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Lisa BrackmannCo-Chair: Lisa Brackmann
Lisa Brackmann is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day), and the thrillers Getaway, Go-Between and Black Swan Rising. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Travel+Leisure, Los Angeles Review of Books, and CNET. In a past life, she was an issues researcher for a presidential campaign, a mid-level film studio executive and the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. She lives in San Diego with a cat, far too many books, and a bass ukulele. [website]

Kim KeelineCo-Chair: Kim Keeline
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Kim Keeline is the Communications Director for a local writing group, San Diego Writers, Ink and a founding board member of Partners in Crime: the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime. She hopes to be launching her cozy mystery series set in a train museum soon, but in the meantime she runs a 1907 Baldwin locomotive in northern San Diego about twice a month as a volunteer. She seldom uses her Ph.D. in English anymore, but enjoys working in marketing and writing fields. She geeks out about trains, airships, technology, popular culture, and books. She has just started Book Scene: San Diego, a video web series on the collecting and selling of books. With her husband, a series book expert, she collects children’s series like Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Trixie Belden, and the Three Investigators.

Maryelizabeth YturraldeCo-Chair: Maryelizabeth Yturralde
Maryelizabeth Yturralde co-founded independent genre bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in Southern California in 1993; she is a regular contributor to programming at literary conventions all over the country, including Comic-Con International San Diego and New York Comic Con. In addition to being a regular writer of non-fiction, including critical and biographical essays, and reviews for Mysterious Galaxy, she edited San Diego Noir for the Akashic Noir series in 2011. She is passionate about connecting readers and stories.


Treasurer: Corey Lynn Fayman
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“A powerful new voice on the crime-fiction scene” (ForeWord Reviews), Corey Lynn Fayman has done hard time as a musician, songwriter, and sound designer, but still refuses to apologize for it. Black’s Beach Shuffle, the first novel featuring the guitar-slinging detective Rolly Waters, was a San Diego Book Awards finalist. The second, Border Field Blues, won the genre award at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. His third Rolly Waters mystery, Desert City Diva, won the Bronze Award for Foreword Reviews 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year. Many years soaking up the famously temperate climate of his hometown have had no noticeable effect on Mr. Fayman’s attitude.

Kathy KrevatRegistrar: Kathy Krevat
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Kathy Krevat is the author of the GOURMET CAT MYSTERY series featuring cat food chef Colbie Summers and her demanding cat Trouble. She also writes the bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series under the name, Kathy Aarons. Kathy lives in San Diego with her husband in the perfect location — close to Philz Coffee and the beach, and within visiting distance of her two grown daughters. When she’s not writing, she’s an advocate for youth arts education and president of Partners in Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Follow Kathy on Facebook or Twitter or visit her website.

Awards Co-Chairs: Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich
Lucinda & StanLucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich serve as the Left Coast Crime Awards Co-Chairs. Email them at with questions about the Lefty Awards. Lucinda & Stan joined the LCC family with Left Coast Crime 2011: The Big Chile in Santa Fe, and were co-chairs (with Bill & Toby Gottfried) for 2014: Calamari Crime in Monterey. They serve as the Awards Co-Chairs for LCC, and Stan, a retired lawyer, is President of Left Coast Crime Conference, Inc. Their first mystery convention was Bouchercon 2007 in Alaska, and they’ve enjoyed exploring new places and meeting fellow mystery enthusiasts at Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime ever since. Lucinda & Stan were the Fan Guests of Honor at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Together Lucinda and Stan are Stop, You’re Killing Me!, an Anthony award-winning web resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. A former elementary school teacher, Lucinda created Bookworm for Kids—a resource for teachers, parents, grandparents, and all others interested in encouraging children to love reading. Lucinda and Stan try to give away as many books as they can, but still seem to have piles everywhere.

National Publicity Chair: Janet Rudolph
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Janet RudolphJanet Rudolph is known as “The Mistress of Mystery.” She is the writer/producer for Murder on the Menu®, director of Mystery Readers International, editor of the Mystery Readers Journal, a teacher of mystery fiction, and has been a columnist for most of the mystery periodicals. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the British Crime Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and the American Crime Writers League. She has been on panels at Bouchercon (the World Mystery Convention), Left Coast Crime, and several other mystery conventions. Janet was Fan Guest of Honor at Malice Domestic in Washington, DC, and an invited participant in international writing conferences in Spain, England, and Cuba. She blogs at Mystery Fanfare and Dying for Chocolate.