President - Elizabeth MannionPresident - Elizabeth Mannion

Elizabeth has a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Fordham University. Writing has always been an integral part of her life whether writing briefs as a lawyer, stories to share with her children, or poetry for peace of mind. Discovering the core classes at Women Writing for (a) Change was like coming home. In 2016 she served as Vice President in order to give back to an organization that has blessed her life.

Elizabeth has also served in several other volunteer capacities including as a Board Member for AMAC (Academy of Medicine Alliance of Cincinnati), Gala Co-Chair for the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Symphony, Silent Auction Chair for charity fundraisers and Blue Ash PTA President.

She formerly owned the Montgomery Book Company. Elizabeth and her husband have three children who have flown the coop.

Dana Johnson - Vice President and SecretaryDana Johnson - Vice President and Secretary

Dana Johnson was initiated into the practices of Women Writing for (a) Change with a weekend writing retreat in 2008. Since then, much of her association has been through the active involvement of her daughters in the Young Women’s programs. A dedicated educator, Dana writes and edits materials for an education publishing company and copy edits dissertations of doctoral candidates, among other projects.

Dana served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education, was an academic specialist for GearUp, and has been a math and science tutor off and on for several organizations, including the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, for over twenty years. Recently, Dana focused on her own writing and enjoyed participating in the fall co-ed class.

Claudia Kasvin - TreasurerClaudia Kasvin - Treasurer

Claudia Kasvin holds an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  She began her business career as a Communications Consultant for Pacific Telephone in Los Angeles and then went on to become a Second Vice-President in the Planning, Research and Development Department of Continental Illinois Bank in Chicago and subsequently Director of Program Development for the Options Institute, the educational arm of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  Taking up her second career in teaching, she earned an MA in education as a reading specialist from Xavier University.  She currently tutors high school and college students in language arts.  She is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta honor fraternity in education.  She also served on the Parents’ Board of the St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia and was active in fund raising. Claudia has been participating in classes at Women Writing for a Change for the past five years. 

Laurel ChambersLaurel Chambers

Lisa HessLisa Hess

Lisa M Hess joined the Women Writing for (a) Change community in March 2012 as a Wednesday night writer, finding her way into other various offerings from Soul Collage to the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy, graduating in the 2013 cohort of HearthKeepers. She is Professor of Practical Theology at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where she teaches methods of interreligious and intercultural encounter. She is also an affiliate site-owner for WWfaC, Central Ohio, with fledgling schools in both Dayton and Columbus. Lisa brings to the Board a charism for connection and deepening growth as WWfaC moves into multiple affiliate sites across the country and tends to increased contributions in local-Ohio contexts. A published author herself, Lisa prefers the gentle intimacy of being heard in writing circles, which transform the lives of women and men heard into unexpected speech and abundant vision.

(Photo credit:Jacqueline Buck) 

Tricia KennedyTricia Kennedy

A life long Cincinnatian, Tricia earned a B.A. from Ohio Northern University where she majored in Social Work .  She was a licensed medical social worker for 34 years with 29 of those years employed with the Tri Health System, focusing on hospital discharge planning , end of life counseling, drug and alcohol  issues, and other life stressors.   She has served on the Worship Commission at her church and currently volunteers at Matthew 25 Ministries and at the Ensemble Theatre.  She is known for her long walks and even longer bike rides on the Loveland Bike Trail where she finds inspiration for her writing and excuses for not grocery shopping.  She and her husband are proud parents of 2 “20 Something” daughters and a rescue dog , Bonnie.

Toni LacknerToni Lackner

Toni is a native Cincinnatian who spent most of her working career in the business world. She also enjoys gardening and is a past president of the Mount Healthy Garden Club. Volunteering is an important part of her life. She has recently worked at Grace Place (which offers a temporary home for women and children transitioning from homelessness), C.A.I.N. Food Pantry, as well as political campaigns. Reading is her passion and she belongs to two book clubs. 

Toni became a member of Women Writing for (a) Change about fourteen years ago attending the Tuesday Morning Class and is now a regular on Thursday mornings.

Interacting with women and taking part in Women Writing’s practices is now an integral part of her life.

She has three grown daughters and six grandchildren. Toni and husband Bud enjoy family, travel and their dog Lucy.   

Mary Jo SageMary Jo Sage

Pam TemplePam Temple

Pam was born and raised in Cincinnati. She attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a BS in Occupational Therapy. To avoid getting a “straight” job, she joined the Peace Corps (Costa Rica ‘92-’94) and upon her return to the States, she formed a band with her husband and started writing and performing music with the now award-winning American Roots group, Wild Carrot. She has been working full-time as a self-represented artist in music since 2000, touring with Wild Carrot in the States, Canada and Mexico, and twice traveling to South America as Cultural Ambassadors with the U.S. State Department. When not making music, she can be heard spinning it as an on-air host with NPR affiliate music radio station, WNKU.

Pam’s past board service includes Secretary of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN), an organization that gave her an Award of Merit in recognition for her dedication to the goals of OAPN and her record of high achievement and excellence in the arts. She has also served on the board of The Queen City Balladeers, a 50 year-old Folk club in Cincinnati, as both volunteer coordinator and Secretary and currently books their weekly musical acts.

She has been a Tuesday morning writer at WWf(a)C since 2013 and is a graduate of CFLA in the 2015 Elementals cohort.