Kimberly James is a reader, writer, traveler, dreamers and a student. With a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Ohio University, a M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley College, a Reading Specialist Certificate from Loyola Marymount University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California, Kim has always had in interest in education and other cultures. Born and raised in Cleveland Hts., Ohio, she has also lived in Boston and Mexico City, Mexico; she now enjoys the warmer climate of Santa Monica, CA. Having taught at the elementary and high school levels, she currently works as an English professor at Santa Monica College. Outside of work, Kim enjoys reading, writing, running, and traveling. She has had the privilege of traveling to over 50 countries on all 7 continents. She founded Books&Wanderlust in order to share her passions with the world.
Amy Martinez, a native New Yorker from the Bronx, moved to Los Angeles with her husband “temporarily” in 1980, raised two daughters, and has yet to escape the warm, sunny winters. She received her B.S. in Communicative Disorders from New York University, and her M.A. in Audiology from Northwestern University. Her career as a research audiologist has spanned 34 years, most recently as Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and clinical coordinator of an FDA clinical trials study at the USC Center for Childhood Communication. Beyond her job, Amy is passionate about community work with her synagogue, Temple Isaiah and OneLA, a broad-based community-organizing group, particularly issues around public education. In addition, she’s fond of running, hiking, swimming and traveling.
Having once read that Wendy means “wanderer”, Wendy Lyon has taken that to heart. Enjoying taking on new challenges, she has worked as a carpenter, an AD in the film industry, a Scheduling Manager and most currently, a Project Manager in the construction business. Although she currently resides in Los Angeles, she has lived in San Francisco, Boston and Santiago, Chile; she would love to live abroad again someday. Her love of travel had her decree to her husband that she must leave the country every two years at the maximum. Making good on that promise, she has been to 10 countries in 5 years. Beyond her love for travel, Wendy enjoys reading, playing soccer and games with friends. She is thrilled to be a part of a new endeavor that embraces the idea that life is an adventure. Books and wanderlust have always been a part of her life, now she has a business card that makes it official.
Mike Rose is a graduate of Loyola University (B.A.), the University of Southern California (M.S.), and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.). Over the last forty years, he has taught in a range of educational settings, from kindergarten to job training and adult literacy programs. He is currently on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Mike Rose has written a number of books and articles on language, literacy, and cognition and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Commonwealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction.
Erika Belton was born and raised in the East Suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where she currently resides after “wandering” for several years through South Carolina and Colorado. She has also spent time in East Lansing, MI, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communication having majored in Journalism and Parks and Recreations Resources and minored in Telecommunications and Fisheries and Wildlife. The dream at the time was to write for a travel magazine. Life, and a post-graduate interest in law, led to a post-graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies.