2018-2019 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.
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, 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. Assisting Jim is:
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.
Mark E. Anderson
Mark Edward Anderson was born in Peoria, Illinois and lived in the southeast before moving to Palm Springs in 2002 with his husband Dan Jones and their dog Joy. He earned his visual communications degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Employed by Delta Air Lines for 10 years, Mark created communications for their marketing, branding, product development and training departments. He established AquaZebra Web, Book and Print Design in 2007 and quickly began designing communications for authors, retail stores and service companies.
He has been a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild since 2009. As past president during the 2010-2011 season, he redesigned the PSWG website, worked with the Board to create a successful Desert Writers Expo and secure 501c3 non-profit status.
He is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many Guild members helping them with cover design, interior design, book shepherding, marketing and publishing. “Authors are passionate about their story and I enjoy being part of their process. I’ve met some incredibly gifted authors here.”