Evelyn B. Wofford, Ed.D.

A member of NLAPW for 32 years, Evelyn B. Wofford has held numerous offices including Delta Branch and Mississippi State president. She was a two-term national treasurer and is currently national president. A career educator, she has a doctorate of education in the specialized areas of supervision and administration. She served for 12 years as vice mayor of the city of Drew, Mississippi. By education and experience, she has the organizational, administrative, and managerial skills that NLAPW needs in a presidential candidate.



Sheila M. Byrnes
First Vice President

Sheila M. Byrnes has held numerous national positions including first, second, and fifth vice president; historian; 2016 and 2020 Biennial chair; letters chair; and served as a member of the Finance, Governance, and Vinnie Ream committees. Since joining the Central New York Branch in 2004, she has served as branch president and New York State president. She earned her bachelor of science, cum laude, in speech communication from Syracuse University. A highly published and respected genealogist and lecturer, she has provided genealogical research guidance for more than 25 years.

Sandra Seaton Michel
Second Vice President

A letters member of the Diamond State Branch in Wilmington, Delaware, Sandra Seaton Michel has served as branch and state president. She was elected to the national board as historian in 2004. Subsequently, she served as fourth and second vice president and as appointed archivist, and, during the 2018-2020 administration, governance chair.


Lorna Jean Hagstrom
Third Vice President

As a journalist, Lorna Jean Hagstrom wrote for two newspapers in Florida and three of her books on genealogy are in the Library of Congress. A 37-year member, she has been vice president and corresponding secretary of her branch (now disbanded); Florida State Association treasurer; and national recording secretary, treasurer, and first and second vice president.


Mary Patricia Canes
Fourth Vice President

Mary Pat Canes is a lifetime member who lives in Northern Virginia and is inspired by other outstanding members. She is enthusiastic about the many positive things happening at Pen Arts as well as in many of our League’s branches. A letters member, she is a published writer. She has been serving as the recording secretary on the board since 2016.


Laura Walth
Fifth Vice President

Laura Walth was the 49th Biennial chair, national outreach chair, and Des Moines Branch president and membership chair. She feels that connecting members with the national office is as important as programs. A professional speaker, Walth has a master’s in library science degree from Pratt Institute and has been a public librarian for more than 30 years.


Janie-OwensJanie Owens
Recording Secretary

Janie Owens is the former Daytona Beach branch president. Currently she is the Florida State secretary and national Memorial Endowment Fund chairperson. She has served as recording secretary for numerous nonprofit boards for the last 30 years, everything from a humane society to two churches, and other elected positions as well. Being born in Washington, D.C., she loves coming home to attend board meetings, and feels called to be the national secretary after 20 years of membership in the NLAPW.


Candace Lowe Long

Having served on the national board from 2008 to 2016, Candace Long is well-acquainted with the responsibilities and duties of serving on the board of directors. She wishes to offer whatever assistance she can to help strengthen the League’s overall fiscal viability for years to come. Her specific interest is to expand the League’s professional development initiative known as Pen Women Online, which offers high-level master classes to members and nonmembers alike, while at the same time providing the League with an ongoing passive revenue stream.


Alice Ann Glenn
Ethics Chair

Alice Ann Glenn is a member of the Santa Clara County Branch. She has been a California Pen Woman since 1982 and has served as vice president of NorCal. She is a retired minister whose 50 years were focused on writing and educating. She served on denominational committees whose responsibility was making decisions on character and individual behavior.