2015-2016 Coffee House Writers Group Board of Directors
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Christine Marie Bryant - Executive Director and Founder
Founder 2009-Present, Chief Executive Officer 2012-Present
Christine Marie Bryant is a tipping point for those requiring an extra kick-start in achieving their dreams. She is the founder of the Coffee House Writers Group and started the first chapter in 2009. She has served as President and Chairman of the Board since 2012 and was elected its first CEO in 2014. She serves to oversee all chapters and is responsible for every aspect of the organization. As a successful business owner for 18 years, Miss Bryant has used her experience to build several networking groups and organizations from the ground up. She excels in the use of social networking and takes pride in creating solutions that will educate, support and motivate the writers to their full potential. She is tenacious fundraiser and has worked with various nonprofits including City of Hope, Relay for Life and the Let It Be Foundation. Through her efforts with CHWG, thousands of creative individuals have come to realize that the artistic creation of writing – while solitary – doesn’t need to be lonely.
Eric Von Mizener - Vice President
A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, Eric von Mizener sold his first script to The Incredible Hulk on CBS-TV while still in his teens. He went on to win collegiate awards for journalism and video production, and his student video, “Breaking Point,” has been used in screenwriting classes at Cal State Fullerton. As founding director of the Cayman Islands Film Festival, he formed a partnership with the Caymanian government, and local and international businesses, contributing to economic growth, and cultivating educational and environmental outreach while promoting the best in Caribbean, Independent and Hollywood filmmaking. Eric has made appearances on local and national radio and television, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He hosted Poets’ Café on KPFK-FM Los Angeles and currently serves as Arts Commissioner for the city of Moreno Valley, California. He has been on the CHWG Board since 2012.
Stephen Hamilton - Treasurer
Treasurer 2015-Present, Board member 2012-Present
Stephen Hamilton earned his BA in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and MA in School Guidance Counseling from Whittier College. He served as a public educator for 40 years, culminating in his tenure as the Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance for the El Monte Union High School District. Stephen is one of the initial members of the CHWG and currently the host for the LA Thursday night group in Pomona. He joined the Board in 2012.
Steve Harshberger - Executive Admin
Executive Admin, 2016-Present, Dir. of Technology 2015-Present, Board member 2012-Present
Steve was the first member to join the Coffee House Writers Group on January 1st, 2010 and became a Board Member in 2012. He completed his Masters in Information Systems and Project Management after the age of 50. Steve’s Information Technology career spans more than 25 years. His current writing project is a memoir of his service while in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and other units during his 14 years of service.
Lisa Kagarise - Secretary
Rick Stepp-Bolling - Director of Education
Director of Education 2015-Present, Board Member 2012-Present
Rick has been a member of The Coffee House Writers Group since 2010 and a Board Member since 2012. He is a professor emeritus from Mt San Antonio College with Masters degrees in English and Education. He was a guest poet at Nuvein’s “Day of the Dead” celebration and the Nuvein Poets’ Tour. In April of 2012, Rick was awarded first place in the Whittier Writers Poetry Contest and won first prize in the Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Poetry Contest in 2012 and 2013. His publications include a book of poetry entitled Smoke and Mirrors (Nuvein Publications) and a collection of short stories entitled Autocide (Claremont Village Press). His poetry and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Dirty Dog, Edgar Allan Poet, East Jasmine Review and Statement magazines. The first book of his high fantasy trilogy, Patchman, will be published in the fall of 2015.
J Bryan Jones - Director of New Media
Director of New Media 2015-Present
J Bryan Jones authors, screen writes, and creates graphic novels. J first pursued the sciences before turning to writing, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of California –Davis and working several jobs as a research field technician. Looking back at his childhood constructing elaborate stories with his brother (@Raz0r13), he’s not sure why it took him so long to consider a career in the creative arts. Most of his work consists of contemporary fantasy and near-future science fiction. His novelette Our Silicon Souls earned an honorary mention in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest in 2014. He has multiple novels in rewrites and many yet-to-be-published short stories. Several of his popular arts articles are published on the-Artifice as well as LWM.
In addition to his board position, J is the Long Beach Chapter Leader. Please visit LinkedIn for connecting professionally, follow @JBryanJones on Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.