Who We Are – Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Jean Cassidy, Owner & Managing Editor
Jean grew up in Chicago. She spent her professional career in community mental health, helping develop and manage clinical mental health services in Detroit, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Catholic Rural Social Services in Cumming, Georgia; Psychological & Educational Consultants in Gainesville, Georgia; and Mountain Area Health Education Center Ob/Gyn Residency Program in Asheville, North Carolina. She was a member of the Adrian Dominicans for 17 years, and the community chorus Womansong of Asheville since 1996. She’s been at the helm of SheVille.org since its rebirth in 2005. She is a writer and poet with her first published book of poetry titled Toward the Clearing through Main Street Rag, 2014.
Va Boyle, Owner and Consultant
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 thirty-five years. Va has lived in WNC, and been a member of Womansong of Asheville since 1995.
Dan Cropper, Technical Manager
Dan is president and CEO of The Straight Edge Companies & WNC Advertising. Every company is the by-product of its founder’s cumulative life experiences. After attaining advanced degrees in business from one of New York’s finest business schools and spending many years working within the confines of traditional advertising agencies and marketing services, Dan & Malena Cropper founded The Straight Edge Companies recognizing the fact that the old advertising and marketing approaches of the past several decades were no longer the path to grabbing new prospect attention and securing new business. Since its beginnings in 2004, The Straight Edge Companies have grown into a nation-wide network of marketing production professionals spanning the country and making a tangible difference in the bottom lines of hundreds of client companies. The Straight Edge Companies are small and privately owned. Visit Dan’s website here: Straight Edge Website
SheVille Focus Group:
Our focus/advisory group members provide us with their content ideas, suggestions and requests for content. The SheVille focus group is what we like to call “liquid and informal”…got it? Members are people who have knowledge/experience in these areas: Women & Children Education, Wage Equity & Employment, Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Gender-based Violence, Racial & Gender Equality, the Environment/Climate/Sustainability.
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 or have other ideas to share, please write Jean at [email protected] and let us know, we’re interested!
Jean Cassidy and Va Boyle
Thank You …Over the Years
Rain grew up in Connecticut where her career path began in sales and marketing. She then was co-owner of a glassblowing studio for many years, greatly enjoying the art scene while managing the business and handling all sales and marketing. After moving to Western North Carolina in 2005, an area she loves and calls ‘home’, Rain’s intuitive practice in animal communication and Reiki evolved and flourished. Visit Rain’s website at: www.rainhummingbird.com. When she is not doing consultations for clients or working with SheVille advertisers, you can find Rain in her gardens communing with nature and animals.
Louise Bahia Thompson, Social Media Manager & Designer 2017
Louise completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She received a $2,500 Summer Grant Award in 2014 for her Undergraduate Research “Challenging the Feminine: Gender Tropes in Classical Painting.” She is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Syracuse University’s College of Visual + Performing Arts Fall 2016. See her work and contact her on her website.