Founder and Executive Director
Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz is an award-winning Wisconsin-based journalist. She has written extensively about domestic and sexual abuse for print media outlets, but she felt strongly that survivors needed more speak-out opportunities and a platform from which to tell their own stories in order to empower victims and educate the public. Her professional work is featured at MaggieSchutz.com and she can be found on twitter at @maggiedammit.
Deb Rox is a business development consultant, small business owner, and writer. She is principal of Platform, which provides communications and strategic direction consulting to social media professionals, publications, brands, small businesses, and non-profits. Before running her own consulting firm, she worked in government as an educator, a program director for a sexual assault coalition to raise the capacity of programs in Florida to serve rape crisis victims, and a frontline advocate at domestic violence shelter/rape crisis programs. A leading speaker in the women’s blogosphere, she can also be found at Deb on the Rocks and on Twitter at @debontherocks.
Renée is a survivor of domestic violence. She has a Masters Degree in International Affairs and worked in the field of HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment, and prevention for almost two decades. Additionally, she was a member of the speaker’s bureau for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is an avid runner, professional blogger, and mother, and she has been featured in several magazines including Parents, Southern Living, Ebony, Jet, Upscale, and PEDS. She shared her own Violence UnSilenced story here. She can also be found at Cutie Bootie Cakes and ReneeJRoss.net and on Twitter at @reneejross.
Sarah P. Miller is the director of social community at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she is responsible for the creation and cultivation of various social communities, as well as the advancement of institutional digital media strategy, online brand stewardship, and social marketing to students, alumni, and donors. As current treasurer and member of the board of directors, she supports and serves the mission of Violence UnSilenced and believes that speaking out is a radical and necessary act. She can be found at SarahPMiller.com and on Twitter at @SarahPMiller.
Ann Imig founded the national live reading series Listen To Your Mother, spawning a 10-city phenomenon appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Babble named Ann “2011 Funniest Top 50 Twitter Mom”, and BlogHer recognized her as a “Voice of the Year” 2010–2012. Bearing witness and giving voice to personal narrative inspired Ann’s Masters in Social Work, Listen To Your Mother, and her role with in Violence UnSilenced’s board. Ann speaks both on air and at conferences. She can be found at AnnImig.com and on Twitter at both @annsrants and @ltymshow.
Schmutzie (aka Elan Morgan) is a writer, designer, blogger, speaker, iPhoneographer, and community leader. She can be found at Schmutzie.com, Ninjamatics, and Grace In Small Things, where she works to spread good things on the internet, and she can also be found on Twitter at @schmutzie.
Shannon Carroll is also known as Mr. Lady, hey mom!, and, on occasion, Redneck Mommy. She is also the Conference Programming Manager at BlogHer. She is a survivor of domestic abuse and the soon-to-be ex-wife of an active alcoholic. These two facts are not unrelated. She is the mother of a teenaged son, a tween boy, and an elementary-aged daughter, which means that everyone in her house absolutely loves Ke$ha, just for very different reasons. She is physically incapable of keeping a hamster alive, or baking cookies. She can be found at Whiskey In My Sippy Cup, a critically acclaimed blog about nothing in particular, and on Twitter at @mrlady
Anissa is the survivor of three kids, three strokes, and abuse. You’ll notice that she didn’t say she survived puberty. She’ll let you know how that goes. Wheelchair-bound with one hand, she has taken on motherhood and writing in multiple places, all with the support of Violence UnSilenced’s incredible survivors. Each has taken its own special brand of strength but has returned an untold fulfillment. She can be found at #FreeAnissa and on Twitter at @AnissaMayhew.
After fulfilling her girlhood dream of successfully becoming a trained journalist, Tanis dropped out of journalism to pursue part-time marriage and full-time motherhood. She spends her days advocating for the rights of special needs children, as well as using her voice to support the survivors of domestic violence. When she’s not blogging or public speaking, she’s trying to remember that one joy really can scatter a hundred griefs. She shared her own Violence UnSilenced story here. She can be found at Attack of the Redneck Mommy and on Twitter at @redneckmommy.
Stacy Morrison is an author, writer, speaker, blogger, former magazine editor (Redbook, Marie Claire, Modern Bride, Time Out New York and more), and current Editor In Chief and Director, Content Programming and Design at BlogHer. She is also a longtime relationship violence awareness advocate and has spearheaded dozens of media campaigns, special events, and fundraisers to support this cause. She can be found at StacyMorrison.com and Filling In the Blanks and on Twitter at @bklynstacy.