Diana was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School and graduated with the class of 1977. She attended Fairmont State College and is a former employee of the Marion County Board of Education as a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School. Diana has recently retired her job to pursue her love ot her heritage through her Italian American books. She is visiting schools throught out the US to present programs on Immigration, Heritage and love of the Italian customs and traditions.
Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her husband Mark and they are the parents of three children Curt, Courtney, Chris and his wife Ashley. They have three grandsons Ashton Louis Austin Maddox and Ace Ervin.
Diana as a first time author shared her non-fiction book ” I Don’t Want To Sit In The Front Row Anymore”, written as a memoir after the loss of both of her parents Anna and Louis Pishner within 7 months of each other.
Diana's second book entitled “Spaghetti and Meatballs: Growing up Italian” is a children’s book about her childhood.
Diana has created a book series entitled Hopping to America. The first is Hopping to America A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration, the second is Hopping to America A Rabbit's Tale of LaBefana.
The children's books are illustrated by Ashely Teets and published by Headline Books.
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Hollywood Book Festival- Honorable mention- Best Children's non-fiction!!!