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Helen Hunt
Lisa Adkins
Cathie Shaffer
Mary Shortridge
Christy Ford
Mistie Spicer
Angie Lewis

Helen Hunt

President

Helen Lou Cantrell was born in Magoffin County, KY. At the age of four she moved to Durbin and around eight or nine to Ashland, KY. She graduated from Ashland Senior High in 1950. The same year, she married Earl Hunt Jr. and they had three daughters and twin sons who are now grown. Earl suffered a fatal heart attack in 1991.

In 1969 Helen started Ashland Community College and graduated from Morehead State University in 1971 with a BA and a minor in Art. She also received her MA in Education from Morehead State University in 1971-Rank I in Kindergarten and Reading specialist.

Helen has taught school for the Greenup County Board of Education for 25 years. She is currently substituting for Greenup, Ashland and Fairview Schools and has taught Acrylic Painting to children at the YMCA for over ten years.

The organizations she belongs to are many including the following: Greenup County Education Association, (President) Eastern KY Education Association, Kentucky Education Association and the National Education Association. She was voted delegate many times to all of these and was on several committees including Compliance and Constitution and currently serves on the Board for Kentucky Retired Teachers. She has also held offices in all of the following clubs: American Business Women's Association, Flatwoods Poetry Society, Kentucky State Poetry Assoc., Kentucky Creative Arts Club and is the current Secretary in the KYOWA Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Her awards include: ABWA "Woman of the Year", Best newsletter in Eastern KY presented by KEA and Personalities of the South, Who's Who in Women of the World.

If that's not enough, Helen has also painted around twenty murals in schools, homes and a church. She loves to travel and has visited thirteen countries and many states. Her other works include: Life Is But A Journey-Poetry; Ode to Jesse Stuart-complied poems by others; and Hamilton/Cantrell Genealogy (8 1/2X 11 hardback with 730 pages and over 3,000 photographs; and most recently Poetry Within. 

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Lisa Adkins

Vice-President

Lisa is a true child of Ohio, born and raised in the Buckeye state.  She has lived in several areas of the state from north to south.   Lisa currently teaches high school English online. Her big break in writing was in 8th grade as the feature editor of the school paper. She has been writing contemporary romance for just over a year.
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Cathie Shaffer

Treasurer

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Cathie Shaffer is an award-winning writer and editor, who makes her living as lifestyles editor for a Kentucky daily newspaper. She is an active freelance writer who has also been published as a poet, and who has four complete -- but as yet unpublished -- romance novels under her belt. Her first writing was presented to her at the age of eight for an essay sponsored by the local Tuberculosis Society chapter. In junior high, she won again for a short story of two lab rats in a research facility concentrating on conquering TB. She says that was when she decided on writing as a career -- because she got $5 and a trip to visit the TB hospital as her prize, and she thought it was really cool to get money for doing something she really liked! She has written romantic comedy and historical and is currently at work in a paranormal, as well as a second historical and another humorous contemporary romance.

Mary Shortridge

Secretary

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Christy Ford

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Mistie Spicer

I have been writing since grade school and have always wanted to be a writer. I realized I had to pick some kind of career in high school and everyone looked at my weird when I said I wanted to be a writer, so I began telling them I was going to be a reporter. I went into Broadcast Journalism after graduating from Bowling Green State University and have worked at such radio stations as WPAY, WIOI, WKEE, WMKY, as a radio news reporter and news director. Later on I worked as a radio announcer at WLGC before getting a job as a staff writer and photographer at the Greenup County News Times. I am active in the Greenup Business Association where I serve as Vice President, I am Chairman of the Greenup Old Fashion Days Committee, a member of the Greenup Womans Club, a member of the Greenup County Foster Care Review Board, a member of the Greenup County Task Force on Domestic Violence, a member of the Wurtland Elementary Warrior Committee and a Home Room Mother. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Greenup County Adult Education Center and a new member of the Greenup County Extension Service Advisory Committee. While trying to do all of that I have completed a romantic suspense entitled "I'll Always Love You" and have nearly completed my second romantic suspense manuscript. I am married to Paul Spicer and we have one son named Benjamin.

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Angie Lewis

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