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Voting for offices of President-Elect and Treasurer for 2013 begins  November  4, 2013.  It is important for all members to vote this year, as we have several outstanding women who have to chosen to run for the open offices.  There are several way you can vote:


  • Online: On the ANWA website - in the members only section, select VOTE, then vote for you candidate.

  • Email: Subject line:  ANWA Election. List office and person's name (or number of votes from chapter). Sign your email so we know who sent the vote.

  • Mail: Deb Eaton/ANWA, 2351 East Kenwood, Mesa AZ 85213


Voting begins,  November 4, 2013 and ends November 18, 2013.  Please vote – only once. Thank you!  Our new President Elect and Treasurer will be announced on November 25th, 2012.


Candidates for Treasurer 2014


DeAnn Huff


Bio: I am currently serving as the ANWA Treasurer.  I helped to establish ANWA’s corporate and non-profit status. In my first two months as Interim Treasurer, I  input nearly four years of records into a computer accounting program, successfully submitted ANWA’s Articles of Incorporation to the Arizona Corporation Commission, and began the process with the Internal Revenue Service to request non-profit status. I volunteered with the ANWA Ad hoc Bylaws/Policies and Procedures Committee, and the resulting documents were  approved by ANWA membership.  I graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Accounting and worked for eight years at a national accounting firm.


After working for eight more years at a local property management company, I chose to stay at home to raise my eight children.  From my home, I prepare tax returns, including in my clients three other non-profit organizations, one of which I successfully secured non-profit status for in 2011. I reconnected with writing six years ago, and since then I have completed three novels and three children's books. I currently serve as a Stake YW President. I joined ANWA in 2008.


Vision Statement:  My vision for ANWA in 2014-15 is to establish an organized, responsive accounting system within ANWA. An organization which wants to expand and grow needs to act like a successful business. I can help that happen.


Candidates for President-Elect 2014


Donna Hatch


Bio:  My neurotic passion for writing began about age 8 when I wrote my first short story, and I've been hooked ever since. A native of Arizona, I am published in Regency Romance and Fantasy, with 8 published titles, and am continually striving for the balance between family, church callings, work, and writing. I also do freelance editing, and I serve as an editor for The Gospel Ideals, an on-line, non-profit organization to educate the public on Mormons. For the past five years, I served as the mentor of the ANWA Youth Chapter, the Tale Tellers, a position I love because I'm still a kid a heart. I have also served as Chapter Vice President of the Writers of the Sage ANWA chapter, and twice as chapter secretary of the Desert Dreams chapter of Romance Writers of America. Most recently, I have served on the ANWA Board of Directors as Development Chairperson.


Vision Statement:  My vision for ANWA is to close the gap between published authors and those who are still hoping to get "the call." My goal is to provide support, encouragement, and opportunity for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned professional.


Cindy R. Williams


Bio:  I would love to be a part of the big picture for the future of ANWA. I served on the General Board as Treasurer before DeAnn Huff and loved it. I have five years of experience as chair and co-chair of the Annual Writers Conference, taking it from a school location to the Dobson Ranch Inn, then the Phoenix Airport Plaza Hotel, and finally booking the Hilton Hotel in jameshallison casino Mesa where it remains to this day. The “BOB” Contest was my brain child.


Christy Boughan and I currently serve as co-mentors of the Tale Teller’s –ANWA’s Youth Group. I also serve as president of the WIP’s –“Works in Progress”—ANWA Chapter.  I’m a detail person, accused at times of being the energizer bunny, so I would love to jump back in to help support individual ANWA members needs and the continued growth of ANWA.


I’m not afraid of hard work. I write for The Beehive Newspaper, serve as a Boy Scouts Merit Badge Councilor for Swimming, Lifesaving, Communications, Journalism and Music. I’m a Public Affairs Director over Media in my Stake and am working with the new Gilbert Temple. I own a music studio, and teach guitar, harp, piano, banjo, ukulele and 12 string guitar. 


My most important achievements to this day are being the mom of five wonderful people and the grandma of two darling/daring little rascals. I have a children’s picture book and some true stores for Young Women published.


Vision Statement:  One of our ANWA sisters asked me “What are your “Campaign for President” promises?”  She suggested I promise that each of you will become published authors.  This is a bit out of my range  of influence, for sure, but I can promise these things:

  • I promise I will work hard.
  • I promise I will listen.
  • I promise I will keep up the great tradition of ANWA.
  • I promise you will be published traditionally, eBook or as an “Indie” if...that is what you really, really, super really want, so much so that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and not give up.
  • I promise another great conference and several super retreats throughout the country.
  • I promise to encourage more chapter mini-retreats and Super Saturday Write In’s.
  • I promise networking within the worldwide writing community.
  • I promise to listen to the inspiration from our Heavenly Father in fulfilling any role I should be so blessed to have in ANWA.
  • I promise there will be chocolate!


ANWA has been a blessing in my life, and I would be grateful to have the opportunity to serve you, my sisters in ANWA.