WHO MAKES UP OUR 50PLUS-TODAY TEAM? MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS
Leslie Farin, Founder/Publisher
I am an experienced communications and marketing professional with a passion for working with those aged 50Plus and their families. My history is varied with a first career in the healthcare arena before I moved into communications. I 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 my masters degree, I founded a wellness consulting business where I 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, I published numerous health related articles in Environmental Nutrition. After I moved to Texas, I obtained a webmaster certification from Collin College and then worked as a marketing consultant for a wide variety of companies in the DFW area, most of which were senior and/or health related. I have more than 10 years experience with the senior community as both a volunteer and a business owner.
In 2017, I founded AccessibleGranburyTx.com, an online magazine geared toward seniors who visit the Granbury, Tx area with their families. For those not familiar with Granbury, it was recently named the best small town destination in the U.S by USA Today. This website rates local venues for ease of accessibility on a 5 star scale and serves as a resource for seniors and others with mobility disabilities. This information is helpful as most buildings in the area were built before ADA rules were in place. AccessibleGranburyTx.com also highlights the accessible vacation rental home I designed and built in 2016 as part of my effort to help create a world with equal access for all.
On a personal note, I am an avid cyclist, an accomplished ceramic artist, and a facilitator for the ADL “No Place for Hate” program. I live in Plano, Tx with my husband, and have two grown sons, one in New York and the other in Arizona.
I love the expression, “It takes a village”. 50Plus-Today would not be possible without the talent and dedication of my writers. Learn about the important contributors below and visit their websites for more information!
Ellen Blake, 50Plus-Today’s most frequent contributor, is an experienced journalist with extensive experience with the older adult population. She advocates fiercely and passionately for this age group. Her unique perspectives based on her varied life experiences offer refreshing and entertaining insight on a wide range of topics.
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.
Stephanie Gonzalez is a freelance writer and blogger that has worked for non-profit organizations, public service and education organizations during the last 25 years in her primary career. As a wife to a husband that challenges her to life adventures and a mom to two fun-loving sons, she is excited about diving further into her next career. She is absolutely passionate about educating others on two things. First, on nature and its’ impact on our health throughout our entire lives and second that when women retire from their primary careers, they aren’t done yet. You can catch up with her at windyhillwords.com.
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 Jones is a midlife coach, author and international speaker. Everyone has a story to tell and a book inside them. Once we let go of the stories that aren’t true, we feel relieved, empowered, accomplished, unburdened and validated. That’s how Jones’ felt once she told her true story of surviving cancer and overcoming emotional trauma and abuse.
She’s had the highs, the lows, the scars, the bruises, the highlights and the low lights that she can now reflect on this ever-evolving journey of life we are on. Amy’s passion has always been helping people and being of service. Through her personal trials and triumphs, as well as the experiences of her clients, Amy’s goal is to help people build a life just like she’s done; a life they love waking up to every morning feeling anything is possible.
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.
Andrea Peskind Katz
Andrea Peskind Katz runs Great Thoughts, Great Readers, a Book Salon presented via her private FB group where over 1200 prolific readers and authors interact. She also founded Greatthoughts.com, a lifestyle website blog focusing on Great Books and Great Travel. To quote Robert Frost, she created her “second act” career to “unite my avocation and my vocation.” After 20 years in high pressure sales, Andrea retired to spend time doing what she loves- hanging with her family, reading good books and enjoying good travel. Andrea is always looking for the next great read and the next great beach or warm locale.
Greg Indelicato holds several certifications in the wine and spirits discipline, notably WSET 1 and 2; World MasterClass of Whiskey and Certified Bourbon Steward. Over the past several years, Greg served as a guest speaker on wines and spirits for Speaking of Grapes and Grains, as well as for various industry and private clients. He enjoys helping others better understand wine and spirits, and looks for opportunities to share his knowledge and passion with others. A recently retired geologist, Greg’s extensive science background provides a unique perspective for both the novice and the more seasoned wine and spirits drinkers.
Contact Greg with your wine questions or for additional information about tastings.
Jane Laskey is the founder of Plain Jane’s Guide to Happiness. She is a 50+ woman from Minnesota who describers herself as a seeker of bliss, creative junkie and work in progress, determined to make the second half of her life the best ever. To do so, she focuses on the things that make her feel alive and ditching the things that don’t. In her inspiring blog, she shares personal experiences, deep thoughts and eternal optimism.
Lana McAra is a best-selling, award winning author and the TV host of “Now It’s My Turn!” for women over 50
A native of New Orleans, and with a degree from LSU, Donna started as an elementary school teacher. For many years, she found self-fulfillment by helping her students learn and grow. In 2008, she made a career change to real estate with Keller Williams. Clearly this was not the ideal time to begin a career in real estate, but Donna’s never quit attitude is summed up by her favorite saying, “Dream Big!” It was because of Keller Williams’ support system and continuing education that today Donna is a Triple Diamond award winner, mega agent, and is ranked No.7 out of 450 Keller Williams agents. And like Keller Williams, she strives to “pay-it-forward”, by sharing her knowledge and experience with new agents as they enter the profession. Her motto is simple: “My clients are clients for life!” OTHER ARTICLES BY DONNA
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.
Dr. Deepa Pattani
Deepa Pattani, PharmD is a certified health coach and the Pharmacist-in-charge/Owner at Allen Pharmacy & Wellness, a full-service retail pharmacy providing individualized patient care. She helps those in need find true health and transformation, and to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting. Contact Dr. Pattani at 972-372-9775 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Allen Pharmacy and Wellness is located at 945 W Stacy Rd, Suite 110, Allen, Tx 75013.
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.
Edd & Cynthia Staton
Edd and Cynthia Staton are America’s best known experts on moving abroad and expat life. They have appeared on network television, written hundreds of articles for national and international publications, and are regularly featured in major media outlets including ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, Forbes and USA Today. They are authors of three Amazon best-selling books. Their trilogy, Mission: Rescue Your Retirement, hit #1 in 10 categories as diverse as personal finance, retirement planning, self-help, travel and comedy! They have created Retirement Reimagined, a revolutionary Master Course providing comprehensive, step-by-step guidance to successfully retire in another country. Visit them at eddandcynthia.com.
Debi Talbert is a Certified Life Coach with The Life Coach School and This Naked Mind Institute. She coaches the 50 plus individual who is exhausted trying to figure out how to end their dysfunctional relationship with alcohol. She helps people who struggle to stop drinking, but do not accept the labels of “alcoholic” or “powerless”.
Debi knows at a deeply personal level that Life Coaching is transformative. She helps clients rebuild their trust in themselves and change their beliefs about life. She is the creator of Exit The Drinking Life podcast and offers online programs which include training videos and weekly live coaching sessions.In addition, she offers a monthly membership to teach you to coach yourself, teach you how to feel better, teach you to take massive action and flourish in life beyond alcohol. Find information about programs and resources at rethinkingalcohol.com
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.