Leslie is an experienced communications and marketing professional with a passion for working with the 50+ generation. Her history is varied with a first career in the healthcare arena before moving into communications. Leslie received a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Public Health from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers) in New Jersey. After graduating with her masters degree, Leslie founded a wellness consulting business where she coordinated employee health and wellness programs for firms throughout NJ, such as AT&T and PSE&G, primarily for employees over age 50. During this time, Leslie published numerous health related articles in Environmental Nutrition. Upon moving to Texas, Leslie obtained a webmaster certification from Collin College and began working as a marketing consultant for a wide variety of companies in the DFW area, the majority of which were senior and/or health related. She has more than 10 years experience with the senior community as both a volunteer and a business owner.
In 2017, Leslie founded AccessibleGranburyTx.com, an online magazine geared toward seniors in the DFW area who visit the Granbury, Tx area. This publication rates local venues for ease of accessibility on a 5 star scale since most buildings in the area were built prior to ADA laws being put in place, and advertises the accessible vacation home Leslie designed and built in 2016.
Leslie is an avid cyclist, an accomplished ceramic artist, a fierce advocate for older and individuals with disabilities, and a facilitator for the ADL “No Place for Hate” program. She resides in Plano, Tx with her husband, and has two grown sons, one living in New York and the other in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ellen Blake is a freelance writer who is passionate about the 50+ population and sharing her wealth of knowledge with our target audience and their loved ones. She spent much of her career working with people with diabetes and their families, and loved helping this population live their best life. Now that Ellen is over 50 herself, she enjoys researching and writing about all aspects of what she calls “active adulthood” for 50PlusToday.
Eternal optimist,designer by day, writer by night. Mom to three sons, and pet parent to Nutley. Resides in Orange County, NY. Marlene blogs about life after 50 at cheers2chapter2.com/. She strives to share inspiration and truth for women over fifty who want to live their best life and share the journey.
Leah Dobkin is a versatile and creative writer, covering environmental, housing, social, consumer and business issues. She skillfully weaves compelling human-interest stories for print and online articles. She has written extensively about creative solutions and opportunities in an aging society. Prior to freelance writing, Ms. Dobkin was in the aging and nonprofit field for more than 35 years, with a strong focus on intergenerational programming. http://www.leahdobkin.com
Fayne Frey, M.D.
Fayne Frey, M.D., is a board-certified clinical and surgical dermatologist practicing in West Nyack, New York, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. She is a nationally recognized expert in the effectiveness and formulation of over-the-counter skincare products, and, as a speaker, has captivated audiences with her wry observations regarding the skincare industry. She has consulted for numerous media outlets, including NBC, USA Today, and, the Huffington Post, and has shared her expertise on both cable and major TV outlets. Dr. Frey is the Founder of FryFace.com, an educational skincare information and product selection service website that clarifies and simplifies the overwhelming choice of effective, safe and affordable products encountered in the skincare aisles. Dr. Frey is a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
A proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, Harriet P. Gross began her journalism career in 1955 at a local paper. She moved to Chicago 2 years later where she worked as a full-time journalist until moving to Dallas in 1980. Here,Harriet began freelancing, doing special projects such as the text for Dallas Section, National Council of Women’s soon-to-be-published history book in addition to writing for a variety of publications.
Today, Harriet’s “In My Mind’s I” column runs weekly in the Texas Jewish Post. She has won writing awards from the Press Club of Dallas, American Jewish Press Association, National Federation of Press Women, Illinois Woman’s Press Association and Press Women of Texas, and has been listed in five Who’s Who publications. In her community, Harriet currently is a book reviewer, discussion leader, and program presenter for clubs, senior living facilities, and Jewish institutions including the JCC’s Senior Program.
Amy is a personal growth visionary, international speaker and author who lives and breathes one simple philosophy: live in the moment. For over two decades, she has inspired thousands of people; intent on helping facilitate their personal growth and self-healing process by creating opportunities for significant and lasting life changes through personal interactions, workshops and writing found on www.TheAmyJones.com
Amy is a highly sought-after speaker and her series Getting Rid of Possessions: It’s Harder Than You Think has the highest attendance in the history of the Generations program at Methodist Health Systems. She is the author of Better for Being Broken and co-author of Break Through with Johnny Wimbrey, Nik Halik and Les Brown.
Arlen Hollis Kane
Arlen Hollis Kane is a Manhattan-based award-winning writer. Memos from Manhattan, her regular column for 50PlusToday, is reflective of her love affair with her hometown. Her focus is on writing about the ever astonishing people, places and events that inspire the phrase “only in New York.”
After reaching 50, she fulfilled a childhood passion by enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology. She designs and hand makes scarves, handbags and jewelry. Her abstract acrylics and photographs have been featured in a one-woman show in the Gallery of the Borough President of Manhattan, and in juried shows, including at the National Arts Gallery.
Arlen volunteers for Dorot, an organization that helps seniors stay engaged and socialized, and Big Apple Greeter, which gives visitors the experience of seeing New York with a local.
Laurie is the owner and president of Apple Care & Companion, a Carrollton based non-medical home care agency. She provides knowledgeable and caring home care providers to specifically meet the needs of her clients and consistently receives rave reviews. She is a Home Care Network Partner, a Board Member for NTags and a facilitator for The Conversation Project.
Lisa, Chief Simplification Officer at Living Simply by Lisa ,was a corporate Finance executive with experience motivating teams while saving millions of dollars in process improvements for 30 years. Stepping out of corporate life,she now uses her expertise to help clients organize, transform and take back their lives, one space at a time. Her lifelong passion for helping others provides a way for her to leverage her skills to help clients organize and take control.
Brad serves as a play-by-play announcer for NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball broadcasts on Westwood One Sports. Also known as “the voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, Brad’s long broadcasting career includes numerous Cotton Bowl Classics, the Big 12 TV basketball network, NCAA basketball and football as well as the NFL and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games for CBS Radio/Westwood One. He wrote a book of his favorite Cowboys’ stories titled Stadium Stories: The Dallas Cowboys for Globe-Pequot press in 2003. Brad won 8 Katie Awards from the Press Club of Dallas and was named Texas Sportscaster of the Year 10 times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He was an inaugural inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002. He serves on the board of directors of the Cotton Bowl and the board of trustees of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Jessica Taper, APR, is the President of Team T, an event management and marketing solutions company. Along with her corporate clients, she has a passion for helping the company’s nonprofit agency clients with their fundraising and ‘friend-raising’ efforts. teamtaper.com.