Clyde – Director, Editor – Certified Massage Therapist,
earning a BA in Liberal Arts at UC Santa Barbara, Lisa turned
her attention toward raising a family. As her three children
grow into themselves, Lisa is an honored and humbled witness
to their journeys. Since 2002, Lisa has been studying
and practicing different styles of bodywork as a means to
facilitate emotional and physical healing. She feels
blessed to have glimpsed life's mystery and learned life
lessons through the gifts of mothering her children and working
Lisa has served on Advisory Committees at the Community Foundation Sonoma
County and worked with Community Action Partnership to bring to fruition the
dual vision of a new shelter for homeless women and developing a mentoring
program to support the women as they transition out of homelessness. Lisa
has become involved with The Children’s Village, a non-profit agency
creating a group home for siblings in foster care. Lisa serves as an
editor in the WidowSpeak project and dabbles in writing non-fiction stories,
essays and musings.
Devitt – Director – Consultant/Facilitator, Sebastopol,
Rosemary is the Director of Finance
for Community Support Network, a non-profit in Sonoma County
which offers community based services to persons with mental
or emotional difficulties. Prior to becoming the Director
of Finance, Rosemary served on the CSN Board, offering her
services in accounting, strategic planning and program evaluation. She
has been instrumental in guiding CSN through many transitions
and is currently preparing for an audit.
Rosemary works on behalf of local and regional non-profits,
consulting in financial accountability. She has served on
the Board of Simplexity, an organization which explores the
relationship between Art, Science and Spirituality. She also
worked for the Seva Foundation for several years.
Rosemary earned an MA in Organizational Development from
SSU in 1999, as well as a BA in Psychology from SSU in 1982. Rosemary
was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and is a world traveler,
having spent time in India, Nepal and Europe. Rosemary,
a widow and a dancer, is the mother of two grown sons. She
is deeply intrigued by and a collector of people, their stories
and their dance.
Anthony Eierman – Secretary – Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist, Napa, California
a BFA at the University of Oregon and went on to receive
her MA from John F. Kennedy University in Professional Psychology.
She has worked in mental health, primarily for non profits,
since 2002, focusing on child development and substance abuse.
Megan currently works for Aldea Counseling Services, providing
counseling for children on juvenile probation, in foster
care, and/or are victims of child abuse.
Megan is a member of the California Association
of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is an active participant
in her community, increasing mental health services for youth.
Additionally, she works as a liason between Napa County and
the Napa Unified School District, providing Substance Abuse
Prevention services in the middle and high schools.
Prior to her recent move to Napa, Megan
diversified her work by assisting as a prep-cook to various
private chefs in the Bay Area. She interned at Chez Panisse
Restaurant and assisted with fundraising events for the Chez
Ginella – Executive
Director, Editor – Sebastopol, California
photo by Lorna Booker
earned a B.A. in French Literature at Sonoma State University
in 1991, and became a teacher at Cardinal Newman High School
in Santa Rosa, CA., where she taught World and American Literature,
World History and French. In 1997, she was suddenly widowed
with three sons, and one suprise son, on the way. She returned
to school in 1999, for a M.A. in English, with an emphasis
in Creative Writing and graduated in 2001. Her thesis is
entitled, A Postmodern Widoe.
AnnMarie began her work with non-profits in 1986, as the
Business Manager of the Marquee Theatre, in Santa Rosa, CA.
She has served as Board Secretary for the Sonoma County Repertory
Theatre, For Pete's Sake, and Summerfield Waldorf School
and Farm. Additionally, from 1998-2001, AnnMarie served as
Board President, and then, Executive Director of For Pete’s
Sake, the non-profit formed in memory of Peter Eierman. From
2002-2005, AnnMarie worked in Development at Summerfield
Waldorf School and Farm, where she assisted in grant writing,
program development, fundraising and outreach. In 2005, AnnMarie
founded WidowSpeak, which incorporates her experience as
a widow with her commitment to doing work that matters in
the world, and her passion for reading and writing stories.
Gorchoff – Director – Midwife, Santa Rosa, California
up in Berkeley in the 50's and 60's. She completed her undergraduate
degree in Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and received a Master's
in Midwifery at Yale, in 1987. Catherine has worked as a
midwife for 19 years, the past two years she has lived on
the island of Molokai, Hawaii, where, for the past 20 years,
all the babies on the island have been delivered by midwives.
Catherine has been a waitress, hotel maid,
babysitter, veterinarian’s assistant, writing instructor,
clinic director, 4-H leader, midwife, mother of two daughters,
(and picked up several children along the way). She is a
voracious reader, filmgoer and she loves theater, art, dance
and music. The connections she makes with others are the
heart of her life. Catherine will begin her MFA in Creative
Writing in the Fall, 2006.
Peek Griffin – Director – Artist, Provo,
up in Marin County, CA and was influenced by the natural
beauty that surrounded her. She attended UCSB, UC Berkeley
and graduated with honors from The Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena, CA. She has been a fulltime artist
since graduation in 1986 and is in collections around the
world. Carol has participated in many museum shows
and is shown by galleries in New York, San Francisco and
Hilton Head, SC.
Since becoming a widow in 1999, she has
focused her attention on raising her two children and painting. In
2004 she moved with her growing daughter, Anna, and her wee
son, Will, to be near family in Utah. To view her art visit: www.carolpeek.com.
Musik – Director – Bilingual Educator, Sebastopol,
Carla is a Bilingual Educator
at Cali Calmecac Charter School in Windsor, California. Additionally,
she is an Adjunct Faculty Member of Santa Rosa Junior College,
where she teaches Spanish and at Sonoma State University
where she teaches Literacy Studies in Elementary Education.
She is a former Board Member at: Nuestra Casa, a Latino
outreach program in Ukiah, California, and the Ukiah Valley
Association of Handicapped. Carla serves on Sonoma
State University’s Advisory Committee for the Teacher
Diversity Project and is a member of CABE, the California
Association of Bilingual Education.
When Carla is not involved in language and education, she
can be found performing: singing, storytelling, folk
dancing and acting. She is the mother of two grown sons,
one developmentally disabled and one an Oberlin graduate.
She is an avid reader, a supporter of the arts and a traveler
of many cultures. Through her involvement with WidowSpeak,
Carla wishes to connect women from various backgrounds and
cultures. She is a gatherer and teller of stories in English
and Spanish and wants to see WidowSpeak serve the wider widow
communities of Latina and Native American women, as well
as women in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Schieber, E.A. – Treasurer, Accountant –
Santa Rosa, CA
an Accountant, has been an Enrolled Agent with the Internal
Revenue Service for 25 years. She is the owner of Scheuer
Tax and Bookkeeping Service, a family business, that was
started by her father, Buz Scheuer, in 1970. Jacqui assists
business and individuals with their bookkeeping, payroll,
tax and financial needs.
Jacqui grew up in Sonoma
County, CA. She has been married for 33 years and has two
grown children. Jacqui serves as Treasurer on the Sonoma
County Employer’s Advisory Council, a non profit whose
mission it is to educate Sonoma County employers on such
matters as Labor Law, Workman's Compensation and workplace
When her daughter was younger,
she served as treasurer on the board of the RugRats Fast
Pitch Softball League. Jacqui has been involved with WidowSpeak
since its inception in February of 2005.
Wise – Director – Audio Engineer, Santa Rosa, CA
Robin Wise has served as
audio engineer for radio documentaries, audio books, documentary
films, and multi-media presentations. As a lecturer at The
University of California at Berkeley, she teaches digital
audio technology at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Robin’s business, Sound Imagery, is about enriching
words with sound – bringing stories to life. She knows
how to record a country and has done field recording in Cambodia,
Central America, Europe, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and
throughout the United States.
Robin’s forte is collaborating on a project
from conception through delivery—as technical advisor,
location sound recordist, digital editor, sound designer,
mix and mastering engineer.
Project Awards: The Peabody Award, The Robert Wood Johnson
Award, Silver Baton of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award,
AAAS Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Women in Communications
Award, Clarion Award
Berelowitz – MSW, Adjunct Faculty, Human Services, Cal
State Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Michelle is an Adjunct Faculty
member for the Department of Human Services at CSUF and provides
consulting services to the nonprofit community. Michelle’s
consulting services includes technical assistance to various
agencies on strategic planning, program evaluation, program
planning and implementation, collaborative development and
research and data management. In addition, she serves on
the Board of a non-profit organization serving 432 children
and families in Orange County, California.
Michelle has worked on behalf of children and families
as the Director of the Center for Community Collaboration
at CSUF. In addition, she has worked as a day counselor
at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys;
and eligibility worker and a social worker for the GAIN
Program (CalWORKs); a special education teacher in Los
Angeles; and a managing associate in community planning
for the United Way of Orange County. Michelle received
her masters of Social Welfare from the University of California,
Los Angeles in 1994 and her BS in Human Development with
a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology from Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo in 1987.
Caletti – Artist and Curator, San Francisco, California
work uses visual language to give voice to women. Her most
recent Bay Area curatorial project, "One World, Many
Faiths; A Collection of Altars by Women Artists," was
a multi-cultural exploration of diverse Bay Area women articulating
their cultural and spiritual identity in the context of an "altar.” In
her own figurative paintings, Carla explores the female form,
while revealing the evolution of a woman expressing herself
in the world. See the In the Arts section.
Carla received an Undergraduate Degree,
with honors, in Interdisciplinary Studies at John F. Kennedy
University. She has completed graduate work at San Francisco
State University, in the Women's Studies Department. Carla
has worked in administrative and artistic capacities with
several San Francisco non-profits, including New Langton
Arts and The Capp Street Project. To see her art, visit: www.carlacaletti.com
I have always been interested in the creative spiritual dimension of life. I attended seminary for 3 years back in the mid-1970s. I was serving as pastor of a small church when I met my husband. After my husband I married in l978, I decided to absorb myself in the multifaceted life of our farming business. My husband had encouraged me to continue my studies, but it just did not feel right for me at that time. More about Sandy Clendenen.
View all of Sandy's WidowSpeak Blog posts.
Michele Hernandez is a free-lance writer living in Simi Valley, California with her three amazing teenage children. Compelled to minister to other widows after the 2005 death of her husband, Phillip, in a bicycle/automobile accident, she launched widowsbond.com--a support website for widows of all ages. This site also provides updates on a book she is currently writing, The Healing Power of the Widow's Bond. The interview based book chronicles the grief journeys of 28 women from around the United States. Publication is expected in the first quarter of 2009.
View all of Michele's WidowSpeak Blog posts.
Blogger. Caregiver. Graduate
Contributor Amanda Shaffer has written and lived the experience
of cancer for several years. She received a B.S.
in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh,
and is currently in the process of pursuing her Masters
of Social Work.
Amanda has overseen youth development programs in various
contexts and locales, from teaching literacy to prison-bound
teens to directing social programs for military youth.
After the loss of her husband to leukemia, she’s studying
to become a medical social worker. She chronicled her
husband’s bone marrow transplant at cancer,
it’s not just an astrological sign anymore, and
currently writes at The
Cat Lady and BlogHer.
View all of Amanda's WidowSpeak Blog posts.