Board of Directors

Lisa Aquilina    ~ President

lisa-12-24-2014  Greetings Arizona Authors’ members and guests! Welcome to the amazing redesigned Association website. Thank you for your interest in the premiere literary organization in the Southwest.

As President, I lead the Association governing board to maintain and further an effective voice for Arizona’s literary community and industries. Together with the distinguished Board of Directors, the Association prides itself in fostering literary achievement and advancing the literary arts through administering the annual international Literary Contest, publishing the annual Arizona Literary Magazine, publishing the bimonthly E-Newsletter, organizing, sponsoring and/or participating in statewide literary programs, conferences/seminars/workshops, book festivals, writing critique groups, etc.

After serving the Association as a judge for the Literary Contest since 2010 and then as Contest Director for the past four years, I strive to ensure the Association executes this highly respected literary event with the same excellent standards. Arizona Authors’ remains the largest positive resource in Arizona for authors, writers, publishers and other industry professionals.

I welcome hearing from all our members and literary enthusiasts about the Association’s new website. I encourage those of you who are not yet members to join our dynamic not-for-profit literary and educational organization. Email me at or call the office at 602.554.8101. Keep writing!

Drew Aquilina ~ Vice President and Literary Competition Director

drew-aquilina-author-green-pieces  My service as Vice President presents the Association with the continuity and consistency which Arizona Authors’ members have come to expect and upon which they can rely. I offer the other productive, dedicated half of a quality, consistent and cohesive team whose goals over the over the next several years, in part, are to increase membership by 20% and increase literary contest submissions by 25% [in 2016, this goal was shattered by delivering an amazing 400% increase in published submissions!]  This new website redesign features secure online membership and renewal, electronic unpublished literary contest submissions/evaluation and return, purchase of the Arizona Literary Magazine and other member-focused elements.

I hope you will join our worthwhile organization today!

Ronald Tobin ~ Secretary

ronald_tobin  As Secretary, my responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, drafting correspondence, as needed; maintaining printed records of annual meetings and in-person and online Board meetings; notifying members of the yearly meeting; drafting, sending and/or administering issuance of press releases for all Association events; sending mailings to the media database; updating media database, as needed; and, proofreading as needed.


Russell Azbill ~ Treasurer

russ-azbill  As Treasurer, my responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining physical custody of the financial and all historical records of the Association; accounting the books in an Excel database and sending monthly reports to the President; annually summarizing Association financial assets and liabilities; filing Federal and State statements and tax returns, where applicable; and, updating membership by sending a short Treasurer summary included in each E-Newsletter.

I encourage you all to renew your memberships this coming January and/or join Arizona Authors’ today!

Nancy Scheneman-Brehm ~ Northern Arizona Liaison and Membership Director

nancy-2015   Greetings! As Northern Arizona Liaison, I organize, administer and coordinate all Association literary events, recruit membership and facilitate seminars and writing groups in Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and surrounding areas.

Casey Thorne ~ Social Media Director

  Welcome to the Arizona Authors’ website. In the coming months, our members and the general public will see and experience many exciting changes on the social media front. The Association is committed to developing its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other digital platforms to pursue its mission of fostering literary achievement, youth and adult literacy and the literary arts, while advancing the craft of writing and serving the writers, authors, editors, publishers and allied professionals of Arizona and the nation. I hope you consider joining Arizona Authors’ today!

Debbie Weiland ~ Program Director

   Welcome to the Association Board of Directors pages. As Valley Program Director, my duties include planning conferences, workshops, booking talent, securing suitable venues, creating promotional materials and security publicity.