Who We Are
Neil Hedley, Editor-in-Chief
fter a 30-year career in radio and television, Neil Hedley launched Dadditudes.com on Fathers’ Day 2012 as a magazine, community and resource for men who have better things to think about than the latest raunchy photos of actresses on the beach.
Along the way, Neil’s been an actor, singer, stand-up comic, author of a book that hit #1 in its category on Amazon, World Record holder, and in 2011, was one of the first five speakers announced at Canada’s first-ever 140 Conference.
He contributes weekly to one of Canada’s largest websites, Sympatico.ca, and also does a weekly feature on Canada’s CTV News Channel, where he offers his unique take on the stories that have been making news.
Neil lives in Toronto, where he holds down two other jobs that don’t exactly work on a resume: husband and father.
Theresa Albert, Nutrition
heresa is a Nutritionist and Food Communication Consultant, her voice is heard in major print publications such as the Toronto Star, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family and the Huffington Post. She blogs and provides content for over 20 websites and is a trusted commentator on CTV News as well as the weight loss expert on CBC’s hit show Steven and Chris.
She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve lifestyle choices. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth. In social media, she is an active tweeter @theresaalbert and her personal website holds many more tips, recipes and ideas at My Friend In Food.
David Allen, Productivity
avid Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. His twenty-five-year pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious corporations and institutions has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the world and Business 2.0 magazine’s inclusion in their list of the “50 Who Matter Now.” Fast Company Magazine has also called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.
David is the international bestselling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life. He is also the engineer of GTD, the ground-breaking Getting Things Done methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it is applicable from the boardroom to the living room to the class room. It is hailed as “life changing” by students, soccer moms, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
A consultant, educator, and popular keynote speaker to such diverse clients as Citigroup, General Mills, Stanford University, New York Life, Microsoft and the US Navy, Mr. Allen continues to enjoy delivering his sold-out Getting Things Done seminars to ever-expanding public audiences in cities throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and South America.
David is the founder and President of the David Allen Company, whose inspirational seminars, coaching, educational materials and practical products present individuals and organizations with a new model for “Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.” He continues to write articles and essays that address today’s ever changing issues about living and working in a fast-paced world and attaining a work-life balance. He lives in Ojai, California with his wife Kathryn.
James H. Burns, Bullying Expert
im Burns, the developer, writer, and co-designer of “The Bully Proof Classroom,” has been committed to providing quality educational services and training to teachers, administrators, parents and students. He is best known for his informative presentations on “The New 3Rs in Education: Respect, Responsibility and Relationships,” a book that he authored in 2010. Since 1991 he has continued to provide in-services, workshops, keynotes, and assemblies to teachers, administrators, parents and students on the topics of bullying, leadership, student discipline, motivation, character and how to diffuse power struggles between staff, administration, students and parents. To date, he has personally addressed approximately 18,000 people.
He is an accomplished college instructor, currently teaching graduate level courses in the areas of Cooperative Discipline, Disability Awareness and Brain-Compatible Teaching Methods, and The Bully Proof Classroom. Jim is a New Jersey State-certified principal and teacher of the handicapped. He is the father of two daughters, Sarah and Grace and lives at the Jersey Shore.
Terri Lynn Coop, Books
erri Lynn Coop is a lawyer and toymaker who has been known to write. She marches with “An Army of Ermas” (www.anarmyofermas.com) finding humor in the everyday life and has a weekly column chronicling quirky local history for The Bourbon County Review. She lives with her two Chihuahuas in a big spooky Civil War-era pile of bricks with a leaking roof and a past-due property tax bill (and loves every minute of it.)
Drew Dawson, Music
rew is a 30-year radio veteran who has worked in virtually every format except classical and country, in markets including Syracuse, NY, Ft. Wayne, IN, Hartford CT, Boston, MA and Dallas, TX. He’s the recipient of a variety of industry recognitions, including Station of The Year from The Young Black Programmers Coalition, a host of Addy’s from The Broadcast Promotion Association, and inclusion on the list of the 10 most influential people in the genre for 4 consecutive years by a leading industry trade publication.
Juliet Farmer, Movies
uliet Farmer is a freelance writer with a serious addiction to horror films and TV (particularly the TV genre her husband refers to as “teeny bopper”). She’s always on the lookout for a good scare, and often has to make do by rewatching The Shining for the millionth time. Currently, Juliet contributes TV quizzes to the Viggle app. Yep, there’s an app for that! If you’ve got too much time on your hands, you can read her opinions on film, TV, books and music at Blogcritics.org, as well as her contributions to CBS and The Stir. She lives in Sacramento, CA, with her aforementioned husband, two grumpy cats, and a goofy rescued greyhound.
Marshall Hook, Baseball
arshall Hook is a working journalist who has covered baseball, amongst many other things, since 1996. He used to get paid to travel to baseball stadia around the country but now does it for fun, save for Fenway Park where he can still be found working every Friday night. He is also a father of four kids, living in the Boston area and writing about it at
<a href=”http://thefourfather.com” target=”_blank”>thefourfather.com</a>.
Lyndon Johnson, Soccer
ecovering journalist, Lyndon Johnson has been a football fan for more than 30 years. A childhood supporter of Ipswich Town, he now follows Nottingham Forest. He was one of the first 30 people in the UK to obtain an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism.
They say that those than can, do but those that can’t teach. Unable to do either, Lyndon chooses instead to take a critical look at the Beautiful Game and offer his advice to those that can – well, some of them.
Bob Joyce, Sports
ob Joyce is the radio voice of UCONN Women’s Basketball (both play-by-play and pregame), and is the Halftime and Postgame host for UConn Football on WTIC News/Talk1080 in Hartford CT. He’s also a Bruins/ Giants / Red Sox fan, a coach, and a proud Dad.
Because he does play-by-play for UCONN Women’s Basketball, it’s quite possible he’s made more on-air championship calls than any other sports announcer in the last ten years. (That’s what WE think around the Dadditudes office.)
Michael Kryton, The Single-Minded Dad
ichael Kryton has been writing producing, and directing for television, radio and live events for over 33 years. Originally from Montreal, Michael trained in music and theatre. He studied piano performance and music composition through the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). His background in theatre includes studies at Concordia University, National Theatre School and the Toronto New School of Theatre. Michael also pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria, focusing on English, economics and commerce. Kryton wrote and directed William Shatner’s 2011 Canadian Tour, “How Time Flies”. He co-wrote the CBC Life and Times Documentary on Jean Pare of Company’s Coming.
He is the author of “The Father’s Guide To Surviving With Kids”, the third book in the Bachelor’s Guide Series which collectively has sold over 300,000 copies in Canada. He has written and produced 10 large-scale live shows and events including the Prairie Music Awards at the Winspear, which was broadcast live on CBC Radio in Western Canada and 3 Rosie (AMPIA) Awards for national broadcast. He has won an AMPIA Award (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association) and received 4 AMPIA nominations. He has also won international awards in Hollywood, New York, Toronto and Edmonton. currently, Michael heads up a new production studio for AXE Productions and is developing several webisodic show series. He has 4 children and currently lives in Edmonton.
Steph Legari, AKA Steph the Grilling Gourmet
teph Legari, also known as Steph the Grilling Gourmet® has been entertaining and educating crowds of food lovers for years.
Formally trained at George Brown College, he has taken that classical training and applied it to the grill where he sees that all food can be touched by fire and smoke in some way. He teaches the art of Grillwork on a variety of grills and smokers, demonstrates simple techniques and with the use of his own brand of dry rubs, shows cuisine easily replicated by his viewing audience. He has appeared numerous times on television, radio, printed media, and is the host of his own television series “Grill This, Smoke That”. He is a master at taking the ordinary, twisting it and creating unique taste sensations.
Todd Lewis, NASCAR / NHL
odd Lewis is most often found at Motorsports events from coast to coast in the US and Canada conducting interviews in pit lane, or in a sound proof (?) room hosting “Hockey Unfiltered”, his NHL focused radio show. Born in Southern Ontario, he now calls Southwest Florida home because he hates winter and they can make ice for hockey anywhere. Look for his TV work on Velocity Network, TSN & Sportsnet. Follow him on twitter @toddlewissports, and on his website, toddlewissports.com.
Justine Lorelle LoMonaco, Etiquette
ustine Lorelle LoMonaco is the blogger behind StopMeIfYouveHeardThisOne.com, where she covers everything from wedding and décor tips to recipes and advice on surviving life’s awkward moments. (You may also have seen her work on HuffPost Weddings, TheKnot.com, MSN.com, Yahoo!Shine, and in a host of decorating magazines.) West Coast-born and Midwest-raised, she is currently settled in Long Island with her handsome husband, where she is doing her best to teach the locals the right way to say “Erin” and “Aaron.” (Hint: They sound the exact same. Trust her on this.) Follow her on Twitter @justinelorelle for more crazy hijinx.
Scott Murrell, Landscaping & Turf
was born and raised in sunny Florida, where I took naturally to the Green Industry — irrigation, landscape design, pest control, maintenance, and the like. For 15 years now I’ve been learning the tools of this trade. However, writing has been my passion ever since I was a child. I have numerous short stories, articles, blogs, ghostwriting assignments, and even half a novel under my belt.
I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have two beautiful children together, and two not-so-beautiful children… my dogs. With four humans and two canines, home life is a wonderful circus. In short: I’m optimistic yet satirical, humorous yet grounded, and easy-going yet convicted.
Eric Novak (EnviroDad) – Cars
ric Novak is the Creator and Editor-in-Chief of EnviroDad.com. He is a father of 4 who thinks that environmental stewardship is a requisite of parenting. He’s not a professional Dad nor is he an environmental scientist, but he’s someone who gives a damn and is trying to make the right decisions as he lives his life as a father, environmentalist and business owner. He is a nationally recognized Keynote speaker who speaks about issues such as Climate Change, Sustainability and the media’s role in our environmental crisis. In addition to automotive reviews, Eric writes reviews on a variety of environmental products, services and destinations as well as opinion and advice pieces throughout several different websites and publications.
Joshua M. Patton, Television
oshua M. Patton is a Pittsburgh native, father, and veteran of the US Army currently attending the University of Pittsburgh thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. He is a regular contributor to Veteran Journal, Dadditudes, What to Expect, and AND Magazine. His fiction has been anthologized in Sins of the Seven, published by Wicked East Press and his serial science-fiction novel is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. He is a Member Spokesperson for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He is also writing a book about dating and relationships.
Ted Rubin, Parenting Contributor
Bruce Sallan, Parenting Contributor
ruce Sallan’s second book is an e-book only – “The Empty-Nest Road Trip Blues: An Interactive Journal from A Dad’s Point-of-View” – and costs a whopping $2.79. It’s a travelogue, an emotional father-son story, and it contains 100 photos and 7 original videos. He is the author of “A Dad’s Point-of-View: We ARE Half the Equation” and radio host of “The Bruce Sallan Show – A Dad’s Point-of-View.”
He gave up a long-term showbiz career to become a stay-at-home-dad. He has dedicated his new career to becoming THE Dad advocate. He carries out his mission with not only his book and radio show, but also his column “A Dad’s Point-of-View”, syndicated in over 100 newspapers and websites worldwide, his “I’m NOT That Dad” vlogs, the “Because I Said So” comic strip, and his dedication to his community on Facebook and Twitter. Join Bruce and his extensive community each Thursday for #DadChat, from 6-7pm PST, the Tweet Chat that Bruce hosts.
Lisa Simundson, Books
reelance writer Lisa Simundson has held editorial management positions at a national bridal magazine, an airline inflight magazine and travel trade magazine. She also has contributed to publications themed around art, culture and photography. Before moving to Cape Cod in 2010, Lisa was a lifelong resident of Miami, Fla., publishing the travel book Miami and the Keys Alive in 2000.
F. Lewis Stark (Big Daddy Autism), Parenting Contributor
. Lewis Stark (aka Big Daddy) brings his unique view of fatherhood, and the world at large, to life in his books as well as on his frequently updated and hilarious blog. His tales (and cartoons) from the lighter side of raising a child with autism always spark laughter and discussion. By telling funny and off-beat stories from his life, Big Daddy shows that raising a kid with special needs is not all doom and gloom. To the contrary, it can be quite humorous and inspirational.
Dr. Alan Viau, Parenting Contributor
r. Alan Viau reflects on life as an empty nest dad of three young adults, husband & loves horses and Yoga.