Hovsepian, Pickard Elected to the EPA Board

During the annual business meeting of EPA held Tuesday, April 12, 2022, as part of the Colorado Springs convention, Ann-Margret Hovsepian was elected to the board as an advisor and Leah Pickard was re-elected as secretary.

Ann-Margret, a native of Montreal, Quebec, joined EPA as an associate member about 20 years ago and has been freelancing for more than 25. She attended her first convention in Bloomington, MN, in 2004 and has not missed a convention since 2007.  She has often said: “I can’t afford to NOT attend the convention!”

Ann-Margret has written hundreds of articles, mainly for EPA publications, and has written, collaborated on, or illustrated more than a dozen books. She serves as managing editor of the Christian Freelance Writers Network blog and moderates a Zoom call for EPA freelancers on the first Friday of each month. An avid cheerleader for EPA, she has been instrumental in developing a strong core of freelancers within EPA.

She has the distinction of being the first associate member ever elected to the board, something made possible by the 2021 bylaw change that granted associate members full membership status for the first time. Ann-Margret fills the seat vacated by Terry White whose term had expired.

Leah Pickard was re-elected for a full term as secretary. She was first elected in 2021 to fill the one remaining year in Sandra Glahn's term when Sandra became president-elect.

A content and marketing strategist, Leah excels in brand voice development, corporate and crisis communications, and telling stories that connect people to God’s work. She currently serves as the Senior Communications Strategist for ABWE, a global family of ministries that focuses on missionary work. She joined EPA in 2013 with ABWE’s flagship publication, Message Magazine, of which she previously served as editor-in-chief. 

Leah attended her first convention in 2013 in Nashville and assisted in the planning for the 2016 convention in Lancaster, PA. She resides just outside of Philadelphia, with her husband and three children.

Posted May 2, 2022