Positions in Utah Valley Writers are through nominations and/or volunteering, followed by a chapter vote. None of our officers are paid or compensated in any way. Executive Officers are responsible for the operation, mission, development, and continued growth of the chapter. Each person gives of their time and talents to ensure our community of writers is learning more about the craft and business of writing. If you would like to assist in this mission, please speak to one of the following Executive Officers.
JAMIE MOESSER is an editor and event manager at BYU. She reviews books at HeadOverBooks.com, on Amazon as JamieGamer, and on GoodReads as JamieMoesser. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Masters of Public and Nonprofit Administration from the University of Utah. She wrote grants for ten years on behalf of various Utah nonprofits, and administered some of those organizations. She is active in many hobbies, including reading, fishing, dirt biking, camping, gaming, papercrafting, geocaching, waterskiing, wakeboarding, snowskiing, and fishing. She is also active in her school community, having served as a PTA board member, science fair planner, fall carnival planner, and Reflections literary judge. She is a wife, and mother to two boys.
JESSICA E. ALLRED is a card-carrying member of the readers-turned-writers club, with a long history of sneaking books into school, church, and family functions. Born and raised in Utah, she developed a love for fantasy and adventure through a mix of books, movies, and frequent camping trips . Occasionally distracted by her gigantic family, trashy reality TV shows, and sushi, she goes back to the mountains when she needs to refresh her inspiration.
KAREN EDWARDS PIEROTTI was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but, as her father was in the Royal Air Force, lived in multiple places in the UK, and in Gibraltar, Spain for a couple of years. She joined the LDS church in Lugano, Switzerland where she was working for a Swiss travel agent. Karen met her husband at a BYU ward, and they have four children. She has been a widow for 23 years. She worked at BYU for 29 years in various secretarial/administrative positions and, after receiving an MA in rhetoric, taught 1st year writing for about 10 years. She has been a family history consultant for many years and began writing family histories. Her interest in family history found her auditing a creative writing class. A class on writing a novel prompted her to embark on writing a historical novel. She let it sit for a couple of years until she began coming to the UVW meetings, when she completed the first draft of the novel through taking part in NaNoWriMo. Getting good feedback and meeting people at UVW has been encouraging in her new venture of writing creative fiction. She’s learned a lot from many UVW members. Now retired, she has more time to write when she’s not flitting off to the UK to visit family, and Richmond, Seattle, Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), and Salt Lake City to visit children and grandchildren.
MICHELLE STODDARD loves a good story no matter its genre. Writing everything from historical mystery to nerd-culture comedy, she enjoys the different styles and challenges each genre presents. She is currently editing her novel Secrets and Steel, a 17th century historical adventure series about an English spy and swordsman . . . who isn’t actually a man.