The SFPA Constitution allows the President to appoint as many "assistants" as necessary to get the job done and I've decided to take advantage of this, to increase the overall efficiency of the organization.
So, without further ado, I'd like to announce that I've appointed Karen A. Romanko as Vice-President to help me organize volunteer duties, match them with willing volunteers, and increase the efficiency of our day-to-day processes. If a volunteer is waiting for an answer from me, waiting on another volunteer, needs an assistant, or has somehow reached a stumbling block in their volunteer position, Karen will be a resource to help the volunteer get whatever help they might need to complete the task.
Karen A. Romanko served as SFPA Website Director from 2003 to 2007. Working with Erin Donahoe Kelley and Mike Allen, she helped to establish SFPA's official website at sfpoetry.com. She continued development of the website with Liz Bennefeld, instituting many of the features we have today, such as the annual Halloween Poetry Reading, the Speculative Poetry News page, and the Star*Line Editor's picks. Karen also served as Coordinator for the first online Poetry Contest.
In the writing realm, Karen has seen over 100 of her poems and short stories published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Aberrant Dreams, Ideomancer, and Lone Star Stories. When she switches literary hats, she edits and publishes speculative fiction and poetry anthologies under the Raven Electrick Ink imprint, such as the recently released Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy. She is a member of Broad Universe and The Horror Writers Association.
Please join me in thanking Karen for her willingness to take on this task. I am looking forward to working with her in this capacity.
Deborah P Kolodji