Elena writes at A Life Between on elenateresaann.com and is mama to her toddler tornado and soon-to-be-adoptive daughter. She’s an immigrant who’s lived all over the world, is married to the Jim Halpert to her Pam, loves cream in her coffee, and chronically overshares on the Internet. Elena believes in ice cream for dinner, the power of storytelling, laughter really is the best medicine, and that Love wins.
Sara Oliveiri is a wife and mother of two extraordinary humans. She can be found teaching her brains out in the Rochester City School District and parenting to the best of her abilities. She gathers early in the morning for coffee every Saturday at the Public Market with dear friends in an attempt to find right in the world. She finds joy in nature and laughing at things that are funny, but not funny. She would like to thank her loving family, friends, and her students, her real teachers.
Maxfield Orr is a California native (yes, the weather sucks here) and a queer writer, aspiring gardener, sign language interpreter and storyteller. When he isn’t working, Max is most likely to be found collaging the envelope of a handwritten letter to a long distance friend, scrolling longingly through the dog section of petfinder.com, or attending a party only to leave 45 minutes later because he is tired. He currently lives in Rochester with his wonderful partner and their many plants.
Terri Pease has been a Rochester resident for most of her life, and currently enjoys living in the Highland Park area. Terri is the Mother of two daughters, age 20 and 27, and has two grandchildren. Terri proudly just celebrated her 30-year anniversary at Nixon Peabody LLP. She is a member of the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir, and has recently taken an interest in leading personal finance classes.
Jane Knickerbocker is a marketing communications professional, writer, and musician. She volunteers with Causewave, making communities stronger by bringing voice to diverse public issues and needs. Jane is a single mom to two hilarious sons, Kyle and Evan, who have survived and thrived despite having a “bad mom” with virtually no domestic skills. Since they both left home for college, she’s had no excuse but to finally pursue her dream of writing creative non-fiction.