Renee Heiss

Renée is the proud parent of three children and six grandchildren.  Her passion for teaching and learning has helped her become an award-winning children’s author.  As a retired teacher of child development for over 25 years, Renée has earned many honors and accolades.  She was the 1997 New Jersey Family Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.  In 2008, she was honored as a Baldwin fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a Nanotechnology Meets Biotechnology conference.  She has been an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Renee’s hobbies include philanthropic sewing, crossword puzzles, and developing lessons for currently employed teachers.  She lives in a rural area of New Jersey with her husband, Doug.

Gary A. Stewart

Gary has successfully raised two boys to whom he has instilled a love of life, sports and citizenship. Traditionally trained as a pharmacist, Gary has always sought to make his mark on whatever he undertook.  His ongoing quest for learning and knowledge has provided him some amazing opportunities in his life.  With his scientific and business background, Gary has had many executive positions where he helped promote critical thinking, innovation and creativity.  He has helped leading companies excel in strategic planning, sales, and domestic/global business development.  His tenure of 20 years as a high school and college basketball referee, has helped him impart the values of discipline, camaraderie and teamwork in children and young adults.  Gary is an active inventor and educator and his hobbies include cycling, tennis and reading.  He lives in Maryland with his wife Pat and dog Dover.

Heather L. Burnett

At a young age, Heather developed a love of writing and became a connoisseur of literature. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism and has spent her career of over 20 years dedicated to helping market-leading companies and their constituents communicate more effectively through a range of different mediums.  Heather’s areas of expertise include marketing, communications, public relations, strategic planning, brand development and merchandising.  During her career, she has held a range of management positions in the retail, consumer products, health care, engineering, teleservices  and banking industries.  Heather’s hobbies include exercising, hiking, baking and supporting animal rescue charities. She lives in Minnesota with her husband Jason, two daughters Lexi (6) and Jillian (4), and a dog and three cats.