Meet the Board of Directors



CEO and President - Judith Briles, CEO of The Book Shepherd

Judith is known as The Book Shepherd and an encourager to authors and writers. She is a Speaker, Author and Publishing expert, Podcast Host, and the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of and


As the author of 37 books, she has earned over 30 national book awards in the Writing, Publishing and Business categories. In 2017, she was honored to be awarded the first Dan Poynter Legacy Award in Nonfiction. In 2000, she created Mile High Press. Based in Colorado, she’s published in 16 countries with more than 1,000,000 copies of her work sold.



Treasurer - Pat Comiskey-CPA, CEO of Comiskey & Company

Pat is the founder of Comiskey & Company, P.C. is a full-service CPA firm specializing in taxation, accounting and auditing for construction, agriculture, and other industries for twenty-five years founded in 1984. Based in Denver, Colorado, he specializes in business advisory services, including tax planning and compliance, business valuations, and retirement/estate planning. Pat oversees all tax and tax-related engagements performed by the firm.



Secretary - Kelly Johnson, CEO of Cornerstone VA

Kelly is founder of Cornerstone Virtual Assistance and specializes in working with authors and coaches to manage the technical, creative and administrative projects for your business.


Cornerstone Virtual Assistance was started in 2004; the decision to establish it stemmed from her desire to have more time to work one-on-one with clients in a collaborative partnership that permits her to practice the belief that “Together Everyone Accomplishes More (TEAM).”  Kelly has been teaching workshops to authors since 2010. She strives to move a client’s business to the next level by ensuring that the foundation of your business is supported through managing projects and proposing creative ideas to help achieve success.




Julie Bernard - CEO of Bernard IP Law

Julie is a registered patent and intellectual property attorney who brings twenty-five years of experience to the table. Julie focuses her practice on US and international patents, US and international trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property portfolio strategy and management, transactions and licenses, and technology transfer. Julie provides balanced general, transactional, and intellectual property legal advice based on her significant experience and proven track record related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and the structuring and negotiation of licenses and other agreements.


Dianemarie (DM) Collins

Dianemarie “DM” Collins has over thirty years of experience in public relations. Her clients have been featured on Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, The View, CBS MarketWatch, CNBC Power Lunch, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal among other media outlets.


Since 2001 Dianemarie has hosted and produced the Online television program, The DM Zone which features lively interviews of highly creative and talented professionals. A veteran performer in acting, singing, dancing and choreography, DM appeared in productions from Broadway and off-Broadway to nightclubs and dinner theaters throughout the country.


Believing in giving back, over the years DM has donated her time and talent for a variety of worthy efforts. Those non-profit organizations benefited via board positions or volunteering with fund raising, marketing and public relations skills.



Danielle Hampson

Danielle Hampson created “The Authors Show®” more than 15 years ago when “podcasting" was not yet a word.  The show was preceded by several other audio and video shows she produced and hosted online as well as on traditional radio. The success of “The Authors Show®” encouraged her to start the production of a “twin” show in French, which saw its debut in summer 2020. With such longevity in the podcasting space, she is often asked to speak to publishing industry organizations and groups of authors on the topic of utilizing audio & video as a book marketing tool.


As a multilingual Cross-Cultural Expert and International Business & Marketing Consultant educated in Europe, Danielle has traveled the world helping business executives in small and Fortune 100 companies develop & implement global marketing & distribution strategies, as well as a non-destructive testing specialist in the automotive and aerospace industries.  As the founder of a business networking organization with multiple chapters across several states, she has also helped thousands of entrepreneurs & managers develop and improve their networking skills. Often referred to as the "Queen of Win-Win", it is that philosophy that has helped her gain the respect of clients across continents. She also puts her skills to good use volunteering time and resources with nonprofit organizations, and has traveled multiple times to China to help accelerate women leadership and to teach university students business networking, interviewing and show production skills.



Elizabeth (Betty) Heid

Elizabeth (Betty) Heid is the executive producer of the film series “Great Colorado Women”.  Two of her films have won Heartland Emmy Awards.  Another was awarded the Los Angeles film award for “Inspiring Woman in a Film”.  Her professional experience includes: owner, founder and CEO of two small multi-million dollar businesses: a consulting agency and a job placement agency.  Previously, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies where she was a senior executive.

Ms. Heid is a Colorado Native.  She is a life-long volunteer focusing on education, women’s issues and history.  She has served as chair or a member of many boards and is the past chair of the board of directors of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

She holds an undergraduate and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.  She is also a certified mediator.  Her hobbies include golf, bridge, travel, reading, exercising and is a world-wide traveler.



Mara Purl - CEO of Haven Books, LLC

Mara is the author of the best-selling Milford-Haven Novels & Novellas which have won 50-plus book awards and hit several best-seller lists. She was named 2019 Top Female Author for Fiction by The Authors Show. Her hit audio drama Milford-Haven, U.S.A., reached 4.5 million listeners on BBC Radio, and became the basis for her books, the first series to feature California’s spectacular Central Coast as its setting. Mara wrote for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, and the Financial Times of London, among many others. As an actress, Mara is best known as “Darla Cook” on Days Of Our Lives, as well as for leading stage roles, and she co-authored (with Erin Gray) Act Right.


She has written more than 200 audio plays, as well as screenplays and theatrical plays. Mara is a frequent speaker at writing conferences and women’s events; and is an Audible narrator of audio books and has won 10 awards as an audio performer. Mara is CEO of Haven Books, LLC, where she consults for authors in multiple genres. Visit and



Richard Rieman, CEO of Imagination Videobooks

Richard Rieman is the CEO of Imagination Videobooks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that creates and publishes videobooks and audiobooks of existing illustrated children's books for children with vision challenges. Richard is known in Denver as “The Audiobook and Videobook Wizard.” He is an acclaimed authority on audio and video self-publishing. He has consulted and produced hundreds of Indie-published audiobooks and is the author of the Global eBook Awards Gold Medal Winner The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation. Richard is Past President and Board Member of the Nonprofit “New Beginnings.”



Mary Salas, Co-Owner of Peak Wealth Strategies and Director of Wealth Management & Planning

As a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist, she’s been advising and guiding individuals, families, and business owners since 2004. Her professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and CREW-Denver (Commercial Real Estate Women).



Jeannette Seibly

Jeannette Seibly has been an international business advisor for more than 28 years. She has provided executive coaching and management consultation to C-suite executives, management teams, association boards, and employees. She is an award-winning executive coach and keynote speaker with an expertise in guiding leaders to get unstuck and achieve unprecedented results. Jeannette’s helped thousands make a positive difference in their businesses and careers. Also, she has held board positions since age 16, founder and chair for a 501(c)3, and advisory board member for an $18M privately-held company. Jeannette is the author of eight books including The Secret of Selling Yourself Anytime, Anywhere, Hire Amazing Employees, and It’s Time to Brag: Business Edition.




John Kremer - Book Marketing Expert and Author

John is an expert on book publishing and marketing. He is also founder of The Book Marketing Network and has worked with thousands of authors.


The owner of Open Horizons Publishing in Taos, New Mexico, he is the editor of the Book Marketing Tip of the Week newsletter. He is the author of several books on publishing and marketing, including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers. He has also designed the Book Marketing Magic program and the Blog Tour Palooza program.

Nancy Hestera - Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble, Colorado




The Colorado Authors' Hall of Fame Members have a passion for the outstanding works of published authors and a commitment to celebrate and promote those works.

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