The Editors-in-Chief: Where Are They Now?
Thomas Verny, MD (1985-1989): Founding president of PPPANA and journal editor from Vol. 1, No. 1 through 4(2). Thomas lives with his wife in Stratford, a Canadian town known for its annual Shakespearean Festival. He is in private practice, enjoys traveling world-wide lecturing and giving workshops on PPP. In his "free" time he writes short stories and poetry and studies chess.
Charles Laughlin, PhD (1990-1994): Taught for Carleton University for 26 years in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, developer of Biogenetic Structuralism, which is a body of theory and research projects that integrates anthropology with the neurosciences, phenomenology, and quantum physics. He has a website at www.biogeneticstructuralism.com/index2.htm. Currently retired and living in Arizona. He served as Journal editor for issues 4(3) through 8(4).
Ruth Johnson Carter, PhD (1994-2001): Still teaching for Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) as a full professor of International Studies. She developed a new course for the fall schedule on the middle east situation that will be called Crossroads. She is also completing a book titled From Death Row to Life, a documentary based on a woman's experience on death row. She served as Journal editor for issues 9(1) through 16(2).
David Chamberlain, PhD (2002-2002): Now retired in Nevada City, CA, David served as interim editor between Ruth Carter and BJ Lyman and has been the "go to" person for advice on the Journal for many years. He edited JOPPPAH issues 16(3) through 17(1).
Bobbie Jo Lyman, PhD (2002-2009): Served as JOPPPAH editor faithfully for issues 17(2) through 24(2) and continued as Associate Editor to support the new editor until an untimely illness in February of 2011, which sadly took B.J.'s life in May, 2011.
Jeane Rhodes, PhD (2009-present): Current editor of JOPPPAH, served as Associate Editor from Winter, 2002 through Fall, 2008. She resides in Lakewood, CO with her husband, Larry, and Golden Retriever, Beau.
Steven Raymond, 1987-1989: Could be considered the "father of the newsletter," since he proposed it to the PPPANA board as a way to extend APPPAH's outreach after the '83 Congress—and it did: early issues had a circulation of 5,000! He's now working on the other end of the life spectrum in senior care and end-of-life, hospice, and palliative care. "For me, there is a perfect balance of the consciousness-raising work I did in pre- and perinatal psychology, and the work I am now doing in seeking to raise consciousness in issues around death and dying."
[Ed. note: Steve was responsible for introducing me to PPN, when his talk and film about pre- and perinatal Volume 1, Issue II – Winter 1987 psychology at an adoption triad support group I attended in 1992, rocked my world to pieces.]
Sylvia Winchester, 1990-1992
Sandra Whyte, 1993-1995: Sandra and her husband Donald ran a PR firm in Washington, DC, and served in these years as APPPAH's administrative directors. They were living in Key West, FL, when Donald passed several years back.
David Chamberlain, 1996-1998: This man-of-many talents and APPPAH hats is focusing on his new book, keeping pace with email—several hundred a day—private practice, a nonprofit group for birth and early parenting education (http://bepe.info/index.htm), and gardening at his home in Nevada City, CA, where he lives with his wife and son.
Terry Larimore, 1999-2000
Michael Trout, 2001-2006: "Being the newsletter editor for a few years turned out to be a gas, mostly. After all, I wielded such power! Such authority! And I garnered such prestige! Oh, wait. That was something else. Being the newsletter editor was actually about slogging in the trenches, begging for information, staying up late a few days in a row to pull things together, hoping Maureen wouldn't kill me if I was late, hoping it would appear coherent when it was published, and dealing with inadvertent offenses I committed. All in all, a pretty good job. Life did get simpler after retirement. I've been able to write a few things for myself in the years since I left the noble post, enjoy my love of sports cars (and occasional racing), and even come up with an original idea or two. My beloved and I are finishing a book this year that offers some thoughts to physicians and nurses about how a therapeutic connection with their patients might improve health outcomes. As I write this, our five grandchildren are lazing about the house after an afternoon of tubing with grandma and grandpa down a nearby river. Life is good."
Marcy Axness, 2007-2011: "Ditto Michael, my predecessor and mentor in all things newsletter. It's been an enriching experience, and (mostly) a joy. I want to particularly acknowledge Maureen Wolfe for her tireless dedication to APPPAH, and William Emerson for his unflagging championship of my work. Now on to other horizons, including those called into view with the publication in January 2012 of my book Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers.