Activilicious Productions

Chris Offenburger Walsh
Karl Werner
Beth Ginger

Chris Offenburger is a retired teacher of 26 years, now working as a test developer at the University of Iowa.  Raising 4 boys, coupled with years of classroom experiences fills her hair with wiry gray but loads her writing with personality and compassion.

Chris writes and illustrates poetry and fiction, as well as creating activity books for “kids” of all ages. She has three children’s books published, Little Ryann Wiggletoes , Yosef and the Leather Nest, and Armstrong Saguaro. Chris has completed five activity books, Whispers of Greatness, Hawktivity (University of Iowa), KWANZAA, Rites of Passage, and Clonetivity (Iowa State University)Huskertivity  (University of Nebraska) is next up on the activity book creation. All of Chris’ books feature repetitive text so the young reader can’t help but read along. The art is big, bold, and colorful.  

When asked about how she gets an idea about what to write about, Offenburger says…”I have always loved to write, limiting myself mostly to poetry for gifts to friends and students. When I learned of the approaching birth of our first grandchild, my brain began searching for something that I could make for the baby that would be one of a kind. I wanted it to be something that could be a treasure and that would show her how special she was, even before she was born. I made the decision then that I would create a children’s book about each grandchild that blessed my life. So I wrote and illustrated Little Ryann Wiggletoes for our granddaughter Ryann Werner. Little did I know that there would soon be a Walsh population explosion! I often quip that I should have just knitted blankets!”

Future endeavors:

Backyard Big Top – The story of the creation of a backyard animal/bug show. (written for my grandson, Lynden Walsh)

Books to be developed for my grandsons Kylan and Mikiah Walsh, and my granddaughter, Viviana Walsh. 

Creation of varying activity books including Huskertivity.


Karl N. Werner was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended John Marshall Harlan High School, Southern University in Carbondale, and Chicago Vocational Junior College. He studied substance abuse counseling through the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Karl received his Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate from the State of South Dakota. Following this, he became a certified trainer for the National Rites of Passage Training Program in Cleveland, Ohio and received a Training Certification for Project for Addiction Counseling.

Karl has worked in the area of cultural-specific programming for the past twenty years. He was the co-founder of Harambee House in 1989, where he began his work with Mr. Bill Hood in developing the Rites of Passage Program for the Cedar Rapids School District, serving as its director through the Jane Boyd Community Center and later Harambee House. This program provided structured activities for youth and guidance in realizing responsibilities to African American youth.

Karl currently is the Truancy/ Hearing Officer for the Cedar Rapids School District. In addition, he is the Director of the Rites of Passage Program implemented in 10 elementary schools as an after school activity program for young African American students.  He is the Director of ACTIVILICIOUS Productions, his company promoting children’s books, activity books, and public speaking. Karl also currently sits on the advisory board for the Vice President of Iowa State University.

Mr. Werner has served on various committees and belonged to various associations such as the NAACP, the African-Americans Taking Action Against AIDS Council, the National Association of Rites of Passage, the Iowa Multi-Cultural Substance Abuse Advisory Coalition, to name a few.   He served on the Cedar Rapids Civil RIghts Commission, acting as Chairman for two years. Karl also currently serves as the Chairperson for MADD Dads in Cedar Rapids.

Karl has received many awards throughout his career, including the NAACP President’s Award, the Gould-Wysinger Award from the US Department of Justice, Kappa Community Service Award, and various community service awards, including the PRISM award from the Lt. Governor of Iowa. Most recently Karl was recognized with the Martin Luther King “Who Is My Neighbor” Award, given in recognition of community service.

Karl is available for public speaking on the following subjects:

Community Involvement in Education

Substance Abuse

Cultural Specific Programming (African American)

Youth Development

The Plight of the African American Male Within the Past 50 Years

Beth Ginger is the webmaster for ACTIVILICIOUS Productions. She has been involved with education for 25 years as a classroom teacher and Library/Media Specialist at the middle school and high school levels.  Beth has her Master of Science in teacher education with an endorsement in library and media services.  She currently is a librarian at Omaha Creighton Prep High School which is an all boys school of over 1000 students.  In addition to her duties at Prep, Beth has been been actively improving her technology skills over several years.  She currently provides video presentations for individuals, sports teams and schools presentations.  She produces her presentations under "A Touch of Ginger" production.