Authors

7 June, 2019

Pearce

Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, health and wellness coach, and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has always been fascinated by what helps people cope with adversity and why some people thrive in adversity, while others do not. Her upcoming book, Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity (Ixia Press/Dover Publications/Fall 2020), is a profound guide to writing your way through the dark times in life. Drawing upon the growing body of research on post-traumatic growth, the book reveals how dealing with the challenges of loss, grief, and tragedy can be a catalyst for transformation. Using the metaphor of flowers that bloom in the night, Dr. Pearce shares her empirically-based principles, clinical expertise, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to provide hope and healing.

Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in CBT and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. She researches the relationship between religion/spirituality, coping, and health, as well as the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy. Her current research includes the development of Spiritually Integrative Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat moral injury and PSTD among Veterans and active duty military service members. She is the co-developer of the national online edX training program for mental health providers called Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health. Dr. Pearce is the author of the book Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical, Tool-Based Primer and co-author of Religion and Recovery from PTSD (to be released late 2019).

Dr. Pearce has a passion for the application of clinical research to improve patient care and quality of life. She is also committed to teaching and training students and health care professionals. She directs three graduate certificate programs: Aging and Applied Thanatology, Integrative Health and Wellness, and Science Communication, and teaches a number of graduate courses. Her areas of clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, spiritual and existential issues, positive psychology, mind-body stress reduction methods, and behavioral medicine to address the intersection of mental and physical illness.

Dr. Pearce has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has given numerous local and national speeches, and has received several honors in her field. These honors include an early career psychologist credentialing scholarship awarded by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; the Jack Shand Research Award granted by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for excellence in graduate research on the empirical study of religion; several awards from Yale University for distinguished academic achievement; and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship granted by the federal government of Canada.

In her free time, she loves to salsa dance, hike in the woods, and curl up with a good book.

Connect with Dr. Pearce at www.DrMichellePearce.com


21 February, 2019

Browne

Gay Browne is a Personal Environmental Health Advisor, Writer, and Founder of Greenopia: a comprehensive city guide of sustainable businesses to help consumers eat, shop, and live green.

Greenopia was launched in 2005 as a print series for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York and rapidly expanded nationwide through Greenopia.com. Greenopia.com and its accompanying mobile app will re-launch in First Quarter 2019.

Prior to her work with Greenopia, Gay enjoyed a successful 15-year career in advertising and public relations. Gay is a contributing editor to The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. She served on boards and is involved with multiple environmental and humanitarian non-profits and is working on her first book. She has a deep personal commitment to personal environmental health and helping people lead toxic-free lives.

In her spare time, Gay enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, art restoration, and her three children.

LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART:  How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World (Citadel Press/Kensington, March 2019) is her first book.


4 February, 2019

Payton

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who

works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.
Theresa began her career in financial services, where she coupled her deep understanding of technology systems with visionary leadership, executing complex IT strategies and winning new business. Following executive roles Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush and his staff.

In 2015 Theresa was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity and a frequent speaker on IT risk. In 2014 she co-authored, with Ted Claypoole, the book Privacy in the Age of Big Data​: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family (Rowman), which was subsequently featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart. In 2016, her book Protecting Your Internet Identity, 2nd edition, was released by Rowman.

Among her numerous accolades and recognitions, Theresa was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire. In 2005 she was honored as Charlotte, NC’s Woman of the Year.


18 January, 2019

Roberts

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Global News and the CBC. She is the author of two best-selling and award-winning series of children’s books. “Just Enough” explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3-6, while “The World Around Us” introduces kids ages 5-8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She is also the author of “Kids, Sex & Screens: Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age”, a book for parents seeking to help their preteens navigate our hypersexualized world.

In 2017, Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks, a social impact company that creates mental wellness products and services for families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.familysparks.com or @thefamilysparks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dr. Roberts resides in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her husband Stephen and their three children.

 


26 November, 2018

Valerie

Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the idyllic Village of Primm  Her first novel, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST, was sold to Lake Union, a commercial women’s fiction imprint of Amazon publishing as part of a 2-book deal and will be published in early Fall 2019.

Julie serves on the board of directors for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiency in the Chicago Manual of Style. She is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge, providing 2,000+ writers an enriching environment to pen 85,000 words in 90 days, supported by a 12-month calendar that lends structure to the practice of productive writing.

Writing amid the mayhem and merriment of her motley crew, Julie lives and writes in Virginia, is married to her college sweetheart, has four children (two girls, two boys) and two English Labradors (one yellow, one chocolate). With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Connect with Julie:

Website: https://www.julievalerie.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/julie_valerie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieValerieAuthor


20 November, 2018

Sandenbergh

Roberta Sandenbergh is a retired architect who worked in New York and South Africa. Born in Brooklyn (née Stoller), she went to Vassar College, graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture (as Roberta Bocian) and studied Urban Design at the University of Witwatersrand.

After marrying John Sandenbergh, a South African architect, Roberta spent most of her adult life in his country, where she specialized in residential design. One of her projects won the annual Johannesburg Civic Award and two were featured in local magazines, Garden & Home and Habitat.

Her career took a detour when she became a beta tester for AutoCAD (Computer-Aided-Design) and was given rights to the program through a network of dealers and training centers. She travelled throughout the African continent, giving lectures and demonstrations.

Roberta is known for her illustrated columns on ‘Space Saving Ideas’. They have appeared in the Washington Post (the ‘Design Notebook’ series), the San Francisco Chronicle and the Johannesburg Star. She has also written articles about space saving for SA City Life Magazine and The Home Handyman.

After living on 11 acres in South Africa, Roberta was delighted to downsize to a 500 sq. ft. studio apartment in Manhattan. She loves its coziness and efficiency, and is obsessed with maximizing her living space. She says: “I often waste time and sometimes waste money. But I hate to waste space.”  Her new book SMALL SPACE LIVING: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home introduces readers to the space-expanding concept of “Space Opportunities” that allow you to make the most of neglected spaces in your home.

Learn more about Roberta and her Small-Space living ideas at her website and her popular Small_Space_Architect Instagram


9 November, 2018

Burger

ARIEL BURGER is a writer, artist, teacher, and rabbi whose work combines spirituality, creativity, and strategies for social change. A lifelong student of Elie Wiesel, he spent years studying the great wisdom traditions, and now applies those teachings to urgent contemporary questions. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

WITNESS:  Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018) is his first book.

Ariel’s Story–in his own words

When I was 17, I embarked on a spiritual quest that brought me to many teachers. Of all my teachers, Elie Wiesel was the greatest. To tell you who I am is impossible without including the influence this man has had on me.

I grew up in New York City, an artsy kid in an ultra-Orthodox elementary school, with a blind sister and divorced parents who held very different views on life. My quest for meaning and integration, a way to bring together all the elements of my life into a whole, led me to study for seven years in the closest thing to a monastery Judaism offers. I became a rabbi, wrote hundreds of songs and played guitar at Carnegie Hall with Richie Havens, exhibited art in galleries, danced with thousands of Breslover Hasidim at their annual pilgrimage in Ukraine, participated in dialogue groups between Jews, Muslim, and Christians, got married and had four children, got a PhD in religion and conflict transformation, illustrated folktales, became a teacher, worked as an executive at a non-profit for six years, taught, lectured, led workshops on leadership and Design Thinking, and began using storytelling to connect people across communities.

I questioned everything in search of an answer, but it wasn’t until I met Professor Wiesel that I realized that questioning is the answer. He helped guide me to where I am today –  a teacher, artist, speaker, spiritual healer, and now the author of a memoir of the time we spent together.

At a moment when the loss of civility is eroding human connection, I draw on my teachers’ lives and wisdom to help promote civility and kindness. My mission is to help counter superficiality with nuance, to replace estrangement with encounter, and to empower people to be creative and kind citizens of the world. I do this through teaching, storytelling, art- and music-making, writing, coaching, and consulting.

For more about Ariel Burger:  www.arielburger.com


6 November, 2018

Kennedy

Brynne S. Kennedy is the CEO and Founder of Topia, the software suite that companies use to move employees between roles and locations.  Brynne is also the Founder of The Other 1%, a non-profit that supports displaced people and equality, and CEO & Founder of MoveGuides.

Brynne’s first book, FLAT, FLUID & FAST, about the “talent mobility revolution,” will be published by McGraw-Hill in September 2019.

Brynne is recognized globally as a leading entrepreneur and expert on the Future of Work.  She has appeared on Bloomberg and CNBC, taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business and presented to the US Senate, US House of Representatives and State Legislators throughout the nation.  Brynne has won Entrepreneur of the Year in the Women in IT Awards, Women of the Future Awards and Stevie Awards, as well as London Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Worldwide ERC’s Meritorious Service Award.

Brynne is a member of TechNet, which supports government policies for the Future of Work and innovation economy, and ReadyNation, which supports funding ofr the 2020 Census.  Brynne speaks four languages, and holds an MBA from London Business School and BA in History from Yale University, where she competed in Division One collegiate gymnastics and won two Ivy League Gymnastics Championships.  Brynne was an elite gymnast for the United State growing up.

Follow Brynne on Twitter:  @BrynneSpeak

 


26 October, 2018

Stuart

Why do we know so little about women’s lives through history?  That’s a question journalist and author Nancy Rubin Stuart has questioned for years – and why she’s devoted her books to chronicling women’s lives.  Today as women are again demanding a stronger voice personally, politically and professionally, she’s contemplated the lives of America’s Founding Fathers whose biographies were mostly written by men.

Nancy’s forthcoming book, Poor Richard’s Women: Benjamin Franklin in Love (Beacon Press, Fall 2020), consequently examines his life through the lens of his romantic attractions and reveals his personal struggle with passion and prudence.

Nancy, who serves as executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, is no stranger to the Revolutionary period.  Her recently published book, Defiant Brides depicted the wives of Benedict Arnold and General Henry Knox. That followed the award-winning The Muse of the Revolution on Mercy Otis Warren, the first female historian of the American Revolution.

Previous works included the acclaimed The Reluctant Spiritualist; American Empress, a Business Week and Newsday Best-Seller, and Isabella of Castile, a Book-of-the- Month Club Dividend. Those stories of women’s lives were inspired by Nancy’s earlier journalistic books, The Mother Mirror and The New Suburban Woman. Research on those works helped her understand why women’s lives were lost to time. As a young wife and mother, Nancy wrote frequently for the New York Times and national magazines.

Check out Nancy at www.nancyrubiinstuart.com

https://www.facebook.com/NancyRubinStuart/

www.writers@capecodwriterscenter.org


23 October, 2018

Marsh

David J. Marsh came to belief as a child and grew up steeped in biblical narratives. His father was a pastor and a student of both theology and  biblical languages. Growing up, Dave often asked him to read aloud the scriptures in their original Hebrew and Greek. While Dave could not understand them, the music of these languages in their original tongue fascinated him. His late father’s library of commentaries now lines a wall in his home.

In his debut novel, The Confessions of Adam (Bold Vision, Fall 2019, a re-telling of the universal and dramatic narrative that opens the book of Genesis, he has crafted a richly imagined story of creation and its aftermath – drawing on a lifetime of familiarity with the text as well as more recent study.

Mr. Marsh holds a BS in Communications from Grace College and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Butler University, Indianapolis. A fascination with Hebrew biblical narratives drives much of his fiction. Dave’s work has been recognized by or appeared in Utmost, Booth Online, NoiseMedium, and Fixional. 

Dave is founder of the Westside Writers’ Workshop and twice monthly he records what he’s learning about the craft of fiction on his blog “Revel and Rant” at www.davidjmarsh.comDave and his wife Cyndi reside in Danville, Indiana.