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Founders & Board


Charter Members

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Board of Directors

as of 26 August 2018

  • Charles A. Lieske has worked in economic development and mediation, and during his tenure with Nebraska State Probation, he had the opportunity to author and design manuals, workbooks, informational books for adult probationers, and juvenile probationers and their families. Additionally, Charles developed promotional materials for multiple agencies and most recently redesigned and facilitated the translation of a workbook for his current employer, Mediation West. Charles received a bachelor of Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University and completed Master's level coursework in Public Administration.

    Contact Information: Charles Lieske • PO Box 493 • Scottsbluff NE 69363-0493 •

  • New York Times bestselling author Victorine Lieske has the ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today's publishing environment. Her ability to bring the complicated world of writing and publishing alive in terms that everyone can understand and execute has made her a popular panel member and keynote speaker. In 2018 she and fellow authors in the sweet romance genre launched The Writing Gals YouTube series.

    Victorine’s commercial success began with her first self-published novel. In March 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6-week run on The New York Times bestselling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine's first romantic comedy novel, Accidentally Married, hit the USA Today Bestselling books list in January 2015.

    She is active in many writing forums, including serving as a literary judge. Because of her service to fellow authors, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.

    Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. In addition to having authored over one dozen books, Victorine also serves as a graphic designer for the publishing industry.

    Contact Information: Victorine E. Lieske • PO Box 493 • Scottsbluff NE 69363-0493 •

  • Faith A. Colburn is a gardener as well as a writer. She has grown things in pots, in full shade, on rocks, over chain link fences, and among the debris of old buildings. She has worked as a public information officer for a game and fish agency, a company that provides care for people with developmental disabilities, and a research and extension center— sandwiching in gigs as an over-the-road truck driver and a waitress. Wearing her information officer hat, she gave programs, and appeared on radio and television, wrote numerous articles for local newspapers and for NEBRASKAland magazine. A sixth-generation Nebraskan, she grew up with a retired big-band canary and a combat veteran. Ms. Colburn earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Nebraska in Kearney, an MA in journalism, and a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her memoir received the UNK award for Outstanding Thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 2012 and she received the Outstanding Work of Fiction Award in 2009.

    Contact Information: Faith A. Colburn • 803 West 8th Street, North Platte, Nebraska 69101 •

  • Kim Stokely, Recording Secretary
    Kim Stokely, Recording Secretary

    The wife of a submariner, Kim has lived in eight states over the last twenty years. With a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Regent University, she used her background in Drama to stretch her creativity and stay relatively sane throughout all those moves.

    In 2004 the Navy transferred her family to Omaha, Nebraska, a perfectly logical move that never made sense to her mother. Since moving to the area she’s taken classes in novel writing from the community college and has become a member of the Nebraska Writer’s Workshop, Nebraska Writers Guild, the Heart of America Christian Writers Network and the Christian Writers Guild.

    Kim’s novel Winter Trees was a semi-finalist in the Christian Writer’s Guild’s 2010 Operation First Novel contest. Her short story Bingo won the 2009 Writers’ Journal Romance contest and was published in the January/February 2010 edition of the magazine. She is a regularly paid reviewer for Plugged In.

  • Sarah is a self-described author, explorer of ideas and creator of worlds; an Author Goddess determined to pass on her ideas and worlds to others. Her goal is to make someone else's world a little better.

  • Vacant, Historian
  • General Board Member
    General Board Member

    Jennifer Hanisch is a Nebraskan author who has lived in this state for 39 years. She lives on a 33 acre plot in Rockville, a small community village. A late bloomer, she went back to school at age 52 and completed 3 degrees. Jennifer like traveling, gardening and has given some time to a mature film making.