John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.
Patricia Coleman, aka P. R. Morris, is a critically acclaimed author of historical, amateur sleuth, and alternative history short stories and novels. She has received two Reviewers' Choice awards and spoken at national writers conferences. One critic wrote "Ms. Coleman writes with elegance and pizzaz." (Romantic Times). Her latest historical romantic mystery, Tea and Treachery is now on sale. Pat lives in Colorado where she works with Special Needs teenagers and volunteers at the local zoo.
I first moved to Colorado in 1983. I have worked and volunteered in a number of organizations, including for the state of Colorado and the city of Westminster. I helped establish several arts groups and volunteer with guilds in Colorado Springs and Denver.
Esther Clibon was a Colorado native, born in a sod house on her father's homestead in Eastern Colorado.
Her obituary which appeared in The Gazette is available with the following link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=esther-e-clibo…
Bruce Brander is an international journalist and author of several books on travel and social philosophy. He has been a staff writer and photographer of newspapers in New Zealand and the United States, was a writer and editor for National Geographic, and for twelve years served as a traveling journalist and editor for World Vision, a global relief and development agency. Bruce Brander lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I write part time and also design websites and maintain them for independent business people like artists and authors. My book, Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House, was self-published in 2010. This is a series on a 600 year old house in England. I'm writing the centuries, who lived in the house and what happened. Filled with mystery, artifacts and ghosts, these stories will keep you fascinated.
I came to Colorado in 1973 because of the beauty of the land and the promise of the future.
Rev. Allen is a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC) where she serves as one of the associate ministers to Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson in the capacity of Director of Operations. A 33-year law enforcement veteran (retired), Rev. Allen lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Henry Allen, Jr., retired first sergeant from the United States Army. She and her husband have a blended family of eight adult children, 21 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In 2009 Rev. Allen completed the autobiographical account of her family in a work entitled "From Whence They Came: the Genealogical History of an African American Family." In this account she documents the struggles and triumphs of eight generations of her family, beginning with her great-great-great grandmother, Eular, a slave on a plantation in Virginia. A native of Georgia, Rev. Allen grew up during the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement and embraces the lessons of that era. Committed to community involvement, she participates in organizations that promote minority youth development and empowerment. As a community activist, she addresses the issues of leadership, career development, women's issues in the criminal justice system and ministry, and youth projects. A significant aspect of Reverend Allen's ministry is encouraging and empowering people, especially women, to attain their highest potential. To that end, Reverend Allen has developed and presented conference workshops for professional and Christian organizations at the local, national, and international level, called The Pursuit of Excellence. The Pursuit of Excellence is a five part series of seminars that addresses four major areas of a woman's life. The five seminars are:
- Perfection! Really? But I'm a Mess!
- How to Succeed in the Workplace
- A Virtuous Woman ... How to Minister in a Tense-filled Home
- Women in Leadership Positions in Ministry: Treading Lightly
- How to Prepare for and Successfully Execute a Dynamic Interview