Glory Aiken discovered her love and enthusiasm for memoir writing in retirement. She has independently published the histories of her Italian, German and Irish extended family, spanning a period of 145 years. In 2015, Glory's short story, I Do, was published by the Cat and Mouse Press. In 2016, I Do, was read aloud at a Delmarva Public Radio fundraiser in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Dr. Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of all things ecological. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Maryland Ornithological Society, especially its youth program (YMOS).
Commander Armstrong is a United States Naval Academy Permanent Military Professor. Previously in his career, he was a helicopter pilot supporting JSOC/SOCOM Special Warfare Operations. He deployed to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleets with Amphibious Ready Groups, Marine Air Ground Task Forces, and numerous covert special operations around the globe.
Ashore, Commander Armstrong served in the Pentagon as a strategic assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. He joined the faculty of the Naval Academy History Department during the fall term of 2016. Commander Armstrong also serves as the Director of the McMullen Naval History Symposium. In addition to being widely published, Commander Armstrong is the recipient of the U.S. Naval Academy Faculty Excellence Award, the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation General Roy Geiger Award.
Paul Carroll was born in Boston and graduated from Boston College. He began his career with Chrysler Corporation and then worked for 30 years in sales, marketing, and business development with Eastman Kodak. He also did business development consulting in Washington for MCC, an Austin, Texas-based business consortium. Paul lived in the
Annapolis area from 1975 until moving to Easton in 2005.
Emily Chandler owns Piazza Italian Market, in Easton, which opened in 2008. Her previous work experience includes making cheese in New York State and working for Slow Food USA and the Bedford Cheese Shop. Emily travels to Italy annually to explore and continue learning about Italian food and culture.
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Stephen Goldman has been a serious collector of historical newspapers and their precursors. His extensive archive focuses on important historical events over the past 7 centuries. His collection forms the nucleus of the News History Gallery at the NEWSEUM in Washington, DC.
Hunter H. Harris is a sixth-generation Eastern Shore native who has spent well over 11,000 hours flying all kinds of aircraft all over the United States. He is commercially licensed by the FAA to fly every category of aircraft: single and multi-engine land or sea airplanes, helicopters, gliders, and lighter-than air Airships. Hunter has flown LTA aircraft around the country and over most major sporting events. His personal interests include old cards, power and sail boating, old airplanes, and figuring out a way to clean up the Bay.
Rich Harrison is the retired Director of Research & Development for Baltimore Aircoil Co., a worldwide manufacturer of evaporative cooling equipment and ice thermal storage equipment. During his 39 years at BAC, he developed numerous innovative components of those products and received ten patents. He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Purdue University. He resided in Columbia, Maryland, for 32 years and then found the light of the Eastern Shore.
Nancy Hesser (Ph.D, Comparative Literature) has taught in the US, DR Congo, and Mali. Her courses for Eastern Shore programs have focused on short stories, exploring such topics as American regionalism, the Roaring 20s, African voices, Central American literature, and flash fiction. She lives in Dorchester County.
Phillip Hesser, Ph.D., taught in the US and Africa and served with the UNHCR and AED. He can be found teaching at Salisbury University and progging in the marshes with his pups Marshall and Bayly. He is the author of What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River & Refuge (Cambridge: 2014), and is working on The Old Home Is Not There – The Native Land of Harriet Tubman.
Bruce Jones spent forty years in the health industry, as technician, as hospital administrator and later as executive management in information technology companies deploying first generation systems. He retired in 2008 to pursue lifelong learning, to travel, and to revel in leisure around the Chesapeake Bay.
Payne Kilbourn retired from the Navy as a Captain after serving on five nuclear attack submarines and several assignments ashore. From 2004 to 2011 he was CEO of a robotics company. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, writing under the pen name of Payne Edwards.
Jason Lee has an Associate's Degree of Applied Sciences in Computer Science, as well as many specialized degrees in the field, including a MCP, NET+, CCNA and MCSE. With over 25 years of experience, Jason and his Salisbury University-trained team provide computer consultation, diagnostic, repair, and retail services to businesses and homes throughout the Chesapeake mid-shore.