Deb has also authored several interactive children’s mentoring plays on character education, social awareness, and bullying prevention. She is part of the team that authored the Maine State Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention Manual and successfully lobbied for the legislation of the same name.
Deb is the co-founder, President/CEO and former Executive Director of Crossroads, a non-profit performing art based after school youth program that raises scholarships for college and high school students.
A mother of four and grandmother of three, Deb spent 21 years in healthcare administration and over 12 years as an after school director. Although she is a certified parenting coach, she contributes her parenting experience to over 40 years of being a parent.
She passionately shares her expertise through lectures, workshops, books, author visits, blogging, and her parent coaching practice. With recognition and several awards for her work, Deb has been interviewed and featured on NBC, CBS, national radio, and several publications including USA Weekend Magazine, Raising Maine Magazine, The Phoenix, Seventeen Magazine, Women’s Day, and Child Magazine.
Morgan Amarone is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in Accounting and is currently a graduate student pursuing a MBA in Healthcare Management. While at Quinnipiac, Morgan performed with the Quinnipiac's Dance Company and served as an Officer on the dance company's Executive Board.
As Miss Southington 2011, Morgan is dedicated to her platform, "The Power of Pink: Cancer Education and Awareness". Morgan has traveled the State of Connecticut participating in events with American Cancer Society, including lobbying at the capitol and speaking to middle school and high school students to educate them about cancer awareness and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Madison's Journey was developed to be used as a tool to help youth understand the importance of giving support to cancer patients and to understand the disease with a focus on how they can help.
In June 2011, Morgan was crowned Miss Connecticut America and will continue her platform as she journeys to compete for the title of Miss America in January 2012 in Las Vegas.
Ann Van De Water
Ann was born in a station wagon in the Dominican Republic to missionary parents and has been going 90 MPH ever since! She lived in Costa Rica, has done missions work herself in Honduras and Zambia, Africa and has traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
After graduating from William Smith College in Geneva, New York, she married her college sweetheart, soul mate and best friend, Wesley and together, they have raised their three sons: Scott, Mark and Ben.
When their sons were in elementary and middle school, Ann choreographed their musicals and accompanied their concerts. She also sang with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and choreographed for and sang in Sweet Adelines. Teaching Spanish and private piano lessons kept her busy as well as playing and singing for residents in over twenty nursing homes and assisted living centers in her hometown area. In their home church, Ann and Wes have been very active in the music/ worship arts, couples/ marriage, children's Sunday school/VBS and parenting ministries.
Ann enjoys singing, playing the piano, painting and writing…but mostly, she loves being a wife and mother! She considers it a blessing to have been a stay-at-home mom and is now an empty-nester, planning and anticipating a new and exciting season in life. She and her husband have already begun writing their bucket list. Ann and Wes have made their home outside of Buffalo in Western New York for the last thirty years.
Connor M. Moore M.D.
A Board certified pediatrician since 1970, Dr. Moore was born in Detroit. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960 with a BA and then attended Cornell University Medical College, earning a Doctorate in Medicine in 1963.
Following an internship at Boston City Hospital from 1963-64, Dr. Moore enlisted in the USAF as a General Medical Officer assigned to Pediatrics. After two years of service, he completed his residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
As a physician in private practice in Biddeford, Maine, Dr. Moore moved his wife Wendy and their family to neighboring Saco in 1968, where they became an active part of the community, which began his forty-plus years as a pediatrician.
During his career, Dr. Moore served as a staff pediatrician at Sweetser Children's Home, Past President of the Medical Staff at Southern Maine Medical Center, School and Sports Physician at Thornton Academy in Saco and School Physician in Biddeford Maine.
Dr. Moore has been the recipient of many awards including: Caregiver of the Year Award from Southern Maine Medical Center in 2004, The Carl Pendleton Award from Sweetser Children's Home in 2005, and an Achievement Award and 35 Year Recognition Award from The American Academy of Pediatrics.
He continues to work part time and volunteers regularly at local blood drives, flu clinics, and at Maine Medical Center Residency Program.
In his free time, Dr. Moore loves to garden, hike and spend time with his wife of 46 years, their three sons and their families.
Meghan Miller is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Senior Marketing where she was actively involved in her sorority, Alpha Phi. She dedicates her time and efforts to mentoring children through Expect Respect, a program that teaches positive relationships with friends, teachers and parents.
Meghan was the first Miss America's Outstanding Teen in 2006 and competed in the second season of America's Got Talent, with her ventriloquist act performing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious with her two puppets, Abner and Shannon, And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going with her puppet, Kat. She has performed with her multiple puppet characters at the House of Blues in Hollywood, The Planet Hollywood Casino, Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, Vent Haven Ventriloquist Convention and numerous other venues. Meghan has guest starred on many television appearances, including The Today Show, USA Network Characters Welcome, CMT Insider, Inside Edition, and WB Kid Caster. For more information on Meghan, or to book her and Kayla for an appearance, contact us at Bryson Taylor Publishing
Marilou Fennell LaChance has been a teaching artist for twenty years specializing in themed workshops based on her travels. Her teachings promotes the therapeutic benefits of painting and creativity.
Marilou's artwork is included in private collections and she has had the honor of painting in Claude Monet's Garden in France.
Darrin Landry has worked in a variety of specialties as a military trained certified surgical technician. In 1989, he became an ophthalmic photographer and technician specializing primarily in retina.
He is the president of Bryson Taylor Inc., an ophthalmic consulting company, founded by he and his wife in 1999. As a speaker, consultant and trainer, Mr. Landry has presented at workshops internationally and is a frequent lecturer for JCAHPO, OPS, ASORN and the AAO and is a consultant for imaging companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical practices.
He is a Certified Retinal Angiographer and an Optical Coherence Tomographer - Certified, has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Board of Certification, and a past member of the OPS Board of Education.
With numerous awards for his photography and professional speaking engagements, Darrin has been published in various medical journals and textbooks including The Journal of Ophthalmic Photography, Insight and Viewpoints.
He is the author of Retinal Imaging Simplified which was released in September of 2009. His new book The OCT Companion is due to be released late 2010.
In his free time, Darrin loves to travel, hike and spend time with his family. He has made several medical mission trips to Guatemala where he enjoys photographing the native culture.
He currently resides on the coast of Maine with his wife and children.
Featured in dozens of articles from TV Guide to The New York Times, Kim Parrish is a familiar face to millions who welcomed her into their homes throughout her eight years as a popular television host on QVC. During more than 6,000 hours of live TV appearances, she developed a rapport with viewers as well as celebrity guests and fashion trendsetter's, and is recognized for her sense of style and sales savvy.
In 2005, she took aim at America’s closets with the launch of the Kim Parrish Collection on HSN, her signature line of classic wardrobe basics noted for their innovative, updated twists. The collection is now featured on televised shopping channels in Canada and in Europe.
Touted as a “shopping goddess” by the media, Kim was Miss West Virginia 1992 and competed in the Miss America Pageant. In 2007, she became president of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization, the “little sister” to the Miss America Pageant, and is working to develop it into the leading provider of scholarships for teenage girls in the nation. To date, the program has made available nearly $3 million dollars in college scholarships.
Kim is married to Craig Hartman and has a three-year old son, Chase. She’s a dynamic public speaker, seasoned fashion writer and commentator and a passionate spokesperson.
Kim’s new children’s book, The Snapdragon Princess with Deb Landry launches yet another genre of her talents. For more information, visit www.KimParrish.net or www.KimParrishCollection.com.
Robin D’Antona, Ed.D
Bryson Taylor Publishing offers sessions with Dr. Robin D’Antona in bullying prevention programs that meet the needs of your school and community Experience and expertise
As a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer, a founding member, and current President of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Author Robin D’Antona, Ed.D., organizes the association’s national conferences, conducts training and workshops for school administrators, teachers, parents, athletic coaches and early childhood educators, as well as works with school districts across the country to initiate bullying prevention in their schools. She is the author of 101 Things About Bullying Everyone Should Know About Bullying, and The Comfort Zone: Providing a Bully-Free Environment for School-Age Child Care both available at Bryson-Taylor Publishing. Dr. D’Antona firmly believes that all children should feel safe and be free from bullying and has dedicated her career to that end. She offers a variety options that addresses all the many variations of bullying including, cyberbullying and relational bullying. These include:
The Comfort Zone Seminars
These seminars give teachers, early childhood education providers, school counselors, coaches, school-age childcare practitioners and parents the tools they need to create a safe school and sports environment. The Comfort Zone seminars provide:
Resources to share with and empower parents, coaches, and school staff
Intervention messages that tell students their bullying behavior is unacceptable
Methods of “fostering courage” and using “good bystanders” to help identify bullying
Strategies and curriculum-related activities to help children deal with and=2 0stop bullying
Bullying Awareness Workshops
Bullying awareness workshops begin the process of bullying prevention by inspiring parents and the community to start a program in the classroom or pre-school, on the sports field, or anywhere bullying is a concern.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)*
OBPP is a three-day, system-wide approach that teaches school administrators and staff ways to reduce bullying in elementary, middle and high schools, and improve peer relationships. OBPP components work at four levels:
Parents, Teachers and Community: involving parents and the larger community in supporting the bullying prevention initiative
School-wide: including a survey to assess the prevalence of bullying; a school-wide Bullying Prevention Committee to direct the program; and a comprehensive system to supervise students
Classroom/Child care programs: including establishing classroom rules; holding classroom meetings to discuss bullying issues and encourage pro-social behaviors; and meeting with parents to encourage their involvement
Individual: including interventions with the students involved in bullying behavior, the victims and the bystanders
*OBPP is a research-based bullying prevention program with 30 years of quantitative data documenting its effectiveness. It is approved as a model program by national and federal groups and agencies, including: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Project (University of Colorado); The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Consulting and Custom Made Programs
Dr. D’Antona works with the school superintendent, principals and/or teachers to determine the most appropriate program elements for building a safe, bullying-free environment.
Book signings, Keynotes and Author Visits
To get more information on booking this author for you school email us or call the office at 207-838-2146.
Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D. as seen on the TODAY Show; is the author of Preventing Bullying: Helping Kids Form Positive Relationships and Six Secrets for Parents to Help Their Kids Achieve in School.
Currently she is the Executive Director of Academic Review at Nova Southeastern University. She serves as a Board Member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, and as a columnist for The Miami Herald (Broward).
Meline presents regularly on best practices in bullying prevention, cyber bullying, as well as numerous topics facing educators, parents and students in today's schools. Her experience includes teaching and administrative positions in both public and private schools from preschool through the university level.
Her research focuses on best practices in bullying prevention, school safety and academic achievement. She has been featured on NBC, WSVN, Mom Talk Radio, WLRN Public Television, BlueSuitMom.com, and the National PTA.
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An illustrator of five children’s books, Melissa Pelletier is a graphic designer and artist. Her award winning work captures everything from a dragonfly’s delicate wings to surreal landscapes that flow with color and energy. Previous titles include For Pete’s Sake, Lenny and Herbie’s Maine Adventure Activity Book and Lenny and Herbie’s Gulf of Maine Activity Book. Melissa’s forthcoming title, Katie’s Butterfly Dream, which she also wrote, is due out in 2009.
Christina St. Cyr
Christina St. Cyr was born and raised in New England. Inspired by the sights, sounds and colors of Coastal Maine where she lives with her husband and two daughters, Christina lends her artistic abilities to a variety of projects including graphic design, painting and culinary arts. Additionally, she is the Creative Services Manager for a network of websites and the founder/president of Pure Graphics Designs and Illustrations. Christina enjoys time with her family, balancing work with a passion for fitness and time with friends. If you are ever on the coast of Maine, you may catch her kayaking or digging for clams along the beaches that inspire so much of her work.
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A native New Englander, John Goff was born in Boston and grew up in the small town of Hanover, Massachusetts.
He was the Director of Community Relations and Personnel for the Portland Pirates Hockey Club in Portland Maine when the Pirates were the top developmental team for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. In 1998, he joined the staff of C.K. Burns School in Saco as a third grade teacher.
His article, The Leadership Incentive: A Teacher’s Perspective was published in the August, 2003 edition of the Talent Economy Magazine. One Bad Thing is Goff’s first book which tells the story of a bystander’s perspective of three middle school students struggle to fit in at school.
Goff is truly the epitome of a devoted teacher, mentor and role model to his students. Building strong community minded relationships in the classroom, he facilitates lessons that are meaningful and exciting for his third graders. His continuous desire for diversified learning and social development is embedded in Goff’s teaching technique and ultimately transcends to all his students.
As the founder of the first elementary school civil rights team, his strong background in diversity, sports and education has molded his student’s ability to understand the importance of best practices far beyond the four walls of the classroom.
With a “hands on” approach and a focus on goal-oriented success, Goff has empowered his students to blend respect, teamwork and compassion into their academic values.
His abiding passion and commitment to educational excellence for all students is what sets Goff “at the head of the class”. This up and coming author is a leader in developing a safe environment where children can learn while feeling safe and free from harm.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education, Goff earned his Masters Degree in Education from Tufts University in Boston, and holds a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Southern Maine.
Living on the coast of Maine, Goff enjoys reading, writing short stories, sports, fitness and spending time with his family.
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Donna Berger works as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and
marketing consultant out of her studio located at Western Avenue
Studios, Lowell, MA.
Skilled using traditional creative tools and Adobe CS3 software, Donna
Berger's stylized realistic illustrations, line drawings, icons and
other business graphics are published in books, magazines, corporate
ads and other collateral materials. She believes, "The computer is
just another tool that can be used in the creative process in place of
or combined with paint, pencils, or other traditional methods."
Demonstrating creative talents at a young age, Donna studied art at
the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
This interest continued through her college studies, starting as an
art major at Bowling Green State University and finishing with a
Bachelor's of Art degree at Cameron University.
Before venturing out on her own as a freelancer, she held various
marketing management positions for graphic arts leaders that include
Scitex, Dalim, Inso, Agfa Monotype and Creo.
During her free time, Donna enjoys watercolor and acrylic painting and
other forms of creativity.
To find out about Donna's availability for school visits, check out
her Web site: