Meet our Directors:
Denise Ditto Satterfield – Executive Director
Rebecca Nolen – Executive Director
Roger Paulding – President Emeritus
Elizabeth Domino – VP HWH Press
Kim Newsome – Social Media Director
Ramsey Morris – Membership Director
Russell Ditto – Audio/Visual Director
About Denise Ditto Satterfield: Executive Director
Denise, a native Houstonian, is a freelance writer who loves writing for children. She is the author of the children’s book titled, The Tooth Collector Fairies: Batina’s Best First Day which is a book about friendship and teamwork. It also encourages children to brush their teeth … but don’t tell them. She is currently working on the sequel, Decay Valley which should debut in early 2018. Denise also enjoys writing about a variety of other topics, often focusing on recollections from her childhood and growing up in Houston. Her short story The Art of Ironing was published in OMG, That Woman!, a woman’s fiction anthology released in April 2013.
Prior to her HWH appointment, Denise was the former Executive Director of the Houston Writers Guild. She is an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2012.
Denise graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston—Downtown with a degree in professional writing. She published two short stories in the university’s literary magazine, The Bayou Review, and won first place in the creative-writing contest for her short story Summer Breeze.
About Rebecca Nolen: Executive Director
Rebecca is a writer currently residing in the downtown area of Houston, TX. She is the author of the middle grade fantasy, The Dry and the psychological suspense, Deadly Thyme.
Prior to her HWH appointment, Rebecca was the President and Programs Director of the Houston Writers Guild from September 2014 until May 2016. She is also an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Sisters in Crime.
Rebecca’s hobbies include illustrating with colored pencils, gardening, and reading suspense novels. Her history includes a great-grandfather who went around Texas teaching tree grafting techniques in the 1800’s. Rebecca’s grandmother was an exceptional gardener who took the time to teach Rebecca to love the outdoors. Master Gardener Rebecca uses a lot of gardening and wildlife facts in her fictional stories.
Rebecca edits other people’s books. firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
About Roger Paulding: President Emeritus
Roger was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He attended Daniel Webster High School and graduated in 1948. He attended Oklahoma State University until 1951. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1952. During his school years, he was active in writing for the school publications, and had two short stories and a three part serial published in the the Sunday School magazines, for which he was paid $10 each. His last summer at HSU, he managed the Publicity Department.
He is the author of several published works. He is also the founder of The Houston Writers Guild, The Houston Writers House and The American Society of Freelancers. In addition, he is mentor to many writers in the Houston area.
About Elizabeth Domino: HWH Press Director
Elizabeth was born and raised in Bryan, Texas, Elizabeth is probably the only Mexican who doesn’t know how to speak Spanish. As a transplant to Houston, she fell in love with the city, the pulse and has never left. On the verge of a middle age roller coaster with the Husband # 2 and her blended four kids along for the ride, she is anything but a grown-up. She doesn’t let her taste in music or style define her, it simply makes her that much cooler. From baking cupcakes and cutting crusts on PB&J’s to late night Depeche Mode concerts and mosh pits, she is a dichotomy.
This leg of her journey began while attending the University of Houston-Downtown. She enrolled in a Creative Writing class in Fall of 2007 with a Dr. Joe Aimone. Attending for the sake of fulfilling a requisite for an English credit for her Art degree, she found that he opened her heart and mind to writing. And ultimately herself. She became addicted to writing, writing workshops and critique groups and in the spring of 2009 contributed four short stories to the on campus publication, The Bayou Review. Upon leaving school she maintained her writing of short stories as well as an online blog entitled Ramblings of an Ovary and then became a staff writer to a lifestyle magazine, Act Badd, in 2012 until January of 2014. She currently contributes short story fiction and poetry to another blog, Curators of Dopeness every Tuesday while maintaining the grind of her legitimate 9-5 job that keeps her children fed and her lights on and water running.
Prior to her HWH appointment, Elizabeth was the Press Director of the Houston Writers Guild.
About Kim Newsome: Social Media Director
Kim was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and currently resides on a small ranch in Montgomery, Texas, with husband and Texas Defense Attorney, John Newsome.
In 2000, Kim qualified to compete on the U.S. Women’s Professional Billiard Tour and has been a top-ranked, touring professional since 2001. She is currently ranked #11 on tour and has represented the U.S. in two world championships. Kim is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) and Chairs the WPBA Marketing and Social Media Committee. She is the house pro at Houston’s oldest and largest pool room, Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, and is a player representative for the Predator Group, the industry leader in pool cue manufacturing and technology.
Kim is the Executive Director of the Poison Lone Star Billiards Tour and Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, and manages social media for those, and a number of other Houston businesses. Since 2009, she has written well-over 200 billiard-related articles, published in magazines such as Pool and Billiard and Billiards Digest. Aside from a 25-year career in billiards, her other “love” interests include her animals, horseback riding, and watching movies. Her favorite show of all-time is the former HBO series, “Sopranos”.
Kim and hubby patronize the local horse track, Sam Houston Race Park, and eat out frequently (because Kim can’t cook). Over the years, she has devoted a great deal of time to charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Hearts & Hands Foundation, Santana Dotson Foundation, New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Grace Museum, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (youth scholarships), and the Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center.
Find out more about Kim on one or more of her social media pages:
FB @lonestarpro, Twitter @wpbapro, Instagram @arealcowgirl, LinkedIn @kimwhitenewsome, Pinterest @wpbapro, Tumblr @arealcowgirl
Ramsey Morris: Membership Director
Ramsey Morris is a native Houstonian with a Masters in English from the University of Houston. Having been born with cerebral palsy, she has seen many changes over the years in the world of disability.
She has done volunteer work for a Houston council member and Child Advocates. Writings include bedtime stories for Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies and articles for United Cerebral Palsy. Reading is her passion, and Ramsey regularly attends several book clubs. Ramsey is also good with the computer and enjoys doing database entry work. She is never far away from her iPad.
Russell Ditto – Audio/Visual Director
Russell Ditto is a native Houstonian with 40 years experience in the Audio/Visual Industry.