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Authors

Cheryl Marks Young

Cheryl Marks Young is the founder of Creative Blueprints and the Creative Blueprint Process. She is a master connector, leader, author, national speaker, professional coach, entrepreneur, board member, and former senior non-profit executive. Over the years, Cheryl has 
had many careers, including
 matchmaker, adventure traveler and guide, hiking guide, dating coach, jewelry designer, entrepreneur, coffee fanatic, storyteller and so much more. Cheryl enjoys helping individuals, entrepreneurs and organizations define, design, and achieve their fullest potential. She works with her clients to help them energize and balance their busy lives, deepen their personal connections, and establish passion and purpose in their lives and work. She is the author of many articles and speaks to organizations and individuals across the United States on various topics, including business acumen, relationships, motherhood, leadership, strategic communication and work/life balance. As mother to two adorable severe food-allergy kids, Cheryl is a fierce food-allergy awareness advocate. This has led her to develop … Continue Reading

Marc Youngquist

Marc Youngquist enlisted in the Marines in April 1969, and went off to Parris Island on August 18th of that year. For the next four years, he served all over the Western Pacific (with a very limited time and no direct combat experience in Vietnam). In July 1973, Marc was discharged from active-duty as a Sergeant and, in 1975, was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve. In 1974, Marc became a police officer attaining the rank of Lieutenant. During that time, he attended the University of New Haven, obtaining a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In 1979, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Marc went on to work as a contractor for the Department of Energy and returned to school to earn an M.S. in Criminal Justice/Public Administration. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Drill Sergeant, and two years later transferred to the Military Police in the … Continue Reading

John Suscovich

John Suscovich lives and works on a 52-acre farm in Western Connecticut. His main operation has always been pastured broilers, however, through the years he has expanded to pigs, sheep, hops, apples, herbs and vegetables. His farm, Camps Road Farm, is one part of a three-part business that includes Kent Falls Brewing Co., a farm brewery on property, and Neversink Spirits, a craft distillery off property. Since getting into farming, John has raised as few as 40 broilers and as many as 2,400 broilers in one season. No matter what else he ends up growing on his farm, chickens always seem to maintain a special place in his heart. They’re enjoyable to raise, his community loves them, and they’re a vital part of the success of his farm. His life has taken a lot of interesting turns. He grew up in Connecticut and went to college at the University of Connecticut as a technical theater major. After school, he moved to New York City where he worked for … Continue Reading

Gladys Stetson Leahy

Gladys Stetson Leahy was born in 1897 in Poland, Maine, where she grew up with her mother in her grandparents’ home, a small produce farm. A bright girl with some promise beyond her current circumstances, she graduated from Edward Little High School in Damariscotta. Presumably under the auspices of her aunt and uncle, Harriett and Luther Spiller, she attended and graduated from Bates College with a B.A. degree in 1919. (Aunt Harriett was the Regional Superintendent of Schools and Uncle Luther was the local postmaster.) After marrying and being deserted by her third cousin, Abner H. Stetson, and bearing his son, she embarked on a teaching career. She started that career at the Edward Little High School. Over the next several years, she changed jobs and locations frequently, seeking to increase her wages in order to support her son, John Howard, who lived with Gladys’ blind mother. To further advance her position, she spent several … Continue Reading

Jack Stetson

John Howard Stetson, Jr. (aka “Jack” Stetson) is the grandson of Gladys Stetson Leahy and John Leahy’s step-grandson. Growing up under the strong influence of both Leahys, Jack began his working career as an office boy at a part-time job at the age of twelve. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1962 and spent three semesters at the University of Rhode Island. Disillusioned with college life, he left there, came home, married Carol Farwell, and spent the rest of his life as a student of the John W. Leahy College of Life-Long Learning while working his way up the ladder as an employee of the various Leahy enterprises. That culminated in his owning those businesses, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2017. His many joyful years of working at the Danbury Fair prompted him to complete writing the story of its history. Contact Jack Stetson Interested in interviewing Jack for your readers? … Continue Reading

Marianne Bette, M.D.

Marianne Bette is a Family Physician in Southbury, Connecticut, the town where she was born and raised. She is also a clinical professor at the medical schools of the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University and the University of Vermont. She went to Loyola University in Chicago, and attended medical school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For 18 years she lived and worked in the “high desert” of Palmdale and Lancaster, CA, before moving back to Southbury 17 years ago. Marianne has three daughters that she’s very proud of. The oldest, her step-daughter Sarah, lives in California with her three children and her husband, who is a chef. Her daughter, Caitlin, is in her last year of UConn medical school and is going into Family Practice. Justine, the youngest, is in her third year of college at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, and is studying to become an equine-facilitated psychotherapist. While … Continue Reading

Jim Perkins

Kent, CT, resident and author, Jim Perkins’ influence is today commonly seen in the blossoming of on-line shopping and the transition of delivering voice and data communications from wire hung on telephone poles to multi-use, wireless, hand-held, digital devices. Yet the most extraordinary story of all is how his commitment to the outdoors and the environment, by luck alone, led him to initiate a land, water and wildlife conservation program that today encompasses more than thirty million acres of public lands in the United States. Jim has been recognized by the United States Department of Defense and Dartmouth College for his initiation of the US Air Force Conservation Program and on October 9, 2015, he and DoD historian Jean Mansavage, Ph.D. gave a well-attended talk on the program at Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center, Hanover, NH. With his wife, Judith, Jim lives in rural Connecticut where he has notably taken on land issues, water issues, Native American … Continue Reading

Tara R. Alemany

Tara R. Alemany defies a simple definition. She is a multi-award-winning author, speaker, business consultant and publisher, as well as a serial entrepreneur. Although she’s started many businesses during her career, her favorite by far is Emerald Lake Books, which she co-owns with her best friend, Mark Gerber. This hybrid publishing company specializes in working with positive people who have an engaging, exciting or entertaining message to share with the world. Using a unique, goal-oriented approach to publishing, Tara combines her business and publishing knowledge to help her authors set and attain goals for their readers, their brands and their books. And many of those books have gone on to win international awards and recognition, thanks to Emerald Lake’s “Publish with a Purpose” framework. Tara’s latest book, Publish with Purpose (April 2019), reveals the unique process developed by Emerald Lake Books to help their authors set and attain their own goals. In addition to publishing, consulting, writing and … Continue Reading

Judy Handwerker

Judy Handwerker is a committed Christian who ardently loves the Word of God. In her walk with the Lord, she has served in the local church as a teacher, elder and Praise dance minister. She has taught praise and worship dance to children, teenagers and adults. She continues to minister in “Prophetic Worship” dance throughout the local tri-state area (NY/CT/NJ). She is also a Certified Personal trainer who is the owner of Judy Global Wholeness, LLC with its subsidiaries Kidsfit, Fitness with the Edge, and the licensee of the National Physical Education curriculum KID-FIT for Preschoolers. Judy’s lifelong mission is to help individuals become fit and healthy through her businesses. Joy to Go: The Elixir of Champions!, a devotional on joy, is her first book. Judy lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ken. Author of:

Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory holds a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts. (It’s in the attic somewhere.) He began writing in the 4th grade, though Miss Platt was never pleased with the quality of his penmanship. He has written poetry and essays over the years, for his sanity and others’ enjoyment. Published in several newspapers and poetry collections, he also had a poem published in a Christian publication that was distributed free in fourteen counties in Tennessee. As for jobs, he has been, in no particular order, a light designer, built sets, acted, was a tour stage manager, assistant stage manager, production stage manager, and a newspaper boy. He has also been an Accounts Receivable clerk, Accounts Payable clerk, and office manager, flipped hamburgers, managed the Bernhard Center (Fine Arts Center) at the University of Bridgeport, managed a hardware store, worked in an electrical supply store, sold fertilizer, flowers, bushes, and Christmas trees … Continue Reading

Danny Friedman

Danny Friedman is a multimillion-dollar sales professional with over 25 years of experience. He has achieved success in the office equipment, commercial real estate, sporting goods and promotional products industries. In 2007, Danny started DANNY, Inc., a sales training company that features Danny’s highly energized style of speaking. He is not only educational, but inspirational. Danny is recognized as an expert in the world of sales and his sessions are a “must see.” His pragmatic style delivers a winning message to each one of his audiences, whether there are 25 or 1,000 people. He speaks at national association tradeshows as well as corporate functions and is in demand both domestically and internationally. Danny speaks to schools, healthcare organizations and corporations about his life and what he has overcome to inspire others to do the same. His sessions will make you laugh, cry and inspire you “to never give up,” no matter what battle you are … Continue Reading