William A. Schiemann

Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. Dr. Schiemann and his firm are known for their pioneering work in the creation of the People Equity (ACE) talent optimization framework, strategic performance metrics and balanced scorecards. He has consulted extensively with corporations on the development and implementation of business and people strategies; HR measurement; strategic employee surveys; internal value assessments; and creating high performance cultures. He also founded the Metrus Institute, which supports research and publications in the human capital arena. Bill is a thought leader in the human resources field, having authored scores of articles and multiple books on talent management, including The Rise of HR, co-edited with Dave Ulrich and Libby Sartain and sponsored by HRCI in 2015; Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, published by SHRM in 2013; The ACE Advantage: How …

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Charles McRaven

Charles McRaven is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BA) and University of Mississippi (MA) and did additional work toward a PhD. Early in his career, he taught journalism, worked as an editor and publisher, and practiced public relations in Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas. In recent decades, he has been known best for his work in restoration of historic buildings, including in and around Charlottesville; the heritage craft workshops he conducts across the country; and a steady series of books on various pioneer skills that have become classics of their type– The Blacksmith’s Craft, Building With Stone, Stonework, Stone Primer, and The Classic Log House (all published by Storey Publishing). He and his wife, Linda, a former National Geographic picture editor, have lived for nearly 40 years in Albemarle County, where they raised their five children.

Mike King

The author of A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond between America and Its Public Hospitals is a veteran award-winning journalist who has specialized in coverage of medicine and health care for more than forty years. From 1972 to 1987, Mike King served as a reporter, editor, Washington correspondent, and medical writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he won awards from the National Mental Health Association, the American Heart Association, and other health groups. He was among the first Washington-based reporters to document the tobacco industry’s efforts to pitch products to teenagers, young adults, and minorities. In 1987 King joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s science and medicine staff covering health disparities and policy issues at the state and national level. In 1991, he and reporter Hal Straus were the first newspaper reporters in the country to examine death rates and access to care in every county in the South, documenting large …

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Gilbert Byron

Gilbert Byron grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a waterman’s son like his young hero, Noah Marlin (whose coming of age stories are told in The Lord’s Oysters and Done Crabbin’). A schoolteacher for twenty-eight years, Byron began writing full time in 1957 and was the author of eleven books. His beloved classic, The Lord’s Oysters, is available in print from The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Renee Robertson

Renée Robertson is the founder and CEO of Trilogy Development, a boutique learning and consulting firm with a proven track record in designing and implementing internal coaching programs, sales force performance initiatives, and talent development solutions. A veteran Fortune 500 executive, she has served as a trusted advisor and coach to many top business leaders. She is a two-time winner of the International Coach Federation’s prestigious Prism Award.

Susan Yaruta-Young

Susan Yaruta-Young is a published poet and short story crafter who enjoys writing for all ages in all genres. The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure, a mystery story for young teens set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the mid-1980s, is her second published novel. Susan’s roots in Maryland soil are deep. In 1634 her ancestor, Richard Nevitt, sailed into St. Mary’s City on the Ark and Dove expedition. Her mother, Louise Truitt, grew up on a dairy farm known as Money Make in Trappe, and Susan still has extended family throughout the Eastern Shore. She was a Maryland State Arts Council Poet in the Schools from 1974-1996, often conducting workshops in Talbot, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties. In 1996, Susan and her husband, Luther Young, left their small farm in Baltimore County to move their family to Downeast Maine. A graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, she has served as a United Methodist …

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Bruce Ingram

Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring the woods and waterways of his native Southwest Virginia. He is a devoted fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram lives with his wife Elaine in Troutville, Virginia. They have two children and two grandchildren. The Outdoor Writers Association of America has honored Bruce six times for writing excellence. Follow Bruce’s blog and keep up with his writing and speaking engagements at https://sites.google.com/site/bruceingramoutdoors/home.

Whitey Schmidt

Whitey Schmidt was the author of eleven books dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay’s unique cuisine. He also starred in Maryland Public Television’s award-winning documentary Eatin’ Crabs Chesapeake Style which can be seen at http://video.mpt.tv/video/1182496752/. Whitey was once described by a writer for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis as “undoubtedly one of the great characters in the best sense of the word who make the Chesapeake Bay such a special place to live.” He personally cooked and sampled all recipes in his test kitchen before sharing them with readers. Whitey passed away peacefully in his home art studio on July 18, 2014. He was 75. For more information about Whitey and his lifelong enjoyment of the Chesapeake Bay and its seafood treasures see http://www.crablab.com/.

Helen Chappell

Helen Chappell lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she tries to keep a low profile and stay out of the line of fire. She was written about the area for forty years. In addition to her fiction and non-fiction, she has also written a produced play and a novel about Oysterback, A Whole World of Trouble. Her Sam and Hollis mystery series garners positive attention. Her journalism and articles have appeared in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, in addition to many magazines. She is currently a columnist for Tidewater Times and at work on a new book.

William Peak

William Peak spent ten years researching and writing The Oblate’s Confession, his debut novel.  Based upon the work of one of the great (if less well known) figures of Western European history, the Venerable Bede, Peak’s book is meant to reawaken an interest in that lost and mysterious period of time sometimes called “The Dark Ages.” Peak received his baccalaureate degree from Washington & Lee University and his master’s from the creative writing program at Hollins University.  He works for the Talbot County Free Library on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Thanks to the column he writes for The Star Democrat about life at the library (archived at http://www.tcfl.org/peak/), Peak is regularly greeted on the streets of Easton: “Hey, library guy!”