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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. 

Jacqueline L. Bachar
Jacqueline Bachar, is Author of Life On The Ohio Frontier; A Collection of Letters From Mary Lott to Deacon John Phillips, 1826-1846, (her Rev War ancestor) for which she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Anna Ford Family Book Contest. The book was selected by the Sunbury, Ohio Library to be featured on their historical website, the “Big Walnut Memory” as an “Ohio treasure.”
In April. 2010, The National League of American Pen Women, Palm Springs Chapter awarded her the Woman of Distinction in the Arts, for her work.
Her Civil War book, Do Not Write So Sadly: A Collection of Confederate Civil War Letters that has been accepted by a university press is under revision.
Bachar completed her pre-doctoral studies in Cultural and   Social Anthropology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She holds an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goddard University, Plainfield, Vermont, and a BA in Psychology and Art from Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey.  

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.     

Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti
Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti is a passionate advocate for women's rights, inclusive language and biblical literacy.  She holds a B.A. in Religion from Chapman University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University and a Dr. of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She has taught Women in Religion and Women's History classes at Chapman University.  

Members at Large

Stephen Bridges
Stephen’s first professional writing job was scribbling name tags for contestants on The Price Is Right. He soon moved up to create on-air copy for that game show and others, including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. After moving to Miami he was named Arts & Entertainment Editor at, covering the South Beach scene and events throughout South Florida. In between the creative and editorial gigs, he’s proudly labored as a Public Relations flack, creating press releases and events for clients from Pfizer to Bacardi and for numerous Arts non-profits (where his true passion lies).
Stephen considers himself a Texafornian, having grown up in Houston and graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree and Advertising and Creative Writing. His literary heroes are Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, David Sedaris and Steve Martin.  

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.

Advisory Committee

Diana Miller-Castells

Committee Chairpersons

Lynn De Turk

Sunny Simon



Website Contributors

Cheryl McFadden


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