For more than 25 years, Danielle Schaaf has been providing clients public relations consultation and services guided by a simple philosophy: creating targeted communications based on sound strategies and creative techniques delivers results. Although her capabilities include public affairs, crisis communications, financial relations and employee relations, Schaaf focuses on marketing public relations where she specializes in publicity, community relations and special events. She recently expanded her business to include training executives in networking and personal marketing techniques.
Schaaf brought her business to Kingwood in 1994 after working for premier Houston public relations agencies, including Churchill Group and Vollmer Public Relations, as well as for national powerhouse Ketchum Public Relations in Atlanta. From creating grand openings, to introducing new products and programs, to commemorating corporate milestones or developing ongoing visibility for her clients, Schaaf creates strategic and creative results-oriented communications.
Danielle has taken time off from her PR practice to focus on a writing career, specializing in “Smart Alec” non-fiction. Her first book, a nostalgic and lighthearted look back at Catholic nuns of yesteryear, DON’T CHEW JESUS! will be released in November and is published by BenBella Books. She’s currently juggling two WIPs: HOLY BONES, LIMBO AND BALD-HEADED NUNS: DIVINE MYSTERIES REVEALED and an untitled collection of essays featuring her alter-ego, the Haute Flash Contessa.
Schaaf was accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of St. Martha Catholic Church where she teaches religious education. Schaaf’s awards and recognitions include awards of excellence and merit for public relations campaigns and writing projects from the International Association of Business Communicators.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1980 and moved to Houston in 1981. Kingwood residents since 1991, Schaaf and husband Mark, a partner with Briggs & Veselka Co. CPA firm, are the parents of 16- year-old twin boys, Alex and Andrew, and a nine-year-old daughter, Catherine. Danielle currently has two blogs - Don’t Chew Jesus and Haute Flash Contessa.
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Diane O’Brien Kelly is an Air Force Brat who lived in five different places, including Puerto Rico, before she turned ten. She grew up primarily in Austin, Texas which was a hippie haven before morphing into the Silicon Valley of the south.
Diane received a BBA in Accounting with honors from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She spent several years in both the Houston, Texas and San Diego, California offices of international accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick, where she had the pleasure of working with a partner who is now under indictment for tax shelter fraud. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under then-Attorney General Dan Morales, who was also indicted for criminal activity. Diane currently works part-time as a tax attorney in Fort Worth, Texas. So far, no indictments have been issued against her current employers.
Diane writes humor, chick lit, and romantic comedies, as well as an occasional article on taxation when she’s feeling exceptionally boring. Her work has been published in Byline magazine, True Love magazine, the Fort Worth Business Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Northwest Family News, and on the Writer’s Digest website. She publishes a new short humor piece each month on the “Blarney” page of her website, www.BlarneyBabe.com. Diane also speaks on taxation for writers and the art of humor.
Diane is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors, North Texas RWA, Kiss of Death Mystery and Suspense Writers, and Chick Lit Writers of the World.
Diane lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband, two children, and enough cats and dogs to violate several city ordinances. Diane’s hobbies include cake decorating, tie dye, and golf.
This workshop shows the writer how to force the reader to become involved with their characters by establishing strong inner and outer landscapes. How these characters resolve conflict reveals who they are just as it reveals their strengths, weaknesses, and values. Learn how to create well-rounded characters that label your stories unforgettable.
Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has nineteen novels, fifteen novellas, a non fiction book, several articles, and short stories in print.
DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story.
Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents, and she remains a favorite author by Heartsong Presents’ readers. Two of her books have won short historical of the year by American Christian Romance Writers 2003 and 2004. She is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 in the long contemporary and novella category.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Chi Libris, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops. She is also a mentor for Jerry Jenkins’s Christian Writers Guild.
She lives in sunny Houston, Texas, the home of heat, humidity, and Harleys. In fact she’d own one, but her legs are too short. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.