PRiME Women AUTHORS
For over a decade, lifestyle expert Adeina Anderson has been a nationally trusted source of information on creating easy and fun home décor projects, holiday crafts, tips on party planning ideas, the best places to travel with your family and your pets, easy recipes, and DIY projects for millions of television viewers and newspaper, magazine and web readers. Adeina is the resident lifestyle expert for many TV Lifestyle Talk Shows around the country for NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and she has been featured nationally on The Live Well Network and represents some of America’s most trusted companies. As the founder of Creative Lifestyles, she helps people find their crafty side even if they think they don’t have one. “You don’t have to be a crafting genius to get creative and have fun” is her motto. Whether Adeina is at home in San Antonio or traveling on one of her adventures, she searches local shops, retail stores, web sites and catalogs for items that can help people create the home of their dreams, the vacation of their dreams or create a craft for their kids next party.
Andrea is the author of the Amazon best-seller Shopping for the Real You:Ten Essential Steps to a Perfect Wardrobe for Every Woman: Fashionistas, Fashion-phobes, and the Over 50 and She’s Got Good Jeans – a guide for how to shop for and where to find the perfect jeans for your body and budget.
She does in-person and online consultations for women around the globe and blogs at Shopping for the Real You. For an online or in-person wardrobe consultation, contact Andrea via email at: [email protected]
Her free course, The Lazy Person’s Guide to a Perfect Wardrobe is available on GoHighbrow. Andrea hosts two Youtube series: Vital Vivacious and Visible after 50 and Shopping for the Real You: Expert Edition.
As President – National Business,Anne Chow leads over 12,000 business professionals who support 95 percent of AT&T’s business customers nationwide. Across numerous AT&T Business segments, she oversees customer experience, management of direct and indirect sales channels, the B2B Sales Development Program, call center support, and DIRECTV FOR BUSINESSSM. She also owns the P&L for the small and medium-sized business market which includes all of AT&T’s B2B services including wireless, networking, and application solutions, covering over $13B in revenues.
Anne-Sophie Blin is a travel and cuisine writer and educator. She hails from Normandy, France. She studied at the University of Caen-Basse-Normandie, the University of Texas at Austin, and California State University. Anne-Sophie spent 18 years in the San Francisco Bay area where she explored and thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the gorgeous National and State parks in California and neighboring states. She has been living in Germany since 2017. She has extensively traveled in Western Europe and the Near East, most recently in France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, China, and Israel.
Dr. Bethany Johnson
Dr. Bethany Johnson a professor of sociology with 20 years teaching in the classroom and online. Previous to teaching, she worked in social services helping single mothers on assistance. She has a B.S. and Master’s degree in sociology, as well as, an Ed.D in Workforce Education. While teaching is her profession, her passion lies in motivating and encouraging women to have a positive and self-rising mindset in today’s busy world.
She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and son. When not teaching, she can be found reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, as well as, traveling. She absolutely adores being anywhere on a beach!
Bette Price is a former television and newspaper journalist. She was a columnist and feature writer for The Kansas City Star and was part of the team that covered the Hyatt hotel skywalk collapse, which earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of four books and her True Leaders book is published in seven languages. She has ghost written eight books for business leaders, including an Amazon Best Seller. Bette has been quoted in such major publications as USA Today, Harvard Management Update, Investors Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal. Rather than retire she continues to serve select clients and ghost writes books for business leaders with unique philosophies or stories to tell. Read Bette’s full story in her forthcoming book, “Duplicity: A True Story of Deceit, Betrayal and Death.” To be advised of its release, email your contact information to [email protected].
Bonny Osterhage is a professional journalist and PR pro who side hustles as a cycle instructor at JoyRide Cycling and Fitness, and a small group personal trainer. Bonny is the mom of two teenage boys and wife to KSAT LIVE host Mike Osterhage. A triathlete, runner, outdoor cyclist, and half-ironman finisher (at the age of 49), Bonny shares her passion for connecting women through fitness at her blog www.b-fitsa.com. You can follow her on IG at bfit_sa or on FB at B.FIT SA.
Carol Pardee is a midlife blogger, wife, and mom. She started her midlife blogging journey soon after becoming an empty-nester. She believes midlife should be a time to embrace our age and fill our lives with fun and positivity. Her hope is that her blog becomes a space to share ideas, solutions, inspiration, encouragement, and advice so that we can all live our best midlife. See her blog, Life of the Pardee, here.
Catherine Fallis, Master Sommolier
Nationally known wine expert Catherine Fallis, the 5th woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, is a warm, engaging author, speaker, and wine advisor through her firm Planet Grape® LLC and Tasting Panel Lead/Publisher at Planet Grape Wine Review.
Catherine created her alter-ego, grape goddess®, to help bring wine down to earth after enduring snobbism on her path to a career in wine. She is the only person in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and Advanced Certified Wine Professional credentials, and is a professional Champagne sabreuse, using her sword to open Champagne with panache and flair. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food. She is the in-house Master Sommelier for Global Gourmet Catering, and a wine buyer for Universal Wine Alliance. As an author, she has 77,000 unique readers.
Cheryl Suchors is the author of 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, published by She Writes Press in September, 2018.
Kirkus Reviews called 48 PEAKS “An inspiring yet relatable true story with exciting scenes and plenty of heart.” BookBub included it as one of “10 Life Changing Memoirs To Pick Up This Fall.” The Culturalist listed it as one of the “Top Ten Travel and Adventure Memoirs That Will Leave You Inspired”, and PopSugar chose the book as one of “7 New Nonfiction Books for People Who Don’t Like Nonfiction.”
Cheryl lives in MA with her husband and plants, wishing their grown daughter lived nearby.
As a founding member and Chief Financial Officer of RED Development group and the founder and visionary of Collette Portis & Co. LLC and Destined Designs, Collette Portis, M.Ed., coaches business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives teaching them how to develop the strategy to expand and grow their businesses to ensure sustainability and build a lasting legacy. She is a business coach and strategist with more than 20 years of experience in a range of fields. Ms. Portis is a certified trainer, facilitator, and skilled coach. She has sharpened her ability to stretch the vision, mission, and goals of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs alike. Collette has an extensive educational background having earned her Bachelors in Business Management, Masters in Adult Education, and completing her Doctorate in Transformational Leadership.
Collette Portis is the author of the G.O.A.L.I.E.: Grafting Objectives Around Longevity in Entrepreneurship, which has been used to successfully assist her clients and students with clearly defining their business objectives, developing accountability markers, and meeting and achieving their goals. She’s also authored G.O.A.L.I.E. Tactical Planner which guides its reader through the accountability and tracking process that is necessary for business growth.
Cristy graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in fashion, business and marketing. She worked in high end retails for over 25 years. Currently she is a luxury consultant and lives in Lake Highlands, Texas with her husband and son.
Cynthia Williams Young
Cynthia’s passion is serving others and developing and equipping people for Servant Leadership. Cynthia is Assistant Vice President for University Hospitals Executive Administration at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is also a UT Southwestern-certified executive coach, serving physicians and researchers interested in becoming highly effective leaders. Cynthia is a voracious reader and always looks forward to the next trip to Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest (home to her) with her husband, Sam.
Danielle Dayries is the founder and Career Consultant for DMD & Associates, Inc. Danielle is a branding expert that works with professionals experiencing a transition- whether a voluntary career shift, those impacted by a company reorganization or clients strategically seeking scaled-back careers. The first 15 years of her career she was a brand manager for global organizations including Sara Lee, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and McDonald’s. She then took this love of branding and decided to open a Self-Brand/Career Consulting Firm that empowers professionals to determine and market their own brand during a job search or as part of long-term career planning.
She facilitates self-branding workshops for Fortune 200 organizations throughout the US, has facilitated Equal Pay Day workshops for the American Women’s Business Association New Orleans Chapter, served as a panelist for a Women’s Diversity Equal Pay Day event, is on the Loyola Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on several Society of Human Resource (SHRM) Boards.
As a means to ensure the next generation of leaders are prepared for success, she actively mentors young professionals entering the workforce when managing a Communications Internship program for several universities. You can contact her through her website.
Dawna Stafford Wilson
Dawna Stafford Wilson is a freelance, creative media business owner, specializing in commercial media production. She is a voiceover artist with professional foundations in radio broadcasting as an on-air host, producer, and commercial writer. Dawna has worked with a diverse list of national brands including Botanic Choice, Laura Geller Beauty, Lincoln Financial Group, and PowerLife by Tony Horton. As a fitness expert, Dawna shares her passion for both a healthy mind and healthy body by cultivating a strong mindset first then putting that knowledge into practice every day.
Dawna shares her love for music as a live performance musician and singer-songwriter based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She frequently plays and performs her music throughout the northwest.
Fitness expert, author and professional speaker Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS is the host of The Flipping 50 Show podcast and Flipping 50 TV show as seen on Flippingfifty.com. With more than 30 years experience in the fitness industry, she is also America’s Boomer Babe Fitness Expert. Her most recent book, You Still Got It, Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women, and her keynotes focus on how to win the war on energy and optimal weight at every age, while having a ball doing it. She will highly recommend a midlife crisis to stop settling and start living and laughing more. Visit her at FlippingFifty.com
Debbie is a native Nebraskan whose career started with AT&T/Lucent Technologies, ending as a Vice President. Then she became a consultant helping businesses grow and be strategic as they give back to their communities. She has written articles for many publications and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.
Debra Hunter Johnson
Debra Hunter Johnson is an attorney, speaker, trainer & consultant who offers actionable tips to organizations, teams and individuals to Accelerate Your Wisdom Curve® through strategic narratives about the obstacles & opportunities that professionals face today at work and in their personal lives.
Her areas of focus include leadership/career development, conflict resolution and negotiations, 21st century inclusion/diversity and legal issues related to workplace management. To learn more about Debra, go to her website at https://debrahj.com/
Debbie Slade Smith
Debbie Slade Smith is certified in Fitness for Midlife Women through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a wellness advocate, educator, speaker, co-author, wife, and mom. She began her wellness journey in her late 50’s after losing her mom to heart disease. She teaches Zumba and other group fitness classes and was chosen for the first national team of Real Women Go Red, the American Heart Association’s initiative to empower women to take charge of their health.
You never know where you’ll find Desiree Miller on any given day, but odds are good when she’s not home near Atlanta, she’s traveling the coast of somewhere beautiful, capturing video to share with her followers. She is an award-winning freelance writer, digital media producer, former television news journalist, and blogger. She was honored as the 2014 winner of the national “We Still Blog” award and her personal website, StressFreeBaby.com, is named to the Top 25 Southern Mom Blogs. She was awarded the top blogger in Atlanta by WXIA, and was also a parent influencer/contributor for WSB-TV in Atlanta.
My 35-year professional career includes: a decade in Boston with a leading international advertising agency, ten years with America Online (AOL-Time Warner) in the exciting early days of the internet, that culminated in a role as senior vice president, and three entirely different entrepreneurial ventures.
Though each of these experiences was fascinating, remarkable and expanded my life and my mind, it is what happened around my business career — the little breadcrumbs that I followed — that have driven me, and were “calling” me all these years. Throughout my career, I have taken on mentor and advisor roles to a range of women as well as started several groups to serve and connect women. For a number of reasons, I never put this personal passion front and center. Until now. I have finally stopped dancing on the edges of my passion and have created my new venture — Third Act Quest.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth has studied and applied a wide variety of makeup for the past decade.
She loves beauty makeup but is also professionally trained in special FX, bodypaint, and hairstyling. She loves the challenges and freedom that art gives her through makeup. Her experience with fashion shoots, headshots, and making private clients look their best requires that she be informed about the latest advancements in makeup and application today. See more of her work on her website: Elizabeth Rist Makeup Artistry
After graduating with high honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Giella began her career in the fashion and beauty business. Launching her own cosmetics line at Henri Bendel’s, Giella developed her custom items through years of working with the color and image conscious clientele at exclusive salons throughout the U.S. Giella has become synonymous with expert custom blending solutions. She stands behind her products as being the finest in quality, texture and shade selections. All GIELLA products are non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and allergy-free, and no animal testing.
As a color and makeup advisor, she looks at each individual objectively, recognizing that each woman is uniquely different. She does not propose to limit a customer’s choices, but rather, to aid her in creating customized palettes based on her personal traits
In addition to her work, Giella has completed her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Jackie Plimmer Bayer is a retired counselor and the former Global Director of Executive Coaching for Ernst and Young. She now divides her time between two homes. Spring and Summer find her in a rustic timber frame house a mile from Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Jackie migrates to Chandler Arizona for the Fall and Winter where she teaches storytelling classes to the over-55 crowd at a local community college. Constants in her life are her family, fitness, painting and sharing stories of her own misadventures in her blog Crows Feet Chronicles.
Jan Sharry has been recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as a leading corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Outside of Haynes & Boone, Jan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, is the Chair of the Dallas chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Knox College. Jan is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post on leadership issues.
My professional life has included human services work as a milieu counselor and classroom teaching in a large urban elementary school in the Bronx. I now proudly hold two designations: Retired and Grandmother!
Just your average mother of six wild and crazy kids and living on Long Island with the love of my life. My passions are good food, yoga and (when I can) writing.
Kendra Pierson is a freelance writer who lives just outside of the Atlanta area with her family. She loves to travel and to read anything, not just good books. When not traveling, she spends her free time volunteering with organizations that support women and children.
Travel writer and road trip enthusiast of My Traveling Roads and Texas Travel Talk, Kim Croisant, is a proud native Texan passionate about seeing the world by car, plane, train, RV — any way she can. Her travels include many road trips through Texas and beyond. Kim raises her grandson and takes him on as many trips as possible. When she’s feeling the love, she lets her darling 84-year-old mother come along as well. But her favorite way to travel is solo. When Kim’s not writing, she is hiking through nature, camping in the woods in a cabin full of amenities, and trying to get through menopause!
Leigh has spent her educational and professional career learning human behavior. Her focus shifted in 2002, to understanding the role the brain plays in human behavior, and how behavior can be modified with the use of neurofeedback and biofeedback. Leigh holds a Master of Science in Counselling from the University of North Texas and is working to integrate cognitive behavioral therapy into the treatment programs for many clients.
Leigh completed her didactic training for neurofeedback at the University of North Texas. She completed her internship with a nationally recognized neurologist and pioneer in the field of Neurotherapy, Dr. Jonathan Walker, M.D., who has studied, researched and taught for 35 years. In 2004, while working with Dr. Walker as a neurotherapist, Leigh received her BCIA, EEG board certification. In April 2009, Leigh opened The Brain Performance Center, adding the BCIA Biofeedback board certification, and Wellness Coaching board certification to the practice. The center added cognitive behavioural therapy in 2014.
I’m a Montana-born-and-raised writer living in sunny Los Angeles, and dreaming big is my gig. My work comes from a place filled with passion, dreams, and lots of sugar. “Cake over steak” is my life motto. With over 10 years of experience in crafting words, and years of embarking on travels that have taken this Montana girl to some incredible places, I love the adventures of both body and mind my writing takes me on.
An overcomer in business and life, Linda brings a unique perspective to both her business and personal relationships. An only girl raised by her father along with her four brothers, from an early age her modus operandi has been one of boldness and joyful trailblazing.
Navigating tumultuous waters and emerging resilient has become second nature to her over the course of 20+ years in progressive leadership roles in the male-dominated automotive space. Born from a personal quest for greater balance, health and joy, she left corporate automotive in 2007 to launch her first start-up, a boutique wellness resort where she and her team helped clients transform their health and rejuvenate their lives by providing a cutting-edge, holistic program well before it’s time.
Her passions include fun with friends, coastal and global travel, food & wine, golf, tennis and fitness of any kind along with her mission of empowering executives to become their best selves through integrative wellness retreats at her 2nd start-up, Inspired Leadership Group. Having triumphed over many adversities, Linda takes a special interest in equipping women to overcome their past, realize their true value and help pave the way to reach their full potential. You can learn more at www.InspiredLeadershipGroup.com.
Linda Teliha holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science and a Master’s in Special Education. A former track and cross country athlete, she now shares her experience through occasional coaching, but is a frequent soccer player, bike rider, runner, walker, paddle boarder and hiker. Linda is a mother of four grown daughters and is the partner in a property management company with her husband.
Lisa Johnson Jones
Meagan Wristen is a travel expert and the founder, author, and host of Mommy Travels, a travel and lifestyle blog covering destinations from all around the world. She will go anywhere and try anything.
Nancy Weiss has been married for 39 years and while living in the Midwest she and her husband raised four children, and have five grandchildren. After working almost 20 years in the hospitality industry hosting charity golf events she retired and started writing a blog. Her blog, www.atwodrinkminimum.com, shares her favorite ideas on fashion, beauty, recipes, and activities with grandchildren. Nancy hopes to help change the perception that defines midlife women by instilling confidence and attitude in a women’s individual style. You can also connect with Nancy on Instagram @a.two.drink.minimum and on Facebook.
Once upon a time, a tough, urbane New York litigator took a yoga class. She had been trained as a verbal assassin and used her rapier wit to slice and dice her opponents in Housing Court. Upon completing the yoga class, she immediately fell under a yogic spell of calm, quiet strength. A shift occurred. Instead of leaning on the subtle art of vituperation, she mined an internal source of unflappable compassion. At first she did yoga for vanity. Then she did yoga for her sanity. Finally, she began doing yoga for humanity.
Eventually Nicole abandoned her legal briefs for a yoga mat. For the past 20 years, Nicole has used her powers for good to teach yoga full time and coach entrepreneurs in enlightened business strategy. She advocates for yoga students to be strong even when they think they are weak. She inspires her clients to leave unfulfilling jobs, make enlightened business decisions for higher profit margins, pursue PhDs, and become better parents. Her students save the world by being healthier and happier in their bodies. Nicole Payseur lives by example and helps people shift into more satisfying lives. The students learn to smile and live happily ever after.
Neesha Zollinger owns and is principal teacher of Akasha Yoga Studio in Jackson Hole Wyoming. She brings 25 years of movement teaching to every class where she links tools from many modalities into her sessions. In addition to yoga asana, expect to experience corrective exercises from various traditions, a strong understanding of anatomy, yoga philosophy/psychology/energetics and exercise science. Her guidance is suited for all levels, from beginners to life-long yogis. She leads people deep into their form, an embodied understanding of themselves. It is through the mindful and intelligent movement that each student is encouraged to locate their own wisdom, joy and intuition. In addition to being based in Wyoming, Neesha has toured European and Caribbean studios many times offering workshops, intensives and teacher trainings. Learn more about Neesha at NeeshaZollingerYoga.com
Robin Anne Griffiths has spent a lifetime working with a variety of personalities and business organizations across the United States and internationally which has included leadership positions with several companies in the field of newspapers, magazines and broadcasting. Robin is a published author with two books; a memoir of her mother’s extraordinary life and the other a collection of thoughts on life skills and personal development. She also writes for a variety of blogs and publications.
Robin is a certified master development coach, personal trainer and behavior change specialist. She also is a movement instructor for senior populations and specializes in helping people on a journey for change. She works with groups and individuals on life transitions to create personal balance – physically and mentally.
Rosemary is a Senior Financial Planner and a Director of Women’s Wealth Services for National Wealth Partners LLC, an investment management and financial planning firm head quartered in Austin, Texas. As a Certified Financial Planner, Rosemary has 27 years experience helping families and individuals create financial plans that provide a living roadmap to attain their goals and dreams. After 13 years enjoying the cuisine and history of Charleston South Carolina while helping clients there, this native Virginian moved to the North Texas area to be close to family and actively watch her two grandsons grow up. This gave her the opportunity to create her own Second Act, and focus solely on helping women create financial plans aligned to their lifestyle needs, personal values, and goals.
Dr. Roslyn Kunin
Roslyn Kunin is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, and professional economist. She has served on and chaired many boards in different industries and in the public sector. Well past the traditional retirement age, Dr. Kunin runs marathons and does yoga headstands. She is available for economic research projects and presentations.
For more than 20 years, Sandy worked in the publishing business. She also lived overseas for ten years and traveled to 103 countries. She enjoys reading and recommending books and sharing her experiences as a PRiME Women book and travel contributor.
Shannon received her degree from the University of Texas in photojournalism. She worked as and for a photographer in Dallas Texas before she started doing makeup full time in 1990. For over the past 25 years she has worked as a freelance makeup artist in the DFW area. Her training as an artist and photographer serves her well in her career as a makeup artist. She views every job as an opportunity to accentuate the beauty found in every face and works to instill confidence in every client so that they can look and feel their best. She works in TV, film, print and video production. She is profiencient in HD makeup techniques and works in news, sports, commercial, corporate, fashion, catalog and editorial.
She also owns a business, Texas Makeup Artists, placing artists in productions across the state. She has done many famous faces from politicians, sports figures, news anchors, models, actors to musicians. Some celebrities and clients include: Maria Menounos, Diane Sawyer, Rue McClanahan, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Good Morning America, ESPN, ABC Sports, Sally Beauty and many more.
Shannon Perry is the media & marketing director for genneve, a personalized digital health platform for women in midlife. She is dedicated to bringing as many voices as possible to the conversation around women’s midlife health to ensure women have the information and resources they need to lead their best, most vibrant lives.
Shannon lives in Seattle with her cat, dog, and boyfriend – in that order.
Tammy L. Grace
Tammy L. Grace is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning fiction author of over a dozen novels, including her best-selling Hometown Harbor Series. She writes perfect escapes filled with friendship and family in women’s fiction, clever whodunit mysteries, and sweet Christmas romances. She’s a dog lover and her latest project is one that explores the bond between humans and dogs, where she is writing two emotional books for Bookouture under the pen name Casey Wilson. The first, A Dog’s Hope, releases in March 2020.
When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever. Connect with Tammy on social media and learn more about Tammy and her books at www.tammylgrace.com or on Amazon.
The Dating Goddess
The Dating Goddess is a bestselling author of workplace effectiveness books, a speaker and management consultant. She has appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today as well as international media.
The Dating Goddess’ writing is intended to not only be useful to others and cathartic for her, but is the genesis of a series of books (13 so far!) and a topic for fun, thought-provoking speeches. She calls herself a dating philosopher and gives date-a-vational speeches. Connect with her on her site: The Dating Goddess
Tricia Conover, DWS, CSS
Tricia Conover, DipWSET, CSS, Wine and Travel Writer, is the Wine Editor for PRiME Magazine and freelance writer for JustLuxe.com, LuxeGetaways.com, The SommJournal, The Clever Root, and FWT Magazine.
She is a WSET® Diploma of Wine Level 4, Certified Advanced Sommelier wine professional, and a CSS, Certified Spirits Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators. Tricia holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from Purdue University. She is a C.W.P. Certified Wine Professional and studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley and at the UC Davis Viticulture Extension program.
She has written extensively about her travels to the wine regions of the US, Italy, Greece, France and Spain. See more of her work on her website, GrapeStone Concepts and follow her on Twitter: @WineGrapeStone