The TeamMeet the People Behind Dear Texas

Monday, October 23, 2017
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Our Passion

Each person that works with DEAR Texas understands the value of a good education, which can only be achieved when a person is able to read and write.  We also know that to have the ability to imagine the world around us, and the world of possibility, helps one to be inspired, to be a part of the continuing course of change. 

Through DEAR Texas, it is our desire and goal to get books into more people’s hands so they have the opportunity to grow and to become their own Super Hero.

 

Management Team

B. Alan Bourgeois

Executive Director/Founder/Author

B. Alan Bourgeois began writing when he was just a child, but as many children of his era and of the artistic background were told, “You need to study and get a real job to earn a living.” That statement from a well meaning mother put a pause on his desire to write.

In 1989, he was asked to write a short story based on an actual event in his life. He did, and it was published as $200 Alan. Seeing his story in print once again inspired him to begin writing. Since then, Mr. Bourgeois has written many articles, short stories, editorials and has 7 books published covering many genre’s.

Through the process of writing and getting published, Mr. Bourgeois saw a need for additional marketing avenues for Authors that was not covered in the normal channels. While there were a lot of new ‘web’ based social networks for authors, there was nothing that really helped challenged them, and or gave them a way to promote themselves in a way that finds new readers; WeFiction.com is in the process of being that new marketing tool.


In addition, Mr. Bourgeois saw a special niche market for Texas Authors; Texas Assoc. of Authors was thus created to highlight the estimated 1,000 Texas Authors that write on a wide range of subject matter. TAA does this through seminars, their on line book store, and traveling around the state with the TAA ‘pop up’ store.


Mr. Bourgeois continues to write when he can, and assist new authors through his company Bourgeois Media & Consulting (BMC). He finds great joy in helping authors work through the various steps and processes needed to get their book(s) published. “There is nothing greater than seeing someone’s dreams become reality,” he says.

 

 

Lillian Hunter

Author/Board Positon 1

Lillian J. Hunter has been a single mother to four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 32, for most of their lives, a full time caregiver for a terminally ill husband, victim of spousal abuse, parent to two adolescents addicted to alcohol and drugs, divorcee, step mother, widow, breadwinner, attorney, judge and seeker of spirituality. She had a very modest and traditional upbringing in the Midwestern United States. She has a BA in philosophy and a J.D. degree. In the course of her legal career she has been a litigation attorney and a judge.

 

 

Jef Smith, DC

Board Position 2

Dr. Smith is the director of Therapeutic Life Services, a child foster care provider, and serves on the board of other non-profits in Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna Kimball

Board Position 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tweed Scott

Author/Board Position 4

Tweed Scott is a laugh-out-loud funny motivational speaker and corporate entertainer. He retired from broadcasting after 31 years. Tweed is an award-winning speaker and the author of the 3-time national award-winning book, Texas In Her Own Words. He is a former president of the board for the Writers' League of Texas. Tweed loves spreading what he calls the Gospel of Texas.

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Burkey

Author/Board Position 5

Roxanne has two passions – working with technology and writing. She enjoys working to drive optimized customer experiences with technology in her role with a high-tech manufacturer. Texas is home for her and her family. When time permits Rox likes gardening, hiking, sewing, refinishing antiques, exploring, wine-tasting, and traveling. She loves to listen to people which often results in odd treasures that come to life in her stories. 

 

 

 

Joseph Willis

Author/Board Position 6

Joe Willis received his Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and English from Eastern New Mexico University in 1977 and his Masters degree in Speech Communication from Texas Tech University in 1978. Mr. Willis has been a classroom teacher for thirty two years. He spent the first fifteen years of his career teaching Speech and English in the public schools. During that time, Mr. Willis coached three UIL state champions in various speech events. Mr. Willis’ students won five UIL district championships in all of the five years he taught at Floydada High School. While at San Angelo Central High School, Mr. Willis’s speech and debate teams won eight consecutive UIL district championships. He coached a Texas Forensic League Extemporaneous Speaking Champion in 1992 and finished his high school teaching career in 1993 coaching a National Champion in Lincoln Douglas Debate.

Moving to Midland in 1993, Mr. Willis taught for eleven years at Odessa College. In 2004, Mr. Willis took a position at Midland College, teaching speech communication as an Assistant Professor. During this time, he focused on raising his two sons, Joey and Randy, who attended MISD schools and have gone on to successful careers in vocational ministry.

Mr. Willis is married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara. The couple has been married for thirty- five years. Their son, Joey, is youth minister and currently involved in World Race 11:11 His brother, Randy, lives in Houston, Texas, where he serves as a youth minister. Mr. Willis attends First Baptist Church. He is active in the Emmaus Community, as well.

 

 

 

Charles Breakfield

Author/Board Position 7

Charles V. Breakfield likes travel in Texas on a motorcycle, World War II history, wine & good food, and voice/data technology. As a colorful and somewhat controversial individual you can find him either in his shop building furniture, writing with his co-author Roxanne E. Burkey, or out riding his motorcycle, but always meeting people looking for suitable character material for the next thriller installment of the Enigma Book Series.

 

 

 

Larry Morris

Author/Board Position 8

Growing up, I enjoyed many different kinds of science fiction writing, always trying to find my favorite. Ultimately, I settled on just old-fashioned, good story telling. That seemed to be what I liked the most. So, that's what these are, just entertaining stories. No hidden, deep meaning, I don't have a message to push, and there are no dragons, mystics or lost cities. Just, hopefully, fun and interesting stories to read and capture your imagination.

I live on 35 acres with my wife Michelle, and a big, fat lazy cat named Bubba in a very rural area outside a small town in central Texas. Although I still work for a living in the computer software industry, writing is now my free time passion. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

 

 

 

 

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