Carl Vonderau: President

Carl Vonderau is the author of MURDERABILIA, a thriller that takes place in the upper crust world of private banking. The novel won the Lefty Best Debut Novel at Left Coast Crime 2020. Like the protagonist, William McNary, he has been a private banker and was raised in a Christian Science family. On the other hand, his father was never a serial killer whose photos launched the “murderabilia” market. Nor did Carl’s family use Christian Science to heal his childhood illnesses—well, not most of them, anyway.  Actually Carl grew up boringly normal with two caring parents and his sister in a suburb of Cleveland. Then he went off to college in California and things started to get more interesting. He ended up studying economics at Stanford and music at San Jose State University before he embarked on a career in banking. That career enabled him to live and work in Latin America, Canada, and North Africa and to do business in Spanish, French and Portuguese. See his website at www.carlvonderau.com

Kathleen Kravat: Vice President

Kathy Krevat (writing as Kathy Aarons) is the author of the national bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series by Berkley Prime Crime. Death is Like a Box of Chocolates was selected as a Top Book of 2014 by the San Diego Union Tribune. Truffled to Death was published in June 2015 and Behind Chocolate Bars will be out October 2016. Kathy has been a tireless advocate for arts education for youth, serving on the board for Playwrights Project, advising the Middle School Writing Workshop series in Carmel Valley, and volunteering for the CCA Writers’ Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the US.  Visit her at www.kathyaarons.com.

Janet Wolf: Treasurer

Kim Keeline: Director at Large

Kim Keeline is a former academic turned writer, hard at work at finalizing her first novel, Deadman’s Switch, set in a fictional train museum in Southern California, which won a Conference Choice Award in 2016 at the SDSU Writers Conference.  Her short story “The Crossing” was third place in the San Diego Public Library 2019 Short Story contest and was published in Crossing Borders, the Sisters in Crime anthology. It was also a finalist for the Derringer Best Short Story 2021 award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. A second short story was published in the October 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, California Schemin’. Kim is a freelance Book PR and Graphic Design person for other authors, in addition to teaching Scrivener and giving lectures on a variety of writing, literature, and history topics (see info on her work at her portfolio). She is also a volunteer steam locomotive engineer at the Poway-Midland Railroad. She was the co-chair of the organizing committee for Left Coast Crime 2020 in San Diego and co-chair for Bouchercon 2023..

Cornelia Feye: Director at Large (programming committee)

Born in Germany, Cornelia Feye studied art history and anthropology at the medieval University of Tubingen, Germany. After a stint in New York and traveling around the world for seven years, she settled in Ocean Beach, California with her husband and two sons. She enjoys teaching, rollerblading, and dancing tango. She runs an independent press, Konstellation Press, which specializes in poetry and genre fiction. More info at the Konstellation Press website.

Nicole Larson: Director at Large (programming committee)

Nicole Sours Larson is an award-winning freelance journalist, community activist and Coast Guard-licensed captain who is rewriting her first mystery. A past president of the San Diego Press Club, she writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Home & Garden, Sea Magazine and pens the Dock Lines with Captain Nicole column for the boating newspaper The Log. Her eclectic background includes running Virginia plantations and a Frank Lloyd Wright house for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working on numerous political and issues campaigns, lobbying on Capitol Hill, earning a grand diplôme from Cordon Bleu Paris and organizing wine tastings in London, Washington, DC, and San Diego. She lives with her husband and two fabulous felines on the beach, where she enjoys contemplating mysteries.

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Original Launch Board (2016-2018):

  • Kathy Krevat, President
  • Lisa Brackmann, VP
  • Kim Keeline, Secretary
  • Valerie Hanson, Treasurer
  • Nicole Larson, Programming
  • Corey Lynn Fayman, Membership

Volunteer of the Year Award:

Kim Keeline 2017

Kathleen Krevat 2018

Valerie Hanson and Nicole Larson 2019

Sheri Brady, 2020