Managing Director Hanne Weedon has spent the last 25 years doing program development and leadership work in not-for-profit and government-funded organizations. A longtime community, arts, social justice and youth advocate, her work with the TLA Network brings together her passion for community organizing, and using the arts as a vehicle for social transformation. Hanne's appreciation for, understanding of and dedication to building representative, inclusive and diverse collaborations is a core aspect in all her work. She holds a BA from Swarthmore College, and lives with her partner and daughter outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Joanna Tebbs Young
Joanna Tebbs Young oversees the TLA Network certificate program. A longtime writer, historian, and TLA facilitator, Joanna is author of the award-winning biography of Vermont historian, Lilian Baker Carlisle. Starting in 2011 as a columnist and feature writer for a small "weekly," she now writes the "Remember When" column for two Vermont newspapers. Joanna's essays have been published in various outlets and she has both a memoir and personal essay collection in the works.
Joanna holds a BA in History from Castleton University, and an MA in Transformative Language Arts and MFA in Creative Nonfiction, both from Goddard College.
A writing coach since 2009 and trained through the Center for Journal Therapy, Joanna is also a facilitator for Vermont Humanities Council and teaches online for the Transformative Language Arts Network. Additionally, she is pursuing a certificate in genealogical research, while working (very) part-time at her local library.
Jade Eby oversees managing the Network's classes. Jade is certified Trauma Recovery Book Coach and published author who specializes in empowering trauma survivors to work on their recovery and stop the cycle of intergenerational trauma through the use of expressive arts. She runs an experimental workshop & community called Writing Fiction to Heal and loves being involved in organizations like TLA Network.
Intern Gabe Seplow works on research and assists with social media and programming for the Network. Gabe is a Philadelphia native who is studying Contemporary Theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He went to high school at AIM Academy in Conshohocken PA, where he was a founding member of the Student Diversity Leadership group, traveling the country to various different conferences to study and learn how to make his school a more diverse and equitable place. Gabe has written and directed plays the Philadephia Fringe Festival addressing social justice, diversity and equity issues, with the goal of shining a light on gun violence, racial biases, white privilege, and more.