For five years, Diane mentored graduate students in the Master's Degree Program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She founded the largest genre writing group in Pittsburgh in 1996 (Write or Die) and started a local, yearly series of anthologies, editing the first book (Triangulation 2003). From 2004 to 2007, she served as Eastern Regional Director for SFWA, a professional organization of ~1500 genre writers. She's helped organize science fiction conferences on local and international levels including running the 2007 SFWA weekend business meeting and Nebula Awards Ceremony in NYC. Her summer residency workshop, Alpha, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers, is in its eighth year and can boast successful students publishing in major markets.
Diane raised four stellar sons who are now taller than her.