The spotlight is growing on My 2nd Act!

  [caption id="attachment_2206" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jessica and Linda[/caption] The Women Survivors Alliance/New Focus Network’s new show-stopping format for My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage has some new faces sharing the spotlight with the charismatic and


Jessica and Linda

Jessica and Linda

The Women Survivors Alliance/New Focus Network’s new show-stopping format for My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage has some new faces sharing the spotlight with the charismatic and sweet tea loving lead and founder, Karen Shayne.  Joining her as Co-Hosts of the show for red carpet interviews, behind the scenes scoops and shenanigans are Nashville WSA survivors, Jessica Meyer and Linda Ragsdale.

Jessica is a rocketing star who has been the keynote speaker, fundraiser, and smile-maker for hundreds of events bringing vast awareness and advocacy to pediatric cancer.  It’s no wonder this media darling is oJessicane of the 2015-16 Champion Ambassadors for Children’s Miracle Network. She’s appeared with Jack Black, Donald Faison and Brett Dalton as a super hero cancer buster. She’s also interviewed Marie Osmond and a host of other celebrities. And she’s only thirteen.  While being a stellar student in her 8th grade class and doing kid stuff, this sprite will supercharge the hearts and hopes of cast, crew and audiences alike.

Joining JesLinda Ragsdalesica is the storytelling extraordinaire, Linda Ragsdale. Linda’s picture book peace series from Flower Pot Press will grow to four titles this Spring, as she continues to help kids of all ages find their inner peace. Linda is president and chief muse of The Peace Dragon, international speaker, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack survivor, Tedx presenter, author and peace teacher. She’s taught over 30,000 students and drawn over 23,000 peace dragons around the world.  “I couldn’t be more honored, excited or blessed to be a part of this hosting cast and this entire movement to bring a new face to the journey through and beyond cancer,” says Linda Ragsdale. “Jessica is so much fun to hang with. If you’ve lost your inner child, Jess will re-introduce you to her!”

Karen, Jessica and Linda each represent a distinct area of survivorship, and together, they’re the new feminine power team taking to the virtual waves and into neighborhoods and stages everywhere.

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.

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