Asst/Prof Myra Garces-Bacsal is a Teacher Educator in Singapore. As a clinical psychologist, she has done extensive work with the gifted which range from conducting psychological assessments to counseling and developing indigenous gifted programs for highly-able learners. Aside from doing teaching supervision in Singapore Schools, she also does clinical supervision among graduate students in counseling psychology.
Dr. Bacsal has published on socioaffective concerns of gifted learners, family influences in talent development, and experiences of flow among young artists. Her research interests include psychology of artists, Asian folktales, identification of the disadvantaged gifted, experiences of flow among creatives, and bibliotherapy. She has also edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference.
Fats Suela works as a Circulation Assistant at the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) and is a member of the Ohio Library Council (OLC). She graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Philippines. She migrated to the United States in 2007. She lived in California for almost six years where she worked as a cashier, a pharmacy sales associate, and a licensed vocational nurse. She moved to Ohio in 2014, where she developed a fondness for cats.
Fats has been in love with books since she first learned to read. Although no one else in her family shares her passion, they’ve always been supportive of her creative endeavors. Her love for picturebooks, middle-grade fiction, and YA literature has grown since becoming part of the Gathering Books team.
Iphigene is currently working as part-time Managing Consultant for a strategy and management consulting company. She is also a practicing psychologist both as a psychometrician, counselor-in-training, and speaker. She recently returned to teaching. She spends some of her days teaching Grade 11 students personal development and Reading & Writing, as well as teaching college students how to work with people in organizations. Ultimately, she’s working towards religious life. She is now a postulant for the Third Order of Carmelites.
Iphigene is a Jill of all trades, juggling what seems to be unrelated interests and occupations. Some of her interests she consolidates here at Gathering Books. Expressing her love of books and ideas while applying her interest in graphic design, art, and web development in making some of Gathering Books projects possible. She hopes to continue to improve Gathering Books user experience as she gains more experience in managing GB’s backroom.