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Meet a Member: Jo Ann Mathews

May 21, 2018

Jo Ann Mathews is another outstanding long-time member of National Federation of Press Women. She is an outstanding writer. She is a dedicated member. Enjoy getting to know this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name: Jo Ann Mathews

City and State: Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Jo Ann Mathews

Jo Ann Mathews

Affiliate and any leadership positions:  North Carolina Press Club

Years a member of NFPW: 30

Tell us a little about you.

Currently, I write feature stories for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC and for North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine in Brunswick County where I live. I majored in English and minored in Spanish and education at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, where I grew up. I taught English full time until I had children (two sons) then taught English and Spanish part time and did freelance writing. After our youngest son graduated from college, I quit teaching and put all my time into writing. We moved to North Carolina 18 years ago because my husband, Steve, wanted to live on a golf course. I don’t golf. I write!

I have a blog “ Women and Adversity,” which tells of challenges noted women–living, deceased and fictional characters–have overcome, most of whom are writers.

Any career advice you would give? 

Know your skills and hone them.

Jo Ann Mathews, right, visits with friends Gwen White, left, and Cindy Cruz-Mullee at the 2017 NFPW conference in Alabama.

Jo Ann Mathews, right, visits with friends Gwen White, left, and Cindy Cruz-Mullee at the 2017 NFPW conference in Alabama.

Which talent would you most like to have?

As far as writing: saying the most in the fewest number of words; As far as other talents: I’d love to play the piano, the new and old hits. I’ve tried. I’m not going to be featured on any talent show. I also am trying to knit. Ha, ha, ha! I can crochet, though!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Right where I am.

What book are you reading?

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. I have three more on my shelf waiting to be read.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I have never tried or taken any illegal drugs, but I am in favor of legalizing marijuana/cannabis and releasing prisoners who are serving time for its possession.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

The late Joanne Zerkel made me aware of Illinois Woman’s Press Association and NFPW. I met wonderful people through both organizations and learned to improve my writing.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

My website is http://www.jamathews.com, Twitter: https://twitter.com/joann_mathews, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joann.mathews.9; Blog: jamathews.com/blog. (I am on LInkedIn but don’t really follow it  because often posts are outdated.)

Meet a Member: Cecilia Green

November 21, 2016

Some members make a conference more fun and one of those people is Cecilia Green of Illinois. She is a dedicated professional who is always ready to help others succeed. She is a dependable member and an injured foot didn’t even slow her down for the pre-tour and conference in Alaska. She is a unique and unbelievably talented member I am honored to call a friend.

Cecilia Green

Cecilia Green

Name: Cecilia Green

City and State: Bartlett, Illinois

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Illinois Woman’s Press Association, past president of IWPA. When I lived in Wichita, I served as president of Wichita Press Women, now Wichita Professional Communicators. I was privileged to serve on the NFPW board as public relations chair during Vivian Sadowski’s term as president.

Years a member of NFPW: 31 years

Tell us a little about you

I “rewired” in 2009 from 25 years of doing PR and marketing for nonprofit associations in Chicago to being director of an Arts Center in Bartlett with a gallery and studios for teaching artists and musicians. It is a volunteer position that keeps me very busy at least 4 days a week. I’m also on the Economic Development Commission for the Village of Bartlett and do PR for Bartlett Heritage Days. When I’m not working, my rescue toy fox terrier Tanner and I hang out or I travel to see my  kids.

My husband Darrell’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago takes him around the world and I’ve been fortunate to tag along in the past few year to Scotland, Ireland, India, Norway and Russia.  Jill Miller, my daughter, is an NFPW member, has her own consulting business and the Finishing School for Modern Women in Wichita. Jennifer Miller lives in Treasure Island, Florida and is a professional French horn player. Michael Miller and his wife Carla live in Lakewood, Colorado with my two grandchildren Sophia, 5 and Desmond, 7.

 

NFPW members Cecilia Green, right and daughter, Jill Miller.

NFPW members Cecilia Green, right and daughter, Jill Miller.

Any career advice you would give?

If you are a good writer, the world is open to you; so many opportunities in so just about any field if you know how to communicate. I always told students to  look at associations for professionals and trade associations if they want to be in the nonprofit world. It’s good pay for a fascinating career meeting business people from all over the world.

Which talent would you most like to have? 

I wish I was a better public speaker.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Closer to my family; we’re considering going back to Wichita when my husband retires in 5 years.

What book are you reading?

Just finished “The Girl on the Train” and am starting on Virginia Professional Communicators member Nancy Beasley’s “Little Lion.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That some people think I’m standoffish but I’m really very shy and don’t easily approach people I don’t know well.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

IWPA and its mothership are steadfast in holding to its values and mission. It’s one of the most supportive organizations I belong to. I look forward to its conferences every year.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Personal Facebook account and Arts in Bartlett Facebook

Meet a Member: Cora Weisenberger

November 7, 2016

A love for writing has helped shape a career for Cora Weisenberger. She has always loved to write. These days she is sharing her talents with Illinois Woman’s Press Association where she is president-elect and chairing the high school communications contest. She is dedicated and dependable and NFPW is lucky to have her as a member. Meet this unique and unbelievable member.

Cora Weisenberg

Cora Weisenberger

Name: Cora Weisenberger

City and State: Chicago Heights, Illinois

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Illinois Woman’s Press Association – Social Media Coordinator (2013-2015); High School Contest Chair (2015-2017; President-Elect (2016)

Years a member of NFPW:

I was a member from 1996 to 2004. After taking time off for graduate school and rebuilding my career, I rejoined in 2013.

Tell us a little about you.

It seems like it was always in the cards that I would be a writer of some sort; even as I kid I pretended to write novels (the subject was usually my long-enduring passion: horses). But it wasn’t until I got to high school that I thought about writing and journalism as a career.  The advisor for the school newspaper said she believed that I could write professional.  That was something that stuck with me.

Eventually, I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in communications and journalism; and a master’s in journalism from the Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. In my career I have worked at a daily newspaper; a B2B publication, a direct-selling business and am now Communication Manager at The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional Association for real estate appraisers.

My husband, Greg, and I live in a suburb of Chicago with our sons David and Jonathan, and our two furry “children,” dogs Abby and Moonie.

Any career advice you would give?

Be flexible. The communications profession is unpredictable. No matter your skills set or your years of experience, you might find yourself out of a job or working in a new media that didn’t exist 5 – 10 years ago. No matter the format, good fundamental communications and journalism skills are needed. Be willing to try something new.

Cora Weisenberger in the rain at Niagara Falls with the American Falls behind her.

Cora Weisenberger in the rain at Niagara Falls with the American Falls behind her.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Anything athletic. I would have loved to have been in the Olympics, but I have no athletic ability whatsoever!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

In the country on enough land where I could have a separate studio for writing and art, and my gearhead husband and sons could have space for their hobby cars.

What book are you reading?

“Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World,” by Matthew Goodman.  Nellie Bly is a well known, but I had never heard of Bisland. In addition to their exploits, this book reveals how hard it was for 19th-century woman journalists (the same time IWPA was formed, incidentally) to get into the profession and to be taken seriously.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I own the farm that has been in my family from more than 100 years.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

They are both ways we can encourage the communicators of today as well as encourage future generations.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc. 

You can find both me on Facebook. I have a Twitter account but rarely tweet.

Meet a Member: Marion E. Gold

October 11, 2016

The best part of doing a blog about National Federation of Press Women friends is getting to know them better. That is the case with Marion E. Gold. I know her as a talented writer. It has been fun to learn about her other creative endeavor with jewelry. You need to check out her website. It is wasy to see she does a beautiful job with everything she does. I hope you enjoy getting to know this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name: Marion E. Gold

City and State: Scottsdale, AZ

Marion E. Gold

Marion E. Gold

Affiliate and any leadership positions: President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (2001-2003);  Vice President of Arizona Press Women (2009-2010). Named the Year 2000 Communicator of Achievement by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. Currently a dual member of the Arizona and Illinois Affiliates.

Years a member of NFPW: 21 years (1995 – present)

Tell us a little about you. 

Before launching Marion Gold Marketing Communications in 1994, I was executive vice-president and general manager of a health care communications agency in Chicago that was part of the Health and Medical Communications Group of OMNICOM and one of the few women in that field to break through Corporate America’s Glass Ceiling. When I resigned after 13 years to start my own company, Working Woman Magazine profiled me as an entrepreneur with “guts.” That’s how it all started, and as the song says, “The beat goes on…”

That said, life takes us down many paths, both professionally and personally. Beginning as a healthcare journalist working in Bethesda, Maryland for a group of newspapers for physicians… Moving to Chicago and reporting as an Associate Editor for the medical news section of the Journal of the American Medical Association… And then entering the amazing corporate world of medical and marketing communications. But it was the personal experience of losing my parents that thrust me into another entrepreneurial role – and that was the genesis of Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses. You can read about that journey at http://www.moonbeamslilacsroses.com.

Marion Gold as her jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel.”

Marion Gold as her jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel.”

Many people are surprised when the marketing consultant and writer they hire – or the “Book Author” they meet—also designs jewelry! Actually, there is a great similarity between creating a press release, ghostwriting an article or editorial, or crafting a tactical marketing plan—and designing a piece of jewelry. I call it the synergy between Words and Gemstones.  Both need to be carefully considered in order to meet the needs of the client and the target audience. As my jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel,” I design each item of jewelry around the shapes and colors of the natural stones, sometimes using sterling silver or bronze wire to wrap around the stones—literally as if the wire is part of the natural texture of the stone.  Words and Gemstones ~ Working with either takes great precision. They both light up my creative spirit!

Any career advice you would give?

I think Eleanore Roosevelt said it best: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’ve always wanted to be a country singer. Maybe one of these days…

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

As much as I miss Downtown Chicago, I’m currently living right where I want to be in Arizona. My mom told me that as a little girl, and Roy Rogers was my cowboy hero, I said I wanted to live in Arizona. Guess I followed that dream!

What book are you reading?

Just finished “The Holocaust By Bullets” by Father Patrick Desbois. As best said by The Wall Street Journal: “Father Desbois is a generation too late to save lives. instead, he has saved memory and history.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Okay, here is my long-held secret. I worked for a short time as a stringer for the National Enquirer (yes, THAT National Enquirer), reading medical journals and writing brief articles on healthcare advances.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

When newspaper writer Francis A. Conant founded IWPA, it was two years before Hollywood, California, was established as a city. The Southwest (where I first joined NFPW in 1995) was still the domain of the proud warrior and Native American leader Geronimo. It is important to keep alive the legacy of women who led the way for all of us who value the written word and gave so much to our history. Maintaining my membership in NFPW lets me continue to be a part of that proud legacy.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariongold

http://www.linkedin.com/in/miriam-bat-rachel

http://www.mariongold.com

http://www.facebook.com/Marion-E-Gold-Communications-That-Make-a-Difference

http://www.moonbeamslilacsroses.com

Meet a Member: Beth Dugan

June 9, 2016

Beth Dugan is new to the NFPW board, serving as the at-large contest chair for members who live in a state without a communication contest. I got to know Beth in Alaska and was impressed with her great ideas and dedication to her affiliate and NFPW. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Beth Dugan

Beth Dugan

Name: Beth Dugan

City and State: Chicago, IL

Affiliate and any leadership positions: I am the Mate E Palmer Professional Communications Contest Chair for Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the At-Large Contest Chair for NFPW

Years a member of NFPW: 5

Tell us a little about you.

I’m a technical writer for Hyatt Corp and a freelance writer living and working in Chicago. I am very involved in several feminist communities both online and in Chicago. I love to perform at readings and at feminist events and I also love to take classes. My husband and I just took a tamale making class (we are excellent tamale makers, it turns out), a knife throwing class, and I am working on a style blog about the end of the world called http://www.theendisnighish.com (not live yet).

Beth Dugan

Beth Dugan

Any career advice you would give?

My career advice is all for women. Remember that men apply for jobs they feel 60% qualified for and get them. Women apply for jobs they feel 110% qualified for. Once you get that job, negotiate your salary. Women leave $2 million on the table over their career just by accepting the first number that is given to them or not asking for raises. Even if the salary or wage I was offered is adequate, I always make a counter offer. Always. Half the time, I get the money. It shows your employer, by your first action, that you know your worth and the value you are bringing. As for the job you don’t feel qualified for, say yes and figure it out later.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I had that math/music/language thing. Those are all systems and I struggle with all of them.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I really love living in Chicago. We live in the Logan Square neighborhood and I love it. But I would like to live abroad in Europe or in a Scandinavian country for a while, and then retire to warm beachy place.

What books are you reading?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Shrill by Lindy West and City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I used to drive a city bus.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I have some great friends in both organizations and it keeps me involved in my community.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

@QueenElizaDEATH

@grlclvr (Instagram)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethdugan60622

http://bethdugan.com

Meet a Member: Rosemary Carroll

October 27, 2015

I first remember working with Rosemary Carroll in 1989. Idaho hosted the NFPW conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Rosemary was elected NFPW president at that meeting. That was one of my first experiences working with NFPW leadership as we organized that successful conference. It was a pleasure getting to know this talented professional who has enjoyed such a varied professional career. She is already making plans to join us next fall for the NFPW conference in Kansas. I know many of our members will enjoy rekindling our friendship with this unique and unbelievable NPFW member.

Name: Rosemary Lalevée Carroll

Rosemary Carroll

Rosemary Carroll

City and State: Annandale, New Jersey

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Past President of New Jersey and Massachusetts affiliates, Third, Second and First Vice President of NFPW (1984-1989) and President of NFPW 1989-1991.

Years a member of NFPW: 42 years

Tell us a little about you.

I have enjoyed a storied career in newspapering, public relations and fundraising, moving from New Jersey, to Illinois and Massachusetts, and back to New Jersey. How exciting it was to be the first editor of The Lawrence Ledger (NJ); to direct public relations for Plimoth Plantation, telling the Pilgrim and Wampanoag Indian stories; and then development and public relations director for The Seeing Eye, touching hearts on how special Seeing Eye dogs safely guide and love their blind owners. I also headed up public relations and development at three hospitals, one each in New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Along the way I met Svetlana Alliluyeva, Helen Thomas, Betty White, Princess Nori of Japan and the Crown Prince, Julia Child, Tom Brokaw, Joan Lunden, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Malcolm Forbes, Tonda Rush, Joan Barthel, governors, senators, and others of note. I received local, state and national awards for my work, many from NFPW, and the Athena Award while working in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the first recipient of the award in that state.

In 2003 I received a Master’s in Theology which led, ultimately, to my present work as director of Seton Associates, the lay affiliate of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. In 2014, I graduated with a Certification as a Spiritual Director from An Croí Wisdom Institute and Celtic Spirit Center in Drogheda, Ireland to complement my work and to provide spiritual direction to those seeking a closer relationship with the Divine.

I have served on many boards with two favorites: Josephine’s Place, a storefront in Elizabeth (NJ) where immigrant women can feel at home while learning English, computer and business skills, prepare for the US Citizenship Exam, and other job-related skills; and ChangeALife Uganda that empowers families and women through education, micro-finance loans and jobs, and health care. I sponsor lovely Bridget, paying her tuition all through private school – with a commitment to underwrite her college tuition. Two years ago I spent two life-changing weeks in Uganda at the sites we support.

My wonderful newspaper editor husband Ed died suddenly in 2008, just before retirement, and who knew then that I would be doing all that I am now! We reared three great sons and many dogs. It has been an incredible journey!

Any career advice you would give?

Do what you love and you’ll have fun doing it and doing it well! Put your signature touch on the work you do. Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself every now and then because the challenge is good, and it keeps your mind and body energized. Trust in your abilities!

Which talent would you most like to have?

Play the piano.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Santa Barbara, California, in a small hacienda on a hill over-looking the Pacific, or in southern France near Avignon – in a chateau of course, or a cottage on an island off the western coast of Ireland, but really where I am in rural, serene Hunterdon County, New Jersey – close to New York, airport, so much.

What book are you reading?

Peter the Great by Robert Masse which transports you through so much Russian history and life. Already read Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman also by Masse. Both are fabulous reads and offer a fascinating framework for understanding contemporary Russia. Also reading Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now and What the Mystics Know – both underscore our need to live in the now, the present, and to be energized by the inner spirit.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

In grade school, I was a terrible stutterer. By high school I discovered that if I replaced the “trauma” word with a synonym I didn’t stutter. Being a word person helped! Turns out that is a recommended therapy but in my case I did it on my own.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I attended the formation meeting of the New Jersey affiliate back in the early 1970’s, and was the youngest one present. The older, more experienced professional women accepted me as a peer. I never forgot that or how it felt. Moving through state and national gatherings, it was always the same: professionals welcoming and valuing each other for themselves and for the work they did. As a younger member, I was impressed by veterans still writing regardless of age. Now I’m a writer of a certain age and I am still working! Still writing! Affiliates and NFPW nurture and sustain the professional and personal self-confidence that enriches and advances our careers and lead us to fulfilling lives.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Yikes! Not on any!!