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Deb Landry

Deb Landry is the author of the bestselling, award winner children's book,Sticks Stones and Stumped and authored Yankee Go Home, The Snapdragon Princess with Kim Parrish, and The Comfort Zone with Meline Kevorkian Ed.D.,and Robin D'Antona, Ed.D.

As a parenting coach specializing in social awareness behaviors and character education, she has authored several interactive children's mentoring plays and articles on character education, social awareness, and bullying prevention including The Crown CARES, a peer based anti-bullying program for schools and colleges, utilized internationally for the Miss High School and Collegiate Organization. She was part of the team that authored the Maine State Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention Manual and lobbied for the legislation in the State of Maine.

Deb is the co-founder, President/Chairman of the Board and former Executive Director of Crossroads Youth Center, a 501 c3 nonprofit art based scholarship program which publishes Breathe Magazine and the President/CEO of Bryson Taylor Inc. a consulting firm and publishing company. She is the Co-Director of the International High School and Collegiate Pageant that promotes scholarship opportunities for young women throughout the US and Worldwide.

With recognition and several awards for her work including Collegiate Director of the Year 2012, Deb has been interviewed and featured on NBC, CBS, national radio, and several publications including The Phoenix, USA Weekend Magazine, Raising Maine Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Women's Day Magazine, and Child Magazine. Some of her articles can be found at http://www.breathemaine.org/articles.html Her books are available at Bryson Taylor Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or at any store where books are sold.

To get more information, book an appearance or to contact Deb, contact her at deb@brysontaylor.com.

Corianne Strupp

Corianne Strupp is an honor student and senior at Slinger High School. She has been accepted and will attend Carroll University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the fall of 2013. She is an entrepreneur, establishing her own business with her siblings seven years ago, “Three Kids & a Hat”, designing and making adorable, trendy, polar fleece hats. Each year, her business donates some of these hats to local charities.

Active in school and her community, Corianne has participated in music, tennis, forensics, Spanish club, track, softball and as a yearbook editor. Dedicated to organizing and performing at recitals for several local nursing homes on a regular basis over the past five years, she also volunteers for a variety of local charitable events, including Dance Marathon for Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by Carroll University, The American Cancer Society’s, Relay for Life, and The U.S. Marine Corps., Toys for Tots collection. 

Corianne actively dedicates time to her local volunteer fire department, since she served as the Allenton Fire Queen and Dodge County Fire Queen in 2011. Corianne has taught Sunday school classes since her confirmation in eighth grade and has spent several summers as a teacher’s aide for theater and musical classes in the Slinger School District. In her spare time, she enjoys a part time job as a cashier, serving frozen custard.  

As a future Physical Therapist, Corianne promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, including taking walks and participating in Pilates or yoga. Her mom, a former titleholder, has been an inspiration to guiding her into the field of physical therapy and also encouraged her to compete in local pageants. Corianne believes that pageantry is the key to opportunity from which she has developed leadership skills and inner strength.

Crowned Miss WI Collegiate America 2013, Corianne is currently very active promoting the national platform, The Crown C.A.R.E.S. (creating a respectful environment in schools). She has organized a National Bullying Month in her school district, making personal appearances in several parades, and as a guest speaker at libraries and schools. She has created her own Blue Shirt Day, designing and selling her t-shirts to promote the awareness of bullying prevention.  

Corianne lives in Wisconsin with her parents and her younger siblings, Jessica and Ryan. She feels blessed with a very loving, supportive family, and parents who have always encouraged her to dream big and achieve her goals.

Corianne can be reached on her website at: http://coriannestrupp.weebly.com


Jos. A. Vitterito II MD

Jos. A. Vitterito II MD is a practicing Neonatologist whose interests include Family Centered Care, Neonatal Pain Management, and Resuscitation of Extremely Premature Infants. He received his MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 2000, trained in General Pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine. He practiced as a Primary Care Pediatrician in Rhode Island for two years before returning to Dartmouth to complete a fellowship in Perinatal/Neonatal Medicine. Currently he practices as part of Maine Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care team.

Morgan Amarone

Morgan Amarone

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.

Heidi Higbee

Heidi Higbee is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  Heidi loves teaching her third grade students, which motivated her to write, It Could Happen…on the Bus.  She wrote this book because she saw a need for more children’s literature about bullying for parents, teachers and students.  Heidi has always wanted to write a children’s book.  Special inspiration came from her Nana who always supported and encouraged her desire to pursuing a teaching career and to follow in her footsteps as an educator.  We know that Nana is smiling from up above as Heidi has reached this goal. 
Currently her school district is using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  Heidi conducts an Olweus class meeting once a week to discuss bullying prevention. She also enjoys the challenge of pursuing her education at the graduate level.
Heidi married her best friend, Jon and together they continue to raise their two children: Jocelynn and Chase.  In her free time, Heidi enjoys traveling, scrap booking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.  Heidi is blessed to have encouraging, faith driven and loving parents who have always supported and helped her reach her goals.                   

Dr Moore 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.

Ed Folsom

Ed FolsomEdmund R. Folsom is a 1979 graduate of The University of Maine, Orono, and a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.   Ed was an assistant district attorney and later the deputy district attorney for Cumberland County, Maine, before establishing a solo practice, in Portland, Maine, in 1995. 

From 1999 to 2012, Ed practiced criminal defense law at The Boulos Law Firm, in Saco, where he represented many hundreds of people charged with OUI in Maine’s district and superior courts and before hearings examiners of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.   From 1996 to 2002, he was a member of the board of directors of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

He is husband to his genius wife of 32 years, Lauren, and the father of two genius daughters, Shannon and Alison, and currently practices criminal defense/OUI defense, in Biddeford, Maine.

Darrin Landry

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.

Kim Parrish

Kim ParrishFeatured 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'AntonaRobin 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 KevorkianMeline Kevorkian

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.

To get more information on booking this author for you school email us.

Melissa PelletierMelissa Pelletier

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.


Christina St. CyrChristina 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.

To get more information on booking this illustrator for you school email us.

John Goff

Biddeford Saco OOB Courier January 22, 2009

John GoffA 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.

To get more information on booking this author for you school email us.

Donna Berger

Donna BergerDonna 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:

David Arenstam

David Arenstam was born in the foothills of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, raised by the sea in Plymouth but spent most of his adult life raising a family along the shores of the Saco river in Maine.

Always creative at heart, Arenstam owned and operated a small data processing and software firm for nearly 20 years, but it was only after selling the business that he found his real passion and voice in teaching and writing. 

Never one to sit still or stop learning, Arenstam has studied mathematics, literature, education, writing, and many forms of technology. Teaching and writing now fill his days, and he often tells his students, "the world just might be the greatest classroom you'll ever enter - take a minute and look around. You'll be surprised at what you see and the lessons you'll learn."

He is a proud and dedicated faculty member at Thornton Academy, an independent high school in Saco, Maine, and as a freelance writer, he contributes regularly to local newspapers, magazines, and online media companies covering current events, Maine lifestyles and writing human interest articles. As a lifelong student, his thirst for education continues, recently receiving a master's degree in journalism from Harvard University.