March 10th Speakers

Join us for our Private Event

Tuesday, March 10th
Dry City Brew Works
120 N Main Street, Wheaton, IL

Doors Open at 6 pm

Speakers – For March 10th


Archy Jamjun


Author Bio

Archy Jamjun is the curator of Outspoken LGBTQ stories and a co-producer and teacher for Story Jam Studio. He is a two-time winner of The Moth Grandslam and father to Ladyboy the Cat.

Story Synopsis

A sibling rivalry comes to blows when a young boy gets caught using his sister’s beauty products to fulfill his dream of becoming pretty. 


Jennifer Marcellis


Author Bio

Jennifer has been in law enforcement for 18 1/2 years, with the majority of her career being in an investigative capacity. She is currently a Detective in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where her areas of expertise include major crimes and criminal investigations. Jennifer is also an Adjunct Professor teaching within the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science disciplines. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and holds her first Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and her second in Psychology.

Story Synopsis

 In this story, you will hear how a successful police detective overcomes the physical and emotional trauma of intimate partner violence, and the abandonment by the same law enforcement community she pledged to serve. In her story:  Intimate Partner Violence- From “Protector” to “Unprotected” you will be taken inside the reality where society fails to recognize  “us” the men and women of the LGBTQ community as worthy victims due to the stereotypical notion that  “toxic masculinity” is governed merely by gender and heterosexuality. This is a feature block that you can use to highlight features.


Ken Mejia Beal


Author Bio

Ken Mejia Beal is an award-winning writer and political activist.

Story Synopsis

Ken served as the Program Director for the Democratic Party of DuPage, the first openly LGBTQ person to do so. Ken has also been a podcast host and is currently a candidate for office 


Nicole Zaccaria


Author Bio

Nicole has worked in the field of special education for over 20 years as a speech and language pathologist in the Naperville schools. In addition, she coordinates a ministry for individuals with special needs at her church. She is passionate about being an advocate for those who struggle to have a voice. A couple of years ago, she discovered a new way to use her own voice when she started to dabble in storytelling. She enjoys the experience for its ability to connect people in a world where we often find ourselves divided and separated from one another. Nicole is a single mother and in her very limited free time, she is known to jump into the car and road trip across the country with her two amazing kids. Their next trip will be in just a few short weeks as they head south for a week of beaches, books, and board games!

Story Synopsis

As her friend fights to survive a flood of sorrow and darkness that is brought on by some news she is not sure she can cope with, she winds up giving Nicole and her family the greatest gift of all.


Anna Lloyd


Author Bio

An experienced executive of organization management, leadership and the study of ethical behavior within teams, Anna is engaged in the next generation design of institutions.  The co-founder of the Chicago Institute for Holistic Leadership, she provides personal and workplace coaching and training to executives dedicated to idea generation, systems disruption and thought leadership. Professor Lloyd currently teaches Social Entrepreneurship, a Social Entrepreneur Training Certificate program in collaboration with the Social Entrepreneurship Alliance – Chicago Chapter, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement, and Leadership.  

Story Synopsis

Currently living in Chicago, teaching leadership practice in organization management and social entrepreneurship to University of Illinois at Chicago business students, Lloyd has recently been active in board governance and strategic fundraising campaign design for Chicago nonprofits.  Lloyd facilitates impact among social enterprises and corporations in the Midwest, collaborating with community programming opportunities, recently successful in attracting Harvard’s BLab consideration of impact bonds as a tool for expanding low-income housing in West Chicago.


Susan Balden-Strauss


Author Bio

Susan has lived in Wheaton for 25 years.

She and her husband have raised their 2 boys who have flown off on their own and they are now empty-nesters.  She is currently in the sunset of her career as an Assistant Principal. Suz feels it is important that those who have or are experiencing their child “coming out” share with others about the journey – the pain, the questions, the learning. She believes it is ultimately how we can be there for our children and for each other.

Story Synopsis

Susan’s Story is about her son Ben’s “coming out” to her.

She tells it from a parent’s perspective…..all the feelings and questions and fears exposed from one to the other.