Board of Directors
President: J. Joachim
Vice President: A. DePalo
Treasurer: M. Cox
Secretary: B. James
Past President: U. Renee
Board Liaisons & Committees
Blog/Social Media: M. Ferrer
Programming Committee: M. Cox, B. James, R. Jacobs, R. Cordon, U. Renee
Publicity Committee: M. Cox, J. Joachim, M. Malloy, A. DePalo
Website: U. Renée
J. JOACHIM - President
Jean Joachim is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling romance author whose books have hit the Amazon Top 100 list in the U.S. and abroad since 2012. She writes sports romance, small town romance, big city romance, and romantic suspense. Jean has over 60 books in ebook, print and audio. She writes fulltime, never far from her secret stash of black licorice. An avid bird and dog fan, she has a fondness for chickadees and pugs. A music lover, especially classical, she’s married, has two grown sons and lives in New York City.
A. DePalo - Vice President - Contest
A. DePalo is the USA Today and Kindle Top 100 best-selling author of contemporary romances published in over twenty countries. She has sold over two million copies, and her books have won numerous awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and the Authors Guild. Raised bilingual in Brooklyn by her Italian parents, she graduated from Harvard and practiced intellectual property law but now calls writing her passion. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in New York, where she takes her morning coffee with chocolate.
M. COX - Treasurer
Maria Cox is an award-winning romance writer. Maria is also a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and Chapter Secretary for RWA/NYC. Maria served two terms as President of the Phoenix Writers Club.
Maria has been writing stories since she was a young girl. She picked up her first romance novel when she was just eleven years old and has loved the genre ever since. Maria writes sensual romance, stories that showcase strong, sassy, and sexy characters. When not writing fiction, Maria works as a technical writer. She lives in Queens, New York.
Please visit her site www.mariacox.net and/or follow her on Twitter.
B. JAMES - Secretary
A long time reader of romances, B. James has been a member of RWA-NYC since 2017 when she began writing as a means of keeping herself busy after moving on from her teaching career. She's been interested in exploring through her romance novels, dating relationships from a sweet and inspirational lens.
U. RENEE - Past President
Ursula Renée crafts stories with diverse characters who must question their beliefs to find their happily-ever-after. She prefers the early to mid-twentieth century, when people began challenging society's conventions and expressing their individuality.
Ursula loves to travel. After each adventure she returns to New York where she lives with her son and two cats. When she is not writing, she enjoys gardening, photography, stone carving and model building.
You can email the Board Members at firstname.lastname@example.org