RWA Corporate Headquarters
The staff of Romance Writers of America is available to help you with questions concerning all aspects of RWA membership. Please call, write, fax or e-mail our office any time.Romance Writers of America
14615 Benfer Rd
Houston, TX 77069
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time
Allison Kelley has served as Executive Director of Romance Writers of America since 1995. Prior to her career with RWA, Allison served as Vice-President of Operations for two banks. Allison holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas. After graduation, she studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Houston. In December 2006, Allison was awarded the Certified Association Executive designation based on her experience and passing a rigorous exam administered by American Society of Association Executives covering all areas of association regulations and management. Allison serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as Chairperson of the Finance Committee for Authors Coalition of America, an organization that represents text writers, songwriters, visual artists, illustrators and photographers for the purpose of repatriating and distributing the creator's share of foreign non-title specific royalty payments for American works photocopied abroad.
Carol Ritter joined RWA after serving for nine years as vice-president of operations and standards of the Better Business Bureau of Houston and South Texas. As deputy executive director, Carol reviews boilerplate contracts to determine if publishers meet RWA’s standards. She also handles member complaints against publishers and agents, administers the RITA and Golden Heart contests, reviews all PAN applications, arranges the editor and agent author event and reviews Qualifying Market Questionnaires. Carol graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Jessie Edwards began working for Romance Writers of America in August 2017. As Marketing and PR Manager, Jessie handles press inquiries and outreach, as well as RWA social media. Jessie graduated from Berry College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Public Relations. She has worked in romance publicity since 2010.
Erin Fry began working for Romance Writers of America in September 2002. As editor, Erin oversees the editorial and production of the association's magazine (the Romance Writers Report), RWA eNotes, and all printed conference materials. Erin graduated Texas A&M University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
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Stephani Fry has been with RWA since 2005. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Sociology and earned her Master of Library Science in 2008. Currently, Stephani serves as RWA’s liaison to the bookseller and librarian communities, organizes RWA’s presence at BookExpo America and the ALA Conferences, arranges the RWA Librarians Day events, serves as the staff contact for the workshop committee and RWA University, and assists with the management of the Academic Research Grant program
Donna Mathoslah has a background in human resources outsourcing and was once a small business owner. She enthusiastically assists members with questions and responds to members by e-mail or telephone. As a former RWA member, Donna brings a unique understanding to the vital front-office services.
Leslie Scantlebury has over six years of experience in association management. Her background includes member retention, education and association resource management for a 19,000 member nonprofit association. Leslie began working with RWA in the spring of 2008 as member/chapter services coordinator. In addition to offering professional support to chapters, Leslie is charged with ensuring that chapters are in compliance with RWA bylaws and are operating as nonprofit entities. Leslie holds an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
Judy manages all aspects of RWA's website and is responsible for providing training and support to chapters using myRWA. Judy is also the staff liaison for the annual RITA and Golden Heart Awards Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Society of Association Executives (HSAE) and the Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA). Judy graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Her experience includes web-based data management and commercial design. She has been a featured seminar speaker on a number of technology-related topics and has received several national awards for excellence including Avectra's Innovation Award in 2009 and 2010.
Megan joined RWA in June 2010 all the way from Indiana. With a bachelors degree in sociology from Purdue University and extensive work experience ranging from business travel to event planning, her skills are widely utilized at RWA. Currently, Megan handles arranging board travel and upcoming board meetings, conference sponsorship, as well as assisting in advertising sales for the RWR.