Writer’s Collective

Beth grinBeth Bacheldor is a former journalist. She got her start at daily newspapers in the Washington, D.C., metro area, covering everything from crime and legislative beats to education. She then began working for magazines and online publications covering business and technology. Writing for publications such as InformationWeek, CIO.com, IT World, EdTech Magazine, Government Computer News and more, Beth documented the dot.com boom and bust, covered the web and e-commerce just as they got started, and wrote about pioneer tech titans like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. She also covered the U.S. Congress, the federal government and the Clinton/Gore administration, writing about technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the Internet and information security.


bio-image-2Glynis Whitted Bell is a 1991 Graduate of Mass Communications Department at Winston-Salem State University. She obtained a MS in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2006.

She has had an extensive career track which includes local government, higher education, non-profit, corporate and retail management.

Glynis has fulfilled a long time dream of chartering a Dress for Success Affiliate in Winston-Salem. Dress for Success is a national non-profit organization that helps women return to the workplace by providing them with interview suiting and business separates for their interview and active job search as well as the on-going skills to be successful in work and in life. The organization received its non-profit status in March 2010 and since then has served well over 200 women.

Glynis has a passion for fashion and enjoys sharing practical shopping tips, wardrobe assessment, as well as personal image and brand building workshops with groups. She is authoring her first book to share appropriate dressing tips, image enhancement and inspiration to young ladies. Glynis created Glynis Bell Integrated, LLC. (GBI), in January 2015. She provides professional image assessments, workshops, seminars and personal development training to women.

She has been recognized for her community service efforts with Leadership Awards from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and The Winston Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In addition she was recognized by the Mayor Pro Temp, as an Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year in 2011.


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Jennifer Brick is a freelance writer and former teacher in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Follow her on Twitter @jenbrickwrites.




Amy Cheney is a Professor at Appalachian State University, and has worked in public education in North Carolina for 24 years, both in public schools and higher education. She has BA and MAEd degrees from Wake Forest University, and an EdD from Appalachian. Her professional interests include innovative teaching and learning, and the ways in which technology affects society and education. She lives near Winston-Salem with her two feisty sons, and two even feistier cats!


Janet Colm was the founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, a women’s health organization that provided contraception, abortion services, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections to 10,000 women, men, and young people a year.  During her final year at PPCNC she led the organization in a merger that resulted in a new regional  Planned Parenthood affiliate, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, which provides services in four states.  She also founded the Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina Action Fund, a 501(c)4 organization engaged in political work in the state.  She retired from Planned Parenthood in 2016.

Janet currently serves on the Board of Democracy North Carolina and is a volunteer consultant with the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle.  In 2013, Rewire News named her one of the Top Pro-Choice Heroes of 2013 for her part in North CArolina’s Moral Monday Movement.   Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Janet was the first paid staff person at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.  She has a B.A. in anthropology from Duke University and an M.S. in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



NaShonda Cooke is a 17-year veteran of North Carolina public school system. She continues to be active in several roles of standing for public education, speaking on several topics that effect the women and children of North Carolina. Currently, NaShonda teaches 5th grade and serves as director of an after-school program that address the needs of at-risk minority males known as Men of Honor. She lives in Durham with her two daughters, Victoria (12) and Na’Via (9).




Melissa Geil is an academic and freelance writer. Her areas interest for her writing and research include disability studies, early modern literature, education, gender studies, and environmental justice.






Annadele Herman is a laboratory scientist at Duke University Hospital.  She can frequently be found traversing a mountain summit, willing seeds to germinate, or building furniture.  She lives in Durham, NC with a blurry toddler, tolerant husband, often, a foster puppy or three.




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Antionette Kerr is a syndicated columnist, lover of poetry and a nonprofit consultant.






Anna Lynch is an educator working with students with specific learning needs. When she is not teaching, her interests include politics, women’s issues, the natural world, and health care. She is an avid reader who loves to learn about new things all the time.






Cassie Murphy is a new mother and after 6 years of working in customer service has decided that the world could benefit from a huge dose of kindness.





Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a uniquely skilled experiential style transformational workshop facilitator. Her company, K.A.P., Inner Prizes, specializes in identifying and addressing the issues that can keep us stuck by continually developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them.  Her favorite work is done in circles.  Diversity of favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear.  Born and educated in Baltimore, MD she currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She serves on many local, state and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture and tourism.  She is a writer and is the founder of Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina.


Polly Schattel is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and film director, with a catalog of internationally-distributed feature films, short films, documentaries, and music videos. Originally trained as a journalist and teacher, she founded her own production company, New Southern Films, and has collaborated with Oscar and Emmy-winners, rock stars, thought leaders, non-profits, think tanks, politicians, composers, athletes, novelists, activists, veterans, corporate executives, physicians and more. Proudly transgender, Polly lives in Asheville, NC with her wife, three dogs and two cats.


Rain picRain Tiller is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Global Studies, with a concentration in International Relations. She also minors in Women’s and Gender Studies. When she’s not writing papers, Rain can be found working on programs with the local human rights center to benefit women and children in the Chapel Hill refugee and immigrant community. In her free time, Rain enjoys reading, research, and collecting strange art.



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A native of Kansas, Amber Ukena is a marketing and PR consultant who earned her stripes launching tech startups in Seattle, eventually managing multi-million-dollar marketing accounts and global campaigns for a west coast agency specializing in the IT and high-tech sector.  

Ten years post graduation, she started her own marketing agency that grew from a one-person consultancy to an eight-person firm with over a half-million dollars in annual revenue. Amber has worked with Intel, Red Hat, BMW, Hitachi, J.P. Morgan Chase, The Walt Disney Company and others on independent and collaborative global campaigns including thought leadership and market positioning.

In 2014, Amber co-founded Conteuse, a marketing agency in North Carolina dedicated to helping organizations tell their stories, with veteran journalist Beth Bacheldor. Amber resides in beautiful Asheville, N.C. with her partner Jim and their two sons. She lives in a house full of boys who treat her like a queen (most of the time) and is mom to a 10-year-old social butterfly who hails from Ethiopia and step-mom to a 7-year-old train enthusiast.


Jennifer Yourkavitch is an epidemiologist, lactation consultant, and writer. She manages programs and conducts research on perinatal health, infant feeding, infectious diseases, and health systems, globally. She has lived on three continents but is now happy to be at home in Carrboro, NC, where she provides breastfeeding support in her community. Jennifer is happiest when she’s spending time with her family and friends or trying something new. She is passionate about connecting with others for social change.



Emily Hagstrom graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May
2018 with a double major in Public Policy and Political Science
and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She’s a writer,
researcher, and advocate for gender equity and LGBTQ+ justice
and loves talking to folks about community and support! Emily
was born and raised in North Carolina and can generally be found
spending too much time with her cats, hiking, playing mediocre
guitar, and persuading people to watch Call Me by Your Name
with her.