Bouchercon 2022 Voter’s Guide
1. Bouchercon 2022 Board Member Nominations
The Bouchercon National Board has vetted and nominated these individuals and present them to the General Members for approval to become Elected Members of the Board:
Jay Shepherd is a recovering lawyer from Boston. He worked seventeen years as an employment litigator, primarily representing employers and organizations. Jay drafted countless employment policies and handbooks, litigated hundreds of harassment and discrimination cases, and conducted over a hundred training seminars on sexual harassment. Law & Politics magazine once named him one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in New England.” He regularly attends ThrillerFest, Left Coast Crime, the Edgars, and New England Crime Bake. He served three years on the Crime Bake organizing committee, and also served as treasurer of both Crime Bake and the Mystery Writers of America’s New England chapter. Jay is the author of Firing at Will (Apress/Springer) and is currently writing a spy thriller. During the past year, he has served as a volunteer for the Bouchercon National Board.
Marie Sutro holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration from the University of San Francisco, and a master’s of business administration in finance from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has served on the Notre Dame de Namur Alumni Board, and as vice president on the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime. With more than twenty-five years in management positions, she has volunteered with California Library Literacy Services, teaching adults how to read and write. She has attended numerous mystery conferences including Killer Nashville, Left Coast Crime, and others. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National as well as the Sacramento, Colorado, and Northern California chapters.
Her debut novel, Dark Associations, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and hit the bestseller list. During the past year, Marie has served as a volunteer for the Bouchercon National Board.
Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PI Cassandra Raines. A multi-nominated Anthony, Lefty, Edgar and Shamus Award finalist, Tracy is also the 2020 and 2022 winner of the G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award. She was also nominated for the 2022 Edgar for Best Short Story for “Lucky Thirteen,” which was included in the crime fiction anthology “Midnight Hour.” She is a proud member of Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and serves on the boards of Bouchercon National and the Midwest Mystery Conference. Her latest book, RUNNER, was released in June 2021. Her debut novel, BROKEN PLACES, has been optioned by Sony Pictures Television. Her next book, HIDE, featuring Det. Harriet Foster, releases in January 2023.
Cheryl Head (she/her) writes the Anthony, Lambda Literary, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards nominated, Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries, and is a winner of the Alice B Readers Appreciation Award (2022) and the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award (2020).
Cheryl has a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Wayne State University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Ohio University, and has worked as a public broadcasting executive in Detroit and Washington, DC. Cheryl is the current Vice Chair of the national Bouchercon Board.
2. Proposed amendments to Bouchercon, Inc., Bylaws
The Bouchercon National Board has written, debated, and approved amendments to the Bouchercon Bylaws to modernize the governance of the organization and codify practices
that have developed over time. When approved, these amendments will take effect at Bouchercon 2022. The complete amended bylaws are attached. Here is a summary:
A. Vision, Mission, and Values
Adds the Bouchercon Vision, Mission, and Values statements to Bylaws, to recognize and formalize these important organizational beliefs. (Bylaws 1.2–1.4)
B. Board Meetings
Defines a Board quorum as simple majority of members present, whether in person or virtual, and requires that the Board meet at least twice a year. (Bylaws 2.1)
In extreme circumstances to protect the membership and organization and to uphold Bouchercon’s values, a Board or officer may be removed by a seventy-five- percent supermajority vote. (Bylaws 2.2 & 2.3)
D. Board Membership
To make the Board Membership more democratic, the proposal defines Nonelected Members and allows the current and upcoming two Local Organizing Committees to vote in the same manner as Elected Members. Clarifies that individuals cannot simultaneously sit as Elected and Nonelected Members. Under the current Bylaws, Nonelected Members sit on the Board substantially longer than members elected by the General Membership (five years vs. three years). (Bylaws 2.4)
E. Conflicts of Interest
To guard against conflicts of interest, the proposal prohibits Board members from being involved in judging or administering awards for which they could be eligible. (Bylaws 2.7)
F. Committee Dissolution
In extreme circumstances to protect the membership and organization and to uphold Bouchercon’s values, a Local Organizing Committee may be dissolved by a seventy-five-percent supermajority vote. (Bylaws 3.3)
G. Replacement Convention Bid
To guard against a failed convention bid putting a particular year’s convention in jeopardy, the Board will be required to choose a replacement location and Local Organizing Committee. (Bylaws 4.3)
H. General Membership
To recognize the dedication and commitment of regular attendees to Bouchercon conventions, the proposal grants lifetime General Membership to individuals who attend at least three Bouchercon conventions. Under the current bylaws, any
individual could show up at a single convention and vote to change Bouchercon policies. (Bylaws 5.1)
I. Amendments to Bylaws and Standing Rules
To professionalize the organization and allow it to make considered changes when necessary, the proposal specifies that the Board may make amendments to the Bylaws by a seventy-five-percent supermajority vote. Currently, the General Members can amend the Bylaws and Standing Rules only at the annual General Meeting. (Bylaws 6.2)
J. Definition of Year
The proposal defines a Bouchercon year as the period between consecutive Bouchercon conventions. (Bylaws 6.3)
3. Approval of Calgary, Alberta, as the location of the 2026 Bouchercon Convention
Canada’s third-largest city and host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary is a world-class destination and one of Canada’s cultural capitals. See attched PDF for proposed convention details.