Corrie, Sarah, Sally, Monica, & Emily

Debra Wallace: she rocs

The 2019 LTYM Production Team

LTYM Production Alumnae

Sally Bittner Bonn

Sally Bittner Bonn is a writer and arts administrator, with a background in theatre. She works as the Director of Youth Education at Writers & Books and has been leading creative writing workshops for adults and children for over a dozen years. Her favorite job, though, is as mother to her son Oscar. Sally’s prose and poetry have been published in various journals and anthologies including Monday Coffee, Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs, and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug, and she has published two chapbooks. She is slowly but surely working on a book-length memoir about the challenges and joys of raising her son—who happens to drive a power wheelchair. Sally has spoken to college classes, health care professionals, and parent groups about raising a child with special needs, advocacy for the other-abled, and how creative writing fits into all of it. She lives in Brighton with her husband, David and their son, Oscar. She blogs from time to time at www.oscar-go.org.

LTYMR Cast, 2016; Co-Producer, 2017-18

Sarah Fitzgibbons

Sarah has been a producer and director of LTYM:R from 2015-2017. She is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician, Board Certified Music Therapist, and is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical®, and has spent the past 18+ years practicing, researching, supervising, teaching and program developing in the field of child psychotherapy. She has a specific expertise in infants and young children impacted by trauma, loss, attachment disruptions, child welfare, and parent-child relationship assessment, and works as the Clinical Director at The Society for the Protection and Care of Children in Rochester. With a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy, and a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, Sarah is currently and forever a doctoral student at the University of Rochester, focused on Counselor Education and Supervision. A proud member of the first cohort of New York State's Endorsed Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentors, she is committed to cultivating and nurturing Infant Mental Health expertise across New York. Above all other training, education, experience and license, Sarah has been most deeply challenged, enriched and inspired in her work through her role as a mother and daughter. In her free time, Sarah is a partner to Mike, and mom to Abel and Remi. She enjoys asking questions, making things, kind irreverence, listening, reading, and sunshine.

LTYMR Co-Producer, 2015-17

Emily Horowitz

Emily Horowitz, MA, LPC, is a Rochester native who co-Produced and Directed LTYM Rochester from 2015-2016, who relocated to Boulder, CO. Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose passion and expertise is maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health. Emily currently works as a therapist with the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector in various capacities, and she is the founder of Rochester nonprofit Parenting Village. Emily has been fascinated with parent-child relationships for as long as she can remember, and this early interest helped shape her career path and ultimately brought her into contact with Listen To Your Mother. More than any course she’s taken or employment position she has held, Emily’s transition to motherhood has been her greatest teacher. She knows first-hand about the joys and the challenges that this transition can bring, and she is fiercely dedicated to truth-telling as an avenue for healing and connection in motherhood and beyond.

LTYMR Co-Producer, 2015 & 2016

Debra grew up in Ithaca and jumps at the opportunity to wade through Taughannock State Park (which she knows how to pronounce!), hike up Buttermilk Falls or jump off the dock at Mia’s Lakehouse. She always looks forward to giving her camera a good workout in Ithaca.

Debra lives in Rochester, NY where she’s a semi-crunchy home schooling mom and a location connoisseur. Debra's amazing work has landed her a number of accolades--her work has been featured in several publications-- and a cult following of Rochester families who value her patience, attention to detail, sense of humor, and deaf-friendly business. To see a gallery of her work, click hereShe and her husband Jason have been married for 14 unbelievable years. They have almost nothing in common except for loving each other’s company and hating car trips.

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In Memoriam

In Honor & Memory of Bernadette DiMaggio Lynch

Beloved Mother, Friend, & Badass

Bernadette entered our audition space with a radiant smile and beautiful story: she was our very first speaker in our first show (2015), and she literally set the stage for creating a unique and visceral bond between storyteller and audience. She was a comfort and support to her fellow cast members; she was a champion of the brave. Above all, she was a beautiful wife and mother. Her pride in her family was epic. Her laughter was contagious. We commemorate Bernadette and her joyful spirit in the work we do with LTYM. 

*Ann Imig

Anne is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) 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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"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."

Corrie Spike Carter

Corrie operates her own branding, public relations and marketing business where she supports women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. She is an actor and writer for Polite Ink Improv & Sketch Comedy in Rochester and was named an Artist in Residence for the city's Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MUCCC) for 2019. Corrie is an original member of the Listen to Your Mother production team, who helped bring the show to Rochester in 2015, and now serves as its Executive Director. To date, Listen to Your Mother Rochester has been seen by nearly 2,500 people and raised over $30,000 dollars to support the city's most at-risk families.

Monica Gebell

Monica has shared her love for people, writing, and powerful stories with students for twenty years, a tenure during which she has enjoyed attempting to master the art of teaching creatively and equitably. Professionally, she is also a writer & producer; personally, she is committed to learning about dismantling systems of oppression, leveraging privilege to raise others up, and combating ignorance. Monica is the Chief Creative & Executive Director behind Roc The Mic, which, in addition to staging LTYMR tonight, will be producing "Bear With Me: Stories About Labor & Birth" for the Healthy Baby Network, in June.    

Erin Julian

Born and raised in Rochester, Erin works in marketing at a local investment firm. When she is not working or writing, Erin spends her time volunteering for Teen Empowerment and the Monroe Community College Foundation. She recently performed a one-woman show at the Rochester Fringe Festival about her online dating experiences called “You Are No Match For Me” and was in the 2018 Listen to Your Mother Rochester show.

Raquel Walker

Raquel Walker is a woman evolving! She is a
Lover of all things holistic and a poet. She enjoys balances me time, massage school, entrepreneurship, parenting two wonderful boys, being a supportive partner to her husband, and being a part-time employee at Teen Empowerment.
She believes that “this one wild and crazy life” is for living fully and experiencing deeply with friends, family and kindred spirits.