Dr. Albin treats patients of all ages and trained in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at UTSW in the fall of 2014 where she practices primary care in the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic at UTSW. Dr. Albin serves as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (Med/Peds) Residency Program and loves teaching about health promotion across the lifespan. She is passionate about nutrition, lifestyle, and other environmental influences on health, and she teaches her patients and students to prioritize these areas. In 2017, Dr. Albin launched UTSW’s Culinary Medicine program and serves as the director, working to teach nutrition through hands-on cooking classes to medical students, residents, healthcare professionals, and the community. Dr. Albin loves blending her passion for nutrition and wellness with growing a garden, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.
Cindy Arledge helps families thrive generationally. She is a four-time #1 Best-Selling author, second-generation entrepreneur, and leader of the Legacy Planning Movement. Her books are available at Amazon.com. Find out how Legacy Planning can help your family at LegacyFamilyRevolution.com
Leslie Barker is a native of Dallas and has been writing ever since she can remember. Most of her career was as a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News, covering primarily health and fitness. She also has two blogs: thegratefulrunner.com and glassoflemonade.blogspot.com.
Nickquolette Barrett is a Career Development Strategist, author, and speaker with expertise in résumé writing, interview prep, LinkedIn branding, and career development& strategy. She has worked in corporate America for a since 1991 with 19 years in leadership which is where she discovered her talent for helping others land their dream job and achieve career success. She took that talent and launched iRock Development Solutions, LLC dba iRock Résumés (irockresumes.com). She holds the CCTC, CPRW, CEIP, and NCOPE career industry certifications and has authored two books — You’re Hired — 10 Tips to Rock Out Your Résumé and Land an Interview and You’re Hired — 10 Tips to Rock Our Your Interview and Land Your Dream Job. Nickquolette is married has an adult son, college age daughter, and a Shih-poo named BamBam.
Judith Stuartcoale Bonner
After many years as a literacy consultant and public-school educator, Judith Stuartcoale Bonner began her second act as a Tai Chi/Qigong instructor inspired by the richness of its ancient wisdom that stimulates health and serenity.
Carolyn Bower is an Ohio-based Freelance Writer who finds inspiration in a variety of areas. Her music articles can be seen in fyi50+, BOOMER Magazine, and GO Magazine (New York City), and her sports articles have appeared in The Sports Column. Her many interests include animal welfare issues and education concerns. Read her articles online at clippings.me/carolynbower Her interests includes literature and theatre, reading mysteries, and listening to her extensive music collection from the 1940s through the present.
Yeun Byun is the creator of Soaps of 7 Flowers, a Santa Cruz-based artisanal soap company dedicated to enhancing the way we clean and care for our bodies using only the essentials you find in nature. Each of her products reflects her intention for simplicity, a love for art and design, and a deep-rooted fascination with the therapeutic properties of herbs and flowers. When she is not in the soap-making studio, Yeun is sharing her passion for therapy with nature, selling her soaps at Farmer’s Markets, and growing fields full of flowers. Check out her beautiful soaps at soapsof7.com.
Marlene Caraballo is a writer, speaker, a self-described positivity junkie and certified Reiki practitioner. A mom to three sons and one pooch, she resides in Orange County, NY, where she blogs about life after fifty and shares inspiring mindset tips for living our living best life at cheers2chapter2.com.
Jessica Case has worked in book publishing for more than a decade, where she has collaborated with a wide range of authors, from Swedish crime queens to paleontologists and medieval historians. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, two sons, and her two dogs, Sasha and Cromwell, who are very jealous of Albie’s adventures.
Nancy Churnin is the author of eight picture book biographies that have won the Sydney Taylor Notable, South Asia Book Award and Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and been honored on numerous states reading lists. A native New Yorker and former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, Nancy is a Harvard University alumna, with a master’s from Columbia University. She lives in North Texas with her husband, a dog named Dog and a cantankerous cat. Nancy’s books are available at our Grand Times Bookstore and independent bookstores. You can also follow her on Twitter @nchurnin.
Alexis Clare began creating fun twists on “traditional” bath stuff in 2010, when she had a little too much time on her hands. Why not make a bath melt that looks like a macaron, or top a bath bomb with cocoa butter “icing”? Her inspiration comes from sweet treats and fancy deserts, gems and rocks, and magical creatures. Visit whippedupwonderful.com for more delightful creations that are eco-friendly, natural, and low-waste.
Gail Clifford, MD, a physician for more than 25 years, has traveled to five continents and all 50 United States. An avid traveler she has enjoyed trips with her parents, her siblings, and her daughter. Travel writer, photographer, coach for other professionals interested in the next step career… she is an avid adventurer. abletravelphoto.com.
Bob Ecker is a Napa, California based freelance writer/photographer and wine judge producing destination travel, wine, culinary, business, sport, and feature content. His work has appeared in USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. His magazine articles are also in Business Traveler Magazine, Decanter, Fine Wine, Costco Connection, Business Jet Traveler, and more.
Heidi Frankel began her career in sales and marketing in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Dallas, she has worked in both television and radio as a creator, producer, writer, reporter, and co-host. Recently, Heidi served as managing editor, writer, business development, sales and marketing for The Senior Voice newspaper. Throughout the course of her career, she has interviewed such celebrities as former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, pop-culture icon Stan Lee, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and even former President George W. Bush when he was Texas Governor. Heidi lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. They have one son. She enjoys gardening, exercise, spending time with her sweet cats, Virgil and Aeschylus. Heidi is a passionate advocate for the 50+ community.
David Freitag, an industry veteran in financial services and wealth management, brings a deep passion and unparalleled expertise in Social Security filing strategies and retirement income planning to his current role as a financial planning consultant. David is a frequent speaker, presenter, guest lecturer and published author on such topics as retirement income distribution planning, Social Security, tax planning in retirement, and Roth conversions, amongst others. He has been featured in Market Watch, CNBC, USA Today Money, and The Street.Com. David is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant, and holds his Series 7 and 24 securities licenses. He also holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Maryland.
Alma O. Garcia
Alma O. Garcia: In 2012, my mom began her journey with dementia requiring 24/7 care in her home. It has taught my family to be like glue — to stick together during tough times. I have five siblings who help care for mom (physically and financially). And, while the voyage hasn’t been easy, we are honored to provide her with the love, comfort, peace, and dignity she deserves. I’m a life-time volunteer who believes in mentoring, and I’ve spent many years helping kids believe in themselves and achieve their highest potential. I’m a single mom of a 25-year old daughter (adopted when she was 10) and a 22-year old son.
Marcel Gemme has dedicated his life to helping others find help. He started his career in the field of substance abuse 20 years ago and has helped countless families find proper rehabilitation and treatment for their loved ones. He now focuses his attention on assisting individuals in finding long-term Senior Care and does this through his website ECDOL.org. Excellent Care, Decency, and Optimal Living are what he aims to bring to individuals looking for care options for themselves or their aging loved ones.
Barbara Glass has authored the ‘Write Around the Corner’ column for 10 years, featuring book reviews, interviews and slice-of-life pieces, besides writing blogs and content for individuals and businesses. She is a bona fide, card-carrying English major who reads and writes for the fun of it. A 30-year marketing veteran, Barbara has been involved with senior living and healthcare for many years. Most recently, she has supported several Dallas retirement communities with community connections and business development. Barbara is a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) through UNT and holds an Assisted Living Manager certification through the state of Texas. A graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Barbara has done post-graduate work at Oglethorpe University and the University of North Texas. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS) and the Community Council of Greater Dallas (CCGD). She is a member of the Care and Support Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas, and AWARE. Originally from the east coast, Barbara has lived in Texas since 1999. She has four children, twelve grandchildren.
Linda is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, And moved to Dallas in 1978. She has many years of sales experience. Her passion has always been cooking, especially her grandmother’s and mother’s Italian recipes. In 2018, she realized it was time to move on to her second act and decided to make her dream a reality. Linda started Cucina Noni. She holds in-home Italian cooking classes, teaching how to make homemade pasta and other favorite recipes. Classes are typically 4 to 16 people. Guests choose 3 recipes to prepare. All ingredients are included as well as recipes. Linda is married to Phillip Glauben and has 2 married children, a daughters and son, two granddaughters and a grandson on the way. For more information and to purchase her homemade tomato sauce and pizzelles contact: Noni@CucinaNoni.com
Dr. Goodwin is board certified in internal medicine and has practiced medicine since 2003. He earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Goodwin worked as a certified public accountant before returning to school for his medical doctorate at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed his post-graduate training at Baylor University Medical Center and remained on staff there as a hospitalist until 2012. Since that time, he has focused on caring for patients in senior living communities and is committed to helping his patients remain as active and independent as possible. He and his wife, fellow physician, Dr. Tara Goodwin, stay busy with their three children.
Max Gottlieb is the content manager for Senior Planning in Phoenix, Arizona. Senior Planning offers free services to seniors regarding care and community placement. Max has written about aging for Huffington Post, Forbes, and more.
Besides being the cartoonist for “Boomerish” for 50-and-up readers around the country, Steve Greenberg is an editorial cartoonist and artist in Southern California. He draws for weekly publications in Los Angeles and Ventura County following decades on staff at daily newspapers in SoCal, San Francisco and Seattle, winning awards for editorial cartooning nearly every year. Steve contributes to the Cartoon Movement out of The Netherlands and was the first American cartoonist invited to join. He is also an award-winning informational graphics artist and illustrator. “Boomerish” is inspired by his life and the lives of friends and people he’s observed.
Vanessa Guild is a Certified Mindfulness/Yoga Teacher and Life-Coach. She began Zen training in 2000 and worked extensively with Azim Khamisa who has been hailed by The Dalai Lama. Vanessa lived in a meditation center for three years and completed three 10-day silent meditation trainings. Her greatest teachers however, were losing all in Hurricane Katrina, extensive world travel and her mother’s death due to alcoholism. A communications expert, Vanessa teaches various workshops, sees individual clients and can be contacted for speaking engagements. Office Location: HealthCore Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 8117 Preston Rd., 75225. 214-500-9002
Dr. Kristina Hallett is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist, TEDx Speaker, and Associate Professor of Psychology with over 25 years of experience working with organizations and individuals. She offers a fresh look at our commonly held beliefs about well-being, serving as a catalyst for change by inviting shifts in mindset, perspective and everyday practices. She speaks internationally in several areas –resilience, radical self-care, harnessing the positive power of stress, and living your best life through self-compassion. Dr. Hallett is the author of two international best-sellers: “Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Ease” and “Be Awesome: Banish Burnout, Create Motivation from the Inside Out”, and hosts the popular podcast Be Awesome – Celebrating Mental Health and Wellness. She is active in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, the National Speakers Association, and the American Psychological Association and is frequently featured on national platforms such as NBC, U.S. News and World Report, MindBodyGreen, Reader’s Digest, and the American Psychological Association. Access her free guideto being stress smart and becoming your own best friend, or share your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Originally published: mindbodygreen.com.
Shirene Hayes is the CEO of The Waxing Window, a lover of travel, solo or with friends and family and a published author. She has 2 wonderful sons and lives in Arizona.
Janet Hennard is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT500) and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), who teaches classes in Dallas, Richardson and Garland. She also offers private yoga classes for special needs including those with osteoporosis, joint restrictions, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and MS. email@example.com or brightpathyoga.com.
Betsi Hill is a freelance writer based in Florida. Along with her photographer husband Jim, they often are found traveling onboard Saltwater Gypsea through the islands of the Caribbean. They maintain an active presence on social media (@betsihill). The duo also shares their travel adventures on Betsi’s World.
Jaimie Johnson “chef Jaimie” shares the art of cooking, baking, and entertaining with friends and families everywhere. She has 18 years in the food industry. Jaimie enjoys teaching baking and decorating techniques, and making healthy meals in a hurry and assembling time-saving meal prep in her workshops as well as creating the perfect party and bridal shower experiences with her Pampered Chef business. When she is not cooking, Jaimie has a fulltime marketing career with a well-known travel company and enjoys spending time with her family, including her new puppy, Ace. Check out her blog at: http://tiny.cc/Chefjaimiekids
Debra Goldie Jones
Debra Goldie Jones is a dealer at the North Dallas Antique Mall, a freelance writer and content writer. She has been a dining critic, a shopping critic and now she’s just plain critical about everything!
Gary G. Kindley
Dr. Gary G. Kindley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 28 years of experience working with individuals, couples, adolescents, families, corporations, organizations. A Texas native, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University (magna cum laude), as well as a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from Texas Christian University. He has done additional graduate counseling studies at the University of North Texas at Dallas, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist. Dr. Kindley is also a gifted speaker, educator, and author.
Dr. Becky Knight is a Lecturer and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She is also a professor in the OLLI Lifelong Learning Program for adults 50 and better.
Sharon Kurtz is a freelance travel writer who shares her passion for travel and food by exploring unique customs, cultures, and flavors both at home and around the globe. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and 3 dogs, but her carry-on is always packed and ready for the next adventure. Follow her travels on Instagram @Shar_Kurtz and facebook.com/sharonkkurtz
Kim Leeson has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. After studying photography and journalism at East Texas University, she began working for The Dallas Morning News. During an 11-year stint in her dream job as a news photographer, she enjoyed covering breaking news and features. Her work for the newspaper earned her awards from the Texas Headliners Foundation, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association,Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, and the Association for Women Journalists.
Since leaving the Dallas Morning News in 2004, Kim has been freelancing in the Dallas area, mainly for magazines, public relations firms, educational institutions and nonprofits. Many also know Kim as an accomplished nature photographer whose passion is finding the extraordinary details of the natural world in urban environments. Kim’s work can be seen at kimtakespictures.com.
James Lewis is a former reporter and television anchorman. He is now an actor living in McKinney with his wife Linda.
Tiffany Lord is a private yoga coach, founder of Love + Asana and resident instructor for the International Headache Center. Her passion is helping people reconnect to their bodies for more strength, flexibility and confidence with a personalized approach to movement & mindfulness. She truly believes whether you feel “out of shape” from persistent pain, past injuries or a stressful life change, you can feel better and live the life you want with yoga. Learn more about her custom virtual yoga programs at loveandasana.com.
Kathryn MacDonell currently serves as the Geriatric Program Manager at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Her previous role was in Neuroscience working with people with neurodegenerative diseases. A committed patient advocate, accomplished author, experienced public speaker, and community connector, Kathryn has served on the Alzheimer’s Association Speaker’s Bureau since 2014, as well as sitting on the Accelerating Research Committee. Both her grandmother and mother lived with dementia, which gives a personal and meaningful perspective to her work. She currently runs a monthly Memory Care group and offers education which focuses on well-being.
Gloria Martinez started WomenLed.org to celebrate the advancements women have made and inspire women to become entrepreneurs and seek promotions in the workplace.
Fred Mays is a former TV news guy. He now lives in Allen, Texas and works as a freelance writer/photographer. He specializes in travel and environmental subjects. Follow his blog at www.northtexasactivelife.com.
Mike McGee is a Dallas-based reporter. He is the recipient of a Press Club of Dallas Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalism as well as a three-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Salute To Excellence Award. His work has appeared in The New York Post, the Neighborsgo section of The Dallas Morning News, and The Dallas Examiner.
Lauren Midgley, a business coach for more than 25 years, has recently founded a new greeting card business, Yes You Matter. As a cancer survivor, she is passionate that our relationships are not at the surface level, but rather are genuine and authentic. Lauren speaks professionally on this topic and has written three books. Visit the website at yesyoumattermost.com
Christopher Miller is owner and operator of Rainmaker Advertising and spends much of his time providing business consultation (rainmakeradv.com). As an artist himself, he is also producer of the Urban Artist Market, a twice-yearly multi-discipline indoor art show in North Dallas. urbanartistmarket.com.
Sue Mintz is a Certified Retirement Transition Coach (non-financial) through Retirement Options.* For more information visit retirementhood.com or contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Retirement Options is a division of Career Partners International LLC.
Melinda Myers is a nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist. She has more than 35 years of horticulture experience, a master’s degree in horticulture and has written over 20 books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” gardening DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments as well as columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Visit her website at melindamyers.com.
Mridula Nadamuni, MD is a third-year internal medicine and pediatrics resident at UTSW. In between adapting to delivering healthcare online, she does yoga, watches Netflix and reluctantly does laundry. She is always on the lookout for the next great read!
Allia Zobel Nolan
Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally published author of 150+ children’s and adult books. Her titles range from the Divine to the feline and include such varied titles as Whatever Is Lovely: A 90-Day Devotional Journal, (Harper Christian) Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book, (Harvest House), The Joy of Being Fifty+ (Workman Publishing, illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast), and more. A former Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing senior editor, she collaborated with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop to publish Laugh Out Loud with 40 funny EBWW humorists. The title won a 2019 Humor Indie Award. Her greatest passions are her husband, Desmond, her fur babies, Nolan Nolan and Colleen Fiona Shannon Nolan, and Cherry Garcia Ice Cream.
Larry North is a leading expert in health, fitness, nutrition and weight loss, Larry owns and operates cutting edge fitness gyms across the nation, the author of several books, and speaks all over the world encouraging people to live a lifestyle encompassing physical, mental & spiritual health. biotemedical.com.
As an Associate Certified ADHD Coach, Certified Parent Trainer, Certified Student Success Coach and a Professional Organizer that specializes in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding, Tammy’s Business and Communication degrees, continuing education and community volunteer work enhance her abilities to “think outside the box.” Tammy fosters a co-active coaching partnership with her clients and collaborates with them to reach their goals. Being the mother of two adult children and five grandchildren, has enhanced her combined unique gifts of creative coaching and organization. In addition to being a Co-Coordinator of North Tarrant County CHADD and On-line Parent Education Instructor, she is also a member of Children & Adults w/Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD), International Coaching Federation (ICF) National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), Dallas Hoarding Task Force and Tarrant County Hoarding Task Force (TCHF). She can be reached at email@example.com or theorganizercoach.com.
Writer/photographer Janie Pace is a native Texan covering restaurants, wineries, breweries, travel destinations, and cruises. A member of the ITWPA International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance, IFWTWA International Food Wine Travel Writing Association, and USPA United States Press Agency; she’s a retired advertising and sales professional.
Ms. Bonnie Pitman is the Director Art-Brain Innovations, Center for BrainHealth® and a Distinguished Scholar for the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Dallas at Texas. Pitman was the former Eugene McDermott Director for The Dallas Museum of Art. As Director of Art-Brain Innovations at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth®, Pitman expands her research and teaching of the power of observation and her “Do Something New” Practice to foster brain health. These initiatives connect neurological research and foster brain health with the process of seeing, looking, and observing, and experiencing life with innovation and resilience.
Stephanie Reinke, Ed.D. is the Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Texas.
Broc Sears is an assistant professor of professional practice at TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication and also works with the Texas Center for Community Journalism. He has more than three decades of experience in the news, advertising and marketing industries and earned recognition from the Society for News Design, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, APME of Texas and the Dallas Press Club. He and his wife enjoy the best days of their lives here in Dallas with their family.
Milette Siler RDN, CCMS, LD, a TCU alum, serves as a clinical oncology dietitian for Moncrief Cancer Institute, as well as the Culinary Medicine dietetic instructor for UT Southwestern’s medical school, bringing enhanced nutrition education to medical students, residents, and other health professionals. She also enjoys her continued partnership with Texas Christian University, working as an adjunct preceptor collaborating with dietetic interns to bring nutrition education to students at UNT Health Science Center. Milette also teaches these hands-on cooking classes for her cancer survivor patients in Fort Worth. She also networks with local food pantries and other organizations to bring Culinary Medicine to underserved populations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Neve Spicer is the founder and chief editor of WeTheParents, the pregnancy and parenting guide. As the mom of three wild but wonderful children, she shares her hard-won experience and know-how with her fellow parents in the hope it will make the ride less bumpy.
There has never been a time when Laura Sutherland was not either rescuing, volunteering, pet sitting, fostering, adopting or being an activist for animals. After years of “normal” work, Laura put her passion for animals first and followed her bliss. Thus, was born WAG-N-TRAIN, a full-service pet business that allows Laura more time to not only love on her own fur babies but all of YOURS as well! WAG-N-TRAIN provides an affordable, dependable and trusted resource for your beloved fur family member. Laura is certified in pet CPR and First Aid, A member of the Professional United Pet Sitters, LLC (PUPS) and is insured and bonded.
Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 800 newspapers and magazines. See getnickt.org for more.
Dr. Anna Toker is a full-service colorectal surgeon in Mansfield and Arlington, Texas, focusing on robotic approaches to colorectal surgery. Dr. Toker is also the independent owner of Skandii MedSpa in Mansfield, offering dietary and nutritional advice for weight loss as well as aesthetic treatment for overall health and beauty. To learn more about Dr. Toker, visit: Drtoker.com or skandiimedspa.com
Mila Vincent is our official “kid theatre reviewer.” Her favorite things to do are growing vegetables in her garden with her Dad, give to others on “kind” days with her Mom, swim with her baby sister, review shows with her grandmother Johannah Luza, and wear twirly dresses. Her favorite color is purple.
Cristina Wohlgehagen, MD is the founder of IHaC, a membership based clinic aimed to strengthen and protect our best brain. Dr. Cris is double board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. She works with Kerwin Research Center in neurodegenerative clinical research. She is an experienced speaker and educator in the community, also with a volunteer faculty appointment at UT Southwestern.