About the Board
The Missouri Writers Guild Board consists of members of the Missouri Writers Guild. The officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, with additional positions of Publicity Director, Historian, Directors -at-Large, and Emeritus Officers. Click here for more information about these positions.
President: Dr. Warren Martin
Dr. Warren Martin earned a PhD in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from NorthCentral University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Warren’s current writing is focused on a Children’s book series “Adventures with Pop Pop” based on his experiences with his grandchildren.
Warren Martin served in the Infantry, Military Police and Special Forces during his 21-year career in the United States Army. When he retired from the Army he transitioned to business, and years later made another transition to teaching and writing. Warren currently teaches business related courses for the undergrad program and MBA program at Bryan University in Springfield Missouri.
Warren is originally from New York City and currently resides in St. Louis where he is pursuing writing, teaching, and support of fraternal, charitable and other organizations. Warren is a member of the St. Louis Writers Guild, St. Louis Sisters in Crime, Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), and President of the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA).
Vice President: Richard Snelson
Born and raised on the bluffs of the Missouri River bottom land, Richard O Snelson often returns to his boyhood years for tales and short stories he spins. Could it be riding an old mule five miles to see a teenage country gal? He tells of having to lead the second mule along behind because the team would never leave each other. His stories are like the second mule, they tag along after Snelson as he imagines and spins them on paper.
Today he is on the brink of his soon to be breakout novel series, the Sara Randolph Trilogy, with the first of the series Little Minnow now available in bookstores. His deep dive into Sara’s thinking upon returning from Iraq and facing having lost her Army crew leads us through what many veterans now face with their own PTSD when they learn “The Hardest Part About Moving On Is Learning To Forgive Yourself.”
He returns to the Missouri Writer’s Guild board as Vice President for a second time, in hopes of helping this 100-year-old organization grow and interface with all the many Missouri Chapters of the Guild.
Snelson and his wife live on a ranch with their horses where he visits an RV office by a running stream daily to write his stories and brings his characters to life.
Treasurer: John Cawlfield
J.C. Fields is an award-winning and Amazon Best Selling author. He is active in numerous writing groups and serves on the board for the Springfield Writers’ Guild.
With a degree in Psychology, five years in the computer industry and a long career of dealing with individuals possessing quirky personalities, J.C. has incorporated these experiences into his writing.
The Sean Kruger Series has won numerous awards, including multiple gold and silver medals in the Readers’ Favorite International Book contest. The Imposter’s Trail was awarded Best Mystery/Thriller at the 2017 Ozark Indie Book Fest.
In March of 2020, his novel, A Lone Wolf, became a #1 Amazon Best Selling Audiobook. His second novel in the series, The Last Insurgent became a #1 Amazon New Release in January 2021.
He lives with his wife, Connie in Southwest Missouri.
Secretary: Greg Stout
Greg Stout is the author of Gideon’s Ghost, a young adult novel set in small-town America in the mid-1960s, and Lost Little Girl, a detective novel set in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also written 22 books on the history of American railroads.
Publicity Director: Ryan Freeman
Ryan was born in Portland, Oregon on February 24th, 1988. He’s the (upper) middle child out of four (three sisters – how he survived is a secret).
Ryan’s been devouring books ever since he learned to read. To this day, he loves the smell of rain, the rumble of storms, and the scent of pine forests. His favorite stories growing up were old tales with Robin Hood and King Arthur – along with a ginormous rambling list of other myths, legends, and fantasy works.
Since he began publishing his fantasy works in 2016, Ryan has also become an active member of the St Louis Writers Guild, founded the Hannibal Writers Guild, and helps market, edit, and consult for other aspiring authors and podcasters. Ryan is also the co-host of the podcast What’s Up ABQ, co-founder of the Barelas Podcasters Guild, and is a childhood cancer survivor. He is repped by Patty Carothers of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.
Ryan lives with his wife, two dogs, and one cat in an old Victorian home near the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri.
Historian: Connie Yen
Connie Yen is a writer and archivist with a passion for history and telling stories. She is the author of Sinner and Savior: Emma Molloy and the Graham Murder, the true story of an 1886 murder in Greene County known as “The Graham Tragedy,” published in 2018, and A Postcard History of Springfield (Arcadia Publishing, 2014). Connie graduated from Missouri State University in 2012 with a degree in History and a minor in Ozark Studies, only the second person to obtain the new minor. She earned a Masters’ Degree in History in 2015, after writing a thesis entitled Horse-Stealing and Man-Hanging: An Examination of Vigilantes in the Ozarks, the most downloaded thesis in university history. Her third book, Springfield: Past and Present, will be available Winter 2022.
Since 2016, Connie has been the director of the Greene County Archives and Records Center in Springfield, Missouri. She is a member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives. Although an introvert at heart, Connie enjoys speaking about Missouri history and engaging with her audiences at conferences and book signings.
She loves books, history, hiking, and fountain pens. Connie lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and a few hundred books.
Membership Director: Dr. Clarissa Willis
Clarissa Willis is an author, consultant, and professional developmental specialist. She provides workshops, keynote addresses, and customized professional development both nationally and internationally. In her spare time, she writes early childhood curricula, teacher resource books, and books for children. Clarissa (Chrissy) Willis was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has lived all over the United States. Formerly, the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University, she directed such projects as Tennessee’s Early Intervention System Technical Assistance Project, The East Tennessee Autism Training Project, and Expanding Horizons Early Intervention Program to name a few. She was a Senior Vice President at Kaplan Early Learning Company for five years overseeing intellectual properties and curriculum development. In 2013, she returned to her first love, teaching, and currently is a Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Southern Indiana. Clarissa (aka Chrissy Willis) also writes creative non-fiction and is the President of CW International Rights, a company that helps authors sell rights to publishers in languages other than English.
Director at Large: Larry E. Wood
Larry Wood is a retired public school teacher and a freelance writer specializing in the history of Missouri and the Ozarks. He has published nineteen nonfiction books, two historical novels, and about 500 magazine articles and stories. He maintains a blog on regional history at www.ozarks-history.blogspot.com. Wood was named an honorary lifetime member of the Missouri Writers Guild in 2016.
Director at Large: Billie Holladay Skelley
Billie Holladay Skelley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now retired from working as a cardiovascular-thoracic surgery clinical nurse specialist and nursing educator, she enjoys focusing on her writing. She has written several health-related articles for both professional and lay journals, but her writing crosses several different genres and has appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in print and online—ranging from the American Aviation Historical Society Journal and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors to the American Journal of Nursing and Chicken Soup for the Soul. An award-winning author, she also has written eight books for children and teens. Billie is a Ten Pillar member of the Missouri Writers Guild (MWG), and a current member of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI), the Joplin Writers’ Guild (JWG), the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild (CCMWG), Saturday Writers, the Ozarks Writers League (OWL), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Connect with Billie at www.bhskelley.com.
Director at Large: Jeanne Szarwinski
Jeanne writes under the pen name of Brice A York. Her website is https://briceayork.com. Having retired from the business world of financial services, she was able to transfer her publication skills to authoring books. She has authored the following: A memoir entitled: Crayons and the Purgatory Journals. Following with a historical fiction, The Fate of Lady Jane and a connecting documentary, The Odyssey of Flight 809. Also is a fantasy fiction novel, Sisterhood of the Alligators. Her newest ‘coming of age’ novel is entitled: American Fiddlesticks.
She serves on the Board of Directors, as Director at Large for The Missouri Writers’ Guild. She is first VP on the Executive Board for Welcome Club of St. Louis. Retired Executive: Fortune 500 company.
She enjoys and is active on social media, both Twitter and Facebook. With her partner and three cats, she lives in St. Louis. In her spare time, she shops for vintage items and has her own online shop. Coffee lover and a true “Leo.”
Webmaster: Nate Hoffelder
Nate has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He turns broken down WordPress sites into sites which convert visitors into superfans, also builds sites from scratch, and helps authors with their social media and newsletters.
Nate is the president of the Riverside Writers Club in Fredericksburg VA, and is on the board of the Florida Writers Foundation. When he is not volunteering, he writes bad jokes on Twitter and creates memes and graphics.
In his spare time, Nate maintains two Little Free Libraries.
Connect with Nate via his website: www.NateHoffelder.com