Meet the Cast of LTYM Boulder 2017!

by stephaniesprenger on March 13, 2017

We are so proud of the talented cast of Listen To Your Mother Boulder 2017, and now is your chance to get to know them better before our April 29th show! Don’t forget that tickets are now on sale; get yours ahead of time, as we sold out last year! You can purchase them online here. Without further ado, presenting the fabulous cast of the 2017 Listen to Your Mother Boulder show!

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Elizabeth Cook

E headshot for LTYM-1Elizabeth Cook works in the Archives and Special Collections at Regis University. She also narrates audio books for Like writing, it’s a solitary job. One of the thrills about this evening, when we give motherhood a microphone, is that I get to see the audience I’m reading to.



Lisa Shearer Cooper

Image 3-13-17 at 3.02 PMLisa is a former English and English as a Second Language Instructor, and author of Nursing Assisting: Building Language Skills. After teaching high school and college for 25 years while raising two children, Lisa is now working on a new book entitled Woven of Love: The Heart and Soul of the Alzheimer’s Journey. The book details the story of the last few years of her parent’s 67 year marriage, and all she learned from them about living life well. Her short essay Unexpected Help, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven. Currently she serves as the Moderator of First Congregational Church of Boulder, sings with Meadowlark, an a cappela women’s group, and enjoys traveling the world every chance she gets.

Carla Fisher

Image 3-13-17 at 3.01 PM (1)Originally from Canada, Carla Fisher has been living in Golden, CO for the past three years with her house full of boys: three sons, husband, even the two dogs are males. For the past eight years, her days honestly boil down to making them all do stuff and cleaning up after them a hell of a lot which isn’t so bad some of most days. In carefully planned-for spare time she enjoys getting away from all of these creatures she loves so much. Also yoga, reading, hiking, meditating, and writing – which is sometimes a necessity and almost always fun. Being involved with LTYM has kicked her in the pants to rejuvenate her past blog at

Stephanie Gates

Image 3-13-17 at 3.01 PMStephanie Gates writes, edits, and raises a bunch of little kids in Denver, Colorado. She’s written for The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and numerous online magazines. She is passionate about storytelling, children with special needs, spending time outdoors, and finding the best crime show reruns. You can find more of her work at


Lynn Gottman

Image 3-13-17 at 3.08 PMLynn is a recently retired 39-year employee of public education.  She spent the last 26 years teaching special education in 6th through 12th grades, trying to muster up clothes and health care for children and families in need.  Having lived on the eastern plains most of her life in a ranching family, her creative outlet has been her yard and writing her annual Christmas letter. Lynn is known for her baked goods far and wide. She is currently busier than ever with grandkids, great-nieces and nephews, and as a member of town council.

Bri Hill Kastner

Image 3-13-17 at 3.01 PM (2)Bri Hill Kastner resides on the high plains of Colorado in Stratton with her husband and two wild toddlers.  She is 2016 LTYM alumni.  After teaching Special Education for seven years and living abroad, she now stays at home with her littles and teaches art.  When she isn’t having power struggles with her littles, or attempting to inspire the next Picasso, she is working on getting her picture book published.  In the meantime, she is crossing her fingers for casting to begin for Real Housewives of Eastern Colorado. She keeps a blog about being a creative mom at in addition to being a regular contributor on Denver Metro Mom’s Blog.  Her work has also been featured on, Scary Mommy, Pregnant Chicken, The Mighty and others.

Amy Muller

headshot-2Amy Muller is a mom, wife, and agile software development advocate who loves Diet Mountain Dew and making order from chaos. A New England transplant, Amy is politically active advocating for LGBT and reproductive rights and is currently trying to bring common sense and safety to gun ownership in the U.S. When Amy is not coaching developers or chasing after representatives at the state house she can be found in a dance studio practicing her first love, ballet.


Kristina Newman

Image 3-13-17 at 3.04 PMKristina Newman is a stay at home mom and writer. Even though she has lived in every time zone in the United States, Colorado remains one of her favorite places to live. Kristina is a regular contributor for the Denver Metro Moms Blog and her writing has also been featured on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, and Parent.Co among others. In her precious free time she enjoys checking out more books from the library than she intends to read, closing her eyes during the gory parts of Game of Thrones, and actively supporting and encouraging her daughter’s belief that she’s a mermaid. Being a Junior Dallas Cowboys cheerleader as a child used to be her greatest claim to fame, but appearing in the 2016 Listen To Your Mother Boulder show has since topped that. You can connect with her on her website or on Twitter.

M. Regina Oakes

Image 3-13-17 at 3.02 PM (1)Maria Regina Oakes (Regina) is practicing emergency physician in the North Denver metro area. Her stepfather’s work with the United Nations allowed her family to experience living in different countries throughout Asia and Africa. This exposure instilled in her the passion to help the underserved. She started on her path to medicine at the age of 16 but became distracted and dabbled as a newscaster, fitness trainer, hip hop dancer and a critical care-emergency nurse before finally going to medical school. Writing has been more a hobby to document her crazy experiences! For fun Regina rock-climbs, hikes, paddleboard surfs, snowboards and hangs with her family and friends. Regina lives with her radiologist /fisherman husband, Mike and her fantastic 10 year old son Rogan. While her career goal is to practice excellent emergency medicine, her life-plan is to enjoy as many global adventures as possible with Mike and Rogan!

Aimie K. Runyan

Author1-1Aimie K. Runyan is thrilled to return to Listen to Your Mother for a second season. She is an author of historical fiction that celebrates history’s unsung heroines. Her first two novels, PROMISED TO THE CROWN and DUTY TO THE CROWN (Kensington), explore the lives of the early female settlers in Louis XIVs Quebec. Her forthcoming novel. DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY (Lake Union, November ’17) follows the Night Witches, the fierce all-female regiment of combat pilots who flew for Russia in the Second World War. Aimie lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, darling son, and pink-clad dragon slayer. Find out more about Aimie at

Maura Weiler

Image 3-13-17 at 3.03 PMMaura Weiler is a writer, artist, mother of two and Diet Coke addict. Her Simon & Schuster debut novel, Contrition, won the 2016 CAL Fiction Award and the 2016 Catholic Press Association Novel Award. Her novel-in-progress, Underbelly, won two 2016 Zebulon Fiction Awards. A fan of all things found, her trash art has been featured on NBC Television and in galleries and shows across the country. As Director of Development at Blue Tulip Productions, she helped develop the screenplays for such films as SpeedTwister and Minority Report.  She loves laughing, public speaking and pretending that she has parenting figured out.

Eddie Young

Image 3-13-17 at 3.03 PM-1After dictating his first book, Dinosaur Maze (there were indeed dinosaurs and a maze, but very little plot resolution) to his father at the age of 4, Eddie knew he’d been bitten by the writing bug. Since then he has become a high school English teacher, a speech and debate coach, and an avid reader and writer. After years of taking courses with Denver organization, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Eddie is ready to begin putting his writing out into the world. He is currently branching out of his usual affinity for short stories and working on his first screenplay.

Your LTYM Boulder co-producers:

Ellen Nordberg

Image 3-13-17 at 3.00 PMEllen Nordberg’s articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, 5280, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Yahoo!,, and on NPR. A sometime humor columnist for Colorado Babies and Boulder Lifestyle magazines, her essays have also won awards from the Colorado Author’s League and the Boulder Writers’ Workshop. Stories on Stage has performed her work, and will features her essay in their upcoming “Motherhood Out Loud” show this May.  Her essays have been in numerous anthologies, including the recent So Glad They Told Me and Multiples Illuminated. In addition to being a past cast member and current co-producer of Listen to Your Mother, Ellen has performed in The Narrators Show Denver, and has been a featured storyteller in Boulder’s “Truth Be Told” story slam.  At seven years old, she informed everyone she knew that she’d grow up to be a writer and a mother of twins.  Follow Ellen at

Stephanie Sprenger

Headshot smallStephanie Sprenger is a writer, editor, music therapist, and mother of two little girls. She blogs about the imperfect reality of motherhood at Mommy, for Real, and her work has been published in Brain, Child Magazine, The Washington Post’s On Parenting,,, the Huffington Post, Mamalode, and Scary Mommy, among other places. Stephanie was proud to be named one of BlogHer’s 2014 Voices of the Year. As co-editor of The HerStories Project, she has published four books, including So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood and Mothering Through the Darkness: Women Open Up About the Postpartum Experience. She can usually be found behind her guitar, in front of her computer, or underneath a pile of laundry. Stephanie loves coffee, wine, yoga, and the Oxford comma. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

You don’t want to miss hearing these stories in person! See you on Saturday April 29th at Unity of Boulder! Get your tickets online here.

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