RWA Service Awards are intended to honor major commitments of service to RWA and are presented for the accumulated body of effort a volunteer may make during a lifetime.
2017 RWA Service Award Recipients
Number one New York Times best-selling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she turned to writing fiction full time. Since her first published book in 1995, she's written more than thirty novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. She's a two-time RITA finalist and was the 2008 RWA keynote speaker (San Francisco) and 2012 RITA emcee (Anaheim). She also served as Director-at-Large of RWA. She lives in Omaha with a husband she kills off in every book, and two bearded collies in a house under endless renovation. She laughs a great deal—she has to.
Anne Elizabeth is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and comic creator. She is the author of the West Coast Navy SEAL Series and has stories in eight anthologies. She’s written ten comics and four graphic novels as well as over seventy articles and columns for RT Book Reviews Magazine. Ann Elizabeth has served as an officer as well as a chapter president (RWA CoLoNY); volunteered at national and local conferences from being a panelist to planning a tour and moderated workshops to stuffing bags; mentored aspiring authors; given her time and knowledge freely to others; and promoted romance throughout her career. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is also a member of the Author’s Guild, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America. Ann Elizabeth is a diehard romantic and lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in San Diego.
In 2006, Lucy Farago made one of the best decisions of her life. Not only did she decide to write a book, but she joined RWA. A short time later, she became a member of the Ottawa Romance Writers, where she has served as treasurer, workshop coordinator, registrar, loop moderator, librarian and now as VP. Having attended every conference since 2008, the experience reached a new high when she discovered volunteering in Orlando. Countless new and dear friends and colleagues, she has never looked back.
A tax advisor and former assistant attorney general for the state of Texas, Diane Kelly is no stranger to white-collar crime. When she realized her experiences would make great fodder for novels, her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her award-winning Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. Diane served in several positions with the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapter, including Treasurer, Program Director, and conference team member. During that time, she also served on RWA’s Finance Committee. She then went on to serve two terms as Treasurer of RWA before serving as President-Elect and President. Diane lives in Texas with her own romantic hero and enough cats and dogs to violate several city ordinances.
Terri Molina is a Texas native and multipublished, award-winning author of Tex-Mex romantic suspense. She has been a member of RWA for thirteen years, including the Northwest Houston chapter where she served as president in 2006. Soon after, she moved to Arizona and was immediately pulled into a board position with the Phoenix Desert Rose chapter. She has served as membership director, vice president, president, and even co-chaired the successful 2014 Desert Dreams Conference. She currently lives in San Antonio and is a member of SARA. She attended her first national conference in 2004, volunteering to work the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing. She enjoyed it so much, she has volunteered every year since. In 2012, she stepped in as the chairperson and is currently serving her fifth year as chair.
As a member of RWA since 1993, Sharon Sobel started volunteering in her chapters before taking the big step of selling raffle tickets at the Literacy Autographing in 2000. When the first Academic Research Grant Committee was formed, she was asked to serve, and is still a member. But it was a workshop on national leadership at the 2006 RWA Conference that prompted her to run for the RWA Board of Directors. She then served four years as Chapter Liaison and two years as RWA Secretary. In addition, she is a founding member of the Connecticut and Lower New York Chapter (CoLoNY) and has twice been president of The Beau Monde. The author of thirteen novels and novellas — primarily Regency romance — her short story “The Jilt” appears in the upcoming RWA anthology, Second Chances.
Past RWA Service Award Recipients
- 2016: Silver James, Cindy Kirk, Mellanie Szereto, & Lori Wilde
- 2015: Lynn Coddington & Barbara Dunlop
- 2014: Sylvia Day, Lorraine Heath, Stephanie Jones, & Renee Ryan
- 2013: Julie Hurwitz, Eloisa James, Donna MacMeans, & Trish Milburn
- 2012: Natalie Damschroder, Dorien Kelly, & Diane Pershing
- 2011: Amy Atwell, Nikki Enlow, Stephanie Feagan, & Linda Howard
- 2010: Madeline Hunter
- 2009: Karen Fox
- 2008: Nicole Burnham & Jill Limber
- 2007: Katy Cooper, Jennifer Crump, Pam McCutcheon, & Connie Newman
- 2006: Mary Strand & Nancy Haddock
- 2005: Jill Barnett, Gail Freeman, & Laura Hayden
- 2004: no award given
- 2003: Sunni Jeffers, Alicia Rasley, & Mary Stella
- 2002: Jill Floyd & Sandra Kitt
- 2001: Jeanne Nicholson, Maggie Shayne & Carol Stephenson
- 2000: Alice Countrymen & Linda Prine
- 1999: Brenda Hamilton, Shannon Snow Lewis, Betty Rosenthal, Valerie Taylor, & Susan Wiggs
- 1998: Laura Baker & Rita Clay Estrada
- 1997: Donna Caubarreaux, Laura DeVries, Lynda Hales, & Alfie Thompson
- 1996: Debra Dixon, Theresa Goodman, Anne Holmberg, Janet Kuchler, Kim Lewis, & Kate Welsh
- 1995: Rita Gallagher, Cathie Linz, Debbie Macomber, & Karan Richardson
- 1994: Margaret Brownley, Patt Marr, & Maggie Osborne
- 1993: Darlene Layman, Harold Lowry, & Nora Simpson
- 1992: Emma Merritt, Sharon Winn, Jan Boies, Glenda Kachelmeier, Susan Horton, Darlene Layman, & Claudia Yates
- 1991: Kathy Clark & Jeanne Triner
- 1990: Marian Jones