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Author James Boland

FOFH-IL Founding Member

Author James Boland, retired Marine and Vietnam veteran, earned three college degrees after discharge. Following a business career, he transitioned into teaching high school Social Studies. Now, as an Elementary school teacher he has discovered how children love story-telling. Jim was a founding member of FOFH-IL.

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Illustrator Richard Flatley

FOFH-IL Founding Member &
Vice President Emeritus

Illustrator Richard Flatley, retired Marine and Vietnam veteran, lives in Chicagoland where he has always been an active advocate for veterans. He is member of Society of Writers Illustrators of Children’s Books (SWICB) plus author and illustrator of The Adventure of Gus. Rich is a founding member of FOFH-IL and still serves as Vice President Emeritus.

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