About the Authors

Ellis Levinson is The Consumer Guy®. He’s been an award-winning television investigative and consumer reporter and a consumer advocate. Ellis is currently the former chairperson of the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs, in a voluntary capacity. He won an award for Best Investigative Reporting from the Radio Television News Directors Association of Northern California. His consumer book, Hiring Contractors Without Going Through Hell, had eight printings. He also wrote a consumer column for a regional Northern California magazine. Ellis holds an M.A. in political science from New School University in New York.

Cheryl Smith Levinson is a quality improvement coordinator with the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health in California. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a therapist in private practice for 25 years she counseled individuals and couples. She has worked extensively with families dealing with severe emotional issues. She has conducted workshops on relationships, parenting, and communications skills. In addition, she has been a supervising social worker at a foster family agency. Cheryl’s writings have been published in several periodicals. She holds an M.A. in Social Science from Azusa Pacific College.

Ellis and Cheryl have been married for 26 years. They are childfree by choice. They live with their two rescued dogs, Ozzie and Ginsberg, in San Jose. The dogs are childfree, but not by choice.