Julie Falk, executive director
Julie Falk was hired as Bitch Media's first Executive Director in June 2009. She previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles and the Prison Media Fund in Cambridge, MA. Born in Kentucky, Julie is a graduate of Swarthmore College. She is thrilled to have landed in Portland OR, where she enjoys cooking and eating the local bounty and exploring the town through the eyes of her children and dog, Copper.
Favorite TV: Perry Mason, Rockford Files, Designing Women, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire
Favorite Movie: Rear Window
Favorite Authors: Carson McCullers, Carolyn Keene, MFK Fisher, Georges Simenon, Lois Lowry
Turn-ons: bakeries, used bookstores, German writing instruments, clean linens
Turn-offs: industrial meat production, extreme temperatures, inconsistency
Andi is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, and Hues. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives' Tales, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press). Her new book about the consumer co-optation of feminism, We Were Feminists Once, will be out in May 2016 from PublicAffairs. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism, media, and pop culture at various colleges and universities.
Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art that has proved to be more or less useless, though she did use it to secure a job designing rugs for Pottery Barn back in the day. She passes her non-Bitch hours watching television, hanging out with her basketball-obsessed family, embroidering portraits of dogs, and subscribing to whatever magazines are left on Earth. Her other interests include drawing, snacking, hiking, traveling, and eating cheese.
Fatal weakness: candy, naps
Crushes: Gram Parsons, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, Domnhall Gleeson, the Portland Trail Blazers
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Freaks and Geeks, UnREAL, Game of Thrones, and dog shows.
Favorite authors: Laurie Colwin, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mary Roach, Alison Bechdel, Rona Jaffe, Jonathan Tropper
Turn-ons: clogs, flocked wallpaper, the Winter Olympics, rainbow cookies
Turnoffs: lip liner, improper punctuation, mansplaining, trend stories, people who say "It is what it is"
Secretly wishes she were: An arts-and-crafts counselor at a summer camp in the 1970s
Kate Lesniak, development director
Kate arrived at Bitch Media in the Fall of 2012.
Most recently, she served as Deputy Finance Director for Democracy for America where she leveraged her passion for organizing into the resources that it takes to fund progressive projects. Her work before Bitch ranges from issue organizing for marriage equality in Vermont and Maine to grant writing for Corporate Accountability International's public water initiatives to coaching goalkeeping at youth soccer camps.
Kate graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Political Science and Sociology and also served as team captain for the Women's Ice Hockey team.
Fatal weakness: hamburgers
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards
Turn-ons: fresh snow, outdoor projects, live music, swimming
Turn-offs: people who are rude to canvassers
Movies: Rachel Getting Married, V for Vendetta, Harold and Maude
Celebrities: The entire U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Poets: Mary Oliver, Kate Tempest, ee cummings
Music: Fleet Foxes, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Brandi Carlile, Robyn, John Coltrane, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ratatat
Secretly wishes she were a: musician
Kristin Rogers Brown, art director
KRB joined Bitch Media as Art Director in March, 2010. Though her first love in design was print, she loves finding the right media for the message and believes in keeping a balance of form, function, and delight in all the details of her work whether it's brand development, packaging, identity, or web design. In addition to designing Bitch, Kristin is a freelance designer, educator, and former vice president of AIGA Portland (American Institute of Graphic Arts). She has worked with sustainable design and design community initiatives for a variety of clients, and has been instrumental in work with AIGA's SHIFT, sustainability team (established in 2008, now part of their social change project Design for Good), and Exploregon zine project; Worldstudio's Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland.
Kristin serves as an assistant professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department, moonlights in various communication and collaborative design courses, and mentors thesis students.
Born in Chicagoland, Kristin is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. When not designing, Kristin frequents waterparks, swoons for David Bowie, stalks jewelry designers and illustrators, attempts to sew, and runs or rides her bike around Portland. She is part insomniac, part narcoleptic, and quite possibly the messiest perfectionist ever.
Celebrity crushes: David Bowie, John Hodgman, Mike Rowe, Keegan Michael Key, Adam Scott, Gillian Anderson
Favorite movies: Bottle Rocket, Hoosiers, The Last Unicorn, MacGruber, Christopher Guest in every flavor
Favorite TV shows: 30 Rock, Alan Alda's Scientific American Frontiers, Breaking Bad, Key & Peale, Arrested Development, Adventure Time, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Trailblazers' basketball, and most things related to law and/or order
Favorite books: Cruddy (Linda Barry), Dubliners (James Joyce), Spook (Mary Roach), Yehuda Amachai's poetry, too many picture books to mention
Turn-offs: bad teeth, slam poetry, MOTHS, using the wrong "to", "too", or "two" (ditto for "your/you're")
Secretly wishes she were a: botanist
Kjerstin Johnson, editor in chief
Kjerstin Johnson is a midwest native (KCMO!) who has called Portland home for the past ten years. In 2011, she graduated from Portland State University's master's program in writing and publishing (where she now teaches Magazine Writing). She has been editor in chief of Bitch for four years but has been with Bitch Media since 2008. Outside of Bitch, her writing has been published in the Bear Deluxe, UTNE Reader, and Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac. She has collaborated with Hearts & Sparks Productions on two short films. Kjerstin has volunteered with the Rock'n'Roll Camp for Girls, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and Partnership for Safety and Justice in Portland.
Currently Reading: Kelly Link, Jillian Tamaki, the internet
Currently Watching: UnReal, Community, The Comeback
Turn-ons: watching my plants grow, cooking for one, happy hour
Turn-offs: paying full price, the q&a portion of the night, IPAs
Secretly wishes she was: in an all-girl Replacements cover band.
Sarah Mirk, online editor
Sarah Mirk lives much of her life on the internet. But after hours, she likes to make comics, consume entire newspapers, and talk to strangers. Before she started at Bitch Media in January 2013, she was (in reverse chronological order) a news reporter, a men's prison playwriting teacher, a college newspaper editor, a radio host, an "arte del mundo" teacher, a tour guide, a terrible caterer, a barista, a science camp counselor, and a bookseller. In August 2014, she published a nontraditional dating guide, Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules. She grew up in a small town and is thankful that her parents are feminists.
Favorite Authors: Joe Sacco, Octavia Butler, Joan Didion, Tina Rosenberg, Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin, Junot Diaz, Marjane Satrapi
Favorite TV shows: Daria, Bob's Burgers, Adventuretime, Twin Peaks, The Wire
Turn-ons: Enthusiasm, snail mail, coffee
Turn-offs: Condescension, early mornings, Crocs
Secretly wishes she was: A skateboarder
Sarah's animal twin: Frisbee-chasing dog
Amy Lam, associate editor
Amy published her first zine at the age of 15. Since then, has contributed to and published more than a dozen zines. She penned a long-running column for Razorcake, America's first and only non-profit punk rock fanzine. She joined Bitch Media in June 2014.
Originally from southern California, she studied journalism/photojournalism and Women's Studies at university and landed her first grown-up job at the Los Angeles PBS station. In 2005, she moved to Portland, volunteered in China and Bangladesh for a few years, and returned to Rip City in 2009. She has spent more than a decade working for non-profits, most recently with a social justice organization aimed at training activists. Amy is a first-generation college graduate.
Favorite TV shows/movies: Rupaul's Drag Race, National Basketball Association, Project Runway, documentaries, Slacker (1991)
Favorite reads: short fiction, celebrity gossip, writers of color, back issues of the New Yorker, and way too much Reddit
Favorite things to listen to: Nina Totenberg, Reigning Sound, MIA, Bent Outta Shape, Childish Gambino, Grimes, Snap Judgement
Turn-ons: salty snacks, modern-day plumbing, day napping
Turn-offs: vegan cheese, seasonal allergies
Secretly wishes she were a: foley artist
Ashley McAllister, director of campus & community programs
Ashley was born on a futon mattress in SE Portland. She's spent most of her life in Portland, outside of a six-year stint in Bellingham, Washington, where she studied Literature and Women's Studies at Western Washington University and worked for a couple wonderful women's shelters. She moved back to Portland in 2010 and has been at Bitch Media ever since. Ashley has spent a lot of time working with women who have been affected by domestic violence, educating teenagers on the effects of sexual assault, and teaching kids the ins and outs of social justice. She likes to take on elaborate craft projects, bake cookies, and talk to her plants.
Favorite books: Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), Kindred (Octavia Butler), The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
Favorite movies: Fire, The Big Lebowski, rom coms
Favorite TV Shows: Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Mad Men
Turn-ons: scones, knit graffiti, estate sales, snail mail
Turn-offs: factory farming, snagging her tights
Secretly wishes she were an: erotic baker
Amanda Green, finance and administration director
Amanda is a recovering Texan that chilled out at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for five years before b-lining to PDX to organize for the PIRGs. In 2011 she received her Masters in Public Administration focusing in nonprofit management from Portland State University. Before she started at Bitch Media in August of 2013, she worked for the Northwest Earth Institute and spent several years working in the feminist anti-violence movement, most recently as the Associate Executive Director of PAVE. She is currently the Board Treasurer for Oregon End Violence Against Women Political Action Committee and sits on the Prevention and Education Committee of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.
Favorite books: The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), A Language Older than Words (Derek Jensen), Yes Means Yes (Jessica Valenti), The Razor's Edge (W. Somerset Maugham), most everything by Jane Austen and Rushdie.
Favorite movies: Cheesy action flicks, rom-coms, high budget (and lets face it, low budget) sci-fi movies, anything with Schwarzenegger before 1995, pretty much anything terrible by critics' standards.
Favorite TV: Weeds, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Arrested Development, Board to Death, Girls, Twin Peaks
Favorite Music: Fleet Foxes, The Guess Who, Philip Glass, Cut Copy, Joanna Newsom, Beach House, Washed Out, and pretty much everything that falls into the "chill wave" genre
Turn-ons: dancing, crunchy leaves, fungi, coffee, sweaters, gardening, big trees
Turn-offs: no soliciting signs, bad tippers, close talkers, "______________ industrial complex"
Secretly wishes she were an: astronaut, or Laura Croft
Alexxander Dovelin, graphic designer
Alexxander is a creative caught between design, writing, and illustration. A nerd for social theory and fantasy fiction, Alexx formed love affairs with independent creators who expand visual and literal social vocabulary through narrative. Transplanted in Portland after living in 30 states and a 4 year childhood stint in Germany, Alexx was raised by the internet, connecting him to a world outside his physical reach. This experience has made him a strong proponent for digital media as a tool for user accessibility, global social education, and a solution to environmental sustainability.
Fatal weakness: late night coffee
Favorite comics: Sailor Moon, Fun Home, Yotsuba&!, Cardcaptor Sakura
Favorite music: Florence & The Machine, Koji Kondo
Turn-ons: cats, videogames, rain
Turn-offs: early mornings, rude people, cars
Secretly wishes he were a: ceramic artist
Korin Lykam, data organizer
Korin Lykam joined the Bitch Media team in January of 2015. She was raised in a very small, conservative town in central California, and then escaped to the University of California in Santa Cruz. There she studied languages (she used to know Italian) with the dream of being an ex-pat, and relying on a Trinity School of London TESOL certificate and her native English for job security–and then discovered she didn’t like public speaking. Through her work with small business administration, she fell in love with systems, data and databases and gets a thrill when everything works. She is also the proud author of a large collection of unfinished speculative fiction novels and short stories, a collection that began when she was ten years old. Korin spends her spare time consuming and producing weird fiction, convincing herself to exercise, trying to grow a green thumb, daydreaming, and hanging out with her dog.
Fatal weakness: video games
Favorite authors: Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guinn, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert
Favorite TV: Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, Downton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.
Favorite Movies: I heart Huckabees, Kung Fu Hustle, Princess Mononoke, indy rom coms, Guardians of the Galaxy
Turn-ons: mornings at home with a mug of coffee, surprise adventures, coincidences, efficient errand-running
Turn-offs: tangled extension cords, cold weather, needles
Secretly wishes she were: a voice actor
Patricia Romero, operations assistant
Patricia was born in San Francisco, and grew up in The Mission eating Mission style burritos. She moved to Vancouver, WA in 2008 and was surprised by the abundance of rain and lack of Taquerias. While attending Clark College in Vancouver, she rekindled her love of learning. After completing her A.A. she transferred to Portland State University to earn a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She decided to pursue a degree in Women’s Studies because it allows her to critically analyze the current society she is living in with a feminist lens. Despite initial discomfort with Portland, she has grown to love it for its vibrant scenery, affordable housing (compared to San Francisco), and of course delicious beer. When she is not drowning in paperwork for school, she enjoys watching Netflix, drinking too much coffee, eating breakfast, and sleeping.
Favorite Movies: Hecho En México, Coraline, Little Miss Sunshine, UP, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Hamlet 2, Ex Machina, Gravity, Instructions Not Included (No Se Aceptan Devoluciones)
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, Scandal, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, The Walking Dead, Friends, Sense8
Favorite Books: Persepolis, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Silver Linings Playbook, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, The House on Mango Street, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
Favorite Music: Julieta Venegas, Justice, Flight of the Conchords, Daft Punk, Queen,Crystal Castles, Al Green, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Doors, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder
Secretly wishes she were: a stand-up comedian
Manmeet Sahni, editorial intern
Manmeet is passionate about social justice issues and arts and culture stories. She has written about lives of manual scavengers, issues faced by sex workers and domestic workers' rights in New Delhi, India, where she also hail from. Her aim, among other things, is, to cover narratives that often remain neglected by the mainstream media, using compelling multimedia tools.
She holds a masters degree in English Literature from University of Delhi, India and has recently finished M.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University, New York.
Manmeet is currently an editorial intern with Bitch magazine and an arts and culture intern with Emaho magazine. When she isn't in front of the light emitting reading and writing device(s), she can be found exploring new spaces, planning new adventures and baking.
Fatal weaknesses: Baked goods, white wine, and funny cat (and dog) videos
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Downtown Abbey, and Gilmore Girls
Favorite Movies: The Hours, My Blueberry Nights, Fried Green Tomatoes, Inside Llewyn Davis, Once, Ma Vie en Rose, and Riding in Cars with Boys
Favorite writers: Arundhati Roy, Virginia Woolf, Milan Kundera, Chinua Achebe, Saadat Hasan Manto, Arundhati Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jeanette Winterson, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Slavoj Zizek.
Turn-ons: Smell of freshly brewed coffee, old books, and rain-soaked mud
Secretly wishes she could have: Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Mata Hari, and Phoolan Devi at her dinner table.
Emma May, development & outreach intern
Emma May is a rising sophomore at Barnard College planning to major in Women’s and Gender Studies. She was born in Tacoma, Washington but grew up in Seattle. At Barnard, she is on the board of the college’s LGBTQIA organization and a member of the zine club. She enjoys sour candy, Shiba Inus, gummy bears (especially the green ones), and everything sparkly. When she isn’t binge-watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race, she likes petting dogs, reading comics, and going to shows.
Turn-ons: fancy fine-tip pens, popping bubble wrap, anything shiny
Turn-offs: people that hate on Taylor Swift, that are glued to their phones or leave their dog outside for too long
Fatal Weakness: Pop Punk
Favorite Books: Fun Home, Calling Dr. Laura, Norwegian Wood, Beloved, A Tale for the Time Being, Marbles, Nevada
Favorite Movies: We Are The Best!, But I’m A Cheerleader, Chungking Express, The Royal Tenenbaums, Mary is Happy Mary is Happy, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
Favorite Music: Downtown Boys, Mitski, TacocaT, Childbirth, Adult Mom, Frankie Cosmos, Pony Time, Dude York, The Ramones
Secretly wishes she were: Sailor Moon
Grace Manger, new media intern
Grace was born, raised, and educated in the Michigan suburbs. She hopped on a plane to Portland two weeks after graduating from Kalamazoo College, where the Anthropology/Sociology department voted her “most likely to mention Foucault and/or gay stuff during a job interview.”
Grace got her start in online activism in March 2014 through an internship with Adios Barbie, where she then became Assistant Editor, published writing on their site, and organized worldwide Twitter parties. In April 2015, she transitioned to managing content and development at Everyone Is Gay and The Parents Project, where she helps deliver hilarious and honest advice to LGBTQ young people and their parents.
When she’s not reading feminist and queer theory, she is watching Netflix, exploring her new neighborhood, drinking coffee, and rotating between Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram like the A+ millennial she is.
Favorite TV shows: Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers, Broad City
Favorite authors: Miranda July, David Sedaris, Joan Didion, Alison Bechdel, Jeannette Walls
Turn-ons: intersectionality, glasses (the ones for your face), kombucha on tap
Turn-offs: Microsoft Word not recognizing “cisheteropatriarchy”
Crushes: RUBY. ROSE. *heart eyes emoji*
Music: Jenny Owen Youngs, May Erlewine, Neko Case, Feist, Thao, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor
Xatherin Gonzalez, editorial intern
Xatherin was raised in tha 305 but their roots stem from the corazón of their Abuelita in San Miguelito, Panama. They have a penchant for queer & colored utopias, and imagining the possibilities of these futures. When they aren’t writing, editing, investigating, reading, or combatting state violence, they can be found wandering, foraging, cooking, and fantasizing post-worlds (in that order).
Favorite Books: Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde), Sula (Toni Morrison), La Condesa Sangrienta (Alejandra Pizarnik), and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Claudia Rankine)
Favorite TV Shows: Telenovelas
Favorite Music: Ivy Queen, Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, Shabazz Palaces, Future Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Susana Baca, Twin Sister, and Shakira’s hippie goth phase
Favorite Movies: Enough, Yo la peor de todas
Turn-ons: direct action, big hair, and rosemary
Turn-offs: cars, internet arguments, settler colonialism
Secretly wishes they were: Ghosts
Board of Directors
Amanda Jarman, Board Chair
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.
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.
David Frias, Treasurer
David recently joined a local university as an accountant, working on budget and financial analysis. He previously worked for a “Big 4” auditing firm during and after his studies at Suffolk University where he earned his MBA in 2012. Prior to the start of his accounting career, David worked as a cost estimator for a general contractor and earned his Masters in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Exploring his creative side, he worked at one of Boston’s top architectural firms for three years after having worked in banking for about four years. David earned his Bachelors in International Relations with a Business Administration Minor in 2002.
David and his partner of 8 years have a passion for traveling and trying new restaurants, as well as caring for their little dachshund Wilhemina. David strongly believes in equality for all and is excited to be part of a feminist organization that is very inclusive. He is honored to be the first male on the board of directors and looks forward helping this magazine grow and reach feminists everywhere.
Allison is a independent historian whose research and writing focuses on the political and legal history of women (www.allisonsneider.com). Most recently, she is the author of Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929 (Oxford: 2008). She was Associate Professor of History at Rice University before relocating to Portland and a one-time assistant editor of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers. Currently she is at work on a book about the legal history of divorce. She received her BA from Reed College in 1989 and her PHD from UCLA in 1999. One of her favorite things about relocating back to Portland is indulging her passion for dance as a member of the audience to Portland's many fabulous dance companies and an eager adult beginner.
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.
Megan M Wentworth
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.
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.
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.
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 Director of Business Development at NationBuilder focusing on the nonprofit and foundation sectors.
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.
Veronica I. Arreola
Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer and mom of a pre-teen girl. She has been a fan of Bitch since 2000 and is honored to have grown from fan and contributor to board member. Veronica is the director of the UIC Women in Science and Engineering program which was recognized by the White House in 2011 with a 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 also contributes to The Broad Side, a digital magazine featuring original reporting and opinions by women. Her current project, #365FeministSelfie, aims to have people take a close look at themselves every day and see the beauty everyone else sees. She lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter and two rescue dogs.
Tia B. Coachman
Tia personally connected with Bitch as she sat on their panel discussing Anita Hill's impact on the awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. A not-so-traditional HR professional, Tia's passion is empowering people and helping to facilitate their simple dreams and big ideas.
Currently, Tia works at Wieden + Kennedy, an independent, creatively led advertising agency, where she serves as a strategic HR partner and talent manager. She previously served as the Asst. HR Advisor for the Department of Employment Services in the Government of the District of Columbia. For four years, she was the Managing Director of The Sevan Group—an African American woman-owned photography and design studio which she also co-founded.
Tia graduated from Howard University in 2005 with a BBA in International Business and Marketing and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College which she received in 2011. She recently chartered and sits on the Executive Board of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a national organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Tia is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Whenever she can, Tia explores Oregon with her husband and two little boys.