It is our honor to introduce you to the talented 2023 cast of Listen To Your Mother Boulder! We can’t wait for you to experience this year’s show in person on May 13th! With poignant and unforgettable tributes to mothers, tales of hilarious family mishaps, lessons learned from motherhood, beautifully courageous parenting stories, and LTYM’s trademark raw honesty, you do not want to miss these stories! We are even more excited that you get to enjoy them at the incomparable Boulder Theater, a gorgeous and memorable venue complete with refreshments! Tickets are on sale here. And now, meet the women bringing you this year’s stories!
Daphne Biener is a writer and essay coach at The Greener Biener. She has managed to keep herself alive despite being very bad at this business of breathing. She understands that visualization is important, which is why she’d like you to know that someday her writing will be found in your local library as well as in publications worldwide. Daphne has always loved talking. She is an intent and curious listener, driven by a fascination with the stories people chose to tell about themselves. Her clients say that she seamlessly extracts the important bits to help them craft powerful and personal essays, resumes and work profiles. Daphne lives and writes in Colorado, where she is working on her first book, a mid-life, coming-of-age story about finally learning to let go. She believes that once the kids are out of the house, we can all stop pretending to like broccoli.
Monica Breed lives in Boulder with her husband, two teenage daughters and their dog, Milo. Rain or shine, she commutes daily on her bike, interacting with the world from two wheels. Monica, or “Mo,” considers herself an “educator adventurer,” someone who teaches middle school Language Arts while still doing fun stuff outside in her free time. She’s grateful for her family, her good friends, and her teaching partners, who keep it fun. Most of her writing consists of crafting models and examples for her sixth grade students, so writing for adults, where she can use bigger words and worry less about mistaken innuendos, is always a welcomed opportunity. Mo was a LTYM cast member in 2019 and is glad to be back in the midst of a great group of writers and humans.
Eunice Brownlee has spent her life telling stories across many mediums. As a multi-passionate creative, she’s used photography, marketing, writing, and public speaking to connect her message to the world. Because the heart of building community begins with sharing stories, Eunice uses her stories to connect, heal, and change the world. Eunice spends time teaching others the craft of story in her speaking practice. She has coached speakers in telling their stories with WomanSpeak and TEDxFolsom. Eunice’s writing has been published in The Kindred Voice, Motherscope and Spoken Black Girl. When she’s not doing any of the above, she can be found seeking her next passport stamp and drinking wine. Find her @eunicebrownlee on IG, Twitter & Mesh; linkedin.com/in/eunicebrownlee; Web: eunicebrownlee.com
Stephanie Gray is an elementary school teacher, writer, Master Gardener, DIYer, and mother of eight-year-old Caiden and three-year-old Fiona. She lives with her husband, kids, and dog in Westminster. In the summer when she is not teaching, you will find Steph digging in the dirt, talking to her plants, and perfecting her perfect outdoor space for family, friends, and kids to enjoy. She loves stand-up paddleboarding and camping at local reservoirs in her pop-up camper. She hopes to one day publish a children’s book, but admits that her illustrations need some serious work before that can happen.
Stacey is a mother to two could-not-be-more-different daughters, ages 3 and 5. By now she thought she’d be totally immersed in motherhood, happily sitting on the floor “doing voices,” trying desperately to hold on to every precious moment. But instead, she found herself on that same floor reminiscing about the days when she was a writer (published in Paleo Magazine, Hub Spot, New You Magazine), a Chicago ad girl (Revlon, Green Toys, Enjoy Life), a paleo food blogger and health coach (at HealthyStacey.com), and a karaoke superstar (please, don’t clap). Stacey finally got tired of daydreaming about the woman she wanted to be and did something about it by creating the Mother Plus Podcast. Here, she leads women who have lost themselves to sleepless nights and 24/7 tiny human demands to a motherhood where they can be themselves, do things for themselves, and ask for what they want.
Nikki Howley was born in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from ACU in Abilene, Texas. She moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2005 to find her mountain man, Dan, where they are currently married and raising their 3 children together. Nikki has been a massage therapist for the past 25 years and loves all things that have to do with the human body, mind and heart. This is Nikki’s first piece she has written and read. In her free time, Nikki loves running up mountains and will be completing her 3rd Boston marathon (hopefully) by the time this is printed. Nikki enjoys yoga, decluttering and minimalism, none of which she has mastered.
Lisa Lane is an empty nester, reality tv survivor, and 54-year-old newlywed! She is enjoying this “third chapter” of burgeoning adult relationships with her two sons as well as her former high school students. She is a writer (Beyond Mama Bear: How to Survive the Balancing Act of Parenting Teenagers and Teenagers Suck: A Memory Book for Parents During the Awkward and Awful Years), announcer/emcee, voiceover actor (most recognizable since 2018 as the voice of Transamerica Insurance) and a stand-up comedian. Learn more at beyondmamabear.com.
Pam Moore is an occupational therapist-turned-award-winning health and fitness freelance journalist, intuitive eating coach, and podcaster. Since co-producing Boulder’s first ever Listen To Your Mother Show in 2012, she’s written for outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Runner’s World, Outside, SELF, WebMD, Forbes, and many others. Also a certified personal trainer, six-time marathoner, and two-time Ironman finisher, Pam hosts the Real Fit podcast, featuring conversations with women athletes about body image, “enoughness,” and more. Her mission is to help women detach their worth from their weight. She lives with her husband and two children, and rescue mutt in Boulder, Colo. Visit her at pam-moore.com.
Ellen Nordberg’s stories have appeared in The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Parade, and 5280. She has been a featured storyteller in the “Truth Be Told” Story Slam. “Stories on Stage” has performed her stories, and she holds a Colorado Author’s League Award “Best Essay” award.
Zoe Rogers gets inspiration and sleep deprivation from her three awesome kids who make sure life is never dull or quiet. She has been featured on Nickmom.com, Disney Babble Up Late, Edinburgh Fringe, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was recently chosen to MC and perform in the 2019 Gilda Gala.
Maci Welch is an author, illustrator, and lover of all things creative. Her most recent work, The Grumble Bear, is a children’s picture book inspired by silly conversations with her girls, and the ever persistent request for one more “night, night story.” Her other written works include Maggie Morris, her debut novel inspired by her childhood friendships and experiences. She advocates for literacy in children and recently spoke at the Wyoming Literacy Association Young Authors contest kick-off event. Maci is also passionate about mental health and can be heard speaking about her own journey on the Mother Plus Podcast. She resides in Wyoming with her husband, two daughters, and black Lab, Archer Boy.
Kim Wright is an EMDR therapist in private practice with a focus on teaching people the superpower that is Mindful Self-Compassion. She also works as a Mental Health Advocate for BVSD where she gets to hang out with all the cool kids who get sent to the Principal’s office. Kim is the mother of three children who are all growing up way too fast. Kim is curious to write beyond her journal and start to make sense of her own crazy childhood. Just as her mother used to say that her spray-painted gold cowboy hat kept her head on straight, Kim keeps her head on by running on the trails around Boulder and has completed over 30 marathons. Kim has been married to her husband Eric for 26 years and can be found going to yoga with her daughter, taking a pottery class with her middle son, and dropping off or picking up her youngest son at the skatepark.
Jenn Yee is a writer, artist, educator, comedian, and mother. She performed in Socially Distant Mother, a storytelling broadcast beamed around the world during the pandemic. She has also appeared on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and as a keynote or panelist at Denver Startup Week, Boulder Startup Week and Chicago Ideas Week. Jenn recently took up stand up comedy – you might find her at an open mic around the Front Range, working on her set. Jenn has worked as a learning & development executive, strategy consultant, career advisor, coding school director, and startup founder. She is passionate about making work suck less for everyone. Jenn proudly serves as a Board Director at the Boulder Library Foundation, and loves gardening, baking bread, illustrating, hiking with her husband and pals, and being a mom to two pretty special little humans.
Meet Your LTYM Boulder Producers
Stephanie Sprenger is a writer, producer, music therapist, and mother of two daughters. Her work has been published in O Magazine, The Washington Post’s On Parenting, Brain, Child Magazine, Cosmopolitan.com, Mutha Magazine, Redbook.com, the Huffington Post, The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Scary Mommy, among other places. She is also co-editor of The HerStories Project, a writing and publishing community for women at midlife and co-hosts the Mother Plus Podcast. Stephanie lives for sunny weekends and Disney vacations, and in between those moments, she fuels herself with homemade coffee and cocktail creations with her best friends, snuggles from her beloved rescue dogs, and inside jokes with her eleven- and sixeen-year-old daughters. Stephanie is working on a memoir.
Megan Vos is a writer, producer, educator, and mom who lives in South Boulder. This year, she has returned to the classroom part-time, after eleven years as a mostly stay-at-home mom, as the Enrichment Coordinator at her kids’ elementary school. She loves sunny hikes, a good latte, watching The Great British Baking Show with her daughters, and sitting on her deck with her partner. Megan’s writing has been published in Motherscope, Kindred, Motherwell, and Journal of Expressive Writing.
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We can’t wait to see you on May 13th at the Boulder Theater! Tickets are on sale here.
Your 2023 LTYM Boulder Production Team,
Stephanie & Megan