Authors

20130329_Dan_Benevidez_131.jpg Dan Benevidez poses for a portrait, Friday, March 29, 2013, near Collyer Street and Fourth Avenue.
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Dan Benavidez

Author of For All the Wrong Reasons—a compelling memoir of a Latino man struggling to make it in a white man’s world—Dan Benavidez is well versed in the vulnerabilities of minorities who struggle to fit into a world fraught with discrimination.

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Originally from Crockett, California, Joseph P. Bowman was raised in French Gulch, a small mining town northwest of Redding. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1978, and completed eight duty assignments during his 21-year career as a Security Policeman. 

A veteran of Desert Storm, his decorations include the Airman's Medal (the Air Force's highest peacetime decoration for valor), the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters. 

After retiring with the rank of master sergeant in 1999, Bowman spent eleven years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Today, he resides in the Central Valley with his wife of 37 years, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.

MSgt (Ret.) Joseph P. Bowman

Originally from Crockett, California, Joseph P. Bowman was raised in French Gulch, a small mining town northwest of Redding. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1978, and completed eight duty assignments during his 21-year career as a Security Policeman.

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I am an electrical engineer, a private pilot, a business man and a writer. That is not necessarily the order of preference, but it is the order of occurrence. Although I wrote somewhat extensively as an engineer, on titillating topics such as the care and feeding of megawatt radar transmitters, I did not take up writing for fun until after my retirement, with my first novel, The Old Man, being my first published work.

Del Hayes

I am an electrical engineer, a private pilot, a business man and a writer. That is not necessarily the order of preference, but it is the order of occurrence. Although I wrote somewhat extensively as an engineer, on titillating topics such as the care...

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When Howard Zehr's book Changing Lenses fell into her lap from a library bookshelf more than a decade ago--literally, as if by some Divine orchestration--Jeannette Holtham's life changed. The restorative justice concept illustrated by Zehr really resonated for her as she considered the humanity of getting juvenile offenders to be accountable for their actions, face those they'd harmed and empowering them to repair the harm. But before she could take action on what she'd learned, Jeannette underwent a near-death, life-altering experience during surgery.

Twelve weeks after her recovery, she went skydiving, her daring message to God and the Universe that she would use her second chance to live to help youth, particularly those dealing with high-risk factors. In 2005 she launched Youth Transformation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring youth to leave risky behaviors behind, invent a compelling big dream for their lives and reach for their full potential.

Jeannette's book Taking Restorative Justice to Schools: A Doorway to Discipline (Del Hayes Press, 2009) is now available online at amazon.com, and is selling around the world in countries like Pakistan, India, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Georgia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Peru, Malta, and the U.S. It is currently being used as a textbook by professors at Ohio State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Eastern Mennonite University, New York University and the University of Chicago. The book has been praised by internationally renowned restorative justice pioneers and authors Dr. Howard Zehr, Dr. Gordon Bazemore, and Kay Pranis.

Jeannette Holtham

When Howard Zehr's book Changing Lenses fell into her lap from a library bookshelf more than a decade ago--literally, as if by some Divine orchestration--Jeannette Holtham's life changed. The restorative justice concept illustrated by Zehr really resonated for..

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Beverly Brown Title, Ph.D. (1945- ) was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in the segregated South and found a passion for social justice in the Civil Rights Era. A widow at age 24, she migrated to Colorado where she has since lived. 

She worked many years as an alternative school educator who championed students that were not succeeding in school. She distinguished herself as an educator winning recognition for her innovative approaches. In 1987 she received her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Education with a specialization in peace and conflict studies. 

She developed one of the first national bullying prevention programs and continues to be interested in that topic. In 1994 she cofounded the nonprofit Teaching Peace and in 1996 the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP). A leader in the restorative justice (RJ) field she and her programs have received awards and recognition for excellence.

In 2009, Dr. Title stepped down as head of Teaching Peace and LCJP and returned to her education roots. With her new organization, ReSolutionaries, Inc, she now focuses on brining restorative justice practices to schools and other communities. Her next book, now in the planning stages, will be about RJ in Schools.

Beverly Brown Title, Ph.D.

Beverly Title was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in the segregated South and found a passion for social justice in the Civil Rights Era. A widow at age 24, she migrated to Colorado where she has since lived.

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