Meet Our Contributors

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles

Meet Our Contributors

Karin Agness is currently in law school at the University of Virginia. She writes for and has appeared on CNN’s American Morning, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Information on the Network of enlightened Women can be found at E-mail Karin at [email protected].

Jennifer Alberts is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. She has loved writing ever since she was a child, writing often in her spare time. She also enjoys playing piano, running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Joel Alonzo has written for many publications, from his college newspaper in Chicago to the National Lampoon online publication to other random assorted online magazines. He spends his free time in Chicago being a student, drinking Diet Coke and drawing comics that only he thinks are funny.

Carol Ayer’s credits include three other Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes, Woman’s World, The Prairie Times, Spotlight on Pahrump, Flashquake, Poesia, and Sniplits. She lives in Northern California.

Chase Bernstein graduated from Boston University with a degree in Magazine Journalism in 2007. Writing is her passion, and she hopes everyone enjoys reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.

Jim Bove received his Bachelor’s degree from Radford University in 1996 and a Masters degree from Michigan State University in 2000. Jim worked in college administration for eleven years before taking his current position in the Redmond Police Department in Washington where he serves as the Community Outreach Facilitator.

John P. Buentello is a writer and teacher. He is the co-author of the novel Reproduction Rights and the short story collection Binary Tales. He writes for adults and children in a variety of genres. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Donna Buie lives in Savannah, GA, where she is a private tutor and college adjunct English instructor. She enjoys camping, strolling the Savannah marsh trails with her dogs, creative writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter. Please contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Ande Cantini received her BA Degree in Graphic Design and is married with three children. She is active in her community and enjoys traveling, dancing, reading and music. She is currently working on an inspirational novel for children and a screenplay. E-mail her at [email protected]

Cristina Catanzaro, of Greenwich, CT, attends Loyola University of New Orleans where she is pursuing her BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. She spent a semester in Rome and hopes to move back one day. She loves film and plans to produce movie trailers and promos. E-mail her at [email protected].

Emily Chase speaks to thousands of young people each year. Her books about teen relationship issues include Why Say No When My Hormones Say Go? (Christian Publications, 2003) and Help! My Family’s Messed Up! (Kregel, 2008) She and her husband Gene reside in Mechanicsburg, PA. Visit her at

Sharon Cheung is a travel writer living in Vancouver, BC.

Kevin Chu received his BA in Journalism and East Asian Studies at New York University in 2008. In his free time he likes to write fiction, watch TV, and play video games. Please e-mail him at [email protected] or visit his psuedo movie/video game review site:

Savannah Cole is a senior studying to earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Florida State University. She wrote this piece while on a study abroad program in the fall of 2007. Her hobbies include traveling, horse back riding, and reading.

Jennifer Colvin is a marketing consultant and freelance writer. Her stories about travel and sports have been published in several books. She still loves being out on the water, and you can often find her surfing near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anne Cook is a freelance writer and preschool teacher in New Jersey. She and Goldie attended Welsey College in Delaware.

Joel Copling is a college freshman at Taylor University Fort Wayne, with plans to major in Professional Writing. He hopes to be a journalist after graduation. Joel enjoys watching and reviewing movies, reading, and hanging out with friends. Visit his blog at

Jennifer Cunningham received her BA in English with a minor in Communications at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Jenn currently works as a Desktop Publisher at a legal journal in Norristown, PA. She has a great love for animals, music and traveling. Please e-mail her at JenniferLCunning[email protected].

Ella Damiano is a pre-medical student at Georgetown University, specializing in health care policy studies. She is a volunteer EMT, a member of the Georgetown triathlon team, and is active in politics in her home-town and in the Georgetown University College Democrats.

Michael Damiano is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University. He is currently living in Europe and conducting research for a profile he is writing on a contemporary Spanish artist named Miquel Barceló. He enjoys triathlons, traveling, and playing guitar. Contact him at [email protected]

Priscilla Dann-Courtney is a writer and clinical psychologist in Boulder, CO, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is an avid runner and finds peace of mind through yoga and meditation. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country and she is currently working on a book of essays.

Susan Rothrock Deo met the love of her life in graduate school. They live in Southern California where they soak up sun and sea and Susan teaches undergraduate environmental sciences. She is a Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor and is currently working on a middle grade novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Genellyn Driver, a “Jane-Of-All-Trades,” has dabbled in writing since she was thirteen. She received a BS in International Business from Azusa Pacific University in 2005. This is her first published story. She is currently pursuing a career in acting. E-mail her at [email protected].

Lauren DuBois received an Associate’s Degree in Journalism with honors from Suffolk County Community College in 2008 and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. Lauren enjoys writing, reading, and having a good time. She plans to write and edit for either newspapers or publishing companies.

Although blind, Janet Perez Eckles thrives as a Spanish interpreter, international speaker, writer and author of Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow — Overcoming Adversities in Life. From her home in Florida, she enjoys working on church ministries and taking Caribbean cruises with husband Gene. She imparts inspirations at:

Britteny Elrick attended Regents College in London, where she began her freelance writing career. She is a business owner and aspiring author of non-fiction books. She cannot resist: a sense of humor, anything Italian, confidence, sweatpants, or cupcakes. E-mail her at [email protected] com, or visit

Melissa Face is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and Webster University. She currently teaches Special Education at Prince George High School in Virginia and writes when time allows. Melissa is a regular writer for Sasee Magazine and this is her third contribution to Chicken Soup for the Soul. E-mail her at [email protected].

Molly Fedick is studying journalism and French at Boston University. She has written for numerous publications including CosmoGirl, Time Out New York Kids, and In addition, she founded and maintains her sorority’s blog, She is a member of the BU Sailing Team and Delta Gamma. E-mail her at [email protected].

Marcela Dario Fuentes attends the University of WI-Madison, where she is a graduate student. She enjoys playing her instrument, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to move back to her native Honduras and play in an orchestra there.

Michelle Gannon graduated from Princeton with a degree in art and archeology. After building up her flier miles as a technology consultant, she returned to her true passion, the arts. Following graduation with a master’s from Columbia, Michelle began teaching Humanities, literature and film. Michelle just finished teaching at Temple in Japan.

Moraima Garcia was born in Venezuela. She received a BA in Journalism and an MBA. She is Marketing Manager of an international software company and a certified Bach Remedies Practitioner. She plans to combine her marketing expertise with Bach teachings, working for people’s self-development.

AC Gaughen is a freelance and fiction writer currently living in Scotland and traveling as often as she can. She can be found on the web at and a variety of other sites — check out the blog for the very latest! E-mail her at [email protected].

Lisa Geiger was born in Colorado, but grew up in Arizona. She met her husband at Arizona State University, and now lives in Illinois. They are expecting their first child after five and a half years of marriage. She enjoys teaching children, playing volleyball, scrapbooking, and spending time with family.

Kristiana Glavin is a 2004 Syracuse University grad, earning her journalism degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She put her degree to work at a weekly newspaper for a few years before joining the Chicken Soup for the Soul staff. She loves reading, writing, running, and time with family and friends!

Cassie Goldberg received her BA in Public Relations from Hofstra University in 2007. She currently works at the National Kidney Foundation in its public relations department. Cassie enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. Please e-mail her at: [email protected].

Hannah Greene is currently a student of theatre and journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. She gets a kick out of yoga, playing mediocre guitar, reading, and knitting, and she hates appletinis. Hannah thanks her Aunt Karen for recommending that she submit her story, and thanks her mom for enjoying her writing no matter what.

Tina Haapala graduated from Arizona State University in 1996. She currently lives in Texas and enjoys writing, yoga, reading, and volunteering. Some of her recent work has appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In... to College. Contact her at [email protected].

Leigh Ann Henion is a freelance writer and photographer based in Boone, NC. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Smithsonian, Orion, The Washington Post Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, Preservation, and Oxford American. Visit to learn more.

Megan Hess is a student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University majoring in magazine journalism and international relations. She has interned at Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine and the Office of Mayor in Syracuse, NY. Megan loves J.D. Salinger, NYT crossword puzzles, and soy lattes.

Kally Hinton is an eighteen-year-old college freshman at Texas A&M University-Commerce studying elementary education. Kally enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys working with children. Kally plans to pursue a career as a middle school teacher upon graduation. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Jestena Hinton, a “true” country girl, is a Tarboro, NC native who currently lives and works in Raleigh, NC. This is her first published story but definitely not her last. She plans to write fictional and inspirational books and would love to hear from readers. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

David Hyman graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a BA in English. As a contract writer, he develops web content for companies in a variety of industries. He enjoys the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, where he has made his home since graduating college. David is now married with three daughters.

Kathleen Ingraham, a 2007 graduate of the University of Kansas is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Pine Minor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Katie Jakub expects to graduate from New York University in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and Italian-Linguistics. She enjoys reading, traveling and volunteering with children. Katie plans to work in the magazine industry while pursing a master’s degree in Italian. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Dan James and his wife Gail live in Denver where Dan works for a healthcare organization. Dan enjoys hiking, photography and occasionally succumbing to the written word.

Candace Jewell is a student at the Master’s College, working towards her BA in Elementary Education. In 2006, she marched in the Macy’s Parade with Riverside Community College Marching Band. Candace loves writing, teaching, photography, and music.

Nan Johnson is a professional writing major at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN, and loves chocolate cookie dough ice cream.

Christina Kapp received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She has also worked as an administrator for Johns Hopkins University and Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and children and is working on her first novel.

Joe Lam is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and CEO of Shining Light Pictures, a film production company in Southern California. He is also a motivational college speaker, journalist, and author of Winning Secrets for College Success. Receive your free eBook Achieve Your Dreams by visiting:

Eve Legato graduated from college two years ago. She misses waking up late and living close to so many friends her age. She now works in publishing and is a freelance writer in New York.

Natalia Lusinski created her first “newspaper,” Nat’s Neat News Notes, at the age of ten. Since then, she has worked as a writers’ assistant on several TV shows, including Desperate Housewives. She also writes film and TV scripts, as well as short stories. E-mail her at [email protected].

Scott Maloney received his BS from Becker College in 2005. He enjoys traveling the country as a motivational speaker addressing audiences of all ages. Contact Scott via e-mail at [email protected] or visit

Annie Mannix resides in Southern California with her two sons. She has written for several regional publications. She enjoys music, horses, and books that make you smile. Annie is currently writing a humorous book about her childhood. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Oren Margolis is a junior at New York University studying Media, Culture, and Communication and minoring in Music. While not interning in New York, he enjoys singing, leadership activities, and traveling. Oren just returned from a semester abroad in Prague and is excited to see even more of the world!

Teddi Eberly Martin received her BS from BYU, and her master of education from CSU, San Bernardino. After many years working in the field of education, she currently is raising her family in Texas. Teddi enjoys traveling, writing, reading, and long car rides. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Jaime McDougall is a freelance writer and professional blogger. She loves her husband and travel above all else. She plans on becoming a women’s fiction novelist.

Kathleen McNamara is a fourth-generation Californian who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her husband Michael is an award-winning environmental photographer ( She holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and still roots for the Green Bay Packers.

Meredith Marie holds a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She acts in plays and films, writes stories and articles and lives in Brooklyn, NY. In her spare time she likes to do yoga, paint, cook and hang out with her girlfriends. She can be reached at [email protected].

Jamie Miles, a junior at Syracuse University, majors in magazine journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In the spring semester of 2009, Jamie studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and traveled throughout Europe. Jamie enjoys playing racquetball, spending time with her close friends and family, and going to the movies!

Jaclyn S. Miller graduated from Taylor University with a BA in Christian Education. She later pursued her love of writing at Bethel College and earned a degree in Professional Writing as well. Currently, she is employed at an advertising agency and writes freelance. She enjoys cooking, reading (of course!), day hiking and painting.

Samantha Morgenstern is currently a student at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism, Spanish, and fashion communications. She hopes to become a successful magazine editor someday. Samantha enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and of course, writing. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Perri Nemiroff received a BA in journalism from New York University in 2008. Perri devoted much of her college time to her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. She is working for the movie review show Reel Talk. Perri enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family. E-mail her at [email protected].

Lauren Nevins holds a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and dreams of one day publishing her memoirs. Lauren can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Emily Oot is a junior at Georgetown University and a Spanish major. She completed her semester abroad in Chile in the fall of 2008 and went on to a spring semester in Madrid, Spain. She greatly enjoyed sharing her abroad adventures in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. This is her first published story.

Gloria Panzera received her BA from the University of Miami in 2006 and is currently working on a Masters of Fine Arts at Florida Atlantic University. She teaches incoming freshmen at FAU. Gloria enjoys writing, reading, cooking, traveling, and dancing. She plans to write and teach. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

J.M. Penfold was born in Buffalo, New York and received his BA from the State University of New York at Potsdam. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Alissa Piccione graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008. She has previously been published in Newsday, Modern Bride, and American Salon. Alissa currently lives in New York and misses the fro-yo from NU’s dining halls. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Kathleen Whitman Plucker received her BA and Master of Education from the University of Virginia. She lives and writes in Indiana. Kathleen enjoys e-mail at [email protected].

Angela Polidoro received her BA with high honors from The College of William and Mary in 2006. She currently works in publishing and dabbles in writing on the side. You can contact her via e-mail at [email protected] com.

Craig Raphael is a twenty-four-year-old writer and musician. A small-town boy living in the big city, his interests include cats, chickens, public transportation, and high-speed trains. He currently divides his time between New York City and Geneva, Switzerland. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected].

Reema received her BA from New York University in 2008. She enjoys writing, traveling, reading, and playing the piano. She plans on continuing to write professionally and as a hobby.

Carol McAdoo Rehme conquered her college degree in three quick years — and wishes she had slowed and looked at the pictures in all those texts. A veteran freelancer, she edits, compiles, and ghostwrites fulltime. Her latest book is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters. Learn more at:

Kim Rochette is a student at Georgetown University, graduating in 2010 with majors in French and Government and a certificate in African Studies. She is originally from Carlisle, MA, and loves traveling, reading, good food, and dogs. She hopes to live abroad after graduation, maybe back in Senegal!

Amanda Romaniello is a student attending Syracuse University studying Magazine Journalism. She is also a Renee Crown Honors student. Amanda has been writing all her life, and enjoys running and baking. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Emily Ruffner received her BS from Purdue University in 2004 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resources at DePaul University. When she is not working as the HR Manager of a media company in Chicago, she spends her time on the lake path training for her first marathon.

Kelly Salasin writes from her home in the green mountains of Vermont. This is her fourth contribution to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She welcomes your connection at

Lauren Sawyer is a student at Indiana Wesleyan University and is majoring in journalism. She loves writing, reading, blogging and designing websites. Lauren hopes to work for RELEVANT Magazine in Orlando, FL, when she graduates. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Robyn Schroder is currently a college student at Sonoma State University pursuing her BA in English. Robyn enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and hanging out with friends. She plans to write a novel someday and study abroad in London.

Travis Shelley is currently enrolled as a student of The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. He is working on his BA in business. Travis was born in Colorado and would like to return there when he is finished with his degree.

Maya Silver received her BA from Oberlin College in 2008. Currently, she resides in Crested Butte, CO, where she is working for the Office for Resource Efficiency to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the area. Maya loves cooking, running, drawing, traveling, and writing, among many other things. Contact Maya at [email protected].

Annmarie Sitar received a BA in Public Relations from Hofstra University in May of 2008. She is currently living in New York and enjoys singing, swimming, dancing, writing, going to the beach, music and catching a sunrise whenever she can. Feel free to e-mail her at [email protected].

Monica Sizemore is currently a full-time student at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. She enjoys recreational activities, scrapbooking and writing. She plans on writing and publishing more short stories in the near future. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Stefanie Smith received her BA in English from Northern Illinois University in 2008. She works as a nanny while pursuing a career in writing. She is an avid reader who enjoys spending her free time in the company of close friends. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Rob Snyder graduated from DePauw University in May of 2008. He spends his days developing code and his nights writing stories. He laughs recklessly, abhors con artists, thinks the Internet is a dangerous place for a little knowledge, and is always up for a good dragon slaying.

Amanda Southall is a freelance writer and graduate of Virginia Tech. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she enjoys running, hiking, and biking around town.

Taylor Sparks is a freshman at The Master’s College.

Kerri Morrone Sparling has been living with Type 1 diabetes since she was six years old. Recently married, Kerri writes one of the most popular diabetes patient blogs in the country at She currently lives in New England with her husband and their army of cats.

Cynda Strong is a high school English teacher in Springfield, IL, and the author of Where Do Angels Sleep, her first children’s picture book. Cynda loves teaching others how to write. She and her husband, Micheal, enjoy travelling, their grandbabies, and their Lhaso Apso, Honey.

Erica Upshaw currently enjoys living by the beach in Los Angeles and works as a photographer agent and professional speaker. Erica has presented her program “Keep Friendship Alive” all across the country to tens of thousands of students. For more information please visit

Michael Wassmer is a writer and student. He lives in Memphis, TN, and writes for the humor website You can e-mail him at [email protected].

After almost twenty-five years in the corporate world, Kathryn West decided to apply her editorial and writing skills to the classroom of middle schoolers. As she finishes up her coursework, she’s decided to expand lots of her horizons. She’s currently learning how to knit, play ice hockey and write for pleasure.

Arthur Woods is business major at Georgetown University. He is the founder of Mission Three, a student venture company comprised of ethically-driven services. He is also a member of the all male a capella group, The Georgetown Chimes, and an avid skier with a love for travel and meeting new people. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Ashley Yang is a sophomore at William Smith College in Geneva, NY, which she loves, despite the rocky start. She is a history major planning on a career as a secondary social studies teacher. This is her seventh publication with Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Nikki Yuskowski is in pursuit of a BA in English Education at the University of New Hampshire. Nikki enjoys reading, the beach, writing and shopping.

Andrew Zaleski is a sophomore attending Loyola College in Maryland. When pen and paper aren’t handy, he enjoys drumming with his band, Standing Room Only. He also enjoys sunsets, service, self-deprecation, and trying to sound witty. Andrew hopes to never hold a desk job. E-mail him at [email protected].

D. B. Zane is a middle school teacher who enjoys reading and volunteering in the community.

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