2018 Board Member Elections

Voting is now open and will close on October 31st. All MWSA members should have received voting instructions via email. That email includes a link to your ballot on Election Buddy as well as your personal access key. If you have your access key, you can also vote by clicking on the button below, and entering your access key in the box on the page.

Candidate Biographies


Bob Doerr

Award winning author Bob Doerr has been a member of MWSA since 2010. He is MWSA's current Vice President. Bob grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and had a career of his own in the Air Force. His education credits include a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University.  A full time author with thirteen published books and a co-author in another, Bob was selected by the Military Writers Society of America as its Author of the Year for 2013. The Eric Hoffer Awards awarded Bob’s book No One Else to Kill its 2013 first runner up to the grand prize for commercial fiction. Bob lives in Garden Ridge, Texas, with Leigh, his wife of 45 years, and Cinco, their ornery cat. If elected Bob hopes to bring down some of the costs to MWSA members and expand MWSA’s outreach programs.

Vice President:

Jim Greenwald

I am placing my name on the ballot for Vice President of MWSA, in the upcoming election. I would of course appreciate a positive vote from each and every active member and look forward to helping the organization move forward for all members. There is much that needs done and hopefully with the input and active participation of members, MWSA will grow into the future.

It will be my intention to actively seek member involvement and participation. I have been an active and involved lifetime member for a number of years and worked closely on projects involving our bylaws, review and award process, our 501(c)(3) successful effort, creating guidelines and qualifications for the MWSA Author of the Year Award, auction, event organizing, hotel contracts, student writing contest, and the VA Book Donation outreach to mention some of my active participation.

I have a strong background in business, having managed retail stores, my own camera shops and studio, and I hold degrees in Applied Science (AAS), Business Administration (ABA), Business Management (BBM), and a Masters in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations (MHRMIR).

George Jackson

Captain George William Jackson (a.k.a.  G. William Weatherly) grew up in Huntington, New York.  After graduating (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin, he was commissioned an Ensign in June 1969.  In the course of a 30 year career, he achieved exceptional credentials in nuclear power, being assigned to the pre-commissioning units of two submarines to oversee the testing of the nuclear engineering plants and training of the initial crews.  He commanded three different submarines, USS Shark (SSN-591), USS Billfish (SSN-676) and PCU Rhode Island (SSBN740.

Between 1977 and 1980, he served on Admiral Rickover's staff in Washington, DC.  From 1994 until July of 1999, he was a Professor of Operations, held the Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare and was Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  There he oversaw and coordinated the efforts of 38 other professors and certified the Joint Professional Military Education of over two thousand mid-grade and senior officers.

He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (a global organization) and over a dozen other professional and veteran groups.  

He lives in Southeastern Connecticut with his wife of over 40 years, Caren.  With her help and a host of former sailors and friends, he began his writing career in 2008 and won the MWSA gold medal for fiction with his first novel, Sheppard of the Argonne, in 2016.


Joe Epley

For the past three years, I have served as secretary of the MWSA.  At the encouragement of others, I stand for one more term. We have accomplished a lot in the past three years. The bylaws have been updated and reflect better who we are. Minutes are accurately kept of all meetings.  And I am coordinating the national conference in Charleston.  I still have time to write, to tell the story of the Overmountain Men and Kings Mountain, to celebrate my 80th birthday and to travel. I have served on various boards over the years and run my own company before I retired, so I bring a wealth of management skills to the MWSA. With these skills, the Lord willing, and with support of the Board of Directors, I will be diligent in my duties to the MWSA and continue to help it reach its potential.


Hugh Simpson

I’m a retired LtCol USMCR and Father of 3.  My wife and I have a Law Firm and Title Insurance Business for over 20 years as well as several other Family and Real Estate Entities. I recently published my first book, Borderline Decision, and have turned over my second, Caribbean Cabal, to my editor. 


Jim Tritten

Jim retired after a forty-four year career with the Department of Defense including duty as a carrier-based naval aviator. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and formerly served as a faculty member and National Security Affairs department chair at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Tritten’s publications have won him thirty-three writing awards, including the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award from the Navy League of the U.S. He has published six books and over three hundred chapters, short stories, essays, articles, and government technical reports. Jim was a frequent speaker at many military, arms control, and international conferences and has seen his work translated into Russian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Jim is a current member of the board and is the coordinator for the 2019 conference to be jointly held with SouthWest Writers in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Terrence McCauley

Terrence P. McCauley is an award-winning writer of crime fiction and thrillers. He is the author of the James Hicks series, which include:  The Fairfax Incident, A Conspiracy of Ravens, A Murder of Crows and Sympathy for the Devil, published by Polis Books. He has also written two award-winning novels set in 1930 New York City – Prohibition and Slow Burn. In September 2018, Kensington Books will publish Terrence's first western, Where the Bullets Fly, as part of his new Sheriff Aaron Mackey series. The second entry in the series - Dark Territory - will be published in 2019.

Terrence's World War I novella - The Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood - won the Silver Medal for Historical Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. Proceeds from sales go directly to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

 He is a member of the New York City chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, the International Crime Writers Association, the Military Writers Society of America and the Western Writers of America.

A proud native of The Bronx, NY, he is currently writing his next work of fiction.

Larry Greenly

Armed with degrees in physics/math, architecture, civil engineering, and chiropractic, Larry Greenly has led a multi-faceted life as a teacher, engineer, and doctor of chiropractic. His career as a freelance writer/editor of myriad non-fiction articles began over 30 years ago with a long-running medical column in professional journals. Along the way, Greenly garnered a number of writing awards and recognition, including the Parris Award and others.

His book, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot, won a Silver Medal in the 2016 MWSA book contest, was named a 2015 Booklist Top Ten Multicultural Nonfiction Book for Youth, won a Gold Medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, won Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 NM/AZ Book Awards, was a finalist in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southwest Region Crystal Kite Award, earned a starred review from the American Library Association (ALA) and earned a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA).

Over the last three decades, Greenly has edited and proofread many books for other writers. He has been a writing instructor and speaker for years at various organizations around the country. Greenly is a book judge for several writing organizations. And he is a member of MWSA, SouthWest Writers, and SCBWI.

His wide board experience includes three terms as president of the Albuquerque Press Club, a decade as a board member of NM Physicians of Chiropractic Medicine, and four terms as president of SouthWest Writers (with multiple terms of every position on SWW’s board since 1992 except treasurer). Greenly has also been SWW’s office manager since 2004, but he expects to retire soon to devote more time to writing and other writing-related activities.

Greenly wants to help MWSA grow and prosper in any way he can. He currently lives in New Mexico.  

Phil Keith

Phil Keith holds a degree in history from Harvard. After graduating, Phil went into the Navy and served in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

After his wartime service, Phil rose to the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve and is also a licensed US Coast Guard Master’s Mate. As a business executive, he worked for two Fortune 500 firms and is a former assistant professor of business at Long Island University. Since 2007 Phil has been an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching marketing and writing courses.

Phil has authored three novels and five nonfiction books to date. His two Vietnam books are both from St. Martin’s Press: Blackhorse Riders won the 2012 USA Book News award for Best Military Non-Fiction, was a finalist for the 2013 Colby Award and earned a Silver Medal from Military Writers Society of America. His second Vietnam book, Fire Base Illingworth, was released in 2013. Stay the Rising Sun (Quarto Publishing, 2016), is an account of the crucial WW II Battle of the Coral Sea and the loss of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington  in May, 1942. Stay the Rising Sun won a Bronze Medal from The Military Writers Society and was a finalist for the 2016 Morison Award for Naval Literature. Phil is currently working on two new books: Long Hank, a biographic novel on General Henry W. "Long Hank" Lawton, and Love and Glory, the biography of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot (co-written with best-selling author Tom Clavin), under contract to HarperCollins.  

Phil serves on the planning board for the Town of Southampton, writes an award-winning column for the Southampton Press, and is a member of VFW Post 5350, American Legion Post 924, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. He lives in Southampton with his partner Laura Lyons and son Pierce.

John Cathcart

A lifetime member, John Cathcart has been involved with MWSA for over 10 years—initially as webmaster, and for the past two seasons as awards director. Before joining MWSA, he served 20 years on active duty in the USAF as pilot and in various staff positions. After retiring from the Air Force at the rank of Lt Col, he flew 737s for American Airlines. While flying for American, he wrote his award-winning debut novel, Delta 7. Now that he’s retired, John would like to continue working with MWSA and ensuring that it remains relevant and useful to veteran writers and their families.