for nearly twenty years was a licensed psychologist in Missouri, working primarily with women and children. She passed away in November 2006.
remembers being introduced to a love of reading and writing in the fourth grade. Other than a jumble of poems, essays, and short stories, however, her desire to be an author did not fully emerge until many years later. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College, and completed credentialing coursework at Holy Names University. She has been an educator for twenty years, specializing in kindergarten and second grade.
loves explaining the world to children, and seeing the world through their eyes. Her daughter, now grown up too, is one of Ilene's best teachers. Ilene's writings reflect her beliefs in the resiliency of the human spirit and the capacity to change and grow throughout one's lifespan. She works as an education consultant and play therapist for children who have social and emotional challenges, including children with autism and spectrum disorders. Her Ph.D. in Education is from the Beach Center on Families and Disabilities at the University of Kansas, and she has an MSPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina.
lives on Guemes Island, Washington. She is a third generation islander. She graduated from Western Washington College with a B.A. in Human Services. She has spent many years in the education field and specializes in assisting children with autism and special needs. Art has always been her first passion and doing both by illustrating books is a dream come true.
is an artist and teacher living in Berkeley, CA. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and a Master's Degree in Education and Art from San Francisco State University. She enjoys working with watercolor, printmaking, drawing, photography, clay, and collage, as well as found object and mixed media assemblage.