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Professional of the Year for 2018 in Education and Entertainment: Elana Ashley

Elana Ashley PhotoElana Ashley
IndustryEducation and Entertainment
ExpertiseSpeaking from the heart, mind and spirit; Creative writing; Creative paintings and mixed media; Bullying: Comprehension, Prevention and Intervention
Current OrganizationDream Image Press, LLC
Type of OrganizationEducational corporation
Major ProductBooks, Art and Programs
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreePh.D. Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures specializing in Ugaritology, New York University; M.A., New York University; B.A., Queens College
BornOak Ridge, Tennessee
Honors & AwardsVIP Member, America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals; VIP Strathmore's Who's Who; Woman of Excellence, Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide, 2016-2017; Best of Northbrook Award Winner in the 2010 Educational Services category, U.S. Commerce Association; Award Winning Finalist, National Best Books 2008 sponsored by USA Book News in the category of Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction with Audio CD for her book "Splunkunio Splunkey, Detective and Peacemaker, Detective y pacificador, Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet; Benjamin and Ida Hornstein Fellowship; Nominated for Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
Published WorksSplunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker / Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler, 2015; Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Detective y pacificador / Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler Caso Segundo: La gran abusiva Holly Howler, 2015; Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker / Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet, 2003; Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Detective y pacificador / Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet Caso primero: El Brazalete de la amistad desaparecido, 2005; Teaching Guide for Educators and Parents based on Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Detective y pacificador / Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet Caso primero: El Brazalete de la amistad desaparecido, 2008; Ashley's article "The Passion of Youth" appeared online on Kings Calendar April 21, 2016; In the field of Art, Ashley's mixed media work "Fantasy Creation: Slice of Heaven, Earth and Ocean" appears with a brief bio, including reference to and a photo of Ashley with her new book in English and English Spanish in the Magazine Art & Beyond, Volume 8, Summer Issue, 2016; Dr. Ashley has two paintings and a two page bio appearing in the book Living Artists of Today, Contemporary ART INTERNATIONAL, Vol 11, published by Art & Beyond Studio, Inc, 2014; Ashley's paintings, After the Garden of Eden and the Floral Kingdom of Animals appear with a bio in the magazine Art & Beyond, Volume 3, Summer/Fall Issue, 2013; Selected poems by Dr. Ashley appear in Overcoming: An Anthology by the writers of OCWW (Off Campus Writers' Workshop), 2014
AffiliationsIllinois Women's Press Association; National Association for Bilingual Education; Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; Off-Campus Writers Workshop; North Shore Art League; Glenview Art League; Wilmette Art Guild; Northbrook Chamber of Commerce; DBC Chamber of Commerce; International Ventriloquist Society; International Women's Leadership Association; National Federation of Press Women
Hobbies & SportsComposition of songs, poems and stories; artistic creations; meeting new people; walking - often treading upon unknown natural, mental/emotional and spiritual pathways
Career Accomplishments2016 Newly built Web Site for Dream Image Press, LLC incorporating three divisions: books and other writings, artwork and programs for children, adults and seniors. I am in the process of an exciting 2016 National Book Tour: Empowering Children and Adults with Anti-Bullying Strategies-bringing programs to schools, libraries, book stores and other community organizations, as well as participating in radio and television interviews, receiving wonderful review articles of my books and programs in magazines and newspapers; exhibiting art and books at libraries, museums, art/book festivals and conferences.
Work HistoryMore than 2 decades of instructional and entertaining programs presented for students, parents, families, teachers and educational administrators in such fields as Child Abuse Prevention, Drug Education, Character Development, Self-esteem, Conflict Resolution-Mediation, and Bullying Prevention Programs and Workshops. Many of these areas are being incorporated in my adventure series for children, as well as in my articles, songs, poems and stories.
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