Alongside the changes in Segullah’s publishing format, we’re also making some big changes in staffing. We’d like to first of all thank Kathy Soper, our beloved Cap’n since Segullah was first conceived 8 years ago, begun through a series of emails and phone calls and solidified at a McDonald’s PlayPlace. There’s no quantifying the dedication, vision, and plain hard work it takes to create something like this from the ground up. And so there’s no proper way to thank Kathy and the other founders, including Justine Dorton, who has always kept Segullah’s finances in pristine order, and Melissa Young, who has served in almost every role at one time or another, for giving so much of their lives to create this incredible LDS women’s literary community. Thank you, especially, to Kathy for her courage and honesty in sharing herself with all of us, showing us each how to distill meaning and hope from our unique experiences.
In this time of change, Kathy will remain at the core of Segullah’s Board of Directors, but she is passing the mantle of day-to-day management over to the ever-capable Karen Austin. Karen has a long history of teaching and working with words, beginning in her days as a BYU grad student, and then director of the Reading Center as well as assistant in producing the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. Since then, Karen has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at UC Santa Barbara, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Shepherd University and Newman University. Karen wears the new mantle of Segullah Managing Editor with vision, confidence, compassion, and powerful sense for relevant detail. She knows how to unify all the talent and passion of each staff member to create something bigger than any of us. Welcome, Karen.
Signed, Cheri and other members of the Segullah Advisory Board