Manny Diaz received his MA in English and MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He has published a number of poems and some articles. He enjoys teaching, writing, preaching, and cross-country skiing.
Sharon Erby earned a B.A. in Humanities from Penn State and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Recipient of the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship, she is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at Wilkes. Sharon regularly publishes reviews of academic books and has recently begun to publish short fiction. A gardener and cook, she also enjoys sparring with her speed bag and relaxing with her family.
Vickie Locke received her B.A. in English from Wilson College and her M.A. in English from Shippensburg University. She teaches courses in composition, business writing, and American Short Fiction. In her spare time, Vickie reads (all genres, but especially mysteries, thrillers, and British detective novels) and coordinates the social calendars of her two active daughters.
Diane Morgan received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine and her M.A. in English from the University of Maryland. She teaches courses in philosophy, religion, and literature. She has published 21 books to date, ranging from pet care to Buddhism and magical studies. She is an award winning playwright and poet, but prefers writing non-fiction. She has won the Maxwell Award for her dog-writing, and her Charmed Garden was named one of the best gardening books of the year by the London Sunday Telegraph. She is currently working on a book on the myth and magic of emeralds. She lives in Williamsport, Maryland with her family.
Cherie Pedersen earned her M.A. in writing from the Johns Hopkins University. She is a freelance writer living in Mercersburg, PA. She enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, traveling, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and hanging out with her grandchildren.
Melinda M. Schwenk-Borrell holds a doctorate in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition from the University of Maryland. She has written about the visual presentation of race and civil rights in U.S. government films as well as on the portrayal of Vietnam veterans in Hollywood films. Dr. Borrell is also an adjunct associate professor at University of Maryland University College where she teaches Media Theory, Communication Theory, and Intercultural Communication and at the Gettysburg campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College, where she teaches interpersonal communication, speech, composition, business and technical writing. She has one daughter, and loves music, Jane Austen, and being outdoors.
Richard Shoap is an Adjunct Instructor in Theater. Dick received his B.A. in English (with a concentration in Theater) from Bucknell University. He holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He has taught Acting and Improvisational Theater for the Cumberland Valley School of Music, and he has a long career in amateur theater, acting and directing with several local theater groups. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and has practiced in the field of workers’ compensation law and Social Security Disability. Interests include cooking, gardening, and buying more books than he could possibly ever read.
Barbara A. Silliman is an Adjunct Associare Professor in English. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island and her BA from Rhode Island College. Barbara teaches survey courses and the occasional Topics class online for the Department.