C.J. GARRISON is a former police officer, professor, activist and passionate humanitarian. After a stint as a suburban housewife and mother in Miami, she joined the Atlanta Bureau of Police Services in the early 1970s as one of a handful of women police officers, but shifted to education after receiving her PhD from Ohio State University. During her career as an educator, she helped launch the University of Akron’s Women’s Studies program, was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, was vice president of Ohio’s first women’s commission, appointed by the U.S. president to the Department of Defense Committee on the Status of Women in the Military, and volunteered with the UN to help supervise Cambodia’s first democratic election. In 1993, she returned to Akron to teach; but thee years later she returned to Cambodia and served as executive director of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, a network of humanitarian and developmental non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Her work has appeared in VietNow Nation Magazine, The Sacrifice: What Would You Give? An Anthology of Inspirational Essays (2014), WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WHITE IN AMERICA? Breaking the White Code of Silence, A Collection of Personal Narratives (2016), and placed in the WOW! Women On Writing, Winter 2016 Flash Fiction contest, The Wait. Today, Garrison resides in Ona, West Virginia. Although retired as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, she continues to teach applied ethics and policing courses online. When not teaching or writing she serves as an executive board member of the Friends of WV Public Broadcasting, Chair of the Board of Unlimited Future, a local Huntington business incubator, a docent at the Huntington Museum of Art, and is a member of the Huntington Women’s Leadership Caucus. She is also a reader for fourth grade at Altizer Elementary School, and a Girls on The Run volunteer at Nichols Elementary School.