Waterford, Virginia by Diane Helentjaris.

Diane Helentjaris writes from her home in the Piedmont of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains.  Her nonfiction articles frequently feature artisans, artists and other goodhearted people whose stories are often otherwise unsung.  Diane spent the midpoint of her career as a physician and brings her familiarity with people’s lives to her work.  Born and raised in southern Ohio, she was educated in the cold of Michigan and Quebec. Diane earned her BA cum laude in Interdisciplinary Humanities as well as her M.D. from Michigan State and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  She also studied science at McGill University in Montreal, becoming familiar with snow, lots of it.

As a physician, she received Our Health’s Annual Award of Excellence and Community Leadership.  She served, among other leadership roles, as the national President of the American Medical Women’s Association. Diane has represented the organization in multiple national health advocacy activities  including White House and Congressional meetings and testifying at the FDA. During her service with the Virginia Department of Health, she held state-level leadership positions including serving as the Maternal Child Health Director, Director of Family Health Services, and Director of H1N1 Response. She has taught public health management at the graduate level at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her writing leadership activities have included serving as a judge for the Pennwriters Annual Writing Competition and ongoing speaking engagements.

She’s lived in Leesburg, Virginia for nearly thirty years, enjoying the history-drenched Commonwealth of Virginia and the spectacular beauty of Loudoun County.

As a freelance writer, Diane Helentjaris is available to help you with your writing needs. This service includes ghostwriting, blog posts, grant submission editing and white papers.

You can contact Diane directly at helentjari@aol.com.