SheVille.org of Western North Carolina is the Online Community Magazine for Women. We are a one-of-a-kind women's magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women's lives and education, the performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability, regional people and events.
We give visibility to regional grassroots businesses and communities affordably for our advertisers because we have no printing nor distribution cost. Our staff efforts focus on making sure SheVille.org is prominent on the web. Search for "Asheville Women" and see who's on the first page!
We welcome those readers and regional businesses who share our mission and community focus. We promote local WNC businesses, educators, farmers, artists and writers by offering affordable advertising, a community calendar and the publication of special event press releases. We also can offer our members personalized small business consultation and referral for web marketing services
See what's going on 24/7 at www.sheville.org and let us know what's important to you. The SheVille Community Calendar is free and available to everyone. Send us the info for your important upcoming events. We want to hear from you!
to provide a current resource for our readers in the areas of women’s lives and education, sustainability and the environment, the arts, local and regional people and events
to feature those elements of community that energize, inspire and encourage collaboration
to promote and give affordable visibility to local and regional entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, artists and writers
to provide a safe and supportive web environment for our readers, advertisers and contributors
We value and have as our guiding principles the feminist ideals of creativity, balance, collaboration, compassion, sustainability, and environmental preservation that challenge greed, exploitation and domination.
An Historic Note
SheVille (that's Asheville without the "A") was begun in 1997 by Leigh Wilkerson as a small, local news, events and advertising vehicle solely for the lesbian community in Western North Carolina. In January 2005 the name SheVille was purchased and registered as a trademark by Va Boyle and Jean Cassidy. Their idea was to create an inclusive, online women's magazine that would easily and affordably bring greater visibility for small, regional communities in the web marketplace.
Over the next five years efforts were focused on finding and developing content that was important to our readers and in deciding how that information could be presented online in a visually pleasing manner. Along with this consideration we had to hone our business and marketing plans to match our mission of offering appealing and affordable advertising. By the end of 2010 SheVille was ready to debut as a Woman's Online Community Magazine with over 900 pages enjoyed by a large readership averaging 300,000 hits a month and 2500 unique monthly visitors initially.
As of 2011, SheViille had "come of age". In responding to requests nationally for a SheVille presence in other states and regions, SheVille will be introduced to other regional markets, consequently the current SheVille will now be known as SheVille of Western North Carolina. Other SheVille communities will have their own regional identification, e.g. SheVille of Rehoboth Beach. Since 2012 SheVille's monthly hits have averaged over one million/month with 4700 unique visitors each month.
Stay tuned ...
SheVille Owners and Managers
Jean was born in Chicago. At seventeen, she entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation where she received undergraduate and graduate degrees, finishing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a clinical social worker and community organizer. She helped establish and run Catholic Rural Social Services in the North Georgia mountains, was part-owner, therapist and practice manager for Psychological and Educational Consultants in Gainesville, Georgia, and was Behavioral Specialist at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Women's Health Center in Asheville, North Carolina until leaving clinical practice in 2005.
Va Boyle, Community Outreach and Development
Va (Virginia) was born in Malvern, Arkansas, the youngest of five. She is a doctoral level (PhD) clinical psychologist with expertise in children, family, couple, and group psychotherapy. She developed and directed a program for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in Brunswick, Georgia. For over ten years she taught undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of child development and emotionally disturbed youth. She owned and managed a private, clinical practice first in Georgia, then in North Carolina for over twenty-five years.
SheVille Focus Group:
Our focus group members provide us with their ideas and suggestions for SheVille. We assess where we're going and what changes and new ideas need to be implemented. The task, of course, is limitless and that's what makes it fun. If you have an interest in being a part of a SheVille focus group please write and let us know.
Lin Sharp – Graphic solutions for print, web and business www.engenesis1.com
Rain Hummingbird - Animal Commnicator www.rainhummingbird.com
Amy Mandel - Community activist and philanthropist. Contact Amy at SheVille at 828-215-2915