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Killebrew headshotANN 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.

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CIARAN BLUMENFELD is a blogger and entrepreneur with over 140,000 followers on Twitter. She has received accolades for her social media prowess from Twitter, Babble and Working Mother. Ciaran has appeared multiple times as a guest on NPR and contributes regularly to OCFamily and the OCRegister. She’s very proud to say that her blog is not totally embarrassing to her 4 kids. Sometimes they even admit to reading it. Travel, photography and storytelling make Ciaran’s heart beat faster.

IMG_4685CHERYL ROSENBERG Listen to Your Mother/The OC Co-Director, Co-Producer– Cheryl cut her LTYM teeth as a reader in the 2011 production in Los Angeles. Sadly, she was not immediately snatched up for a role on the Real Housewives of OC because, well, she’s a little too real for that. She is an aspiring novelist who gets distracted too easily by Facebook, Instagram, her blog Mommypants and other shiny things. She is a former sports journalist whose work appeared in major newspapers, including covering the Anaheim Angels for the OC Register, and in Sports Illustrated, but now is spectator, schlepper, coach and cheerleader for her three kids.

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KATHERINE KOTKIN  Listen to Your Mother/The OC Co-Director, Co-Producer– Katherine started her career in the world of international distribution for the entertainment industry.  She has dedicated the past decade and a half to motherhood and the rodeo that goes with it: volunteering, interpreting, writing, advocating, marketing, accounting, administration, and pinch hitting.  She has a fire extinguisher, and she’s not afraid to use it

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ANGELA SALDAÑA CAMACHOListen to Your Mother/The OC Co-Director, Co-Producer–Angela is a mother, Latina, Business Development Manager, Blogger, cockeyed optimist, hurdler, and the ring leader to my circus. She loves her children, her heels, and her mom’s homemade tortillas. She has four children and works as a Business Development Manager, and also writes and collaborates for Momfluential.

 

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Shannon Bradley-Colleary has blogged as an Aging Vaintress, Mom Butler and Wife Dominatrix at The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful since October of 2010. Since then she’s been a BlogHer’s Voices of the Year three times and was selected as one of the 12 VOTY keynote speakers in 2013 with her piece entitled, “What I Know About Sex Now That I’m in My Forties,” which caused the testicles of every man in the audience to retract into their tummies in terror.

Shannon’s also been published on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Babble, BlogHer, Purple Clover, Midlife Boulevard, Mampedia and more. In 2014 she had the truly terrifying experience and inestimable honor of reading for Expressing Motherhood and is thrilled by the opportunity to read for the first time at the Southern California production of Listen to Your Mother. Gentlemen beware.

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 Lisbeth Coiman is a mother, a blogger, and a memoirist. She has also been a college professor, a translator, and a high school teacher. She has wandered the immigration path from Venezuela to Canada, to the US., and now lives in the Palos Verdes Peninsula where she hikes, drinks wine by the gallons and writes. In her bilingual blog www.gingerbreadwoman.org, Lisbeth muses about living with a mental disorder. In her page www.wattpad.com/Cayena, she shares a small collection of short stories and poems inspired in the many turnarounds of her impossible life. Her upcoming memoir, The Shattered Mirror, celebrates friendship among women and draws attention on child abuse and mental illness.

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Emily Altmann is a reformed CPA who gave up a successful Big Four career to pursue her lifelong writing passion. She’s just crazy enough to think this was a great idea and lucky to have three terrific kids who agree. Emily is published in Runners World, was a quarterfinalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards, and is especially proud of her directorial debut, Bus Driver, runner-up at the High Falls Film Festival. Her third novel, How Jenny Paige Lied Her Way Into Hollywood…And Became A Movie Star, will be ready for publication in summer 2015.

 

Robin Finn PhotoRobin Finn is an author, essayist, advocate and healthcare writer. She has master’s degrees in public health and spiritual psychology but her greatest learning comes from raising three spirited children. Robin recently completed her first novel—while carpooling between music lessons and soccer practice. Her work has been featured on Brainchildmag.comMothering.com, ADDitude magazine, and coming soon: Kveller.com. She is represented by Talcott Notch Literary. Robin lives in L.A. with her husband and their teen, tween, child, dog, fish, and lizard. She writes about her experience parenting kids with ADHD and twice exceptionality to share the joys and challenges of the journey. She can be found online at www.RobinFinn.com. and facebook.com/robinfinnauthor.

 

Vicky Willenberg Photo Vicky Willenberg is a wife, mother and obsessive volunteer at her sons’ school.  She works in Digital Marketing & Communications while juggling the class bake sales, folding laundry from 2 weeks ago and searching for the dog who escaped yet again.  You can find her chronicling the good, the bad and the hilarious on her blog The Pursuit of Normal (www.thepursuitofnormal.com) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ThePursuitOfNormal). Vicky has been featured on Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Mamapedia, and BlogHer. She has also had the privilege of being published in both The HerStories Project anthologies as well as “Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.”

 

Lexi Rohner PhotoLexi Rohner enjoyed her first career, a 13-year adventure in hotel management, living in 11 U.S. cities and satisfying her world travel cravings. A lifelong competitive figure skater and writer, she abruptly left the corporate world behind in 1998 and became a skating coach. New opportunities led to a leadership career with U.S. Figure Skating, a monthly column in SKATING Magazine, and best of all, she met her husband through a client. She has worked in voiceover and as a YMCA camp director, both of which have come in handy for the loud, messy and expensive life she now leads with 7-year old triplets (two with special needs) and an 18-year old stepson. Also, her children have 11 grandparents (you can’t make this stuff up). She frequently wishes for earplugs on days that end in “Y”. Outnumbered, it’s all about zone defense.

 

Sahag Gureghian PhotoSahag Gureghian holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches at the University level. Additionally, he helps develop K-14 curriculum for the Department of Economic Workforce Development at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, where he is a “professional expert” in digital media, cinema and broadcasting. An author of plays, screenplays and short fiction, Sahag began his career at the  age of five, when he would create unique twists on traditional fairy tales. He is currently in the editing stages of a short story collection and writing his memoir in vignettes.

Marcy Marcus PhotoMarcene Marcus is a mom, published author, licensed clinical social worker, and the founder of a private psychotherapy practice in Mission Viejo, California. Her family members, friends and courageous clients inspire her to write on an ongoing basis. She received the Amy Marie Watkins Creative Writing Award and her work has been featured in both newsletters and poetry journals. She is currently working on two self-help books to be published later this year: Conceiving Victory and Courting the Self.

hassettWendy Hassett is a native Californian who, after a brief stint on the East Coast, returned to her roots to make a home in Southern California. She’s not afraid to speak her truth and believes that a good cry can cure all, but third grade math scares the bejeezus out of her. While her duties as chief coordinator of logistics, lunches and love for her two kids often dominate, she makes time for running, knitting, hiking, and writing. You can find her at wendyhassett.com.

 

headshots, kids, portraits childrenNancy Van Iderstine An actress, writer and voice artist, Nancy will next appear in Doubting Thomas at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, and in the upcoming feature film Holiday Breakup. Nancy  authored “Twentieth Century Fox: The First 75 Years” and “Vegan & Gluten-free Recipes to Live For: Comfort Food That Comforts,” and is a contributor to “No Kidding.” Although she has dedicated thousands of hours and dollars to the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of numerous wee ones in hopes they will become well-adjusted young adults, they remain cats. Nancy enjoys talks with her mom every day and is half Swedish.

 

Danielle Wiltchik Photo-2Danielle Wiltchik is a mother of two boys and wife to an amazing husband Jed.  She has a well-rounded background in the field of special needs. Danielle began as a Special Education teacher in Denver Colorado almost two decades ago. Her Masters in Cognitive Disabilities from University of Norther Colorado and Special Needs from University of Colorado-Denver, has served her well.
   Currently she works as an Educational Consultant, and Special Education Advocate, utilizing Collaborative Problem Solving in her business, Special Needs OC. She serves on the board of a local non-profit, Helping the Behaviorally Challenged Child where she also teaches The Language of School Advocacy.

 

jennifer_chidesterJennifer Chidester is a mom, cancer survivor and CEO whose life mission is to live more fully in each moment. She’s a recovering workaholic, saved by two awesome little boys who remind her daily that giggles and snuggles pretty much conquer all. By day, Jennifer helms a So Cal PR and social media agency, Modern PR. She’s also a freelance writer who pens features all things motherhood, career, cancer and beyond, for national parenting and women’s-interest outlets, as well on her personal blog Live Mom Work.

 Jill Parkin Headshot Jill Parkin is a work-at-home mom, freelance graphic designer/artist and a professional blogger. She spends most days taking care of her kids and shuttling them to their activities all while designing and branding looks for a variety of companies in Southern California. Her passion is blogging, which began as a hobby but has now turned into a career. She is the creative mind behind the Orange County lifestyle blog, SandyToesandPopsicles.com and boys fashion and lifestyle blog Rockinboys.com.