FAPA Elects New Board Members

by Aug 16, 2018News

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On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the membership of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association attending the FAPA Annual Conference in Orlando participated in the annual election for the FAPA Board of directors. Board members volunteer their time to serve the FAPA membership.

Six current board members and four new members were elected to two-year terms. They join five existing board members who just finished the first year of their two-year terms.?

The board members who were re-elected to new two year terms are Patti?Brassard Jefferson,?Diane Harper, Ken Johnson, Kathyrn Knight, Lee Ann Mancini, and Kay Whitehouse.

The new board members who were elected to their first two-year term are Richard Ballo, Betty Bennett, Sam Staley, and Pat Stanford. You can see a brief?biography?for each of these new members below.

The board members who are in the middle of their two-year term are FAPA President?Angelina Assanti,?FAPA Past President Jane?R. Wood, Ginger Marks, Rocky Porch Moore, and Kirsten Rangel.

 

 

 

 

New Board?Members

Richard Ballo
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Richard Ballo

Publisher, Tolman Main Press

Richard has been a published writer since 1980.?He earned his B.S. degree in Journalism and Technical Communications from Suffolk University in Boston, MA in 1986. In 1989 Richard decided to be the stay-at-home parent to take care of their growing family, while his wife, Lisa, ran her business. Shortly after that move, Lisa was diagnosed with cancer. Richard wrote about his experiences which became the award-winning book, Life without Lisa.?Richard founded Tolman Main Press which is based in Naples, Florida.

Betty Bennett
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Betty Bennett

Retired educator

Betty retired after 30 plus years as a middle and high school teacher, administrator, and professor of education. As an expert on bullying, she has sought to serve teachers, students, and parents alike in efforts to diminish the prevalence of bullying in our society. As an animal lover and advocate, she is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and teaches others canine massage for their dog?s and their own relaxation. She became an author in 1996 and has published several academic works since. However, her most recent endeavor, Why Do I Love Millie?, is her first work of children?s fiction.

Sam Staley, Ph.D.
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Sam Staley, Ph.D.

Director, FSU DeVoe Center

Sam is the author of seven nonfiction books and six novels. His books have earned more than 10 awards in book competitions, including six first-place finishes and wins in FAPA?s President?s Awards and FWA?s Royal Palm Literary Awards. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, M.S. from Wright State University, and B.A. from Colby College. His ?day job? is running the DeVoe L. Moore Center, an endowed public policy research organization, in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University.
Pat Stanford
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Pat Stanford

Author

Pat is a Philadelphia native. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Secondary Education. She has poetry published in several anthologies and won second place in the 2004 Seven Hills Contest with her short story, ?Divorce Sale?. Her creative non-fiction work, Fixing Boo Boo, is an account of what happens when a brain-injured sibling comes to live with a sister who doesn?t know what that means.?It took the gold medal for Florida Non-Fiction at the 2017 FAPA President?s Awards.

 

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The Florida Authors and Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, independent publishers, illustrators, editors, printers, and other professionals involved in the publishing industry.