Caryl Ann has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and is a Certified Family Life Educator and Mediator. As a former adjunct professor at UVU, she taught Marriage Relations and assisted several professors in the behavior science department. She is a single mother of three girls, two grand kids and a former foster parent of over 25 children. Her favorite hobbies include studying research, gardening, hiking, and sewing. If you want more info on her monthly book club, Paperback Connections you can like her FB page.


Jonathan CanvenderAttorney Jonathan Cavender graduated in International Relations from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, where he was a Pedrick Scholar. After receiving his law degree, Jonathan was admitted to the bar of the State of Utah in 2003. Since that time, Jonathan has handled literally thousands of cases in the fields of litigation and transactional work. Jonathan was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.)

Jennifer Christy is a mother of three boys and by default, leads an active lifestyle that includes following her wanderlust heart into adventures big and small.  Jennifer grew up in the South Pacific. She studied English and Art at BYU-Hawai’i before transferring to UVU where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Technology Management and two Associates Degrees in Art and Drafting Technology. Jennifer is the Editor in Chief of Solo Magazine

IMG_0684_2Brenda N. Hatfield LMT is a licensed massage therapist in the State of Utah, Nationally Board Certified, and a member of the ABMP Massage Association. Brenda is certified in many modalities: Swedish Massage, Chair Massage, Prenatal Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Shiatsu (Acupressure), Cranial Sacral Therapy, Essential Oil Therapy, She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Silva Method Graduate and trained in many forms of energy therapies: Attunement Chakra Balancing, Crystal Therapy, Energy Flow Balancing, Guided Imagery and Spiritual Healing. She is also experienced in Life Mentoring skills and offers unique tools that assist her clients to move forward in their lives and release limiting beliefs and stuck emotions.

1465367_10201446539224285_1158731376_nRuth Ann Bushman has been flying solo for 5 years, has 2 amazing passengers, and a special dog that keeps the family on course.  With a BA in Business Management from MVC and over 20 years working with payroll, taxes, and HR. Ruth loves to help people find ways to finance real life.

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Sarah Marshall is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor, and currently pursuing her BS in Exercise Science from Utah Valley University.  She is the Head Trainer with Vasa Fitness, Conditioning Coach, Competition Coach, a former Figure/Bikini competitior & model, and former media/spokeswoman personality for Gold’s Gym Utah.  She is also a single mother of 4 children.

Steffan King

Steffan King has spent the last seven years heavily involved in pageantry and Etiquette. She has directed one of the largest local pageants in the state of Utah and is serving as Ms. Utah Premiere where she promotes literacy in the home. She is currently an English student at Utah Valley University and is part of the Women Helping Women LEAD program. She works as a technical writer/researcher and writes for the college news paper. Steffan is an avid rock climber and archer. She travels the world studying art and literature.  She is a divorcee and mother to two darling children.

gregblknwGregory Miskin is a software engineer and co-inventor on a software patent. He enjoys photography and videography, especially outdoors. He studied screenwriting under the great Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause) and actively tries to forget having written some truly dreadful scripts.

steve-peha-headshot-colorSteve Peha is the founder of Teaching That Make Sense, an education consultancy provided professional development training to schools and districts in literacy and leadership. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The National Journal, and on popular websites like Edutopia and Getting Smart. He has worked in hundreds of schools and taught classes in all subjects and at all grade levels to thousands of kids. In 2001, he won an Innovator in Education Award from The Newspaper Association of America for his Effective Learning Series column in The Seattle Times newspaper. His 2006 book, Be a Better Writer, won the Gold Medal for Young Adult Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher’s Association. A dramatically enhanced second edition of Be a Better Writer is available.

2resized-work-pics-no-red-eyes-016Through her Icy Hope series Dr. Donna M. Weighill has awakened a passion for extraordinary stories about real, unsung heroes, along with universal points of interest to captivate readers. Her self-help books are equally moving. Dr. Weighill’s academic background includes a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling (DPC) from Rio Verde University, a Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Psychology, all of which she accomplished as a single mother with young children after the suicide death of her husband.