Ronda Miller holds degrees in Human Development and Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She is a Certified Life Coach through the Institute of Professional Empowerment Coaching (IPEC). She has also worked with children and their families for over thirty years.  Miller published numerous poems, wrote The 150th Re-Ride of The Pony Express documentary, blogs on various topics for The World Company, is the local parenting writer for The Examiner, created the exciting new poetic form of Loku, and authored her first children's book titled, Grandpa, Do You Remember Grandma?. Her poem, "Renunciation" has been added to artist Roger Shimomura's papers on the Japanese American Internment at The Smithsonian.  Miller's poem, "Creek Play" was recently chosen as one of those that will represent the 150th birthday of Kansas. It will be available online Sept. 10, 2011. Another of her poems, "Going Home," is found on the Kansas Poets website.

BarRON Affiliates:

Association of Writers and Writing       

Innovative Learning

NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children

Douglas County Child Development Association               

Kansas Authors Club             

Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children

Barbara Higgins-Dover MS. Ed. completed her academic career at the University of Kansas and now works as a college educator, curriculum specialist, and education researcher/journalist. Some of her work is with K-State’s Rural Research Department and focuses on small town Kansas, people, and places. Some of her other interests center on event planning for the Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Higgins-Dover writes and publishes articles of people and places in and around Kansas.  Her first children’s book, Catfish Cookies, published in 2007 focuses on Kansas River fishing history and beautifully blends social development with environment. Catfish Cookies was nominated for the Kansas Notable Book Award in 2009 and was featured in a Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Promotional Video. New works relate to lesson planning for non-profit environmental agencies.