President: Debra H. Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of One Taste Too Many, the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter and the Southeast Chapter of MWA. Find out more about Debra at .

Vice President: Robert Mangeot

Robert Mangeot lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and cats. His short fiction appears here and there, including ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, MYSTERY WEEKLY MAGAZINE, the MWA anthology ICE COLD, and the Anthony-winning MURDER UNDER THE OAKS. His work has been a Derringer Award finalist. He’s the current chapter president for Sisters in Crime Middle Tennessee. When not writing, he can be found counting things. And when he’s not doing any of that, he’s wandering the snack food aisles of America or France. Visit Bob at

Treasurer: Jim Weikart

Mystery writer Jim Weikart graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa in 1968 and attended workshops at Columbia University from 1970 to 1975. While practicing a successful career in tax accounting, Weikart attended Michael Neill’s coaching workshop titled Writing Naked on the Beach in 2007 and, in June 2008, led a workshop at the Manhattanville Writers Summer Week. He has two published mysteries, Casualty Loss and Harry’s Last Tax Cut, and also several published short stories. Visit him at


nancySecretary: Nancy Sartor

Nancy Sartor is an award-winning Nashville born writer, a charter member and current president of Word Spinners Ink, a member of RWA, MWA and SiNC and current recording secretary of SEMWA. She is an enthusiastic graduate of Donald Maass’s Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop, Don Maass’s workshop on micro tension and the Writer’s Police Academy. Nancy lives in Rural Hill, Tennessee, with her husband, classical composer and conductor David Sartor, and two Maine Coon cats. Ginger, the older cat, is part of the cast of Bones Along the Hill. Autumn Fire, the younger cat, is so far unsigned for a role, but she did gain a reference in Christmas Across Time. To date, Nancy has three novels in print: Bones Along the Hill, a dark suspense set in Nashville; Christmas Across Time, a paranormal based the real ghost known as the Opryland Black Lady, and Blessed Curse, a paranormal set in historic Rugby, Tennessee. She is currently working on the Common, a suspense set around the nuclear power industry. Blessed Curse won the Daphne in 2018 for best paranormal.

Eastern Area Rep (NC, SC, GA): Paula Gail Benson

A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared online in Kings River Life and the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and in print in Mystery Times Ten 2013, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman, and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology. With Robert Dugoni, she wrote “A Matter of Honor,” which appears in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-blooded. Currently, she serves as President of the Palmetto Chapter of SinC. She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at the Stiletto Gang and Writers Who Kill. Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy and her website is

Western Area Rep (TN, MS, AL): Margaret Fenton

Margaret Fenton grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1996. She spent ten years as a child and family therapist for the Department of Human Resources before focusing on mystery writing. Her work tends to reflect her interest in social causes and mental health, especially where kids are concerned. She has written two novels: Little Lamb Lost was published in 2009, and Little Girl Gone was released in 2016. She has had two short stories published as well. She is the planning coordinator of Murder in the Magic City, a one-day, one-track annual mystery fan conference in Homewood, Alabama. She is President of the Birmingham Chapter of Sisters in Crime and a member of the Mystery Writers of America. Margaret lives in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover with her husband, a retired software developer.

Immediate Past President: Maggie Toussaint

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries. Confound It, book five in her Dreamwalker series, is her latest mystery novel. The next book, Dreamed It, releases June 2019. Her work won two Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. Maggie also writes romantic suspense and science fiction. She’s past president of Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America and a board member of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at


PR and Promotions Chair: Stacy Allen

Stacy Allen’s love of adventure has taken her to over 70 countries. She has previously served on other board positions of Southeast Chapter of MWA. She is also a member of ITW, SinC, and Georgia Writers. She is an Advanced Open Water Diver, with additional certifications in EA NITROX, Cave, Night, and Wreck Diving. She plays guitar, sings, loves foreign languages, is married, and lives in the Atlanta area. Her Riley Cooper series features Dr. Riley Cooper, a SCUBA-diving archaeologist. Expedition Indigo is the first book in that series. She is represented by Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Visit her at:


Mailing Address:


c/o  Debra H. Goldstein

4013 Crossings Lane

Birmingham, AL 35242

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