Gerald J. Schaefer draws from his extensive 26 year career experience
in managing people and his personal experience with loss, to guide others through grief with the completion of his book, The
Widower’s Toolbox. His seasoned career in large capital project management
for a Fortune 18 consumer products company and a major power utility company, gives him the skills and knowledge to coach
people through difficult times to be at their best. He has led all phases of multi-million dollar projects
from authoring executive summaries and technical literature through construction and start up management of large and diverse
work teams. Gerald is a degreed Chemical Engineer from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and
has also written another self-help book entitled Professional Home Construction Management which teaches the readers
how they can save thousands of dollars by acting as their own general contractor when building a custom home.
Gerald is certified by the American Society of Quality at the highest level
in quality management philosophies and tools and owned a consulting business in improving business metrics performance. He
is a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association, Fearless Freelances Writers Guild, Neville Public Museum
Astronomical Society, active in the Boy Scouts of America, and lives with his two sons in Green Bay, WI.
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Bekkers - MSW, ACSW
Tom Bekkers - MSW, APSW, has over 20 years experience in professional counseling
relating to patients and family members faced with the challenges of a variety of health situations, lifestyle adjustment
issues, death and grief. He has been employed at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI since 1989 in a
variety of clinical social work environments. He became a licensed psychotherapist/Advanced Practice Social
Worker (APSW) in his continued commitment towards healing – most notably in the hospital’s Outpatient Mental Health
Clinic. Since 1990, he has facilitated the “Understanding Grief” group for those who have lost a loved one. He
has also facilitated the “Taking Time” Cancer Support Group since 1990, for patients and family members attempting
to cope with the many challenges associated with cancer. Tom
received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Marquette University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tom’s education and extensive clinical experience have provided him with the
insight needed to guide men in their life’s journey after losing their spouse. His expertise in The Widower’s
Toolbox: Repair Your Life After Losing Your Spouse will enhance the reader’s understanding of healing of their
He is married to his wife, Patty and they live with their 2 daughters
in Denmark, Wisconsin. Tom enjoys camping, gardening and being involved in a number of church activities.
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