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Board of Directors & Staff

Wende Ballew 

Executive Director

 

Wende has extensive experience as a freelance theatre professional and arts manager as well as being an educator. As a theatre professional she has worked for Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Atlanta Arts Festival. As an arts manager Wende worked for the University of West Georgia and Cobb County. Wende holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Arts in American Studies, and she is currently working on her PhD in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies at the University of Georgia. Wende has taught at Kennesaw State University and continues to teach and direct Reforming Arts classes inside Lee Arrendale State prison.

 

Stephanie Iasiello, PhD

Board President

Stephanie Iasiello received her PhD in English from Emory University in 2018. She is currently  working on her JD at Georgia State University. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012. 

 

Erin Gerber

Board Secretary

Erin Gerber is a sales professional at Better World Books. She began her career in academic libraries before moving to the corporate world. She sees her role at BWB as a way to provide much needed funding to public and academic libraries. Erin hales from Topeka, Kansas where is attended one of the only remaining city universities in the nation, Washburn University. After leaving Kansas she moved to New York to study Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College. Erin was one of the first and strongest supporters of Reforming Arts and is glad to be able to serve on the board.

Royal Grooms

Board Treasurer

Joshilyn Jackson

Board Member

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama, Someone Else’s Love Story, and The Opposite of Everyone (February, 2016).  She teaches creative writing seminars all over the country and has taught courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Emory University. Her work is greatly influenced by Southern Gothic tradition; she writes page-turners that revolve around women’s issues and faith and justice issues. She lives in Decatur Georgia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her on the web at http://joshilynjackson.com

Pat Del Rey, PhD

Board Member

Dr. Pat Del Rey was the Founding Director of Women's Studies at the University of Georgia.  She served as Director of the Women's Studies Program from 1988 to 2001. She currently teaches Women's Studies at the Oxford Campus of Emory University.

Katherine Perry, PhD

Board Member

Katherine Perry is a poet and an Assistant Professor of English at the Decatur campus of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. She is also a co-founder and coordinator of the GSU Prison Education Project which takes for-credit classes into area prisons.

Anna Schachner, MFA

Board Member

Wende Ballew 

Executive Director

 

Wende has extensive experience as a freelance theatre professional and arts manager as well as being an educator. As a theatre professional she has worked for Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Atlanta Arts Festival. As an arts manager Wende worked for the University of West Georgia and Cobb County. Wende holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Arts in American Studies, and she is currently working on her PhD in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies at the University of Georgia. Wende has taught at Kennesaw State University and continues to teach and direct Reforming Arts classes inside women's prison facilities in Georgia. 

 

Stephanie Iasiello, PhD

Board President & Treasurer

Stephanie Iasiello received her PhD in English from Emory University in 2018. 

Her research interests include contemporary literature of the African Diaspora, slavery, neo-slavery, critical race theory. Stephanie will be begin working towards a JD at Georgia State University College of Law in the fall of 2019 in order to continue her social justice & advocacy work. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012. 

 

Katherine Perry, PhD

Board Secretary 

Katherine Perry is a poet and an Assistant Professor of English at the Decatur campus of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. She is also a co-founder and coordinator of the GSU Prison Education Project which takes for-credit classes into area prisons.

Erin Gerber

Board Member

Erin Gerber is a sales professional at Better World Books. She began her career in academic libraries before moving to the corporate world. She sees her role at BWB as a way to provide much needed funding to public and academic libraries. Erin hales from Topeka, Kansas where is attended one of the only remaining city universities in the nation, Washburn University. After leaving Kansas she moved to New York to study Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College. Erin was one of the first and strongest supporters of Reforming Arts and is glad to be able to serve on the board.

Royal Grooms

Board Member

Joshilyn Jackson

Board Member

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama, Someone Else’s Love Story, and The Opposite of Everyone (February, 2016).  She teaches creative writing seminars all over the country and has taught courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Emory University. Her work is greatly influenced by Southern Gothic tradition; she writes page-turners that revolve around women’s issues and faith and justice issues. She lives in Decatur Georgia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her on the web at http://joshilynjackson.com

Lorien Jordan, PhD, LMFT

Board Member

As an Assistant Professor in Family Therapy at Mercer University, Lorien's research and teaching address inequity in communities, while recognizing the resilience of family systems.​ Her program of research is comprised of two intersecting strands. The first is a focus on the intersections of culture, mental health, and social justice. Second, is the production, analysis, and critique of qualitative research methodologies. Both inform the other, as she utilizes a variety of critical qualitative methods to explore engagement with discourses that inform the therapeutic landscape.  

Em McNair

Board Member

Anna Schachner, MFA

Board Member

Anna Schachner has published short fiction and creative nonfiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Ontario Review, and The Sun, and she writes about books and literary culture for publications such as The Guardian and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  She is a frequent guest lecturer in Emory University’s creative writing program, speaks at writing conferences and book festivals all over the South, runs a series of writing workshops for veterans, and volunteers with Reforming Arts to teach writing in the Georgia prison system.  Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and now lives in Atlanta, where she is the editor of  The Chattahoochee Review.

Rob Stewart

Board Member