Greg Ahlgren’s latest novel, Fort Fisher: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the South, was recently published. A historical novel told from the point of view of enlisted combatants on both sides, as well as from the point of view of a woman who served as the chief Union spy, Fort Fisher tells the story of the four-day battle between the combined forces of the Union Army and Navy against the Confederate Army at Fort Fisher. In addition to his work as an author, Ahlgren has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist. His books include the alternate history time-travel novel, Prologue, and the international thriller, The Medici Legacy. He and Stephen Monier co-authored the true crime book Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax.
Joseph Pinjuh, Chief of the Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force and Narcotics Unit in the Northern District of Ohio, received the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety in Washington D.C. in November of 2016. The award was presented by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Pinjuh’s work in Ohio combating the current heroin/fentanyl epidemic. Pinjuh has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice since 1998.
Marc Schloss is now the senior director and head of federal government affairs at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). In his role with CHPA, he is responsible for developing and implementing federal lobbying strategies on behalf of CHPA and member companies. Schloss has over two decades of experience in federal government affairs. He began his career in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy as a legislative aide and later advanced to a series of positions at the Democratic National Committee, Senator Evan Bayh’s political action committee, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc., the Center for American Progress, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Most recently, he served in a leadership role at Mylan on their congressional outreach efforts. More information on Schloss and his new position can be found at: http://www.chpa.org/MarcSchloss.aspx
Bill Tallman was elected to the New Mexico State Senate. As senator for the 18th District, he’ll represent Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Tallman’s election victory comes as an upset to an incumbent Republican senator. During his election campaign, Tallman knocked on upwards of 7,000 doors and mailed out thousands of hand-written postcards. Previously, he served as the city manager for Norwich, New York for nine years.
Donald Megnin’s new book, Sermons for the Separated, has been published by Trafford Publishing. The book addresses people who have turned away from religion through a series of mini-sermons, and is for those who have become disenchanted with the portrayal of religion as an end-all answer to life’s most important questions. Over the course of his career, Megnin has taught English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand as a part of the former Syracuse in Asia program, and worked as a pastor at the First Ward United Methodist Church in Syracuse. He also taught international politics at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, where he developed an international program for foreign and American students.
For more information on the book, click here: http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-001011056/Sermons-for-the-Separated.aspx.
Kathleen Walpole has won American City and County’s Igniting the Flame Award, which identifies the most impactful young government leaders across the country. In her role as management analyst II for Clark County, Nevada, Katie works with 20 different departments regarding performance management. She also assists on special projects for Commissioners and senior management, and plays and active role on the County lobby team.
More information about the award can be found here: http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/igniting-flame-award-winners#slide-1-field_images-73501
Rev. Yolanda Norton is now assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to her tenure at SFTS, she served as visiting instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and as adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Norton is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel at Vanderbilt University. More information on Rev. Norton can be found at: http://sfts.edu/academics/faculty/yolanda-norton/