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A more "serious" version of Gregory's bio is also available.
Humorous Biographical Sketch
GREGORY S. SHAFFER, M.A.
Currently 46 years old, Gregory S. Shaffer was born
in Vallejo, California at the age of zero to his parents. After
picking up rocks off of the Solano County racetrack in his teens,
and a stint as a bail bondsmen in his twenties (to fund graduate
school), he set his sights on becoming a famous radio personality.
That dream was never fully realized, actually that dream was never
realized at all (yet), save a short stint as a newsman for an FM
station in Vacaville, California. However, this did not stop Gregory
from moving forward. Gregory attended California State University,
Sacramento where he received his BA in Business Administration and
Communication Studies and MA in Communications Studies, all sans
any cum laudes.
Gregory S. Shaffer is the principal of Compulsion
to Create, a consulting business whose tag line is "Writing, Thinking
and Public Speaking." Gregory's vision for himself and Compulsion
to Create is multi-dimensional and focuses on consulting of community
building and asset-based community development, as well as writing
for the silver screen and public speaking. Gregory's previous clients
have included: Calif. Youth Advocacy Network; Food Stamp Outreach
Planning Committee; the California Health Promotion Collaborative;
California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families; the Local
Programs Unit, Tobacco Control Section; and the Physical Activity
and Health Initiative, all of the former being part of the California
Department of Health Services. In addition Gregory has worked with
Odyssey (a mass transportation non-profit); Non-Profits United;
Paratransit, Inc.; and work as a member of the Sierra Regional Career
Partnership's Evaluation Team. Gregory is currently at work on a
novel for young adults as well as serving as an Communications Studies
instructor at the community college level.
Previously, Gregory served as the Local Programs Administrator
for California Healthy Cities and Communities, a program of the
Center for Civic Partnerships based in Sacramento, CA. CHCC is part
of a growing international public health movement which focuses
on the city/community and its total environment -- including the
physical surroundings, economic conditions, and social climate --
as an arena for health promotion activities. In that position Gregory
served as a team leader for others who, like Gregory, worked directly
with cities and communities to build and maintain participation
in the Project.
Gregory's writings include: Home Waters: Fly Fishing
in Western Canada; The Sacramento Bee; Vacaville Reporter;
Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA);and Public Health Reports. Gregory
has submitted and not had his writing and poetry published in such
prestigious publications as the New Yorker, Parents Magazine,
Redbook, American Angler and The Los Angeles Times.
Gregory also worked as a Media Specialist/Community
Organizer for the Solano County Cancer Prevention Program, and as
a Field Representative to California State Assemblyman Thomas M.
Gregory discovered that the Rotary Foundation offers
a variety of overseas travel and went after it like a consultant
after a travel claim. He was awarded a scholarship in 1983-84 to
study at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. In 1985,
Gregory was selected as a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange
and traveled to southern India for six weeks as part of an exchange
program designed to share professional and cultural experiences.
He still has a box of memorabilia from each trip in his attic. If
anyone knows of any other schemes that allow free travel abroad
Gregory would like to know.
Gregory enjoys traveling with his lovely wife, Sheri,
including taking a year off in 1990-91 to travel in Southeast Asia
and the United States. Among Gregory's other interests are fly fishing,
camping, fly fishing, bike treks, fly fishing and writing.