Author Bios

David H. Abrams is a dedicated advocate for individuals and families. As a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, he has taken, and kept, a pledge to never represent any business in a dispute against a consumer. His practice is diverse and focuses upon the economic lives of individuals and families. He often represents consumer clients in actions such as automobile sales and financing fraud, debt collection defense, tenant’s rights, and consumer bankruptcy. He also assists his clients with issues such as estate planning, guardianship, and social security disability claims. He is a skilled and experienced litigator who has successfully litigated his client’s claims in State and Federal Courts and the corresponding Appellate Courts. He has been certified as counsel on numerous consumer class action lawsuits. Prior to graduating from City University of New York School of Law in 2003, he worked as a Registered Nurse and a medical software developer. As a law student he completed the CUNY Law School Elder Law Clinic. He also worked with the Florida State University law school Children in Prison project where he argued a clemency petition brought on behalf of a juvenile sentenced to 9 years in adult prison in Florida before former Governor Jeb Bush. David combines technological savvy, nursing compassion, and legal scholarship to provide efficient, caring, and creative representation for his clients. In January 2010 he successfully brought  and argued Burton vs. State, a pro bono landmark patient rights case of national interest, before the Florida First District Court of Appeals.

Paul Bahnson is Professor of Accountancy and the John Elorriaga Faculty Fellow at Boise State University. He also taught at the University of Montana and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Paul was a postgraduate intern at the FASB while earning his PhD at the University of Utah where he was mentored by Paul Miller. He also holds anMBA in finance (Indiana University) and a bachelor’s in accounting (Augustana College) and is an active CPA. Paul’s publications include two books and more than two dozen journal articles. With Paul Miller, he received the 2009 Lawler Award from the American Institute of CPAs for the best article in the Journal of Accountancy and the 2008 Lybrand Gold Medal from the Institute of Management Accountants for the best article in all its journals. Dr. Bahnson has co-authored nearly 300 “The Spirit of Accounting” columns in Accounting Today.

Bob Boland has had and continues to have a rich and varied career. With an MD and MPH from Johns Hopkins University and DBA and ITP (International Teachers Program) degrees from Harvard Business School, he started as a charted accountant in London, England. Dr. Boland worked for various organizations as a US Certified Public Accountant, including Pete Marwick in the USA and Arthur Andersen in Europe. He was instrumental in setting up the management school for MBA and Executive programs at Cranfield Business School in England. He also helped create the business school at INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France, and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Boland invented AGL (Autonomous Group Learning) as management training which is used by the Institute of Directors and other organizations around the globe. The program has been translated into nine languages and is used in thirty countries around the world for over 100,000 managers. He also invented BOL, which offers 450 language systems in ten languages. A member of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Boland has worked in forty countries on research development projects and teaching accounting, the environment and management.The author of many books and publications, Dr. Boland also offers CreativeLearning Exercise (CRE) courses for language, health, and management training. He has also consulted for many global organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Agency for International Development (AID), the Peace Corps, Shell Corporation, and Nokia.

Victor M. Cassidy is a professional writer and conservation volunteer based in Chicago , Illinois . He has published in conservation periodicals and, in 2004, edited Hunting for Frogs on Elston, a volume of nature journalism.

Cassidy has edited trade journals, written art criticism, and has slowly discovered the vibrant environmental movement in the Chicago area. As his interest in this subject deepened, he took courses which included field ecology, plant identification, wetlands, and prairies, leading to a Naturalist Certificate from the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.

For nearly ten years, Cassidy has worked as a field volunteer in nature preserves near Chicago. Recently, he helped organize field seminars at restoration sites where advanced volunteers exchanged information about their work. He also helped to organize a daylong series of workshops for more than 700 conservation volunteers. Henry Chandler Cowles: Pioneer Ecologist is his first ecology book.
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Mary Choy, PharmD, BCGP, FASHP, earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis on education at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System and an affiliated teaching position at Long Island University. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Mary has held multiple roles in the field of pharmacy, including academia, hospital, community, and industry. She currently serves as the Director of Pharmacy Practice for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists. While she was a professor and clinical pharmacist, she became an active fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Mary has over 65 publications and has presented at numerous national meetings.

She was honored with the ASHP-ABHP award for demonstrating exceptional leadership in research to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. She is the recipient of the New York State Assembly Citation for exemplary service in improving healthcare. Mary has appeared on the NBC Today Show, SinoVision, PBS, ASHP TV, and ‘Pharmacists: Unsung Heroes’ documentary. She was featured in newspapers, World Journal, SingTao, and Epoch Times, for her contribution to public health. She lives in New York City with her spouse and two children.

Thomas M. Daniel, M.D., is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Case Western University and Honorary Physician at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

During his academic career, Dr. Daniel was a member of the pulmonary medicine division at University Hospitals of Cleveland and an active teacher of medical students and medical residents. He directed a research laboratory studying immune responses to tuberculosis. Dr. Daniel served on numerous national committees related to pulmonary medicine, especially tuberculosis. Since retirement, he has focused on medical history and has published numerous medical history articles in scientific journals and six previous books, among them Times and Tides of Tuberculosis, Fithian Press, 2013, and Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis, University of Rochester Press, 1997.

David Jowsey was born and raised in Middlesbrough, England. He trained as a primary school teacher at Bretton Hall College where he studied Visual Arts, and is currently a teacher at Ravensworth Junior School. This is his first novel. To learn more visit and

Andrew Kakabadse is Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield University, School of Management in England. He was ACT Visiting Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra, was Visiting Professor at Hangzhou University, China, was Visiting Fellow at Babson College, Boston, USA, was Honorary Professorial Fellow, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, and was the H. Smith Richardson Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Creative Leadership, North Carolina, USA, Oct 2005-06. Andrew is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Visiting Scholar in Residence at Thunderbird, School of Global Management, USA, and Visiting Professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and at Swinburne University, Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, Fellow of the British Psychology Society and Fellow of the British Academy of Management. Andrew has consulted and lectured in the UK, Europe, the USA, SE Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Georgia, the Gulf States and Australia. He was also Vice Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and has been Chairman of the Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society, 2001. His current areas of interest focus on leadership, governance, boardroom performance, change management, improving the performance of top executives and top executive teams, excellence in consultancy practice, social and public administration, organisational behaviour and international relations. Andrew is currently involved with on a major world study of boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. A number of governments are participating in this new study, including British Ministers of State. He has been awarded a £2 million research grant to examine Governance and Leadership in the private sector and with governments. He has published 30 books, over 190 articles and 18 monographs, including the best-selling books Essence of Leadership, Politics of Management, Working in Organisations, and The Wealth Creators. His five latest books are entitled, Geopolitics of Governance, Smart Sourcing: International Best Practice, Corporate Social Responsibility: Reconciling Aspiration with Application, Leading the Board and Governance, and Strategy and Policy: Seven Critical Essays. Andrew is co-editor of the Journal of Management Development and Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. He also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Managerial Psychology and the Leadership and Organisation Development Journal. He held positions on the boards of a number of companies and has also been adviser to a Channel 4 business series.

Nada Kakabadse is currently Professor in Management and Business Research at the University of Northampton, Business School. Previously, she held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management. Before entering academia, Nada was a Senior Information Technology Officer with the Australian Public Services Department of Employment, Education and Training. She has worked for international organisations in Scandinavia, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as for the Canadian Federal Government. She has a BSc in Mathematics and Computing, a Graduate Diploma in Management Sciences, a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Canberra (Australia), and has earned her PhD in Management at the University of Western Sydney – Nepean (Australia). Nada has co-authored eight books (with Andrew Kakabadse), Leadership in Government: Study of the Australian Public Services (1998), Essence of Leadership (1999), Creating Futures: Innovative Applications of IS/IT (2000), The Geopolitics of Governance (2001), Smart Sourcing (2002), Intimacy (2004), Governance, Strategy and Policy: Seven Critical Essays (2006) and CSR in Practice: Delving Deep (2007). She has contributed 48 chapters to international volumes and has published over 100 scholarly articles. Her current areas of interest focus on governance, CSR, leadership and boardroom effectiveness, leadership and governance of governments, addictive effect of ICT and strategic sourcing. She is co-editor of the Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society and Journal of Management Development. Nada and her co-authors won the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for the best article written by an academician in the journal of Public Administration Review (PAR) in 2003 as well as best paper of the year in the Journal of Managerial Psychology (JMP) in 1998.

Michele B. Kaufman, PharmD, BCGP, earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She then completed a drug information fellowship at the URI Drug Information Center/Roger Williams Medical Center with a pharmacovigilance focus. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Michele has held multiple roles in the field of pharmacy, including managed care, academia, hospital, continuing medical education and industry. She has worked as a medical writer, professor, drug information specialist, and case manager. She is currently a Pharmacist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Michele has over 300 publications and was co-inventor of pineapple-flavored Colyte, with patents issued. She is on the editorial board for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Journal and a regular contributor to The Rheumatologist.

She is the recipient of two prestigious awards from New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Harold Neham Award and the Joe Yellin Award. She also received the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Award for making a significant contribution to managed care. She lives in New York City with her spouse.

Melissa Landa was born in apartheid South Africa into a family of anti-apartheid activists. After immigrating to the United States with her parents and siblings, she earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, her M.A. from Tufts University, and her PhD from the University of Maryland. Melissa has lived in Israel and visited the country over 18 times, most recently as the director of an education abroad program that focused on the country’s 145,000 Ethiopian Jews.

As an award-winning faculty member at the University of Maryland for ten years, Melissa’s teaching and research interests included equitable education and cultural competence for preservice teachers. Melissa’s personal life experiences in South Africa and Israel, and her expertise in anti-bias education and cultural competence provide her with a unique ability to address the fraudulent claims made by the BDS movement, which she does as the founding director of the non-profit organization, Alliance for Israel, an organization  that celebrates the diversity of Israel while exposing and shaming the perpetrators of lies against the State of Israel.

Melissa has written extensively about BDS in op-eds for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, The Algemeiner, The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, and her blog in The Times of Israel. Her chapter, “Falling Down a Rabbit Hole: Witnessing the Transformation of Oberlin College Where Hate Has Become Relativized,” will appear in an edited volume, Poisoning the Wells, a book about antisemitism in academia to be published in 2019.

Gary Lehrer has had distinguished career in corporate America despite his struggle with dyslexia. Beginning in the textile industry, he climbed the ranks in multi-billion dollar world class companies, exceeding expectations as he contributed to growth expansion with his business skills while performing as Production Manager, District Manager, Assistant General Manager and General Manager. He has worked in many sectors, including service and construction.

After chalking up success and capturing the attention of organizations with his track record of producing growth and profits, Gary has spelled out the secret of his success in Driving Results: A Positive Effect on Employee’s Lives. To learn more about Gary, visit

Carl N. McDaniel is Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and Visiting Professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He was founding director of the undergraduate environmental science degree program at Rensselaer. For the first three decades of his academic career he studied insect and then plant development. His scholarly interests since have focused on the interface between biology and economics. He has written two books—Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (2000, with economist John M. Gowdy) and Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Fornos, Herman Daly, Stephen Schneider, and David Orr (2005).

Paul B.W. Miller is Emeritus Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and was previously on the faculty of the University of Utah. His undergraduate degrees from Rice University are in economics and accounting and he holds a PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional experience includes fellowships on the professional staffs of both the FASB and the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant. Paul is also licensed in Colorado as a CPA in retired status. He has published seventeen books on accounting topics, including the previous four editions of

The FASB: The People, the Process, and the Politics and Quality Financial Reporting (with Paul Bahnson) that has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. With Ed Ketz (1996- 2000) and Paul Bahnson (2000-present), Dr.Miller has written nearly 400 “The Spirit of Accounting” feature columns in Accounting Today, which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of readers every month.

Laurie Mook is director of the Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto. She has degrees in accounting, international development, and education. She was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. As part of her research, Mook has taken the lead in designing accounting statements that are appropriate for organizations with a social mission. One such adaptation is the Expanded Value Added Statement (EVAS), a statement that illustrates the impact of the organization upon the surrounding community and the effects of the organization on an array of stakeholders. In her Ph.D. thesis, Mook has applied this framework to environmental accounting.

Patrice Ann Nuq is Associate Professor and Department Head of Marketing and Management at the International University in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Nuq draws on extensive international market experience in strategic and operational marketing aimed at customer loyalty and satisfaction. Professor Nuq is the founder and director of Synergies Marketing, providing global marketing services. As Director of Marketing, Customer Development, Patrice was instrumental in launching Orange into the Swiss market building on her successful track record in the marketing of leading high technology brands, having started her career in the United States working at RCA Global Communications and ITT World Communications.

This was followed by international roles where she lived and worked in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, working with world leaders such as: British Telecommunications, Digital Equipment /Compaq, and Orange Communications.

Patrice is recognized for maximizing company and customer value while sustaining competitive advantage and profitability having received various corporate service awards for building customer value and satisfaction throughout her corporate career. Patrice has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management in the United States.

Klaus Oestreicher is a Senior Lecturer in International Business with the Worcester Business School of the University of Worcester. Specialising in fast moving consumer goods and the Home Entertainment industry, Klaus brings over twenty years of practitioner experience to academia. He has served as director and has been a member various multinational company boards and has consulted for European and overseas customers.

Often a guest lecturer around the globe, Klaus is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, an Accredited Practitioner and Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Fellow with the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and a Member of CEROS, Centre d’études et de recherches sur les organisations et la strategie with the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France. His research, which has appeared in numerous European and US publications, is focused on Innovation and Strategic Communication.

Jack Quarter is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, specializing in the study of nonprofits, cooperatives, and the social economy. He is one of the first researchers in English Canada to undertake a comprehensive study of the social economy, published in his 1992 book, Canada’s Social Economy. Quarter is the author of 12 books and over 100 journal papers and book chapters addressing a broad range of social issues. He is the principal investigator for large number of research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), including the research currently being undertaken through the Social Economy Centre, but his more recent work has, together with Mook and Richmond, focused upon social accounting and its application to nonprofits and cooperatives.

Rod Redding is Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He holds undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. Rod’s professional experience includes both accounting and marketing activities for Price Waterhouse and IBM and holds an inactive CPA license. His previous academic positions have included associate professor and director of the School of Accounting at the University of Utah and accounting faculty positions at several other universities, including the University of North Carolina, Bucknell University, and Georgetown University. Dr. Redding has received numerous teaching awards and has also developed and delivered continuing professional education seminars at many locations around the world.

Betty Jane Richmond (B.J.) is a professor in the Faculty of Education, York University, specializing in inclusive education, adult and community education. Richmond has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector including work with a large Ontario-wide funder of nonprofits. For her doctoral thesis (under the supervision of Jack Quarter) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Richmond developed the Community Social Return on Investment model and applied it to a community-based training agency for people on social assistance because of various forms of disability. Richmond won the outstanding dissertation award for 1999 from ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations), the leading learned society in this field.

Geoff Sheard is the Fläkt Woods Group Vice President of Fan Technology, a leading global supplier of energy-efficient solutions operating in both the air climate for buildings and air movement for the infrastructure and industry markets. He is a director of Fläkt Woods Limited, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton Business School and a Visiting Professor at Sapienza University of Rome Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale. Geoff is also a director of the Air Movement & Control Association (AMCA) and a member of the AMCA Executive Board. He is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Fluid Machinery Group and Chairman of the organizing committee for Fan 2012, an international conference on fan noise, technology and numerical methods. He also leads the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Fans & Blowers initiative. Geoff has doctorate degrees from Oxford University in turbomachinery aerodynamics and from the University of Northampton in leadership and team development. He also holds a masters degree in business administration from Cranfield University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Liverpool University. A chartered engineer, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers, Geoff has published widely in both technical and management areas. He has published two books, two monographs, over 75 articles, and is a member of the Journal of Management Development editorial advisory board and the Leadership and Organisational Development Journal editorial review board.

Justin Thorne was born in Jersey, Channel Islands and was raised on the island, in Australia and in the UK. He has an MSc in Marketing from the University of Glamorgan and is considered one of the UK’s leading authorities on online communities and post-modern marketing. He is a Chartered Marketer and has managed global and national brands including Coca-Cola, Hovis, Schweppes, Budweiser, Lloyds TSB and Pepsi. He currently lives in Jersey with his girlfriend Ellie, his two children and a cat, where he continues to write fiction, music, academic journals and provide strategic marketing support for the world’s leading organizations and brands. To learn more visit

Neal R. Sadler initially pursued a career as an actuary, then served churches for more than 35 years as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  He journeyed with parishioners in the joys and challenges of seeking to love God and serve one another.   His degrees are from the University of Michigan (B.A., MBA), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Asbury Theological Seminary (D.Min.).  Neal enjoys creating sermons in story form to open listeners to the biblical message.  He has a special interest in local and global missions, leading numerous mission trips in the United States and overseas.

Neal and his wife, Carolyn, enjoy long-distance hiking in Europe and exploring America on their tandem bicycle.  Carolyn, too, is a former actuary, and happily retired.  They have two children, Nathan and Deborah, one grandchild, Anna, and a daughter-in-law, Katelyn, who is also an ordained UCC pastor.