David Bell

David Bell is the USA Today-bestselling author of nine novels from Berkley/Penguin, including LAYOVER, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages, and in 2013, he won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best crime novel by an international author. He is a professor of English at Western Kentucky University where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he spends his free time rooting for the Reds and Bengals, watching movies, and walking in the cemetery near his house. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his wife, writer Molly McCaffrey.

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Arl Farris

  • Arl Harris - Author
  • Book - The Sheriff of Tucson

Arl Farris has never been one to shy away from adventure. The spirit of his novels captures the way he lives, with the sun on his face and wind in his hair.

He began his career as a police officer in Orange County, California. He worked uniform patrol, investigations and crime task forces. A tenacious worker, Arl quickly earned the reputation as a man on the move. He earned a master’s degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management and worked his way up the chain of command. When he promoted to Chief of Police at a municipal police department in Los Angeles County, he was one of the youngest to ever achieve that rank.

Although he took a great deal of pride getting hardened criminals off the streets, he was equally concerned with passing his knowledge on to others. Arl served as an explorer scout leader, a docent at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, and as a police academy range instructor. He has volunteered countless hours rebuilding water catchments in the Mojave National Preserve with the Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife, and has been a frequent competitor at the US Police and Fire Games participating in a number of shooting sports.

After retiring from the police department, Arl has not slowed down. He has been a bodyguard for Hollywood celebrities and worked in corporate security. Additionally, he was a civilian advisor in Afghanistan, embedded with an army maneuver unit in the Horn of Panjwai, and with Special Forces in Kabul.

Arl and his wife, Nancy, have been married over thirty years. They live in Franklin Tennessee, and have two adult children.

Arl draws on his knowledge of policing and love of the outdoors for inspiration in writing novels. Among his favorite authors include Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Ambrose, Nelson DeMille, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Lee Child. It was Stephen Cannell who planted the seed that Arl could also be an author.

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Courtney Stevens

  • Courtney Stevens
  • The June Boys

Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small town south. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, Olympic torchbearer, and bookseller at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. These days she writes coming-of-truth fiction and is the community outreach manager for Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, KY. She has a pet whale named Herman, a bandsaw named Rex, and several novels with her name on the spine.

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Deborah Enright, Ed.D. – Emcee

  • Deborah Enright, Ed.D. - Emcee
  • The Macfarlan Group

Deb loves anyone who seeks to improve the world through skillful disruption of the status quo. She is an acclaimed communicator, strategist, catalyst, and coach adept at uncovering potential in individuals and groups strengthening their abilities to optimize their impact within their organization and the community.

Her work experiences here and abroad have found her in the company of disrupters changing the worlds of workforce development for formerly incarcerated individuals, immigrants and refugees, children’s literacy, youth leadership development, children with special needs, school administrative leadership, teacher development, and human trafficking.

Deb is a connector par excellence who believes that disrupters talking across industries and interests to collectively impact social challenges will cause deep sustainable change. ​

In addition to service on local social impact organization boards, Deb also serves as the Vice President of Strategic Planning on the Board of the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College. (Her beloved undergraduate alma mater.)

Deb Macfarlan Enright holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and two advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University including a Doctorate in Education Policy from the nationally ranked Leadership, Policy & Organization Department program. She is the Founder, Presidernt & CEO of the Macfarlan Group

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