Executive Board & Committee Chairs

MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER OFFICERS AND BOARD

President: Marcia Talley
Vice-President: John Copenhaver
Secretary: Meg Opperman
Treasurer: Aimee Hix

Committee Chairs
Planning, Con Lehane
Program, Clair Lamb
Newsletter, Art Taylor
Conference, Aimee Hix
Scholarship, Rick Pullen
Election, Barb Goffman

Founding President: Noreen Wald

President: Marcia Talley

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of Done Gone and seventeen previous novels featuring Maryland sleuth, Hannah Ives. She is editor/author of two collaborative serial novels, Naked Came the Phoenix and I’d Kill For That. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections. Marcia is past-president of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and has served on the MWA-MA board in various capacities since its founding in 2003.

Vice-President: John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning, won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” and he is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He’s a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in Richmond, VA with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).

Secretary: Meg Opperman

Meg Opperman’s story, “Twilight Ladies,” won the 2015 Best Short Story Derringer. She has had short stories published in EQMM, SHMM, BCMM, Weird Tales, and in various mystery anthologies. Meg (under a pen name) also writes the Starfig Investigations series. She is a cultural anthropologist and Africanist by training. A former Fulbright scholar, she has lived in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, but currently resides stateside.

Treasurer: Aimee Hix

Aimee Hix is the author of the Willa Pennington, PI series set in Fairfax County, VA. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She retired after twenty years as a federal contractor and lives in VA with her family and several crazy dogs who feel a better use of her time is letting them in and out dozens of times per day rather than writing.

Founding President: Noreen Wald

From 2002 – 2006, Noreen Wald served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MWA. She is the author of two mystery series-the Jake O’Hara Ghostwriter series and writing as Nora Charles, the South Florida Senior Sleuth Series starring Kate Kennedy as a modern Ms. Marple. Noreen has taught writing classes at The Writer’s Center and the Smithsonian. Many of her students have been published. Noreen also served as Executive Vice President and Secretary for MWA’s National Board of Directors.