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Meet the Cast- LTYM Lehigh Valley- Megan Crume

April 4, 2017

Megan Crume loves living in the Lehigh Valley.  Four years ago, Megan and her family left the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to call Pennsylvania home.  Always up for an adventure, Megan has never let geography stand in her way.  College, marriage, graduate school, and job opportunities have given Megan the privilege of living in seven states over the last twenty years. Megan has always loved children and knew that she wanted to serve her community by working with them.  She graduated from Concordia University (Irvine, California) with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.  Megan then went on to receive her M.A. in Curriculum Development from Font Bonne University (Saint Louis, Mo). Having taught everything from preschool to seventh grade history, Megan shares that her favorite days have been spent in kindergarten classrooms.  As an elementary school principal, she loved helping her teachers meet the needs of their students.  However, when the needs […]

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Meet the Cast: LTYM Lehigh Valley- Eileen Golden Gentile

April 3, 2017

Never one to take the straight path, Eileen finds herself able to drive a forklift, evacuate a plane , roast coffee and bleed the air from the oil tank went it runs dry. These skills, however random, all have a story and she loves to tell them. Finishing in the top third of her family of nine siblings was ambitious enough for this chick from New Jersey. There are no university degrees or academic accolades for this late in life mother of man-boys. Raised in suburban North Jersey by a Catholic mother who also made home made yogurt, granola and birthed babies at home long before it was hip, Eileen now resides in Bethlehem (after she vowed she would never stay in Pennsylvania) attempting to return to Seattle where she really wants to live. That was over 20 years ago. In late 2014 finding herself with a broken arm after a 30 second […]

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Meet the Cast- LTYM Lehigh Valley – Laurel Youse

March 31, 2017

  Laurel Youse is a wife, mother, and native Pennsylvanian who has always had a love for the written word. In fact, her most prized book in the third grade was a red paperback Roget’s Thesaurus. It was an all too common occurrence, that she was asked to rewrite her school essays so they could be understood by everyone. She often wondered why “they” didn’t just get a thesaurus themselves… She is always sure to have a pen and paper handy, and has been known on many occasion, to pull over while driving to jot down a creative thought or stream of consciousness that just HAS to escape her head, and heart. She has since traded in Roget’s for Dr. Seuss and Thomas the Tank Engine and adores the hours of storytelling she shares with her son. Although having always enjoyed writing, she doesn’t fancy herself a writer, but instead uses the written […]

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Meet the Cast- LTYM-Lehigh Valley – Elise Seyfried

March 30, 2017

      I serve as Spiritual Formation Director at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland, PA, where I am “substitute mom” for 80 Sunday Schoolers and high school youth. When I am not ineptly crafting origami Holy Spirits with the six year olds, I’m a writer, actress, playwright, and—most importantly—mom of five and “nana” of two. I am author of the books Unhaling: On God, Grace and a Perfectly Imperfect Life; Underway: Reflections on Everyday Grace; and Everyday Matters. I write a regular column for The Chestnut Hill Local in Philadelphia. My work has also appeared in such diverse places as The Philadelphia Inquirer; Metropolis; The Lutheran Digest; Guideposts Magazine; The Word in Season; and Arches n’ Bells. I was lyricist for the Stanley Drama award-winning musical Flight. I have co-written (with her husband Steve) 15 plays for children, as well as quite a few comedy revues for grown-ups. In my personal life, […]

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Meet the Cast – LTYM Lehigh Valley 2017 – Shanna Wiedl

March 29, 2017

  What’s in a name? Honestly, a lot. And I happen to have many. Each name holds specific meanings, emotions, nuances, definitions, and even poetic symbolism. Yet regardless of what name you know me by, the pronunciation matters to me, for as many reasons as I have names. Shanna, pronounced like Princess Anna of Arendelle but with a “Sh” in the beginning. Shah-nah. Friends and family call me Shanni which is pronounced the same way, but with an “ee” at the end. The accent is on the first syllable.  If you place it on the second, it sounds like Shawnee which is a Native American Tribe and lovely ski resort in the Poconos, but not me.  If you say the first “a” as a short vowel, it sounds Irish, like Shannon, something else I am not.  And if you add a “w” or “u” it sounds like I’m from Louwn Guyland (Long Island), […]

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