The Silverwoods Authors

Dr William S Cook Jr MD

Dr. William S. Cook, Jr., M.D.


Dr. William S. Cook is a geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director at Merit Health Natchez, Mississippi. He also has a private practice in Jackson, Mississippi serving patients worldwide.

Born in Jackson, Bill is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) where he majored in biology. He returned home to Jackson, Mississippi to complete his medical school training at the University of Mississippi Medical School. He completed a flexible internship at Framingham Union Hospital in Framingham, Massachusetts, focusing on internal medicine. While pursuing an aspiration of being a dermatologist, Dr. Cook completed a year of pathology residency training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then completed a National Institute of Health fellowship in dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Cook worked in emergency medicine in both California and Mississippi. He went back to school to complete his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as chief resident during his senior year. He received the Jaquith Award for most outstanding resident his senior year. He then completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York along with a fellowship specializing in sexuality at Bellevue Hospital (NYU School of Medicine) in New York.

Dr. Cook has been a psychiatrist for the past 20 years.

Contact Dr. Cook through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @DrWilliamSCook

Rev Hugh Cowan

Hugh Cowan

Minister & Historian

Rev. Hugh Cowan (May 20, 1867 – April 19, 1943) was a Presbyterian Church of Canada and later United Church of Canada minister, author, editor and historian. Hugh Cowan was born on May 20, 1867 in Bentinck, Ontario, Canada.

In 1893, he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Manitoba College. He pursued his Master of Arts at Knox College,Toronto in 1896. He later pursued his Bachelor of Divinity degree at Kingston, Ontario’s Queen’s Theological College and graduated in 1905.

Cowan has authored numerous historical books. One was Canadian Achievement in the Province of Ontario – The Detroit River District where he wrote about the history of the Canadian people in Detroit River area including Essex county and Windsor, Ontario. The book was recently republished as Ontario and the Detroit Frontier 1701-1814. A similar unpublished work on the history of Chatham and Kent County was also written. He created Gold and Silver Jubilee, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada detailing more the history of Sault Ste. Marie. A monthly publication Mer Douce was produced for three years and is one of the important historical references for the Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay and Muskoka areas. He also wrote a fictional book entitled La Cloche. The Story of Hector MacLeod and His Misadventures in the Georgian Bay and the La Cloche Districts which is an adventure tale. Cowan also published a book centering on the progress of Christianity called The Great Drama of Human Life. Cowan served as the managing editor of Algonquin Historical Society of Canada.

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Grant D. Fairley

Seminar Speaker & Executive Coach

Grant D. Fairley is an executive coach, seminar speaker, author and inventor.  His wide-ranging experiences as an executive in the financial industry, technology, healthcare and as a corporate consultant allows him to bring a broad perspective to his presentations, coaching and writing.

One of his gifts is that of a story teller who can both motivate and engage others with a new way of seeing their business and life. He is the author of a number of books, a presenter on BlogTalk Radio and an inventor of a patented healthcare technology. He continues to be actively involved in charitable organizations as well.

Grant is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He and his wife Cari live in Ontario, Canada.

His seminars, workshops and retreats are offered through and his executive coaching is available worldwide through

Contact Grant through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @grantfairley


Michael H. Lanthier

Entrepreneur & Financial Mentor

Michael H. Lanthier is passionate about investing in business and financial opportunities. Most important to him is the opportunity to invest in people and their success.

From his first paycheck, he had the inspiration and guidance of his father to ensure that he would understand the world of finance and grow his money in the future. Michael is a graduate of Seneca College in Toronto with majors in Marketing and Information Technology. Like his father, Michael is an entrepreneur and master salesperson, serving and selling to some of the world’s largest corporations. He is a key investor and adviser to a number of start-up and innovative projects around the world.

Mike also spends a great deal of his time mentoring people in business and the community. He is an important influence on a number of young entrepreneurs. He is known as someone who is consistently there for people of all walks of life to support and encourage them.

Michael and his wife Michelle live in Ontario, Canada.

You can contact Michael at