Our Members


Babs Carryer, President

carryerBabs’s first novel was published in December, 2016. “HD66: search for a cure or a killer?” is a murder mystery that takes place in a Pittsburgh biotech startup. Her plan is to create a series based on this first book. Babs is all about startups: serial entrepreneur, mentor, writer and educator. She taught and supported entrepreneurship at CMU for over 15 years. Currently, Babs is Director of Education and Outreach for the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Babs is busy igniting entrepreneurship across campus – for all faculty and students, from freshmen to post-docs. Babs is founder of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte. She blogs about entrepreneurship on NewVenturist, which can be found on her website, http://babscarryer.com. She can be reached at babs@carryer.com.

Carol Silvis, Vice President


Carol Silvis is a teacher and the author of several college textbooks and business books. Her publications include an article in the 2012 Writers Market, a dozen creative non-fiction stories and inspirational pieces published in national magazines, and over 40 articles published in various newsletters. Her children’s story won a 2007 St. David’s Conference Award. She is also a member of Pennwriters and lives outside Pittsburghwith her husband and two children. She is a past president of Pennwriters. Follow her on Twitter at @carolsilvis.

Annette Dashofy, Secretary


Annette Dashofy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries including Circle of Influence (finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, Bridges Burned (Agatha Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015), With a Vengeance (May 2016) and No Way Home (March 2017). In addition, her short stories, including a 2007 Derringer Award finalist, have been published in Spinetingler Magazine, Mysterical-E, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, and most recently Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales. Annette is a past president of MMR Sisters in Crime and has served as vice president of Pennwriters. She lives in Washington County with her husband and one very spoiled cat.  Check out her website at www.annettedashofy.com, like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy, or follow her on Twitter @Annette_Dashofy.

Mary Sutton, Treasurer (writing as Liz Milliron)


Mary has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people’s stories, for as long as she can remember. After over ten years in the corporate world as a technical writer, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals and took the jump into fiction.

A lifelong mystery fan, she writes crime fiction under the pen name Liz Milliron, including The Laurel Highlands Mysteries. Her short fiction has been published at Uppagus, Mysterical-e, in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, Blood on the Bayou, and will appear in Fish Out of Water and Mystery Most Historical. She is a past president and secretary of the MRR Sisters in Crime, a member of the Guppies chapter of SinC, and a member of Pennwriters.


Jeff Boarts

Tory Butterworth

Tory_2236 - Copy 2Tory works in mental health during the week and uses writing to maintain her mental health on weekends. Her nonfiction work-in-progress explores the origins of compulsive eating. She is also working on a psychological suspense novel that takes place in a corrupt mental hospital.

LeeAnn Dawson

Lee Ann Dawson strives to make murder funny, one body at a time. In fiction. Her grandparents’ tavern in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State served as the inspiration for her story.  Lee Ann also writes children’s stories. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. “Family Values,” included in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales,  is her first published work.

Rebecca Drake

RebeccaDrake-1078x1430Rebecca Drake’s latest psychological thriller, Only Ever You, will be released by St. Martin’s Press in March 2016. Her debut thriller, Don’t Be Afraid, was Kensington’s lead title in September 2006. The Next Killing followed in September 2007 and was selected by four national book clubs including The Literary Guild. The Dead Place came out in September 2008 and was an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) bestseller. Droemer Knaur published all three novels in German. In 2011 “Loaded” appeared in Pittsburgh Noir, one of Akashic Books’ award-winning collection of noir anthologies. A former journalist and native New Yorker, Rebecca has also lived in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Qatar. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

More about Rebecca can be found at RebeccaDrake.com or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/rebecca.drake.writer And Twitter @AuthorRDrake

Kathy George


Kathleen teaches theatre at the University of Pittsburgh where she has directed many plays for the mainstage and the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. She is the author of a short story collection, The Man in the Buick, and five novels, Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, The Odds, which was been nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award for best novel, and Hideout. She is married to writer Hilary Masters.

Tamara Girardi

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Dr. Tamara Girardi is an Assistant Professor of English at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. She studied fiction at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and writes young adult fantasy and contemporary works. Her current project, GRIDIRON GIRL, a YA contemporary about a girl who competes against her boyfriend for the starting quarterback position on their football team, is on submission with publishers. An alumnus of the 2016 PitchWars competition, Tamara signed with her literary agent as a result of the contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she and her husband pass the time playing Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody vs. Evil Dr. Pork Chop with their three children (ages 5, 3, and 2). You can find her on Twitter @TamaraGirardi.

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JJ Hensley

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Twitter: @JJHensleyauthor

J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline. J.J. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He lives near Pittsburgh, PA.

Mr. Hensley’s first novel Resolve was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

Carole Jones

IMG_5040Carole is in the process of writing a cozy mystery.  She also enjoys writing short stories and childrens stories.  In addition to Sisters in Crime, she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  When not writing, she can be found in either Cook Forest, Pa., or somewhere on a bike trail in Western Pennsylvania spending time with family and friends.  Married to her high school sweetheart, she has two grown children and one spoiled cat. Find her online at https://carolelynnjones.wordpress.com.

 Jennifer Little-Fleck

FleckEmail: Jenniferlittlefleck@gmail.com
Twitter: @JLittleFleck

Jennifer is a highly successful Renaissance Woman.  Translation: Still deciding what she wants to be when she grows up.  Jennifer’s first book was published in 1983, although you’ll never see it print because it is part of St. Peter’s elementary School Library.  It was co-authored by her two best friends Anna Knicker and Connie Raulston, and depicted a chance meeting of Rainbow Brite and Michael Jackson.  It was very well received by her 3rd grade class.  Since then, she started reading everything and anything that was laying around (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and Judy Blume), and finally got a taste of writing herself a few years ago.  She was hooked again.  Not knowing where to start, Jennifer found the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and met a few kindred spirits who also feel compelled to learn the craft of writing as a second and third career. She also discovered PennWriters, another fantastic organization for writers of all levels.  Jennifer is looking forward to her first official publication with Pgh SinC’s anthology coming in December of 2013.  She knows it won’t have the same impact as her Rainbow Brite story,  but she’s hoping a few more people might get to read this one.

Jennifer resides in a little town called Rennerdale near the Pittsburgh Airport with her husband, two children, and cat Ginny.

Rose Marie Keating

Nancy Martin


Nancy is the author of the bestselling Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series and a brand new series set in Pittsburgh,featuring the misadventures of Roxy Abruzzo, a tough girl from the Rust Belt “with a heart of black and gold.” In her 26-year career, she has published 45 novels in four genres–romance, historical, suspense, and mystery. Nancy was the winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award for mystery writing from Romantic Times magazine. She is also one of the Book Tarts on www.TheLipstickChronicles.typepad.com.

Tami McClain

Gail Oare

OareGail writes short fiction and poetry. Her story “Celtic Knot” appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (2013) and several of her poems have been published in print and online collections.  She is retired from a 35-year career in scientific publishing and communications. As a Director with the Materials Research Society for 27 years, she was responsible for the start-up of a new international journal, magazine, book, and electronic publishing program. She directed editorial, marketing, production, advertising and exhibit sales, corporate donations, public relations, website and e-commerce, and oversaw the establishment of the organization’s partnership with Cambridge University Press.  For a number of years, she also led membership, conferences,  information systems and technology, and government relations. In her early career, she wrote and produced training films, technical manuals, and edited and wrote for scientific and cultural publications. She currently consults in publishing and electronic media, and is a past vice president of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Andrea Peagler

Andrea is an aspiring author with a science background who has worked in the clinical medical research and health education fields over the past fifteen years. She has co-authored and is published in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as helped in data collection for other scientific articles during her tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical centers. A recent article on health improvement outcomes from a service-directed research project on which she served, was published in an issue of Diabetes Care.

Returning to her love of creative writing, Andrea ventured into writing mystery after hearing stories from those who served in the military and watching high profile crime cases. A fan of Edgar Allan Poe since her senior book report and days as a staff writer for the high school student newspaper, she continues her journey exploring this thrilling genre. She joined Pennwriters, Inc. in 2010 and quickly became a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of SinC the same year. Andrea is currently working on a historical crime fiction novel with elements of whodunit, passion, genetics and adventure. In her treasured time, she enjoys reading, travel and gardening. Her quest is to grow and learn more about the craft of writing well.

Judith Rau

Martha Reed


Martha Reed is the award-winning crime and mystery fiction author of the John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery series. Book 1, The Choking Game, was a 2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion nominee for Best Traditional Mystery. Book 2, The Nature of the Grave, won an Independent Publisher (IPPY) Honorable Mention for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction. Book 3, No Rest for the Wicked launched in February, 2017.

Her shorter work has appeared in Pearl 26, Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, and in Mystery Readers Journal. Her story “Strangler Fig” was published in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, a Sisters in Crime Pittsburgh anthology. Martha recently completed a 4-year term as the National Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @ReedMartha.

Judy Schneider


Judy is the co-author of THE FRANTIC WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIFE, a practical guide packed with hints, tips, and tricks to help busy women survive in today’s hectic world. It’s published by Warner Books.

Linda Schmitmeyer

Gina Sestak

Gina Sestak is a semi-retired attorney whose published works include books and articles on legal topics, and a short story in the Lucky Charms anthology.  She is presently seeking representation for five unpublished novels.  Gina also co-wrote an award-winning short screenplay, The Tenth Door, and has co-authored three feature-length screenplays that are available for production.

Paula A. Smith

Paula A. Smith is a former newspaper reporter, staff writer and correspondent. Her writing has appeared in books, magazines and online publications locally and abroad. Her short story “Never Tell Red” is included in the 2016 Bouchercon Anthology, Blood on the Bayou, under the pen name, Paula Pumphrey. A previous short story, “Sweet Murder,” appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (December, 2013). Several Pittsburgh profiles were published in Pittsburgh Legends and Visions, An Illustrated history by Eliza Smith Brown from Heritage Media Corporation and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (2002). She is a member of Pennwriters, Religion Newswriters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Paula resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Dave, Seumas, a Scottish terrier and Minou, a Tonkinese cat.

Audra Spicer

Diana Stavroulakis

StavroulakisEmail: Diana.Stavroulakis@gmail.com
Twitter: @DStavro
Law Firm:  www.Stavroulakis.com

During Diana’s 24-year professional legal career, she has simultaneously pursued her passion for writing.  Many of her ideas have been inspired by her life experiences within the criminal justice system as a Judicial Law Clerk, an Assistant District Attorney, and a Criminal Defense Attorney.  She is a legal consultant to mystery and crime fiction writers; was a staff writer for The Penguins Report; a contributing writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins Goal magazine; and a Front Line Editor for Juris magazine published by Duquesne University School of Law.  Diana is the immediate past president of Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime.

Susan Thibadeau

Susan ThibadeauSusan Thibadeau is enjoying the writing life. She’s earned various degrees, but her most treasured is the MFA in creative writing she received from Chatham University. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters  Her short story “Lucky on the Charm” appears in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales. Her novella, “The Discarded Spouse,” appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and was awarded the Black Orchid Novella Award, given in conjunction with the Nero Wolfe Society.

Judith Evans Thomas


Judith is a journalist and author. Her celebrity interview column “Overheard” and lifestyle column “JET Set” have appeared monthly in Pittsburgh Magazine since 2003. She is also the co-author of 30 books in the Born To Shop travel series published by Bantam Books. She is currently at work on a mystery series.

Joyce Tremel

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Joyce Tremel is the author of the Brewing Trouble series featuring brewmaster and pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara. Her debut novel, TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW, was nominated for the 2015 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth. TANGLED UP IN BREW (October 2016) was an RT Book Reviews “Top Pick” and a Kings River Life “Best Book of 2016.” It has also been nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth. The third book in the series, A ROOM WITH A BREW, will be released in October 2017.

Marie-Helene Walls-Wilson

Robin Walsh