Allie Cashel - Co-Founder & President
Allie Cashel is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and is the co-founder and president of Suffering the Silence. Since starting work with STS, Allie has been invited to speak at events around the country ranging from private fundraisers, to medical schools, to bookstores and support groups. Some highlights include: an appearance on Good Day NY (Fox5), a presentation at a United States Congressional Forum and her facilitation of workshops on disability, inclusion and storytelling around the country. Allie served as the Chair of Young Leaders Council for the Global Lyme Alliance and works as a marketing and content development consultant for both nonprofit and for-profit clients. She graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts.
Erica Lupinacci - Co-Founder & Director of Communications
Erica Lupinacci is the co-founder and publicist of the original Suffering the Silence web community and now works as the Director of Communications for STS, where she is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy for the organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, where she studied Public Health and Theatre. Erica is an actor and producer in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with lupus at 18 and is dedicated to raising awareness for people who have felt silenced or alone because of their differences.
Amanda Crommett - Creative Director
Amanda Crommett was born and raised New York City, where she has lived and worked as an artist for over a decade. She attended Vassar College, where she received a degree in Film Studies. While photography is her main focus, she more generally interested in storytelling through different mediums, and the impact art can have on social action. Her work has been showed in several venues across the US and throughout the WEB-stratosphere. She also has a special adoration for archival and curatorial practices, and works full time as the studio manager at David LaChapelle's Post-Production Studios in NYC. Amanda also works as the Creative Director for Suffering the Silence, where she is responsible for the execution and development of all creative campaigns.
Jacqueline Raposo - Founder, #MarchingWithMe
Jacqueline Raposo is the founder of the Suffering the Silence advocacy initiative, #MarchingWithMe. She has lived with the varying affects of Lyme disease for over twenty years. A freelance journalist, editor, and the host of Love Bites Radio on Heritage Radio Network, she uses her public platforms to explore "why and how we love", sharing stories of humans who connect in compassionate, empowering ways. An unapologetic feminist, Jacqueline's honored to help organize #MarchingWithMe. Find more at www.wordsfoodart.com and @wordsfoodart.