Authors and their Biography
As of 12-19-2022
Dalila Epperson is a Christian and the lead for the local Patriotic grassroots organization Act Monterey Bay. She is married to a Navy veteran and current firefighter Captain. A retired LVN, she is the mother of four and grandmother to two. Dalila grew up in a military family (father is a Marine) and lived in several countries and many states.
James Ferguson is a 1972 UCLA graduate with a BA in economics. He was an athlete in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics Games as a water polo player and became a bronze medal winner in 1972. He was an industrialist for 40 years, managing global sales and marketing, engineering, and manufacturing operations that produced OEM automotive parts, airline ground support equipment, and motor homes. Ferguson helped to establish such operations throughout the US, Mexico, and Hungary.
He was involved in companies that developed international joint ventures with Japanese, German, and French companies that resulted in the significant market growth in those sectors. Ferguson was a volunteer water polo coach for age groups—Junior college, University, and master levels.
A retired public school teacher of 34 years, Sharon Field taught in Hollister, Alisal (Salinas), and Mexico. She earned a BA in History and Geography, including a MA in Computer Education (before the internet). Currently, she volunteers to feed feral cats and operates a pet sitting business. She is a resident of Salinas, California.
Colin Gallagher, EMPA is an independent consultant who provides cryptocurrency and client engagement services.
Colin was previously Chair of the Education Committee at Bitcoin Foundation, Youth Leadership Group Facilitator / Assistant Instructor In-Training at Cho’s Taekwondo Academy, Educator at EnCorps, Neighborhood Services Coordinator at City of Salinas, Associate Planner at City of Monterey, Assistant Planner at County of Monterey, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer at Peace Corps.
Colin earned his B.S. in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation at Humboldt State University in 1997. He earned his Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) at Golden Gate University in 2009
Technical writer and information technology (IT) specialist, who has worked in several major technology firms, including Raytheon and Triad Industries. Has been responsible for managing and utilizing big data systems for a large auto parts system, with multiple variables, and for training of other technical staff in use of such systems. Experienced in computer coding for big data systems and other applications. Ms. Galli also has had experience in a legal firm, involving data management.
Ms. Galli also has experience in accounting, including functions of accounts payable and accounts receivable, when she served at Asyst Technologies. Other prior work for Triad industries of Sunnyvale, California, in implementation of large data entry information technology systems.
Ms. Galli presently resides in Carmel, California, and has a 34 year old daughter. Her college coursework at De Anza College emphasized writing and composition. U. S. Constitution coursework at Hillsdale College. Early experience in retail and home decor sales.
Became increasingly active in politics around the year 2015 at the gubernatorial and presidential levels, and thence into the U.S. Congressional level. Is a member of a Central Coast California patriot group that works with other groups to voice our liberty and freedom.
Jeff Gorman is a businessman and life-long central coast resident. He has served as Chairman of the Monterey County Republican Party and was the Republican Nominee for Congress in the Monterey Bay Area for 2020. As a candidate, he was endorsed by the County Republican Parties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara and Monterey, as well as by the Californian GOP and numerous civic and business leaders. He is a father and involved in several local charities.
C. Michael Hogan
Currently Dr. C. Michael Hogan conducts independent research in the fields of atmospheric composition, worldwide forest ecology and endangered species. He is the CEO of Lumina Technologies, a private technology firm in the environmental science field. Dr. Hogan served a term as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth which term concluded in 2012. In addition to authoring a number of papers for the Encyclopedia of Earth, he is a physicist who has published over 1220 peer-reviewed articles in other journals and government monographs in the fields of molecular biology, quantum spin-waves, atmospheric physics, biogeochemistry, hydrological modeling, species population dynamics, ecological modeling and environmental impact analysis. He received his BS from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
He has served as the President and Chief Technical Officer of Earth Metrics Inc. and earlier as Director of the Environmental Systems Laboratory unit of ESL Inc. Earlier professional work includes research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Research Center and graduate faculty at the University of Santa Clara and San Jose State University.
Brandon Kelsey was elected in 2019 to the position of chair for the Libertarian Party of Monterey County. He is a student at Monterey Peninsula College, taking business and economic courses. He plans to eventually study law at perhaps San Jose State and become an attorney who specializes in “aviation law.”
Thomas F. Lee
Thomas Lee is a retired meteorologist with the federal government. He believes among other things, that the “consensus” on climate change is way overblown and should be challenged by cooler heads.
He has been active in the fight against sales tax increases in several Peninsula cities. He reminds us that the perils of big government do not just rest in Washington, nor in Sacramento. Local government has been growing at astonishing rates, and needs push-back from liberty-minded folks. Tom has led letter-writing (to editors) clinics on behalf of local advocacy organizations. For the last year, Thomas Lee has written a series of letters to local newspapers about the dangers of COVID overreach and hysteria.
Tom has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine in Economics. and a Masters in Geography (Climatology) from California State Northridge.
Alice Lillie has been very active in the Libertarian Party. In the early 1970s, before the Party was founded, she was active in the Society for Individual Liberty, the local Young Americans for Freedom, Libertarian Alternative and Christian Libertarians.
In 1996 she moved to Las Vegas to study free market economics under Dr. Hans Hoppe and was involved in the Libertarian Party of Nevada for seventeen years.
In 2002, she fled to Canada. While there, she joined the big demonstrations against US involvement in Iraq.
Currently, she believes that the “ground zero” of the freedom movement is the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, AL, where they teach students free market economics, and groom them for a future in promoting the free market. She is a sponsor of the annual Rothbard Graduate Seminar, where future economics professors and economists hone their skills.
Roland Martin is a native Californian, born in Berkeley, California. His academic work included Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California in Banking and Finance. Martin served in the United States Air Force in World War II as a B-17 pilot. His Air Force service included attachment to the 8th Air Force unit in England. Martin enjoyed a forty-year career in technology sales and marketing, culminating in the position of Senior Vice President of the Sony Corporation of America.
Charlie Roberts was born in Timmins, Canada, and came to California at age nine. He received an NROTC scholarship and was accepted at the University of California in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy.
Upon graduation he joined a destroyer in San Diego, USS Rogers (DDR-876), deploying to the Western Pacific. Next, he deployed to the USS Remora (SS-487). The Remora operated from Pearl Harbor. In 1962, the Remora deployed to monitor the Soviet submarine operations at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula. One day the engine rooms reported water coming in through the induction lines. As Dive Commander, Roberts was sent out on deck to check the main induction valve, which provides air to the main engines and ventilation for the submarine when running on the surface. Alone on deck, Roberts manually fixed the valve and saved the USS Ramora from sinking.
Roberts arrived in Monterey in 1966 to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). There he switched to an oceanography curriculum, where he completed a MS in Oceanography. Thence he joined the USS Quillback (SS-424) as operations officer and navigator. Eventually that ship was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to provide Anti-Submarine Warfare training for the ships there.
In 1974 Roberts became the Commanding Officer of 135 men on the USNS Chauvenet, a coastal hydrographic survey ship.
Thereafter he served four years as Superintendent of USNO, where he gained experience in use of the 61″ Astrometric Reflector at the USNO observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. It is the largest telescope of its kind.
L.K. Samuels, editor and contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of short political, economic and sociological essays, won honorable mention at the “East of Eden” Writers Conference in 2002 for his historical novel Ferret: The Reluctant King. He has also published several non-fiction books: In Defense of Chaos in 2013 and Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum in 2019.
He was the editor-in-chief and a columnist for the campus newspaper at Fullerton College. After graduating from California State University Fullerton in 1976, he wrote guest columns for the Orange County Register, the third largest newspaper in California. He managed the Future of Freedom Conference series for five years in Southern California. In 2022, Lawrence Samuels is became the chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County.
Peter Coe Verbica
Peter Coe Verbica grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Northern California. He earned his BA in English from Santa Clara University, a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015, he published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance).
Verbica has taken many active roles in politics. He is a past president of the California Congress of Republicans, past president of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, division vice president for the California Congress of Republicans, a delegate to the Santa Cruz Republican Central Committee, and a 2020 Republican Presidential Elector for California.
Sharon Wood currently serves on the Republican Central Committee for the Central Coast and was recently appointed as an Associate Delegate to the California Republican Party.
She was born into an avid Republican family in San Jose California who worked to elect and serve Governor Ronald Reagan.
She has served as Judges Chairman for the Miss Stanislaus County Scholarship Beauty Pageant Board, Public Relations Chairman for the Modesto Garden Club of America and a member of the Developmental Board for Casa De Modesto Nursing Facility.
Sharon also enjoys her passion for running various fundraisers for the Parent Resource Center, Children’s Crisis Center, Eric Genius Composer/Master Pianist of Eric Genius Prison Ministries and the Jeff Gorman for Congress campaign.
She runs an Architectural Firm with her husband and splits her residency between Carmel California and New York.