RITA HENLEY JENSEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FOUNDER
Rita Henley Jensen is founder of Women's eNews. A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Henley Jensen has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and an armload of awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni award, the Hunter College Presidential Grant for Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching, the Alicia Patterson fellowship and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Henley Jensen is also a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is the grandmother of four; two granddaughters and two grandsons.
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CORINNA BARNARD, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Corinna Barnard has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Her background spans finance, arms control, medicine, technology and parenting. In her most recent position, before joining Women's eNews in 2003, she worked for Dow Jones, Inc., where for several years she served as news editor for an international newswire covering emerging markets and later as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in her career, Corinna was a radio commentator for "In The Public Interest," a national public-affairs radio program. She graduated from Yale University in 1980 with a degree in English literature.
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ARIEL JENSEN-VARGAS, WEBSITE DIRECTOR
Ariel Jensen-Vargas cares for all aspects of Women's eNews' CMS web site, including coding, maintanence, user database, analytics, Adwords, SEO and social media.
ANGELINA ALVARADO DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Born in the Bronx, Alvarado returned to New York City in 2012 to care for her elderly grandmother after living in Florida for 30 years. While in Florida, she received an associate degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College. She also established a strong career in real estate sales and administration. She also volunteered at a domestic violence shelter.
In New York, she was able to combine her business skills and her commitment to justice by working at two nonprofits: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Women’s eNews. In 2014, Angie became a full-time employee of Women’s eNews and in 2015 became Women’s eNews director of finance and operations.
KRISTEN ELECHKO INTERIM DIRECTOR OF DEVELOMENT
JUHIE BHATIA, MANAGING EDITOR
Juhie Bhatia has covered health, science and women's issues for 10 years as a reporter and editor. She is also the public health editor of Global Voices Online and in her previous work helped launch EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health Web sites in the U.S., was a nutrition consultant for the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Nutrition Action Healthletter, and has written for Reuters Health, Planned Parenthood's teenwire.com, Bust magazine, HealthDay, Bulletin for the World Health Organization, MSNBC.com, iVillage, Natural Health magazine, and Women's eNews. She's a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also has a bachelor's degree from the University of Guelph, Canada, in nutritional sciences.
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KATINA PARON, EDITOR OF TEEN VOICES
Katina Paron is a youth journalism expert who has 20+ years of youth media experience. Paron got her start at the original Teen Voices in a YMCA basement in Boston in 1994. Her experiences there launched a career in the burgeoning field and led her to create the youth news service Children's PressLine. She also launched the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College, serving to support high school newspapers and journalists throughout the city, and runs NewsHive, a pop-up newsroom and digital storytelling competition. She is a teacher, journalist and avid bread baker who is also working on a comic book-style illustrated textbook for student journalists.
As a news site and mentoring program, Teen Voices offers educational and career building opportunities to female teens interested in journalism. The initiative, evolved from a print publication and direct service organization that began in Boston in 1988, changes the media landscape by elevating girls' voices in news about their lives. Read more about the work of Teen Voices at http://womensenews.org/about-womens-enews-teen-voices.
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MEAGAN LEE BUTLER, DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS ASSOCIATE
Meagan Butler is a gender and social historian who recently converted to nonprofit work. At Women's eNews, Butler works on grant writing and funding applications, arranging and organizing events, and development, marketing and running our women's history walking tour of Downtown Manhattan, Opening the Way. She received an MSc in Social History (2010) and a PhD in Economic and Social History (2014) from the University of Glasgow, specializing in the history of marital breakdown. While living in Glasgow she volunteered at the Glasgow Women's Library and Scottish Women's Aid. At the Glasgow Women's Library, Butler worked as an assistant to the archivist and participated in the development of a women’s history walk through Glasgow's Necropolis. With Scottish Women's Aid, Butler participated in the STOP Campaign to end violence against women and the Stop Revenge Porn Scotland campaign.
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CASSANDRA LEVEILLE, MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Cassandra Leveille supports the relationship-building work of the organization including database creation and maintenance, grant-making, fundraising and external outreach. She has previously supported Feminist Dialogue, The Feminist Press at CUNY and the American Association of University Professors. She is a blogger for Scarleteen, a youth resource for healthy and accurate sex education for those in their teens and early 20S. She has written for Women’s eNews, The Line Campaign and Mic.com. She graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College in 2011 with a B.A. in writing. While there, she was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. Her three-year research project focused on the psychic displacement black people experience due to their erasure from historical narratives in Costa Rica, Ghana and London.
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