ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) 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.
Greta Funk Kansas City Director — is a mom of four elementary aged children, two boys and two girls (ages 11, 9, 7, and 6) and is married to a hard working Midwest man. They all keep her busy enough, but she also has a part time gig for a local community college, blogs at GFunkified, and does some freelance writing on the side. Greta is still shocked that her essay from the 2013 Kansas City show was included in the anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now. The show completely changed her life when she was a cast member, and she is over the moon to be directing again for the 2017 season and bringing a whole new set of stories of motherhood to the Kansas City area.
Kathleen Fisher is a Kansas transplant via Chicago and is married with three children and one perfect granddaughter. Her day job is managing the finances for student organization accounts for a nearby college. She is an alumni of Listen To Your Mother – first appearing in the 2014 show. Wishing for another ride on the merry-go-round, she decided to jump into the producer role last year without any idea of what she was doing, thus continuing a pattern established long ago. She has been blogging for the last six years at www.aspeckledtrout.blogspot.com.
Chris Omni is energy personified. She is a reflection of you and you of her. Anything beyond this is merely a title.
As a title, she is a mother, a wife, a wellness coach, a motivational speaker, a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor.
But, who is she? She is the embodiment of love!
David Ruis Fisher was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He is currently finishing up his first year as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas. He has worked in theatres all over Kansas City including: the Coterie Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre (now Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Theatre for Young America, and the Unicorn Theatre. He hosts a monthly podcast with his husband Craig Ruis Fisher aptly titled “Unmistakably Us” on ITunes.
Jorrie Varney is a registered nurse and mother of two who writes about the reality and insanity of parenting on her blog Close to Classy. Her parenting style can best be described as Roseanne meets Mary Poppins. Jorrie’s writing has been featured on platforms such as Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, Sammiches and Psych Meds, as well as many others. She aspires to own furniture without stains, and enjoy a shower without an audience. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.
Karen Johnson is a former English teacher turned SAHM / writer. She now attempts to work from home between wiping butts, carting kids to soccer practice, and cooking mediocre dinners no one will eat. Originally a New England girl, she somehow ended up in Kansas where she writes at The 21st Century SAHM—a cathartic mix of sarcasm, angry Mama Bear rants, and heartfelt confessions. She works as assistant editor at Sammiches and Psych Meds and her work can be found on sites such as Babble and Scary Mommy, among others. Karen is also a regular contributor to KC Parent Magazine and has essays featured in several anthologies. You can follow Karen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Krystal Robinson is the proud mom of her two children: Josh age 14, her brilliant Rubix cube expert and skilled percussionist, and Lauren age 11, her singing, ukelele playing and songwriting dancing queen. She remains just as in love with Scott, her best friend from college, as she was 17 years ago when they first got hitched. She is grateful to be the daughter of her loving parents, Jan and Larry, and sister to the most kind-hearted person she ever knew, her sister Heather.
Venturing off on a new journey and focusing on writing is something Krystal has desired to do for a while. Thanks to friendships with inspiring men and women she has had the honor of connecting with in her career with The Rome Team of Cornerstone Home Lending, she built up the courage to take the leap and audition and is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 cast of LTYM.
Lacey Barberis is a mother of three young children. She works part time as a dental hygienist; scraping people’s teeth is worth having a couple of days of adult interaction. She loves cooking dinner for her family every night, but always lets the dishes marinate in the sink for a day or two. Growing up the youngest of nine children forced Lacey to develop a loud, fun loving personality. She teaches a preschool music class for the neighborhood kids. She and her husband will be celebrating 10 years of marriage in December. She enjoys dancing like a gangsta in her living room, taking her children to the kids club at the gym (oh, and working out), hiking, and taking road trips with her family.
Lacey Meier is a new mom and wife. She is three semesters away from finishing her Masters
degree in Library Science and hopes to be working as a school librarian in the fall. When she isn’t reading, writing, and chasing her baby around the house, Lacey enjoys wandering around Target, starting and stopping craft projects, drinking way too much Diet Coke and over-posting photos on Instagram. Once a small town girl, Lacey has lived in Kansas City for the last ten years and is happy to call it home! She is extremely excited to be a part of the 2017 LTYM cast and can’t wait to share her story.
Lorna Larson is wrapping up her gig in the legit work world and looking forward to diving into the potentials called retirement. Her other gigs include hanging out with her husband, those two young adults she had the privilege of momming, and that life-embracing toddler grandson. She loves connecting with her friends, talking about what’s important to them over a cup of local joe. You can find her outside taking walks, catching Pokemon, tending their wild yard, or inside cooking Gluten-free, knitting, crocheting, and catching up with her large extended family on Facebook.
After frolicking on this planet for several decades, she has decided the guide that most serves her is Love. And that keeps her coming back for more.
Ronda Miller is the author of three books of poetry: Going Home: Poems from My Life, MoonStain (Meadowlark-Books, May 2015), and WaterSigns (Meadowlark-Books, June 2017). She co authored the documentary, The 150th Reride of The Pony Express. She is currently the President of district 2 of Kansas Authors Club and the state Vice President.
Miller is a life coach who works with clients who have lost someone to homicide. She created poetic forms Loku and Ukol. She has poetry online and in numerous anthologies. Her poem Where Wisteria Grows has been transformed into art by Jennifer Rivera, poem On the Kaw is at the Fisher King Museum in Lawrence, and poem Renunciation is with artist Roger Shimomura’s personal papers to be viewed at The Smithsonian Art Institute Archives.
Shannon Kennedy was born in Kansas but calls Wisconsin her home too. She is the mom to a fat deaf white dog, a brand new puppy mini Australian Sheppard, a tarantula, and hedgehog along with a foster mom to two boys who keep her on her toes. Her passion is graphic design and a sans serif font makes her swoon. A day doesn’t go by that she doesn’t snap a photo of something in her life. Shannon is proficient in movie quotes and specializes in horror movies. While she’s not running after the kiddos, she is hanging out with her manfriend and his three kids and going on long adventures down dirt roads, across railroad tracks and finding hidden spots to take photos of.
Sarah Withee is a software engineer located in Kansas City, MO. She has loved computers and technology since she learned to start programming in the first grade. (She’s basically your standard TV or movie geek, but prettier and more social.) When she’s not at work, she speaks at software developer conferences, mentors other women in tech, teaches intro to development classes, and fiddles around with various hardware and robotics stuff. She joined the Kansas City Women’s Chorus this year and sung in their March concert. She recently started a podcast called The Rest of Us in Tech showcasing awesome underrepresented people in tech. She’s not a mother, but hopes to be one someday. She can always be won over with some ice cream with candy mixed in.