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Welcome to Probitas Press. Our name Probitas, Latin for honor and integrity in action, defines our publishing company. We search out individuals who have honorably met and conquered extraordinary challenges to improve our world—and have a great story to tell. Our subjects, whatever their flaws, are real-life heroes. To learn from such individuals is not a passing fancy but a vital need, since the past is prologue to the future. As philosopher George Santayana famously observed, those who cannot learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. We also believe, with playwright Tom Stoppard, that “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” Probitas Press is committed to nudging the world.
Yvonne Maddox, president of Probitas Press, is a public affairs and marketing specialist. After graduation from college in her native Alabama, she taught elementary school, then moved to Los Angeles, where she was an actress and casting director for film and television. She later directed promotions for Vidal Sassoon, Inc. Yvonne was a campaign coordinator for President Ronald Reagan, who appointed her to the Action Agency, then the federal government’s coordinating arm for volunteer programs such as VISTA, Foster Grandparents, and the Peace Corps. She represented the White House at the International Youth Year Conference in Jamaica in 1985, cosponsored by the UN and U.S. Department of State. Yvonne is married, is the mother of six children, and was named her state’s “2004 Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc.