Shane was co-founder of ICON Business Group, a leading private venture capital organisation founded in Newcastle in 2006 before founding company Learning Cloud Australia, Learning Cloud New Zealand and Learning Cloud Ireland in 2013.
We believe in breaking out of the confines of traditional classroom learning and allowing yourself the freedom to pursue your dreams. We deliver a quality service by empowering our employees and we facilitate and monitor customer feedback to continually improve the student experience through innovation.
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An inspirational leader with a passion for supporting others to exceed their goals and find their vision in life.
She specialises in motivation, opportunities and visible results. I develop and engage my staff and students with counselling skills, psychology techniques and a genuine empathy for others. Trained in Counselling, Psychology, Personnel Management and Hypnotherapy with over 10 years experience. Her area of specialty is people.
Carlyle holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has more than 10 years’ experience in in the provision of financial accounting. Carlyle is also a staff-member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Carlyle will be instrumental in the groups global finance and accounting strategies as well as accounting automation and best business practice
Brett is a highly experienced solicitor who has practiced for over 20 years. His extensive knowledge in areas of law that involve a business aspect is one of his greatest strengths.
Originally from sunny Florida, USA, Tracy immigrated to Australia ten years ago. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Double Master’s Degree in Education and Science. Her family in America live on a large farm and own a stud and grooming business. Since moving to Australia, she has taught in the Catholic School system for eight years and tutored for online courses for seven years. Her husband is an Arborist and together they have two little girls, ages 2 and 1.
Aaron Clarey received his Bachelor of Science in Finance with High Honors from the University of Minnesota. Since 1998, Aaron has been teaching a wide array of classes on finance and investing, including How to Invest Online, Figuring Out Your 401k, The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks, and Stocks, Bonds, and Investing; Oh My! His classes take the fear out of finance and investing by making personal financial management easy and understandable for everyone. During the day, Aaron works as a banking analyst. At night, he moonlights as a ballroom dance instructor. In the summer, he is an avid amateur paleontologist, hosting The Great Twin Cities Fossil Hunt for children. He is also the author of the popular book, Behind the Housing Crash—Confessions of an Insider and Worthless - The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major.
With over 100 published books to his name, award-winning author Alan Simpson is widely regarded as a computer and Internet guru. His books have been published throughout the world in over a dozen languages. Alan is a seasoned veteran of the computer industry, and his books and online courses cover virtually all aspects of the computer industry, including Web development, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, programming, networking, and security.
Allen G. Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of 28 computer-related books, including "Crystal Reports 2008 For Dummies," "Database Development For Dummies" and "SQL For Dummies." He has been teaching computer courses for over ten years.
Amy Page has been a translator and technical writer since the early '90s. She has a Bachelor's Degree in French, and she is one of a handful people in the United States who completed a special Translation minor. Amy has written and copy edited for large companies, and she enjoys translating for a variety of customers.
Ann Linquist is a popular continuing education instructor on college campuses, at corporations, and with non-profit organizations. She has helped thousands of adults learn to tackle their writing tasks with enthusiasm. Having written everything from novels to newsletters, articles to ad copy, and poetry to proposals, Linquist is able to address the writing needs of each individual. The breadth of her background ensures a powerful, involving learning experience that builds on the strengths of each participant.
With a law degree and masters in health law, Ann Nevers is involved in dispute resolution in areas of business, employment, and health care. She regularly teaches courses in business law, employment law, dispute resolution, and health care. She has published a number of academic articles, edited legal manuals, and written chapters on employment, dispute resolution, and health care topics. She has industry experience as a director of a regional corporation.
Anni Stipek graduated from University of Puget Sound with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She has over 20 years experience in the classroom ranging from teaching kindergarten to high school math intervention courses, as well as five years as a math consultant and presenter for Staff Development for Educators. She has written and facilitates other online courses, including The Foundations of Singapore Math Model Drawing Grades 1-6 and The Foundations of Singapore Math Number Sense/Computation Strategies Grades 1-6. Anni's passion is to share with as many educators the pedagogy and methods that The Singapore Ministry of Education promotes to their teachers and students so we can help our student's master mathematics as they do in Singapore.
Barbara Clemens has been a software product manager, editor, writer, and teacher since 1984. She has worked with educational publishers Addison-Wesley and Course Technology to create software textbooks for colleges and universities. She has edited, revised, and written many Microsoft Office texts and has co-authored two textbooks on new versions of Office: Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007 and Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010. She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English as a Second Language, and a Masters in Business Administration. She has worked as a university English instructor, computer trainer, and consultant, and is known for teaching computer software using careful, clear, and understandable instructions.
Barbara Rolston holds a master's degree and has been teaching GED® preparatory classes since 1975 in a variety of settings, including adult schools, community colleges, and large corporations. She also was responsible for administering the GED® exam in a correctional facility for two years.
Becky and Tony Swaim have helped thousands of clients, colleagues, and students reach organizational and personal goals. Working in the medical, manufacturing and education fields, the Swaims manage a successful consulting firm in southern California. Starting her career as a medical administrative assistant, Becky provides assistance as a program manager to various medical practices and has managed a large staff in the medical reimbursement field. Becky earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach. Tony Swaim has been an accomplished online instructor since 1998. His industry experience includes twenty years of medical device manufacturing management. Tony's consulting areas are project management, customer service, total quality and supply chain management. He earned an MBA from California State University, Long Beach and holds professional certifications in five disciplines.
Ben Sellers has more than 17 years of experience in teaching at all levels from elementary classes to college mathematics and statistics courses. He has taught college students, working professionals, adult learners, high school students, and homeschoolers, both online and in the traditional classroom. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences and has been a mathematical and statistical consultant in industry and in education.
Benjamin N. Gialloreto graduated from Drexel University (BS, Computer Science) and Loyola (New Orleans) School of Law. He has been practicing law since 1990 and is a former Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Major Trials and Civil Rights Units. He is currently Independent Counsel to the School Reform Commission in the Philadelphia School District and is a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Gallagher & Rowan, P.C.
Professor Gialloreto has been proctoring this GMAT preparation course since July 1999 and has helped more than 6,000 GMAT test takers over the years. He also teaches online Paralegal Certificate courses for the Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colorado. He conducted Civil Rights Seminars at the Philadelphia Police Academy and Philadelphia Prison Academy as part of recruit training and annual education for Police and Prison Supervisors. Finally, Professor Gialloreto proctors our test prep course for the LSAT, SAT, and ACT, and has assisted with the GRE test prep courses.
Dr. Beverly A. Browning has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, contract bid responses, and organizational development for nearly three decades. Her clients have included chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations, units of local and county municipal governments, state and federal government agencies, school districts and colleges, social and human service agencies, hospitals, fire departments, service associations, and Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Browning has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $200 million. Dr. Browning is the author of over two dozen grants-related publications, including Grant Writing For Dummies, Grant Writing for Educators, How to Become a Grant Writing Consultant, Faith-Based Grants:
Aligning Your Church to Receive Abundance, and Perfect Phrases for Writing Grant Proposals. She holds degrees in Organizational Development, Public Administration, and Business Administration. Dr. Browning is a grant writing course developer and online facilitator for Ed2Go.com; faculty member at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and a current member of the American Association of Grant Professionals.
Beverly Richards Schulz is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and an award-winning photographer. She has been teaching photography for more than 15 years. Since her first class with ed2go in 2000, she has written more than 30 online classes in digital photography and digital editing, and she's had the privilege of working with more than 60,000 students. She has a BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education.
An avid digital film photographer, she was an early adopter of digital technology and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world. For the last 10 years, she has enjoyed being an adjunct faculty member with the University of San Francisco, teaching history and visual arts, and she has continued to expand her experience in travel photography and cross-cultural studies. In addition to teaching and photographic work, Beverly and her staff provide consulting services for digital photographers and clients.
Dr. Beverly Smith is a Doctor of Optometry and has been in private practice for over 24 years. She is the founder of a consulting firm that helps new practitioners start and manage their own eye care practices. Beverly holds an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, and she has published articles in the professional journals, New O.D. and Women in Optometry. She has taught dozens of optical staff over the past 24 years, many of whom went on to become licensed opticians, certified paraoptometrics, and Doctors of Optometry.
Bill Mann has been writing about software and the Internet for over 15 years and has relied on Microsoft Outlook to keep him organized and on track since it first became available. He is the author of more than 15 books, including two about Outlook: How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. He has led online courses on Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
The two instructors for this class have over 20 years of experience in grant writing.
Janet Levine has been involved with grant writing and fund raising since 1988. In 2007, after almost 20 years "in the trenches" Janet started her consulting company, Janet Levine Consulting, to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity. Just before starting her consulting company, Janet was the Vice President for University Advancement at a public, urban university. She has been a fundraiser and administrator at a number of colleges, universities and other non-profit organizations. In addition to her work experience, Levine has her Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from Hofstra University. She writes about issues affecting nonprofits and fundraising in her blog, Too Busy To Fundraise, and regularly teaches workshops on fundraising and board development. Janet is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
Bo Morton has spent over 15 years as a grants development practitioner. For more than a decade she was a full-time Director of Grants Development and Management at a community college where she was responsible for developing and submitting grant proposals for various college programs and for assisting faculty and staff with project development, proposal writing, budget development as well as with managing their grants. She was also tasked with securing funding for the new initiatives and developing relationships with potential funders. During her tenure at the college, she secured over $75 Million in grants for college programs.
Since 2011, Bo has been assisting international nonprofits and NGOs, and educational institutions in developing resources via grants from governments, private foundations and multilateral organizations as well as private donations, program income and other revenue streams via her company Linked-to-Grow. Bo is a strong believer in creative approaches to resource development, in maximizing the potential of linkages and partnerships, and focusing on documented social impact rather than perceptions.
Bob Moyer is a college instructor, graphic designer, and technical writer. Bob has degrees in education, business, and Civil Engineering. He has over 12 years of experience as an instructor and has developed genealogy courses for several colleges. His passion for research and family history has resulted in several genealogy-related books and speaking engagements.
Brad Semp, Ph.D., is Director of Sales and Marketing at a global corporation, a life-long entrepreneur, and a former professor of Bachelors and Masters of Science courses in Internet Marketing. Dr. Brad is active on social media platforms to engage with prospects and customers, expand relationships, and to grow businesses. He routinely coaches other entrepreneurs and business owners and consults with Fortune 500 organizations on how to design and implement effective social media systems, strategies, and tactics.
Brian Hall is a software architect with more than 15 years of experience building software tools in the film visual effects industry. Over the course of his career, he has successfully led teams and mentored engineers in good software development practices. In 2013, he received a Technical Achievement Academy Award for his work on Katana, a software tool that artists use to create visual effects for motion pictures. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Biola University.
This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Bryan Scyphers.
Bryan Scyphers is a Nationally Registered Paramedic who has provided emergency medical care for over 35 years. A former student trainer for Virginia Tech's football team and a trainer with the San Francisco Giants baseball organization, he is also experienced in sports medicine. Bryan holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education, has taught pre-hospital emergency medicine at the college level for many years, and has trained hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. He has responded to over 8,000 calls for medical assistance and currently serves with the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Disaster Medical System, responding to natural and man-made disasters throughout the country.
Carline Dalgleish has worked in healthcare administration and education for more than 30 years, starting as a file clerk in the Army/Air Force American Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany on a work-study program. She began her career on the clinical side of healthcare as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and emergency medical technician (EMT), but she soon gravitated toward the administrative medical management side—specializing in medical billing and coding, health information management, and HIPAA. She has two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree and is a registered health information administrator (RHIA). She is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and the author of several comprehensive ICD-10 training textbooks. She has taught a variety of healthcare administration courses and owns an education services company.
Carolyne Call, M.Div., Ph.D., has helped individuals navigate the difficult world of divorce for years. As a speaker, retreat leader, and counselor, she has shown that there are healthy ways to chart and move through the painful journey of divorce, empowering others to grow into healthier, more authentic (and happy!) people. Both individuals and support groups are embracing her recent book Spiritually Healthy Divorce as they seek a better way forward to life after divorce.
Cecelia Allison is an experienced software tester and technical specialist with more than 15 years of hands-on experience using and teaching SQL. She is also a technical writer, a published author, and a university instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.
Chad Walker has been actively involved as a computer game artist, comic book illustrator, and instructor, teaching both traditional art courses and courses in 3D modeling for computer games. Chad attended the exclusive Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts Inc. in New Jersey. He is the conceptual designer and artist of several award-winning games, including Age Of Empires/Age Of Kings and Age of Conquerors. Chad also laid the groundwork for Microsoft's Age of Mythology, created the artwork for three strategy guides, and works with Rob Liefeld, a legendary comic artist and writer. Chad joined forces with his twin brother Eric to write the popular gaming book Game Modeling Using Low Polygon Techniques. Chad and Eric are the co-founders of Walker Boys Studio, which produced the highly acclaimed game Civil War: War Between the States.
Chad Wambolt is a graduate of Boise State University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting. He has spent his entire professional career in the finance field, working for both privately and publicly held companies with sales ranging from $500 million to $3 billion. Through the course of his career, Chad has become an expert user of Microsoft Excel. His knowledge of Excel's capabilities has helped organizations streamline processes and save countless hours of labor. Chad has taught Excel to students of varying skill levels since 1997.
With 12 years experience in business and 27 years teaching experience, Charlene has taught business subjects to close to 140 students per year over the course of her career. Now retired from her full-time teaching duties, Charlene continues to teach online courses, and specializes in courses in accounting, word processing, business law, business economics, and finance.
Cheryl Dick graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a focus on early childhood education. She received a Master's Degree in elementary education from Texas-Wesleyan University and a second Master's Degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University. She currently teaches fourth grade, previously worked for six years as an instructional coach, and has a total of 19 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching, she presents professional development seminars.
Cheryl Simpson, L.P.C., is a Career Coach and Ohio-licensed Career Counselor with more than 30 years’ journaling experience. Cheryl is the author of more than 30 articles for both print and Internet media. She also has led journaling workshops and retreats on college campuses, at conferences, in schools, and for religious organizations, and has developed more than 100 journaling exercises and prompts.
Chris Minnick has helped hundreds of businesses design or redesign their websites, mobile websites, and mobile apps. As the founder of Minnick Web Services, he has over 18 years of experience working with clients ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 enterprises. He works with his clients to help them achieve high search engine placements by focusing on the fundamentals of great content, in-depth knowledge of the Internet, and sustained efforts over time. His company is a Google Partner, and has been managing the implementation of search engine marketing campaigns for over a decade. Chris also regularly teaches and consults on HTML5, Web application programming, and search engine optimization. He has written books on a wide range of Internet-related topics since the mid-1990s, including Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 for Dummies, WebKit for Dummies, CIW eCommerce Designer Certification Bible, and New Riders' XHTML. In addition to his business, writing, and training, Chris is also passionate about winemaking, swimming, playing saxophone, and cooking. More information is available on his blog: www.chrisminnick.com.
Christina Torster Loguidice graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has 15 years of experience as a scientific, technical, and medical (STM) editor and writer and has overseen numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and healthcare technology magazines over her career. Christina is currently the editorial director of Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging and Clinical Geriatrics. She is also a published author, including coauthor of Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies.
Cindy Delia is a Systems Analyst and a certified instructor. She has been working in information technology for more than 18 years and has been a technical trainer for over 6 years. As a Systems Analyst, she specializes in database management systems and develops PC applications. She has taught computer courses at the community college level and also performs corporate training. Cindy has also written technical manuals for WordPerfect.
Curt Simmons is a teacher and freelance writer. Curt holds a master's degree in Education and numerous technical industry certifications, and he is the author of more than 50 books on a wide variety of topics including computer training, test preparation, and public speaking. He has written custom courseware for a number of major U.S. companies as well as iPhone applications.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, NC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
Caroline Young, MPH, has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
These authors/presenters are the Co-CEOs of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. They have no affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material or information presented in this activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. All applicable local, regional, state, and/or national laws and regulations have been followed in the development and delivery of this activity.
Cynthia Christianson, M.A., coaches and teaches personal development courses individually and also at the college level. She has over 25 years experience in designing and teaching programs related to self-improvement. Her articles have been published in magazines for parents and on a popular Web site for women.
As an independent public relations and marketing consultant, Cynthia Grzelak has created and coordinated hundreds of events ranging from small meetings to large and highly public corporate and charity galas. Her clients include commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations and industry associations. Prior to starting her consulting business in 1986, Cynthia began creating special events while she was a marketing executive for several financial institutions and a fundraising director for a major health care system. She has published her own newsletter, Event Ideas, and is a frequent speaker on the topic of event planning. People want to hear what she has to say about events because she lends creative insight, devises comprehensive plans, invents innovative strategies, communicates with excitement, effectively channels resources of time, money and talent, and reliably produces results.
Dan Mikels is a college instructor who has been teaching Spanish for more than 20 years. He holds a Master's degree and has authored and coauthored more than 20 educational products, including Speed Spanish, Fast French, and a variety of reading programs.
With a Master of Science degree in Training and Learning Technology, and extensive experience as a Human Resources Manager, Dave Paquin has been training, coaching and managing sales personnel for more than ten years.
David Iseminger is a computer and networking expert and an experienced teacher of networking topics. As a student first and expert second, Iseminger knows which teaching approaches are most effective. Iseminger has worked at Microsoft Corporation as a telecommunications specialist, networking performance analyst, and lead programming writer for cutting-edge network disciplines, including emerging wireless technologies. Iseminger has published 12 computer books with various publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, Macmillan, Microsoft Press, and one ...for Dummies book. His formal education is from the University of Washington where he earned degrees in English and Comparative Literature with a minor in writing. Iseminger earned his MCSE certification in under a month.
David Karlins is the author of more than a dozen books on Web design that have sold over a million copies worldwide, including HTML5 for CSS3 for Dummies. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Macworld to Business Week. He has taught Web, graphic, and interactive design at San Francisco State University's Multimedia Studies Program and the University of California, Berkeley, Extension division. His Web design and consulting clients have ranged from Hewlett Packard to the Himalayan Fair.
Dave Paquin has been teaching computer skills in the classroom for over 15 years. He holds a Master of Science degree in Training and Learning Technology and has extensive experience as a Human Resources manager.
Dawn Lianna, who holds a Master's degree in counseling and psychology, teaches communication, stress management, natural health, and therapy skills to capacity audiences. A seasoned writer, teacher, and counselor, Lianna is known for her humanitarian style, quick wit, motivational skills and warmth.
Dawn Simmons is a private caterer who has provided a number of catering services for individuals and businesses. Before starting her own home-based catering business, Dawn worked for various restaurants and worked as a caterer for a major hotel chain. Dawn is skilled at presenting great food with flair, and eagerly shares the tricks of her trade with her students. Take her course, and you too will know how to create food that looks as good as it tastes.
Debbie Mahler teaches students at the college and university level on a wide range of business-related topics, worked for nearly 15 years in the PC repair business, has a successful online IT business, has written six books, and writes for several newsletters and other publications. Long before PC security was a front-page topic, Debbie Mahler was reporting on, and educating the public about, viruses and other security threats. It was this early groundwork that earned her the title of Symantec Software Partner and Security Specialist. Debbie holds a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Psychology with graduate work in Organizational Psychology and Computer Information Systems. She was a presidential scholar and graduated with high academic honors including Phi Theta Kappa.
Denise Hopkins graduated from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Human Relations. She has taught classes in the Sociology of Sexuality and Marriage, as well as the Sociology of Men and Women, but her favorites have been the Childbirth Preparation classes she has taught for more than 10 years. Denise has volunteered as a birth doula and continues to help expectant parents prepare physically, emotionally, and financially for the changes pregnancy and a baby will bring.
Diane Larsen-Freeman is a Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, and Research Scientist at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has spoken and published widely on the topics of teacher education, second language acquisition, English grammar, and language teaching methodology. Her books include: An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research (with Michael Long, Longman, 1991), The Grammar Book (with Marianne Celce-Murcia, Heinle/Thomson, 1999, second edition), Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Oxford University Press, 2000, second edition), Grammar Dimensions (Series Director, Heinle, 2007, 4th edition), Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (Heinle, 2003) and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (with Lynne Cameron, Oxford University Press, 2008). In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was named one of the ESL pioneers by ESL Magazine. In 2000, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Heinle Publishers.
Donna Acosta, RD, is a registered dietitian and nutrition educator. Her clinical expertise is in weight management, diabetes nutrition care, and cardiac rehabilitation management. Donna also has many years' experience teaching cooking classes, which reflects her passion for eating healthfully—and enjoying every bite! She has developed and taught a variety of hospital- and community-based nutrition programs, including such clients as Warner Bros. Studios, Neutrogena and Fluor-Daniel. As the wife of a husband with type 2 diabetes and the mother of three young children, Donna's focus is on helping others discover how feasible and delicious it can be to eat healthfully for a lifetime.
Donna Baker is a freelance graphic designer and author of many books on design software and Web design. She produces custom tutorials, videos, and infographics for Adobe TV. She's also an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Expert. As you might guess, she likes Adobe products! And she loves sharing her knowledge about graphic design and Adobe products with others. You can find her work featured on sites such as Adobe Design Center and Adobe Press.
Since 1983, Donna Brown has been an individual and family counselor. She's worked with hundreds of individuals and families,
helping them improve the quality of their lives by teaching them how to make reasonable, rational decisions. She's also skilled in crisis intervention, helping people in crisis make sound decisions despite stressful conditions. Donna has many years of experience as an instructor in adult education. She holds a master's degree in counseling and continually updates her credentials through postgraduate studies.
Douglas Best first began working as a field medical instructor in the US Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1980. He has worked as a nurse in such medical specialty areas as Pediatrics, Newborn Intensive Care, Home Health, adult cardiac, surgical and medical intensive care units, the emergency room, heart catheterization, burn intensive care and the morgue. He has been a CPR instructor, EMT, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Neonatal Advanced Life Support certified. He is also a curriculum specialist and has developed such workforce training programs as Medical Specialty Training for displaced workers, Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant in Spanish, and Medical Transcription for the University of Texas at Brownsville. He has also overseen research projects in the development of nurses from Mexico and Sri Lanka. He currently is a trainer working with Humana Military.
Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil has over 25 years of experience as a counselor and therapist, and specializes in issues related to dating, marriage, divorce, and infidelity. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and Good Morning America. She's also been quoted many times in publications such as USA Today, Redbook, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan, and has authored books about relationships including Make Up, Don't Break Up; Financial Infidelity; and Adultery: The Forgivable Sin, which was turned into the Lifetime movie Silence of Adultery. The information and advice she shares is based on scientific studies and on her work with thousands of patients.
Dr. Tom Scovel is a professor at San Francisco State University, where he teaches courses as diverse as ESL Grammar and Psycholinguistics. Scovel was born and raised in China and attended high school in India before going to the United States for his university education. His research and teaching interests focus largely on language pedagogy, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition, and he has published and spoken widely in these areas, including the text Learning New Languages by Heinle. In his free time, Scovel enjoys being with his grandchildren and training for triathlons.
Edward Burns, a university graduate in classical guitar performance, has a gift for helping students discover their inner guitarist. A “born musician,” Edward has an extensive musical background as a professional performer, instructor, composer, and recording artist. He has published two guitar methods and composed several guitar technique studies designed to develop specific skills. Edward has created and taught guitar and music theory courses for colleges, music academies, and conservatories.
Dr. Edward Lavieri is an active educational game design researcher with a special interest in adaptive learning. He is the creator of the Adaptive Learning Game Design (ALGAE) model that provides game designers, developers, instructional designers, educators, and content creators with guidance on how to create adaptive educational computer games. He is the founder and creative director of his own game design and development studio and has created over 50 Web, desktop, and mobile games. He has just as much fun designing and developing computer games as he does teaching others how to do it. He has authored and edited numerous computer books.
A veteran educator, Ellen Arnold has been a reading specialist at the primary level, a social studies and reading teacher at the middle school level, and a special educator at the high school level. Ellen has spent years helping learners unlock their potential. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in special education—credentials that prepared her to see each student for his or her greatest strengths. Ellen has taught hundreds of students and teachers the secrets to creating highly effective classrooms.
Ellen Feld holds a master of arts degree in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and has taught several classroom and online college writing courses over the past 30 years, including creative writing, developmental writing, and English composition. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and copy chief, personal essayist, Web site reviewer, and writer of computer-based training courseware. Her children's book, Paragon and Jubilee, was published by Edgecliff Press in March 2010.
Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer of 1000 articles, essays and short stories. She’s the ghost or author of 70 books including: Ghostwriting for Fun & Profit, Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers, Write Your Book in 20 Minutes (a DVD), Shovel It: Nature’s Health Plan, What to Do When a Loved One Dies, The Successful Writer’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles, Writing the Nonfiction Book, Insider’s Guide to San Diego, The Sun Never Sets, and more. Eva's work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Shape, Woman’s World, Country Living, Costco Connection, Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and others. She has won several awards, including the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Woman of Merit Award. An expert on time management for writers, Eva stays on top of market trends to sell her own work and to help emerging writers focus on quality writing and publication.
Glynns Thomas has 20 years of advertising and marketing experience. She has worked for several of the world’s best-known advertising agencies and was a Vice President of Internet Marketing at Wells Fargo Bank. Today, she’s an independent small business marketing consultant and a volunteer with SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business, providing marketing advice to small businesses across the nation.
Helene K. Liatsos graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and Communications and pursued an MBA at Fordham University. After a career working in the travel industry with companies including Trans World Airlines and Sheraton, Helene started her own home-based business. Her consulting company specializes in home-based business start-ups and in assisting established home-based businesses. She has been in this business for more than 20 years, has helped many entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning their own businesses, and was awarded the Home Based Business Of The Year 2004 award by the U. S. Small Business Administration. Helene is a Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center .
Holly Trimble has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University. She completed an additional 15 credit hours in education at the doctoral level. She taught math and science to sixth-graders for several years at a private school, and also worked as a private tutor for children with learning disabilities. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups, from school-age children to adults, and is now an adjunct professor, teaching college-level anatomy and physiology. She received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award for 2010/2011 for her college and is the author of the eBook, "College Success Now!".
Ivy Bishop has been teaching math for eight years. Her work in inner-city schools has given her the opportunity to work with a wide range of students at different academic levels. She has a bachelor’s degree in math education, which has allowed her to combine the logic of math with her love of teaching.
Jacquelyn Landis holds a bachelor's degree and has worked as a nonfiction editor for over 15 years. Her editing repertoire includes books, articles, and business manuals written by best-selling authors such as Eva Shaw, George Carpozi, Anthony Robbins, Ken Druck, and Tom Blair. She has been a speaker in the UCSD Extension program and has participated in writing panels at the University of San Diego. Jacquelyn is also the author of numerous published books and magazine articles.
Dr. James Thompson holds a Ph.D in Instructional Communications and has over 25 years of experience as a teacher. His distance learning courses, workbooks, and videotapes have been used to train more than 250,000 educators in the art of student discipline. His works include: Teaching Students Responsibility, Dealing With Discipline Problems, Human Relations and School Discipline, Assertive Discipline and Beyond, and Dealing With Difficult Students.
Janet Underwood holds a bachelor's degree and has more than ten years of experience as a senior technical writer. She has developed technical documentation for major corporations in the computer, information technology, telecommunications, financial, and medical industries, as well as for the U.S. Army and public utilities organizations. She has also worked as an English teacher and as an editor and writer for several internationally known trade publications. She has won numerous awards for the excellence of her writing and documentation design, and currently owns a technical writing and services business.
Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course almost 20 years ago. The overwhelming success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant college courses led him to expand his teaching into other areas in high demand, including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices with his wife at a Veterinary Hospital in BC, Canada. Jeff has published a large and diverse number of articles and is a regular contributing author to several magazines.
Jeffrey A. Kent is a Professor of Computer Science, teaching both traditional and online classes. He has taught a number of computer programming languages, including C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, and Assembly. He is the published author of several computer-programming books, including "Visual Basic 2005 Demystified" and "C++ Demystified." He's also an attorney, and has combined both careers by writing applications for law firms.
Jennifer Carmean has been involved in the Deaf community since 1982. During that time she has worked with Deaf people as a counselor and taught American Sign Language. She has experience writing curriculum and developing sign language degrees for community colleges. She's a member of the American Sign Language Teacher's Association and the National Association of the Deaf. She has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf and a professional certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. She has a certificate of completion in using the Signing Naturally curriculum.
Jennifer Della'Zanna graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree. With 15 years' experience in the health care industry, she has worked as a medical transcriptionist, receptionist, medical assistant, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She has written and edited courses and study guides on medical coding, transcription, and using technology in health care. She regularly writes feature articles about health issues for online and print publications. Jennifer is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.
Jennifer Wolf has been teaching parenting classes since 2004. Since earning her Parent Coach Certification® from The Parent Coaching Institute and Seattle Pacific University in 2006, Jennifer has focused on providing ongoing support and encouragement to single moms and dads throughout the U.S. In addition to one-on-one and group coaching, Jennifer has also taught numerous parenting classes and workshops and has written hundreds of articles for single parents on the About.com Parenting Channel. Jennifer is also a certified classroom teacher and the mother of two children.
Jessie Stellini has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works with undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University, where she has taught the GRE and SAT/ACT Math Prep courses since 2007.
Jillian Poole has raised money for schools and colleges, arts organizations, community organizations – you name it – in the U.S. and abroad. She loves fund raising, because doing so empowers her to make wonderful things happen. She has had many years of hands-on fund raising experience for non-profit organizations, large and small. She taught a graduate course in arts management and fund raising at The American University for 16 years, and authored Managing for Money: A Handbook for International Cultural Institutions, a book that has been translated into six languages.
Joanna Sandsmark graduated with honors from The University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Communication Arts: Radio/TV/Film. As a voice actress, she's appeared in numerous commercial, industrial and animated projects, including the popular animated television series, "Rugrats". As a writer, she has written for DC Comics, was a staff writer on TV's "Weird Science", and has written five books, including "The Wisdom of Yo Meow Ma', and 'A Girl's Best Friend: Why Dogs Are Better Than Diamonds". She has taught both writing and voice-over in various formats, in the classroom and out, and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
John Agress has been active in the computer world since the 1980s and has been developing and designing websites for more than a decade. He was among the first designers to recognize that WordPress, which was originally created as blogging software, can also produce content management websites that can be updated as easily as sending an email. He loves helping his Web design clients take control of their WordPress blogs and websites. John graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and spent many years as a radio and television news anchor, writer, and producer.
John Sadlouskos has been a CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT user since version 6. For over 10 years, he has applied these skills as a technical writer, and more recently, he has used them as a product label designer and developer. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and he has experience working in both print and electronic media for government agencies, financial institutions, and the transportation industry. John specializes in writing easy-to-follow instructions for software and for educational and consumer applications.
Josh Fuhrer is a real estate investor and developer with over 15 years of experience in single-family homes, and multifamily & commercial properties. For over 10 years, he has run his own real estate development company, focusing on developing and asset managing nearly one million square feet of retail, office, and mixed-use projects. Josh holds a Master's Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University, and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.
Judy Snyder holds a doctorate degree and over 30 years of experience as a college and university teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer. She has over 15 years' experience as an entrepreneur and freelance writer. Judy specializes in teaching courses in effective communication, relationship skills, project management, and personnel and office management.
Kara Gordon and Shirley Muse are avid entrepreneurs and longtime educators. Both own small businesses that have been earning revenues exclusively through eBay for the past four years. They believe that buying and selling online offers the easiest and most rewarding way to work at home, no matter whether your goal is simply to earn a little extra money or to make a full-time living. They have a keen sense for finding treasures to buy and sell. They have first-hand experienced with the monumental growth of the online auction industry, and enjoy teaching others the tricks they have developed to trade safely and efficiently for maximum profit.
Kathy Van Pelt has been involved in education for many years, teaching and assisting students with microcomputer application courses. Kathy specializes in Microsoft Office applications, the Windows operating system, and keyboarding. For the past 20 years, she has taught computer courses at a community college, teaching both in the classroom and online. Before that, she spent nine years teaching word processing and business classes at a private business college. She loves being in the ever-evolving educational field, and she's especially excited about the flexibility that online learning offers students.
Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. She received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, she serves as a professor at National Louis University and an onsite professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Dr. McKnight regularly publishes in professional journals and is the author of many books including The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, and The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 5-12 (recipient of the 2013 Teachers' Choice Award).
Katie Powell-Lee received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a landscape designer for a range of projects from community parks in urban areas to wetland development. She has also been a professional gardener tending to spaces ranging from formal city gardens to sprawling estates with woodlands and meadows. In addition, Katie volunteers as a garden educator teaching edible gardening to children at an urban learning farm. Her work has been featured in many publications including Tactical Operations and the Informal Settlement and A View on Harvard GSD and has been exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
Ken Cook has built and managed a successful computer consulting business (now called Cook Software Solutions, LLC) since 1990. He began as a trainer specializing in Microsoft Office and has helped numerous users (too many to count!) master a variety of software packages. Currently, he continues to train, but his main focus is creating expert Microsoft Office solutions and Microsoft Access database solutions for Fortune 500 and small business clients. Ken is also co-author (with Laurie Ulrich Fuller) of Access 2007 for Dummies and Access 2010 for Dummies published by Wiley.
Kirsten Iseminger has been a Financial Advisor since 1990 and worked for years in one of the world's largest financial institutions. Her clients have included small business owners, high-level executives, and individuals who wanted their wealth to grow. To further her expertise in the financial planning industry and to achieve the highest recognition available for financial planners, Kirsten successfully completed the education and examination process necessary to become a Certified Financial Planner.
Kris Solie-Johnson, chancellor and president of the American Institute of Small Business, best-selling author, educator, speaker, and mother of three, is an energetic and passionate entrepreneur. Her books are in public libraries, high schools, colleges, and military bases both nationally and internationally. Solie-Johnson has an MBA in Venture Management from the University of St. Thomas and over 19 years of experience helping entrepreneurs reach their goals quickly through joint venture partnerships, creative marketing programs, and innovative financial options. She's dedicated to motivating and inspiring owners to achieve beyond their dreams.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 15 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego.
Laura Davis received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught GRE preparation courses since 2006.
Laura K. Anderson picked up her first science fiction book when she was in first grade and she's been in love with speculative fiction ever since. She particularly enjoys writing fantasy fiction and is the editorial director for Sojourn: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction. Laura has a Master of Arts degree in literature and creative writing and is currently working on a Master of Arts in special education.
Laureen Reynolds is a former classroom teacher and a best-selling author of books for teachers. She spent 12 years teaching in fully inclusive settings in an elementary school in New Hampshire, where she also served as chairwoman of both her local and district professional development committees. She now works as an author, trainer, and educational consultant speaking at school leadership seminars, teachers' conferences, and schools around the country. Her philosophy focuses on creating independent learners, differentiating classroom instruction, and embracing the research and the standards as driving forces in education.
Laurel Bragstad combines her understanding of communication theory and human relationships to design curriculum in interpersonal communication, public speaking, journalism, persuasion, and theory and research. With a Master of Arts degree in interpersonal communication and rhetoric, she has taught a wide range of courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Her publications include several articles in ETC: The Journal for the International Society of General Semantics, a chapter in Classroom Exercises for General Semantics (published by the International Society of General Semantics), and a novel entitled In the Comfort of Shadows.
Laurie Fuller has been teaching people to use computers, software, and the Internet for more than 15 years—including personally training thousands of students, writing hundreds of training manuals, and authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books on subjects including Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, social media for business, and understanding search engine optimization. Her books include 2,000-page epics that document every button, bell, and whistle, as well as friendlier introductory and troubleshooting books for new users. Her most recent productions include a video series of software skill-building tips, and training guides on using social media for business and non-profit promotion. In addition to writing and teaching, Laurie runs her own firm, Limehat & Company, providing training, marketing, graphic design, and Web development services to clients throughout the world, with a focus on helping growing companies and non-profit organizations build their brand through effective promotions, outreach, and education.
LeeAnne Krusemark is a journalist, published author, successful business owner, and adjunct professor. LeeAnne began her career in journalism, working as a reporter, then editor, then managing editor for various newspapers in New York and California. She started a successful writing/public relations business in 1988, and has served as Chamber of Commerce president. She is the published author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and two non-fiction books. LeeAnne also spends time guest lecturing about business and writing at a number of colleges, including Purdue and Kent State University.
Lewis Weinberg is an independent filmmaker and professional videographer. His movies have been showcased at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and screened at the Ann Arbor, Athens, Chicago Underground, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis International Film Festivals. While working as the Media Technology Specialist for Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota, Lewis gave regular training and workshops on Final Cut Pro. Before that, he spent 15 years in the Motion Picture Industry in Los Angeles, working for companies such as Disney, Warners, Polygram, and Samuel Goldwyn.
Lewis Weinberg is an independent filmmaker and professional videographer. His movies have been showcased at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and screened at the Ann Arbor, Athens, Chicago Underground, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis International Film Festivals. While working as the Media Technology Specialist for Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota, Lewis gave regular training and workshops on Final Cut Pro. Before that, he spent 15 years in the Motion Picture Industry in Los Angeles, working for companies such as Disney, Warners, Polygram, and Samuel Goldwyn.
Linda Aksomitis has a master's degree in adult vocational/technical education, with a minor in English. She has published 25 books for readers of all ages (fiction and nonfiction), including numerous e-books, and she has a few thousand publications in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. She's been an acquisitions editor for an e-publisher, Webmaster of half a dozen websites, managing editor and Webmaster for an Internet magazine, and she maintains two active blogs. Linda traces all of her publishing success to the Internet and the contacts she's made in cyberspace.
Linda Kissam is an eighteen-year veteran in the nonprofit management field. She has managed both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations and currently owns her own consulting company. She has taught both in the public and private sectors. A seasoned wine and hospitality industry veteran, Linda consults with local wineries on media attraction and food and wine events. She conducts both private and group strategic planning workshops for nonprofit and for-profit corporations. She currently serves as the executive director of a visitors bureau for an art town in California. She writes a weekly wine article and a bimonthly tourist destination column. She is a highly regarded facilitator for strategic planning workshops, marketing seminars, and event planning.
Linda Vallejo has over 30 years experience as a professional grant writer and grant-writing instructor. She has written proposals for a variety of nonprofit organizations, universities, schools, and county and city agencies with interests ranging from the arts, education, environment, health and human services, and faith-based programs to community and economic development projects.
Over the past 15 years, she has served as an Education To Go online grant-writing instructor, teaching the A to Z Grant Writing course in over 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Ms. Vallejo has written and received over $30 million in grant funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors for her many clients. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a practicing professional artist exhibiting her art nationally and internationally.
Lisa Adams is an accomplished writer and editor specializing in business, marketing, and creative writing. Known for her exceptional command of the English language, grammatical precision, and unflinching dedication to excellence, Lisa has won numerous awards for her creative, professional, and scholarly writing. Her diverse body of work -- which has been published in print, on the Web, and on television -- includes award-winning documentaries and two books: Why We Read What We Read: A Delightfully Opinionated Journey Through Contemporary Bestsellers and S'mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion.
Lori Elliott, EdD, began her high-tech journey when her son brought home an iPod. Soon after, this veteran educator started wondering, "What if I could use technology as a way to reach my students and help them share ideas with each other?" With nearly 20 years of classroom teaching experience and a Doctor of Education degree, Lori has a passion for bringing the best of today's educational technology to the classroom. She's also the author of several books, including Teach Like a Techie, Accidental Techie to the Rescue, and Teach Like a Techie With Apps. With her secrets, you'll soon be able to speak the language of your digital native students.
Lorraine Zentz has been a pharmacy technician since 1981. She currently works at a hospital pharmacy and has worked in all pharmacy areas (retail, home health, hospital, oncology, and training/education) during her pharmacy career. Lorraine received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction (the design and implementation of educational materials). She also completed her doctorate studies in adult education. She has held the positions of Colorado State Coordinator for NPTA and Chairman of the Colorado Pharmacist Society Technician Academy and has been certified since 1985. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award and was also named Technician of the Year for the state of Colorado. Lorraine conducts continuing education programs for technicians throughout Colorado and nationally at the annual NPTA convention.
Lynne Morton is a management consultant and executive coach with 20 years of experience helping individuals and organizations improve their performance. Her professional experience includes having served as an Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Vice President at Seabury & Smith (Marsh & McLennan), and an Account Supervisor at Burson-Marsteller.
Marianne Murawski earned her Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Maryland, her M.M (master of music) in Music Theory, and her B.A. in Music. Her dissertation, Theory through World Music, focused on developing an introductory music theory course that used world music examples. She has been teaching courses in music fundamentals, music appreciation, history of rock music, and world music at several colleges and universities. She is an active member of the College Music Society, giving presentations at Conferences including an International Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Mark Quinn has actively traded options for almost 20 years. He is a disciple of option guru Lawrence McMillan, and has participated in numerous stock option seminars sponsored by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and Options Industry Council. Years of study and experience have given Mark a keen understanding of stock options. Mr. Quinn has conducted training classes from Tokyo to the San Francisco bay area. He holds an MS degree in Distance Teaching and Learning from California State University.
A veteran educator who has taught every grade but third, Marsha Spears has spent 35 years teaching students and training teachers. Spears earned a bachelor's and master's degree in educational administration with a specialty in curriculum and literacy development, training that would prepare her to take on the toughest of classrooms. And tough classrooms are where she made her mark, helping a wide variety of at-risk learners read with renewed confidence. Over the years, thousands of students and teachers have learned how easily they can incorporate Spears' reading techniques and activities into their daily routines.
Marsiea Warren has trained and coached people in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This class is a labor of love springing from lessons she learned in helping her own parents through retirement, relocation, and her mother's illness and death. She has dealt personally with each topic in this course.
Matt Crabtree earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, Information Systems Management, in 1999 and a mini MBA certificate from The School of Management at Yale University in 2004. After many years in project management, office management, and business sales, Matt began training individuals and organizations in areas of business finance, leadership development, successful negotiations, sales management, and customer service excellence. Matt has trained individuals and various units within the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as corporate organizations including IBM (technology), Accuray (healthcare-technology), and Gen-Probe (molecular diagnostics). Matt is registered as a securities broker with the Financial Authority Regulation Authority (FINRA) and with the U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE and NASDAQ) and as an investment advisor with FINRA. Matt's natural aptitude for explaining his material in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable manner allows each student to gain insights into areas that are often considered challenging.
For the last 15 years, Melanie Park has shared her passion for writing with students in preschool through middle school. Her classroom teaching experience includes serving as the language arts teacher for her school district's gifted program. Melanie graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University where she earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in language education. This prepared her to work with fellow teachers as a reading and writing consultant. Melanie is excited to share her love of literacy with more educators through online courses.
Merrill L. Ream, Ph.D. has taught his speed reading techniques to thousands of students in high schools, adult schools, colleges, universities, and the U.S. Navy. Dr. Ream's published works include a university textbook entitled "The Merrill Ream 10-Lesson Speed Reading Course." He is the assistant editor of "Action Era Vehicle" magazine, and also served as associate director of the Center For Economic Education at San Diego State University.
Michael and Linda Harlan have been involved in the nursery industry since 1968. In 1985, they began a backyard nursery on a half-acre that grew into a successful 12-year business venture. The Harlans then shared their experience by publishing a self-help book entitled Growing profits: How to Start and Operate a Backyard Nursery. Michael has been teaching a course on this subject matter through the extension services of local community colleges for the past four years.
Michele Thrailkill fell in love with math as a child and has spent the last 10 years of her teaching career making numbers fun for a diverse range of students. Eager to share her easy, inexpensive, and creative teaching strategies with others, Michele worked for a state Department of Education, where she created statewide lesson plans and evaluated Web-based material for classroom inclusion. In her spare time, she published two teachers' manuals focusing on introductory mathematics for preschool and elementary students.
Mike Orsega has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's Degree in Applied Math from the University of Georgia. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. Mike teaches programming both online and in the classroom and has more than five years of online teaching experience in subjects ranging from basic computer literacy to C# and Alice programming.
Neal Bevans is a former Assistant District Attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for over 10 years. He has also presented numerous seminars to medical professionals about the legal field, including training seminars for legal nurse consultants and sexual assault nurse examiners. In addition to practicing real estate law, he also worked as a title examiner and bought and sold real estate investment properties. An author of fiction and nonfiction material, his textbook Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals, was published in 2002. His second textbook, Tort Law for Legal Assistants, was published in 2003. He has also published numerous magazine articles about many aspects of the legal and medical fields, including articles focusing on developing a legal nurse consulting practice. He is also a contributing columnist to Legal Assistant Today magazine.
Dr. Neil J Anderson is a Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He also serves as the Coordinator of the English Language Center. He teaches courses in the TESOL Master’s program as well as language classes to second language learners. His research interests include second language reading, language learner strategies, and English Language Teaching leadership development. Professor Anderson has taught and presented papers and workshops in over 25 countries. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of over 40 books, book chapters, and professional articles, among them Second Language Reading Research and Instruction: Crossing the Boundaries (2009, The University of Michigan Press), Milestones (2009, Heinle), Exploring Second Language Reading: Issues and Strategies (1999, Heinle), ELT Advantage: Reading (2006, Heinle), ACTIVE Skills for Reading (2007/2008 Heinle), Practical English Language Teaching: Reading (2008, McGraw-Hill), and Second Language Reading Research and Instruction: Crossing the Boundaries (2009, The University of Michigan Press, co-edited with Z.-H. Han). Professor Anderson served as President of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. from 2001-2002. During 2002-2003 he was a Fulbright Scholar conducting research and teaching in Costa Rica. He also served on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education from 2004-2008.
Nicole Taylor-Buckner has successfully helped prospective teachers prepare for the Praxis I Exam for many years. She received her B.A. from Syracuse University, her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from NYU, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Cleveland State University. Nicole has experience teaching at the high school and college levels, face-to-face, and online. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Patricia Addesso has worked for over 20 years in retail, academic and telecommunications organizations. She has a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and well-grounded in the theory of human behavior at work. In addition, she has held management positions in three companies, and thus "speaks the language" of upper management. This blend of the theoretical and the practical is the hallmark of her consulting style. Dr. Addesso's specialty is organization development and team building. She has been involved in managing mergers, acquisitions, and other large-scale organizational changes, and is currently involved in projects such as strategic planning and personality assessments.
Paul Nation is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland, and Japan. His specialist interests are language teaching methodology and vocabulary learning.
Paul's latest books include Focus on Vocabulary (2007) from NCELTR/Macquarie, Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques (2008) from Heinle Cengage Learning, Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking with Jonathan Newton (2009) from Routledge, and Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing (2009), also from Routledge.
Paula Suhr, RN, MSN, began her nursing career when she was called upon to give chest compressions during an emergency on her very first day on the floor! It's been a string of adventures and meaningful experiences ever since. She has cared for patients in the emergency department, operating room, intensive care unit, and the oncology ward. In her spare time, Paula is also a prolific writer who writes educational content and books for teens.
Priscilla A. Kissinger has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She's a long-time active member of Romance Writers of America, a three-time Golden Heart finalist, and a multiple contest winner who writes contemporary romance novels with a Latino flavor. She has lectured on college campuses and for writers groups, penned multiple articles on her craft, and completed five romance novels. Sharing her love of the written word and the information she's gleaned over the course of her writing career is one of her greatest passions.
René Fester Kratz graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in Botany. For the past 15 years, she's been teaching biology to a wide variety of students whose interests range from curiosity about the natural world to a desire to work in the healthcare professions. René's strong interest in science literacy motivated her to help develop science classes for future teachers and to write several science books aimed at the general public, including Biology for Dummies and Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies. In both her teaching and her writing, René emphasizes central ideas and keeps jargon to a minimum.
Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created Web sites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.
Ririko Hayashi has successfully taught people of all ages for over 30 years. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ririko received her Bachelor's degree in Japan and then moved to the United States, where she obtained her Master's degree. Her professional experience includes working as a Japanese-English interpreter in several fields, including business, law, and education. She teaches Japanese to private students and is a longtime music teacher at the college level.
Rob Huddleston is an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of California, Sacramento in the Graphic and Web Design department, where he teaches programming and design, focusing heavily on mobile development. He has been creating Web pages and applications since 1994, and worked for many years as a corporate trainer, where he taught Web and graphic design to thousands of students from all walks of life. Rob is the author of several books, including Teach Yourself VISUALLY Web Design and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Adobe Muse.
Rob Jenkins is an Associate Professor of English as a Second Language at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education in California. He is also the Faculty Development Chair of a thriving professional development program at that institution, as well as the CALPRO (California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project) Professional Development Center Manager for Orange County, California. Rob is the coauthor of the popular textbook series Stand Out: Standards-Based English. In addition, he wrote the Lesson Planner for The Heinle Picture Dictionary.
Rob Jenkins is a professor at Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education. He has more than 16 years of teaching experience in the English language classroom and holds an MS in TESOL from California State University Fullerton. Rob is the Professional Development Coordinator for Continuing Education Programs at his institution. He is also the author of textbooks and other materials for English language learners. He has received curriculum development, professional development, and publications awards from his college and most recently was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008.
Staci Johnson has taught all levels of adult ESL, including credit, non-credit, and workplace English. She holds an MA in Linguistics with a Teaching ESL Certificate, which is supported by more than 10 years in the English language classroom. Staci has also written textbooks and other materials for English language learners. Her passions are teacher training and curriculum development, both of which she does on a continual basis.
Robert Bertoldi has been mastering Italian for the past 25 years, and teaching college-level Italian in the classroom since 1987. He holds a Master of Arts in Italian literature, and has taught the language at several universities, colleges, and private language institutions. Bertoldi's proficiency in Italian has earned him university scholarships and a resident academic position in Italy. His enthusiastic teaching style has earned him the praise of hundreds of students, including fellow language instructors.
Robert Fuller is a veteran Web developer, educator, and author. His corporate experience extends from Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, where he has held almost every post from intern to senior developer. He has logged tens of thousands of classroom hours, teaching online and at the collegiate and corporate levels. Robert has had the good fortune of being published throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His titles include Dreamweaver Virtual Classroom and HTML Virtual Classroom for McGraw-Hill/Osborne, and The Photoshop Bible (standard and professional editions for both CS2 and CS3) and HTML in 10 Simple Steps or Less for John Wiley & Sons.
Robin Sellers is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. She has over 11 years of experience in the traditional classroom and has been an online instructor since 2000, training thousands of students. She has the ability to take difficult or technical concepts and make them easy for her students to understand. Her students claim that she has a gift for communicating online in a clear, concise, and personal way and that she is a "born" teacher who makes her courses interesting and enjoyable.
Ron Gilster is a best-selling author with more than 40 titles in print. He writes on topics including information technology (IT) certifications, real estate, and business. Ron has held a variety of IT-related positions, ranging from computer operator to senior manager. He has worked in consulting, manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, and higher education. He has an MBA and holds A+, Network+, i-Net+, CCNA, and AAGG certifications. He has developed and facilitated numerous courses and has taught in A+, Network+, and CCNA boot camps.
His books include CompTIA Cloud+ CV0-001 In Depth, CCNA For Dummies, A+ Certification for Dummies, Server+ For Dummies, Network+ For Dummies, i-Net+ For Dummies, Cisco Networking For Dummies, MCSA For Dummies, CCDA For Dummies, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide, CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ Digital Home Technology Integrator All-In-One Exam Guide, and PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide.
LinkedIn whisperer, headhunter, author, NLP therapist, TV personality, and business and career strategist, Ron Nash has a passion for personal development and creating strategies that work. His expertise has helped Fortune 50 to 500 companies. Ron has taught his LinkedIn methodologies at a number of educational institutions. His expertise in helping individuals achieve success has landed him in collaborations with Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer), Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Brian "Mr. UGG" Smith (Founder of UGG Boots).
Dr. Sabri Bebawi has been a college teacher for almost 20 years, educating students at many colleges and universities. His educational background includes law, journalism, and English education, with a Ph.D. in education and instructional technology. Dr. Bebawi has worked as a journalist in Europe and in the United States, writing on a wide range of topics.
Sam Germana is General Counsel for a New Jersey hospital and previously worked for a private law firm representing physicians and hospitals. He has taught paralegal studies online and in the classroom since 1997, and he is an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Elizabeth.
Working with special needs students became a passion for Sara Hardin in seventh grade, when she volunteered at a summer camp for physically disabled children. Their willingness to keep trying new things despite serious obstacles impressed her and inspired her to become a special educator. She has taught special education for nine years, mostly at the elementary level. She completed her master’s degree in special education in 2000.
Sarah Smallwood is a licensed interior designer and design strategist. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in architecture and is currently pursuing her MFA in Design Management. Sarah’s passion lies in the area of hospitality design, and her work encompasses a wide range of projects ranging from small independent hotels to large international hospitality chains (such as Marriott International) to the Cosmopolitan casino on the Las Vegas strip. She has worked for leading design and architecture firms in Dallas, Seattle, and New York City, as well as retail clients including Nordstrom. In addition, she has designed interiors for corporations, senior housing projects, and urban condominium projects. She independently works with individuals and families to help them create uniquely personalized homes.
With a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History, Scott Jernigan feels as much at home in the musty archives of London as he does in the warm glow of a computer monitor. Scott teaches A+ Certification and PC hardware classes around the country, including several stints at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, Lucent Technologies in Baltimore, MD, and the United Nations in New York City. Scott has also edited numerous computer books, including the best-selling "All in One A+ Certification Exam Guide" and the "Network+ Certification Exam Guide" from McGraw-Hill. Practicing what he teaches, Scott is an A+ and Network+ Certified Technician.
Scott Paxton is a Certified Public Accountant, and his background includes experience as a public accountant, a manager in the banking industry, an entrepreneur, and a college business instructor. He is a Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor and he has authored a QuickBooks workbook that focuses on implementing and troubleshooting the program.
Sharon Daniels received a B.S. in physics from Southern University in Louisiana, and was accepted into a prestigious North Carolina Teach program. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She teaches for a private school, worked as a programmer/engineer for a large aerospace firm, and provides consulting, tutoring, and training services in statistics, calculus, programming, database and Web design, project management, and economics.
Sherry London is a noted Photoshop and Illustrator expert, an artist, a writer, and a teacher. Her fiber art has been featured in magazines and exhibitions. Her published works include Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild, Photoshop Magic, Photoshop Effects Magic, Photoshop In Depth, Photoshop Textures Magic, and Illustrator f/x and Design. She wrote the Tips and Tricks column for Photoshop User magazine for many years and is a two-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. She has taught for the prestigious Thunder Lizard Photoshop Conference and the Professional Photographers of America seminars, as well as for Drexel University, Moore College of Art, and Gloucester County College. Sherry holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems and has taken doctoral-level courses in curriculum design.
Shirley George Frazier is one of the world’s leading authorities on the gift basket industry. In business since 1990, Shirley is the founder of GiftBasketBusiness.com and the author of the industry’s best-selling books, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business and The Gift Basket Design Book. Shirley’s mission is to provide business and marketing support to home-based entrepreneurs, specialty store owners, and related professionals worldwide through in-person training, live seminar conferences, and articles written for consumer and business publications. Her clients include Macy's, Barnes & Noble, Total Wine, and Hallmark stores.
Sonya Jodoin has been involved in social work and youth work for over eighteen years. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work and has had continual education in psychology. She brings to the course both professional and personal experience in the field of adolescence, along with training in a multitude of treatment modalities, approaches, and therapies. She has worked on the front line in mental health settings with individuals and their families, primarily with teenagers. Ms. Jodoin has developed and implemented a specialized joint educational/mental health treatment program for children whose behavior has resulted in school expulsion.
Stephanie Donaldson is a member of the National Resume Writer's Association and has been writing resumes for the past 20 years. Stephanie earned a bachelor's in English from St. Lawrence University and a master's in business administration from Clarkson University. She has held management positions in the hospitality, paper, and seminar industries. For several years, she was employed in the Marketing department at the American Management Association. For the past decade, she has served as Director of Continuing Education at two colleges. In addition to owning her own business, Stephanie often lectures on Marketing and Business Writing to small business owners. She has taught Resume Writing Workshop for over 10 years and has helped nearly 2,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and Australia to improve their resumes.
Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works including the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything in Its Path, the romance Ring of Diamonds (under the pseudonym Sharon Stevens), and an illustrated journal of his travels around the world called Travel Kid. During the past decade he has helped more than 10,000 students turn their story ideas into reality, and many of his students have published novels they developed in his classes. When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve is the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading theme park design company.
Steve Payseur began his career in sales in 1979, and his sales have increased an average of 22% a year for more than 20 years. As a Sales Manager, he set up a training program for his sales force, and he has conducted training programs for several Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Payseur is the author of "Selling Effective Techniques for Getting and Keeping Customers," a book based on his years of experience and extensive research. A recognized authority in the field of sales, he has been interviewed on several occasions for national sales magazines. Mr. Payseur has written and published two top-selling books, has two more books in the development stage, and has won several literary competitions. His online courses and classroom seminars have been characterized as open, honest, lively, fun, and informative.
Susan Price-Batting is the money manager of her husband's business, and she co-manages the money side of her family's 30+ year old mail order business. She created, ran and later sold her own successful mail order business. She put herself through graduate school without taking out any loans and is also a graduate of the H&R Block Tax Class. Susan has lived virtually debt free for her entire life and brings her practices for day to day money management to those who need guidance. Her expertise with managing money started long ago when she had the good fortune to learn good basic money principles from her parents around the dinner table. Because of her first-hand knowledge of how to live within one's income, her knowledge of how to run a successful business, and her ability to teach, Susan is constantly asked by others to help them get their financial lives in order. Now she counsels others individually in money management and wrote this course to help even more people learn to get control of their money. Susan has been called the Budget Lady, and is a born teacher. She teaches by example, and will help you understand not only how to get control over your money, but why you'll want to.
Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.
An award-winning artist, Teri King began her formal study of art at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas when she was just 3 years old. She currently works in several different mediums, including ceramics, oil painting, and precious metal clay. Teri's ceramic and jewelry pieces are in private collections around the world, and she has received acclaim for her interior design work. She enjoys teaching up-and-coming artists, which she has done for the past three decades.
Theresa Snyder is a Natural Health Consultant. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has earned a BS in Education as well as an MS in Natural Health. This provides her with the ability to teach courses related to the many disciplines related to Natural Health. She also enjoys teaching seminars related to natural health for a local hospital.
Tim Kachinske has extensive experience in all areas of nonprofit fundraising. Over a period of 20 years, he served as a development officer at a private liberal arts college, a research university, an international science organization, a social service agency, and an independent school. At these organizations, he handled responsibilities directly related to annual funds, special events, corporate and foundation fundraising, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
Todd Bermont is a world-renowned job-hunting expert, author and speaker, known for inspiring audiences across the globe and helping people find their ideal job. As a top-level manager, for a Fortune 1000 company, Mr. Bermont interviewed, hired, trained, mentored, and motivated employees worldwide. He has appeared several times on radio and television including CNN, FOX, Money Matters, USA Radio Network, Cable Radio Network and TVN-24 in Poland. Mr. Bermont has also been quoted in newspapers across the globe including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, New York Newsday, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Gazeta Wyborcza. Todd Bermont has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago and served on the Leadership Committee for the University of Chicago's Graham School. In addition, he has been a featured speaker on the topics of job hunting and career transition at Women for Hire, Women in Direct Marketing, Chicago Public Schools and the Career Transitions Center of Chicago. Additionally, Mr. Bermont has won several awards including the "Certificate of Merit" by Writer's Digest Magazine and the "National Leadership Award" by the U.S. Congressional Small Business Advisory Council. Mr. Bermont's books are amongst the most popular and have been endorsed by famous celebrities such as Brian Tracy, Roger Dawson and Les Brown. Todd Bermont’s most recent book on job hunting is titled 10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search.
Tom Myers is a certified project manager who has been active in managing information technology projects for more than twenty years. A graduate of George Washington University's Project Management program, Tom has taught technical project management and certification courses for two of the largest software companies in the U.S. His published works include "Software Project Management A Methodology" and "Gambling on ProjectsWinning, Not Losing". Tom is also the head of a firm that specializes in rescuing failed projects.
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB®) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ®).
As an educator who has worked with students as young as four and as old as 12, Tracey Birch started practicing Differentiated Instruction before the term was coined. After completing a master's degree in education, Birch taught in varied school settings, from private to public schools and across multiple grades. She currently serves as the Middle School Lead Teacher at a public junior high school.
Tracy Loffer holds a Master's degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been involved in education for twenty years, as a music educator and technology trainer of students and teachers. She has also worked in the private sector as a trainer of domestic and international technology franchisees as well as a writer and developmental editor of educational technology materials using Office and Publisher.
As a professor at two colleges for over 14 years, Vivian Harte taught students how to build and maintain successful teams. In the workplace, she helped teams create a city's strategic energy plan, write a state's recycling manual, organize and facilitate educational conferences for recycling coordinators, and make recommendations for improving college policies for faculty members. But perhaps her favorite work is interacting with students online to help them build the kind of teams that make a difference in workplaces across the country.
Wallace Wang is the author of over 40 computer books including "Microsoft Office 2007 For Dummies." In addition to writing computer books, he has also co-authored "Breaking Into Acting for Dummies" and ghost written several books about investing in real estate, day trading stocks, and becoming an entrepreneur. Some of his past jobs have included teaching computer science courses at the University of Zimbabwe, performing stand-up comedy, and appearing on a weekly radio show.
A veteran educator, Wendell Christensen has worked with students and teachers to combat illiteracy one child at a time. Currently a classroom teacher and a literacy curriculum designer for districts across the country, Wendell believes that with the right mix of encouragement, intervention strategies, and support, every child can learn to read. His passion is helping teachers see that response to intervention's research-based strategies and flexible curriculum can help a full 80% of struggling readers right in the classroom, without the need for special pull-outs or IEPs.
William Flood is a small business consultant, speaker, and the owner of Horizon Business Services, a small business training firm. He has conducted training seminars for over 15 years, reaching over 35,000 students. Mr. Flood has extensive experience working with home-based businesses in such diverse areas as mail order, consulting, import/export, e-commerce, and real estate investing. A dedicated entrepreneur, he regularly works as a volunteer counselor for the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and was nominated in 1991 for the Small Business Administration's Young Entrepeneur of the Year award. Mr. Flood holds a master's degree from the University of Delaware.
As owner and operator of The Write Desktop Publisher for more than 20 years, William Harrel has been involved in designing Web and print media on computers since the early days of desktop publishing. In addition to running his own design firm, he is the author or coauthor of 19 books on designing print media, animation, and electronic documents—including titles on Photoshop, Acrobat (Acrobat for Dummies), PageMaker, and Flash. He is also the author of hundreds of magazine articles, ranging from Web and multimedia how-to’s to software reviews. His articles have appeared in PC World, Home Office Computing, Compute, Windows Magazine, Publish, Entrepreneur, Home Office, and many other magazines. He has taught Web design and graphics design applications at Cal State Northridge and other schools.
William Rabkin is a veteran writer/producer whose 300-plus hours of produced television include Monk, Psych, and The Glades. He has served as "showrunner" on Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, and She-Wolf of London, and has written a dozen network pilots. He is the co-creator and co-editor of Amazon Publishing's bestselling Dead Man series of action horror novels, and has also published five additional novels and two books on writing, Successful Television Writing (2003, with Lee Goldberg) and Writing the Pilot (2011). As a teacher, he has lectured and led workshops for writers, producers, and executives in Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and led traditional classes at UCLA Extension and Stephens College. He is currently an adjunct professor of screenwriting in the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert's low-residency MFA program.