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Board of Directors

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Amanda Owen
Executive Director

Amanda Owen is a writer, filmmaker, and a public historian specializing in the American women’s suffrage movement. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation.

She is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell's role in the American women's suffrage movement, and has recently completed writing and directing a documentary, Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote.

Elizabeth Higginbotham
Education Outreach Director
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Elizabeth Higginbotham (B.A., City College of the City University of New York; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Delaware where she also held appointments in Black American Studies and Women and Gender Studies from 1998 until 2015.  She was one of the founding members of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis, where she did award winning research and faculty development activities.  Along with colleagues Bonnie Thornton Dill and Lynn Weber, she is a recipient of the American Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Award and Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award for the work of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis where she had appointments from 1983-1998.

Higginbotham is the author of Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and co-editor of Women and Work: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Class (Sage Publications, 1997; with Mary Romero). Her publications include Race in Society: The Changing Landscape Fourth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: Cengage Learning 2016 with Margaret Andersen. She has also authored many articles in journals and anthologies on the work experiences of African American women, women in higher education, and curriculum transformation.

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Martha Wheelock
Creative Projects Director

Martha has combined education and filmmaking for over three decades. In the mid-1970s, frustrated that there were so few films about women, she created Wild West Women Films in 1976 to create films and media for women’s studies programs, and to educate women and men about women’s place in history and the arts. She is the Executive Director and continues to produce films about women in order to provide positive role models for women and girls. She co-produced the Justice Bell Foundation's documentary, Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the VoteMartha taught English, ethics, and women’s studies for over 40 years in high schools and colleges, most recently at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.

Martha is on the board of the National Women’s History Project and Girls Learn International. She is a mentor at Girls Today, Women Tomorrow. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors. She is a graduate of Earlham College (BA), New York University (MA, PhD) and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

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Kathleen Kelly
Social Engagement Director

Kathleen Kelly is an award-winning Realtor and industry leader since 1986 and is currently practicing at Keller Williams Main Line Realty, working in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. She has won many prestigious awards including the National Partners Growth Award.


After going through a devastating divorce, Kathleen became a strong advocate for women, helping them through many of life's challenges. She has raised funds for women's causes including The Rachal and Troy Foundation and Laurel House. She is an active board member of The Walnut Club, whose mission it is to celebrate the modern woman and invest in her passion, purpose and potential. Kathleen also had the privilege of co-authoring a brochure "Be Safe Now" with Amanda Owen. This brochure provides contact and resource information for those experiencing domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. 

Cheldin Barlatt Rumer
Marketing and Communications Director

As CEO of i-g creative and the Executive Producer and Host of THIS IS IT NETWORK, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer has spent close to two decades creating, managing and executing strategic grassroots marketing campaigns for clients within an array of lifestyle industries. Rumer continues her commitment to communication and marketing education by sharing entrepreneurial stories through her daily digital program THIS IS IT WITH CHELDIN. In addition to producing her own digital talk show, Rumer owns and operates THIS IS IT NETWORK, where she produces additional online programs highlighting captivating professionals while forming real connections throughout her growing THIS IS IT NETWORK membership community.

Rumer is a marketing expert and Adjunct Professor at both Temple and Drexel Universities in Philadelphia. She has developed a result-driven instructional program called SCREAM YOUR DREAM. This hands-on educational tool supports the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent sales professionals who are looking to take their personal brand and marketing efforts to the next level while achieving their realistic and measurable business goals. As a working mom of two wonderful children, Rumer works to inspire female entrepreneurs to no longer whisper their wishes but to in fact – scream their dreams.

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