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2024 Board Members

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Andrew Doty

Vice President

Jo Lena Johnson-Anderson


Michael DePung


Linda Austin

Membership Chair

Dixie Gillaspie 
Communications Director Ruth E. Thaler-Carter


Sean Gold

Special Events Coordinator Kerri Holloway
Ambassador Jo Lena Johnson-Anderson


Kevin Ericson

Meet your Board Members

 Andrew Doty


Andrew Doty began publishing poetry at the age of 16, then earned a degree in creative writing before pursuing a career as an editor. Through his publishing consultancy, Editwright, he provides comprehensive publishing services (book coaching, editing, design, illustration, proofreading, website design, award submissions, fundraising, and more) to independent authors, small publishers, and nonprofits. His portfolio includes both bestselling books and celebrity authors. In addition to incessant reading and editing, Andrew continues to write and publish poetry as well as create and record music. 


Jo Lena Johnson-Anderson

Jo Lena Johnson-Anderson, the AG Resilience Coach, is a certified mediator, international trainer, acclaimed author, founder of Absolute Good Training and Life Skills Management, and publisher of Mission Possible Press. She has taught 100,000 people worldwide with her no-nonsense and dynamic approach, with messages of how to effectively communicate, manage conflict, and maintain resilience, even after something bad happens.
Mike DePung

Mike DePung writes fiction, poetry, and essays when he is not working as an educational consultant. He involves himself as a philanthropist in various organizations: Pencils of Promise (education), Kids Helping Kids, Stray Rescue and ASPCA. As a family man, he seeks the welfare of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Linda Austin

Linda Austin became an advocate for life writing and memoir after writing and publishing her mother’s memoir, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, of growing up in Japan around WWII. She has since written and published Poems That Come to Mind, about caregiving, and a Korean War veteran’s memoir, Battlefield Doc. She encourages life writing via her website http://moonbridgebooks.com and advises on indie-publishing and social media marketing.


Dixie Gillaspie

Dixie Gillaspie’s work as a writer, coach, and consultant has spanned nearly 30 years of activating human power and creativity. She is the author of Just Blow It Up - Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life and co-author with Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and others, of The Thought That Changed My Life Forever. Her latest book, The Truth About Winter, is an allegorical work of fiction that takes the reader through a story of her own return to power, a journey that moves from survival and denial, through her history of childhood physical and sexual abuse, to arrive on the other side of trauma to create a life she loves.

She is a past member of the Forbes Coaches Council and has also been an Executive Editor for The Good Men Project and a weekly columnist for Entrepreneur.com, Her articles have also been featured in numerous publications including HuffPost, Fox News, Thrive Global, and MariaShriver.com. She is the TEDx presenter of “Feminine Traits and the Business Economy” and in 2017 she was honored as a “Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Innovation” by the Women Economic Forum.



Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter writes, edits, proofreads and desktop-publishes articles, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, books and more for businesses, nonprofit organizations, associations and self-publishing authors. She has proven her slogan of “I can write about [and edit] anything!”® over more than 35 years of work in the arts, association publishing, diversity, education, health, eldercare, business, communications, freelancing, networking, public relations, the law, commercial real estate, memoir, gardening and more, for international, national, regional and local publications, organizations, businesses, websites and authors. Her newsletter clients

include the Decorative Arts Society, MetroWire Media, Brighton Schools Alumni Association, Editorial Freelancers Association and more.


Sean Gold

Sean Gold is a young, black, gay man with a disability, his desire is to enlighten, inform and support others in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, and beyond. He is an advocate for people with disabilities, an author, a public speaker, and has one Microsoft certification for web design. In 2020, Sean was elected as president of the disability-owned nonprofit organization, Coalition in Truth and Independence. In 2021, he published his debut book, “Pure Love, Or Is It?” In 2022, Gold became a board member of FestAbility. He considers his faith, family, and friends the most important things in his life. His physical disability is Cerebral Palsy, and he has had a Tracheostomy Breathing Tube since he was only one and a half years old. Even though he’s nonverbal, it doesn’t get in the way of his love of creative writing, and storytelling. 


 Kerri Holloway

Kerri M. Holloway is a freelance editor and copywriter with over 20 years’ experience working with authors, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and Christian ministries. As the principal of Successful Improvements, she is committed to helping people share their story. From walking an author through the editing process to creating a brochure or special event script, she specializes in transforming ideas into a polished, effective message.

Kerri provides full-service editing for manuscripts in the following genres:  Adult (nonfiction)—autobiography/memoir, Christian ministry, youth programs, women, family, personal journal; and Youth (fiction and nonfiction)—children’s picture books, early readers.


Kevin Ericson


One hundred years ago Kevin Ericson’s Swedish Grandfather crossed the Atlantic aboard the Lusitania. He wrote about coming to America in a series of newspaper columns titled Till Amerika that were published in a Swedish newspaper. Kevin recently inherited copies of the articles and is working on translating them and compiling them into a book.   

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