President, Erica Ridley
Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
The President is the chief executive officer of NINC. It is his/her duty to coordinate and oversee the activities of the organization, including the national conference, NINC's various committees, and the organization's special projects. The President leads the monthly Board meetings and sets the agenda; writes a monthly column for Nink ; and presides over the Annual Business Meeting. After serving a complete term in office, the NINC President becomes a member of the Advisory Council.
President-elect, Julie Ortolon
USA Today-bestselling author of contemporary romance, joined the Austin Writers League and Romance Writers of America in 1996. As an R W A member , she held several board positions including Vice President of the San Antonio chapter, President of the Austin Chapter, and Published Author Network Liaison for the Austin chapter for two years. She joined Novelists, Inc. in 2002. Drawing on a background in internet marketing, she is a frequent speaker at NINC conferences on the subject of promotion, and has worked behind the scenes with conference coordinators to help line up conference speakers.
When a current President completes his/her term, the President-Elect shall become the next President. S/he shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President in the events of the latter's absence and shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall from time to time determine, including overall charge of the next annual conference. The President-Elect also serves as NINC's Public Relations Coordinator.
Treasurer, Mindy Neff
Mindy Neff is the award winning author of twenty-eight novels and novellas. Her books have won the National Reader's Choice Award, the Orange Rose Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Career Achievement award and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, as well as Gold Metal reviews and W.I.S.H. awards for outstanding heroes, and two prestigious RITA nominations.
In her non-writing life, Mindy is a bookkeeper/CFO. She’s been a member of NINC since 1997 and has served as President, Membership Chair, Programs Director and Treasurer of her local Orange County Chapter of RWA. Mindy lives in Southern California with her husband and a very spoiled Maltese.
The NINC Treasurer works with the Central Coordinator to pay monthly bills. The Treasurer receives monthly profit and loss reports from the Central Coordinator and deals with NINC’s bank accounts, CDs and money market account. S/he prepares the NINC budget and conference budget in consultation with the Board and gets the NINC financial records ready for the yearly audit.
Secretary, Gillian Doyle
Award-winning author, GILLIAN DOYLE, has published true crime, historical supernatural suspense, contemporary romance and time-travels under various pseudonyms by St. Martin's Press, Berkley/Jove Books and Harlequin Enterprises since 1989. Four years ago, she established Sweetbriar Creek Publishing Company for reissuing her back list and new works. As a thirty-year member of RWA/Orange County Chapter, she served eighteen cumulative years on the board in all positions, including president, treasurer and secretary.
After 42 years in a beach community of Southern California, Gillian moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014 with her husband, Don, along with their menagerie of rescued pets. In early December 2016, Don was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on Christmas Eve. While Gillian continues to deal with her loss, she is grateful for the outpouring of support in the writing community, especially NINC.
The NINC Secretary keeps the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and all business meetings of the organization. S/he sends material and updates to the NINC archives and also performs such other duties as the Board of Directors determines from time to time.
Nink Editor, Michele Dunaway
Describing herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele Dunaway is a best selling author of 26 novels with major publishers, and she's an award-winning high school teacher who advises the newspaper and yearbook. She is a Journalism Education Association Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. A proud mom, Michele shares her home with far too many rescued cats, who completely rule the roost
The Newsletter Editor is responsible for compiling each month's edition of Nink . This includes choosing appropriate content, assigning articles to writers, editing submissions, and working with columnists. The editor works closely with Nink 's publisher each month to produce the print and electronic versions of Nink .
Advisory Council Representative, Victoria Thompson
Winner of the Career Achievement Award for Mystery from RT Book Reviews, Victoria Thompson is the bestselling author of the Edgar ® and Agatha Award Nominated Gaslight Mystery Series. She has published 18 mysteries and 20 historical romances and contributed to the award winning textbook MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT. She currently teaches in the Master’s Degree program for writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. Victoria is a founding member and past president of Novelists, Inc., and a co-founder and past-president of both PENNWRITERS and New Jersey Romance Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.
The Advisory Council Representative’s primary responsibility to the Board of Directors is to help to preserve the continuity and maintain the smooth operation of the organization, in particular with regard to outgoing and incoming Boards, serving as the official link between the organization’s past and its future.