President - Pam Temple
Pam is a singer and a songwriter. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, where she got started performing music and sang with May Festival Chorus. She attended The Ohio State University, where she sang with the Columbus Symphony Chorus and graduated with a BS in Occupational Therapy and minor in music performance. To avoid getting a “straight” job, she joined the Peace Corps (Costa Rica '92-'94), where she sang with the Costa Rican National Symphony Chorus. Upon her return to the States, she formed a band with her husband and started performing her songs with the now award-winning American Roots group, Wild Carrot. When not making music, she can be heard as an on-air host on both Classical 90.9FM WGUC and NPR affiliate radio station, 91.7FM WVXU.
Diane Debevec encouraged her to bring her song writing to Women Writing for (a) Change®. She has been a Tuesday morning writer at WWf(a)C since 2013 and is a graduate of CFLA in the 2015 Elementals cohort. Her passion is to help women find or rediscover their singing voices. She lives in Oakley where she loves (in no particular order) playing music with others, reading, her guitar, her husband, and her four rescued animals, two dogs and two cats.
Vice President - Jane Pugliano
Jane has been a core class participant at Women Writing for (a) Change since 2005 and a graduate of the 2013 Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy. She joined the WWf(a)C board in January 2013 as a way to give back to an organization that had delivered an enduring and enriching core community experience for many years. Jane is a true believer in circle practices beginning with the first time she sat in a Brownie circle. She is passionate about bringing the Women Writing for (a) Change practices she loves to any area of her life that might benefit, including her workplace at NetCrafters, a local web design and development agency. She finds the powerful listening and read-back practices utilized at Women Writing for (a) Change to be especially helpful when interacting with both customers and co-workers.
Treasurer - Donna G. Maile
Donna Maile found Women Writing for (a) Change in about 2002, after hearing its name mentioned on WVXU over many years. She does not perceive herself as a writer, but enjoys journaling, writing essays and an occasional poem. From that first class, she became a believer in this organization, and the value of the processes to stimulate writing, listening, and sharing our words in a safe space, without fear of criticism or competition. Donna graduated from the Feminist Leadership Academy in 2009, in the class of “Evolutionaries.” She then co-facilitated summer camp classes for girls, and led a few sampler sessions.
Donna grew up in Cincinnati, and received a B.A. in Health and Society from Brown University. She pursued a career in health insurance for 13 years. She then worked part-time in her husband’s small business for 13 years, handling bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, and human resource needs, while being a full-time mother of three children.
Beginning in 2010, Donna pursued a new career as a Speech Language Pathologist, graduating from the University of Cincinnati with an M.A. in spring 2013. She works with adults in the field of Home Health Care, to address impairments in swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognition.
She is grateful to take on the role as Treasurer for the WWf(a)C Board of Trustees, to use her financial background in support of this critical organization that inspires and applauds women,girls, and all genders to write their truths, lift their voices, and be heard.
Secretary - Inga Harris
Born and raised in Copenhagen Denmark, Inga came to the US in 1993 after meeting her now husband during a year of studies in France. They settled in Chicago, where Inga spent a storied stint as a Carson Pirie Scott hosiery salesclerk, then a not-so-storied albeit much more lucrative few years as a Research Associate at Hewitt, a benefits consulting firm. In 2000, Inga and her growing family accepted a job-related move to suburban Cincinnati, a move that meant no more pull-out couches in the living room, and owning a washer and dryer. It also, alas, left Inga feeling lonely and out of place - until the fall of 2005, when she joined the Monday nighters at WWf(a)C and found her tribe.
Back then, her writing focused on her three young boys and her experience as an immigrant - in recent years she’s been working on a much more boring novel. A life-long lover of language, words, and literature, Inga holds a B.A. in French and English, and relishes reading, writing, and all the grammar that her sons find utterly ridiculous. In December 2015, Inga became a proud US citizen, and regained her precious right to vote. In 2017, after the Women’s March in DC, she co-founded PUR (Peaceful United Resistance) with a friend, and now spends much of her time as an activist. She still occasionally orders food at Panera in Danish (which doesn’t work), travels to Denmark any chance she gets, and credits WWf(a)C with saving her sanity.
With her son grown, Karen accepted a position in Cincinnati and moved with her husband from Dayton. Cincinnati felt like home almost immediately. Her description of Cincinnati to family and friends was “it’s the smallest big city I’ve ever experienced.”
In her heart, she felt Cincinnati was where she would finally explore all the passions she had put on hold; dance, writing, art and animals. She quickly found adult dance classes at the Cincinnati Ballet which landed her smack in the center of all things dance! She thought about signing up for a Writing/Journalism class at UC but was hesitant about her comfort level with the approach and manner of college classes. Scrolling through her computer one evening she came across Women Writing for (a) Change. As she read, it seemed perfect for her road back to writing. It sounded safe, gentle and encouraging, everything she needed at that time. Karen signed up for Sally’s Monday Night classes and found her groove!
With patience, perseverance and listening to the amazing words of the other women, Karen became more confident, and not just in her writing. You will hear over and over how women, no matter the circumstance, will accredit their salvation to WWf(a)C . A home for their grief and their pain. The strength of other women encouraging them and lifting them up is a basic of WWf(a)C. Being on the board now is Karen’s way of repaying the help and support she received at a crucial time in her life from WWf(a)C.
Karen still writes and pursues her passions, full time now. She volunteers for her beloved organizations and is an art curator at PLA, her small art gallery in old Mason.
Krista first learned of Women Writing for (a) Change as part of a storytelling workshop through the Chamber’s We LEAD program several years ago. She immediately fell in love with the organization and its mission and knew she was destined to get more involved. She finally had the opportunity to do so in January 2019 when she started Thursday morning Core Classes. Krista enjoys writing in many diverse forms, most recently focusing on Middle Grade fiction and personal essay. She believes words can transform lives and is delighted to be able give back as part of an organization that strengthens our community one voice at a time.
Krista is a native Cincinnatian, a graduate of St. Ursula Academy and University of Cincinnati’s M.B.A. program. She is currently Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for Cincinnati Public Schools, and previously held roles as diverse as a Caseworker for a Member of Congress to Head of Communications and Brand for a Fortune 1000, publicly traded company. Krista is engaged in the community, acting as volunteer and/or board member for several non-profits including PreventionFIRST, Talbert House, the Junior League of Greater Cincinnati, and Junior Achievement.
Wendy has an adventurous spirit. She ended up in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area after growing up in Massachusetts, college in New Hampshire earning a psychology/sociology degree, and then becoming a VISTA Volunteer. As a VISTA Volunteer the organization sent her as a social worker to Brighton Center in Newport, Kentucky where she worked with children and adults.
After a few years in social work, Wendy went on to get an education degree and then her Masters in Elementary Education. She started a Montessori style kindergarten classroom and taught various other grades 1-8 for 24 years. While raising her three children Wendy was elected to be a parent representative for Fort Thomas Schools’ Site Based Council for both Elementary and the High School. She served for 6 years.
Since retiring from teaching school, Wendy joined Women Writings’ Terrific Tuesdays writers. She also became trained in Enneagram teachings and participated in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshops and retreats. She is now finishing her Life Coach certification from the Martha Beck Wayfinder training.
During the summer of 2017 Wendy became a grateful member of the LightBearer cohort when she attended the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA). For her CFLA graduation completion Wendy facilitated writing circles incorporating Enneagram teachings. Those circles highlighted how well Women Writing circles blend with the inquiry of the Enneagram circle.
Wendy loves traveling the world, exploring new avenues for adventure and enlightenment. Women Writing has provided a strong sense of home and grounding from the time she walked through the doors in 2013.
Ashley Aya Ferguson is a writer, editor, author and content strategist. She is a native of Springfield, Ohio, but has been living in Cincinnati for more than 10 years. She began writing in WWf(a)C circles in 2015.
So far, she has self-published two children’s picture books titled, Girl, You Are Magic! and Boy, You Are Brilliant! and often speaks to classrooms about her journey as an author. She is currently writing a colorful memoir based on her journey as an ambitious single black mother.
Ferguson graduated from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism in 2006 and today she combines her training and experience with marketing strategy while serving as a writer on a dynamic content marketing team.
Jaisha Jansena is a writer and multimedia artist. She joined her first WWf(a)C circle in 2006 at the age of 13. She is a Cincinnati native and began publishing her writing in high school. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, she spent a semester volunteering at WWf(a)C and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center where she studied arts administration.
Her poem "Panchromatic Scale" won the first place prize in the 2013 Academy of American Poets college contest. In the fall of 2017, Z Publishing named her one of Ohio's best emerging poets.
Her work has been featured in Burning House Press, Luna Luna Magazine, Venus Magazine, and Mooky Chick. Her poem "Tell My Mother I Need A New Name" was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize.
Moneeca 'MoPoetry' Phillips
Moneeca ‘MoPoetry’ Phillips is a national spoken word artist. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a focus on Creative Writing. In November 2019, she and another woman from Florida became the first African American women certified to facilitate writing circles through Women Writing for (a) Change.
MoPoetry represents a truly versatile poet and writer. During her early years, she was given the name Evangelist Poem for her “In His Presence” series of inspirational poetry. Her first published poems “I Don’t Want to Be Black” and “Eradication of Ventriloquy” were released May 2019 as part of SOS Art, For a Better World 2019, an annual collaborative collection of poems on peace and justice. Her poem “Surprise Ending” was published by The Voices Project in May 2019.
She was one of thirty people invited to perform at the Black Poetry Café Poetryfest in Myrtle Beach in May 2019. In addition, she received an AWP Journal Intro nomination for her creative, non-fiction piece, “Equals Greatness.” This mini autobiography along with 70 poems is part of her first published book “Equals Greatness,” published in August 2019.
MoPoetry won the Faith A. Smith 2019 Wild Women Poetry Slam in September 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. She has been the show organizer, promoter, and host of Regal Rhythms monthly slam and feature poetry show since August 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the founder and host of Hit the Mic Cincy since October 2019. She continues to impact the community and support other artists as she grows in her gift.
Anita Raturi feels like a native Cincinnatian, as it is the place she has lived longest, raised her kids and husband, and built her village. Minneapolis and Lucknow, India are her other hometowns. She taught political science for some years and then became an online bookseller. Anita is a writer, a mother, and a social networker. She loves reading, music, traveling, writing and meeting eclectic people.
She did her Senior Cambridge (earlier high school) from La Martiniere Girls School and her undergraduate degree from Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow, India. Anita has a masters degree in public administration from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in political science from the University of Cincinnati.
Anita took her first sampler in 1997 and loved it. When her youngest got his driver’s license in 2016, she joined again and has been a regular ever since. Anita was always a journal/diary writer and loves to regale friends with stories of her experiences and the wonderful people she meets. Women Writing for (a) Change gave her a structured weekly evening to share writing and learn from her circles. She feels that everyone has stories and talents and enjoys being able to be part of this unique community.
Jennifer E. Sharp Ph.D.
Jennifer began her first Thursday morning core class at Women Writing in January 2015. She immediately loved the feminine and collaborative energy in circles and it quickly became a place of refuge after she relocated to Cincinnati. Jennifer is committed to infusing compassion, calm, and contemplation into school, workplace, and university cultures to increase self-awareness and create pathways for emotional regulation. She is able to accomplish this at Northern Kentucky University and as a consultant. Jennifer is passionate about cultivating deep listening (inwardly and outwardly), and has spent over 18 years teaching, training, and facilitating groups to engage in advocacy and action in the world from a place of engaged presence.
While Jennifer has published in academic journals about the applications of mindfulness in counseling and education, her heart sings the most when she writes memoir, essay, and quirky, reflective pieces attempting to make sense of everyday life. For leisure, Jennifer enjoys hiking with Sugar Sharp (a Beagle), dancing whenever possible, and venturing into natural places where cell phones don’t work.
Carol Walkner has been a sales and marketing executive, writer and teacher for over 40 years. She is a trained and accomplished public speaker, workshop leader and group facilitator. As a right brained entrepreneur, reiki master and clairvoyant medium, Carol maintains a busy and successful holistic healing practice.
Her business articles have appeared regularly in trade journals since the 1980’s. She is an award winning poet and her poetry and stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online publications.
Walkner has a journalism degree, a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and is certified by Women Writing for a Change to conduct writing circles. For the past 10 years, she has been facilitating grief writing circles, write to heal circles for hospice nurses and legacy circles for our wise elders to record their stories for their families.
Carol is one of the authors in Empowering Transformations for Women and Women Living Consciously. Her book of collected poems and essays of love, life & loss – The Glass Is Already Broken – was published December 2018.
Walkner’s book, Getting There…From Here, came out in August 2015. Using the experiential exercises within the book, she leads workshops and private guidance sessions for individuals, entrepreneurs and business people seeking growth and transformation. Her new life guidance program of RADICAL SELF CARE will begin spring of 2020.