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.


nashondaNaShonda 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).



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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.






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.


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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.


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.


Juanita Wilson is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). She was appointed by the Principal Chief to lead the EBCI Talent & Development Program. Wilson, a long-time married mother of one son, graduated from Western Carolina University (WCU) with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She completed her Master of Science in Leadership and Management at Montreat College.

Today, Wilson is back in service to the EBCI through appointments from the Principle Chief to 1) create a new 14-program division in the Cherokee communities of Snowbird and Cherokee County, and 2) develop talent and development strategies and training for the EBCI workforce.