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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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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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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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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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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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Debra Wideroe, Award Winning Environmentally-Focused Children's Author, Professor, and Key Note Speaker

I have a Master's degree from Harvard University and was fortunate to study under Dr. Gerry Lesser, one of the innovators and co-creators of Sesame Street. I am a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and the recipient of the global Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award. I work actively with a myriad of non-profit agencies and have for my entire life.

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Debbie Palmer, Author, Physician, Professional Speaker

In Beyond Beauty, I detail exactly how to establish harmony in modern life - through diet, exercise, sleep, spirituality, and skin strategies. Learn how to turn your beauty regimen and skin-care routine inside out for whole-body health and wellness results that you can see and feel!

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Carma Spence, Author, Speaker, Coach

Carma Spence is an award-winning speaker and editor, sole author of four books, and co-author of two books, including the International Best Selling book, Are YOU the Missing Piece?: Don't Leave a Hole in the World.

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Sandra Miller MD, Family Physician, Author, Writing Coach

Sandra Miller has spent most of her career in academic family medicine, teaching at Banner Good Samaritan residency in Phoenix, Arizona, now the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency. She is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

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Jim Petipas, Author, Illustrator, Musician, and Publisher with Boardwalk Books

Jim has always been creating art. When he was a kid he would often be found drawing cars, animals, or boats. Throughout his teen and college years, he was creating music as a drummer in a local band. After college, he worked in the business field for a few years and then went to seminary.

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Patty Costello, Neuroscientist

Patty lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, a dog named Pippa, and a dog named Spencer. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a Minnesotan at heart (you betcha!). She has a BS in Psychology from the University of St Thomas and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota.

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Richard Rieman, Author of "The Author's Guide to Audiobook Creation"

Children's books are one of the fastest growing audiobook genres. Listeners buy the audiobook and an accompanying PDF of the picture book, or a PDF of the images is included in the book. Young Adult audiobooks are also rising in popularity among the "always plugged in" generation.

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Andrea Torrey Balsara, Children's & Young Adult Author/Illustrator, Motivational Speaker

I want to inspire young people to think for themselves, and to dig deep to find the resilience and treasures that lay within.

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Christina Nicole Smith, Award-Winning Children's Author and Speaker

The most important message in Joseph’s Journey is teaching a child to become aware of and utilize their power to choose in order to create what they want to experience daily. A “fancy” way of describing this concept is “social and emotional intelligence."

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