AIM Speakers Bureau

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 To arrange a multi-speaker panel or for questions:

 Chambers, John

 Long-term facilitator of neighborhood Constitution Study Groups. Certified Oregon Drug Specialist. Active on several Josephine County committees including: Drug and Alcohol Planning Committee, Mental Health Advisory Board, Rural Land Planning Commission. Active with Jo Co Grants Pass Growers Market. An expert on the US Constitution.

 Topics I am interested in speaking about: US Constitution, Drug Prevention, Moderating a panel with other AIM authors.

Contact me at:                            541 226-2531

 Clayton-Goldner, Susan

Susan became fascinated with books and writing as a child. Her first publication came when she was ten. It was a poem on the back of a church bulletin. Perhaps seeing her name in print prompted her to pursue that love and become a novelist. Susan pursues a life in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, Andreas, her fictional characters, and more books than one person could count. When she isn’t writing—which isn’t often—Susan likes to make stained glass windows and quilts. She says it’s a little bit like writing—telling stories with fabric and glass.  She writes Family drama, Thriller and Mystery.

Topics I am interested in speaking about: My books, the craft of writing. Involvement in a panel on writing.

 Contact me at:                541 479-3161

Compton, Leslie

Professional musician, elementary teacher, Lamaze Instructor, memoir teacher and writing facilitator, quilter, fabric artist. Graduated from Cal-State in Hayward. Have given talks on “Dearest Minnie” (Great White Fleet) using powerpoint presentation. Taught an OLLI class in Ashland for six weeks on this subject.

 Topics I am interested in speaking about: Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet of 1907-1909 in postcards, a caregiver’s journey, how to prepare, points of a good writer.

Contact me at              541 897-0133

Coon, Cherie

Author, former teacher who was living in Berlin when The Wall came down. Traveled extensively in Europe as an army wife and teacher of military kids. Taught school for 25 years and frequent speaker at Kiwanis Club.  Writes historical with a dose of fantasy.

Topics I’m interested in speaking about: Europe, travels, experiences, writing, reading from my book.

Contact me at:  541 479-0212 or cell  909 532-2785

 Doyle, Laura L.

Author, writer and TFT Personal Empowerment Coach. I have been writing poetry since I   was a little girl. My writing genre is nonfiction.

Topics I’m interested in speaking about: reading from my book, My Child, As You Grow   Older.

 Contact me at:           541 237-9276


Teacher of grades preschool through adult education for more than twenty-five years. Participation in history/social science summer institutes developing/writing lesson plan units for seven summers. Developed and taught other teachers in Saturday workshops what we had learned in the institutes. Participation in a Geographic Alliance for Teachers.

Topics I’m interested in speaking about: Foods throughout U.S. history and historical insights about specific recipes. Connecting history and geography through foods. My historical cookbook, Cooking Through American History.

Contact me at:        541-295-2008

Frankland, Constance

Published writer of fiction, poetry, humorous essays, skits, & radio ads; ghostwriter; trained/experienced copyeditor and content editor.

Topics I’m interested in speaking about: 

  1. Humor: Telling Funny Things; Telling Things Funny
  2. Memoir: Pleasure, Pain, Pitfalls, & Perspective
  3. Ordinary Words, Extraordinary Prose
  4. Poetry: Playing with Language
  5. Edditing fore FUn & pleasur
  6. Readings: my writing on your interests (gardening, teaching, church, business, etc.)

Contact me at:

Handover, Paul

Born in London in 1944. Studied at London University then worked as a salesman for a number of years. Freelance reporter for a Finnish magazine in 1969. Back to selling for IBM UK from 1970 to 1978. Started my own company in 1978 that was subsequently sold

to investors in 1986. Freelance sales and marketing consultant until leaving the UK in 2008 to come to America via Mexico. Started blogging in 2009 and published my first book in 2015.

 Topics I’m interested in speaking about: Dogs, Integrity, Blogging.

Special interests: Seeking the truth, Learning from Dogs

Contact me at:                     541 476-7383

Leonard, Sherry

Lived five years in northern Chile in a mining camp at 10,000 feet. On returning to the States, attended graduate school, receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 1986. Joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School in Psychiatry in 1989; my laboratory did research in molecular neuroscience on nicotinic receptors and schizophrenia. Retired as a full Professor and Endowed Chair in Children’s Mental Disorders Research, moving to Grants Pass 3 years ago. Have two sons who are surgeons; the oldest, Mark Simchuk lives here with his family in Grants Pass. In retirement, I am writing fiction and poetry and enjoying grandchildren and gardening!

Topics I’m interested in speaking about: Nicotine Addiction, Mental illness, Gene Editing, GMOs, Fiction Writing: Novel, ATACAMA, Northern Chile, Atacama desert, mining, archaeology

Contact me at:  541 295-8329 cell Cell: 303-514-7357

 Long, Doranne

Speaker and teacher. Doranne Long has practiced physical therapy since 1981 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, WA. In 1988, completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She has lived and worked in Southern Oregon for more than 30 years.

She specializes as an orthopedic manual physical therapist. She believes it is vital to care for ourselves physically, as well as mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She is passionate about empowering individuals, through education, to successfully manage their health.

Topics I am interested in speaking about: Guide to Better Body Motion with Less Pain, and/or about AIM group/authors, writing books.

Contact me at:                  541 643-9289

Ransom, Heather S.

Middle school science teacher, owner of a pizza pub and cigar store, and believer in the magic of a great story. Author of Going Green (YA Sci Fi, released 2017) and Greener (July 2018.) Experienced speaker from small book clubs to large national conferences. Comfortable with presentations, interactive group discussions, workshops and question/answer sessions. Her genre is Young Adult Science Fiction.

Topics I am interested in speaking about:

Adult, High School or Middle School: Going Green, a Science Fiction Novel, UsingTechnology to Create Tension in Your Writing, Science Fiction- A Look into Our Future. High School: More than Me, More than Now- Analyzing Choices and Consequences in Everyday Life. Middle School: 3 Before Me- How to Make the Best Choices in Your Day-to-Day Life.

Contact me at:                   541 621-3519

 Schroeder, Anne

Award-winning author of historical western fiction, memoir and short stories, including Walk the Promise Road, a novel of the Oregon Trail. B. S. Social Science, Cal Poly; Past President of Women Writing the West; WILLA Literary Chair; Western Writers of America. Presenter at national writers’ conferences.

Topics I am interested in speaking about: Baby Boomers in the 60s and 70s; The Women’s West; The Two Oregon Trails, Columbia Route and Applegate Trail; Women in the American West; California Mission Indians; Why Writing Fiction and Memoir May Save Your Aging Brain; The Power of Three Minutes. Or a topic that fits your school or club program. My talks are light-hearted, entertaining and inspirational.

 Contact me at:    541 479-2284

Ville, James Art

Born in Mexico, raised in the US. I loved cartoons as a kid and now draw comics and make a living as a graphic designer. I have several books published: children’s picture books and a graphic novel.    I write in Fantasy, Children’s and Science Fiction. I am available for school visits.

Topics I am interested in speaking about: Illustration, Social Media, eCommerce, Web Design, Comics, Children’s Books, Comic Con.

 Contact me at:               541 761-5208

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