Judith Welles is a writer and former journalist who has authored local history books about the area in which she lives. Judy was media relations manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM and a communications manager and speechwriter for U.S. Cabinet members. She has been a reporter for New York and Virginia daily newspapers, worklife editor for an online news service, and a columnist and blogger for a technology magazine. She is active in her community, having chaired the Montgomery County Commission on Aging and served on the Board of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trust. She volunteers at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and speaks about local history for the Montgomery County Historical Society. She is married, with adult children, grandchildren and a border collie that takes her hiking to the sites she writes about.