Johanna Garton is a mother, author, and cross country coach who has played many roles throughout her life. A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she also has a law degree from DePaul University College of Law. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Chicago, Johanna worked on behalf of refugee survivors of torture at the Heartland Alliance. She has served on the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Community Service and taught advocacy and legal issues for nonprofits at Regis University. Several years of living and working in Asia, including time in China with her husband, son, and daughter, inspired her to write her first book, Awakening East. She and her family live in Denver. Find her online at johannagarton.com.