Member Directory

Barnett, Barbara
481 Alder Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090

Specialties: Books (fiction, non-fiction, memoir), Essays and White Papers, Social media consulting, Developmental Editing, Ghostwriting, Speaking: (Entertainment, Spirituality and Religion, Writing, and Social Media)

Publications: Blogcritics Magazine: Publisher, Executive Editor, Writer. Author of The Apothecary’s Curse (forthcoming in October, 2016 from Prometheus Books), Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. (ECW, 2010), Contributing Writer to the book Spiritual Pregnancy by Shawn Tassone and Katheryn Landherr (2014), Contributing writer to Still Hungry for Your Love: Further Adventures in Zombie Romance,

Profile: Barbara has been a writer for 30+ years. She is publisher and executive editor of  acquired from Technorati Media in 2014.  Her beat is usually the entertainment world, especially her literary take on primetime TV and film. She is also a novelist and member of SWFA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), But as a professional cantor and Jewish educator, she also speaks and writes about a whole range of spirituality topics as well as on writing and more. Barbara is a social media maven, and consults with writers on blogging, social media and platform building. Barbara received the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Publications in 2002, 2008, and the Society for Technical Communications award 1989, 1990.

Baugh, L. Sue 
8044 Kedvale Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076

Specialties: Editing/writing/indexing books, articles, and educational materials; developing web content; helping authors to develop their manuscripts from idea to finished work.

Publications: Author of business and language arts reference books, such as Strategic Market Planning, Handbook for Writing Proposals, 2nd ed, and Essentials of English Grammar, 3rd ed.; contributing author to K-12 and college textbooks and other educational materials in language arts, science, and social studies

Profile: Ms. Baugh has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years as an editor, writer, and illustrator. She is now focusing on books and articles that explore the relationship between humanity and nature and how that relationship shapes our ideas about health, spirituality, and community. Her latest book, Echoes of Earth (2012), which documents the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites, won six national awards for nature/environment, art/photography, and science. Ms. Baugh gives multi-media talks about her 54,000-mile journey to these remote sites. She is currently at work on a second volume, Soul of the Earth, which features the native cultures and people she encountered on her ancient rocks journey.

Bennett-Lefkow, Julie
2223 Walters Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062

847.272.6659   |   Cell: 847.302.6659   |   Fax: 847.272.5617

Specialties: Business, profiles, charter schools, franchising, real estate, diversity Issues, higher education

Publications: Print, on line media, book – The Franchise Times Guide to Selecting, Buying and Owning a Franchise, 2007, Sterling Publishing

Berner, David W.
1829 Shetland Road
Naperville, IL 60565

Ph: 630.815.1962 or Work: 312.369.8159

David has been writing professionally for 30 years and is the author of “Accidental Lessons.” He has also written for PERIGEE ¬ Online Arts Magazine, and Feedback ¬ Broadcast Education Association¹s Journal. In addition, David is Assistant Professor, for the Radio Department, School of Media Arts, Columbia College in Chicago.

Bolek, Karen Field  |

Specialties: Editing, education, general/human interest, profiles, essays, selling, business writing. Upcoming book in production: How to Apologize to Your Woman…so that she won’t use it against you in the future.

Publications: Print media, items for Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Anixter Intl., book writing; corporate writing and editing; commentaries on NY Times Mad Men blog. Author of How to Apologize to Your Woman.

Bowman, Jim
325 S. Oak Park
Oak Park, IL 60302

Ph: 708.383.4850  |

Specialties: Corporate history

Publications: Newspaper column, blog, books including: Good Guys Finish First: Reflections of a CEO and How To Start a De Novo Community Bank, C. Paul Johnson, edited by Jim Bowman, 2004

Profile: Jim Bowman, a former Chicago Daily News religion reporter, writes, co-authors and edits corporate histories and biographies. He blogs at t

Broder, Joanna
Skokie, IL

Ph: 847.946.2765 or 847.674.2842

Specialties: Health/nutrition/medical, family/children, features, narratives. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan making her uniquely qualified to write health articles.

Publications: Boston Globe Magazine, People,, Bangor Daily News, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Pioneer Press, Chicago Parent

Profile: Currently a freelance health and feature reporter with two years of full-time staff writing experience at Pioneer Press, a chain of weekly newspapers in and around Chicago that is part of the Sun-Times News Group (took a buyout from the company in 2009). While at Pioneer Press she specialized in health and feature writing. She wrote magazine-style articles about the relationship between stress and infertility, the high school experience of gay and lesbian youth and the ethics of a statewide smoking ban.

Strengths: research, accuracy, speed, engaging writing style.

Brotine, Brent
1421 Sherman Avenue, #301
Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 530-BROTINE   |   Fax: 847.869.7760

Specialties: Direct mail, brochures, print ads, web sites, e-mail campaigns, video scripts, shareholder communications, catalogs, case histories, white papers, telemarketing scripts.

Publications: Print, web and video for such clients as Motorola, Allstate, Citibank, American Medical Association, Sage, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Siemens, Humana and more.

Profile: Words that work — the first time — from a direct response and financial expert who consistently delivers winning ideas. 15+ years of successful freelancing; I’m a former creative director at big ad agencies who’s happier writing than managing. Past President of Independent Writers of Chicago, ECHO Award judge and Academy member, and Chicago Association of Direct Marketing maven.

Clampitt, Cynthia  |

Specialties: Food, travel, history, language arts

Publications: Magazines, trade books, newspapers, web-zines, textbooks, interactive courseware, organizational newsletters, and blogs; author of Waltzing Australia.

Profile: Experienced, versatile, award-winning writer; culinary historian; photographer; world traveler; and speaker (primarily on travel).

Chapralis, Sally
3518 Davis
Evanston, IL 60203

Ph: 847.675.6680   |   Fax: 847.673.6220  |<

Specialties: Articles, marketing and corporate communications, public relations. Small businesses, nonprofits, large corporations, professional associations. Healthcare, B2B and B2C.

Publications: Former staff editor/writer for several B2B industry magazines; articles published in national B2B and B2C publications; author of Progress of Women in Real Estate.

Profile: Professional experience includes helping authors with PR and marketing, researching and writing a book for an association, and working with clients on articles. Sally’s blog, at, focuses on First Person Public Relations, becoming more effective when communicating individually or on behalf of an organization. Sally also develops and writes website content, newsletters, PR, media and marketing materials; creative team direction and project management.

You can find Sally Chapralis at LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


Dr. Bruno Cortis

643 Charlemagne Drive    

Northbrook, IL , 60062     

847-715 -9383 (Home)

847-715-9389 (Business)



Blog: Brunocortismd

Bruno is a Cardiologist, currently serving as an assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush University. He was a Past Visiting Professor at the University of Guadalajara, and the author of Heart and Soul- The Spiritual Heart: Heal Your Cancer, and Healing the Heart (coming soon). He has published more than 80 articles with major interest in Spirituality and Medicine, and given presentations in five continents. His forthcoming book, The Healing Heart-The Spiritual Heart and the Bible, will be published by Amazon’s Create Space.  

Cunningham, Elizabeth 
716 Carriage Hill Dr.
Glenview, IL 60025

Ph/Fax: 847.998.8498  |   Cell: 847.903.5700

Specialties: Photojournalism, graphic arts and digital imaging trade publications and web.

DeMuth, Jerry 
933 W. Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60640-3818

Ph/Fax: 773.769.2272

Specialties: Small business, accounting, finance, consumer affairs, residential and commercial real estate, mortgage lending, also ghost writing for business and trade association executives.

Publications/Profile: Writes tight, flowing, clean copy for trade and consumer magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications and contributes to collections on business, mortgage banking, technology, civil rights and jazz. Award recipient from four trade and professional associations.

Catherine M. Eisen 420 W. Burlington Avenue Unit 404

LaGrange, IL 60525

Phone: 708-639-4328

Home phone: 847-526-4185

Ettelson, Stephanie
300 Lincolnwood Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035

Ph: 847.433.4535   |   Fax: 847.433.4547

Specialties: Strategic marketing plans, media relations, newsletters, brochures, e-mail campaigns, websites, ads, advertorials, direct mail, classical music program notes, ghost writing for trade and consumer press, client profiles and backgrounders and compelling promotional copy for a potpourri of purposes.

Publications: Feature stories and music reviews for Pioneer Press; cover story for six00threefive magazine; editor and primary writer for the Equalizer, a national 10,000-word publication for Equip for Equality; quarterly newsletter for Cancer Wellness Center; newsletters, website and e-letters for fine dining restaurant; annual program book and catalog for Spertus Institute of Judaica, award-winning annual brochure for Highland Park Strings.

Profile: Sole proprietor of Stephanie Ettelson Public Relations since 1986, Stephanie’s major clients have run the gamut from the hospitality industry (restaurants and hotels), arts and entertainment (jazz clubs, classical music ensembles, museums, galleries) and non-profits (educational institution, advocacy and watch dog organization for people with mental and physical disabilities, cancer wellness center) to professional services (attorneys, financial planners) and retail businesses (car dealership, indoor golf, flowers). She is the recipient of three awards from the Publicity Club of Chicago for creative PR campaigns and writing.

Ferdinand, Pamela
Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 617.407.1834   |

Specialties: Journalism (print, radio, Web), nonfiction books

Profile: Pamela is the co-author of “Three Wishes: Our True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood” (Little, Brown & Co.) and an award-winning journalist for major U.S. newspapers–including The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and Washington Post–for more than a decade. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently freelances on a variety of subjects.

Ford, Laurie 
11607 Jenyglenn Drive
Mokena, IL 60448

Ph: 708.636.1974

Writes about twins, primarily for the Mokena Messenger.

Susan Fox

10402 E. River So Road

Momence, IL  60954

Business Phone:  815-472-4374

Home Phone:  815-472-4374


Profile: Susan holds a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She is senior assistant editor for Chicago’s online literary magazine, “Ten Thousand Tons of Black Ink,” has been a keynote speaker at The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, and was recently interviewed by Bill Moller on WGN radio, Chicago. More information about her book can be found at

Gallagher, Helen 

2020 Chestnut Ave. #311
Glenview IL 60025

Ph/Fax; 847.998.6240  |

Specialties: Business, technology, travel and Writing/Publishing

Publications: national newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, online magazines, blogs and books including – Release Your Writing: Book Publishing Your Way, The Mysterious World of Web 2.0 and Computer Ease

Garlington, Christopher (“Bull”)

6105 N. Mason Avenue

Chicago, IL 60646

Business phone: 773-480-0121

Home phone: 773-792-1220


Specialities: Humor, Food, Magazine/Newspapers, Books, Public Speaking

Publications: Christopher “Bull” Garlington is an author and syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in parenting magazines including Chicago Parent, New York Parenting, Michiana Parent, Tulsa Parent, Birmingham Parent, and other magazines. He is co-author of the popular foodie compendium, The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats. Garlington’s features have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation since 1989; he won the Parenting Media Association’s Silver Award for best humor article in 2012. His newest book, Death by Children: I had kids so you don’t have to, was released Oct. 1, 2013, by EGM


Gerson, Vicki

Vicki Gerson & Associates, Inc.
Northbrook, Il. 60062

Ph: 847.480.9087  |   Fax: 847.480.9018  |

Specialties: Health/fitness/medical, family, pets, real estate, banking, technology, advertorials, profiles, public relations/press releases

Publications: B2B and B2C for the web; newspapers; custom, consumer and trade publications; company newsletters

Profile: An innovative, versatile, award-winning writer and public relations professional with over two decades of experience who combines creativity with practicality. A former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and contributing editor for Marketing & Promotion magazine, she is the current business columnist for the What’s Happening Community Newspaper group.

Giles, Jane

Ph/Fax: 847.607.8216

Specialties: Developing content for healthcare, lifestyle, B2B technology, home, tourism/travel, building/remodeling and education industries. Feature and news stories.

Publications: Newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, press releases, brochures and other marketing collateral. Ghostwriting trade journal articles under CEO bylines.

Professional Profile: Creative, result-oriented PR pro with expertise crafting great copy from strategy, concept and content development to successful media pitches. Capabilities include technical business writing, human interest features developing consumer-oriented content.

Glazov, Sheila
24714 Nodding Flower Court
Tower Lakes, Illinois 60010

Phone: 847.526.9039

Specialties: As a professional speaker, Sheila presents What Color Is Your Brain?®programs for businesses, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies. Her keynote and workshop presentations for adults and children focus on understanding personality types, team building, and dealing with bully behavior in the workplace, home, school, and community.
Sheila’s Writing: Non-fiction (relationships, team building, self-improvement, and classroom activities). Children’s fiction (self-esteem, bully prevention, diversity, dealing with challenges).

1. What Color Is Your Brain?®: A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others; Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift (A children’s chapter book version of What Color Is Your Brain?, which has also been adapted into two children’s musical productions.); Teacher’s Activity Guide for “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift” ; What Color Is Your Brain?® When Caring For Patients: An Easy Approach for Understanding Your Personality Type and Your Patient’s Perspective – Contract for Fall 2014 publication.

Professional Profile: Sheila is an internationally published and award-winning author, personality expert, engaging professional speaker, and passionate educator. Sheila has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, LIFETIME, and WGN TV and has been interviewed on U.S. and international radio stations and internet programs. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and PRAVDA newspapers, and Happy Women, Selling Power, Women’s World, and Chicago Parent magazines.Today’s Chicago Woman newspaper selected Sheila as one of “100 Women Making a Difference.” Sheila’s What Color Is Your Brain?® programsencourage adults and children to recognize and respect the best in themselves and others. Sheila allocates 10 percent of all book sale royalties to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Goldberg, Jan 

924 Long Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Ph: 847.729.4589  |   Fax: 847.729.4590

Specialties: Educational writing- curriculum and assessment, lifestyle, business and careers

Publications: Books, newspapers, magazines, educational materials, children and adult markets and online markets

Goodheart, Barbara
Barbara Goodheart, Inc.

3233 NE 34th Street, #912 A

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

cell (best): 847 612 7866/land line: 954 957 1058fax: 954 565 3319

Specialties: Medical writing

Publications: Many magazine and book credits / pharmaceutical and medical educational and training materials / white papers / brochures / newsletters / audiovisual scripts / medical meeting coverage / website copy (contributing writer for Addiction Treatment Forum (

Profile: Award-winning medical writer with more than 30 years’ experience; independent contractor with more than 40 pharmaceutical/educational/advertising firms and medical associations. Currently writing a series of ebooks, The Diabetes Leading Edge Seriestm; published are Blood Glucose Levels and Diabetes Control; Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnostic Tests; and Prediabetes: Beating the Odds of Getting Type 2 Diabetes. Member, American Medical Writers Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of Health Care Journalists, Independent Writers of Chicago. BELS certification (Board of Editors in the Life Sciences).


Goodheart, Clyde

Clyde is a medical writer who has been writing professionally for 30 years. He currently contributes to two websites and a couple of newsletters, but is also the author of two books (Intro to Virology and Fundamentals of Microbiology).

Guggenheim, Janis 
8440 Callie Ave., #407
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Ph: 847.581.9384  |   Fax: 847.581.1808   |

Specialties: Business writing, grant applications (certified), ghost writing, fiction

Publications: Corporate materials, newspapers, magazines, books, trade journals, author of “The Write Life” blog.

Profile: Chicago correspondent for New York trade publications and business columnist

Higdon, Hal 
2815 Lake Shore Drive
Long Beach, IN 46360

Ph/Fax: 219.879.0133

Specialties: Running

Publications: Books, internet

Profile: Latest book titles are Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide; The Union vs. Dr. Mudd; The Gigantic Book of Running Quotations; Currently working on a novel about the 72 hours leading up to a marathon

Jacobs, Jodie 
590 Longwood Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Ph: 847.234.2504  |   Fax: 847.234.4875   |

Specialties: Travel, art, theater, business, senior issues, health, home, education, entertainment, food and editing

Publications: print and on-line newspapers, magazines and newsletters, author of travel blog Travel Smart With Jodie.

Profile: A prolific free-lance feature writer for national and regional newspapers and magazines, Jodie Jacobs was also a staff editor and news reporter for a weekly suburban chain. The first in her book series, Turn your college visit into a vacation, will be out soon.

Johnson, Christopher

32 Williamsburg Lane

Evanston, IL 60203

Business phone:847-673-0317

Home phone: 847-673-0317



Johnston, Marcia Slater

420 E. Ohio Street, Apt. 30-E
Chicago, IL 60611-4664

Ph: 312.944.6079  |   Fax: 312.944.6079

Specialties: Social and lifestyle issues, business, consumer advice, public service, health care, arts, travel, philanthropy

Publication: Magazines/newspapers/newsletters

Kahn, Ada, P. Ph.D. 
2562 Wellington Court
Evanston, IL 60201-4975

Ph: 847.328.4512  |   Fax: 847.328.1695  |  |

Specialties: Mental health, women’s health, workplace health, psychology,

Publications: Nonfiction books, public speaking

Kepler, James A. 
7700 Eastlake Terrace
Chicago, IL 60626-1372

Ph: 773.761.1858  |   Fax: 773.761.1857  |

Specialties: Book publishing, ghost writing, editing

Susan Croce Kelly Kirkpatrick

PO Box 320
Gravois Mills, MO 65037


Specialties: Speeches, Articles, healthcare, history, marketing and corporate communications.

Profile: President, Kirkpatrick International, Inc. Vice President for Public Affairs, Sandoz Agro.  Director of Corporate Communications, Monsanto Company. Reporter: Springfield News-Leader, St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

Articles have appeared in American Medical News, Shell News, Monsanto Magazine, Exxon Light, Missouri Historical Society Journal, Zoodus, Parenting magazine, Tucson xxx, Lake Lifestyles magazine, Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, Lake Sun Leader, Jefferson County Examiner and elsewhere. Samples on request.

Kathleen Valenzi Knaus

833 16th Street
Wilmette, IL 60091
Home phone: (847) 920-5542
Business/Cell: (434) 760-4229

Specialties: Book/manuscript editing, poetry

Profile: Kathleen’s recently wrote the dust jacket copy for “The Call of Everest,” a commemorative book being published by National Geographic Books in April 2013.  She has edited manuscripts for various authors.   She was a Finalist for Glimmer Train Press 2002 Poetry Open for “Cowgirl Longings.” Currently, Kathleen is researching a book of historical fiction.

Lanning, Thomas 

131 16th Street
Wilmette, IL 60091

Ph: 847.251.3657  |   Fax: 847.251.3657

Specialties: Business, personal finance, financial markets, human interest features, technology

Publications: Newspapers, magazines, wire services, corporate communications

Levin, Meta L. 
Meta L. Levin & Associates LLC

2021 St. Johns Avenue, #2F

Highland Park, IL 60035

Ph: 847.615.0543  |   Fax: 847.574.0439  |

Specialties: business, real estate, careers, information security, profiles

Publications: magazines, newsletters (electronic and print), newspapers, web content

Levine, Joanne 
913 Cali Court
Libertyville, IL 60048

Ph: 847.327.9530  |

Specialties: Public Relations

Publications: Newspapers, consumer & trade, radio, television, books

Profile: Publicist with 20 years of experience specializing in local and national media coverage and high-performance marketing communications.

Love, Jeri L.
1555 Sherman, PMB #338
Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 847.417.8749 (home)   |   Ph: 847.675.8772 or 773.870.1002 (work)

Jeri is a long-time journalist who has also taught nonfiction writing. She is currently a ghostwriter whose books came out in 2007 and 2010.

Lovison, Reno

5620 N Maplewood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659

Ph: 773.989.1960   |    |

Specialties: Book video trailer production, web video script writing, marketing, nonfiction writing.

Profile: With a background in sales and marketing I have been involved in some aspect of video production for over 20 years, including broadcast and corporate projects. Video has finally found its place on the web and short videos such as book trailers will transform the Internet and book selling as we know it.

Madorsky, Rachel 
P. O. Box 446
Northbrook, IL 60062

Specialties: Anthropology, Health, Mind, Body and Spirit, Metaphysics

Publications: websites, newspapers, magazines and books including, Maestro: Unveiling Karma and Reincarnation, Symphony of Your Karma: Healing Destiny of Soul, Create Your Own Destiny: Spiritual Path to Success.

Profile: Rachel Madorsky writes books and articles on the art of healing, health, self-help, inspiration, spirituality, anthropology and metaphysical issues.

Deborah Massion
22104 Old Farm Road
Deer Park, IL 60010

Specialties: Travel and Destinations, Hospitality, Food, Direct Mail, Brochures, Email Campaigns, Newsletters, Speech Writing, Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, Ads, and Public Speaking.

Publications: Articles, Web Content, Social Media Posts, Newsletters, and Public Relations.

Profile:  Experienced writer, world traveler, presenter, trainer, and background in sales and marketing.

Pamela Dittmer McKuen

87 Tanglewood Drive

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Business phone: 630-545-0867

Home phone: 630-545-0868


Specialites: Fashion/Home, Feature Writing

Publications: Pamela has been a freelance non-fiction magazine/newspaper journalist for dozens of national, regional, consumer, association, collegiate and trade publications as well as an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago.  She is a full-time fashion and feature writer.   She writes style and home features for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Life, a magazine that appears in regional editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  Her book co-authored with Jackie Walker, “Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion,” was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2013.  She has received numerous awards from the National Federation of Press Women and the National Association of Real Estate Editors.


Marcin, Marietta 
425 Sunset Road
Winnetka, IL 60093

Ph: 847.446.7312

Specialties: Gardening, psychology

Publications: Books, articles

Masaracchia-Roberts, Sue 
1111 Swinburne Place
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Ph: 847.680.6583  |   Cell: 847.772.8653  |   Fax: 847.680.6705

Specialties: Public relations, annual reports marketing communication materials, profiles, not-for-profits, features, business stories, letters, search engine optimized web writing, educational materials

Publications: Newspapers, magazines, public relations, marketing communications

Mercer, Michael W.,  PhD
Mercer Systems, Inc.
25597 Drake Road
Barrington, IL 60010
Business phone:          847-382-0690
Website (online) site: &

Specialities: Delivers workshops & speeches on Management, Hiring, Human Resources, Leadership & Organizational Change topics.   Dr. Mercer is a business psychologist and author of business and motivational books including “How Winners Do It”, “Turning Your Human Resources Department into a Profit Center”, “Hire the Best & Avoid the Rest”, “Spontaneous Optimism”, “Absolutely Fabulous Organizational Change” and “Job Hunting Made Easy”.  He developed three pre-employment tests used by companies across North America to help them select top-notch employees: BEHAVIOR FORECASTER™, ABILITIES FORECASTER™ and DEPENDABILITY FORECASTER™.

Moldafsky, Annie 
721 Lexington Court
Northbrook, IL 60062

Ph: 847.509.1474   |   Fax: 847.509.1475

Specialties: Arts, business, money, profiles, travel, retirement, women

Publications: Magazines and newsletters

Mueller, Robert John
2645 North Prindle Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Ph: 847.392.9335   |   Fax: 224.735.3478

Specialties: Travel and military history

Publications: Books – specifically travel guides to military sites

O’Connor, James V. 
O’Connor Communications, Inc.
333 Warwick Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Ph: 847.615.5462  |   Fax: 847.615.5465  |

Specialties: human interest, lifestyles, etiquette, public relations

Publications: Newspapers, magazines, books including Cuss Control

Profile: He has had a public relations firm since 1989, and now specializes in business-to-business publicity and book promotion. Frequently interviewed by the media on swearing and civility, Jim O’Connor has a mystery/romance novel, Another Man’s Treasure, coming out in 2009.

O’Connor, Lynda M.
O’Connor Communications, Inc.
333 Warwick Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Ph: 847.615.5462  |   Fax: 847.615.5465  |

Specialties: Publicity for authors, businesses and consumer products

Publications: Newspapers, magazines, radio, TV

Profile: Lynda has partnered with her husband in public relations and placing articles since 1993. She as won several awards for promoting authors and their books.

Ortbal, John
1775 East Course Dr.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Ph: 847.405.9717   |   Business: 847.444.0344   |   Fax: 847.444.0345

Specialties: Hi-Tech, security software, thought leadership campaigns. All forms of marketing communications including social media, web sites, promotional collateral, white papers, public relations, trade show presentations, speeches, ghost-written articles

Publications: Editorial Director,, trade publications, corporate web sites/blogs

Special Interests: Local, sustainable food chain from organic farms to processors, distributors and retailers. Local community economy/buying/investing. Columnist at

Profile: More than 25 years of experience creating marketing communications from strategy and campaign development to tactical execution of web content and lead generation programs. Have served as director of communications and vice president of marketing for software startups and early growth companies and operate my own virtual agency at

Payne, Barbara
501 W. Surf St. Apt 810
Chicago, IL 60657

Ph/Fax: 773.857.7118  |   Cell: 216.472.8502  |

Specialties: Medical and technology marketing, speechwriting, business blogs, newsletters, executive presentations, adjunct SEO services book/text/article writing and editing

Publications: web, promotional print materials, business and technology magazines, texts and books including Create the Business Breakthrough You Want

Profile: She is experienced professional at developing branding concepts and marketing strategies in a variety of industries. She develops website content and writes business blogs, press releases, e-newsletters and direct mail.

Peters, Lesley 515 Main Street, Apt 709
Evanston, Illinois 60602
Qualified Communication Services
Visit us at:
Specialities: The Right Words for Results |Web Content| Case Studies| White Papers| RFP Assistance



Pritsker, Ellen B.

800 Elgin Road #PH13
Evanston, IL 60201

Ph 847.370.4132

Specialties: Web concept/copy, editing, all public relations communications, blog writing, editorials, bylined articles, visual arts writing

Publications: Magazines, web, newspapers, academic text and books including editorial input in The Elusive Fan

Profile: Seasoned public relations pro combines strong journalism credentials with broad range of media, communications and event experience. A former Chicago Tribune staff writer, she is an agency and organizational public relations exec and steady freelance contributor to city and suburban publications, in addition to doing speech and ghost writing and working as a columnist.

Richardson, Pamela

5741 North Lansing Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Ph: 773-791-4681

Specialties: Business writing/editing: Proposal content, RFPs, technical writing, communications, copywriting, marketing collateral, academic/dissertations.

Other: Songwriting, fiction (novels, short stories).

Profile: Pam has been a writer/editor for 20+ years. She currently works as a proposal content developer for Cisco Systems.


Rosenfeld, Sue

11605 2nd Street
Huntley, Illinois 60142

Ph: 847.525.3332

Specialties: articles, e-newsletters and e-blasts, press releases, business writing, Web site content

Publications: magazines, newspapers, corporate and not-for-profit communication materials, Web sites, book contributions

Saemann, Karyn

Inkspots, Inc.
617 Terrace Road
Deerfield, WI 53531

Ph: 608.541.8220 or Work: 608.514.7613

Profile: Karen Saeman is a freelance writer, book editor and book reviewer. Her book reviews appear in the US Review of Books, Midwest Book Review and Madison Magazine. Her firm, Inkspots, Inc., independently contracts with authors and publishers for reviews, editing, ghost writing, manuscript assessment and manuscript development. She is an upcoming author, with a children’s chapter biography due out in 2014 from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. And she teaches writing classes for children. Karyn formerly worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor in Madison, Wisconsin. She has a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Deerfield, Wisconsin.




Sanders, Lynn


Specialties: Online multimedia marketing for nonprofits, including Internet-based Talk Radio (BlogTalkRadio) and video marketing; children’s books.

Profile: Lynn is President/Founder of Park Avenue Multimedia Marketing, Inc. as well as The Difference Makers. On the “side,” she’s working on a few children’s stories. Lynn also has a music background and recently and is licensed to teach a revolutionary piano program,Simply Music, which allows students of all ages to play all musical styles immediately.  (


Schaffer, Cyndee
4016 Picardy Drive
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Ph: 847.291.6836    |   Fax: 847.291.6843

Specialties: women’s military memoirs, writing and editing mathematics textbooks, user documentation for software including PeopleSoft

Publications: Article in the Minerva Journal of Women and War, General Math, Books 2, 3 and 4 used by the Edison Schools and Provost Schools (charter schools). “Mollie’s War”, a book about my mother’s experiences as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) stationed in Europe during WWII, was published by McFarland Publishers in August 2010.

Profile: Former documentation writer and corporate trainer for a large community college system developing the user documentation for their proprietary computer system consisting of student administration, financial accounting and human resources as well as delivering all of their staff training. Also have developed user documentation for several large corporations for human resources and financial accounting systems and was a subject matter expert and liaison between users and programmers in developing/modifying software systems. Has written math textbooks and a memoir based on her mother’s military experiences.

Schweit, Ernest J.
141 St. Armand Lane
Wheeling, Ill.60090

Ph: 847.608.8070    |   Fax: 847.465.6070

Specialties: photography, writing, barn preservation, entertainment, teaching, marketing

Publications: Photography for “Wisconsin Barns,” (Farcountry Press), Country Living magazine, Daily Herald (32 editor for 32 years)

Profile: Long-time editor and writer at Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., with specialties in new product development, entertainment, business, lifestyles and local news. Award-winning photographer. Looking for new opportunities in writing and photography.. Photographer for new book, “Wisconsin Barns,” (Farcountry Press), lecturer on photography and barn preservation, teaching photography at Harper College, Palatine, Ill.

Seddiqui, Daniel
2331 Brown Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 847.275.3638

Profile: Daniel is the internationally bestselling author of 50 Jobs in 50 States- One Man’s Journey of Discovery across America. He is the founder and director of Living the Map, an experiential learning program. Daniel has appeared on such TV shows as World News Tonight and the Today Show and lectures on how to succeed in a personal journey through unconventional avenues.

Souter, Gerry and Janet
905 E. Frederick Streeet
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5737

Ph: 847.398.1087   |   Office: 847.398.3074   |   Fax: 847.398.3075

Specialties:History, art, juvenile nonfiction, computers, multimedia, community history

Publications: Books, magazines, newspapers, novels, short stories, stage plays

Spaltro, Kathleen 
143 Lawrence Avenue
Woodstock IL 60098-3958

Ph: 815.337.5806

Specialties: Genealogy

Publications: Coauthor, Royals of England: A Guide for Readers, Travelers, and Genealogists, editor, Genealogy and Indexing

Stemler, Irene
Irene Stemler, RN
Chicago, IL

Ph: 773.735.8282   |   Fax: 773.735.8383

Specialties: Nursing, Health Care, Recruitment/Retention Strategies, Storytelling, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

Publications: Author, Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America’s Nurses Tell Their Stories. The book is a collection of photos of well worn nursing shoes and the stories behind them, written in response to this country’s impending nursing shortage. The most current estimate is that the projected RN shortage will be 260,000 by the year 2025.

Profile: Irene is drawing on her 23 years of nursing management, education, advocacy, and consulting experience to help the federal government with nurse recruitment strategies. Her book gives voice to millions of nurses.

Sweet, Neesa 
400 Park Ave.
Highland Park IL 60035

Ph: 847.266.2677  |   Cell: 847.271.0564  |   Fax: 847.266.2678

Specialties: Business, travel, organizations, new paradigm thinking, learning and development, training

Publications: magazines, newsletters, newspapers, web, in-house, corporate and sponsored publications and media

Profile: A writer and organization development consultant, Neesa Sweet was the Director of Learning and Development for the Chicago Sun-Times News Group. She has written for dozens of publications, companies, associations, and healthcare organizations; including articles, speeches, scripts and training programs.

Tabin, Janet H.
2660 Roslyn Lane
Highland Park, IL 60035

Ph: 847.432.5221  |   Fax: 847.432.5239  |   Cell: 847.767.5221

Specialties: Business, education, contemporary biography, light gossip, general interest

Publications: Books, magazines, newsletters, corporate publicity

Temkin, Mira
3022 Lexington Lane
Highland Park, IL 60035

Ph: 847.433.2109  |   Fax: 847.433.2134

Specialties: Consumer advertising, B2B, promotional and incentive marketing, Web site development and content management, newsletters, press releases and travel/tourism.

Publications: Web, newspapers, magazines, editor of Jewish Business News, five-year travel columnist for Suburban Woman North Shore and City Woman Chicago. Her articles have also appeared in Family Time Magazine, What’s Happening, six-00-three-five magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Profile: High energy copywriter has been putting words to paper for 25 years plus. This imaginative communications pro has extensive experience in concept development and copywriting for advertising, B2B, B2C and incentive management programs. She also writes Web sites, trade advertising, press releases and articles. “Mira-Mira on the wall, when you need words or ideas, I’m the writer to call.”


Thompson, Candace George

2626 North Lakeview Ave. Apt. 712

Chicago, IL 60614

Ph: 773-327-8452


Specialties: Memoir, military families, Army Air Corps, Okinawa, personal essays.

Publications: Gold medal award-winning “Still Having Fun, a Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941-2007,” various anthologies.

Profile: Candace George Thompson is the daughter of a career Air Force Officer whose first mission was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. She was born in Kentucky, as were both her parents, and like most service families, hers moved frequently. By the time she started 10th grade, she had changed schools 13 times. Candace graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Venezuela. After returning from the Peace Corps, she lived in Vermont, San Francisco, Oregon and New Jersey. Later she earned an M.S. in Organization Effectiveness from Loyola University in Chicago. Ms. Thompson and her husband have now lived in Chicago for over 30 years.


Tiersky, Ethel

4032 W. Lunt Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Ph: 847.674.2453

Substantial list of books, as author or contributor, including one trade book and several textbooks, plus a heap of articles (health, business).

Tully, Catherine L.

Specialties: Writer specializing in health/fitness, arts, education, lifestyle, marketing/business, dance, writing and travel. Blog, speaking and social media experience.

Publications: Web, newspapers, magazines, travel and fitness books.

Profile: Catherine L. Tully is the owner/editor at, a blog for dancers, dance teachers and others who love dance. Founded in 2009, 4dancers has become one of the larger dance blogs on the web, with 16 professionals in the field contributing to it regularly, including company dancers from Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and more. 4dancers was named one of the “10 Dance Tweeters to Know Right Now by the Huffington Post. Catherine has also written non-dance related articles for publications that include Boys Life, American Style and American Fitness, and her writing has appeared in many magazines and several travel books since she began writing in 2002.

Weinstock, Donna 
Office Management Solution
490 Banyan Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

Ph: 847.205.9797  |   Cell: 847.863.8173  |   Fax: 847.714.9797  |
Blog: PFN-Live (Physician’s Financial News)

Specialties: Healthcare, business

Publications: Magazines, newsletters, trade journals and online

Profile: Donna Weinstock writes about healthcare, personal interest topics, business and management for healthcare and business magazines, newsletters and journals. She also blogs for an online magazine, offering tips on practice management.

Wilson, Connie Corcoran 
1250 S. Indiana, #703
Chicago, IL 60605

Ph: 312.362.0350   |   Business: 309.755.4350   |   Cell: 309.737.2225

Profile: Connie is an award winning writer who has written for five newspapers and published 15 books. Her most recent books are “It Came from the ’70s” & “Laughing through Life” which are available on Connie currently writes for Yahoo and Associated Content, as well as multiple blogs..

Yotis, Karen Cavello
4635 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Ph: 708.288.2074

Profile: A freelance writer for 10 years, Karen specializes in business and legal writing, especially for LexisNexis, a legal publisher. Karen is also a regular contributor to trade and association publications and chaired the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals’ Publications Committee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *