Rebecca Black has a dark past. She has lived many lives, from working for the Department of Child Welfare to teaching as an adjunct professor. She is a survivor and BRCA1 previvor. She has also died–three times. In the midst of it all, she has found a physical connection and a spiritual purpose with a family of elephants.
Rebecca was born in Michigan but grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives today with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She loves art–especially Gustav Klimt. She adores music–Tori Amos, Otis Redding, and Radiohead. She is an eclectic, fierce woman.
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ALICIA BONNER NESS
Alicia Bonner Ness inspires mission-driven leaders and organizations to engage for change. She is a community organizer, brand strategist, and event producer passionate about helping people find common cause. After more than a decade working in the social sector, she founded Heptagon Productions, a brand activation agency through which she serves mission-driven organizations in civic engagement, democracy reform, and social justice. A LUMA Institute certified human-centered design facilitator, she uses a unique blend of open ideation and design activation to help individuals and organizations uncover their shared conviction to pursue their higher purpose. Educated at Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College, and Miss Hall's School, she learned her most important life lessons before the age of 10. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.
Cord A. Scott is an Associate Professor for the University of Maryland system currently residing in Korea. His publication work includes several topics on aspects of Chicago history, aspects of popular culture in American media as well as American military culture, and aspects of comic books. His book Comics and Conflict was published in 2014. Currently he is working on cartoons produced in Stars and Stripes during World War I.
Kari Wiseman was born in South Dakota and slowly migrated south to Atlanta, Georgia. She is a stay-at-home mom with her husband of 26 years and their 2 children. You can usually find her hiking, playing games with her kids, and carrying her camera around while searching for unusual moments or angles that catch her eye.
Kari’s unique perspective due to a complicated personal life has inspired many. She worked in the television industry for eleven years, was a granite sales consultant for homes and businesses, and was a Nurse Aide in a nursing home.
Kari has had the privilege of sharing her story of adoption, finding family, abuse, and forgiveness with thousands of people. She also has a daily blog that integrates words of inspiration with her passion of photography.
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LORETTO M. THOMPSON
Loretto is a career marketing professional with a special penchant for writing. She co-authored and self-published three reference guides for adult children caring for their aging parents. After having attained her MBA in Marketing and completing her Doctoral coursework, she continued to search for her next writing project. Upon discovering her father's WWII letters, written over 70 years ago, the project became clear. Since 2014, her goal has been focused on typing, traveling, and researching the story–past and present–of AN UNEXPECTED CODDIWOMPLE. She is an accomplished painter and lives in Niagara Falls, New York in a "tiny house" nestled along the Straits of Niagara.
KATHLEEN M. URQUHART
Kathleen was raised in historic Charlestown, MA, the home of the Bunkerhill Monument and the famous warship, Old Ironsides. Educated at a private, female Catholic high school, she graduated from Burdett College in Boston, MA. A true lover of all things New England, she divides her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Having traveled to Ireland, Kathleen represented the United States at the International Western Rose Festival held in County Mayo, Ireland. She works an an Executive Assistant to the President of a private college in Boston, MA.