and children, as well as charitable organizations focused on the arts, culture, and education. Through her volunteer work, Tina has utilized her creative, visionary, and organizational skills to plan and execute an array of successful programs, projects, and events. She has been a member of Story Circle Network for over a decade and is fully committed to serving its mission.

B. Lynn Goodwin

Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s written two award-winning books, a YA called Talent and a memoir titled Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. Her flash fiction is published in FlashquakeNeboCabinet of HeedMurmur of Words100-Word StoriesAriel’s Dream, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. Her second YA, Disrupted, is forthcoming from Olympia Publishers. She's also a book reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network.  

Jeanne Guy

Jeanne, SCN’s 2018-2020 president, is a speaker and veteran self-awareness reflective writing teacher. She’s the multi-award-winning author of You’ll Never Find Us: A Memoir, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back (She Writes Press 2021), co-author of Seeing Me: A Guide to Reframing the Way You See Yourself, and author of numerous anthology essays. Details about this avid walker, slow reader, and irreverent blogger are on her website.

Linda Hoye
One Woman's Day blog, Contest Coordinator

Linda Hoye lives in her hometown in Saskatchewan, Canada, with her husband and their doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier. She is the author of The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved and Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude and Living Liminal: A Slice of Pandemic Life. Find her online at www.lindahoye.com where she ponders ordinary days and the thin places where faith intersects.

Helen Leatherwood
Vice President, Online Classes Coordinator

Len Leatherwood, the Program Coordinator for SCN’s Online Classes program and current president of Story Circle Network, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 23 years. She is a nationally recognized writing coach as well as an award-winning author. Len has published work in flash fiction and nonfiction and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Her blog, 20 Minutes a Day, can be found at lenleatherwood.com.

Teresa Lynn
Administrator, Book Reviews

Teresa Lynn is a writer and editor with a background in journalism. She has written for a range of publications on a variety of topics and authored three books under her own name as well as ghostwriting several works for others.
In 2014, Teresa helped establish Tranquility Press, a publishing company dedicated to helping all people tell their story, their way. She provides all types of editorial and book design services. She is also administrator and board member of Story Circle Network, past president of CenTexas ACFW, staff member of San Gabriel Writers’ League, Distribution Editor for Story Circle Book Reviewers, and a member of several other writing organizations.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys reading, traveling, and seeking out little-known history of interesting people and places. She lives in Georgetown, Texas with her husband, near their two grown daughters. Reach her through her website, www.TeresaLynnEditor.com.

Marilea Rabasa
College Mentorship Co-Chair

I grew up in Massachusetts. For seventeen years I was an ESL teacher in Virginia. Before that, I lived overseas in the Foreign Service. Just as I provided “springboards” for my students in writing class, my travels provide the backdrop for my two memoirs: my award-winning debut memoir, A Mother’s Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; and its sequel,  Stepping Stones: A Memoir of Addiction, Loss, and Transformation, winner of the 2020 USA Best Book Award.

Grace Sammon
College Mentorship Co-Chair

Grace Sammon is an author, radio host, entrepreneur, and educator. Recognized in “Who’s Who in Education” and “Who’s Who in Literature,” Grace utilized skills built up over decades to re-invent herself with her award-winning fourth book and debut novel, The Eves. She is the author of seven books, including the three-book series, LAUNCH PAD The Countdown to Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book; and, she is the host of two multi-award-winning radio shows, The Storytellers and LAUNCH PAD. Always committed to creative collaborations, Grace founded Author Talk Network and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association and the Women’s National Book Association. She is the Director of Membership and Engagement for one of the fastest-growing reader/writer online communities, “Bookish Road Trip.” Grace has been a member of SCN for several years and has taught several webinars. She’s excited to join the Board as Co-chair of the College Match Program. Grace lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and a small herd of imaginary llamas. Find out more about Grace and her work at www.GraceSammon.Net.

Susan Schoch
President

A member since 2002, Susan has edited books and periodicals for SCN since 2014. A member of the Board since 2016, she edits the annual Real Women Write anthology, as well as special books such as Kitchen Table Stories 2022. Susan coordinates all SCN book publications. She is also a frequent reviewer at Story Circle Book Reviews. She has been a freelance writer and editor for over 30 years, specializing in personal history and biography. Her work for the American Museum of Ceramic History is currently available – The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell. Susan shares SCN’s commitment to women’s growth through the empowering focus of writing and recognizing women’s stories.

Jo Virgil

Jo Virgil has been a Story Circle Network member for many years and now serves as editor for True Words and as a SCN Board Member (Publication and Program member). Jo has a Master's Degree in Journalism and has worked as a reporter, as a writing workshop teacher, as Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble, and as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. One of her favorite messages was from one of her journalism professors who said, "Stories are what make us matter."

Jude Walsh
HerStories Blog

Jude Walsh writes personal essay, self-help, and romance. As a Creativity Coach and the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me, she helps women find their superpowers and create a life to match.  She is published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. A Story Circle member since 2005 and a current board member, she credits SCN with lighting the spark that inspired her to become a full-time writer.
www.secondbloomcoaching.com 

Robin Wittig

Robin is the editor of the SCN Journal and Senior Director of Community Programs at Pikes Peak YMCA. She lives in Woodland Park, CO. In addition to her work with the Journal, Robin does the layout for the annual anthology, Real Women Write, and creates the print program for "Stories From the Heart."

Paula Stallings Yost
Periodicals Editor

Paula is a former and current board member. She has presented at conferences and Writing From Life events; taught in the online class program; served as co-editor of a couple of Story Circle anthologies; and volunteers as the coordinator of the Sarton Award Program. She also is a personal historian who helps families and individuals write and publish their life stories. Visit her website.

Caroline Ziel
eCircles coordinator

Caroline is SCN’s eCircle coordinator. She took on this role with a desire to give others some of the confidence she gained from SCN in crafting her own life story. Caroline’s commitment to women’s stories springs from her 45 years as a clinical social worker, and her own story of trauma, mental health issues, and a tenacious desire to be emotionally healthy. In addition to her work with the eCircle, Caroline assists with our conferences and the Sarton Award.