John Wills spent 2 years in the U.S. Army before serving 12 years with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). He left the CPD to become an FBI Special Agent, working organized crime, violent crime, and drugs. John served as the Principal Firearms Instructor, Training Coordinator, and sniper team leader in the Detroit Division for 10 years. Before retiring from the FBI, he spent 7 years teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He has taught Street Survival domestically and internationally, as well as supervised new agent training at the Academy. John is presently a field manager in the Training Division with Advanced Interactive Systems. He also owns his own business -- LivSafe, teaching personal safety classes. John Wills is author of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City ISBN: 1590958421 published by TotalRecallPress.com
Dr. Lucas G. (Luke) Boyd is the retired principal of Battle Ground Academy. Dr. Lucas G. "Luke" Boyd first saw the light of day in a three-room shotgun house on Jabe Dunaway's place near Anguilla, Mississippi. It was the depths of the Depression. His father had lost everything and had returned to the land to feed his family. However, within a few years he was managing one of those sprawling, 2,000-plus acre cotton plantations the Delta was know for. This plantation culture of his early years left an indelible mark on young Luke.
A stroke of good fortune and a good scholarship allowed him to attend The University of Mississippi, where he earned a B.S. degree. During his career he attended a total of five universities, three of which saw fit to grant him degrees: Middle Tennessee State University (M.S.), The University of Tennessee (Ph.D. in English History). Stints at The University of North Carolina and The University of Chattanooga were for special study in Economics and Far Eastern History, respectively.
He entered the Army through the ROTC program and served for two years as a lst Lt. in an armored unit. After leaving the service, he began a career in education which spanned 43 years both at the secondary and college levels. He retired after serving for 19 years as Principal of Battle Ground Academy, a private, college preparatory school in Franklin, Tennessee.
His publishing credits include: two books, Coon Dogs and Outhouses, Vol. I, Don't Call Me Hero (ghost writer) the story of a WW II bomber pilot; 9 short stores; l article in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. He currently writes regular columns for a local newspaper, The Williamson Herald, and for Mature Lifestyles magazine.He and his wife, Sara, have been married for 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Who is Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer? And What's with the Artichoke?
Judy is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including care giving.
Trained as a ready to learn consultant, she works with Head Start organizations and child care resource centers. She also volunteers time writing end-of-life stories for Hospice. She and Dwain, her husband of 40 years, have six grown children and seven grandchildren. They consider their greatest success in life that their children like themselves and each other.
The symbol of the artichoke has great meaning for Judy in her teaching and writing. As she works with families, she sees that frequently only the outer edges are exposed and can be prickly and sometimes bitter to the taste. But, as you expose the artichoke and people to warmth, caring, and time, gradually the leaves begin to open and expose the real treasure-the heart.
The artichoke also became a teaching lesson when Judy, with her young family, moved into military housing in California to find Artichokes in their yard. Given that it takes two years for the vegetable to flower, the original gardener never got to see the seeds of her labor. Many times, our actions and reactions in life are felt by people we will never meet, but we plant the seeds of kindness anyway.
You will enjoy Judy's approachable manner, wonderful storytelling and common-sense solutions gleaned from working with hundreds of families and organizations just like yours. Your encounter with Judy will leave you feeling inspired, entertained and especially motivated. Visit Judy's website for excellent references and a full listing of books, workshop topics, tele-classes and testimonials.
To make arrangements for your group or organization to enjoy having Judy present a keynote address, workshop or training session, please visit my websites given below.
Captain Steve A. Reeves started flying airplanes from a dirt strip located adjacent to a cotton field in northeast Arkansas. He took great pride in his ability to chase rabbits down the plowed rows of the fields - and live to tell about it. However, it didn't take long for him to realize that chasing rabbits didn't pay very well. He packed his bags and headed to the University of Kentucky.
Upon graduating from college, he accepted a commission in the United States Navy. After one tour of duty, he thought that he'd had enough of flying and returned to the civilian world to pursue a career in construction management. One day while standing in the middle of a job site, Steve looked up in the sky to watch a commercial airliner fly over. The attraction was too powerful - he knew that he had to return to the sky.
Twenty-one years later, Steve has logged over 12,500 hours in civilian, military, and commercial aircraft. He is a captain for a major airline and resides in Texas with his wife, Stacy, and their two daughters, Keegan and Kayleigh.
Look for more books by Steve A. Reeves coming soon.
Paula Brown recalls fondly sitting with her father as a child, reading the Winnie the Pooh stories together. That was the beginning of her love for Disney. She visited Disneyland with her family when she was nine; it was many years later that she finally made it to Walt Disney World® in Florida. Also a Star Wars fanatic, Paula's idea of a perfect day is riding Star Tours as many times as possible with her daughter.
Paula is well known for her Science Fiction book "Dream Wanderers." ISBN # 978-1-59095-874-2She currently lives in Virginia with her family.
9-5 IT Contractor for other organisations doing Technical Author, Process or Operations Analyst or Trainer or Mentor roles. Latest clients are Capita insurance and Investor Services; Nomad Software; Barclaycard; AOL; Petro-Canada; Cluster Seven and BT.
Own account publish books, ebooks, articles and abstracts and try to move on to fiction and non-fiction writing and Ghostwriter for others doing novels, autobiographies and books.
Authors:Mary Gosling Elizabeth Hopgood Karen Lochhead
Mary and Elizabeth would like to thank Peter and Jeff for their help, and our colleagues and students at Canberra Institute of Technology for sharing their knowledge and expertise. Karen would like to thank Judit Baranyai for helping acquaint her with the modern academic library.