Bios

ANN IMIG National Director, Director/Producer Madison–A stay-at-home humorist, Ann began inflicting herself upon your internet with her blog Ann’s Rants in 2008. Her writing appears on numerous sites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and College Humor. Babble recently named her their 2011 funniest Top 50 Twitter Mom, BlogHer named her a 2010-2012 Voice Of The Year, and her 5 and 8 year old boys deemed her The Most Annoying Boss of Everything. Ann founded the live-reading series Listen To Your Mother, spurring a national movement giving Mother’s Day a Microphone. Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for Violence Unsilenced.com.

 

 

JESSICA KUPFERMAN, Producer, is a Gossip Queen and Technical Superstar who delivers the dirty dish about pop culture, life + business. She is also a professional blogger and speaker known for using her razor sharp wit and personality to entertain the masses, mostly at her expense. When she’s not on camera, she can be found helping small business owners create legions of raving fans. Check her out on http://www.jesskupferman.com, or visit her page on Facebook at facebook.com/jessicakupferman.

 

SHOSH MARTYNIAK, Director,  is the Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish VOICE  in Wilmington and a recently published author in the anthology, Strong Like Butterfly. Shosh is also a regular contributor to the website, Girl Body Pride, and a former cast member of LTYM Philly.  She writes about her life, her body, and the fiction roaming around in her head at Shoshuga.com. Follow her on twitter, instagram, and pinterest

 

JENNIFER STEINBERG is a Bryn Mawr College alumni, former bank drone, mom, aspiring macher and lover of all social media. She has been online in one form or another since 1992 but please don’t suggest that fact makes her a Millennial. Born and raised on Long Island, she has been a Delaware resident since 2001 and has grown to love the weird and wonderful that is Delaware. On Twitter, she shares the stuff she finds interesting as @DEHausfrau and blogs at www.jennsteinberg.com about her attempts to live the life of a 1960’s Jewish housewife transported to the 21st century. As if she didn’t enough going on in, she gleefully accepted the role as Associate Producer of LTYM Wilmington and can’t wait to see what the First State turns out.

INTRODUCING…..THE CAST

Anne Saks, a New Jersey native now living in Delaware, is a sometime engineer, sometime teacher and full time mom. Anne is very excited to make her debut at LTYM. This mother of five and aspiring writer hopes to reach out to people with her story. Anne sends her love to her Mom who without she wouldn’t be mother to a passel of beautiful girls; her husband Steven and all her family and friends who came to support her debut!

Cathleen Delia Mulrooney is a writer, editor, and teacher whose work has been published in a variety of online and print publications including Mothering Magazine, The We’Moon Anthology: Love, SageWoman Magazine, Literary Mama, The Apple Valley Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Roots of She, All Things Girl and more. She has been teaching writing at the college level since 2000 and has facilitated creativity workshops for schools, prisons, and private organizations. Most recently, she has focused on developing writing workshops for women designed to connect them to their stories, their histories, and their bodies. In 2008, she won a grant as an Emerging Artist in Fiction for the state of Delaware and will finish her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in June 2013. In addition, she was just chosen as a Participating Writer and Workshop Facilitator for the prestigious A Room of Her Own Foundation 2013 Retreat coming up in Abiquiu, New Mexico at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch.  A creative-wanderer, friendly-introvert, book-lover, curious-adventurer, and fiery-romantic, she shares updates on publications and other assorted ramblings via her website: www.cdeliamulrooney.com

A flower of the south trying to bloom up north, Christi Miller moved from the Gulf Coast of Alabama to Delaware two years ago for love. But then, she had to find a job. She applied for a news reporter position and within six months, she found herself covering all things art and all things entertainment in southern Delaware. More often than not, this includes a lot of local art galleries and theater groups but the occasional celebrity does show up from time to time. When she’s not tracking down sources or fielding phone calls from overly enthusiastic public relations coordinators, she spends her time experimenting with vegetarian recipes, watching Law & Order reruns and racing herself on the elliptical machine. Often, she finds adventure and happiness where others do not. And, of course, she has not given up on the notion that vapid celebrity fame will find her.

Donna Schwartz grew up in Boca Raton, Fl and moved to Wilmington 11 years ago. Donna is a trainer for MyJewishCoach.com and the Associate Executive Director at the Siegel JCC.  Donna is a seasoned fundraiser as well as an innovative grant writer with a successful track record of finding and winning funding to help her organization and her community.  Developing new and inventive programs has been the cornerstone of Donna’s career.Even though Donna came to Delaware for a job, she found love and in many ways herself after moving. Donna married her partner and soul mate 7 years ago. In Donna’s free time, she enjoys running, indulging in reality tv (admitting is the first step) and traveling.

Heather Jackman is currently a stay at home mom working for two girls under the age of three.  Before sacrificing paychecks for clean tushie checks, she was pursuing a career as a commercial insurance underwriter.  Heather enjoys finding quiet moments to pick up her knitting, sewing, or furniture restoration projects.  This is her first stage debut.

Jeannette Bezinque entered the realm of Motherhood in June 2011, five weeks before the anticipated due date. Life has moved at a very fast pace ever since then, especially since baby #2 arrived a short 14 months later. She is a loving mom to Audrey and Hannah and wife to Zac. Her blog, www.ecoincognito.com, chronicles her abrupt shift from a disposable lifestyle to a very green one. After a few hiccups, she is finding humor and happiness from living a healthy lifestyle.

Jessica Mendez is a sister, daughter, lover, friend, preschool teacher, feminist, irritant to the patriarchy, pop culture junkie, tea enthusiast and writer. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived in a magic apartment with a fierce mother and two kindred spirits, also known as sisters. Nearly four years ago, a tornado named Gentrification swooped her up and dropped her in the cornfields of Delaware. Now in Wilmington, she feels slightly more human but is still getting used to creepy car culture and not being able to buy a six-pack while food shopping. She believes in faeries, witches, ghosts and other assorted supernatural mischief makers. Her short fiction has been published in the Love Magick Anthology, edited by Francesca Lia Block, and she is a frequent contributor to HellaWella.com, an online health and wellness publication. Check out Jessica’s musings, rants, raves and latest happenings over at her blog, Jessa Is Somewhat Damaged (jessaissomewhatdamaged.wordpress.com).

Jinni Butz is a Delaware native who left behind a rewarding career in education to become the manager for the department of make-believe, while pursuing her Masters and PhD in patience. On some days, she moonlights as CEO of her own Waste Management business, is a bona fide tantrum & meltdown negotiator, search and rescue expert specializing in small plastic pieces, play date and social secretary, and prides herself in her philanthropic interest in little people’s arts and music. Determined to live by the quote “…Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” by Mary Oliver, Jinni is currently serving as President of the Junior League of Wilmington. In addition, she is actively involved in the Christ Church Outreach Committee, serves as a liaison to Reading ASSIST and Pathways to Wholeness, and is determined to slide into her grave sideways with a glass of wine in one hand… screaming, “Woo hoo, what a ride!”

Kelly Brown is a lifelong Delawarean, born and raised in New Castle County. Kelly works as a graphic designer and in her spare time she dabbles in social media and her artwork. She can most frequently be found writing on her blog. Kelly recently began writing on a semi-professional level and hopes to continue on that path.

Kelly has been married for six years to to the weirdest guy she could find on Match.com. And she is also the mother to a spirited and beautiful little girl, Isabella. She is the pride and joy of the family and a constant source of inspiration for her parents. She’s smart, adventurous and delights everyone she comes in contact with. Isabella is everything that Kelly hopes to be one day.

Kristin Yonko is a full-time mom and part-time teacher. After teaching full time at Delaware Technical & Community College for twelve years, she shocked her colleagues and herself in 2009 by resigning to stay home with her new son. She now plays with trains all day and teaches at Delaware Tech a few nights a week. During the summer, she conducts creative writing workshops for high school students. When she’s not teaching or mothering, Kristin avoids housework by reading, crafting, cooking, and running (slowly). She lives in Newark with her physics teacher husband, her son, two cats, and an aging Labrador retriever.

After a semi-successful stint in adult diaper sales and various faculty and staff positions at Penn State University, Luanne Sims gave it all up in 2005 to raise her kids full-time and pursue her creative interests.  She paints a little, draws a little, writes a little, and is becoming a regular at story slam events near her home in West Chester, PA.  You can find her on Facebook at Luanne Fox Sims, or read her one and only tweet @LFoxSims on Twitter.

Nancy Johnson was born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She moved to Newark in 2001 and have been in Delaware ever since. Nancy began her career with Delmarva Broadcasting Company in 1994 as a Trafficwatch Reporter. She still can’t believe that she’s ‘graduated’ to Morning Co-Host of The Wakeup Crew on 93.7 WSTW….but when that daily 3:00am alarm clock goes off, she is gently reminded that her dream HAS come true!!

When home, Nancy loves spending time with her 2 children and husband, gardening, and cooking up huge tasty feasts! (Her family seems to enjoy that last thing the most.) And when Nancy grows up, she wants to be just like my mom…..totally awesome! You can catch Nancy on-air weekday mornings, 5:30-10:00am on 93.7 WSTW!  Also, listen live at www.wannawakeup.com!  You can even check her out on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @NancyJohnson937.   

Petra DeLuca is pretty sure she was supposed to be a famous movie star, but things didn’t quite work out like she thought. She was born in Germany and at nine months was moved to Italy, where she lived until she was 23. Ranking high on the list of “Really Great Decisions Petra Has Made” was the choice to move, with her then-fiance-now-gay-best-friend, to Virginia Beach, VA, where she was acutely miserable for six months, so she up and moved to Philly, which she loved, and then to Upper Darby (motto: “Cultural Hub of the Universe”) which she accepts. Espousing the philosophy of “men are like tissues, once you get rid of one, another pops up,” Petra is happily married to her second husband Jim Smith* and is pretty sure she will stick with him, even though he refused to take on her name when they got married. Petra works a corporate job that she likes because they let her have rainbow hair and tattoos, and in her spare time acts in local theater groups, sings, and runs her own freelance makeup artist company. In reference to the first ‘supposed to be a movie star’ sentence, Petra was lucky enough to be in a series of successful runs as Yitzhak in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” a fact that she will tell anyone who stands still for more than thirty seconds. Petra has eight dogs and five cats, and is a non-judgemental vegetarian. This should make you like her more, not less.

*actual name

Rebecca Einstein Schorr, former career-driven mother of three, became a reluctant stay-at-home-mom when her autistic son and his two adorable sidekicks needed more from her. Formerly known for her popular blog, Frume Sarah’s World, Rebecca Einstein Schorr has embraced the challenge of stepping off the rabbinic pulpit and into the kitchen – some say for the very first time. The transformation from a religious community leader to what her kids call a “house-mother” has been nothing short of life-altering. When she’s not channeling all of the energy into her duties as chief scullery maid of editor of Central Conference of American Rabbis newsletter, Rebecca writes about the meaning in all the messy parts of her simpler, but not less complicated, life at The New Normal: Blogging Disability, Kveller.com, and other websites.

 

Sandy Leonard moved to Glen Mills, PA almost five years ago with her husband, twin sons and two Labrador retrievers.  As if two teenagers and two dogs weren’t enough, she manages a strategic research alliance for AstraZeneca in Wilmington. Her recent battle with Lyme disease knocked her down long enough to realize that she was missing something she loved – writing!  Sandy seeks out some quite time through her yoga practice and regularly hunts out tasty local fare on the weekend with her husband, Bailey.

Shari Short began her comedy career at the age of 14 at the Comedy Works in Philadelphia, PA. During her years at NYU film school she opened for headliners such as Sandra Bernhard and Shawn Colvin while performing in sketch and improv ensembles such as “Group Therapy” and “The New Group,” later known as “The State”. After years of success as a public speaker in the healthcare marketing industry, Shari returned to the stage in 2011. Her one woman show “It’s My Mother’s MS, I Just Have It” played to a sold out audience at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. Most recently, Shari performed her standup at the World Café Live as part of Gable Music Venture’s Comedy Rocks and was a finalist in the 2013 LOL@TheGrand held at The Baby Grand theater. Shari lives in Wilmington with her husband and nine year old son Rowan who thinks it’s cool that his mom can do impressions of characters from Spongebob Squarepants. A James Taylor fan and an Aquarian, Shari is honored and thrilled to be part of this incredible production. Most importantly, I love you, Mom.

Terry Heyman is a former fashion buyer who left the corporate world in 2005. She is a frequent lecturer at Drexel University in their Fashion Merchandising Department and at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Project. She loves volunteering at Wings For Success, a nonprofit located in Malvern, PA that assists women reentering the work force. In her spare time Terry enjoys writing and participating in Story Slams. Her writing has been published in the literary anthology Chester County Fiction. Terry lives in West Chester with her husband and two children.