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.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education 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 degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director 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. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

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 the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education 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 degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director 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. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. 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 the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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