Board of Directors 

Allan Ross

Executive Director, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities

Allan is the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. After a distinguished career in the military, he became the Executive Director of the local Jewish Federation. A wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Dr. Maxine Russman

Retired - Regional Office of Education in Moline Illinois

Another extraordinary educator, Maxine now enjoys spending quality time with her grandchildren now that she's retired. She and her husband enjoy being snowbirds to Arizona when it gets too cold in the Midwest. Max works with curriculum development and in other ways for the A BOOK by ME series.

Kris Cawley

Retired - Rock Island Public Library in Rock Island Illinois 

Kris is an integral part of the Jewish community in the Quad Cities. She leads a committee in selecting  movies shown typically at the Figge Art Museum, and she serves on both the Yom Hashoah Committee and the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities.

Sue Rector

Assistant Vice-President of Development at Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois 

Sue enjoys sewing and spending time with her family. She serves at her church and on various boards. Also, in a leadership role in Association of Professional Fundraising in the Quad Cities.

Dr. Marrietta Castle

Retired - Western Illinois University

A woman who has dedicated her life to education. She is President of the Holocaust Education Committee of the QC (HECQC) and proofreads every book in the A BOOK by ME series. Marrietta does a fabulous educational program portraying Mary Todd Lincoln.

Terri Toppler

Retired - Media Specialist at West High School in Davenport Iowa

Terri has been an educator for 40+ years. She's taught in Iowa, Australia and China. This includes teaching Holocaust classes at Drake and Aurora Universities. She serves on the Iowa Council for Holocaust Education, is a USHMM Teacher Fellow and a member of  DAR Hannah Caldwell Chapter of Iowa.

Sharon Taylor

Retired Civil Servant - U.S. Department of the Army

Sharon's husband Al was one of the last of the Quad Cities area Pearl Harbor survivors. Now a widow, Sharon works tirelessly to see that his book and other stories get into the hands of children. We must never forget the sacrifices made for us.

Cassie Holler

Teacher - Curriculum Development

Cassie grew up with A BOOK by ME in it's development stage. She wrote and illustrated a story about a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Chicago. Today, as a teacher, she knows the need for anti-bullying curriculum in school.

Deb Bowen

Creator, A BOOK by ME

A wife, mom and grandma, Deb is in awe the way the children's books have positively effected students, subjects and the families of the subjects. Also, the testimonies of positive impact of the purses given to people in need.

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"I'm passing along the lessons from the Greatest Generation and others who have lived through hardship to future generations. Our subject's humility, sense of responsibility, and work ethic are inspiring. Having a student interview someone with a powerful story to tell is the greatest gift I can give them and those who will one day read their book." Deb Bowen