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Tim Pyron (tpyron@txdirect.net), besides writing for Macmillan, is an independent consultant and trainer for Microsoft Project. His previous Microsoft Project books include, among others, Using Microsoft Project 4, Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 98, Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Project 98 in 24 Hours, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Project 2000 in 24 Hours—all of which together have sold a quarter-million copies and have been translated into numerous languages. He is also editor of Woody's Project Watch, a free newsletter for Project subscribe, go to http://www.woodyswatch.com/wpw/.

Ira Brown is the senior vice president of Project Assistants, Inc., a Microsoft Project Solution Provider specializing in training, consulting, and custom software development for Microsoft Project. He has extensive project management and application development experience, working in the healthcare information systems and financial services industries for over 15 years. Ira is recognized as a leading authority in integrating Microsoft Project with other products utilizing VBA, specializing in integration with the Microsoft Office suite of applications. He has many years of experience developing and implementing automated methodologies centered around Microsoft Project. He also has significant experience in helping organizations implement Microsoft Project across an enterprise, utilizing the workgroup features, Web publishing, and multiple project consolidation capabilities of the software. Ira, his wife, Diane, and their two children, Tara and Joey, reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ira can be contacted by phone at (800) 642-9259, fax at (302) 477-9712, or email at ibrown@projectassistants.com. For more information about Project Assistants, visit its Web site at http://www.projectassistants.com.

Toby Brown, MCP PMP, is a full-time consultant and instructor specializing in project management, information systems, and curriculum development. He has more than 10 years' experience as a presenter, consultant, team builder, and project manager. Currently, he is employed with PMSI-Project Mentors (http://www.pmsi-pm. com), an Atlanta-based organization, part of Provant, Inc., dedicated to full-time project management services, training, and technology implementations. Toby is a member of the corporate training group responsible for conducting one-on-one and group classroom training sessions on project management processes, implementation, and systems design. When not teaching and consulting, Toby is an FAA commercial-certified hot air balloon pilot flying at select weekend events for Microsoft, The Weather Channel, and Home & Garden Television/Food Network.

Gus Cicala is the president and CEO of Project Assistants, Inc., in Wilmington, Delaware. Gus is an expert in project management and the use of Microsoft Project as a project management tool. He regularly delivers consulting and training on project management, Microsoft Project, contract administration, and custom methodologies for organizations across North America and Europe. He graduated Cum Laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with dual majors in Operations Research and Management. Gus can be reached by phone at (302) 477-9711, by fax at (302) 477-9712, or by email at gcicala@projectassistants.com.

Rod Gill has been involved with project management for more than 20 years and has particular expertise in the creation and use of project management information systems. He is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for Project for Windows, an award and status given by Microsoft to those who have provided regular, accurate, and useful help on their Project Newsgroups. His company, Project Learning Ltd. ( http://www.projectlearning.com), sells Microsoft Project Companion software and project management training videos.

Ron Hill is a graduate of West Point Military Academy and the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne Schools. He has held various positions in Airborne and Mechanized Infantry units around the world. Ron is an expert in Internet and database application development, and specializes in creating VBA solutions and Web-based software for Microsoft Project. Ron is a senior technical analyst with Project Assistants, Inc., a Microsoft Project Solution Provider based in Wilmington, Delaware. He is the lead developer of several Microsoft Project add-on products from Project Assistants, including the ProjectCommander and TeamWork applications. You can reach Ron at rhill@projectassistants.com, call him at (800) 642-9259, fax him at (302) 477-9712, or reach him on the Web at http://www. projectassistants.com.

Thuy "Twee" Le is the president for Beyond Baseline in Austin, Texas. Beyond Baseline offers full-service training and consulting for Microsoft desktop applications, specializing in Project, Office, and FrontPage. Graduating with a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Thuy uses her people skills to develop and deliver customized training and consulting for various industries, including high-tech, education, medical, banking, construction, and government. If not working with computers, she is likely to be reading or dabbling with carpentry. Thuy can be reached at thuyle@cheerful.com or thuyle@beyondbaseline.com.

Winston Meeker is a training consultant and project manager for Productivity Point International. He enjoys translating complex and mysterious technological concepts into clear, practical terms that anyone can understand. Winston lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Tammy, and daughters, Charis and Montana. He holds a BA in English and Humanities from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is completing an MA in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, Florida. He strives to work and live Soli Deo Gloria.

Melette W. Pearce is an independent instructor and consultant in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches and crafts business solutions using tools ranging from simple spreadsheets and databases to Visual Basic applications. She has designed extensive supplemental courseware for numerous products, but specializes in MS Project and MS Access. Melette began as a presentation specialist in the MS-DOS environment; but, when she discovered her passion for teaching eight years ago, she has never looked back. A graduate of Eastfield College, she is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer. She can be contacted via the Internet at gorgias@home.com.

Patricia B. Seidl is an authority in project management with additional experience in application development and methodology development. She has seven years of project management experience and eighteen years of overall information technology experience. Patricia graduated Cum Laude from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Health Information Administration. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology from the University of Southern Colorado, and she is a member of the American Health Information Management Association. Patricia is a project management consultant with Project Assistants, a leading Microsoft Solution provider specializing in Microsoft Project training, implementation services, and Web-based project management solutions. Patricia is a specialist on the use of Microsoft Project as a project management tool. She delivers training and consulting on project management, Microsoft Project, and custom methodologies for companies across the U.S. She can be contacted by phone at (800) 642-9259, by fax at (302) 477-9712, by email at pseidl@projectassistants.com, or on the Web at http://www.projectassistants.com.

Jo Ellen Shires is the owner of Common Sense Computing, a Portland, Oregon-based company that exclusively serves Microsoft Project users. She began her programming and training careers in 1974 and holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in Biometry. A noted lecturer at regional and national gatherings, and founder of the Portland Project Users Group, Jo has contributed to Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 98 and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Project 2000 in 24 Hours. She serves as an advisor to the Project development team at Microsoft and is participating in the launch of the Project certification testing program. Jo can be reached at jshires@cscservices.com.

Laurie Soslow is an expert at technical writing for computer-based tools and education. Laurie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont, and her Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing from Boston University. She develops software and training documentation for Project Assistants, a project management training, consulting, and Internet software development company based in Wilmington, Delaware. At Project Assistants, Laurie creates user documentation, online help systems, and custom training materials for Microsoft Project, as well as Project Commander and TeamWork, the popular add-on products for Microsoft Project. She can be contacted via email at lsoslow@projectassistants.com, by phone at (800) 642-9259, by fax at (302) 477-9712, or on the Web at http://www.projectassistants.com.

Laura Stewart is an experienced technical writer, software instructor, and award-winning Microsoft Office 2000 Beta tester. Laura has been a contributing author to Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 2000, Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 98, Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Project 98 in 24 Hours, and Special Edition Using Microsoft Project 95. In addition to her contributions to these Microsoft Project books, Laura is the author of several computer reference books, including the Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000 and Migrating to Office 2000: A Corporate User's Desk Reference. Laura is a certified Microsoft Office Expert Specialist in Excel and PowerPoint, and is a contributor to Woody's Project Watch (http://www.woodyswatch.com).

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