Wilheimina is an entrepreneur, graphic designer, children’s book author, and a fine artist who enjoys painting portraits. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Mary Washington. Wilheimina has always been an advocate for children and founded in 1999 the non-profit Youth Matter Inc/YMCDC, a multi-service non-profit organization that has even reached across many states in the TROOPS TO YOUTH™ Initiative, as well as servicing youth and families in her own local communities. Creating the Ray the Buffalo & Friends children’s book series, and the Jellybeans Children's Books (JCB) Biography Books series for children are a special passion. Creating what has become the Ray the Buffalo & Friends' book series, is so very dear to her heart, as her desire is to motivate and encourage children to be their best and to always strive to excel. She also excels at providing creative services and consulting services to small and large businesses, as well as local, state and federal agencies. Wilheimina has over 27 years of experience in business management and design services. She personally produced the layout and design of all books in the two series. Wilheimina continues to work toward her entrepreneur goals with her creative services agency BRITLON www.britlon.com. While studying at the University of Mary Washington she met Ron Miller, the illustrator of Ray the Buffalo books, where she was a college intern under his direction at his Black Cat Studio. Now many years later, they team as author and illustrator in the development of her children’s books.
WELLINGTON J. WILLIAMS, JR.
Wellington J. Williams Jr currently serves as a Program Manager in support of the US Navy. His career experience includes significant roles in all aspects of resourcing and acquisition for various naval programs. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He had an outstanding military career where he retired at the rank of Commander, US Navy. In his free time, you will find him mentoring youth and young adults and enjoying the beach with his fur buddy Angel the Pug.
MAKHI A. SIMMONS
Master Makhi Aiden Simmons lives in Maryland and is nine years old. He is a good student, and Makhi enjoys playing with his cat Sox, Legos and remote-control cars. His favorite food is ice cream. He is the son of Adrienne Rolls and Ronald Simmons Jr., US Army. When he grows up, he wants to be a soldier like his Dad. Makhi is also the great-nephew of Author, Wilheimina Long.
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