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Salon 2011 Presenters

Amy Antonelli (Presenter: “Finding Power in Service”) was the first Executive Director of Rising Star Outreach, a non-profit organization that works with the leprosy affected people of India.  The organization provides medical services, uses micro credit to create economic self-reliance, and offers a world-class education to the children of the leprosy colonies.

Amy spent much of her six-year tenure living in rural India where she established the Peery School for Rising Stars, a 14-acre boarding school that has become a safe haven for children from leprosy colonies throughout southern India.  Amy was also the architect of the popular Rising Star Outreach volunteer program, which now boasts an average of 200 volunteers each year and continues to change the lives of both the leprosy patients and the people who come to serve them.

Prior to her work in India, Amy acted as a spokesperson for Apple’s executive officers, including CEO Steve Jobs, and was instrumental in building PowerSchool, Inc., leading up to its acquisition by Apple in 2002.  A 2007 Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she received her B.A. in American Studies from the Kennedy School at Brigham Young University and served a mission to Italy and Malta.

In addition to her current seat on the Rising Star Outreach Board of Directors, Amy also sits on the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation Board, where she serves with other local leaders to foster a sense of community through time-honored traditions and events.  She was named a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and an Ambassador for Brigham Young University, Idaho.  Amy is a marathon runner, a calligrapher, an explorer of faraway places, and the author of the blog Kadalmangalam Road.  She loves her life in Northern California, where she can often be found hiking the Stanford hills with her friends and family.

The oldest of five sisters, Amy considers herself blessed in countless ways, but most especially by the hundreds of children in India who now call her “mom.”


Kate Holbrook (Presenter: “Finding Power in Your Spiritual Heritage”) is the specialist in Women’s History for the LDS Church History Department. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Boston University, where her dissertation is an analysis of 20th century Mormon and Nation of Islam food habits. Her research includes studying cookbooks and homemaking manuals.

A highlight of Kate’s academic career so far was helping to teach courses on Globalization and Global Values in the Harvard Religion Department.  These courses provided students a space to consider ethical and moral questions, to plan lives for themselves based on integrity, compassion, and generosity, and to be inspired by examples of moral courage.  Kate was voted the college’s best teaching fellow for this work, and she co-edited a book of course lectures entitled Global Values 101 (Beacon Press, 2006).

Kate also enjoyed teaching courses on women and religion and food and religion to first-year students at Boston University.  She loved learning from students about Jewish grandmothers who taught children that their bodies were temples.  She loved hearing student reactions to the diary entries of Mormon pioneer women.  Last year, Kate was the first recipient of the Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah.

Kate has published essays about Mormon women, studying religion through the analysis of recipes, the richness membership in the Church brings to her own life, and  . . . religious hunting rituals.  Currently, she is helping Jill Derr to complete a documentary history of the early Relief Society.  She is also writing about Mormon foodways for an encyclopedia on food and culture, embodiment for a new handbook on Mormonism, and the “dietary prohibitions” chapter of her dissertation.

Kate lives in Salt Lake with her husband and three daughters with whom she likes to garden, bake, walk in the mountains, and sing songs.



Valerie M. Hudson is professor of political science atBrigham Young University, having previously taught at Northwestern and Rutgers universities.  In January, she will assume the George H.W. Bush Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.  Her research foci include foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology.  Hudson’s articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Foreign Policy Analysis.  She is the author or editor of several books, including (with Andrea Den Boer) Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population (MIT Press, 2004), which won the American Association of Publishers Award for the Best Book in Political Science, and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Best Book in Social Demography, resulting in feature stories in the New York Times, The Economist, 60 Minutes, and other news publications.  Hudson was named to the list of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2009.  Winner of numerous teaching and research awards and recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant, she served as the director of graduate studies for the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies for eight years, and served as Vice President of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012.  Hudson is one of the Principal Investigators of the WomanStats Project, which includes the largest compilation of data on the status of women in the world today.  She is also a founding editor of SquareTwo, a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, an editorial board member of Politics and Gender and the International Studies Review, has testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and she and her husband David are the parents of eight children.


Tiffany Gee Lewis is a writer and journalist who grew up hopping from one U.S. city to another. She has a BA in journalism from BYU, and has done work for National Geographic Online, The Miami Herald, The Austin American-Statesman, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Meridian Magazine and other publications. For three years she has written the popular From the Homefront column for Mormon Times.

Her favorite topic for writing is family life. She especially likes to explore the humor behind parenting and the need for mothers to find a creative space amidst  the sometimes-tedium of keeping house. When she is not writing, Tiffany manages to avoid housework by running, singing, gardening, and sprouting her own alfalfa.

She blogs at The Tiffany Window ( and lives with her husband and four young sons in Minnesota.


Shelah Mastny Miner (Presenter: “Finding Power in Your Personal Story”) grew up in Stratford, Connecticut, where she joined the LDS Church along with her family at the age of 14. She has a BA in English Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MA in American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at BYU. She has been a middle school and high school English teacher, and teaches writing on the college level. She is the Features Editor of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women, writes for the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog and The Mormon Women Project and keeps a book review blog called Shelah Books It. Her writings have also appeared in Irreantum, Exponent II, and Sunstone.

Since becoming a Mormon, Shelah has been fascinated by the lives of Mormon women and is convinced that every woman has a story to tell which will enrich and benefit others. She loves to hear those stories in the classroom, in the interviews she conducts, and on her early morning runs with friends. If the people she knows don’t tell their stories themselves, she feels justified in stealing them for her fiction. When she’s not writing or running, Shelah can often be found reading in the green chair in her bedroom. Last year she read 132 books and hopes to break that record in 2011. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and four young children.


Emma Lou Thayne (Keynote Speaker). Emma Lou Thayne has written thirteen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and travel stories. She has been widely anthologized and has published internationally on kinship and peace among people and nations. She has been active in encouraging public attention to mental health, spirituality, and the advancement of women. Her words to the hymn “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” have been translated into dozens of languages as has her chatbook of poems about war and the environment, How Much for the Earth? (1983). She has been married to Mel Thayne for fifty-three years, has five daughters and sons-in-law, nineteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Emma Lou taught English and was the women’s tennis coach at the University of Utah, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2000. The Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center is a source of great joy as it provides students and faculty at Salt Lake Community College with broad opportunities to serve. [from Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, 113]


Chrysula Winegar (Panelist) is a mother and entrepreneur. She has four young children who have taught her infinitely more than her almost twenty years of experience in blue chip corporations including Ernst & Young, Estee Lauder Companies and NatWest UK. Her professional life began in Sydney, Australia then London, UK. For the last twelve years she has been based in New York and surrounds.

Throughout her career she has been intrigued by the relationship between companies, individuals and families. Graduate school cemented her interest in work life issues. When single, work life choices meant travel opportunities, further study and end of life care in her extended family. As children arrived, she wanted work choices that honored her mothering as well as recognized her value and bottom-line contribution.

Chrysula uses her experience in international marketing, training and organizational change to write, advise and coach on work life strategies. Through her blog, she agitates for, “the holy trinity of individual knowledge and responsibility, corporate culture and policy and careful base-line legislation.”

Chrysula has blogged with MomsRising.orgHuffington PostCorporate Voices for Working Families and others. Chrysula’s essays will be featured in two books published in 2012: Dare, Dream, Do! Remarkable Things can Happen When You Dare to Dream and The 12 Powers of Motherhood.

Passionate about connectedness and the power of social media to foster mobilization and thought leadership, Chrysula is also Social Media Marketing Director for and last year led a panel at the United Nations Foundation/Mashable Social Good Summit for UN Week on Changing the World One Mother at a Time.

Chrysula is a graduate of the University of London, UK, with a Masters in Organizational Behavior. She in the midst of launching her new baby, When You Wake Up A Mother.




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