Dave Ficere is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of media experience in both radio and as a writer. Specializing in news, personal growth, politics, cultural topics, business profiles and sports, his writing has been featured in a wide array of media including radio promotions, devotional publications, newspapers, blogs, websites, magazines and newsletters.
Dave owns Ficere Writing Solutions and works with a variety of businesses, non-profit clients and organizations as both a writer and editor. He has also co-edited three books. Dave is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has attended professional seminars on freelance writing, writing for business, LinkedIn and communications. The proud father of two sons, Dave is married to Patt and lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Katherine Lloyd has been working in the book publishing industry since 1997 and running her own design and typesetting business since 2002. Since its inception, The DESK has designed and typeset hundreds of book interiors for some of the biggest names in Christian publishing as well as for many self-published authors.
Katherine’s passions are organizing and editing – both words and in life – reading historical and literary fiction, writing poetry-prose, and traveling (usually to be near an ocean). She lives in Oregon, has four mostly-grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Art Director for Family Life Communications for the past 15 years, Jimmy Anaya has a broad range of graphic design skills in publications, marketing, advertising and design. He has over 18 years experience in the industry after graduating in 1997 from what is now the Southwest University of Visual Arts. He is also a talented illustrator.
Focused on exceeding his clients’ needs, Jimmy has worked on book covers, event manuals, devotionals, magazines, newsletters, appeals, logos, and campaign marketing tools. A native of Tucson, AZ, Jimmy is a Navy veteran who has been happily married for 20 years and has two sons, two grandkids and two dogs.
Graphic Designer Caryn Metcalf
Caryn Metcalf is an award-winning graphic designer with extensive experience in periodical, marketing and advertising design and production. She specializes in a wide variety of work including graphics, branding, collateral and marketing pieces, web graphics and e-publications. Caryn’s work has been published in all types of media including newspapers, catalogs, magazines, books and the web. She is also a talented illustrator.
Originally from Arkansas, Caryn graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in marketing. After graduating, she worked for Stephen’s Media as a graphic designer and was soon promoted to production manager, where she managed the production of six weekly newspapers. Her work won her many awards from the Arkansas Press Association for her advertising and newspaper layout design. It was there that she met her husband, a photographer and Tucson native, who convinced her to move to Tucson, AZ. Since then, Caryn has worked as a layout artist for Arizona Mail Order, a women’s clothing catalog company, as a graphic designer for Pet Genius, a web-based pet care company, and now works on the marketing staff at the accounting firm BeachFleischman PC.