BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deb Walsh, Board Chair
Deb Walsh picked up her first copy of Bitch magazine in New York city in 2007 and has long admired its thoughtful, distinctive voice in journalism. As a board member, Deb feels freshly inspired by her feminist mentors from her legal and educational backgrounds. She also appreciates the women who guided her work with feminist NGOs in Morocco during a year abroad. Although the legal field gave Deb opportunities to advocate for women, LGBTQ communities, and non-profits, she found her true calling in 2000 when she joined the faculty at an independent school in Portland. As a Dean of Students and teacher of history and Constitutional Law, she feels fortunate to work in a progressive community that engages with important questions around culture, gender, power, identity, spirituality, and more.
When she’s not in the classroom with teenagers, Deb recharges through outdoor adventures with her husband and two children, and by cooking with unexpected ingredients for friends and family.
Megan M. Wentworth, Vice President
Megan is proud to be both fifth generation Oregonian and fifth generation car dealer. Her professional background is in wealth planning, organizational development, and philanthropy. Most recently, she spent seven years as the Director of Program and Member Services at Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Megan currently consults with both non-profit and for-profit organizations to create the internal structures, clarity of vision, and necessary partnerships needed to creatively meet the needs of their communities. Megan helped found Backline, a national reproductive justice organization, in 2006. She now serves on the Executive Board of the Portland Women’s Foundation and is the administrator for the Mary McKinney & Flay Ezell Fund.
Megan believes in the power of a good dinner party, actively cultivates fun, and is a big fan of welcome surprises. Bitch is Megan’s chance to reconcile her lifelong identification as a feminist with her (not so) secret love of reading supermarket tabloids.
Kendall Youngblood, Secretary
Kendall is the daughter of two artists and the mother of two daughters. She is married to a younger man, her junior by four hours. She recently took a sabbatical from a 14 year career selling the idea of having more by using less. She makes time to dance ecstatically, blog autobiographically, and communicate compassionately. Whether in her role as a Bitch Media Board Member, as a curator of art exhibitions, or as a blogger for the Center for Nature and Leadership, Kendall is exploring the role of the feminine in sustainability, business, leadership, art, and media.
For the past 15 years, Ginger Hintz has updated her Bitch subscription every time she moved across town, over state lines, and into new time zones. She credits Bitch’s consistent radical integrity in supporting her feminist praxis and keeping her pop culture literate as she avoids mainstreaming.
Ginger grew up on the prairies of South Dakota. After moving to Ohio at the tender age of 20, she embraced punk, community, and writing to fight for reproductive, racial, and gender justice. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and an MA in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University. Manifesting west coast aspirations, Ginger moved with her partner and asthmatic cat to Seattle where she curiously learned about philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This and experiences with Resource Generation, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Social Justice Fund NW afforded the opportunity to talk about privilege and how those power dynamics influence social change strategies. Currently the Program Manager for the Women Donors Network, Ginger manages and advises the organization’s donor circles using an intersectional feminist lens. She looks for courage in complexity and finds joy in articulating an inclusive feminist agenda.
Ginger lives in Oakland, California.
You can find her online at cacheculture.com.
Grayson Dempsey has spent over a decade advocating for women and families through her work in the Reproductive Justice movement. She is the Founder of Backline, a nonprofit organization that promotes connection, conversation and support around all aspects of pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption, and served as the organization's President from 2003-2009. In recent years she has served as a consultant to organizations such as the Abortion Care Network, Ipas, the Abortion Access Project, OHSU, Spence-Chapin Adoption Services, Open Adoption & Family Services, the Center for Health Training and Pro Kan Do. Grayson currently works as a Childbirth Educator at OHSU and sits on the Board of Directors for The Mother PAC and The Abortion Conversation Project, as well as the Advisory Boards of Backline and Nursing Students for Choice. Grayson holds a degree in Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Florida, and is thrilled to be merging her love of writing and feminism by serving on Bitch Media's Board of Directors.
Gretchen is a research sociologist at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California San Francisco, where her work focuses on portrayals on abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture. Gretchen earned her Bachelors degree from Amherst College, and her doctorate from Boston College. She currently serves on the board of directors of Backline, and has previously worked with the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and volunteered with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. Gretchen is proud to have written and blogged for Bitch prior to joining the board.
Megan can’t remember the first time she felt comfortable calling herself a feminist, but it surely had to be sometime before she dove into her role as Education Coordinator at Raphael House of Portland, when she started talking to anyone who would listen to her about how we all have a role in preventing domestic and sexual violence (and thus became the most fun person at dinner parties). It was definitely around the time she moved to Portland from Pennsylvania, found Bitch magazine for the first time, and discovered a passion she knew was in there all along—advocating for gender equity and social justice, which she does often in her work at Raphael House and as a co-chair of prevention committees for both the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council. Megan likes: good music, feeding people, scouring vintage stores, puns, sending mail, and all the quaint and normal things (hiking, biking, reading, writing, canning, crafting). Megan’s volunteered as a Big Sister to a pretty delightful now 17-year-old for the last four years and lives with friends and her cat in Portland.
Like many readers, Veronica I. Arreola found her way to Bitch when her best friend handed her an issue. Since then she has gone from reader to contributor to board member. Veronica is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. She took her degree in biological sciences with a minor in women’s studies and turned it into a career working on diversity issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Veronica is the assistant director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and directs their Women in Science and Engineering program. The White House recognized her work with an organizational Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political blog by Blogher, Women’s Media Center and LATISM. Veronica’s writing can be found in outlets such as USA Today, New York Times, the Daily Dot and The Broad Side. Her current project, #365FeministSelfie, aims to have people take a close look at themselves every day and see the beauty everyone else sees.
Amanda Jarman is the Principal of Fundraising Nerd, assisting nonprofits of all sizes with donor data management. She has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, mostly in fundraising. Her previous work and life experience includes fundraising for a domestic violence shelter, coordinating volunteers at a food co-op, and organizing community-based feminist art/activism events. A passionate feminist, Amanda started reading Bitch when she picked up the second issue at a zine store many years ago. Amanda is also an avid gardener and cat lady.
Mary Kay Tetreault
Mary Kay Tetreault benefitted greatly from the Second Women’s Rights Movement. It opened up the possibility of a life beyond that expected of her generation: marry, raise the children, stay at home and don’t grow old. Instead, after earning her doctorate, a twenty-five year career in higher education was possible, first as a professor at Lewis and Clark College, next as a dean at California State University Fullerton, followed by serving as provost there as well as at Portland State University. Her work that she values the most are her publications which include Women in America: Half of History (1978); The Feminist Classroom with Frances A. Maher (1994 & 2001); and Privilege and Diversity in the Academy also with Maher (2007). She is presently at work on a memoir of her journey.
Hilary Doe is a nonprofit leader, committed to civic engagement and leadership development. She is currently the Vice President of NationBuilder.
Prior to joining NationBuilder, Hilary served as the Senior Advisor to the President and, previously, the Vice President of Operations and Programming at the Roosevelt Institute--a leading economic think tank based in New York City. Before becoming Roosevelt's Vice President, Hilary acted as the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network--the nation's largest student policy and leadership development organization--and founded Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline--a progressive policy organization designed for young people in their 20s and 30s. In her role at the Roosevelt Institute, Hilary received national recognition from the White House, the Francis Perkins Center, the National Consumers League, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and others for her work designing and implementing the pioneering Think Impact model, Think 2040 program, and a national, participatory policy-making effort, the Blueprint for the Millennial America. Her work has been featured by numerous national and regional media outlets, including cable news networks, the Washington Post, the Nation, and NPR.
Prior to joining the Roosevelt Institute, Hilary worked as a Senior Analyst in the Public Policy Analysis practice area of Anderson Economic Group, and held positions with the Brookings Institution and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Hilary holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University
Kate Copeland is a conceptual artist and mischievous documentarian with a penchant for craft-intensive 19th century photographic and printmaking processes. Using cyanotype, salt printing, photogravure, letterpress, and more, her work isolates and ossifies moments, objects, and nuances that might otherwise be overlooked. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at a variety of non-profit, alternative and university spaces.
During her 2013 Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Baroda, India, Copeland taught Alternative Photographic Processes in the Graphic Arts Department of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She also continued a series — initially begun at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum — investigating the role of iconic typefaces in cultural history, using printing technology as source material, process and content. Details of Copeland’s Fulbright experience can be found at www.katecopeland.com.
Over the past fifteen years, Copeland has taught Foundation, Printmaking, Letterpress, Book Art, and Photography classes and workshops at various colleges and non-profit organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Rhode Island School of Design, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Alisha Bhagat is passionate about working with organizations to think systematically about a sustainable future. She is a futurist and advisor at Forum for the Future, a sustainability non-profit that works with companies on strategic planning and systems change. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government.
She discovered Bitch in 2002 at the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Center and has been a reader ever since. Her feminist journey since then has included research and activism around FGM in her own community, volunteering at a domestic violence organization, and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader for several years.
Alisha is an avid gamer and loves board games and RPGs. She is a science fiction enthusiast and pub trivia nerd. She lives in New York with her husband, adorable daughter, and two cats. You can find her @alishabhagat.
Keidra Chaney is a writer, content strategist, (lapsed) musician and publisher of The Learned Fangirl, a website that analyses media, fan culture and technology from a critical studies perspective. Her very first essay, Sister Outsider Headbanger was published by Bitch in 2000, and she is eternally grateful to Bitch Media for kickstarting her indie media career.