Below are the amazing individuals who make the Alternative Book Club a reality.
Mr. Mark Fegan is a 1975 graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. His primary area of study was Mathematics Education. After graduation Mr. Fegan began a teaching career that lasted twenty years. After starting his career as a Junior High teacher in Minnesota, he taught High School Mathematics in Nebraska and completed this phase of his life in 1996 as an Assistant Professor at Peru State College in Nebraska. Along the way he took a one year hiatus to work in the garment industry and an additional year off for graduate school. Mr. Fegan earned his MS Ed from Kearney State College in Nebraska in 1979. In 1996, Mr. Fegan changed his focus from teaching to become a Software Developer for Raytheon. Mr. Fegan joined Toastmasters International in October 2009 and earned Distinguished Toastmaster status in August 2014. Mr. Fegan lives with his wife Rebecca in Bellevue, Nebraska, and continues to take an interest in education and helping others achieve their goals.
Mrs. Rebecca Fegan, teacher, financial advisor, member of John Maxwell Team, Toastmaster, Lifelong Girl Scout, writer, reader, expert on crutches, mother of 5, grandmother of 4, and all around nice, if weird, person began life in Los Angeles. As the daughter of two music teachers, she has developed a rather unique point of view of the world, and a sense of humor that takes some by surprise. After graduating from Illinois State with a degree in Music Education, she went on to get another degree from Peru State College in Business Administration, and then got certifications in life insurance, health insurance, and debt handling, and a Series 65 license in securities. Her favorite authors are John Maxwell and Terry Pratchett, but she also enjoys crime procedural television shows and super hero movies. She is endlessly curious about everything and especially loves cultural geography and travel. Her goal is to make sure that there is a story for every point, for everything to be learned, for every philosophy, and she will go out of her way to collect those stories, including battling vicious revolving doors…
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Gloria Harmon was one of five children. She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968. In 1973, she married and had two daughters. At age forty, she went to the University of Nebraska where she received both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s in education. Mrs. Harmon taught in the Omaha Public Schools until her retirement three years ago. She is always taking classes for self-improvement. Gloria attends Ambassador Worship Center under the leadership of Dr. Martin Williams, a world-renowned teacher, author, speaker and mentor. Several scriptures that she confesses daily are, Galatians 3:29 KJV “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Also, 2 Corinthians 5: 18-19 KJV “And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God, was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” It is with this charge from 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 KJV, that Mrs. Harmon humbly submits the chapter that talks about taking no offense, forgiveness, and humility.
George born in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Worcester University and a U.S. Navy Veteran. After graduation he worked for Digital Equipment and later in the small business center at Fleet Bank. In 2001 his wife’s father got sick so he moved from the suburbs of Boston to an Iowa cornfield to take care of her father. He worked in credit card fraud detection at First Data. George retired early to care for his ailing wife. He spends his time bicycling around Lake Manawa and watching his beloved Red Sox on TV and speaking at Toastmasters International and other groups such as Optimist clubs and the Urban League of Omaha.
Mrs. Christine Jones has been spending her days lately learning to be less of an introvert. In order to learn new skills and work on overcoming her fears, she took on the challenge of being Editor for this project. She has been able to experience grace from this group as she went through a surgery and recovery as she worked through this book project. Her life experiences are shared in the chapter Breaking the Mold. Having been married for over 37 years, to Mr. Keith Jones, and raised two children to successful adults, she has seen first hand how making changes in our “mold” are worth our time and effort. Yes, Mr. Jones, who is also a contributor to this book, is her husband. Working on this together has been an opportunity for her to practice giving him grace in those moments that he felt his words would not come. It was the least she could do after all of his loving support he has given to her through the years!
Yes, she had to practice the skills she discusses in her chapter as she encountered moments of being unsure that she could complete the project. Each time she made the choice to continue and conquer her fears. Doing this as a team allowed her to use others in the group as sounding boards when she was unsure. Read her chapter to learn how she has become less introverted.
Mr. Keith Jones, born and raised in Cambridge, Nebraska went to college at Kearney State College. He graduated in three straight years with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. College is where he met Christine, his wife. He has worked at a construction company, a steel company, a bank, and the local power company. His job duties involved installing operating systems, systems software, and working with the hardware in computer rooms.
Keith and Christine’s two children have kept them both busy over the past 27 years. Band, Boy Scouts, and sports provide a wealth of stories and memories for all of us. Trips to Orlando with the high school band, adventures at two Boy Scout National Jamborees, and two trips to Europe with the college band are highlights.
Keith also collects kites that he enjoys flying in his spare time.
Keith has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 28 years. He has a passion for speech contests.
Charles “Chip” Mackenzie
Dr. Chip Mackenzie had polio when he was 6 years old. He went on to get a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Pacific and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California. He has been divorced, widowed and, is now in his third marriage. He has dealt with the Late Effects of Polio for the last 35 years and is now in a power wheelchair, which he likes to call his 6-wheel ATV. He was nearly 50 years old before he became aware of how often grace had intercepted his life.
Mrs. Evelyn Mosley was born 2 months premature in Omaha, Nebraska to Gloria Jones. She raised Mrs. Mosley and her two younger siblings, Debra and Anthony, as a single parent. Mrs. Mosley was raised in Chicago, Illinois until the age of 8 years. Her family relocated to Omaha where her mother’s parents, the late Raymond and Lena, resided. She is the mother of 1 adult son, deceased, and an adult daughter. She is also the grandmother of 8 and the great grandmother of one. One niece calls her Aunt. Mrs. Mosley has been married to Mr. David Mosley for 14 years. The couple has no children together. She finds it an honor and a privilege to be part of this great project of leadership flanked by grace and servitude.
Leading from behind is something that Mrs. Mosley believes all great leaders should adopt. It shows respect, confidence, gratitude, servitude, and, most importantly, it exemplifies grace.
Mr. Nick Wolff is a full time consultant, entrepreneur, and educator. He has a wide educational skill set with Master’s Degrees in Organizational Development, Business Administration and, Civil Engineering. He is also a candidate for the Doctor of Human Capital Management from Bellevue University. For 15 years, Mr. Wolff worked in the engineering and construction field and served in a management role for over 6 years. During that time, he also provided organizational development and business management consulting services to several organizations, most notably at Motorola and a refinery under the umbrella of a major petrochemical company. In 2013, he founded his own organizational development, education and, business consulting firm. He has worked with Bellevue University as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and as Program Director of the Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Bachelor of Web Design and Development programs. Mr. Wolff previously published The Influencer: 107 Lessons on Being Effective without Being a Jerk.
In his free time, Mr. Wolff speaks professionally, develops educational videos, provides business and leadership development education, writes educational articles and books. He also spends time with his lively wife, son and, daughters at his home in Omaha, Nebraska.
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