Meet our authors
These 44 extraordinary people have experienced one of life's greatest burdens and greatest blessings. No matter the tragedy or tribulation faced, they answered the call to serve as personal caregivers for a loved one. We're grateful to them for sharing their stories.
Jane Dwinell is the author of four books, most recently Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living with Dementia (Rootstock Publishing, 2022) co-authored with her late husband, Sky Yardley. In addition to being an author, she is a retired RN and Unitarian Universalist minister. She lives in northern Vermont with her two cats and her garden. She is available for public speaking and workshops. Contact her through janedwinell.com.
Marisa Boidi is a seasoned Client Service, IT, & Project Management Professional with an impressive track record spanning over 20 years. Her dedication doesn't stop there – Marisa is also a devoted mother, raising two children with her husband in Eastern Massachusetts. Marisa's life took a transformative turn when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare disease that led her to become a passionate advocate for SMA awareness and research. While juggling the demands of her career with the role of primary caregiver, Marisa also works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for SMA.
Riva Scher is a mother, grandmother, and now great-grandmother. Her book, Finally Dancing: A Bittersweet Odyssey, was published in 2021 to help families navigate long-term chronic illnesses and is available on Amazon. She has advocated for disabled students in public education as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s special education commission and the parent advisory committee for the superintendent of special education. Her roadshow on mainstreaming won a State of California award for volunteerism.
Candy Kavanagh lives with her husband Tim, and their rescue therapy dog, Adora, in South Burlington, Vermont. They have 5 children, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 grandchildren. She owns Weston Design, a full-service interior design firm. If cancer caregivers would like to contact Candy, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A resident of Vermont, Bob Bennett has published 10 nonfiction books, including his newest (under Robert Wallace Bennett) entitled, The Man of the Family. In 1942 a New Jersey boy’s father leaves his wife and three boys “to kill Hitler.” Before he goes, he tells the oldest, six, he is now “The Man of the Family.” While WWII rages on, the family moves to Vermont, ostensibly to “spend the war,” but the six-year-old is now 80 years older and still lives in the Green Mountain state. The Man of the Family follows him all those years as he attempts to live up to his father’s charge and includes all its rejections and successes in love and business. You can find the book on Amazon.
Concetta Sullivan received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons University in 2013. Since then, she has worked in many different settings with a wide variety of patients, each of them teaching her a lesson. She currently specializes in pelvic floor physical therapy. Recently Concetta has entered the world of writing, which allows her to share these lessons with a broader audience through a fictional setting.