ANN IMIG is the Founder and National Director of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER. A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured all over the internet, on sites like CollegeHumor, Huffington Post, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She writes the blog Ann’s Rants, which has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.
Judy M. Miller, Co-Producer and Director, is the author of the internationally known parent guide, What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween and a workbook for adopted older teens and adults, Writing to Heal Adoption Grief: Making Connections & Moving Forward. Her articles and essays grace magazines and anthologies. She is a mom to four lively fascinating kiddos: ages 22, 17, 15, and 13. A sought after adoption expert, Judy works with pre- and adoptive parents throughout and outside of the U.S. She was cast member in Northwest Indiana’s 2012 show and co-produced and directed Listen To Your Mother Indianapolis in 2013 and 2014.
Michelle McNally is excited to return as a co-director and producer for Listen to Your Mother: Indianapolis for a third year. A Search Marketing Specialist by day, and blogger by night, Michelle has been recording her family’s adventures on her blog, Gotchababy, since 2004. She’s wife to Leilan, and mom to Megan, 9, and Andrew, 6. The kids find the title of the show, “Listen to Your Mother,” very amusing.
Michelle Posten Combs writes humorous and serious observations on life, menopause, anxiety, and marriage on her popular site, Rubber Shoes In Hell. She lives in Ohio with her husband and youngest son. She stands at the precipice of empty nest syndrome, which she finds both terrifying and exhilarating. Michelle programs computers to pay the bills. She counters this soul-sucking endeavor by contributing to best selling author Jen Mann’s anthology I Still Just Want To Pee Alone, HuffingtonPost, and Better After 50.
Much like the Ugly Duckling in Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, Angela Eden lived on the outside of love and acceptance for the first 28 years of her life. Coming home to herself is a moment she honors daily so she’ll never forget where she’s been and never lose sight of where she’s going. Today, 17 years later, Angela is an empty-nest mom who works with preschoolers by day and community college students by night. She is privileged to share her journey with the most amazing woman who continues to evolve with her. Yes, Angela woke up late, but her eyes are open now.
Christy Heitger-Ewing is a freelance writer living in Avon, IN, with her husband and two sons. She’s a columnist for Cabin Life magazine and also writes regularly for Outreach, Encounter, Insight, and the Huffington Post. She has contributed to three Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as well as eight other anthologies. Her book Cabin Glory (www.cabinglory.com) was the grand prizewinner in Greyden Press Publishing’s 2013 competition. Christy is a devoted advocate for suicide awareness and writes openly about clinical depression and suicide in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Visit Christy’s author website at http://christyheitger-ewing.com/.
Christa Lea Hayden lives in Indianapolis with her four children, Audra (11), Campbell (9), Maggie (5), and Patrick (2). She has also lived in Pennsylvania and Northern Indiana, teaching high school English and Spanish in both of those places. Most recently, she was a stay-at-home mom for 9 years. She now works as an instructional aide at a local elementary school and enjoys the community and profession challenge that work provides. Her life is transformed by the wonderful community of family and friends she enjoys, and it is those people who inspired her to write for this year’s show.
Poet Liza Hyatt is the author of The Mother Poems (Chatter House Press, 2014), Under My Skin, (WordTech Editions, 2012), Seasons of the Star Planted Garden (Stonework Press, 1999), and Stories Made of World (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Liza is an art therapist (ATR-BC, LMHC) and adjunct professor at St. Mary of the Woods College. She facilitates classes, workshops, retreats, and therapeutic programs for numerous Indiana organizations. She is the author of Art of the Earth: Ancient Art for a Green Future (Authorhouse, 2007) an art-based eco-psychology workbook. For more information, visit www.lizahyatt.com.
Amy Jones, 54, is a self-proclaimed sports nut and a proud, life-long Hoosier. Born in Michigan City, Amy is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Ball State University, where she majored in Business Management. Amy currently works as HR Director for CTI Group. In her spare time, Amy enjoys bragging about her own mom and two sons, Nick and Tyler, is an avid reader, writer and (very) amateur photographer. Amy also attends St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and is on the Board of Directors for Hear Indiana, a non-profit dedicated to helping deaf and hard of hearing children succeed in the speaking world.
JL Kato is a native of Japan whose assimilation into American culture is so complete, he cannot properly use chopsticks. He has four grown daughters and is a grandfather to eight. His first book, Shadows Set in Concrete, was selected the 2011 Best Book of Indiana for poetry. His musical tastes embrace Elizabeth Cook and Bob Dylan. He is president of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a literary arts group, and is poetry editor of The Flying Island. He is a former newspaper copy editor and currently a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Beech Grove with his wife, Mary.
Born the youngest child and only girl to Italian-Polish Catholic Democrat parents, Mary Nicolini has lived a charmed life, even if it didn’t seem so at the time. For a little over a quarter-century, she has worked with adolescents to help them become better writers, readers, thinkers, and people. First at Broad Ripple High School, and currently at Penn in Mishawaka, where she grew up. While teaching is fulfilling, Mary’s greatest honor is hearing her two granddaughters call her “Nona.” She feels her daughter is probably a better mother than she was. Mary wonders if her mother would like how she turned out.
For 14 years Amber Trowbridge devoted her energy to being the sanest wife and mother a woman could be. Managing a household and five children she became highly skilled in public relations, negotiation, multi-tasking and time management as well as a coffee addict, which lead to a real estate career. Her days are spent balancing family, clients, coffee stops and serving the community. She has an overwhelming need to experiment with cooking, creating exciting delicious food, which she hopes makes up for her lack of cleaning skills. She enjoys reading, relaxing with her husband, and watching her children in sports /performances.
Sara Ward is a wife and mother to two children. Following her husband’s cancer in 2005, Sara and husband Sam adopted their first child shortly after her husband’s remission and a second child, a son, four years later. Their son, Silas, was diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease, an incurable genetic disease, and died shortly before his third birthday in 2012. Sara Ward works as a writer for Destiny Rescue, an anti-human trafficking organization, and for the Fort Wayne visitor’s center. She loves to write about faith in the midst of loss on her blog at poetsandsaints.com.
Margie Worrell has lived a life full of gifts which she feels she does not deserve! She was born in Monticello, Indiana, the middle of five children. She and her husband lived in Maryland for seven years where she graduated from Towson State with a degree in Elementary Education. After settling down in Carmel, they were granted a tremendous gift…. their two children, Jacob and Emily. Margie considers being in this show a great gift as well. Another gift bestowed upon her is all of the wonderful people who she has had the privilege to meet. She would like to thank all of “her people”!