KWA Vision Leads serve alongside the Directors to carry out the vision of Kingdom Writers Association. Vision Leads assist in all facets of administration and contribute their strengths to our members. We all benefit from their commitment to our KWA community!

Rhonda Barber

Rhonda is a mom, dream influencer, writer, director and producer. She tells stories that are close to home because home is where the heart is. Her passion is to ignite dreams and provoke purpose through storytelling via screenplay, short film and spoken word. She believes if you can meet people where they are, you can help them get to where they need to go. Rhonda enjoys helping others realize their original design and empowering them to live the intensely rich life God intended for them. She believes that when it comes to dreaming with God, the possibilities are endless.

Shelley Hickox

Shelley Hickox first discovered her passion to write when her 2nd-grade teacher assigned the class to write short stories and share on the “magic carpet.” This became her first captive audience and she hit the ground running, entertaining friends and family with stories ever since. This passion led her to obtain her B.A. in journalism and creative writing from Point Loma Nazarene University, graduating in 2009.

Since then, Shelley shifted from editorial and has found a niche for her copywriting skills in marketing; crafting engaging copy as a brand storyteller for many organizations. She is currently working on a YA urban fantasy novel and has been inspired by the likes of C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, and Suzanne Collins. Shelley also enjoys writing songs, poetry and flash fiction. She discovered KWA at the inaugural Festival of Books at Liberty Station in 2017. It was a match made in heaven! 

Nathan Keys

Nathan Keys is the author of the award-winning epic fantasy adventure series, The Epic of Marindel. His mission is to share empowering stories that will captivate readers and bring them hope and purpose. Nathan is also passionate about helping others realize their individual Kingdom callings, and encouraging them to persevere through life’s hardships to see their callings fulfilled. His other interests include hiking and camping, exercise and nutrition, Star Wars and Marvel, coffee and wine, world history and cultures, and of course, dragons and cats.

Nathan graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology.

Suzanne Lathrop

Suzanne Lathrop was awarded a plaque for “Best Storyteller” by her first-grade teacher and has embraced her imagination ever since. A former blogger, Suzanne has written children’s fiction as well as published non-fiction articles in the New York publication “Loving Education at Home.” She loves to write and perform in comedic skits and is currently writing a women’s fiction novel for the mainstream market. Suzanne is passionate about critique groups and organizes them for KWA. She is the mother of seven and currently works full time driving her youngest two back and forth all over the place.

Suzanne found KWA through a Valentine’s Day Paint Night taught by Jill Wyckoff.

Jan Marovic

Hi, my name is Jan Marovic.  I enjoy learning, writing and teaching and am a member of the Kingdom Writers Association (KWA) at Awakening International.  I was blessed to go to the KWA Oxford, England trip in September 2017 and have begun leading a writing critique group.  My writing project is about practical Christian living.

I love to pray and enjoy leading the Prayer ministry at Awakening International as well as being on several PIT crews for other ministries/ministers.

I also love to travel and meet God’s people all over the world.  I’ve been blessed to visit and minister in China, Hong Kong, Micronesia, Guam, Israel, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and have visited most of the states in the U.S.  I’ve also taken several trips through various countries in Europe.

Rikah Thomas

Rikah Thomas, an award-winning artist, is a mentor, teacher, and author. She enjoys inspiring hearts and minds through words and art as she shares her life’s journey from emotional chaos and brokenness to one of wellness and joy.

Rikah’s love for words started when she was very young, inspiring her to write her first poem at age six. Always a contemplative person, her deep and thoughtful nature, big heart, inquisitive mind, and abiding love for God and others continues to inspire her poetry, devotions, short stories, and prose. She has also written and taught spiritual growth classes, curriculum, and children’s stories to encourage others in their relationship with self and God. These have been birthed from her struggles, victories, and authentic experiences with change, trauma, family, workplace, church, and the mission field where she lived for ten years.

Rikah continues to enjoy life with her husband, children, friends, three dogs, and four parakeets. Her passion is to love well, have fun, and help others see what a treasure they are. She enjoys all things thought-provoking or simply entertaining – books, movies, songs, plays, and good T.V. shows. She is currently working on her second book and new art pieces.

Rikah is an active member of Kingdom Writers Association and has been a member of the Christian Writers Guild for several years. She is a pastor’s wife of 29 years and continues to serve alongside her husband at the church they planted in Chula Vista, California. She received her Biblical Studies training and certification from Liberty University.

Check out her website for updates, blogs, and upcoming book information or to commission an art piece.

www.artistofinkandpaint.com
www.facebook.com/rikahthomas@artistofinkandpaint
www.instagram.com/rikahhope

Dr. Lawrence Wood

Dr. Lawrence A Wood has over 40 years of service to the community as a Physical Therapist, Flight Surgeon, and Naval officer.  He retired from the US Navy at the rank of Captain and after a few years in the civilian sector, Dr. Wood retired from the practice of Ophthalmology and transitioned to writing.

He and his wife, Vanessa, founded Fan of the Feather, Inc a non-profit which provided a myriad of services to homeless veterans. The organization was dissolved in 2016.

He is the author of the stage play No Marks Just Memories, multiple poems, yet to be published.  He has authored a series of crime novels, Among Pigeons, Love and Death Among Pigeons and the soon to be published Life Among Pigeons.  He has also published an illustrated short story, The Strawberry Tree: A Story for Christmas. Presently, he is a screenwriter, director with YLP Productions.

In keeping with his tradition of passion for helping others, he is presently a broker with Westpac Wealth Partners.

Tiffany Vakilian

With a Masters in Transformative Language Arts, Tiffany is not only a voracious reader and exceptional performer but a professional writer and editor. Her favorite genres to edit are poetry, young adult, sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers. But her strength is in comprehensive editing for optimal story flow. You’ll benefit from her years of freelancing in the publishing industry and her ear for dialogue. And have no fear, she’ll catch your punctuation and grammatical errors as well. Tiffany will ask the necessary questions to help you trim and hone each chapter, ensuring readers get your best work. Tiffany is the quintessential Renaissance Gal–a member of ASCAP, The National Forensics League, and Transformative Language Arts Network. She is also President of the San Diego Book Awards Association.

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