Helga Long, Author and Guest Speaker

Helga Long has worn many hats: first as a stay-at-home mom to her three children, then as a fitness instructor, followed by teaching high school German before turning author. She lives with her husband, James, in rural Ohio and is enjoying retirement with reading, playing with her grandchildren, and staying active in many outdoor activities, including gardening, gold, and hiking.

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Tim S. Vasquez, Coach, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Part-Time Wordsmith

Tim S. Vasquez’s casual, easy-to-read writing style has collided with his vast life experiences to create his long-awaited first book, The Taco Stand. Growing up in the kitchen of his parents’ Mexican restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, has provided him the impetus for the book. Tim is the owner and operator of his family’s restaurants, Someburros and Isabel’s Amor, where he strives each and every day to honor the legacy of his Nana Isabel and Tata Poncho.

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Kosa Ely, Author, Artist, Speaker

I’m fascinated by the art and stories of ancient and contemporary people, so whenever I get the chance I’m off to another country to experience their culture, learn their history, and make a lot of new friends. I’ve been to twenty countries so far. My most memorable experiences are living in remote villages in India, spending time with indigenous communities in the Amazon, and visiting the Maori people in New Zealand.

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Dorinda Nicholson, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Professional Speaker

Dorinda is a primary resource to the Dec. 7th Pearl Harbor bombing. As a child survivor, she has made it her mission to share WWII through the eyes of an American child.

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Tracy Schlepphorst, Children's Author

Tracy Schlepphorst, M.Ed., author and founder of Emotion Belly Books, writes children's books that help children better understand their emotions. Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Lisa Anne Novelline, Award-Winning Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Mathematics Teacher, Storyteller

Lisa Anne Novelline is a multi-award-winning writer. She is the author of the Piccadilly and her Magical World picture book series, a universe wherein children can imagine possibilities, experiment with ideas, and dream solutions as rich and diverse as they are.

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Linda Maria Frank, Author, Lecturer, Local Access TV Producer

With the introduction of Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as an author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create a new fiction series.

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Elizabeth Cummings, Children's Author

Elizabeth Mary Cummings was born in Manchester England, grew up in Scotland, and studied in Edinburgh. After completing a degree in Psychology and Business Studies, Elizabeth went on to train and work as a primary school teacher for many years in Scotland and New Zealand before moving to Australia to run a language education business.

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Thomas Cochrane, Geologist, Author, Regional Speaker

Meet a wildcatter whose back-in-the-day journey from the hills of New York, to the ice fields of Alaska, to the plains of the Midwest brings the reader along on this complex quest to see underground. Here’s an insider’s look at the petroleum industry of the latter 20th century—and what geologist Thomas E. Cochrane experienced along the way. From Oklahoma, to Texas, to rubbing elbows with iconic oilman T. Boone Pickens, his personal tales of the oil fields provide a firsthand glimpse into the art as well as the science of exploring and drilling—all in the relentless pursuit of “hitting the big one,” every wildcatter’s dream.

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Rita Campbell, Children's Author, Teacher, Master Gardener, Fairyologist, Moonbeam Medal Winner, Story Monster Ink Children's Book Award Honorable Mention, Speaker, Illustrator

Georgia author Rita Campbell is among the Moonbeam Medal winners. Her book, Emberlina Sprite-a-Light, was honored with Bronze in the category of Books with Merchandise. Her book has also won other awards, including Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Award with Story Monsters Ink.

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Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent, #1 Best-Selling, Award-Winning Children's Authors and Inspirational Speakers

Whimsical World is an empowering brand created by #1 best-selling authors and inspirational speakers, Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent. Whimsical World’s mission is to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. We aim to make positive change through the power of whimsy and imagination.

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Christina Dorr Ph.D., Professional Author, Speaker, Consultant, Media Specialist, University Faculty

Now many years later I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, colleges, but mostly schools. The last few have been middle schools, which I'm loving! My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU). I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman. It doesn't get any better than that. I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University. I have the unique experience of having taught from preschool to grad school.

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Gina LoBiondo, Children's Author

Born in 1960, author Gina LoBiondo grew up loving faerie tales. She began writing stories of her own when she was 13 and continues to do so today. Her first foray into this exciting business is eleven-time book award winner, Pegasus - A Dragon's Tale, with her next book, her own retelling of the Cinderella story, expected sometime soon. She is also planning a sequel to, Pegasus - A Dragon's Tale. Six-time book award winner, Button Nose the Sad Little Bear, is her second book.

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Mary Wrobel, Author and Professional Speaker

Ms. Wrobel is a teacher and speech-language pathologist who has taught and worked with students with autism and other disabilities for more than 25 years. As a consultant, she trains both parents and teachers in communication and language approaches, behavior strategies, academic/curricular modifications, safety instruction, as well as health, hygiene, puberty, and personal safety. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with assistive technology has helped her to create a large library of resources as well as individualized materials, support strategies, and accommodations for a wide variety of students with disabilities.

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Marsha Nowakowski, Author of "Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day!"

Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! is Marsha's debut book for toddlers. She has spent forty years in the healthcare industry as a cardiac nurse. Her expertise and inspiration for writing Mattie and Mattie's Adventures developed from her own observations that patients who recovered more quickly exhibited healthy habits and good attitudes toward life. As a mother and grandmother, Marsha recognized the need for books teaching healthy habits to help young ones develop into successful people who always do their best. Matt and Mattie's Adventures makes everyday habits fun, balanced, and adventuresome for toddlers.

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Kristi Meyer, Children's Author, Professor, Physical Therapist, Parent of Child with Feeding Tube

The inspiration to write The Adventures of Team Super Tubie came from author Kristi’s son, who had a G-tube placed when he was two-and-a-half years old. The decision to place the tube was difficult, but necessary, and ultimately the best decision for his health and wellbeing. Being thrust into the world of chronic disease and feeding tubes left the Meyers anxious to find resources and support wherever possible. The feeding tube community was instrumental in this learning process. In searching for kid-friendly resources, the Meyers learned that there were few books related to feeding tubes for kids and none that depicted these kids as the true superheroes they are.

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Jonathan Kuiper, Author and Educator

Jonathan Kuiper is a proud native of New Hampshire. If you ask him whether his home experiences all four seasons, he'll be quick to add there are five. He wants readers to never forget the joys of mud season. Active throughout the year, he runs and ice skates to brainstorm new ideas. A teacher by trade, Jonathan uses his students as inspiration and for feedback on his latest projects. His writing influences are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Mike Jefferies, and Robert Crane.

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