President - 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.
Vice President and Secretary - 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.
Treasurer - Mary Jo Sage
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.
For over a decade, Alyssa worked as a freelance journalist reporting on all things Porkopolis for a variety of media outlets including Cincinnati Magazine and WCPO.com. Now, as a marketing writer with GBBN Architects, Alyssa helps the firm tell the story of their work in print, online, and in social media. She came to Women Writing for (a) Change through her 11 year-old daughter who has participated in WWf(a)C’s fun and empowering summer camps for young women. Alyssa got her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and after living in New York, New Jersey, and New Mexico, settled in Cincinnati in 2004 where she lives with her family and an-ever growing stash of yarn and knitting books.
Laurel is a recent graduate of the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy. She is a retired English teacher and worked as an adjunct English Instructor at U.C. and Xavier University and most recently taught English and Journalism at McAuley High School. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and feature writer in Stillwater, Minnesota. She believes in the power of the written and spoken word to create a peaceful place both in our lives and in the world. She writes mostly poetry and is inspired by many of the writers at Women Writing for (a) Change. In 2017 year she was awarded second place in the Greater Cincinnati Writers League Poetry Contest. “Women Writing for (a) Change is a special place that supports and honors the voices of women through writing and listening. It has helped me become not only a better writer but a better person.”
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.
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.
Heather Snyder discovered Women Writing for (a) Change in 2001 via a flyer at the library. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature, she was thrilled to find this local woman-centered community, a place to nurture her writing dreams! Since then, Heather has been an ongoing participant in the writing circles which bore witness to so many life changes. The unique WWf(a)C processes, dedicated leaders and other participants were a wonderful source of support to her as writer and woman over the years. Hence, she has served the organization as volunteer, staff member, facilitator and is a proud graduate of CFLA 2015.
Heather’s previous professional experience includes library service in multiple branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, as well as the Lloyd Library and Museum, a historical research library. Currently she does accounting and administrative work for her husband’s residential remodeling business, Eastside Builders and is an active Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils. She has volunteered at a local spiritual center, several community groups, and at school-related events.
This, along with her primary role as mother to her two elementary school-aged sons, keeps her busy, busy, busy! Heather keeps her sanity by carving out time for journaling, hiking, yoga-ing and attending WWf(a)C retreats whenever possible!