Executive Board

Executive Board

stensonJane Stenson – Co-Chair

Jane’s long teaching career spanned preschool through graduate students, and, coupled with her professional leadership, shows her belief in storytelling’s ability to promote learning, performance, and human development…and to advance core curriculum in schools.  Her co-authored books

  • Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom: Our Cultural Voices and Perspectives (2012)
  • Literacy development in the Storytelling Classroom (2009)
  • The Storytelling Classroom: Applications across the Curriculum (2006)

are a must-have for storytelling teaching artists, educators and storytellers.  Beyond her own telling (she is teller-in-residence at a PreK through 8th grade school) she has worked effectively with storytellers, teachers, administrators, and children to produce storytelling events and conferences, including the Betty Weeks Storytelling Conference for Educators 1997-2006. www.janestenson.com stenson.stories@gmail.com

knutsonKatie Knutson – Co-Chair

In Katie Knutson’s 21 years as a Storyteller and 15 years as Teaching Artist, she has delivered Arts-Integrated residencies, performances, and classes to well over 35,000 kids. She has been called an “enchanting and magical” performer, and an “articulate, fun and inviting” workshop leader. Katie spends her days integrating Storytelling and Drama with Math, Science, English Language Arts, Spanish, and Visual Art to bring required curriculum and standards to life in an active and engaging way, all while embedding Professional Development for classroom teachers. In addition to contributing to Science in the Storytelling Classroom by Jane Stenson & Sherry Norfolk, she leads Storytelling and Arts Integration workshops for adults around the US and Canada, writes and curates the New Voices column in Storytelling Magazine, mentors new Storytellers and Teaching Artists, and works as a Teaching Artist for a number of Minnesota theatres, including the Tony-Award-Winning Children’s Theatre Company. Katie is currently the Storyteller-in-Residence at Neill Elementary School. Katie travels around the US and Canada to present workshops on the Art of Storytelling, Physical Character Choices, Theater Games, Vocal Warm-ups/Character Voices, and Arts Integration. Find out more about Katie and her company, Rippling Stories, at www.ripplingstories.com

gearyJoyce Geary – Secretary

Joyce Geary is a  storyteller sharing at many different venues including as a first person history interpreter for adult and children’s programs at the Worthington and Ohio Historical museums. Seeing listeners’  eyes light up during a story  and hearing stories grow or “pop out” of children and adult mouths are among her greatest joys. Joyce also loves teaching English as a Second Language using many techniques and materials including story. Other interests include family, travel, music, swimming, and the outdoors. She is treasurer of SOCO (Storytellers of Central Ohio), a member of OOPS (Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling), WV Storytellers, NSN and YES!

westonDebbie Weston From – Youth Representative

Debbie grew up listening to her favorite storytellers – family!  Now she shares folktales and homemade stories with audiences of all ages, sprinkling her programs with music and movement.  Debbie also enjoys creating and facilitating workshops that introduce youth to the art of storytelling. In addition, she produces and hosts a weekly kid-friendly radio show called The Flying Cow Family Hour.


wallaceAnne Wallace – Membership Chair

Anne is co-coordinator for the Georgia Youth Storytelling Showcase and PeachSeed Youth Storytelling Festivals. She is a recipient of the Seanachie Award for outstanding storytelling in Georgia from the Southern Order of Storytellers and the National Award for Outstanding Library Programs from the American Association of School Librarians for her inclusion of storytelling in her library programs.


fordLyn Ford – ex-officio – Special Projects

Lynette (Lyn) Ford is a storyteller, writer, and teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Program.  Lyn is also a part of the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center, and has attended sessions provided at the Kennedy Center to inform and assist artists with their work’s connections to the Common Core Standards.  For more than twenty years, Lyn has provided workshops in both the spoken and written word for storytellers of all ages, as well as parents, educators and other mentors.  Lyn has told stories in venues across the United States, and in Ireland.

omalleyCeline O’Malley – Member at Large

Celine O’Malley is a bilingual storyteller, teacher, community organizer, writer and comedian in Chico, CA. Founder of the Chico Story Slam and the Chico Storyteller’s Guild, Celine has worked with various youth organizations and school settings with youth and teens both in her hometown and internationally. She produced the first ever Chico Tellabration!, which has now become an annual tradition, working with the local homeless youth drop in center to prepare homeless youth to perform their stories at the event alongside local adult storytellers. Celine is passionate about engaging people in the art of storytelling for learning and personal growth, community healing, and social justice locally and globally.

demarestJoanna Demarest – Mentorship Program

Joanna has been telling stories to children and adults for over 20 years.  It all started when after reading every book on her daughter’s bookshelf, multiple times, she wanted something new, so she started creating fresh stories of her own.  This passion for sharing her stories has been fueled by her nineteen moves within the US and overseas.  Joanna specializes in Historical Character Interpretation, American, Historical, Traditional and Southern Tales, Ghost Stories, Storytelling Workshops, and her own unique Ladybug Stories©.  She has performed and presented storytelling workshops from Wisconsin to New England at numerous festivals, libraries, tea shops, open mics, summer camps, and concerts. Joanna was the producer of the 2013 & 2014 Three Rivers Storytelling Festivals, is an active member of NSN, YES!, StorySwap, the Pittsburgh Storytelling Group, the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, LANES -The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the Western Pennsylvania’s StoryWorks Storytelling Guild in Murrysville, PA.

mcgeeRose McGee – Member at Large

Rose McGee, M.Ed. is co-author of recently published book, Story Circle Stories, author of the plays, KumbayahThe Juneteenth Story and Sleep with a Virgin A Perspective on AIDS. For over a decade, she coached the awarding-winning Arts-Us Young Storytellers – the first youth group to perform in the National Black Storytellers Festival. As an educator, she helps teachers understand the power of integrating storytelling into curriculum. Her work with the Minnesota Humanities allows her to use a creative approach to professional development and community engagement with focus on the powerful impact that storytelling, story circles, and integrating the arts into curriculum have in relationship building. Rose created community building concepts: Sweet Potato Comfort Pie™ , Headscarf Society™, TeaLit™, and has a featured TEDx Talk on The Power of Pie. She is featured in the 2015 National PBS television documentary, A Few Good Pie Places. Rose is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota Social Impact Center’s Change Maker Award and resides in Golden Valley, Minnesota.