our founding partners

  Kiersten Feuchter  Managing Director — Kiersten is a writer by trade and fell in love with   words at a young age, but as an entrepreneur, she found her hidden talent was an unshakable drive to make things happen. She’s constantly seeking the courage to be her realest self and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Her loves include a crazy toddler, caffeine, bad crime shows, songwriting, and all things Cincinnati.

Kiersten Feuchter
Managing Director

Kiersten is a writer by trade and fell in love with words at a young age, but as an entrepreneur, she found her hidden talent was an unshakable drive to make things happen. She’s constantly seeking the courage to be her realest self and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Her loves include a crazy toddler, caffeine, bad crime shows, songwriting, and all things Cincinnati.

  Chelsie Walter  Creative Director — Chelsie is a Cincinnati-based graphic designer with a passion for photography, a love for people, and an obsession with all things Harry Potter. She lives with her husband Cody, and two happy sugar gliders, Luna and Lulu.

Chelsie Walter
Creative Director

Chelsie is a Cincinnati-based graphic designer with a passion for photography, a love for people, and an obsession with all things Harry Potter. She lives with her husband Cody, and two happy sugar gliders, Luna and Lulu.

  Kelsey Johnson  Writer — Kelsey is a Cincinnati transplant quickly falling in love with everything about the Queen City. She's a magazine editor, cat mom, concertgoer, and bookworm with a passion for tacos and feminism.

Kelsey Johnson
Writer

Kelsey is a Cincinnati transplant quickly falling in love with everything about the Queen City. She's a magazine editor, cat mom, concertgoer, and bookworm with a passion for tacos and feminism.

 

our team members

  Kali Robinson  Photography/Social Media — Kali is a graphic designer who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She came to Cincinnati seven years ago to attend UC, fell in love, and never left. Kali and her fiancé live in Northside with their two kitties, Big Mama and Lil' Mama.

Kali Robinson
Photography/Social Media

Kali is a graphic designer who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She came to Cincinnati seven years ago to attend UC, fell in love, and never left. Kali and her fiancé live in Northside with their two kitties, Big Mama and Lil' Mama.

  Alex Larrison  Photography/Videography — Alex is a photographer who runs Larrison Photography with her husband, Corey, and their two cats. Alex is passionate about reading, reality cooking shows, and flowers. She is determined to create enduring, authentic, and spirited photography and videography in Cincinnati.

Alex Larrison
Photography/Videography

Alex is a photographer who runs Larrison Photography with her husband, Corey, and their two cats. Alex is passionate about reading, reality cooking shows, and flowers. She is determined to create enduring, authentic, and spirited photography and videography in Cincinnati.

  Stacy Wegley  Photography — Stacy is a change maker focused on healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities. She’s a master campfire starter and marshmallow roaster who loves to use her camera to tell stories.

Stacy Wegley
Photography

Stacy is a change maker focused on healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities. She’s a master campfire starter and marshmallow roaster who loves to use her camera to tell stories.

  Sharee Allen  Photography  —  Sharee is two parts vagabond, two parts photographer, and one part thrift store find (i.e. animal cracker boxes repurposed as a handbag). She works as an art therapist with children and families by day, and as a concert photog by night. Her loves are street art, spontaneity, and continually learning how to use Instagram from preteens.

Sharee Allen
Photography

Sharee is two parts vagabond, two parts photographer, and one part thrift store find (i.e. animal cracker boxes repurposed as a handbag). She works as an art therapist with children and families by day, and as a concert photog by night. Her loves are street art, spontaneity, and continually learning how to use Instagram from preteens.

  Aurore Fournier  Photography  —  Aurore is a program director at People’s Liberty and believes in giving self-starters a chance to turn their ideas into reality. She lives for experience and travel, loves photography, follows the art world, and boxes at a local gym.

Aurore Fournier
Photography

Aurore is a program director at People’s Liberty and believes in giving self-starters a chance to turn their ideas into reality. She lives for experience and travel, loves photography, follows the art world, and boxes at a local gym.

  Teri Heist  Writing  —  Teri is an open mind looking for the open road. She believes that lessons in living start with the stories that surround us. So, with curiosity on her sleeve, she roams both coasts of the Ohio River, experiencing lifestyle whiplash and living to write about it.

Teri Heist
Writing

Teri is an open mind looking for the open road. She believes that lessons in living start with the stories that surround us. So, with curiosity on her sleeve, she roams both coasts of the Ohio River, experiencing lifestyle whiplash and living to write about it.

  Abby McGuire  Junior Writer  —  As an adventurer with words to write down, Abby enjoys finding creative outlets wherever she stands. Cincinnati started as a place of education and soul searching for her five years ago, and the city still fuels her passions. She hopes that all of her furiously scribbled down thoughts will help in documenting the women she so admires in and around the city. Noticing all of the quiet beautiful things has taught her how to love the world in her own way and she has an open heart to hear how others have paved their own paths.

Abby McGuire
Junior Writer

As an adventurer with words to write down, Abby enjoys finding creative outlets wherever she stands. Cincinnati started as a place of education and soul searching for her five years ago, and the city still fuels her passions. She hopes that all of her furiously scribbled down thoughts will help in documenting the women she so admires in and around the city. Noticing all of the quiet beautiful things has taught her how to love the world in her own way and she has an open heart to hear how others have paved their own paths.

  Stephany Mendia  Writing/Social Media/PR  —  Stephany is a social media/public relations specialist who is eager to use her skills and education to empower her community and create alongside friends. A Northern Kentucky native, she loves attending local events and supporting local businesses that help the Greater Cincinnati area flourish. Stephany can be found anywhere on the internet with the handle @stephjazmin.

Stephany Mendia
Writing/Social Media/PR

Stephany is a social media/public relations specialist who is eager to use her skills and education to empower her community and create alongside friends. A Northern Kentucky native, she loves attending local events and supporting local businesses that help the Greater Cincinnati area flourish. Stephany can be found anywhere on the internet with the handle @stephjazmin.

  Abbey Bruce  Writing  —  Abbey is a recovering HR professional and a recent Cincy transplant. She craves creative stimulation and opportunities to nurture her entrepreneurial spirit and that of others. Abbey, her husband, and her soon-to-be teenage daughter love adventures outdoors and exploring everything their new city has to offer.

Abbey Bruce
Writing

Abbey is a recovering HR professional and a recent Cincy transplant. She craves creative stimulation and opportunities to nurture her entrepreneurial spirit and that of others. Abbey, her husband, and her soon-to-be teenage daughter love adventures outdoors and exploring everything their new city has to offer.

  Becca Cochran  Writing  —  Becca is a dot-connector, what-if’er, and passionate (out-of-control) Spotify-playlist-maker. She moved back to Cincinnati in 2015 after working at the Ohio Senate in Columbus, and finds herself continuously inspired by the kinetic energy of the Queen City and its people. Fueled by daily doses of chocolate, podcasts, and travel photography (usually in that order), she is in constant pursuit of examining life through new lenses and the power storytelling has in helping us do it.

Becca Cochran
Writing

Becca is a dot-connector, what-if’er, and passionate (out-of-control) Spotify-playlist-maker. She moved back to Cincinnati in 2015 after working at the Ohio Senate in Columbus, and finds herself continuously inspired by the kinetic energy of the Queen City and its people. Fueled by daily doses of chocolate, podcasts, and travel photography (usually in that order), she is in constant pursuit of examining life through new lenses and the power storytelling has in helping us do it.

  Jackie Mulay  Writing  —  Jackie is a writer and journalist from Dayton, Ohio. Outside of her 9-5, she can be seen attempting to run, serving her communities, or screaming along to music in her car.

Jackie Mulay
Writing

Jackie is a writer and journalist from Dayton, Ohio. Outside of her 9-5, she can be seen attempting to run, serving her communities, or screaming along to music in her car.

  Juli Niles  Events  —  Juli returned to Cincinnati after an 18 year absence and is happy to call the city her home again. She worked in the entertainment industry on various feature films and television shows and still produces from time to time here in Cincinnati. She also runs her family business, Apollo Electric, and is the media liaison for CCAI (Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute) and advocates for children in the system.

Juli Niles
Events

Juli returned to Cincinnati after an 18 year absence and is happy to call the city her home again. She worked in the entertainment industry on various feature films and television shows and still produces from time to time here in Cincinnati. She also runs her family business, Apollo Electric, and is the media liaison for CCAI (Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute) and advocates for children in the system.

  Devan Vaughn  Events  —  Devan is a native Ohioan, but is newer to Cincinnati. She works at UC and has a background in social psychology, which has driven her passion for social justice. She enjoys the outdoors, billiards, and meaningful conversation. She believes in the powerful saying "lift as you climb" and aims to live it every day.

Devan Vaughn
Events

Devan is a native Ohioan, but is newer to Cincinnati. She works at UC and has a background in social psychology, which has driven her passion for social justice. She enjoys the outdoors, billiards, and meaningful conversation. She believes in the powerful saying "lift as you climb" and aims to live it every day.

  Ally Lim  Social Media Resident  —  Ally ,  a Cleveland native, is currently a fourth year at the University of Cincinnat i  studying communication and public relations. She has a passion for fashion (especially OTR’s boutiques), enjoys holding puppies, and prefers to be on a beach reading a romance novel. As a lover of food, Ally hopes to travel the world and try every culture’s cuisine one day.

Ally Lim
Social Media Resident

Ally, a Cleveland native, is currently a fourth year at the University of Cincinnati studying communication and public relations. She has a passion for fashion (especially OTR’s boutiques), enjoys holding puppies, and prefers to be on a beach reading a romance novel. As a lover of food, Ally hopes to travel the world and try every culture’s cuisine one day.

  Lizzy Geraghty  Graphic Design Resident  —  Lizzy is a design student and photographer in the Cincinnati area. She is passionate about sustainability shopping, thrift, and loves to travel.

Lizzy Geraghty
Graphic Design Resident

Lizzy is a design student and photographer in the Cincinnati area. She is passionate about sustainability shopping, thrift, and loves to travel.

  Kayla Blanton  Writing  —   Kayla is a freelance writer for multiple publications, including Bustle, INSIDER, and Men's Health, where she writes about topics ranging from the newest marathon-worthy Netflix shows to beauty trends to the keto diet. She's also a (permanently over-caffeinated) barista, wannabe “Chopped” contestant, and fiancée to her love of seven years. A few of her favorite things to support are women, local business, and an overindulgent skincare regimen.

Kayla Blanton
Writing

Kayla is a freelance writer for multiple publications, including Bustle, INSIDER, and Men's Health, where she writes about topics ranging from the newest marathon-worthy Netflix shows to beauty trends to the keto diet. She's also a (permanently over-caffeinated) barista, wannabe “Chopped” contestant, and fiancée to her love of seven years. A few of her favorite things to support are women, local business, and an overindulgent skincare regimen.

  Dawn Borntrager  Photography  —  Dawn is a photographer who loves her family, shoes, and good cup of coffee. She has a passion for travel and experiencing culture and seeing the honest and sometimes raw side of humanity. She shares a small photography business,  Fresh Start Photo , with her husband and when she’s not shooting, she’s working as a senior support specialist solving problems and writing code.

Dawn Borntrager
Photography

Dawn is a photographer who loves her family, shoes, and good cup of coffee. She has a passion for travel and experiencing culture and seeing the honest and sometimes raw side of humanity. She shares a small photography business, Fresh Start Photo, with her husband and when she’s not shooting, she’s working as a senior support specialist solving problems and writing code.

  Sarah Urmston  Writing  —  Sarah is a Cincinnati-based writer with an avid desire to learn every human story within arm’s reach. Her experience in empathic research and freelance journalism make in-depth conversations easy and naturally put small talk under the radar. She also enjoys running, her dogs, “Bob’s Burgers,” saving the planet with her reusable coffee cup, and true crime podcasts.

Sarah Urmston
Writing

Sarah is a Cincinnati-based writer with an avid desire to learn every human story within arm’s reach. Her experience in empathic research and freelance journalism make in-depth conversations easy and naturally put small talk under the radar. She also enjoys running, her dogs, “Bob’s Burgers,” saving the planet with her reusable coffee cup, and true crime podcasts.

  Madeleine Meeks  Writing  —  Madeleine is a St. Louis native who is passionate about language and the arts. Since living in Cincinnati, she's joined poetry, painting, and acting classes to help shake off the day job. Madeleine finds most of her writing inspiration at the local coffee shop. Favorite city? Prague. Favorite weather? Overcast. Currently craving? Doughnuts. Ideal Saturday night? Dinner party, with a record player. Exciting new life event? Joining this team.

Madeleine Meeks
Writing

Madeleine is a St. Louis native who is passionate about language and the arts. Since living in Cincinnati, she's joined poetry, painting, and acting classes to help shake off the day job. Madeleine finds most of her writing inspiration at the local coffee shop. Favorite city? Prague. Favorite weather? Overcast. Currently craving? Doughnuts. Ideal Saturday night? Dinner party, with a record player. Exciting new life event? Joining this team.

  Hillary Copsey  Writing — Hillary is a writer and editor, and founder of  Make America Read , an initiative to encourage reading to develop compassion, critical thinking, and civil discourse. The mother of two sons, her life can be summed up in three words: books, boys, and baseball.

Hillary Copsey
Writing

Hillary is a writer and editor, and founder of Make America Read, an initiative to encourage reading to develop compassion, critical thinking, and civil discourse. The mother of two sons, her life can be summed up in three words: books, boys, and baseball.

  Suzanne Wilder  Writing — Suzanne is a full-time people-manager by day and blogger by night. She lived in Winchester, Virginia, and Chicago before boomeranging back to her hometown of Loveland, Ohio, where she currently raises two boys. She writes about modern adulthood, parenting, and more at  The Smart Domestic  and on Twitter  @thewildertweets .

Suzanne Wilder
Writing

Suzanne is a full-time people-manager by day and blogger by night. She lived in Winchester, Virginia, and Chicago before boomeranging back to her hometown of Loveland, Ohio, where she currently raises two boys. She writes about modern adulthood, parenting, and more at The Smart Domestic and on Twitter @thewildertweets.

  Justine Daley  Writing  —  Justine is a digital marketer, writer, and breakfast meeting enthusiast. Outside the office, you will find her at an early morning rowing class, attempting to resist temptations at Anthropologie, and practicing “the Jackal” in her pursuit to be the next C.J. Cregg.

Justine Daley
Writing

Justine is a digital marketer, writer, and breakfast meeting enthusiast. Outside the office, you will find her at an early morning rowing class, attempting to resist temptations at Anthropologie, and practicing “the Jackal” in her pursuit to be the next C.J. Cregg.

  Katie Gravely  Writing  —  Katie is a full-time writer, editor, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. When she's not writing, running two network marketing businesses, or tweeting  @katiemgravely , she's spending time with her husband or dancing down supermarket aisles while grocery shopping.

Katie Gravely
Writing

Katie is a full-time writer, editor, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. When she's not writing, running two network marketing businesses, or tweeting @katiemgravely, she's spending time with her husband or dancing down supermarket aisles while grocery shopping.

  Myra Morehart  Writing  —  Myra is a museum educator and writer. She loves exploring this city’s rich history and creating educational experiences that bridge the past and the present. When she’s not hanging out in a museum, she’s probably watching old movies or hiking in the woods.

Myra Morehart
Writing

Myra is a museum educator and writer. She loves exploring this city’s rich history and creating educational experiences that bridge the past and the present. When she’s not hanging out in a museum, she’s probably watching old movies or hiking in the woods.

  Tracy P. Van Wagner  Writing/Events  —  Tracy moved to Cincinnati in order to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy at UC. She has successfully completed her Ph.D. studies and is now an adjunct professor at UC. She enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family; meeting people and hearing their stories; and weekend mornings spent listening to records and reading.

Tracy P. Van Wagner
Writing/Events

Tracy moved to Cincinnati in order to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy at UC. She has successfully completed her Ph.D. studies and is now an adjunct professor at UC. She enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family; meeting people and hearing their stories; and weekend mornings spent listening to records and reading.

  Sandra Okot-Kotber  Director of Volunteer Culture/Writing/Events/Social Media  —  Sandra is a University of Central Florida human communication graduate. After a decade in Florida, she relocated to the Queen City to explore the realm of life’s possibilities. She is a creative at heart with a passion to help those around her and generations to come.

Sandra Okot-Kotber
Director of Volunteer Culture/Writing/Events/Social Media

Sandra is a University of Central Florida human communication graduate. After a decade in Florida, she relocated to the Queen City to explore the realm of life’s possibilities. She is a creative at heart with a passion to help those around her and generations to come.

  Heather Churchman  Writing  —  Heather is an Oxford, Ohio, native and longtime Cincinnati (and Covington) resident. She's also a recovering perfectionist, night owl, voracious reader, information seeker, bourbon drinker, travel lover, yoga doer, concert goer, Howard Stern listener, podcast addict, learning fanatic, Cincy Red Bike rider, and self-improvement enthusiast.

Heather Churchman
Writing

Heather is an Oxford, Ohio, native and longtime Cincinnati (and Covington) resident. She's also a recovering perfectionist, night owl, voracious reader, information seeker, bourbon drinker, travel lover, yoga doer, concert goer, Howard Stern listener, podcast addict, learning fanatic, Cincy Red Bike rider, and self-improvement enthusiast.

  Tiffany White  Writing  —  Tiffany is a Cincinnati native and a senior documentation analyst for a health insurance company. She specializes in all things tech. She recently completed her technology management masters at Georgetown University. When she is not reading about the latest tech and design trends, she is chasing after her young son and experimenting with new recipes, courtesy of Pinterest.

Tiffany White
Writing

Tiffany is a Cincinnati native and a senior documentation analyst for a health insurance company. She specializes in all things tech. She recently completed her technology management masters at Georgetown University. When she is not reading about the latest tech and design trends, she is chasing after her young son and experimenting with new recipes, courtesy of Pinterest.

  Maggie Heath-Bourne  Photography/Writing  —  Maggie is a Cincinnati-based writer and photographer. Originally from the great barbecue city of Memphis, she came to the Queen City for the UC degree and stayed for basically everything else. When her hands aren’t busy holding a camera or typing, they’re probably busy baking something.

Maggie Heath-Bourne
Photography/Writing

Maggie is a Cincinnati-based writer and photographer. Originally from the great barbecue city of Memphis, she came to the Queen City for the UC degree and stayed for basically everything else. When her hands aren’t busy holding a camera or typing, they’re probably busy baking something.

  Dyah Miller  Photography  —  Dyah wears many hats, but being a photographer connects her to her core. She fell in love with Cincinnati and tried to leave, but came back to plant her roots here. She lives in Norwood with her husband, two children, and a pet fish.

Dyah Miller
Photography

Dyah wears many hats, but being a photographer connects her to her core. She fell in love with Cincinnati and tried to leave, but came back to plant her roots here. She lives in Norwood with her husband, two children, and a pet fish.

  Megan Althaus  Design  —  Megan works as a graphic designer, and loves the way visuals have the power to communicate with an audience and build a community. She loves puns, googly eyes, and riding her bike. Megan recently biked across the country as a volunteer with a nonprofit called Bike & Build, where she became an advocate for affordable housing through fundraising and home-building, and got a firsthand look at how this issue affects families and communities across the country.

Megan Althaus
Design

Megan works as a graphic designer, and loves the way visuals have the power to communicate with an audience and build a community. She loves puns, googly eyes, and riding her bike. Megan recently biked across the country as a volunteer with a nonprofit called Bike & Build, where she became an advocate for affordable housing through fundraising and home-building, and got a firsthand look at how this issue affects families and communities across the country.

  Sarah Mackey  Writing  —  Sarah is a Cincinnati-based international educator with a passion for bridging the gap between the local and the foreign, the known and the unknown. When she’s not traveling to far-flung corners of the globe, she loves snuggling with her cat, collecting vinyl with her husband, and being a tourist in her own backyard.

Sarah Mackey
Writing

Sarah is a Cincinnati-based international educator with a passion for bridging the gap between the local and the foreign, the known and the unknown. When she’s not traveling to far-flung corners of the globe, she loves snuggling with her cat, collecting vinyl with her husband, and being a tourist in her own backyard.

  Hope Rice  Community Liaison/Writing  —  Hope is an art historian, theatre nerd, and mother of cats. In her research and writing, she explores feminism and body politics in film, theatre, and other artistic media. Off-duty, you can usually find her reading, taking a long walk through Clifton, or tending to her plants.

Hope Rice
Community Liaison/Writing

Hope is an art historian, theatre nerd, and mother of cats. In her research and writing, she explores feminism and body politics in film, theatre, and other artistic media. Off-duty, you can usually find her reading, taking a long walk through Clifton, or tending to her plants.

  Aparna Singh  Writing/Events  —  Aparna is an adventurer, a foodie, and a creative soul. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Women's Studies at UC. Originally from Nepal, she enjoys photography, hiking, and playing music. She is passionate about women's issues and believes in the power of activism. During her free time, she loves visiting art museums and immersing in world culture.

Aparna Singh
Writing/Events

Aparna is an adventurer, a foodie, and a creative soul. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Women's Studies at UC. Originally from Nepal, she enjoys photography, hiking, and playing music. She is passionate about women's issues and believes in the power of activism. During her free time, she loves visiting art museums and immersing in world culture.

  Shannan Schmitt  Marketing  —   Curious and restless, Shannan thoroughly enjoys entertaining new ideas and possibilities. She is passionate about evangelizing people, programs, and products with a powerful social purpose.Slightly irreverent, she’s on a mission to amply apply more alliteration across America and to stamp out gobbledygook. Shannan is a kid art, ’80s hip-hop, and french fry enthusiast.

Shannan Schmitt
Marketing

Curious and restless, Shannan thoroughly enjoys entertaining new ideas and possibilities. She is passionate about evangelizing people, programs, and products with a powerful social purpose.Slightly irreverent, she’s on a mission to amply apply more alliteration across America and to stamp out gobbledygook. Shannan is a kid art, ’80s hip-hop, and french fry enthusiast.

  Amy Thornley   Writing  —   Amy is a writer, yoga teacher, new mom, and founder of BiblioVentures, a series of reading retreats throughout the Midwest. She has been actively creating experiences for readers and seekers since 2007 and is thrilled to share the stories of amazing Cincinnati women with you.

Amy Thornley
Writing

Amy is a writer, yoga teacher, new mom, and founder of BiblioVentures, a series of reading retreats throughout the Midwest. She has been actively creating experiences for readers and seekers since 2007 and is thrilled to share the stories of amazing Cincinnati women with you.

  Chelsea Davis  Writing  —  Chelsea is a writer by passion and trade. She fell in love with words and the creative language-puzzle that is writing at the ripe old age of six. She currently works a freelance writer, as well as in marketing and brand management. Chelsea loves to travel, cook (and eat!), dabble in photography, adventure with her friends and her pup, and is an avid consumer of all things media.

Chelsea Davis
Writing

Chelsea is a writer by passion and trade. She fell in love with words and the creative language-puzzle that is writing at the ripe old age of six. She currently works a freelance writer, as well as in marketing and brand management. Chelsea loves to travel, cook (and eat!), dabble in photography, adventure with her friends and her pup, and is an avid consumer of all things media.


  Tara Keesling  Writing  —  Tara is a marketing and communications professional and has lived in the Cincinnati area her whole life. She currently works as the chief of staff for Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, where she has the pleasure of working with all 52 neighborhoods. In her off time, Tara enjoys working on other creative projects, painting, gardening, reading, and writing poetry.

Tara Keesling
Writing

Tara is a marketing and communications professional and has lived in the Cincinnati area her whole life. She currently works as the chief of staff for Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, where she has the pleasure of working with all 52 neighborhoods. In her off time, Tara enjoys working on other creative projects, painting, gardening, reading, and writing poetry.


  Jennifer Mahuet  Photography — Jennifer is a photographer, writer, and unapologetic advocate of cats (the  good  kind of crazy cat lady). She believes that she is old enough to see how far women have come, yet wise enough to know we haven't fully arrived.

Jennifer Mahuet
Photography

Jennifer is a photographer, writer, and unapologetic advocate of cats (the good kind of crazy cat lady). She believes that she is old enough to see how far women have come, yet wise enough to know we haven't fully arrived.

  Dani Clark  Writing — Dani is equal parts writer, hot beverages, and blanket-like clothing. She is a big believer that storytelling is primarily about the art of noticing. And most importantly, her life’s blood is asking people questions with a general, unbridled interest in their answers.

Dani Clark
Writing

Dani is equal parts writer, hot beverages, and blanket-like clothing. She is a big believer that storytelling is primarily about the art of noticing. And most importantly, her life’s blood is asking people questions with a general, unbridled interest in their answers.

  Nicole Mayes  Photography  —  Nicole is a local photographer and true "people watcher.” A native Cincinnatian and UC alum, Nicole is the mother of two boys, ages 7 and 8, and cat mom to Ava. She loves helping and supporting women entrepreneurs. Girls rock!

Nicole Mayes
Photography

Nicole is a local photographer and true "people watcher.” A native Cincinnatian and UC alum, Nicole is the mother of two boys, ages 7 and 8, and cat mom to Ava. She loves helping and supporting women entrepreneurs. Girls rock!

  Yashira M. Afanador  Photography  —  Yashira recently moved to Cincinnati from Puerto Rico to work as a research coordinator in the Anthropology Department at UC. Science is a major part of her life, but she also enjoys photography, meeting new people and spending time with her furry daughters (Ahri and Rubi).

Yashira M. Afanador
Photography

Yashira recently moved to Cincinnati from Puerto Rico to work as a research coordinator in the Anthropology Department at UC. Science is a major part of her life, but she also enjoys photography, meeting new people and spending time with her furry daughters (Ahri and Rubi).

  Ellen Huggins  Residency Director  —  Ellen is an opinionated morning person and a recent UC grad. Originally from Columbus, she loves exploring Cincinnati, making playlists on Spotify, and cooking vegetarian-friendly dinners.

Ellen Huggins
Residency Director

Ellen is an opinionated morning person and a recent UC grad. Originally from Columbus, she loves exploring Cincinnati, making playlists on Spotify, and cooking vegetarian-friendly dinners.

  Shamekko Early-Coleman  Events/Marketing  —  Lifelong Cincinnati native Shamekko is a self-proclaimed marketing geek and a two-time graduate of UC. During the day, she utilizes her degrees as a project manager, and by night she’s a superhero of sorts, supporting fellow entrepreneurs through her two companies  SNE, LLC  and  DVRS Stock . When she’s not volunteering or working, she loves spending quality time with her husband and exploring local coffee shops.

Shamekko Early-Coleman
Events/Marketing

Lifelong Cincinnati native Shamekko is a self-proclaimed marketing geek and a two-time graduate of UC. During the day, she utilizes her degrees as a project manager, and by night she’s a superhero of sorts, supporting fellow entrepreneurs through her two companies SNE, LLC and DVRS Stock. When she’s not volunteering or working, she loves spending quality time with her husband and exploring local coffee shops.

  Kristyn Bridges  Writing  —  Kristyn is a Minneapolis native who moved to Cincinnati after receiving her English literature degree from Knox College. She's a new mom with a passion for good food, deep conversation, and anything that feeds the soul.

Kristyn Bridges
Writing

Kristyn is a Minneapolis native who moved to Cincinnati after receiving her English literature degree from Knox College. She's a new mom with a passion for good food, deep conversation, and anything that feeds the soul.

  Liz Rosevear  Writing/Events  —  Liz is currently a master's student and graduate assistant at Xavier University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Liz has fallen in love with the Queen City since moving here in 2014. When she's not at school, she's checking out local music, learning about the city's architecture, and hiking with her dog in the beautiful parks.

Liz Rosevear
Writing/Events

Liz is currently a master's student and graduate assistant at Xavier University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Liz has fallen in love with the Queen City since moving here in 2014. When she's not at school, she's checking out local music, learning about the city's architecture, and hiking with her dog in the beautiful parks.

  Heather Willins  Photography/Social Media  —  Heather Willins is a dedicated educator within Cincinnati Public Schools. When she is not helping students to expand their worlds, she is working for Women of Cincy to spread the good word about female empowerment through photography and social media. When she’s not teaching or on the move, she enjoys learning foreign languages (Spanish and German, currently), embroidery and most of all, travel. Her husband Micah, two pets, friends, and family give her the strength she needs to keep calm and carry on.

Heather Willins
Photography/Social Media

Heather Willins is a dedicated educator within Cincinnati Public Schools. When she is not helping students to expand their worlds, she is working for Women of Cincy to spread the good word about female empowerment through photography and social media. When she’s not teaching or on the move, she enjoys learning foreign languages (Spanish and German, currently), embroidery and most of all, travel. Her husband Micah, two pets, friends, and family give her the strength she needs to keep calm and carry on.

  Angie Lipscomb  Photography  —  Angie is a UC DAAP grad and Cincinnati native who decided fixer-uppers, rescue dogs, and hopeless optimism were a solid plan. Her first love was illustration, but she once traded her graphite for cameras and never looked back. She lives in a house-in-progress with her guitar-slinging husband, three busy kids, and two pups.

Angie Lipscomb
Photography

Angie is a UC DAAP grad and Cincinnati native who decided fixer-uppers, rescue dogs, and hopeless optimism were a solid plan. Her first love was illustration, but she once traded her graphite for cameras and never looked back. She lives in a house-in-progress with her guitar-slinging husband, three busy kids, and two pups.

  Judy Zitnik  Writing  —  Judy is a marketing strategist, pharmacist, and recovering Diet Coke addict. She is passionate about empowering and supporting women in business, politics, and the media. As the chauffeur for two teenagers, she is thankful for podcasts and audiobooks.

Judy Zitnik
Writing

Judy is a marketing strategist, pharmacist, and recovering Diet Coke addict. She is passionate about empowering and supporting women in business, politics, and the media. As the chauffeur for two teenagers, she is thankful for podcasts and audiobooks.

  Courtney Reynolds  Writing/Podcasts  —  Courtney is a change making, feminist, single mama working for equitable communities in the great Queen City. A traveler since birth, born in the rolling hills of central Kentucky, reared in the Virgin Islands, and settling in the Cincinnati area, place is an important part of her work – both creatively and academically as she pursues her doctorate. She’s an LGBTQ+ advocate and ally, working with The Living with Change Foundation and within her own community. With a reporter’s roots established early on in her career, telling the full story is her passion.

Courtney Reynolds
Writing/Podcasts

Courtney is a change making, feminist, single mama working for equitable communities in the great Queen City. A traveler since birth, born in the rolling hills of central Kentucky, reared in the Virgin Islands, and settling in the Cincinnati area, place is an important part of her work – both creatively and academically as she pursues her doctorate. She’s an LGBTQ+ advocate and ally, working with The Living with Change Foundation and within her own community. With a reporter’s roots established early on in her career, telling the full story is her passion.

  Cassidy Brage  Photography  —  Cassidy is a Los Angeles native who just recently took her photography business full time. She loves health, sports, spending time outside, painting, and writing poetry. She is eager to build a strong network of empowered women and is excited to experience all Cincinnati has to offer!

Cassidy Brage
Photography

Cassidy is a Los Angeles native who just recently took her photography business full time. She loves health, sports, spending time outside, painting, and writing poetry. She is eager to build a strong network of empowered women and is excited to experience all Cincinnati has to offer!

  Kyle Schott  Writing  —  Kyle is is a downtown resident and a member of OTR's Union Hall coworking community. Her passion for Cincinnati runs deep, expressed even in the name of her company, Midwest Roots. She’s obsessed with podcasts that tell stories, trips to the ocean, Red Bikes, walking grocery aisles, Cincy history, and all things Pilates.

Kyle Schott
Writing

Kyle is is a downtown resident and a member of OTR's Union Hall coworking community. Her passion for Cincinnati runs deep, expressed even in the name of her company, Midwest Roots. She’s obsessed with podcasts that tell stories, trips to the ocean, Red Bikes, walking grocery aisles, Cincy history, and all things Pilates.

  Caroline Wiita  Writing/Podcasts  —  Caroline is a Queen City native and Ohio University alumna. A writer, editor, defender of the Oxford comma, and now a member of Women of Cincy, she has covered topics ranging from local events and businesses to engineering and home design. If she’s ever not writing, you can find her on Twitter as @TheWiita, where she shares her love for baby Fiona and her opinionated film/television reviews.

Caroline Wiita
Writing/Podcasts

Caroline is a Queen City native and Ohio University alumna. A writer, editor, defender of the Oxford comma, and now a member of Women of Cincy, she has covered topics ranging from local events and businesses to engineering and home design. If she’s ever not writing, you can find her on Twitter as @TheWiita, where she shares her love for baby Fiona and her opinionated film/television reviews.

  Anwar Mhajne  Writing  —   Anwar is a podcast listener, a writer, and a feminist. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati and received her M.A. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from UC. Her research examines the intersection of religion, politics, and gender. When she is not working on her research and writing, she is traveling or hiking.

Anwar Mhajne
Writing

Anwar is a podcast listener, a writer, and a feminist. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati and received her M.A. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from UC. Her research examines the intersection of religion, politics, and gender. When she is not working on her research and writing, she is traveling or hiking.

  Aidin Gargari  Designer  —  Aidin is a freelance graphic designer and artist who explores form and patterns through his boldly colored, thought-provoking paintings. He was born in Iran, grew up in Montreal, and has been a Cincinnatian for over two decades. Aidin believes in being your genuine self and celebrating what makes each of us different and awesome. He is a trilingual, biking enthusiast who has a passion for design, new experiences, and traveling with his incredible wife, Tricia. He is excited to join this amazing team and celebrate all the great women of Cincy!

Aidin Gargari
Designer

Aidin is a freelance graphic designer and artist who explores form and patterns through his boldly colored, thought-provoking paintings. He was born in Iran, grew up in Montreal, and has been a Cincinnatian for over two decades. Aidin believes in being your genuine self and celebrating what makes each of us different and awesome. He is a trilingual, biking enthusiast who has a passion for design, new experiences, and traveling with his incredible wife, Tricia. He is excited to join this amazing team and celebrate all the great women of Cincy!

  Katey Parks   Writing  —   Katey is a passionate pen[wo]man, aspiring author, lifelong learner, witty wine enthusiast, and creative mind and soul. After two years of teaching elementary education, Katey decided to leave the field and pursue a new career path. She has since gone back to school to receive her MFA in creative writing from Miami University with a specific interest in creative nonfiction, historical fiction, and children’s literature. When Katey’s not writing, she’s dreaming of becoming a professional student and world traveler, drinking wine, or bouncing around the city with the love of her life and her furry pup, Gus. Follow her new venture of reviewing book and wine pairings on Instagram as @spines_and_vines.

Katey Parks
Writing

Katey is a passionate pen[wo]man, aspiring author, lifelong learner, witty wine enthusiast, and creative mind and soul. After two years of teaching elementary education, Katey decided to leave the field and pursue a new career path. She has since gone back to school to receive her MFA in creative writing from Miami University with a specific interest in creative nonfiction, historical fiction, and children’s literature. When Katey’s not writing, she’s dreaming of becoming a professional student and world traveler, drinking wine, or bouncing around the city with the love of her life and her furry pup, Gus. Follow her new venture of reviewing book and wine pairings on Instagram as @spines_and_vines.

  Blaire Bartish  Writing  —  Blaire M. H. Bartish has only lived in major metropolitan areas that start with “C”: Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, back to Chicago, and now Cincinnati. She lives on the West Side with her husband, Dave, and their son, Louie. A lifelong learner, she has been involved in numerous educational endeavors and loves reading, attending live theater, visiting museums, and freezing things with liquid nitrogen.

Blaire Bartish
Writing

Blaire M. H. Bartish has only lived in major metropolitan areas that start with “C”: Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, back to Chicago, and now Cincinnati. She lives on the West Side with her husband, Dave, and their son, Louie. A lifelong learner, she has been involved in numerous educational endeavors and loves reading, attending live theater, visiting museums, and freezing things with liquid nitrogen.