History

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s)
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography

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.

Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

Coleman, Patricia

Coleman, Patricia
Pseudonym
P.R. Morris
Biography

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.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Madison, Mary

Birth City
Vivian
Birth State
WV
Current Location
Black Forest, CO
Occupation(s)
Weaver
Biography

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.

Education/Training
Master of Science, Organizational Development - Bachelor of Science, Business Management - Associate Degree, Veterinary Medicine
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Pikes Peak Weaver's Guild - Rocky Mountain Weaver's Guild - Front Range Fiber Artisans - Studio Arts Quilt Association
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Craft of Weaving - Fiber Arts - African-American Weavers

Cunningham, Sharon

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Teacher and Historian
Education/Training
Master of Arts Degree, University of Northern Colorado - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
El Paso County Medical Social Alliance
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Please email localauthors@ppld.org for contact information.

Clibon, Esther

Clibon, Esther
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1921 (-2009)
Biography

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…

Speaker Availability
No

Stallworth, Ron

Biography

Sgt. Ron Stallworth, Ret., was a member of the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Brander, Bruce

Pseudonym
B.G. Brander
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author and journalist
Biography

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.

Awards/Honors
Honorary Knight of Mark Twain
Top national awards for Christian journalism
Top national photography awards from Eastman Kodak Co. and Professional Photographers of America
Education/Training
BSc. in English; advanced studies in history and sociology
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
No

Flint, Anne

Flint, Anne
Birth City
Madison
Birth State
WI
Occupation(s)
writer & website builder
Biography

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.

Education/Training
Bachelor or Arts Degree from University of Colorado, Boulder
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Long time member of the Author's Meetup group sponsored by the Publishing Pro.
Speaker Availability
No
Speaker Topics
Most topics relating to websites, self publishing, mysteries, writing, remodeling old houses.

Bentley, Nancy

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer, Librarian, Educator
Biography

I came to Colorado in 1973 because of the beauty of the land and the promise of the future.

Awards/Honors
The Case of the Garden Monster - Colorado Authors' League Award (2004)
I've Got Your Nose! - Junior Library Guild Award (1993)
The Making of a Storybook - Recognition at the Chicago Children's International Film Festival 1992
Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Lake Erie College, Ohio, 1968 - Master of Education, Educational Communications, University of Hawaii, 1972 - M. A. L. S., Library Science, University of Denver, 1974 - University of Denver Publishing Institute, 1981 - Stanford University, Publishing Course, 1983
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Colorado Authors League - Authors Guild - Colorado Association of Libraries
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Contact author for speaker topics and availability

Allen, Reverend Caron M.

Allen, Reverend Caron M.
Birth City
Cedartown
Birth State
GA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Retired law enforcement and a minister of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC)
Biography

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
Awards/Honors
The Southern Colorado Ministerial Alliance: Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award (2010)
Certificates of Recognition from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (2001, 2006, 2007)
Dean's List, Colorado State University (2000-2001)
Capps Capozzolo Award for Academic Excellence (2001)
El Paso County Sheriff's Office Hugh Martin Scholarship (1998 & 2000)
Numerous Letters and Certificates of Appreciation from various professional and civic organizations
Education/Training
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, 2005 - USC Pueblo, Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Criminology, 2001 - Police Executive Research Forum: Senior Management Institute Police, Session 44, Boston MA (June 2010) - Currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies, anticipate graduating June 2014
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) - National Sheriff's Association (NSA) - The National Association of Professional Women
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Leadership - Career Development - Women's Issues in the Criminal Justice System and Ministry