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Kristina Bowden is the author of "Casey the Container and her first day in port." She's also the President of West Coast Resource Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in occupational safety for terminal operators and stevedores. 


In the ten-year period that preceded the launching of West Coast Resource Services, Inc., Kristina was the Assistant Director of Health, Safety, and Environment for Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the United States. Her primary role was the development, implementation, and management of safety programs unique to the stevedoring environment. Her foundational base of industry knowledge began in vessel operations. 


Kristina is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy and served as Corps Commander in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, an Academic Minor in Maritime Law, and a USCG Unlimited Third Mate License.


In sharing Casey's journey, Kristina hopes to introduce young readers to the topic of containerized cargo handling in the most captivating and smile creating way. Kristina lives in Southern California with her husband and son. 

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Marcia Verkaik is the illustrator of "Casey the Container and her first day in port." She has been an avid painter for thirty-five years. In her artistic talent, she has shared her view of creation, beauty, and life. Marcia has painted pictures, murals, backdrops for charity events, and outdoor work. She recently began illustrating, hoping to bring smiles to children all over the world, encouraging them as they journey through life.

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