Biography/Memoir

MavaJoyce

Pseudonym: 
MavaJoyce
Birth City: 
Clay Center
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired - Volunteer with Finding Our Voices
Biography: 

Joyce Aubrey has been in Colorado Springs since 1995; an avid reader she has actively engaged PPLD. As a survivor of incest and family sharing, she advocated in the community using healing paintings to speak to various groups including military, faith, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault and service clubs about the aftershocks of sexual abuse.

In October 2019 she published a memoir of hope and inspiration, Beyond Aftershocks, under the author name MavaJoyce. As founder of the non-profit Finding Our Voices, she continues to serve survivors of sexual violence through creative art events and supportive activities.

Awards/Honors: 
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) - Excellence in Advocacy Award
Leadership Pikes Peak - Leading the Way in Community Service
Institute for Conflict Resolution & Creative Leadership - Servant Leader Award
First Congregation Micah 6 Award - Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly
Education/Training: 
Kansas State University - Bachelor's and Master's degrees
Organizations: 
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault - American Association of University Women - Finding Our Voices
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Beyond Aftershocks: Resilience after Trauma - Navigating Post Traumatic Growth - Self-Compassion as a Doorway to Service

Baxter, William Edwin

Baxter, William Edwin
Birth City: 
Fullerton
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Civilian Contract Worker at Ft. Carson (Service Source Inc. hires people with disabilities to work as contract workers)
Biography: 

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let his disabilities defeat him in life, but to go above and beyond them by accomplishing great things and inspiring others to do the same. This became his legacy. He lived most of his life in Orange County, California; but currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On July 9, 2016, William suffered a massive pulmonary embolism which almost ended his life, but he survived. Had he died in the E.R. at Memorial Hospital, his legacy would have died with him. Realizing this, he began to write his first book, entitled W.E.B. Tales (W.E.B. is his initial name for William Edwin Baxter). The book was published as an e-book in May 2018, and as a paperback in July 2018.

Other books have been published since W.E.B. Tales which can be found on my author page on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/William-Edwin-Baxter/e/B07GC44FVR

Awards/Honors: 
President's Team Award for Service Excellence - from Service Source Inc., August 2015
Employee of the Year Award - from Service Source Inc., in August 2018
Distinguished Toastmaster Award - Highest award from Toastmasters International, February 1996
Education/Training: 
B.S. Degree, Recreation, California State University, East Bay, 1979 - A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Ohlone College, 1977 - Graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD, 1974.
Organizations: 
Member of Toastmasters International since November 1990
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I would like to talk about "Going Above and Beyond" disabilities and other obstacles which can stand in the way of working towards one's goals and achieving them (as chronicled in my keynote speech: https://webblog305448100.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/w-e-b-keynote-address/)

Horval, Andrew

Horval, Andrew
Birth City: 
Cleveland
Birth State: 
OH
Current Location: 
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s): 
U.S. Army, retired
Biography: 

Andrew served in the United States Army for 22 years and is a retired Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, Andrew and his family chose to reside in the Pikes Peak region to continue their Christian service within the military and veteran community.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Christian/Biblical

Jackson, Jene'

Jene' Jackson
Birth City: 
Oklahoma City
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Motivational Speaker - Author
Biography: 

Jené Jackson is the author of The Oat Project: How I Faced My Fear and Came of Age in One Wild Summer, a memoir about how she finally sowed her wild oats, doing 25 things her preacher’s daughter upbringing never allowed, like getting drunk, dancing, skinny dipping, smoking weed, and more…at the ripe age of 37 while a wife and mother of three. She was raised all over the U.S. as a preacher’s daughter before finally rebelling.

When she’s not working on her first novel and the sequels to her memoir, she’s photographing, belly laughing with friends, making art, singing jazz, or squeezing words from her teenage children while driving them home from school. She lives in Colorado Springs and even does yoga and hikes every now and then like a good Coloradan.

You can connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeneJ, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/spiralspiral, and at www.jenejackson.com.

Organizations: 
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Integrating the Wild into everyday life - The writing process - Writing memoir - How to finally, really love yourself
Local Authors Genres: 

Weilert, Benjamin

Birth City: 
Fort Collins
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Missile Defense - Civil Service
Biography: 

14er Climber, Rocket Scientist, Published Novelist, Movie Connoisseur, and Amateur Photographer, Benjamin M. Weilert was born in Colorado in 1985.

While he went to school for Mechanical Engineering (eventually earning a Master’s Degree), he has found science to be interesting enough to write fiction about it. He likes to classify his novels as “science fantasy,” wherein the science is real and (semi) accurate, but portrayed in a fantasy setting to make it accessible to non scientific readers. If you want stories that are surreptitiously educational, he’s your man.

He currently lives in Colorado Springs and his most recent book is Fourteener Father, a memoir of climbing all of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains with his dad.

Education/Training: 
"Creative Fiction Writing" course at the Colorado School of Mines
Organizations: 
The Midnight Writers - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), municipal liaison for the Colorado Springs region
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Self-publishing (writing, editing, formatting, cover design, etc.) - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Submitting to short story anthologies

McConnaughey, Janyne

McConnaughey, Janyne
Birth City: 
Albuquerque
Birth State: 
NM
Occupation(s): 
Educator - Retired faculty Emeritus
Biography: 

Janyne McConnaughey, PhD, retired from a career in education that spanned forty years—from early-childhood educator to college professor—in order to heal from the effects of the childhood abuse she had suffered. During therapy, Janyne wrote her way to healing and now is redeeming her story by helping others to understand and heal from childhood trauma.

Along with Brave: A Personal Story of Healing Childhood Trauma, Janyne is working on two forthcoming sequels. She also keeps busy blogging at Janyne.org, and guest blogging for other organizations that address childhood trauma.

Janyne enjoys full-time RV living with her husband, Scott, at the edge of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and treasures the time she spends in the Seattle area with her children and grandchildren.

Awards/Honors: 
2009 - Lawrence E. and Verna A. Vredvoe Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Christian Leadership in Education
Organizations: 
PhD University of Colorado, Denver, Department of Education (Educational Leadership and Innovation) - M.S. Southwest Missouri State University, Education - B.A. Point Loma Nazarene University, Child Development and Christian Education
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Effects of Childhood Trauma - Behavior through the Lens of Childhood Trauma - Trauma Sensitive Schools - Personal Story of Healing from Childhood Trauma/Dissociative Disorders
Local Authors Genres: 

Nations, Linda Nija

Nations, Linda Nija
Birth City: 
Oklahoma City
Birth State: 
OK
Current Location: 
Anywhere USA
Occupation(s): 
Author - Psychotherapist and life coach - Animal Communicator - Public speaker - Workshop leader
Biography: 

I moved to Colorado Springs in 1986. I ran a very large psychotherapy practice (counseling) until 1997 when I was sidelined for 12 years by a very severe brain injury requiring a craniotomy. As a result of the changes in my brain I was forced to completely change my modus operandi. Eventually I returned to counseling and wrote a memoir of my seven and one-half years post TBI. I lived in Colorado Springs until 2015, when my husband and editor, sold our home and moved into our 5th wheel, to experience additional locations in the US.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts degree in Counseling
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Animal consciousness - Overcoming Adversity: The art of not giving up - Animal communication training - Women: The Rebirth of Soft Power
Local Authors Genres: 

Pilch, Fran

Birth City: 
West Point
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Professor of Political Science
Biography: 

Dr. Pilch was awarded her MA and PhD from Yale University in the field of International Relations. She joined the United States Air Force Academy faculty in 1998 and became Professor Emeritus in 2015. She participated in a Fulbright Hays to South Africa and a Fulbright to Mongolia in 2012 and in 2011 was named the Case Carnegie Colorado Professor of the Year. Her expertise is in human rights, international law, and genocide.

Awards/Honors: 
Fulbright Scholar
Case Carnegie Professor of the Year (Colorado), 2011
Professor Emeritus, United States Air Force Academy
Education/Training: 
MA & PhD, Yale University, International Relations - BA, University of Connecticut
Organizations: 
Zonta International World Affairs Council
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Cambodian Genocide - Genocide - Women in Conflict - International Relations - US Foreign Policy

Doolan-Fox, Ann

Doolan-Fox, Ann
Birth City: 
London
Birth State: 
England
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

It has been my immense pleasure to have lived in beautiful Colorado Springs since the summer of 1995 when my husband and I moved here after his retirement from the USAF at LA AFB. We both met in Holland after I had lived/survived in six different countries around Europe with a Dream of someday getting back to the United States to live. It was a Dream that I never gave up on since growing up as a little girl in Dublin, Ireland.

I was thrilled to have acquired my US Citizenship (finally!) in Denver in September of 1998...woo-hoo!! My Goal going forward is to motivate one and all into NEVER ever giving up on your own DREAMS as you, and only you can MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Looking forward to meeting readers of Celtic Road Home in the not
too distant future!!!

Education/Training: 
Spanish/English Teaching Aptitude Certificate, Official School of Languages, Madrid, Spain - St. Mary's Holy Faith Convent, Dublin, Ireland (High School Diploma)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Motivating one and all to pursue their own individual DREAM and to never take NO for an answer.....we only get one life so why not give it your best shot!!
Local Authors Genres: 

Sutherland, Irene

Sutherland, Irene
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1959
Birth City: 
Rochester
Birth State: 
NH
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Homemaker - Author - Seamstress - Hospital Volunteer
Biography: 

Irene Sutherland and her husband Scott live in Monument, Colorado. Irene is a native of New Hampshire, moved to Florida as a teen, married her high school sweetheart and has lived in Colorado ever since, minus two years when Scott was stationed at Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine. Irene and her husband have four grown, married children and fifteen grandchildren.

Martin J. Delohery was a resident of Monument for many years. His dying wish was to have a memoir written about his immigrant parents coming to America from Ireland, his growing up during the Great Depression and how that influenced his attitude and values in life, as well as having served in World War II. Martin was well known in our community, once owning Village Inn in Monument, Colorado so that he could build the one on Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock. He and his wife Dorothy were both instrumental in the building
and expanding of St. Peter School in Monument, Colorado.

Organizations: 
Springs Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Speaks about Martin's Memoirs, his stories, some of his family history, connections to Monument, Colorado history

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