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 employed by the Marion County Board of Education as a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School.

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 two grandsons Ashton Louis and Austin Maddox.

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.

She was a presenter at the Author’s Forum during the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, participated in JUMPSTART, and was included in a book signing at the Monongahfest with other WV writers along with many other book signings in Harrison and Marion County.

She recently participated in a Book Signing with other WV writers at the Arts and Antiques Marketplace in downtown Fairmont, WV.

Diana has a new book being released mid-July entitled “Spaghetti and Meatballs: Growing up Italian”. It is a children’s book about her childhood. The book is illustrated by Ashely Teets and being published by Headline books.

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Diana Walker Hopping Diana Walker covers

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