Barry Arbiloff, a writer and artist, joins the growing community of avant-guard artists in South Florida. Imagination and the thin line between fantasy and reality are primary constructs in this artist’s books and paintings. Barry has written five novels, all currently listed on Amazon; he is currently working on a trilogy, a story of good and evil that spans generations in the life of a family on a collision course with destiny.
Rob launched Robert M Bailey Copywriting to address the revenue gaps he sees in his financing business. Not all companies need capital but all companies need clear communication that adds revenue. Working across all media for 25 years he has seen what works and what just costs money. He also writes fiction in suspense and mystery. He is working (2018) on a novel, Hotel Ginn, about a boy with a super-memory for multicultural faces. It’s a skill the CIA needs to catch an ISIS kingpin. Based on a true story.
Allen Balogh is a retired educator who taught World and U.S. History for over twenty years. In 1985, he began exploring the locations of the southernmost ship of the 1715 Armada Fleet off the coast of Stuart/Hutchinson Island, Florida. He is a lecturer and historian on the Golden Age of Piracy.
For pleasure, Allen plays 1st violin in a symphony-orchestra in Boca Raton, Florida and enjoys lobstering with his buddies in the Florida Keys.
He is a member of the Florida Historic Society, the National Historic Preservation Society, and the 1715 Fleet Society.
Black Sails 1715 is the first of his Black and Gold series. He is currently writing the second in the series, Black Sails 1715, The Goat with the Glass Eye.
Diane A. Bergner is the Senior Director of Development at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. She oversees all of the Center’s fundraising efforts, including a $6 million Annual Campaign goal, creating and implementing a comprehensive endowment program, as well as all manages all capital campaigns. She joined the Kravis Center in 1999, and since that time Diane has had extensive experience in every facet of development. Prior to that, Diane managed the attorney-recruiting program at Gunster, also in West Palm Beach, and was the Director of Public Sector Career Services at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.
Diane remains active in professional organizations. She is currently a Board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Palm Beach County Chapter, and former Chair of National Philanthropy Day in Palm Beach County. She also is a Past President and Board member of the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County. In November 2016 she was the first recipient to receive the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award.
Diane always had a love for writing and has written many professional pieces throughout her career. She is currently enjoying working on her first novel, “Backstage Deals, Stiletto Heels”.
Stephanie Bogdan is the Founder and Business Director of Caribbean Karma, LLC, an international business providing wellness and hospitality services in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Stephanie has over 14 years of experience in the fitness industry, including seven years of direct management experience. She holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and a B.S. in Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University. Her studies continued on to the Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute of Culinary Arts in New York City, which has led her to pursue building Caribbean Karma Bed & Breakfast on the north coast of Dominican Republic.
Stephanie self-published her first book in 2018 on Amazon.com titled, Beyond the Pose: How to Awaken Your Creativity and Design Your Own, Unique Yoga Sequences. She has a passion for writing and has written many professional pieces throughout her career. She is now working on her first fiction novel that is based on true events.
Minx Boren MCC is a master certified coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation. For almost 35 years, Minx has been developing and presenting innovative programs that support health and balance, creativity and effectiveness, and reflection and achievement. As a life coach, her focus is on not only what it means to live a joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling life but also what it takes to do.
Coach Minx is also a writer, poet, columnist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She is the author of four books of poetry, co-author of eight books for women, and author of two life journey books: Healing Is a Journey—find your own path to hope, recovery, and wellness and Friendship Is a Journey—a celebration of true connection and deep caring. Most recently, she is working on a third book to be published by Blue Mountain Arts.
Minx is active in the community and has served as Past President of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013/2014 and as a Board Member of the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County since 2007. She is a 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Award, presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who “stick their necks out for others.” Coach Minx is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and has been awarded the status of Pinnacle Professional by Continental Who’s Who.
Erik Brown, a successful, but in no way typical, life insurance salesman, has been a long time critic of the rampant abuses prevalent in the marketing of life insurance. Palm Beach Detective takes one of the abuses, insuring people for pure speculation, and shows what might happen when taken to the extreme.
Howard J. Bruns (aka Howard H. Howard)
Following an early career as a TV director, “H” entered the business end of sports signing 100’s of pro players to endorsement contracts, traveled the world on sports issues and eventually became PRESIDENT of the industry overseeing activities of 18 sports related organizations such as the Footwear Council, Tennis Foundation & Athletic Institute. He found the World Federation of Sports (Zurich), The Super Show, S.A.Y. Soccer, was appointed to the Olympic Tech Committee and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, and all the networks here and throughout Europe and Asia on sports issues. Invited to the White House on several occasions he was once honored for promoting Youth Sports.
When traveling in Italy he was struck by an EPHIPHANY in Assisi which led to a lengthy search for the “real truth” behind the FALL OF ROME and the 500 year nightmare academically studied as THE DARK AGES. His 4 historical novels beg the question: IS AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF THE SAME DISASTER THAT HIT THE GREATEST EMPIRE THE WORLD HAS KNOWN—ROME!?
David J Castello is the Editor-in-Chief and COO for the CCIN network (CCIN.com) where he has written numerous articles on a variety of topics for WestPalmBeach.com, Nashville.com, Whisky.com, PalmSprings.com, Kennel.com, Traveler.com, Bullion.com and more.
His debut novel, The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959), was published in 2016. His second novel, The Witch, will be published in the spring/summer 2018.
On December 7, 2016, The Daily Beast featured his story The Man Who Tried To Stop Pearl Harbor to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack.
Born in New York City (Bronx), David J Castello currently resides in West Palm Beach.
Marcia Chellis is a New York Times, Dublin Times, and London Times best-selling author. Chellis has been a guest on major national TV shows such as the Today Show and Larry King. Her first three books are nonfiction. The Joan Kennedy Story and Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives were chosen as Literary Guild Selections. The Girls from Winnetka was awarded Editor’s Choice. Her newest book, Love Letters in the Sand, is fiction. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the National League of American Pen Women and is included in Who’s Who of American Women.
Lani Click, Founder and President Clicking In – Lani has always been interested in entertainment, culture, and the arts. With a BA from Carnegie-Mellon and a professional background as a playwright with an MFA degree from Yale Drama School, Lani founded Clicking In in 2010. She currently serves as President of the organization. Lani’s personal and business philosophy is based on how our choices define us. She has a strong belief in being charitable, donating to favorite causes, and igniting and inspiring young people. Strong leadership is comprised of excellent communication skills, mental toughness, along with an understanding of world history, geography, economics, and culture.
Historian Robin Cutler (Ph.D. Columbia) was the producer/writer of the award-winning PBS documentary Indian America: A Gift from the Past, and co-producer of Roanoak, an Emmy-nominated dramatic series for PBS. For several years she was a contributing editor for the American Historical Association’s monthly Perspectives. Her most recent book, Such Mad Fun (Sept 2016), has been excerpted in Vanity Fair and The Daily Beast. It is a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2016, and a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards Gold Winner (Biography).
Margaret May Damen
Margaret May Damen CFP, CLU, ChFC is President and Founder of the Institute for Women and Wealth in Lake Worth, Florida. She is passionate about empowering women to achieve confidence in their leadership skills, money management, and wealth legacy aspirations. Margaret is a charismatic public speaker, trainer, and lecturer. Her first books Money $ense for Women and The 10 Steps to Living the Three Principles of Abundance guide women to understand the psychological and emotional essence that enables them to excel in meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving. Drawing from 35 years of experience in education, finance and wealth legacy counseling, her refreshing, thought-provoking and inspiring message in Women, Wealth, and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation resonates with men and women who are living through a critical era in history and searching for new beginnings and lasting legacies.
Michele Dargan is an award-winning journalist with 28 years of experience in the newspaper business. She has worked at various daily and weekly newspapers in Connecticut and South Florida before founding Michele Dargan Media, a writing, editing, and public relations business, in April 2016.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Bridgeport and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport.
An avid show jumper, Michele began her journalism career writing freelance articles for equestrian publications. She then landed a full-time job in her home state of Connecticut as a sportswriter, when it was still a novelty to have women covering sports.
In 1994, she moved to Palm Beach County and worked at the Palm Beach Post covering the Western communities. Two years later, she landed a job at the Palm Beach Daily News, where she worked for 20 years as a general assignment reporter. Over the years, she has covered courts, religion, politics, police, fire, health, business, real estate, and equestrian sports.
In 2014, Michele won the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting for a three-part series detailing the fallout in the Palm Beach police and fire departments from the town’s pension reform.
Some of the high-profile cases she covered while at the Palm Beach Daily News were: the Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case, the James Sullivan millionaire murder trial in Atlanta, the Bernard Madoff case and sentencing hearing in New York City and the Fred Keller millionaire murder case.
Eileen Eisner has a unique background of being a speech and language pathologist, public speaking coach, teacher trainer, dementia specialist and author. Her professional experience is as diverse as her skills. Her background involves being a national consultant for an educational publishing company, a school and clinical speech therapist, a college instructor, coordinator of a university on-site demonstration school and director/owner of a private speech therapy practice. Eileen is a well-respected consultant/trainer in the field communication disorders related to Alzheimer’s Disease and children’s language and learning disorders.
Eileen is the author of Merging Language Intervention with Classroom Practices: A Guide for the Speech Language Pathologist (Pro Ed, 1998), Can Do Activities for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease: Strength-Based Communication and Programming (Pro Ed , 2001) and Engaging and Communicating with People Who Have Dementia: Finding and Using Their Strengths (Health Professions Press, 2013). Engaging and Communicating with People Who Have Dementia, written for the general public as well as for professionals, was a 2014 winner of the National Mature Media Award.
Eileen currently resides in Palm Beach County and considers herself a semi-retired speech coach, dementia specialist, and writer. She still continues to lecture and to write articles on practical interventions for those individuals with neurodegenerative dementias. In her free time, she plays tennis, belongs to several book clubs and charitable organizations, attends lectures involving art and literature and dabbles in water coloring and creative writing projects.
Joanna has been writing for a living for more than four decades. She has written for newspapers and magazines in Britain (London Evening News, Woman’s Own, True Magazine) and in the United States (STAR Magazine, TV Guide). She grew up in London during the Swinging 60s. Joanna landed in New York during the disco era of Studio 54 and Xenon to write for TV news (at WNEW’s, 10 O’Clock News where she was the writer/researcher on an Emmy Award-winning documentary, Irish Eyes ) and for a tabloid TV newsmagazine (Fox TV’s, A Current Affair).
She has had two novels published Scandal (1996) and Delusion (1997)). They were both set in locales where she was living at the time of writing, Palm Beach and Philadelphia http://www.joannaelm.com/books/. Scandal was published as an original paperback and sold 70,000 copies. She have written a screenplay that was not made into a movie.
After graduating law school, summa cum laude, she researched and assisted in drafting opinions for a judge in the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court. She also wrote memos, motions and briefs for the District Attorneys of Brooklyn, NY and Suffolk County on the East End of Long Island.
Alvin is an American presidential historian, political commentator, and public official. He was Principal Spokesman for the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. Felzenberg is currently Director of Communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress.
Felzenberg served as the Special Assistant and Advisor to the National Broadcasting Board of Governors, as a consultant to the Secretary of the Navy, and as Director of Community Outreach and Public Liaison for the Office of Secretary in the U.S. Department of Defense during the administration of George W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, Felzenberg was assistant secretary of state of New Jersey in the administration of Governor Thomas H. Kean.
Felzenberg was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has lectured at Princeton, Yale, George Washinton and Johns Hopkins Universities. Since 2007, Felzenberg has been visiting lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the Author of The Keys to a Successful Presidency, Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9/11 Commission, The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t), Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game, and A Man and His Presidents – The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr. Felzenerg is a regular contributor to several periodicals, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. News & World Report, The Weekly Standard and National Review.
Felzenberg holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in politics from Princeton University and an M.A. and B.A. from Rutgers University.
He previously served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Rep Jim Saxon.
A graduate of Smith College, Rosalie Franks earned a master’s degree in Curriculum Development from Columbia University, Teachers College and a Doctorate in Humanistic Education from Boston University. She is President of R.H. Franks Productions, a video company devoted to recording family and business visual histories for future generations.
Rosalie’s videotaped research on the Holocaust for Stephen Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation involved over 550 hours of oral histories with 92 Holocaust survivors; they are now available at the University of Southern California’s historical archives. Two of the interviews can be seen worldwide on the Internet.
Jim Gabler grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He has degrees from Washington & Lee University in economics and law. He served in the U.S.Army as a finance officer. He practiced law in Maryland as a civil trial lawyer for the defense and plaintiff.
Jim’s passion is wine and includes travels to vineyard regions throughout the world, collecting wine and wine books, and writing about wine. Jim’s most recent books are How To Be A Wine Expert: A Beginner’s Guide and Dine with Thomas Jefferson and Fascinating Guests. Other books are Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson, An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine, and Conversation, Wine into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language, two novels, The Secret Formula, and God’s Devil, and a stage play, Franklin & Jefferson: Sex, Politics, and the American Revolution.
Robert Lloyd George
Mr Lloyd George published several books, including Guide to Asian Stock Markets (1989), The East West Pendulum (1991), North South (1994), David & Winston (2005) (he is a great-grandson of the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George), The East West Pendulum Revisited (2005) and A Modern Plutarch (Oct 2016), which is a series of parallel lives of British and American Statesmen.
John always wanted to be a writer, but in his sophomore year of high school in Ohio, he hit a snag. Sister Mary Donald, his English teacher, encouraged him to write essays for bonus points and so he wrote “The Art of Sitting on a Cold Toilet Seat.” Some nights later his mother came home from a PTA meeting and shook him out of bed. “What did you write? Sister said it was trash!” Uh oh. . . . he stopped writing, but only for a while. Right out of high school he got a job with a local newspaper and while studying journalism at Kent State University his articles appeared in newspapers and magazines. Eventually he decided to also write books — so far more than 25 including James A. Michener: A Biography, which served as his doctoral dissertation at Temple University; Start Small, Finish Big with the co-founder of Subway; You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, with David Sandler; Network Marketing for Dummies with Zig Ziglar; MOONEY: The Life of the World’s Master Carver; Lonely Fighter, One Man’s Battle with the IRS and others . . . After John wrote Franchising: The Inside Story, he developed a franchise marketing agency that kept him busy for about 30 years. Michener once told him that a great life would consist of teaching at a university and write a best seller every three years. So far he has managed to consistently lead one-half of a great life — John loves teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL, where he is the Titus Chair for Franchise Leadership. He is also working on the other half of Michener’s formula, and thinking that maybe he will resurrect that cold toilet seat story. It’s okay. Sister’s been dead for years.
John Hazen grew up in Massachusetts, lived most of his adult life in New Jersey and now is proud to call Singer Island his home. John came to writing novels relatively late in life, but once he started he hasn’t looked back. Inspired by Lynn, his wife of thirty-eight years, he has pursued the dream of becoming an established author and has just completed, Zyklon, his fifth suspense thriller to be released in June 2018. His other books are Dear Dad (2012), Fava (2014), Journey of an American Son (2015), and Aceldama (2016). John and Lynn love to travel, and the experiences of those travels—complemented by things he learned from degrees from Rutgers, The New School and NYU buttressed by a lifelong passion for learning and a love of history—find their way into his writing. John’s reading tastes are eclectic, ranging from histories to classic novels to an occasional piece of modern trash. His absolute “must reads” are Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time.
Executive Director of the Palm Beach Writers Group
Cathy grew up outside of Annapolis, Maryland, on a beautiful little point on the Chesapeake Bay. She spent her childhood summers boating, fishing and crabbing, and when she wasn’t reading, dreaming up her own mystery stories.
After a career with the National Security Agency (NSA) that took her around the world, she now lives by the beach in Jupiter, Florida, with her golden retriever Aimee. She is a full-time author writing children’s books and mystery and spy novels. She volunteers with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County helping children read.
When she isn’t writing, she is attending Author events or spending time at the beach with her golden retriever Aimee.
She is a member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Thornton M. (Tim) Henry
Honorary Lifetime Member – It is with great sadness that we share that Tim passed away on July 7th, 2018. He will be remembered for his contributions to the group; his energy, laughter, and artistic abilities.
Thornton M. (Tim) Henry was born in Paget, Bermuda, in 1943. He received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from Washington & Lee University (1966) and went on to graduate from Washington & Lee Law School in 1969. After a stint in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and three years with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., he received a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Georgetown Law Center in 1974. He has practiced estate planning and tax law in West Palm Beach, Florida, at Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. since 1974. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, named as Top 100 Attorneys in Worth Magazine, and is designated as a Leading Florida Attorney. He has also participated in 28 mission trips to in Moscow, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the Bahamas. He has “lost count” of the number of charities with which he is involved. His published books include “On This Rock: A Photographic Essay on the Churches of Bermuda” and “Rockbridge Heritage: Essay of Rockbridge County, Virginia,” both full color hard back books of photographs and research. His latest work of fiction entitled “Leonard’s Tune” is not yet published and “Christine’s Melody” is ‘in the works.’
Gutsy Gals Inspire Me (GGIM) was created by Deborah Hutchison in 2008 to inspire girls and women to be courageous, clear, confident, and to “drive their destinies” by pursuing their dreams. The company works toward this by recognizing and promoting inspirational female role models and their stories through award programs, conference panels, “Hollywood style” animated educational films and teaching/activity guides, a line of GGIM note cards, and other merchandise including family and friend agreements.
Michael Hyman cut his teeth in the London markets of the 1980’s and ‘90’s with GH Asset Management after completing his post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics. His first novel, a financial thriller, Tournament of Shadows, takes its inspiration from the most pressing economic, financial and geopolitical issues of our times and draws on his extensive experiences. The story highlights the potentially catastrophic consequences of a knowledgeable adversary with unlimited funds, determined to humble the United States. It is the work of fiction. But recent events show that, in the financial world, truth can be stranger and sometimes just as sinister.
Janis Jones is a Wall Street veteran, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of other successful financiers turned authors with her debut novel, The Original Trophy Wife. She is a winner for the Palm Beach Book Festival’s “Find The Best Writer In Palm Beach County” contest 2017.
During her twenty-five year career as a financial advisor, she became the youngest female Sr. VP at Lehman Brothers and the first female Sr. VP at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Since May 2006, when she successfully sold her asset management business, she has devoted her efforts to writing. She has been a member of the advisory board of the Southampton Writers Conference, participating in several creative writing, essay, and novel, workshops taught by renown authors, such as Meg Wolitzer, Roger Rosenblatt, and the late Frank McCourt. Her work has been published in The Southampton Literary Review. Recently she was a contributing editor to Fairfield County Look Magazine.
Janis is also a winner of Harper’s Bazaar Fabateveryage National Reader’s Search, for her distinctive personal style and the inspiration she has given to women who have survived breast cancer. She loves Palm Beach and finds her creative inspiration in the Island’s natural and sustainable beauty.
For years, the young jeweler Verena Schoch conducted the “Embassy” in St. Moritz, perhaps the most exclusive watch and jewelry business of the Swiss luxury resort. What Verena Schoch experienced in those years when the Begum, Herbert von Karajan, the Queen of Greece and Farah Diba of Persia with the chauffeur of Mrs. T. and Lady Cookie went in and out with her, would fill volumes. Here are the most beautiful stories of the beautiful and rich united in a small book, for the pleasure of all who love St. Moritz and the Engadin and who like to laugh and smile during and after the holidays!
Kathleen is a former staff editor of the magazines SELF and Cosmopolitan and editor-in-chief of Hartford Monthly. She has written for magazines including Redbook, Harper’s Bazaar, Real Simple and British Vogue, focusing on personality profiles, and health and psychology issues. She was a ghostwriter on several non-fiction book titles for Simon & Schuster and Berkley Publishing.
She is at work on a tragi-comic illustrated memoir about caring for aging parents.
John (Jack) Long
Jack attended Georgetown University earning a BSBA and J.D. in Advanced legal studies in international commercial transactions.
He currently teaches international business law. He is an Arbitration Judge for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Member of the Wash., D.C. Bar, and the Vermont Bar Association. He is preparing the second edition of Three Wellsprings of Leadership® .
Bob Lynch lives in sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with his beautiful wife, Laura, a hidden stash of cheap cigars, an overused laptop, and an underused swimming pool. His lifelong desire to become a Marine has gone the way of his well-meaning plans to clean that pool.
Bob is a late entrant to the writing business. At the age of sixty, he has published his first book, The Bed I Made, a journey of fulfilled hope, fifty years in the making. This heartwarming, personal memoir of a Korean War veteran who triumphs over PTSD five decades after leaving the Marine Corps was awarded first place in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award competition.
While cultivating concepts for future non-fiction projects, Bob has also completed Reynosa Rising, his first novel in a trilogy that features a band of South Texas misfits in their quest to topple the Los Zetas drug cartel in Reynosa, Mexico. The second book in the series, Gateway To Mexico, will find many of the ensemble cast of the first, once again battling the forces of evil from just south of the border in Juarez, Mexico. This installment is currently in progress.
In addition to Palm Beach Writers Group, Bob is a member of Florida Writers Association (FWA) and The Authors Guild.
David Mallegol graduated from Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey. He joined Johnson and Johnson in 1965 and held leading roles in the launching of products such as Tylenol, Haldol, Imodium, and Fentanyl. In 2003, Mallegol and his wife, Irma, retired to Palm Beach County, Florida where he writes novels and is an avid bicyclist riding 3000 miles per year.
The Bronze Horsemen series are fictional novels that describe an actual Bronze Age group of people called the Botai (Bow-Tie), who dominated the steppes of southern Russia for 600 years. According to “Discover Magazine” (Summer/2010), the Botai were very likely the first to capture and domesticate a horse. The characters and adventures are fiction as are the names of their leaders and the challenges they faced as they struggled to survive. Their fortunes changed when they tamed a horse. Being mounted gave the Botai an advantage over those who sought to destroy them and changed the world for thousands of years.
Lee Ann Mancini
Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University, a Masters in Biblical & Theology Studies and a Masters in Christianity & Culture from Knox Seminary, and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. Lee Ann is an awarding-winning, children’s author. Lee Ann is a board member of the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the church.
Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God.
Nancy Karas Markoff
Nancy Karas Markoff is Executive Vice President of New York Security Systems, Inc., a company founded by her husband, as well as the author of “Ali-Mama: A Feral Cat’s Tale” winner of the 2016 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival.
“One day Nancy Karas Markoff saw a beautiful creature saunter across her property, giving her the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the life of a feral cat. The experience affected her so deeply by the lessons learned that she was inspired to put pen to paper or—in this case fingertips to keys—and share this glorious journey. It is her hope that it will be as meaningful to all who read it but more importantly she hopes it will create an impetus for animal lovers to become involved in eliminating the plight of the feral cat. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations participating in Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) programs.”
Lesley Marlo first honed her writing chops in the public speaking industry, followed by executive positions in corporate communications and publishing, where she gained keen insight into what makes saleable writing and how to build engaging brands.
A full-time writer and editor for over 25 years, Lesley founded ExpertCopy in 1996, quickly becoming the go-to copywriting resource for Fortune 500 companies to individuals with a message to share. The company’s work has earned numerous IAC, WMA and W3 awards.
Through a team of seasoned writers and editors, ExpertCopy continues serving the corporate sector while its publishing division is dedicated to helping aspiring and experienced authors communicate their messages, tell their stories, publish books, gain bestseller status and build personal brands into lucrative careers.
Lesley has personally ghostwritten and co-authored several bestselling books and is published under her own name, two pen names and as a ghostwriter in hundreds of lifestyle and trade magazines, books and websites. Her passions are travel, writing, the moon, her dog Jake, socializing with interesting people and helping authors fulfill their dreams.
Rollin McGrail’s trademark images are recognizable both for style and content. Images often kindheartedly lampoon the rich while harkening back to the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thorn Smiths Topper TV series, the films of Nick and Nora, and the early New Yorker years of Peter Arno. Rollin’s style is agile, playful, formal and wry. The work is largely conceptual and at the same time lends an air of whimsy and grace to some of the most prosaic of subjects.
Rollin’s work has been shown in galleries from Paris to New York, Barcelona to Key West, and for the past several years in West Palm Beach and Wellington. The bulk of her production is aimed at national newspapers, magazines and book publishers. Rollin has had weekly illustrations for years in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has had frequent contributions to Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Glamour, Esquire, GQ, Vogue and Nickelodeon among many others. Her illustrations have appeared in best seller books including TOASTS for Crown publishing and the PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY from Clarkson N. Potter and BRIGHT HUNTING MORN: THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RADNOR HUNT from the Derrydale Press. She has also received several distinguished awards from the publishing industry.
Rollin hails from New York and attended art school in England, graduating from Parsons School of Design, New York. She creates her one-of-a-kind illustrations in a whirlwind of a studio in the heart of her colorful Wellington, Florida home. http://rollinmcgrail.com/
Stephanie Murphy-Lupo is an author, freelance writer and native Floridian. As a career journalist, she wrote about her experiences exploring numerous American destinations – as well as travels to Cuba, Portugal, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Canada, and Italy.
She gained extensive insight into the way other people view their own journeys – through interviews with tycoons and celebrities, scholars and scientists, musicians and artists, entertainers and athletes, analysts and policy-makers. Among the most interesting to quiz or listen to — Donald J. Trump, the late Gen. Alexander Haig, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Sophia Loren, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli, Regis Philbin, Michael Milken, Gary Player, Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, Paul Volcker, George Plimpton and Arthur Laffer.
Stephanie is the author of All Aboard! A History of Florida’s Railroads (Rowman & Littlefield; 2016); Day Trips from New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press, 2012); and Mud 2 Money, Eyes on Moscow: The Adventures of Gordon Devon Gaster (self-published in 2016). From 1995-1998, writing as Stephanie Murphy, she co-authored the first three editions of The Insiders’ Guide to Boca Raton & the Palm Beaches.
Since 2014, she has been writing a novel and screenplay.
She was a writer and columnist for the Palm Beach Daily News from 2000-2008. Her feature articles and photographs have appeared in Palm Beach Illustrated, The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Florida Weekly, Culture, Quality Cities, Boca Raton News, Palm Beach County TravelHost and other publications.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism. She studied at the University of Colorado on a Gannett Foundation grant and completed newspaper management training at the Knight-Ridder Institute in Miami.
A native of Jacksonville, Stephanie also lived in Fort Myers, Coral Gables, Pensacola Beach and Gainesville. After college, she lived and worked in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. Stephanie and her husband, Gerard A. Lupo, live in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Johanna is a historian, author and award-winning journalist whose new book, Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote, is already winning rave reviews. Due out in the fall of 2017 from New York University Press, Gilded Suffragists tells the story of New York’s most glamorous women – with last names like Astor, Belmont, Harriman and Vanderbilt – and chronicles their impact on the women’s suffrage movement. Covered for every aspect of their lives – from their French fashion to the Beaux Arts décor – they had become the media celebrities of their day. She argues that when they leveraged their social fame for political power, they awakened public interest and energized the Votes for Women campaign, giving it the kind of buzz that only celebrity endorsements can provide.
A former White House correspondent who served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Johanna wrote the book as she was earning a PhD in history at American University in Washington, D.C. Born in Los Angeles, Johanna Neuman is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and of the University of Southern California, where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. Her career in journalism began with a job as a copy girl at the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, and continued as the City Hall reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. After a few years of covering the political scene in Los Angeles, the editors assigned her to the Sacramento bureau, where she covered Gov. Jerry Brown during his first term, as well as the state legislature.
Her second book, Gilded Suffragists, is a revised version of her doctoral dissertation. It is due out in the fall of 2017 from New York University Press.
Ms. Nicosia maintains studios in Boston and Gulf Stream, Florida. For twenty years she lived and painted in Tuscany. As an artist, she has realized significant distinction on the international scene, her work having been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Washington, D.C., London, Sao Paulo, Kuwait City and Rome.
She has been honored with rare invitations to paint private grounds few artists ever see. The Trustees of Versailles requested that she paint at Claude Monet’s Giverny and the government of Kuwait invited Nicosia to paint and exhibit her series “Tides of War: The Oil Fires of Kuwait”. She exhibited at The Gainsborough House in England and, at the behest of the Vatican, painted the private Papal Gardens. The family of Sir Winston Churchill invited her to paint on the grounds of Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved country estate overlooking the Weald of Kent.
Ms. Nicosia is the first artist to receive the Italian government’s Terzo Mellenio Award in recognition of her “Vatican Images” exhibition. She was invited to paint “the passionate drama of the evolving status of the jungle: by the Brazilian Ambassador to London, Paulo Tarso Flecha de Lima and the Smithsonian Institution, resulting in her acclaimed series depicting the violence and destruction against the Brazilian Rainforest which was exhibited in Sao Paulo, London, Washington, D.C., and New York.
Her most recent collection, encaustic paintings or “fragments” inspired by ancient Roman frescoes, are reminiscent of the ancient frescoes of an imaginary paradise garden were in the home of Livia Drusilla, the wife of Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.
Paulette Cooper Noble
Paulette Cooper Noble is the author of 23 books and approximately 1,000 articles. Her books include the first major expose of Scientology, “The Scandal of Scientology.” She also wrote the first book on “CSI” for the layman titled “The Medical Detectives.” Her books have been on many subjects including true crime, dogs, cats, travel, psychics, etc. She is known in her home town of Palm Beach for her guide books on consignment & vintage shops (the latest is “Bargain Shopping in Palm Beach County”), and her column in The Palm Beach Daily News. A book was written about her life, “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,” by Tony Ortega, the former editor of the Village Voice.
Her newest book is “Was Elvis Jewish? Plus Hundreds of Amazing & Amusing Anecdotes No Rabbi Ever Told You.”
Sharon Larson O’Neil
Sharon is a retired Hospice Nurse with an advanced nursing, CHPC (Certified Hospice and Palliative Care) and a Master’s of Science in Psychology and Holistic Studies. Her writing credits are two short stories for Holistic Nursing Journal and education material for Registered Nurses.
Multiple trips to Israel, over the last four decades, ignited her passion to study Judaism, esoteric writings, Biblical archeology, Hebrew and Kabbalah and to write.
Keeper of the Watch, her first novel ( as yet unpublished, but she hasn’t given up) combines the Bible’s few words about Enoch with the legend that the world is saved because every generation has thirty-six just people.
Author Kent Politsch is working on three writing projects concurrently: a thriller novel that concludes his Global Anchor Series; a novel based on the relationship between 20th century adventurist William Beebe, famous for his deep sea exploration, and artist Else Bostelmann; and a play about a man facing death set at Metro Station subway terminal in Washington, D.C. Politsch published his first two thriller novels in 2012 and 2014 while serving as Chief of Public Affairs for the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Blood Anger, the second in the Global Anchor Series, takes his readers on a fast-paced search for the kidnapped daughter of the President of the United States and reveals through international intrigue why she was taken. Politsch retired from his government career at the end of 2016 to devote full time to writing and taking care of their Port Saint Lucie home that he shares with his very active and working wife, Nancy.
Valerie Ramsey is the executive editor of Fabulously 50+ magazine and the author of two books, Gracefully – Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age and Creating What’s Next – Gracefully. She has had an extraordinary life – transitioning from raising six children in Greenwich, CT to becoming public relations director for the world famous Pebble Beach Resorts, being recruited by Wilhelmina and Ford Models, becoming active on the national speakers circuit, and making numerous appearances on The TODAY Show, Fox News, Hollywood Extra and many others. Since moving to Palm Beach she has continued to speak, model and write. She is a member of the National Association of American Pen Women.
Debra Robert started in NYC as a video producer and graduated with honors from FSU’s Graduate Film Conservatory, MFA (producing, prod. management). She then shot several indie films, worked for an artist management firm, produced countless videos and held various positions including PIO/PR Director for a city.
Debra was ‘discovered’ for flawlessly shooting a live, 90-minute speech for President George Bush Sr.. She then rapidly climbed the ranks, holding her own in the male dominated and extremely competitive field that is live conference, concert and event production. For over 20 yrs. she traveled the world working with heads of state, influential speakers, industry pioneers, performers, disrupters and celebrities.
Debra managed to succeed with a terrible secret. She did it all while trapped in an extremely dysfunctional, financially draining and abusive relationship.
At age 36, Debra escaped abuse and began again. She was diagnosed with Complex-PTSD and fought to overcome it, determined to live her best life, no matter what.
Nine years later, she was newly-wed and enjoying her new beginning. A year into her marriage, she was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). In order to help her cope, Debra began to write monthly for an online community site for chronic disease called Newlifeoutliook.
Now Debra says, “I am happier and more grounded than I have ever been, though by many accounts, I shouldn’t be”. She is working on her first memoir. ‘100 Bowls”. It is about how she regained her sense of self through one, focused endeavor. She created 100 wheel-thrown ceramic bowls while dealing with tremors and cognitive issues from MS. It took her over two years. This memoir is her warm-up for her bigger story.
Debra lives with her husband and four fish in a 1929 cottage in Lake Worth, FL. She volunteers for the Norton Museum, Wheels for Kids and as an inpatient visitor for Trustbridge Hospice.
Debra’s blog, including her personal story about Retired NASA Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave called ‘How an Astronaut Vacuums the Floor’ and more on her 100 Bowl journey can be found on her site.
Barbara Shorr and her husband, Bernard, lived most of their married life in Avon, Connecticut, and now reside in Wellington, Florida. Barbara is a member of the Palm Beach Writers Group, Mansion Dreams is her first novel.
Former Jersey girl Suzanne Snyder-Carroll lives and writes in a SoFlo double-wide trailer. She’s a marathon runner and is married to Joe (the plumber) Carroll. She taught English in the Trenton and Hopewell Valley School Districts, served as a consultant to the Princeton University Teacher Prep Program, and was an advisor for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festivals. She is a member of the Palm Beach Writers Group and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. She spends her summers in Ocean Pines, Maryland.
Her books – On the Edge of Dangerous Things, In an Awful Way, With the Tonic of Wildness, and Click…Kill are available on amazon.com.
Sandra Thompson is becoming a historian in her own right. She married a man who came to Palm Beach in 1925, and her first memoir, Palm Beach From The Other Side Of The Lake is about his early years about the Gilded Age, etc. He introduced her to the tropical paradise and she began painting images of the island numbering now over four hundred and has written several histories of local contentsuch as God’s Church, Henry Flagler’s Legacy, the Royal Poinciana Chapel and the immigrant story of the Testa Restaurant family.
Teresa received her master’s degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and had a successful career in management consulting prior to switching to her real passion. She currently works with a consortium of people in the film industry. She thrives in writing about the lives of people who inspire her. Some of her subjects are famous but most are ordinary people who have made contributions in extraordinary ways. She uses the power of film to bring her stories to life.
She studied under other accomplished writers, screenwriters and filmmakers before deciding to steer away from her previous endeavors to pursue her real dream in a more creative mode. Teresa says that writing and studying all aspects of film are like breathing. She began writing prose and short stories at the tender age of six so fully engaging in the arts about 10 years ago seemed like a natural transition. Teresa feels the advantage of applying all lessons learned to every project.
She attributes her offbeat sense of humor and writing style to the fact that she always seems to take an opposite tack in her own life-journeys. Teresa further acknowledges this notion because she approaches everything by going against the currents in her own life. Being an avid sailor, she feels that being on or near water is part of her Viking spirit. She believes the combinations of these things are what drive her every pursuit. Don’t discount her quiet demeanor when you first meet her because, given time, she’ll surprise you with her wit and high level of energy that lie just beneath the surface.
Teresa and her husband, Jeffrey Seiler, a physician, currently reside in Wellington, Florida. Together, they enjoy traveling around the world sharing the joy of nature and meeting interesting people who are dedicated to making the world a better place. Jeffrey will always be her biggest supporter.
Len Tomaka is a native Chicagoan and snowbird in the winter to Wellington, FL. His college was a Washburne Trade School steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship. He became an estimator/project manager for mechanical contractors involved in heavy industry construction ending his career as owner of a consultancy to mechanical contractors. Divorced with no children. He served in the USMC Reserves for 6 years and holds three US patents. His book Aphorisms, Adages, and Advice for the Children I Never Had is his first.
Marilyn Murray Willison
Marilyn Murray Willison is the recipient of the Florida Writers’ Association 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for her sixth book, One Woman, Four Decades, Eight Wishes: a journalist’s memoir of challenge, change and growth. She has also lectured to thousands of South Floridians about her fifth non-fiction book, THE SELF-EMPOWERED WOMAN: 17 CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH ACHIEVERS.
Patricia Wakely Wolf
Patricia Wakely Wolf is an award-winning playwright for her first full-length play, Closed Casket. Patricia’s 10-minute plays, Not Yet Dead and Celebrity Patch were produced by Group Repertory Theatre; Not Yet Dead was featured at the Playwrights’ Slam at The Kennedy Center’s 10th Annual Page-to-Stage festival and Pinky Swear Productions’ SWEAR IT! Smörgåsbord. Short plays: Color TV and Pot produced at the 3rd Annual South Florida One-Minute Play Festival in Miami; The Hill featured at Flash Fest 2015, Manhattan Theatre Club; Buttons featured at Theatre J, Washington, DC. Patricia’s full-length play, Stung & Wounded, was selected for South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest 2015 and a staged reading was performed at Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes. A series of her 10-minute plays, including Table Manners, Crockpot Marriage, Funeral Makeup, Red Rover, Celebrity Patch, Lionel & Blondie, and Not Yet Dead, have had readings in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Patricia is also working on her first novel and her blog posts, Dorothy Does It All By Herself and Tales From the Tee: Sadie Hawkins Day, have appeared on Red Room and Women on Course websites, respectively. Patricia participated in several spoken word evenings that included her original works, Leap of Faith and Parenting, at Spark Off Rose in Los Angeles. Patricia is an actor/model in South Florida and has worked in commercials, theatre and independent film in Los Angeles and New York. Member: The Dramatists Guild of America, South Florida Theatre League, Playwrights Jam/Miami, Stage 32, The Playwright’s Forum/DC, DC Area Playwrights, The Writer’s Center/DC, Women in Film & Video/DC & Orlando; and The Writer’s Group/LA. Board Member: South Florida Theatre League.