Elaine Clark Aldrete was born in New Hampshire, lived for many years in Santa Paula, California, and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. A dedicated mother, wife, businessperson, and instructor, she became an avid volunteer in Ventura County, California. She served as a board director for the nonprofits Diabetes Explorer Educational Foundation, Inc. and Grants to You. She also volunteered for the latter nonprofit as an instructor and Ventura County director. In 2012 Elaine founded Teaching Life Choices, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to captivating and engaging the minds of children to learn, have fun and make good life choices. To learn more, go to www.teachinglifechoices.org. Author of Does Diabetes Mean You Die published for young elementary students, G-R-E-E-N-E is her debut middle-grade book. Both books strive to inspire a greater sense of empathy and awareness, a mission of her nonprofit.