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 - Mary Jo Sage
Secretary - Heather Snyder
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!
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.”
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.
Past 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.
A life in words. From childhood rhymes to ideas and feelings translated on paper; from block letters and manual typewriters to keyboards, writing has been an ebb and ﬂow in how to understand and live life for Lisa. Her Cincinnati writing roots run deep with elementary school poetry published in the Seven Hills Review, a public library creative publication, and more recently her poetry appeared in the local publication, For A Better World (2017, 2018). Prior to graduating with a BA in English from the University of Cincinnati, Lisa was winner of that university’s Elsie B. Westheimer Short Story Prize for her story, Changers and Billers.
Decades later, attending a Women Writing for (a) Change sampler, Lisa found both a place to write and the encouragement that comes from being heard. Lisa is a graduate of the organization’s Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA, 2017). For her CFLA practicum, Lisa facilitated writing circles focusing on aging and end of life transitions. After retiring from a corporate career, Lisa completed training as a Death Midwife and is a member of the Cincinnati End of Life Collaborative.
Joining both the faculty and board at Women Writing is a coming home and giving back for Lisa, making it easy to follow her lifelong passion for words and service.