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Mari Lynch is the owner of Fine Wordworking, established in Monterey County, California in 1981. The business serves clients in the Monterey Bay region and throughout the United States.

Mari provides writing, editing, proofreading, consulting, and other services. She accepts a wide range of projects, including for websites, books, magazines, radio, and much more.

Among her specialties are ghostwriting, collaborative writing, and editing of adult, young adult, and children's nonfiction books, and editing and proofreading of fiction. She is well versed in Chicago style and is likewise familiar with a variety of other popular styles.

Mari previously worked as a writer, editor, and production coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Santa Cruz County, California, collaborating with staff and outside authors on book projects. Prior to that, she was employed by Well-Being magazine in Santa Cruz, through its transition to New York City following sale of the magazine to Vegetarian Times.

Mari is a native of Illinois and an alumna of Southern Illinois University, where she was a President's Scholar.

In 2009, as a public service, she founded the Bicycling Monterey website and projects, which earned Mari a Transportation Excellence Award from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. Prior to bicycling advocacy, the majority of her volunteer work was related to environmental sustainability, including organic farming advocacy; the well-being of children, including music education; and writers' rights, including as a journalism contract trainer and book contract advisor. Mari has been a popular presenter and panelist at conferences nationwide on these and other topics.


When questions arise outside our own areas of expertise, we are fortunate to be able to call upon a group of extraordinary professionals in their respective fields. These include the following:

Gerri Dayharsh. Gerri was a technical writer for Apple, Cisco Systems, and other corporations from 1981-2001. Since 2004, she has been an English instructor at De Anza College, Cupertino, California and Cabrillo College, Aptos. She is an alumna of San Jose State University, where she earned a Master's degree in English, and of the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she received a Bachelor's in Literature.

Jay Bartow. Jay is pastor emeritus at First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, where he served as pastor from 1974-2011. Ordained in 1970, he was pastor from 1970-74 at First Presbyterian Church, Lakewood, California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena; and San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree. His dissertation explored the novels of Walker Percy and Frederick Buechner, and his continuing interest in literature led to founding a Faith and Fiction group.

Jordan Daniels. Jordan is an independent LEED accredited professional and has managed scores of successful LEED certifications since 2005. He has over a dozen years experience in the building environment, most recently as senior partner at Building Wise. Since 2009, Jordan also teaches at Hartnell College on the fundamentals of sustainability, specifically applied to construction and building operations and maintenance. Jordan helped plan and execute the 2010 Monterey Bay Green Building Expo and consults with others planning similar events. Jordan is a board member of the Sustainability Academy; a member of a tech advisory committee and former co-chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California chapter, Monterey Bay branch; served for five years as a member of the mayor's ad hoc committee for creating green building practices for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea; and served five years as a member of the green building committee, a C2 competitive cluster of the Monterey County Business Council. Jordan is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Laurel Thomsen. Classically trained violinist/violist Laurel Thomsen enjoys performance and studio recording across a variety of genres, including folk-rock, Celtic, blues, and pop-rock. From 1996-2011, she taught hundreds of students in the Monterey and Santa Barbara, California and Missoula, Montana areas, and since 2009, teaches online via Skype. Laurel is the creator and host of the Violin Geek Podcast, has been a regular contributor of articles for Strings magazine, and is the author of Improve Your Bowing Technique, a beginner through advanced level book/video guide available through String Letter Publishing.

Kathi Lares. Kathi is business manager for Trinity Christian High School, handling finance, admissions, and college guidance. From 1996-2006, she was business manager for the Monterey Bay Charter School, a Waldorf-inspired elementary school, and from 1983-1995, she was operations manager at the Carmel branch of Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc., a national stock brokerage firm. Kathi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Service, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her community involvement includes serving on the finance committee for the Monterey Bay Charter School, along with being an active member of her church and of PEO International, which supports educational opportunities for women.

Sandra O. Laney. Sandra has been a registered dietitian specializing in children with special health care needs since 1989. She is an alumna of Central Washington University, Ellensburg, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition.

Sandy Larson. Sandy was a resource librarian for Hospice of the Central Coast from 1982-2008. Since 2010, Sandy has been a principal with Hearthstone: Organizing with Heart. She is an alumna of the University of Washington at Seattle, where she earned a Master of Library Science degree.

Selwa Said. Selwa has been a teacher of Effective Communication and Relationship Building since 1978. She is also an accredited instructor in Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) and Youth Effectiveness Training (YET), having completed over 300 hours of training, and has also completed 150 hours of training in Harville Hendrix's Imago Relationship Therapy.

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