About

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

Susan is SCN's founder and current (2015-2017) board president. She has presented at conferences, LifeLines, and Writing From Life events; taught in the online class program; and volunteers 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.

Pat Bean

Pat Bean is a retired journalist who is passionate about nature, books, art and writing. A native Texan, and longtime Utah resident, she spent nine years traveling this country in an RV. She now lives in Tucson with her canine companion Pepper. Her book, Travels with Maggie, was published in September, 2017. Pat is a staff writer for the Story Circle Journal, is the co-mom of the Writer2Writer Roundtable, and manages SCN's tweets. Visit her blog.

Sonja Dalglish

Sonja is a native Texan who discovered Story Circle Network in 2009 at a women's retreat in workshop led by an SCN board member. She is an active participant in the e-circles, leading the reading e-circle in 2016. She has attended two SCN conferences, and has benefitted from several SCN online courses. She has been a research scientist, hospice chaplain, spiritual director, and is presently serving as an interim pastor. She splits her time between two locations, the work location and her home in central Texas. She's part of a reading group in Kingsville that grew out of the university there. She loves mysteries, puzzles, reading, and flowers. As part of her pastoral work, she writes weekly sermons and a monthly column. You can find her somewhat neglected blog here.

Mary Jo Doig
Circles Chair

Mary Jo Doig: Chair of the Circles Committee

Mary Jo is a retired human services professional who joined Story Circle Network in 2001. She joined two online writing circles, and then found multiple opportunities to serve SCN over the years. Among them are: reviewer and editor for the book review site, Sarton judge, True Words editor for 13 years, facilitator of w-ecircle 7 for several years, and Program Chair of our most recent 3 bi-annual National Conferences. She believes deeply in SCN's mission and is dedicated to continued growth and strengthening of our amazing organization. In her Albemarle County, Virginia community, she facilitates Older Women’s Legacy (OWL) Workshops. In 2018, she published her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss. Visit her website and blog at maryjodoig.com.

Jeanne Guy
President

Jeanne, SCN’s 2018-2020 president, is an author, speaker, and self-awareness coach with Jeanne Guy Gatherings. She has been an SCN member since 2003 and a board member since 2009, having served as the conference co-chair, presented at conferences and Writing From Life events, and facilitated the LifeLines Writing Retreat. Jeanne is also a member of the Austin Reading Circle and a Sarton Awards judge. She co-authored Seeing Me: A Guide to Reframing the Way You See Yourself. Her memoir You’ll Never Find Us, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back, is scheduled for fall 2021 publication by She Writes Press. She is an avid walker, a slow reader, and she writes a sometimes-irreverent blog. Her website and blog are being revitalized.

Linda Hoye

Linda Hoye lives in British Columbia with her husband and their doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier, but will always be a Saskatchewan prairie girl. She is a longtime member of SCN, serving as a board member, SCBR reviewer and distribution editor, and creator of the One Woman’s Day blog. These days, she serves as our Social Media Coordinator. Linda 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. Find her online at www.lindahoye.com, where she ponders ordinary days and the thin places where faith intersects.

Shawn LaTorre
Secretary-Treasurer

Shawn, a star book reviewer for Story Circle Network and a member of a local Story Circle book group, retired from secondary education a few years ago. She spends summers sailing the Great Lakes aboard HMS Juicy Fruit and the other nine months in Austin mentoring, volunteering for a local food pantry, quilting, and spinning tales. You can visit her blog at CeruleanSeasons.com or follow her educational re-tweets as MizLaTee on Twitter, or see some of her quilts as MizLaTee on Instagram.

Helen Leatherwood
Vice President, Online Classes Coordinator

Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past 7 years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.

Teresa Lynn
Administrator

Teresa Lynn has written for a range of publications on a variety of topics and authored three books. In 2014, she established Tranquility Press, where she provides all types of editorial and publishing services. She is also administrator and a board member of SCN and president of ACFW Cen-Tex. Teresa speaks to groups nationwide on select subjects. See her website.

Susan Schoch
Publications

A member since 2002, Susan has been the Editor of SCN’s quarterly Journal and our annual Anthology since 2014. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 as chair of Publications, and is also a frequent reviewer and editor at Story Circle Book Reviews. Susan has been a freelance writer and editor for 30 years. She specializes in personal history and biography, most recently 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

Jude has been in love with Story Circle Network for over a decade. With Becca Taylor she coedited True Words From Real Women in 2008 and coproduced the Story Circle Podcasts. Her writing is in Kitchen Table Stories, SCN anthologies and SCN quarterly Journals. She has been published several times with Chicken Soup For the Soul and numerous other anthologies and magazines. She presented at Stories From the Heart and for two years chaired the Silent Auction there. She has contributed blogs to One Woman's Day and HerStories, occasionally reviews for Story Circle Book Reviews, and has participated in judging for the Susan Wittig Albert LifeWriting Competition and the Sarton Award. She received the Star Blogger of the Year award for her blog Sensuously Sixty. Her current blog is Jude Walsh Writes.  She is a creativity and life coach at Second Bloom Coaching and loves working with women ready to embrace their superpowers. She is the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me (Morgan James 2019) and is currently writing a memoir and a romance.

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

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 and current editor for StoryCircleBookReviews. She also is a personal historian who helps families and individuals write and publish their life stories. Visit her website.

Caroline Ziel

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.