Valerie Andrews has spent more than 25 years chronicling social innovation. Her work has appeared in major magazines, on PBS television and the web. She recently coauthored The Business of Changing Lives: How One Company Took the Information Superhighway to the Inner City with Allan Weis, one of the founders of the Internet, and has edited several bestselling business books. Her articles about creativity, peak performance and changes in the American workplace have appeared in People, New York, Vogue, Esquire and on the Internet. She has also appeared as a commentator on public television and is the author of A Passion for this Earth, essays on our connection to the natural world. Her first book, The Psychic Power of Running, was published by Rawson Associates.
Lucy Aphramor, Ph.D., R.D., notably pioneered the use of a health at every size approach in the U.K. National Health Service, developing an eight-week HAES course that is now available internationally through licensed facilitators. She is director of a consultancy dedicated to advancing health at every size theory and practice in and beyond the U.K. through training, research, and community engagement. Dr. Aphramor is also an honorary research fellow at Glyndwr University, Wales, and a visiting lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at Surrey University. Dr. Aphramor is the only U.K. dietitian with publishing and teaching expertise in critical weight science. She is at the forefront of the new international Critical Dietetics movement where her work blending critical thinking and compassionate self-care is enthusiastically received. Her influence extends to coverage in the popular press and her reputation as an outspoken scientist gains her interviews across the board from women’s magazines to the broadsheets.
Books by Lucy AphramorBody Respect
Kevin J. Apple, Ph.D., is an assistant department head and associate professor at the Department of Psychology at James Madison University. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes including general psychology, research methods and the psychology of the Holocaust. His main research interests include both the intergroup bias and methods for assessing classroom learning. When not teaching classes or doing research, he is most likely spending time with his wife and two children or watching a reality television show. His favorite “Survivor” player is Ethan Zohn. Kevin admires Ethan for being a fierce competitor who played the game with integrity.
Shari Arison is an American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, owner of the Arison Group that operates in more than 40 countries across five continents to realize the vision of Doing Good. Its business arm, Arison Investments, operates in the fields of finance (Bank Hapoalim), infrastructure, real estate, and renewable energy (Shikun & Binui), salt (Salt of the Earth), and water (Miya). Its philanthropic arm, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, houses the organizations Essence of Life, Goodnet, All One, and Ruach Tova that operates Shari's global initiative Good Deeds Day. She also initiated Matan – Investing in the Community, based on United Way. Arison created a unique values-based model for values-driven leadership in business, organizations, and communities. She is repeatedly ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world, and as one of the world’s greenest billionaires. In 2013, Arison was named Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by George Mason University.
Books by Shari ArisonThe Doing Good Model
Jennifer Armstrong is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly and the co-founder of alternative online women’s magazine SirensMag.com.
V. Arrow graduated from Knox College in 2008 with degrees in history and creative writing, specializing in 20th-century pop culture and young adult literature. Under another name, she has previously published at Pop Matters, The One Love, Tommy2.net, and The Hollywood Reporter. Arrow has read a book a day for the last 22 years and grew up to the age of 12 without realizing the Muppets weren’t living creatures. She believes that pop culture affects, reflects, and informs all aspects of daily life in Western culture and that it’s perhaps the most crucial form of media expression to analyze and discuss.
Catherine Asaro is author of 14 novels as well as short fiction (published and upcoming) and is acclaimed for her multiple award-winning Skolian Empire series, which combines adventure, hard science, romance, fast-paced action and themes that challenge the status quo. Her standalone novel The Quantam Rose won the 2001 Nebula Award. Her October 2003 novel, Skyfall, was honored with the Romantic Times Book Club award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” Asaro’s novella “Moonglow,” in Charmed Destinies (November 2003), was followed by her fantasy novel The Charmed Sphere (February 2004), part of the Luna Books launch. Also published in February 2004 was Irresistable Forces, a six-author anthology for NAL, edited by Asaro and including stories by Lois McMaster Bujold and Catherine, among other award-winning, bestselling authors. Sunrise Alley, her next novel, is due out in August 2004, and Triad, the latest in the Skolian Empire Series, will be published in December 2004. Asaro has a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard.
Linda Bacon, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in physiology, specializing in weight regulation, from the University of California, Davis. She also holds graduate degrees in psychology, specializing in eating disorders and body image, and exercise science, specializing in metabolism, and has professional experience as a researcher, clinical psychotherapist, exercise physiologist and educator.
Dr. Bacon is currently an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis and the lead investigator for a clinical research study that evaluates the Health at Every Size program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is also a nutrition professor in the biology department at City College of San Francisco. Additionally, she maintains a private practice, advising individuals, health care professionals and institutions on strategies for implementing the Health at Every Size program.
Jose Baez is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the country. After successfully defending Casey Anthony in what became one of the nation’s most high-profile trials, he took on the international case of Gary Giordano, which caught international headlines. Baez fought hard to successfully obtain Giordano’s release from a prison in Aruba where he had been held for several months. Baez continues to practice criminal defense law, handling cases throughout the country, especially those involving complex forensic issues for which Baez has shown strong interest and expertise.
Baez is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, extremely active in various charitable endeavors in the Hispanic community, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He currently has offices in Orlando and Miami, Fla.
Books by Jose BaezPresumed Guilty
Virginia Baker lives in Utah with a flock of large birds and the cats who fear them. She has a master’s degree in English, but learned to write by reading really good books. A freelancer by day, she also writes award-winning fiction. Her first book, Jack Knife, published by Penguin, is a thriller revolving around Jack the Ripper. Whether she’s creating or consuming them, she loves books like bon-bons—and believes that while reality may be the essential meat and potatoes of life, a good read is pure chocolate.