IMG_9766_thumbnailNeylan McBaine, Founder
Neylan McBaine, a life-long Mormon, grew up in New York City and attended Yale University. She currently lives with her husband and three young daughters. In addition to founding the Mormon Women Project in 2010, Neylan is the author of Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact. Neylan is also the CEO of Better Days, an organization dedicated to celebrating Utah’s women’s history by popularizing the past in creative and communal ways.


IMG_9766_thumbnailMeredith Marshall Nelson
Meredith Marshall Nelson lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband and two children. Her work at MWP draws on her belief that stories are our greatest teachers, that women’s lives and voices should be presented in true balance as half our history, and that every woman’s story is meaningful as both a measure and a guide for our progress as a people. She is a lifelong violinist with an MA in Middle East Studies/Hebrew, and now pursues a deeply-felt calling supporting women through pregnancy, childbirth, loss, and parenthood as a doula, and alignment/movement specialist.

IMG_9766_thumbnailElizabeth Ostler

Elizabeth Ostler is a Brooklyn-based theater-maker, specializing in directing and puppetry. She is the founder of Life’s Echoes Creativity Coaching, and co-founder of the NYC Artist Group. She is a multimedia artist, photographer, sculptor and writer. Elizabeth uses her art to bring awareness to social issues, such as gender inequality, domestic violence and human trafficking. She holds an MFA in theater directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Follow her on twitter and read her blog, Actively Participating in Life.

Graphics Editor

Carolyn Spencer
Carolyn Spencer grew up in the lush state of Washington where her love of art was cultivated. After graduating in Graphic Design from BYU-Idaho she served a full time mission in Pennsylvania. Her journey as a woman and now mother of three small ones has taught her much about how to fill her plate with things of matter. She is a woman who seeks to lift and gather others, whether through art or around a table of good food. Helping women see their worth and not feel alone is one of her life desires.

Social Media Manager

Amanda Freebairn
Amanda Freebairn is a teacher, tutor, and amateur cake baker. She has a BA in English Literature from Utah Valley University. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two charming little girls. Amanda grew up knowing that women could be anything, and she hopes to be able to bring that knowledge to all the girls and young women she meets. The unique and powerful stories of Mormon women have played an enormous role in her faith, family, and life.

Interview Producers

Neylan McBaine

Nollie Haws

Annette Pimentel

Lydia DeFranchi

Leslie Schwartz-Leeper

Megan Armknecht

Meredith Marshall Nelson

Anne Leishman Merrell

Courtney B.

Barbara Christiansen

Krisanne Hastings Knudsen

Kathryn Peterson

Linda Yamamoto

Sabrina Bird

Miriam Hermansen

Katherine Wilkinson

Grace Kwok

Ashley Brocious

Lauren Brocious

Heidi Wiseman

Arica Roberts

Sarah Shumway

Elizabeth Ostler

Rebecca van Uitert

Julie Rodriguez

Jessica Drollette

Jessica Tingey Hansen

Lyndsey Payzant Wells

Melinda Semadeni

Marintha Miles

Shelah Miner

Elizabeth Pinborough

Deila Taylor

Melissa Petrini

Allison Pond

Cheri Andrus

Amy Doxey

Louise Elder

Melissa Hardy

Rosalyn Eves

Rachael Bailey

Elizabeth Clayton Smith

Cassandra Arnell


Sunday School Series

The contributors to our Sunday School Series are a diverse group of women with different backgrounds and expertise. We are grateful for their willingness to engage in discussions of women’s varied roles and experiences in the ancient and/or modern church for the benefit of our Sunday School worship.

Elizabeth Ostler
Meredith Marshall Nelson
Neylan McBaine
Laura Leavitt
Rosemary Demos
Elizabeth Pinborough
McArthur Krishna
Bethany Brady Spalding
Julie M. Smith
Jodi Drake
Rachel Hunt Steenblik
Nikki Yaste
Fiona Givens
Suzette Smith
Leslie Albrecht Huber
Janiece Johnson
Lark Galli
Jocelyn Pedersen
Ashmae Hoiland
Heather Farrell
Jody England Hansen