Executive Director - Diane Debevec
Diane Debevec is a visual artist who loves to write. Several years ago she left a corporate career to explore her love of painting and drawing, relocating to Cincinnati in 1998. She attended her first class at Women Writing for (a) Change® in 1999, and was hooked. Several semesters of classes led her to the Feminist Leadership Academy. She credits the core writing classes at Women Writing, and the FLA, with helping her to create a more authentic life. “Women Writing for (a) Change taught me to be increasingly conscious in every part of my life. What I learned here, and my daily writing practice, brings clarity and courage to every decision and relationship.” Diane has facilitated & co-facilitated several writing and multi-arts circles, in a variety of settings from living rooms to a local prison. Her re-created life includes an urban community known as Artful Habitats, where she provides unique apartments to creative city dwellers. She resides there with her husband, Jeff Smith, dogs Sydney & Mandy, and the inimitable Audrey the Cat. Diane rents a studio at the Essex in Walnut Hills.
Assistant to the Executive Director - Janie Baer
Janie grew up in Canfield Ohio, a village of 3,000, and graduated with a BA in English from Millsaps College which is located in Jackson, Mississippi. The ensuing culture clash has been the fodder for most of her writing. Janie's professional career was spent at Procter & Gamble in Purchases (24 years) followed by 3 years at JM Smucker. She lives with her wife, Judy, in New Richmond, Ohio with their three cats and lots of sunny windows where they all watch hawks and a flock of wild turkey. After serving on the WWf(a)c board for two years as Treasurer, Janie joined the staff as Assistant to the Executive Director of Women Writing for (a) Change. Janie is a graduate of the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy 2015.
Registrations Manager - Sally Schneider
Sally is a passionate teacher of the practices of Women Writing for (a) Change, a role she has relished since 2006. She has the privilege of facilitating the “Marvelous Monday Nighters” and the “Terrific Tuesday Writers,” and has led sampler and outreach classes for the Campbell County Library, Wise Temple Sisterhood, and The Women’s Connection. Sally discovered the magic of Women Writing for (a) Change in 2002, and has been a proud member of the community ever since. Her transformative journey, which began as a Saturday Sampler participant, led her through seven semester classes to the Feminist Leadership Academy, from which she graduated in 2006. She continues to hone her leadership skills by participating in WWf(a)C sponsored workshops and retreats, and by exchanging ideas with other “sister” facilitators around the country.
Sally credits, with gratitude, her teachers and mentors in the Women Writing for (a) Change community (Kathy Wade, Mary Pierce Brosmer, and Mary Ann Jansen), for her growth as a woman, a writer, and a conscious leader. Sally continues to draw on their wisdom as she facilitates her own circles, and finds great joy in spreading the magic of Women Writing for (a) Change to others.
Consulting Development Director - Mary Wood-Constable
Mary Wood-Constable is an independent development professional whose experience includes serving as Director of Development at Center for Respite Care, Capital Campaign Officer and Director of Gift Planning and Stewardship for The Seven Hills School, and Development Director for Sycamore/Anderson Senior Centers. Mary served on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council as co-chair of Leave a Legacy and co-chair of the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. At Knox Church, she was a member of the Knox Preschool Board and the Memorial and Endowments, Adult Education, and Mission committees. She currently serves on the Stewardship Committee. Prior to working in fund development, Mary was a flutist and teacher. She was first affiliated with Women Writing for (a) Change through her daughter’s involvement in the Young Women’s classes and leadership program. At that time, Mary recognized the powerful, positive impact of the program. In 2011, she began to participate in classes herself and to expand her involvement with the organization.
Media Coordinator - Marilyn Nolan
Marilyn Nolan has over thirty years’ experience as administrative and accounting support for a wide variety of organizations, including University of Cincinnati, Frontgate Catalog and WNKU-FM at Northern Kentucky University. She and her husband, Shawn, spent three years in Chicago where she worked for a firm that manages private art collections. Thrilled to be back in Cincinnati, she was extremely excited to begin her first Core Class with Women Writing for (a) Change in January of 2016, as well as embracing her new role as Media Coordinator with an incredible group of supportive, strong and wise women. She and Shawn reside in Cincinnati with their new rescue dog, Lily.