From Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul


Candace F. Abbott is the founder of Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship. She is author of the book, Fruit-Bearer. Candy and her husband Drew are owners of Fruit-Bearer Publishing. She may be reached at P.O. Box 777, Georgetown, DE 19947; fax 302-856-7742; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Mary Drew Adams is a wife, mother and grandmother. She lives near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She enjoys golfing, volunteering and writing. She has had short fiction and nonfiction published in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and Ideals.

Sarah Ainslie, a former businesswoman and fiber artist, lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, with her husband Gordon and her service dog, Tag along Tickles. She has multiple sclerosis and uses a power wheelchair. She is a graduate of Newman Theological College and volunteers in pastoral care and a dog-assisted therapy program. Sarah and Tickles are also enjoying the challenge and the fun of the dog sport of agility.

George S. J. Anderson is a registered nurse of twenty-five years who has many experiences with oncology patients. He is the husband of a breast-cancer survivor and facilitates a support group for other husbands and significant others. He is a writer, poet and artist. He illustrated and published a book about the realities of breast cancer. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Joan Wester Anderson is a magazine writer and book author for about thirty years. Her book, Where Angels Walk, was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year. Her latest offering is Forever Young, the biography of Loretta Young. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]; Web site:

Charlene Baldridge is a grieving mother, freelance writer, critic and essayist who specializes in the arts. She lives in San Diego. Now sixty-something, she’s working at her seventh career. She may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Beth Barrett was a successful trial attorney for eighteen years until an accident disabled her, allowing her to find her life purpose: to inspire and motivate others to reach their full potential. She is authoring a book entitled, You Are Not Your Body: Lessons on Living a Joyous and Fulfilling Life for the Physically Challenged. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Victoria Harnish Benson has published numerous articles, columns and stories on the Internet and has written a column for an alumni magazine for twenty-five years. Her first book, To No Man’s Glory, her husband’s memoirs of the Holocaust and spiritual healing, was released in February 2000. She may be reached at e-mail: [email protected]; P.O. Box 4211, Medford, OR 97501.

Chris Bibbo is the Campus Chapters and Youth Programs Manager for Habitat for Humanity International’s West and Mountain States regions. He trains and supports Habitat’s high school and college chapters, preparing students to be leaders in the effort to eliminate substandard housing. A native of Somers, New York, Chris currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and can be reached at [email protected]

Nancy Blain was born in a small town in southern Alberta, Canada, called Didsbury. Affected by the drug thalidomide, life has been character-building. With the love of friends and family, she graduated from college and university. Her chosen profession is Volunteer Management. She is passionate about travel, music, writing, shopping and friends. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE, is a professional speaker, humorist, fiddler, holder of every major award given by the National Speakers Association, and is in the speaker’s Hall of Fame. Doc and Mike Blakely are professional performers at conventions throughout America. For more about them, see www.platform and

Sheila A. Bolin is the head tennis professional at Orange Lake Resort & Country Club in Orlando, Florida, and founder of Tennis with a Different Swing. A coauthor of two books for law enforcement, she is working on a project dealing with the use of a vaccine to mitigate swan deaths caused by botulism. Sheila can be reached at [email protected]

Wynell Glanton Britton is a volunteer for hospice in Athens, Alabama. Gardening has always been the love of her life, and she continues to give to the community through the bounty of her garden.

Margaret Buckingham is an event planner who initiates and organizes programs and then manages entire fund-raising campaigns, social events and volunteer functions. Her clients’ areas of expertise include arts and culture, civic affairs, education, environment, health and social services. While her dad, Ed, saved the Opening Ceremonies, Margaret was Manager of Volunteer Services for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

Sandra J. Bunch lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Rick, and two daughters. She is a homemaker and freelance writer previously published by Day Spring Greeting Cards. They are currently attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in preparation for ministry. Sandra can be reached by email at [email protected]

Bill Canty’s cartoons have appeared in many national magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman’s World, National Review and Medical Economics. His syndicated feature All About Town runs in thirty-five newspapers. Bill can be reached at P.O. Box 1053, S. Wellfleet, MA 02663; phone and fax 508-349-7549; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Malinda Carlile is a labor and delivery nurse who lives in Seattle, Washington. Her volunteer work includes supporting individuals diagnosed with HIV at the Bailey Boucher House in Seattle. In addition, she participates in Operation Smile, an organization providing reconstructive sugery and related health services to children in developing countries. E-mail Malinda at [email protected]

Jenna Cassell is a media producer, author, consultant, educator, interpreter and founder of Pathwalk Productions, a company specializing in inspirational media. She has received more than twenty media production awards and is included in multiple Who’s Who directories. Jenna can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Nansie Chapman has a master of arts degree in clinical psychology and is the managing editor and copublisher of Santa Barbara Family Life magazine at Web site: She can be reached at SBFL, P.O. Box 4867, Santa Barbara, CA 93104; 805-965-4545; e-mail: [email protected].

Tara Church cofounded Tree Musketeers at age eight and grew it from grassroots to the nation’s leading youth environmental organization with campaigns that empower millions to become leaders of community change. Tara currently attends Harvard Law School where she continues her commitment to public service and the promise of youth leadership. She can be reached through her Web site at [email protected]

Charles W. Colson was a well-known public figure, convicted and imprisoned for seven months because of his involvement in the Watergate scandal as Nixon’s Special Counsel. A year after his release he started a prison ministry. In 1993, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He is now a nationally recognized speaker and founder of Prison Fellowship . Web site:

Casey Crandall is a student at Randolph High School in New Jersey. She is an active member of her church and a two-year volunteer for the Appalachia Service project. Her outside interests include color guard, skiing, being a hospital volunteer and dance. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Rod Delisle is a numeric control programmer in Petersfield, Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Rotaract Club of Winnipeg-Charleswood before joining the sponsoring Rotary Club. An award-winning newsletter editor, Rod continues to serve his community through Rotary. He can be reached at [email protected].

Donald Patrick Dunn holds a bachelor of science degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Organizational Management. He enjoys volunteering, motorcycling, scuba diving, kite flying, reading and is a licensed amateur radio operator. He is employed in the nuclear industry and resides in Webster, New York.

Mack Emmert volunteers with HIV-AIDS patients at Christian Care in Wilmington, Delaware. He has also volunteered with Puppeteers of America, the American Cancer Society, and AIDS—Delaware. In 1997, he received the prestigious Legacy Award from AARP and Centrum Silver vitamins, which is given to only four individuals every two years. He may be reached at 302-652-1800.

Tammie L. Failmezger is a writer who penned numerous poems and articles to help manage her grief following Leigh Ann’s death. She’s also written articles to help other bereaved families who have lost a child. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Kayte Fairfax is a social researcher, creative writer and social justice activist. Over ten years, she’s been involved in various efforts to campaign for human rights and the environment, including work in Thailand and India. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or 41 Brendan Beach, Pukerua Bay, Wellington, New Zealand-Aotearoa.

Gary K. Farlow is a native tarheel with a juris doctorate from Heed University. His works have appeared in two poetic anthologies, Essence of a Dream and Best Poems of 1998. His works, Conferring with the Moon and After Midnight, two volumes of poetry, may be ordered from Carolyn Jackson, 915 Benjamin Benson St., Greensboro, NC 27406.

Rusty Fischer is a former teacher living in Orlando, Florida. Through his work with local schools and church groups, he enjoys sharing his love of the written word with others. He also enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife of seven years, Martha. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Meganne Forbes is the artist who created the beautiful watercolor painting for our book cover. Her artwork can be seen in galleries in Hawaii, collections around the world, and in the Santa Barbara area where she lives. Since graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara in the seventies, she has painted the awesome beauty of nature. Please contact her at 805-684-8357 or e-mail [email protected]. Her Web site is

Sally Fouhse is a business manager for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation in Santa Barbara, California. A California native, she has a B. A. from University of California Davis in German and History and is pursuing her C. P. A. license. She happily contributes her Type A personality to the mix of mostly Type B folks in the not-for-profit field. Sally can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Holly Frederickson resides in Victoria, British Columbia, where she facilitates workshops on customer service, public speaking and effective communication skills. She is currently pursuing her love of writing. While her volunteer experience is extensive and varied, she is drawn to projects supporting children. Camp Goodtimes ranks first in her favorites!

Natasha Friend is the director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She spends her noncamp time writing everything from poetic parodies to song lyrics to children’s fiction. Her latest venture, a middle-grade novel titled Halo Effect, is currently being revised for publication.

Elaine L. Galit is an award-winning freelance writer. Her published articles and photograph credits include Writer’s Digest, Cowboy Sports and Entertainment, Memorial West Magazine, Houston Maturity Magazine and Woman’s World. She is coauthor of Exploring Houston with Children. She may be reached at 14354 Memorial Dr., PMB 1087, Houston, TX 77079; e-mail: [email protected].

Cynthia Polansky Gallagher is a freelance writer in Annapolis, Maryland, whose work has appeared in various print, video and on-line publications. Her first novel, Far Above Rubies, is based on a Holocaust survivor’s story that she heard while volunteering with Facing History and Ourselves. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]; Web site:

David Garnes is a former high-school English teacher and a longtime academic reference librarian, specializing in the health sciences. His writings have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Stories from the Other Side: Thematic Memoirs, The Isherwood Century and Connecticut Poets on AIDS. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Karen Garrison is an award-winning writer specializing in stories that encourage faith and uplift the spirit. A wife and mother of two, she is working on her second inspirational novel when she’s not chasing her two small clowns-in-training, Abigail and Simeon. You may reach her at [email protected] or 740-283-3895.

Johnnie Ann Gaskill writes a weekly inspirational column for two newspapers. A former teacher and education director, Johnnie enjoys having extended time to write. She and her husband live in Thomaston, Georgia, where their two daughters often bring grandchildren for them to spoil. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Debby Giusti is a medical technologist and freelance writer who lives in the Atlanta area. She writes for Advance Magazine for Administrators of the Laboratory and serves on their Editorial Advisory Board. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Woman’s World, Army Magazine, Family and Our Sunday Visitor. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

David “Goose” Guzzetta is a vagabond, writer, artist and volunteer. He enjoys climbing, backpacking and bike touring with his big dog, Kyma. David hopes to write the Great American Novel or at least the Mediocre Short Story. To contact, harass, employ or pass on great recipes, he may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Carl Hammerschlag, M.D., is a speaker, author and psychiatrist. He spent nearly twenty years as a physician among Native Americans in the Southwest. He is a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He may be reached at 3104 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 614, Phoenix, AZ 85016; fax: 602-954-8560; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Ruth Hancock has been published in magazines, hospice journals and newspapers writing short stories based on her life and interests as a hospice volunteer, wife of an Episcopal priest, mother, a twenty-five-year career in the fashion industry as model, fashion director and commentator and as a dedicated Christian. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Eve M. Haverfield is the founder and director of Turtle Time, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery of marine turtles. A winning member of Eckerd’s Salute 100 Women Volunteers in 1998, Eve supervises one hundred volunteers and coordinates an extensive environmental education program. With the beach as her “office,” Eve can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

Jonny Hawkins is a nationally published cartoonist whose work has appeared in over 250 publications, such as Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Barron’s, Harvard Business Review, Woman’s World and hundreds of other places. He can be reached at 616-432-8071 and P.O. Box 188, Sherwood, MI 49089 or [email protected]

Sarah Hawkins majored in Spanish and Public Policy at Duke University. Her volunteer interests include returning to work in a school in Kenya that she visited in the spring of 2000. Sarah aspires to one day create and run a nonprofit organization. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Susana Herrera teaches English at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. Her Peace Corps experience became her first novel, Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin (Shambhala Publications, 2000). She is hopeful of selling her screenplay on Mango Elephants and can be reached at [email protected].

Elaine Ingalls Hogg is a Palliative Care volunteer. “Discovering each pupil’s abilities,” has been her teaching motto for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of the fully illustrated children’s book, Remembering Honey, an award-winning story to help young children express their emotions after the loss of a pet. She may be reached at

Françoise Inman is the stay-at-home mom of four boys. She anticipates that she will be a den leader for many years to come. She has written a community column for a local newspaper and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Ellen Javernick lives in Loveland, Colorado. A first-grade teacher and freelance writer, she’s the author of ten books for children. She has five grown children and two darling granddaughters. E-mail Ellen at [email protected].

Carolyn E. Jones is an Alaskan and lawyer of thirty-three years who is “reinventing herself.” An only child born to parents who were told they could never have children, Carolyn reasons her birth is being fulfilled by trying to help the hundreds of thousands of suffering Russian children. By helping them defy the odds, she’s completing the circle of life.

Bil Keane created The Family Circus based on his own family in 1960. It now appears in well over 1,500 newspapers and is read daily by 188 million people. The award-winning feature is the most widely syndicated panel cartoon in America. Check out The Family Circus Web site at

Patsy Keech is a mother, teacher, author and motivational speaker. She and her husband, Robb, founded the Spare Key Foundation as a tribute to their son, Derian. This nonprofit organization assists families with critically ill children with a one-time mortgage payment during extended hospitalizations. Her book, Mothering an Angel, is based on a critically ill child. Patsy can be reached at [email protected].

Diane Kelber is a professional actress, singer and dancer who has performed in areas as diverse as cruise ships in the Caribbean to opera in Cincinnati; TV movies to commercials. She has cowritten two one-act plays and performed her first solo show titled Two Peas in a Pod. She can be reached at [email protected].

Nate Klarfeld is a retired dentist whose volunteer commitments have included cofounding a free dental clinic for inner-city transients, serving on the boards of several civic and religious organizations and being a Child Life Volunteer at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Dave Krause has more than twelve years of nonprofit experience with organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a motivational speaker and has been successful in recruiting volunteers and donors who have contributed more than seven million dollars to these various charities. He may be reached through his business Web site:

Tom Krause is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul series and coauthor of the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Coach’s Soul. He is a motivational speaker, teacher and coach. He is the author of Touching Hearts—Teaching Greatness, a motivational/inspirational book for teenagers and adults. Tom resides in Nixa, Missouri, with his wife Amy and stepson Tyler. His Web site is

Pooja Krishna is a banker, who writes in her spare time. She has been involved in a variety of community support initiatives including those for the visually impaired and Adult Literacy. She currently makes her home in Toronto, Canada with her husband. She can be reached at 39 Pemberton Avenue #315, Toronto, Ontario, M2M 4L6, Canada; 416-590-0002; e-mail: [email protected].

Santina Lonergan is a lifelong resident of northeastern Pennsylvania. She has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in European History from Marywood University, Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Married for thirty-two years to Brian Lonergan, they have three adult children. She is a teacher in the Pittston Area Senior High, teaching European and American History. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Charles Markman has been in the art business since high school. He operated a graphic-design school in Oak Park, Illinois, and sneaked cartoons into advertisements as often as possible. He still draws and works as a volunteer docent at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida. He may be reached at 18549 Sunburst Lane, Boca Raton, FL 33496; 561-451-0610; fax: 561-451-2927; e-mail: [email protected]

Matt Matteo is an award-winning artist, author of two cartoon series, book illustrator and adult tutor. He contributes much of his work to benefit charities. He is originally from Derry, Pennsylvania and may be contacted at 801 Butler Pike BS-7345, Mercer, PA 16137.

Donna McDonnall is a registered nurse and freelance writer. She was a 1991 recipient of the Nightingale Award and 1998 Colorado School Nurse of the Year. She’s had numerous articles, devotions, and vignettes published in magazines, newspapers, and books. She may be reached at 614 Willow Valley, Lamar, CO 81052; e-mail: [email protected].

Pat Mendoza is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, singer, composer, humorist and musician. He has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and the British Isles since 1976. He is author of: Song of Sorrow, Four Great Rivers to Cross, Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times and Between Midnight and Morning. He may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected] or write him at 1566 Adams St., Denver, CO 80206.

Barb Mestler has volunteered with the Compeer Program since 1974. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, she is a member of its adjunct faculty. Formerly an employment director, she currently works as a human-resource specialist. She received the New York State Governor’s Service Award and was named a Point of Light. Her main interests include family, friends, traveling and, of course, volunteering!

Liz Murad is involved with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Local PTA. She and her husband, Ron, amason and Sunday school teacher, are raising two beautiful daughters in New Jersey and teaching them the importance of volunteering. Liz might return to teaching music some day, but is currently offering inspirational and whimsical calligraphy. She may be reached at her Web site:

Maureen Murray is a speaker, writer and success coach from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania whose life work is helping people to develop a positive perspective and best use their talents to create satisfying lives. She is the author of How to Sing in the Rain with a Frog in Your Throat. She may be e-mailed at [email protected].

Vera Nicholas-Gervais is a former diplomat who is building a new career as a Personal Coach for women, at-home mother and writer. She has written a book about the emotional lives of stay-at-home moms and is a monthly columnist for a parenting news magazine. She lives near Ontario, Canada, and can be reached at 613-489-2224; Web site:; e-mail: [email protected].

Jinny Pattison is a college student studying psychology and Spanish. While in high school, she spent two summers on Teen Missions trips, one to Mozambique and the other to Honduras. She may be e-mailed at [email protected]

Terry Paulson, Ph.D., CSP, CPAE, of Agoura Hills, California, is the author of 50 Tips for Speaking Like a Pro and They Shoot Managers, Don’t They? As a psychologist and professional speaker, he helps leaders and teams make change work. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]; Web site:; or 818-991-5110.

Denise Peebles is a homemaker and mother of two children, Ashley and Jonathan. She loves to write stories about her family. She is published in a book about Lauderdale County History, which is on display in libraries across Alabama. She may be reached at [email protected].

Bob Perks is president of Creative Motivation and author of the book The Flight of a Lifetime. He is a Member of the National Writers Association and a training consultant with the state of Pennsylvania. He may be reached at P.O. Box 1702, Shavertown, PA 18708-1024; fax: 570-696-1310, e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

Tom Prisk has been a published cartoonist since 1977. His work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, The Best Cartoons from The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, Reader’s Digest, Yankee Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Leadership, and The Best Cartoons from Leadership, among others. He may be e-mailed at [email protected]

Norma Reedy, the mother of Phil Reedy, is a freelance writer residing in Virginia. She is a legal secretary in Washington, DC. She has been writing for fifteen years as a columnist and contributing editor for church publications. She has two surviving children, Danny and Leigh Anne, and granddaughter Brittney. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Rosemarie Riley was born in Australia and moved to the U.S. in 1990. She is a teacher and author, a member of Australian Society of Authors, Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators and American Association of University of Women. She can be contacted at 847 Embree Crescent, Westfield, NJ 07090; email: [email protected].

Diane Rodecker is a freelance writer. Her award-winning weekly column, “Challenger,” has appeared in the Orange County Register since 1993. Her column and advocacy for disabled people help empower those with disabilities and promote volunteerism in Southern California. A University of Southern California graduate, she raised four children with disabilities; one son died in 1992. Diane can be reached at [email protected].

Father Domenic Jose Roscioli spends his summers as a volunteer at Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. At home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he continues to battle to improve the quality of life in his inner-city Columbus Park neighborhood. He can be reached at The New Earth Store, 5439 22nd Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140 or by calling 262-657-4463.

Dorothy Rose is a registered nurse. She is a wife, the proud mother of three sons and grandmother of seven grandchildren. Her passions are reading and traveling. She finds great fulfillment in volunteering her time, especially where children are concerned. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

George M. Roth is an inspirational writer and speaker. His dynamic keynote speeches emphasize his unique program “Volunteer for Success.” He is author of Sometimes Life Just Isn’t Fair and contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul. He belongs to National Speakers Association, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]; Web site:

Jack Schmidt is a graduate of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and a former navy flight instructor. He is a volunteer at a local library and an association for the blind. He has drawn cartoons since 1961 and is published in many trade journals, as well as The Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review, National Enquirer, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, American Legion, Woman’s World and Nursing Spectrum.

Stephanie Sheen is a senior at Murray High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is editor of her school newspaper and is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her writing. She will be attending Boston University in the fall, where she will major in journalism. E-mail [email protected].

Pamela B. Silberman is a recreational and group therapist in Baltimore, Maryland. Her greatest honor has been enjoying the experiences of many personal transformations when people truly care within health care settings. Pamela also presents workshops on Stress Management and Self-Esteem for adults and teens. She can be reached at [email protected].

Steve Smeltzer is a native of Indiana. In addition to cartooning, he makes his living by teaching and playing drums. He and his wife, Cynthia, enjoy traveling to small-town diners. Steve’s cartoons have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, USA Weekend and Woman’s World. His Web address is

P. Christine Smith is a writer and reporter who is published in newspapers, magazines and website magazines. She studied Communication Arts and English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is the wife of a career Navy man and writes for web and print publications dedicated to military families, in addition to civilian publications. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Christian Snyder is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He specializes in magazine gag cartooning and creating cartoons for specialized trade journals. Christian is also experienced in political/editorial cartooning and book cover illustrations, and is currently seeking professional assignment. He may be reached at WCF #93A3574, P.O. Box 501, Attica, NY 14011.

Cathryn Pearse Snyders is a speech pathologist for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. A native of Tennessee, she attended and graduated from the University of Virginia. She is married to a pediatrician, and they have two incredible children. All family members are actively engaged in various children’s causes.

Pamela Strome-Merewether and her husband Timothy have one very special son named Taylor. She has worked at a community college in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for several years. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Lois Clark Suddath was born and reared in Illinois and spent most of her adult life in New Mexico. Following a thirty-year career in banking, she moved to Arizona with her husband Bob. She volunteers for Sun Health at Boswell Memorial Hospital. She is president of the Sun City Calligraphy Society and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

LeAnn Thieman is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author. A member of the National Speakers Association, she inspires audiences to balance their lives, truly live their priorities, and make a difference in the world. She has written stories for seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books and is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. She may be reached at 6600 Thompson Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526; Web site:; phone: 877-THIEMAN.

Elizabeth T. Verbaas is a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast in Florida. An avid reader and writer, she is penning a book titled From Here. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Melanie Washington is a supplier management analyst with the Boeing Co. in Long Beach, California. A winner of the William Allen Award as Boeing’s Volunteer of the Year in the Southwest region in 2000, Melanie is currently mentoring the young man who killed her son. Web site:

Tony Webb studied anthropology at the University of Utah. His writings have been featured in international newsletters, magazines, on-line publications and anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul. He may be reached at P.O. Box 442, Liverpool, TX 77577.

Jamie Winship was an English Literature teacher at the Bandung Alliance International School in West Java, Indonesia. He and his wife have lived in Indonesia for eight years and have been involved in various educational and literacy projects throughout the archipelago. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Bob Zahn has had thousands of his cartoons in all the leading publications, including Woman’s World, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, First and many others. Hundreds of his greeting cards have been published by major greeting-card companies. Six of his humor books have been published. Bob’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Karen Zangerle is Associate Director at PATH Crisis Center. Karen interviews, trains and supervises approximately 120 crisis line volunteers. She has won a number of awards over the years for her work in social services. She believes she has the best job in the world working with more than 1,200 wonderful volunteers. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Linda Jin Zou, Ed.D., received her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She is working on a book, Her Choices, portraying a Chinese woman as she confronts changes and moral dilemmas affected by the new economic and political landscape in China. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

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