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APUS ePress: Author Bios

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Author Bios

Jill Fuson

Dr. Jill Fuson has a PhD in Adult Education from Capella University. She is also a graduate of Webster University where she received her M.A. in Human Resource Development. She is the daughter of a retired career military father and is married to a career military husband recently retired with 23 years of service. Her oldest son is also in the military and has deployed twice to Iraq. She has lived and worked in many places throughout the world thus exposing her to vast diversity and is understanding of the life criteria needed as a member of a military family. Jill and her husband Dale have four children Michael 28, Jana 24, Chris 23, and Amber 22 and three grandchildren Emma Lea (7), and Kelly (3) and McKenzie (1). Jill is also a published author who has written a children’s book Emma Puddleducks dedicated to her first grandchild. Adult education is her passion and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with those who are furthering their education.

 She is the author of the APUS APA Style Manual.
 Edward Overton
Dr. Overton earned a Ph.D. degree in Adult Education, Research Emphasis, from the University of Idaho in Moscow. He also holds a Master of English degree (Washington State University) and a Master of Public Administration/Political Science degree (Boise State University). His bachelor’s degree is in English Writing and American Literature and he earned an AA in Social Science. He has taught for a variety of universities and colleges as an Adjunct Professor for over 20 years. He currently serves as Faculty Advisor for Gamma Beta Phi national Honor Society at Boise State University.
Dr. Overton served in the United States Army (139th Combat Engineer Battalion, 145th Engineer Group, and in the Idaho National Guard) as an NCO. He has been teaching on the campus of Boise State University as well as serving military personnel at the Gowen Field Armor Training Center through an Extended Studies Program for over 20 years. He has been affiliated with American Public University System for three years, developing and teaching courses in, Technical Communications, Introduction to Peace Studies, and The Politics of Civil Rights. Dr. Overton enjoys working with adult learners, especially those who are seeking to improve their lives through education.
He is the author of the second and third volumes of the World Literature Anthology.
Linda Kay Silva

Linda Kay Silva is a two time award winning writer of 18 novels encompassing four series, the Echo Branson Paranormal Series, the Jessie Ferguson Time Travel Series, the Delta Stevens Police Series, and her latest, Man Eaters Zombie Series published by Sapphire Books. She was recently awarded the Alice B Toklas Award for her body of work. Linda Kay is a world traveling fool, a Harley rider, an animal rescuer, an ex cop, and she teaches Modern epic Fantasy, African Lit, and several other World Lit courses, but she is always writing. Even when she was being charged by an elephant in the bushes of Africa she thought, "This would make a great scene!" She has four novels coming out in 2013 and is currently at work on another supernatural series. She has spoken at various conferences around the world and will be teaching break out sessions at the Left Coast Conference in October. You can find out more about this eccentric and off-center Aquarian at
She is the author of the first volume of the World Literature Anthology.
David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse grew up in Chicago enjoying the diversity and opportunities a large, urban center offers. He went to Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Northwestern University just north of Chicago. He has played solo piano and organ concerts in many states.  He hasbeen a music director, actor, and keyboard performer for theater shows in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago.  He has directed choirs in churches and gone on tour several times, including cathedral residencies in England. He has taught at Benedictine University, in Lisle, Illinois, City Colleges of Chicago, and Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Bethanie Hansen
Dr. Bethanie L. Hansen teaches music and English. Her educational background includes degrees from Brigham Young University, Southern Oregon University, Boston University. Dr. Hansen is full-time instructor at American Public University. Her philosophy of music education is that music is a special way of thinking and knowing that cannot be replaced by any other means of communicating or learning; music enriches us and is worth learning for its own sake. As a writer, Bethanie has published instructional materials for educators and co-authored the new APUS Music Appreciation text book.
Andrea McAfee
Mrs. McAfee is a full-time professor at APU/AMU.  She previously worked as a policy analyst in the Office of the Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the Department of Homeland Security.  She also served as a Senior Management Analyst for Defense Group, Inc. (DGI).  Prior to working for DGI, Mrs. McAfee provided research support and guidance for U.S. Agency International Development (USAID) general assistance and security strategies, as well as for specific projects on fragile and failing states, the Middle East, and Africa. 
As a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Mrs. McAfee received the Captain William P. Cole Fellowship and served as a research analyst at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland where she helped with the development of a prototype oversight system for biotechnology research.  She also conducted literature reviews for the CIA Strategic Assessments Group Research Effort exploring future ideological challenges.
Mrs. McAfee has a personal interest in the well-being of military personnel and their families.  As an Army spouse, she is a Family Readiness Group (FRG) Senior Adviser within the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.  She co-authored, "Support for Military Families and Their Communities," which was published in the Journal of Community Psychology.  Mrs. McAfee also is Vice President of Operation Paperback, which is a non-profit organization that has been sending free books to deployed U.S. troops and their families since 1999.

Cathy Silverman
Cathy Silverman specializes in the research and preservation of indigenous music, ritual and religion. She earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Mary Washington College and an M.F.A. in Music from California Institute of the Arts where she worked and collaborated with musicians and artists from around the world including Indonesia, Africa, Siberia, and India. She is a past grant-recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. and the American Public University System. Cathy is also the co-founder of the Nada Brahma Foundation (, whose projects have included research and documentation in Mexico, Guatemala, the Hopi reservation in Arizona, Ghana, and Indonesia. A variety of DVDs and CDs have been produced from this work. Cathy has led many cultural tours to Bali, Indonesia, where students learn about Bali-Hindu culture and religion. She recently completed a project researching and documenting refugees and conflict resolution in Ghana and is currently working with the Mbangba Cultural Troupe led by renowned Dagomban dancer and musician Sulley Imoro and developing a variety of micro-loan projects in Ghana, Africa.

Denise Snee
Denise Snee received her bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College and her master’s degree in English from the University of Rhode Island.  Mrs. Snee has served as an adjunct faculty member for St. Leo University, Old Dominion University, Averett University, and the University of Maryland (in Japan and Guam).  While living in Japan, she taught conversational English and American customs at the Japanese Navy’s Second Service School and team-taught with Japanese English teachers on the junior high school level.  Mrs. Snee was a summer fellow with the Rhode Island Writing Project and has lead teacher workshops on the teaching of writing.  When she is not teaching, Mrs. Snee keeps busy chauffeuring her two children to and from soccer and basketball practices, horseback riding lessons, and Tae Kwon Do lessons. She also jogs with Guinness and Killian, her pet labs.  Mrs. Snee is married to EODCM John Snee, a Navy EOD master tech.