Cynthia Jackson is a native of Athens, Georgia and is committed to the education and overall wellness of children. In 2016, she founded Jackson Joy, LLC, a company geared towards publishing reading materials and fun educational interactive technology programs for children of all ages. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. Cynthia is also very thankful to have such a supportive, loving husband and two wonderful kids who give her much joy and inspiration each day.
Helen Hope Kimbrough is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University. She is the author of four multicultural children's books entitled Ocean Waves and Other Tales, Play Dates and Other Tales, My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey, and her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.
For over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling, writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families. This is apparent in her commitments with nonprofits like Reading Partners, Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun, engaging, and life-changing.
Currently, Helen resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and sons.
Marcia Noisette Wood is from the low country of Charleston, South Carolina. A communications degree from Winthrop University prepared her for several marketing and creative jobs in the Los Angles area working for Lorimar Telepictures, Walt Disney, and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG).
For the past 20 years, her focus has expanded from managing the creative process to graphic design and writing. She’s currently Director of Product Development at Shades of Color and freelance writer and graphic designer doing business as NoisetteInk. It is through this business that she has done layout, writing and graphic design for book authors, university marketing and writing about significant American historical events. She’s excited to partner with AK Classics on Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy as a graphic designer and illustrator - her first foray into the Children’s book arena.