Melissa Burch is a bestselling author, teacher and speaker who inspires men and women to develop their own spiritual practice rooted in the teachings of the heroine’s journey. Prior to doing this work, Burch was a filmmaker, producer and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and a story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. She was in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahedeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000 foot mountains in the Hindu Kush.
Lisa Chyvonne Chavers was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 4, 1959. Her father, Walter, was an attorney. Mr. Walter Chavers Sr. passed away on October 31, 2003. Her mother, Madelon, is a retired registered nurse.
During her youth, Lisa attended St. John Lutheran School-Nottingham (grades 1-8). She earned a diploma from Lutheran East High School (both located in Cleveland, Ohio). Upon graduation, she enrolled at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). There, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Community Services (1981). At the same institution, she matriculated and earned a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel (1983).Sixteen years later, she began to pursue and later obtained her third credential from BGSU, a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership Studies (2003). Her dissertation was entitled, “An Investigation of Mentoring Sources Utilized by Pre-Service Teachers.” This doctorate degree has been and will continue to serve as a key to accessing new leadership opportunities within higher education, her community of faith, and other venues.
A little about Ericka Thornton, aka Ms E: I was born and primarily raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to helping people to get their houses and offices organized (Ms. E’s Home Re-Organization) and baking cinnamon raisin bread,(Ms. E’s Glory Loaves), I obtained certification through the AACC – American Association for Christian Counselors. I also completed their certification as a Relationship, Premarital and Marriage Coach in 2013. I’m also certified as a facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program as of October 2013.
Cheranissa Roach is President and Chief Executive Officer of CDR Consulting, LLC. She is an International Author, Speaker and Coach. She conducts seminars and workshops for corporations and individuals. The seminars and workshops include Diversity and Multiculturalism, Women’s Issues and Women’s Journey to Wellness, Mind, Body and Spirit. Ms. Roach is a certified Diversity Trainer and a Certified Wellness Trainer with the Professional Woman Network. She is also a Certified Christian Life Coach through New Life Coach Inc.
Priyanka Gupta completed her schooling from Dubai (UAE) and recently finished her graduation with Honors in Economics from Miranda House- University of Delhi. At a young age of 21 years she has authored two books on Women Entrepreneurs – ‘Unraveling the MYTH’ and ‘Women Who Ventured’ during her internship with Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore). Her internship experience was published on the blog of Internshala – one of the biggest web ventures that provide internship resources and career services to students. She is an active member of the ‘Women International Networking (WIN)’ and participated in the ‘Harvard US- India Conference’ held in Mumbai.
Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer. He is also the official music ambassador for his home town of Macon Georgia. Joey’s guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and jazzer Wes Montgomery, while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman. As an infant, Joey lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor and was introduced to music from an early age. His mother enjoyed opera, while his dad enjoyed country music. When he was 13, Stuckey developed pneumonia and eventually had to be home schooled for an entire year. website Joey Stuckey
Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, has her own blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” and is creator/presenter of the Web TV channel “Mitzi TV”, which covers the “quirky” side of London. Her books include Love, Lust and Zombies; Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance; The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray; Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire; Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles), Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance; In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series; Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto; and The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005. She also has a number of books and short fiction available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iTunes. She has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and mainland Europe, teaching them from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Greek islands. She’s also lectured in creative writing at several British universities. She’s been featured in publications such as the Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Times, Observer, Toronto Star, Guardian, The London Paper, Company Magazine, Dare Magazine, Family Circle, and Writing Magazine, and on BBC Radio, Bravo UK Television, Telecinco TV 5 (Spain), Newstalk Ireland, Talk Radio Europe, and FM4 ORF (Austria). Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.