Lourdes R. Florido

Lourdes R. Florido was born in Havana, Cuba, but spent her childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, where her family became part of a community of refugee families known as the "Kansas City Cubans." Florido worked as a print journalist and has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines.

She received a First Place Award of Merit from The Writer's Network of South Florida for her non-fiction piece, "The Cuban Me." White Trees received an Honorable Mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Currently, Florido works as an English professor and freelance writer. She resides in Florida with her husband, two children, and dog.

Nathan Smith Hipps

A native of Georgia and author of Remembrance, Nathan Smith Hipps was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where he graduated from Florida State University with a degree in communications and creative writing.

He has contributed articles to national and regional magazines on Southern life and people. Nathan has three siblings and is the proud uncle of two nieces and two nephews.

Barbara A. Kiger

Called Barb as often as Barbara, Mrs. Kiger was born in Michigan but moved south with her husband and most of their six children in 1979.

A nurse by profession, she began writing seriously after losing her sight in 1985.

Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, the most recent being William B. Toulouse’s Amazingly Simple Lessons Learned After Fifty. “Beginnings,” a short story, received Honorable Mention in the Tallahassee Writers’ Association 2002 Seven Hills Contest, and appeared in that year’s Fiction Review.

Payback is Mrs. Kiger's first published book. Her second novel, Cold Storage, follows the continuing adventures of Ginny Arthur and is now available from CyPress Publications.

Regina N. Lewis

Regina N. Lewis (Ms. Regina) has been writing children’s stories, fiction, and health-related articles for several years. The Smallest Toy Store is the first in a series of children’s books to be published from her collection. Ms. Regina’s children’s stories focus on social awareness such as homelessness at a gentle level that a young reader can understand. Ms. Regina believes that most children can learn the lessons of life by relating to fantasy stories and characters. The Smallest Schoolhouse is the second book in the series. The third book in the series, The Smallest Forest, will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Much of Ms. Regina’s inspiration to write about social concerns comes from her nursing/medical experiences. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Regina loves the South with its beautiful magnolia and oak trees, Spanish moss, brilliant flowers, butterflies, birds, lakes, oceans, and wildlife. She practices as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health Care and resides in Havana, Florida, with her husband, Tom, and family.

Phyllis M. Moore

Phyllis M. Moore was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and remained in the South Boston and Dorchester areas until the age of eighteen. She joined the US Navy after a year of college and served for twenty years. She received a Masters of Science from Eastern Illinois University in 1996 and is presently working as a computer lab instructor in Illinois.

Phyllis has a daughter who often serves as the inspiration for her drawings. She loves the sea and all animals—-whether they walk, swim, or fly and have one leg, many, or none at all. She also loves reading, snowy days, and old movies. Phyllis and her sister, Regina N. Lewis, first collaborated on writing projects during their teenage years. The Smallest Toy Store , The Smallest Schoolhouse , and the forthcoming The Smallest Forest display her artistic talent.

Juanita S. Raymond

Juanita S. Raymond has been an amateur astronomer since 1985, introducing people young and not-so-young to the wonders of the night sky through classroom lectures, planetarium shows, star gazes, and the publication of monthly star charts. She has been a member of the Tallahassee Astronomical Society since 1985, and has served as Education Chair and Vice-President; she has also been a member of The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science--"The Brogan"--(formerly known as the ODYSSEY Science Center) since 1990, presenting STARLAB portable planetarium shows at schools throughout the Florida Big Bend, as well as monthly presentations at The Brogan. She has studied the mythology of many cultures in order to expand the learning experiences of young people as they study Astronomy and is The Brogan's 2000 Education Volunteer of the Year .

Leland F. Raymond

Leland F. Raymond has been writing and editing professionally since 1983. His publication credits include personality profiles, business profiles, newspaper features, essays and numerous articles on the subjects of writing and editing. He has been a member of the Tallahassee Writers’ Association since its inception in 1985 and served as the editor of Markings, the association’s monthly newsletter, from April 1994 to June 2005. He also provided publishing services for this organization’s annual poetry competition chapbooks from 1995 through 2007 and for many of the fiction competition chapbooks.

As the publisher behind CyPress Publications, he provides all production work for the titles published.

Kathie L. Underwood

Kathie Lynn Chambers-Underwood was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1959. At the age of 18, she left Texas to work and live in the New Orleans French Quarter. Two years later, in 1979, she joined the Navy and left to see the world. Her first duty station landed her in Panama, where she met and married her husband, Tim Underwood, in 1982. Eleven years later, after tours of duty in Italy, Virginia and South Korea, they retired from Navy life and settled in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mrs. Underwood's professional career has been as varied as the places she has lived. She has enjoyed working as a Navy Cryptologic Technician, a motivational speaker, an outplacement program manager for transitioning military personnel, a volunteer corps recruiter and coordinator, a Fund Raiser and Executive Director for several non-profit health organizations, a technical writer for a software development company, a marketing coordinator and contract administrator. In 2002 she received the entrepreneurial spirit and started her own company, Proposal Management Services.

Late one October evening in 2003, Mrs. Underwood was compelled to get out of bed and write the story of her experience catching a live sand dollar. Three hours later Sarah and the Sand Dollar was completed. Three days after that she was put in contact with Dr. David Bradford, an educator in Merritt Island, Florida, who agreed to edit the book. By January of 2004, CyPress Publications began contract negotiations with Mrs. Underwood. Within six months of conception, the first edition of Sarah and the Sand Dollar, Mrs. Underwood's first book, was in print.

Elizabeth Kinzer O'Farrell

Elizabeth Kinzer O’Farrell, author of World War II . . . A Navy Nurse Remembers , is a retired Nurse/Physical Therapist who lives with her husband in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a writer and member of the local chapter of the World War II Historical Society and the Tallahassee Writers’ Association.

Elizabeth grew up with six brothers, four of whom were also World War II veterans, and two sisters in a rural community ninety miles southwest of Chicago. She graduated from a local high school, LaSalle-Peru-Ogelsby Junior College in LaSalle, Illinois, and The Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. After graduating from the School of Nursing in the fall of 1942, she joined the United States Navy Nurse Corps in 1943.

Elizabeth’s first duty assignment was at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1944 she was transferred to the naval dispensary at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois. There she says she began to see what war was all about and what it meant to the eager young men preparing to fly planes that would be taking off and landing on a ship in unfriendly seas.

In 1945 Elizabeth was transferred to the U.S. Navy Hospital in St. Albans, New York, where she first learned to care for badly disabled young men being flown in from hospital ships and overseas treatment centers to stateside naval hospitals nearest to their homes.

In 1946 the Navy assigned Elizabeth and fifteen other Navy nurses to the Baruch Center of Physical Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, for instruction and training as physical therapists. The program at the Baruch Center was a six-month crash course followed immediately by a six-month internship at a naval hospital under the supervision of a physiatrist.

Elizabeth graduated from the Physical Therapy course at the Baruch Center and took her internship at the Corona Naval Hospital in California. She says of her duty there, both as intern and graduate physical therapist, that she never worked harder or enjoyed her work more than she did the eighteen months she worked with the paralytic patients at the Corona Naval Hospital.

In May 1948 she received orders to report for duty once again at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, this time for duty as physio-therapist. Duty at Great Lakes proved not very challenging for Elizabeth, and she decided to resign her commission in 1950.

Elizabeth experimented in a variety of jobs that led her finally to a job reviewing and writing copy for textbook ads in a nursing journal published by the Medical Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City. Eventually she became Managing Editor for the Journal of Nursing Education published by the Medical Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company, and later as Editor for the Journal of Nursing Administration published by Contemporary Publishing, Inc. in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Ted Simmons

In his prior life, Ted Simmons enjoyed a career as an oil company technology manager. Most of this time was spent in international producing operations, providing him with the opportunity to live and work in some of the world’s most fascinating places. He developed a keen interest in the cultures and beliefs of other people and thinks many Americans would benefit from some of his insights.

Ted and his family lived in the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia, the suburbs of London, and the desert region known as the “Neutral Zone” between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He has trod the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan), stood in the columned halls of the Temple of Karnak in Egypt, jostled with crowds atop the Great Wall of China, crawled through tunnels dug by the North Vietnamese during the war, and hunted butterflies with his teenage son in the mountains of Taiwan.

Ted Simmons is active in the writing community. He was Chairman of the Houston Writers’ Conference in 2000, is currently Past-President of the Tallahassee Writers’ Association, and chaired the association’s nationwide Seven Hills Contest for Writers.

Ted’s first novel, Sandstorm, from CyPress Publications, was a 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award nominee.

Ted's second novel, Diablo Creek, was derived from events in the news during Ted’s time living in one of the suburbs of Houston, Texas. The story is fictional; the conditions that inspired it are, unfortunately, very real. His third novel, White Heat, White Ashes, features new adventures for characters in Diablo Creek that are even more chilling than their first adventure.

Ted's fourth novel, Windstorm, is a fictional account related to a very real event:  the Irish Republican Army bombings in London on July 20, 1982.

Ted's fifth book published through CyPress Publications, Hear My Faint Cry, is a true-crime account of murder in Wakulla County, Florida.

Norma J. Sundberg

Norma J. Sundberg has been writing on and off for nearly fifty years. Off during pregnancies, on between those events. Those ten little souls offered much grist for the writing mill: for instance, a weekly column, “Nidbits from Norma’s Nook,” in an Ohio newspaper, The Free Enterprise, for ten years; editor of Tower Bell, the newsletter of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Jefferson, Ohio, for ten years, which included a monthly essay and a poem. Norma has had poetry and articles in a wide range of publications, including Writer’s Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and little and literary magazines, as well as feature articles in the Tallahassee Democrat.

Attending college in the late 1970s, Norma found the WRITE English and Creative Writing professor. She is listed (as poet) with Claudia Greenwood, Ph.D., in a manual, Go For It!, for non-traditional women returning to school. Following college she taught creative writing/poetry classes at College for Kids at her alma mater, Kent State University, Ashtabula, Ohio Campus.

Along with her youngest daughter, Norma left Ohio in 1991 to live with an older daughter already living in Tallahassee, Florida. Again, the writing kept pace with the transition. In 2004 and again in 2006, Norma attended the Erma Bombeck HumorWriters Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. An article about the friendship with Erma Bombeck can be found on the humor writers web site:

Building a network of writer friends across the country, some of them she’s never seen, Norma connected with Esther Leiper in the late 1980s when Esther was poetry editor of The Inkling. In recent years this magazine became Writers’ Journal. Norma has had a number of poems in Esther’s poetry columns. Esther edited an early version of An Odd Fable and asked to do the illustrations.

An Odd Fable was first published in a collection of children’s stories from Linden Hill Publishing titled Beyond Time and Place:

An Odd Fable is Norma’s first children’s book. A volume of poetry is the next scheduled project.

Esther M. Leiper

Esther M. Leiper drew as soon as she could hold a pencil, and wrote when she could print. Her mom was a magazine illustrator; her dad, a reporter on the Philadelphia Inquirer for thirty-five years.

Small publications began in high school; poetry, essays, stories appeared in college magazines. Esther likes contest disciplines and has won over a thousand awards. She has served as Poet in the Schools, and has written a cookbook. She wrote a humor column, “Esther’s Country Corner” in the North Country Weekly from 1982–1995.

Esther’s “Every Day With Poetry” and “Esther Comments” are the two columns begun in Writers’ Journal in 1983 (was first The Inkling). Writers’ Journal has used her art since 2000. Besides illustrating her own books, like the 2006, WIN! Poetry Contests!, Esther’s color pictures adorn An Odd Fable.

Esther is presently Poet Laureate of The White Mountains Region of New Hampshire.

Esther and husband Peter Estabrooks live in Jefferson, New Hampshire, have two grown children, Hannah and Tom Estabrooks, who own a home and teach snowboarding in Bozeman, Montana.

Barbara A. Thompson

Barbara A. Thompson is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, with degrees from Florida A&M University (B.S., M.Ed.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.) in Physical Education. She has been teaching for more than twenty-five years at the university level with experience in the areas of health, physical education, and sports management. She is a professor, president of her university’s chapter of United Faculty of Florida, a graduate of the National Education Association’s Emerging Leader Academy, and a two-time recipient of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award.

Fixin’ FAMU: The Last Supper Concoction of Cast Steel Bryant, her first published work of fiction, was born out of the events and activities surrounding the administrative and governance structure in her workplace. Even though the tale may be satirical in nature, its intent is to send the powerful message that no one person is more important than the organization; therefore, governing bodies must gather all relevant information and make thoughtful, reasoned, principled, and sound decisions based on the merits of the issues, and what is in the best interest of any organization they represent. Thus, administrative personnel become a means to the governing body’s end and are expendable.

Barbara enjoys spending quiet weekends, evenings, and holidays at home with her husband of over thirty years.

P.J. Allen

P.J. Allen lives in and writes from Maryland. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication from Florida State University and works to promote education and health in developing countries, including Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The author is also a licensed acupuncturist. The Yeti Quotient is Allen’s second novel, following the publication of her first, Deadly Untruths, a political thriller. Her next novel will be the first of a series, which follows the emergence of a young intrepid American journalist, the first in many years.

Iain S. Baird

Iain S. Baird, author of Two Storms--Prostate Cancer and Katrina in New Orleans, is an award-winning writer published in numerous literary magazines in the United States and abroad. He divides his time among New Orleans, Annapolis, and the Panhandle of Florida.

David E. Fountain

David E. Fountain, author of Grooves--How Jock Hutchison and His Grooved Clubs Changed Golf History! is retired, living the good life with his wife in Florida. He plays golf as often as possible and hopes one day to play the Augusta National golf course, an item on his bucket list. Completing Grooves puts another check on that list.

Robert W. Beard

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Robert W. Beard, author of the Shawn Barton Adventures A Boy Named Shawn (Book 1) and Halcyon (Book 2), attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he earned a B.S. in Physics. After three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, he pursued an academic career–-M.A. from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Through the years, he held appointments at Princeton, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana State, and Florida State universities. Prior to his death in early 2012, Bob and his lovely wife made their home in Tallahassee, Florida.

Karen Davis

Karen Davis, author of Attitude Matters--Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life has had a very full, eventful, and exciting life. She has accomplished a lot in her many years. She has been a single mother for a long time and is so very proud of her three children, whom she raised to be wonderful, loving, caring, successful human beings.

Karen owned a real estate office and was a Realtor for a long time. This allowed her to care for herself and her kids in the way she wanted to and enjoyed. She then became a Weight Watchers Leader (which she loved). All of this allowed her to have and keep the best Attitude anyone could have.

Karen hopes you read her little book so you, too, can get into a happy place.

Carol Hair Moore

Carol Hair Moore has had a love for children and animals all of her life. Each of the six books in her series, I Wish You Ice Cream and Cake, is designed to educate and give the children a life lesson. Marvin The Magnificent Nubian Goat, Busy Bumble Bee Rides The Waves, and her newest book, Ruby Kate's Scrumptious Tea Cake Party are filled with family memories and wonderful life lessons, and each is beautifully illustrated by Michael Harrell.

Ruby Kate is named for Carol's grandmothers, Ruby Strickland and Kate Hair. The families have been in Live Oak, Florida, since the 1850s. Ruby served two terms as mayor of Live Oak. She also served as delegate from Florida to the Democratic National Convention in 1936 and was vice-chair of the Florida delegation. Kate was a loving grandmother who wore purple, even her hats and shoes, and lived in a big old grandmother's house.

Carol shared lots of tea parties with her grandmothers, Ruby and Kate. Carol received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University. She taught second grade in Gainesville, Florida, while her husband Ed finished law school at the University of Florida. Carol and Ed live in Tallahassee and enjoy their three children, the children's spouses, and their seven grandchildren. Church, family, friends, music, gardening, and writing are Carol's favorite pastimes.

Michael Harrell

Michael Harrell,, illustrator for Carol Hair Moore's Marvin the Magnificent Nubian Goat, Busy Bumble Bee Rides the Waves, and Ruby Kate' Scrumptious Tea Cake Party, is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1989.

Harrell’s seascapes and landscapes paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

His oils and watercolors have been featured in many national publications, including American Artist Watercolor magazine, American Art Collector, and The Artist’s Magazine. More than a dozen top galleries represent Harrell’s work and, in 2004, The Artist’s Magazine listed Michael Harrell as one of the top 20 artists in the United States to watch.

Michael Harrell’s clients have included American Express, Paramount Pictures, Seaside, and the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Joseph S. Perrott

Joseph S. Perrott, author of Sure-Kill, is a graduate of Williams College and holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. He has  enjoyed careers as an educator and a psychotherapist. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Philadelphia and Barnegat, New Jersey, and together they have six children and three cats.

John A. Rushing

John Rushing, author of A.J. Puppy Learns to Swim, learned to swim in an abandoned rock pit in South Miami. His interest in the water continued when he swam for Coral Gables High School and much later coached swimming for the City of Lauderhill.

That affection for water sports was shared by his son and daughter and has now passed down to five grandchildren.

It was only after a career as an entrepreneur and a second career as a university teacher that his concern for water safety found a creative outlet in A.J. Puppy. It is his desire that children everywhere will, like A.J., learn to love the water and swim safely.

John Rushing is a citizen of the United States, holds degrees as a Doctor of Business Administration (February 28, 2001); Master of International Business Administration (January 22, 1990); and Bachelor of Arts (February 2, 1960).

Susan L. Womble

Susan L. Womble lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her family. She is a National Board Certified teacher with a career of teaching grades K-12 in the areas of Reading, Special Education, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and the profoundly handicapped. She is an award-winning author of Newt’s World: Beginnings, winner of the 2008 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Children’s Literature. She also authored Newt’s World: Beginnings Workbook (teacher’s and student’s editions)  and the second in the series, Newt’s World: Internal Byte and accompanying workbook, as well as the upcoming third installment, Newt’s World: Ultimate Game.

William Bradford

William Bradford, author of Jeremy McBright Was Afraid of the Night, claims to be "just a North Carolina mountain native who has been in advertising for over 25 years.” He likes to write and illustrate stories that kids might want to read.
He wrote this and other books for his daughters when they were small, and now writing and illustrating serve as a form of therapy when he gets the chance to do it.

David Fay

David Fay, illustrator for A.J. Puppy Learns to Swim, has been drawing and painting for many years. In the 1960s he published two cartoons in Gourmet and Skier magazines.

David painted for several years as a hobby but began drawing seriously again on a flight from Tallahassee to Hanoi, Viet Nam, in 2000. He turned his art into a calendar and has been publishing calendars for family and friends since 2000.

The opportunity to illustrate A.J. Puppy Learns to Swim was an excellent one, and he has enjoyed working with John Rushing and Lee Raymond on the illustrations for John’s book.

David Fay is a Senior Vice President for a Geographic Information Systems provider in Tallahassee, Florida.

He also provides research services to construction companies to help them hedge diesel fuel costs.

Larry Benson

Larry Benson’s writing career dates back to the 1950s when he was an historian with Headquarters 8th Air Force in Texas and with Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, a NATO headquarters in Italy. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and was on the advertising staff of the Tulsa newspapers. In the early 1960s he wrote program and training materials at the international offices of the Jaycees in Miami. While a staff member for 23 years at Tallahassee Community College, he had over 55 articles published on a wide range of subjects in national and international journals. He has also written over 90 articles for the local train club journal. While writing these articles, a railroad mystery began to evolve. Ten years in the making, Hobo Justice is his first novel.

He and his wife have two daughters and five granddaughters and currently live in Tallahassee, Florida.

Audrey Lewis

Audrey Lewis, author of Different Levels of Parent Involvement (DLOPI), brings a wealth of experience to the area of parent involvement, including 25 years as the Coordinator for Parent Services for the Gadsden School District, located in Quincy, Florida, just minutes away from the state’s capital, Tallahassee. Lewis began a teaching career as a Speech and Language Pathologist for nine years, and then expanded her career when she became a parent involvement specialist for exceptional student education programs in 1985. In 1993, Lewis was appointed by the superintendent of schools to coordinate all public relations and community engagement. However, Lewis included parent involvement services for children and families; therefore, parent involvement and community engagement expanded her career in education “to a new level.”

In 1996, Lewis created DLOPI, and within years the Department of Education recognized a FACT Sheet for DLOPI as a valuable parent resource and data based calculation of parent participation and involvement, along with parent trainings as a road map for school districts. Lewis also provides continuous support to parents to help them gain knowledge about educational issues, policies, materials, and resources. She provides support and training to parents of exceptional students, conducts home visits, publishes and distributes newsletters, coordinates parent workshops, and created and organized an ESE and district parent advisory group. As a means to provide parents with new and necessary information and a place called home, a one-stop information resource center housed with resources for parents and the community promoted the establishment of the school district’s Family Information Resource Center, known as “The Potter’s House.” To continue to provide outreach to parents and community members, a grant-funded Parent Resource RV Mobile Unit gave another venue for taking resources directly to parents in the communities in which they live. Lewis spearheaded a new wave of working with community organizations and school districts to get needed resources--whether school choice options, career academic opportunities, health, workforce, and literacy--to community members and parents.

Lewis has brought to her district (Gadsden) over one million dollars in federal money to support parental choice options, parent awareness, and parenting opportunities. She serves as a member of many organizations and formerly served as a mentor for the Voluntary Public School Choice program to Madison County School District and as the Chairperson for the State of Florida PTA for Family and Community Involvement. Presently she serves on the State of Florida Faith-Based Council and Title I Advisory Committee. Most recently, she served as the president for the Florida Parental School Choice Consortium. Under her leadership, the name of the Consortium changed during a School Choice and Charter School conference to the “Florida Parental School Choice Consortium” from the Florida School Choice Consortium as advised by Mr. T. Willard Fair, the Honorable Chair of the State Board of Education to encompass all parents. Lewis is a powerful speaker, energizer, and motivator. She brings excitement, practical experiences, and humor as a training consultant. Lewis values all of her roles; however, she places special emphasis on being the mother of two adult children, Frederica and AJ; a grandson, Andre, Jr.; and special God children, Jermaine, Cagni, Savannah Rae, and TJ.

Rufus Ellis, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Rufus Ellis, Jr., contributing author of Different Levels of Parent Involvement (DLOPI), is a veteran educator with varied educational skills and experiences in teaching, administration, and research in the public school system, higher education, and state and federal governments. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Chairman, Department of Secondary Education and Foundations, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M University), Tallahassee, Florida. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Educational Innovations and Research, Florida A&M University. Prior to Dr. Ellis’ appointment at Florida A&M University, he served as a Senior Educational Program Administrator for the Florida Department of Education and directed the State of Florida Educational Reform Initiatives, including the Voluntary Public School Parental Choice and Charter School programs.

Dr. Ellis’ personal, academic and career experience have been enhanced by his travel throughout the Continental U.S.A.; Canada; Europe; Asia; and Latin America, including South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Ellis is affiliated with numerous social, professional and academic organizations, some of which include the American Institute of Higher Education; Oxford Round Table; Institute for the Transformation of Learning; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Dr. Ellis is the author, co-author and editor of multiple publications in his areas of expertise that include education, community development, governmental relations and social services. A celebrated lecturer and researcher, he has been nationally and locally recognized for his contributions, building a repertoire of awards and honors including the Florida Department of Education Achievers Award; Excellence in Education Award; and Charter Schools President’s Award. Dr. Ellis was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1984, Princeton University, and an Oxford Roundtable Fellow, Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford England, 2008, and Florida A&M University 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year.

Robert S. Goldsmith
Robert S. Goldsmith was anthologized in the 1990 North of Wakulla publication and was the recipient of the 2000 Sullivan Creative Writing Award endowed by Stetson University. He taught English at Daytona Beach Community College. Video Barns is a collection of his poetry.
Lamare Robinson
Lamare Robinson is a writer, graphic designer, and mother of two gregarious little girls. She’s spent the last twenty years writing and designing in various industries, for businesses large and small, as well as for government. What To Do . . . When Your Mom Feels Blue is her first children’s book. It is her way of paying forward the life-changing help she received as she was navigating her way through postpartum depression. When she’s not writing or designing, she’s enjoying life on the North Shore of Lake Erie with her family.
Valerie Bouthyette

Valerie Bouthyette, illustrator for What To Do . . . When Your Mom Feels Blue, has been drawing ever since she could hold a crayon. She creates in her studio nestled in the farmland of upstate New York, which she refers to as “her heaven.” An award-winning graphic and fine artist, Valerie continues to call on her imagination and memories of childhood to create illustrations that warm your heart and make you smile.

In her spare time, Valerie does a bit of farming, plays with her four dogs, and is training three young horses. She is married to Dr. Pierre-Yves Bouthyette, a professor at Elmira College, and has two fabulous grown children—Joseph and Katie Vigliotti. She has recently become certified to teach elementary school in New York State.