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2016-2017 Board of Directors


John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D.
John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC, CLS serves as president of the Palm Springs Writers Guild. An international consultant and expert witness in police and correctional practices, he has conducted training programs, consulted, and testified across the globe. In addition to his CLEAR California Teaching Credential, John holds six degrees from several universities and colleges, including California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert campus. He is a highly sought after speaker, and has over 250 publications, which include more than 30 video scripts and productions. A lifelong learner, John is also an instructional designer, a non-fiction writer, and producer of international conferences that are held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Uschi Wilson
Born in Salzburg, Austria, ULRIKE worked in the Music Industry as a promoter, singer & tour manager in Germany, Switzerland and England, before coming to Los Angeles in 1981 for a vacation. She fell in love with the diverse culture and arts that Los Angeles has to offer and decided to stay.
ULRIKE began a career in Entertainment Events in 1992 at a major Hollywood Studio, a position that would span nearly 20 years in the world of motion pictures and television.
Personally, during this period, she continued her intense studies, teaching and writing about her passion - her metaphysical findings. In 2011 she knew the time was right to begin her new venture as a full time metaphysical writer. She also teaches motivational life-style workshops, enjoys the creation and exhibitions of her paintings, and is involved in several City and Community projects in Palm Springs. 

Jim Misko
Jim Misko, award-winning author, teacher, journalist, and real estate entrepreneur, has written ten books. Born and raised in Ord, Nebraska, his mother taught him, at age five, to swim in the North Loup River. He came to respect and love the river. As a youth, he wandered its shores. Summers were for hunting frogs, turtles, and swimming; winter was for trapping, casting paw prints in the snow and tanning rabbit hides. Jim graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and at one time or another made his living as an oil field roughneck, mink rancher, forest service lookout, YMCA Youth Secretary, truck driver, logger, lumber mill hand, journalist, teacher and real estate broker. Entranced by the tales of Mountain Men, he quickly became skilled in travel by canoe and horseback. At the end of a summer’s work in Montana, he canoed 350 miles down the Columbia River to return to college. He and his family raised horses and canoed the waters of rivers and lakes in the Northwest and Alaska. Jim and his wife moved to Alaska in 1974 where they reside in the summer and California in the winter.

Steve Schullo
Stephen A. Schullo, Ph.D. (UCLA '96) taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for 24 years and UCLA Extension, retired in 2008. The first generation Italian-American, ex-Marine, Vietnam veteran wrote investment articles for United Teachers-Los Angeles' union newspaper (circ. 40,000) for 11 years. A thrice-featured volunteer retirement plan advocate, twice in the Los Angeles Times and once in U.S. News and World Report. Steve and his late husband, Dan were featured on the national broadcast PBS Frontline: The Retirement Gamble. He started an investor self-help group with Sandy Keaton for LAUSD colleagues and wrote 6,500 posts in three investment forums since 1997. Frequently quoted and interviewed by the media, testified at state legislative hearings, and honored with the “Unsung Hero” by the 40,000 member Los Angeles teachers’ union for his retirement investing advocacy.After ten years, Steve still serves on LAUSD’s Investment Advisory Committee as Member-at-Large and former co-chair. The committee oversees 457(b)/403(b) plans for 55,000 former and current LAUSD employees, assets of $2.4 billion.
He has self-published two personal finance books: Late Bloomer Millionaires and Fighting Powerful Interests.

John Carrigan
John Carrigan started his own company, Carrigan Communications, in 1995 after a successful career as a copywriter and creative group head at a number of leading ad agencies in New York City. He has created ads, direct mail packages, special advertising sections, and corporate communications materials for a list of clients that include Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Palm Springs Life, Fairchild Publications, the Cancer Research Institute, and a number of law firms. Mr. Carrigan is also a seasoned editor.  He edited the magazine The Advertiser, the house organ of the Association of National Advertisers, for many years; and more recently has edited a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction as well as websites, articles and blogs.

Marilyn Janas
Along with her strong verbal and written communication, as well as her excellent public speaking, presentation and platform skills, Marilyn is a most highly qualified leader for business and sales workshops and presentations. Through customized content and leveraging a wealth of experience, Marilyn provides her clients with the resources to make not only a positive impact in their day-to-day success, but assists them in creating a true learning organization that supports ongoing improvement in their companies.Marilyn holds a MBA from the University of Kansas, a BBA from Wichita State University, a MA.Ed., Career & Technical Education, is a National Speakers Association member and has been an instructor and consultant for the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center.     

Marly Bergerud
Marly Bergerud, President, Strategic Alliance Solutions®, LLC. Marly Bergerud established Strategic Alliance Solutions in 2004 after a lifetime career of 30+ years in higher education within the California Community Colleges.
Her higher education career was primarily in management leadership and included serving as Vice President at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA and Dean of Business at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Her earlier career was that of a Professor of Business at Cypress College, Cypress, CA.  Her reputation is that of a nationally recognized educational leader, author and speaker building national and global partnerships between educational institutions and their industry partners specializing in technology innovation and restructuring for the workforce of the 21st century.
Recently, Marly moved to Palm Desert, CA and continues to be dedicated to building collaborations that “see the future” for the advancement and use of beneficial technologies for changing the way people learn, work and connect.  Her interests are serving as an advisor and consultant to businesses and educational institutions for analysis, design, and implementation of innovative, experiential and immersive learning systems, leading edge technologies and alternative modes of delivery. Additionally, Marly is an active member and Educational Ambassador of the Muses, a women’s fundraising and leadership group for the McCallum Theatre that provides enrichment, education and entertainment to the community. As a writer she is actively working on a book and enjoys being a Board Member on the Palm Springs Writers Guild and engaging with the Guild’s ever-expanding membership of talented writers.
Bergerud has authored and published 25 computer technology textbooks and most recently co-authored and led a team in the development of Interactive 3D Visualization Development.  She has a B.S. degree in Business Education from California State University, Fresno, CA and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern California.

Lynn De Turk
Lynn DeTurk is a retired Nurse Practitioner who began writing poetry in 2011.  She is a member of the National Academy of Poets, The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, and the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She resides in La Quinta, California, and Tors Cove, Newfoundland.

Gordon Davis

Gordon Davis was born and raised in Ludington MI. He attended the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of The Art Center School in LA (now The Art Center School of Design in Pasadena). During his career Gordon designed cars, construction equipment, motorcycle and automobile accessories, and recreational vehicles. He also was an executive recruiter for twenty-three years. Gordon relocated to Newport Beach CA in 1995. He retired ten years later and set course for Rancho Mirage CA. To occupy his time he began to write, one of his early passions. Gordon completed six works of genre fiction (to include a published trilogy) and a collection of short stories. He is married and has four great kids!

Advisory Committee

Diana Miller-Castells

Committee Chairpersons

Lynn De Turk

Gordon Davis

Stephen Bridges



Website Contributors

Cheryl McFadden


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