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THE WOMEN OF TTN

Our members are the heart and soul of The Transition Network.  Our chapters are born, nurtured and grown through the vision and energy of these exceptional women. And they come to TTN with wonderful life stories of successful careers, diverse families, and plentiful life experiences to share.  

Browse through our Member Profiles to learn more about what brought our members to this point in their lives, what they are hoping to accomplish next and how they view their impact on the world.

Our Featured Members

Karen West
Meet Karen West, a member of the Minneapolis chapter-in-formation. She shares with us an article she wrote on the joys of creating a book discussion SIG and her lifelong love of learning. Read more...

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Marlene McPherson
Meet Philadelphia TTN Member Marlene McPherson, co-writer of the Hallmark Channel TV special, Christmas Getaway, airing on December 23, 2017. Read more...

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Wendy Papir Bernstein
Wendy Papir Bernstein has been a member of TTN’s NYC chapter for over 15 years. Her 48-year career in speech-language pathology includes university teaching, clinical supervision, professional practice, program development, and a book - The Practitioner’s Path in Speech-Language Pathology. Read more...

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Joy Loverde
Meet Chicago member Joy Loverde. Joy owns her own business and is a well-known mature market consultant and expert in the area of positive aging. Her second book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? (Da Capo Press, 2017) was published in October. Her own life transitions have led Joy to the work she is doing today. Read more...

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Mary Hiland
As if we need reminding about how amazing our members are, you must read this terrific piece in The Columbus Dispatch about our Central Ohio member, Mary Hiland. Read more...

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Sheila Eby
Sheila Eby, who joined TTN after retiring from a communications role at JPMorgan Chase, just had her first published piece of fiction, Line of Sight, appearing in the esteemed on-line publication Flash Fiction Magazine.  Take a look! Read more...

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Elizabeth Hansen
Member Profiler spoke with Elizabeth Hansen when she was fresh off the plane after a week-long respite in Oaxaca, Mexico, steeped in her most-refreshing form of yoga. Read more...

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Victoria Weill-Hagai
Nineteen years married, together 24/7. How does a widow go on after such intense closeness? Victoria Weill-Hagai anticipated from the start of her marriage that her husband would precede her since he was nearly 30 years older. Read more...

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Sally Dougan
Sally Dougan has been a TTNer for about 12 years, and “has always looked for ways to contribute.” Joining the group in its early days, she recalls that her first role was service on the “Annual Breakfast committee,” which planned the fun-filled event still enjoyed by many of us every December. Read more...

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Pamela Brown
TTN is for exploring women -- women who search for both new experiences and an emotional “home”. Both objectives can be met through TTN’s peer groups and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Read more...

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Introducing TTN Featured Author: Susan Goldfein
It’s time to introduce the newest TTN Featured Author: Susan Goldfein. Susan Goldfein, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, “recharged an old interest in writing” after she retired. Read more...

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Thelma Zirkelbach
Except perhaps in murder mysteries, no one really plans to lose a spouse. TTN National Member Thelma Zirkelbach of Houston, Texas certainly didn't, but when her husband of 34 years died in 2005, she was confronted with the reality of widowhood. Read more...

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Kim Fischer
Interview with Kim Fischer on Starting a TTN Chapter – October 2015 by Kathleen Vestal Logan Read more...

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Joan Menschenfreund
My first glimpse of Joan Menschenfreund was that of an artist engrossed in her newest painting, of a lively street scene she had seen outside her Upper West Side window. Read more...

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JoAnne D'Aleo
Not all transitions are about leaving what you know behind to learn and do something completely different. JoAnne D'Aleo's story is about building her skills and then using those skills in a new endeavor. Lucky for us, that new endeavor is TTN! Read more...

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Carolyn Walter
Courtesy of TTN Philadelphia Chapter: TTN Philadelphia Chapter member, Carolyn Walter, PhD, LCSW, is a professor emerita at Widener University's Center for Social Work Education. She has authored several books, including "Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Perspective", as well as numerous journal articles. Read more...

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Luanne Mullin
Luanne Mullin, a member of the Steering Committee in the San Francisco Chapter, a Project Manager at the University of California and the Marin County Commissioner on Aging has a lot on her plate. But she never stops looking out for new and exciting challenges to keep life interesting! Read more...

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Pat Snyder
Pat Snyder Chapter: Central Ohio From reporter to attorney, Pat brings humor to everything she does. She has woven her passions into a career of helping others live a happier life. Read about Pat's life journey in search of "balance". Read more...

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Ellie Giles
From working with special needs children to advising business leaders, Ellie Giles never does anything small. Read more...

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Lisa Dworkin
Lisa Dworkin joined TTN-Chicago in May 2011 when she was looking for a book group. After attending her first meeting, she was anxious to belong to an organization made up of such interesting, intelligent women. Read more...

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