Angie Fitzpatrick is an intersectional feminist activist, educator, and scholar who has been building community, uplifting women, and igniting change for nearly twenty years. She holds a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and has presented locally and nationally on the transformative power of feminist leadership. Dr. Fitzpatrick currently serves as Director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women at The University of Toledo where she advocates for gender justice and mobilizes change makers.
Lakedria Lozano, MA M.Ed Eds
LaKedria Lozano has been with Solace since it was a baby! She is a very passionate educator with a focus on marginalized groups. She completed her undergraduate work in choral and vocal music education at West Liberty University, earned a Master’s in vocal performance from Marshall University, and earned a second Master’s in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University.
She has extensive experience as a soloist, chorister, and teacher; and has been featured as a soloist for several masterworks including several world premieres by rising composers and have traveled and performed at both the Vatican and Carnegie Hall.
Lakedria served as an intern with the American Foundation for the Blind in the information and referral department. She served on the faculty of Braille Beats; a 7-10 day Fine Arts Intensive Program in Lapeer MI for Blind and Visually Impaired students ages 9- Adult for 10 years with an interest in the fine arts. Currently, she operates a private school, Generation Academy of Educational Excellence, and serves as an adjunct professor of music at two institutions.
Sarah Rainey-Smithback is an Associate Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowling Green State University. Her work focuses on people who are sexually marginalized, including people with disabilities, people with HIV/AIDS, and LGBT people. She has published in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, and AIDS Education and Prevention.
Her first book, Love, Sex, and Disability: The Pleasures of Care, was published in 2011 with Lynne Rienner Publishers.
She is also an accomplished teacher and mentor at BGSU. In 2015 she received the President’s Advising Award for undergraduate advising and mentoring. She has also developed over 10 unique courses at BGSU, including service-learning courses focused on social justice and community organizing.
Dr. Liz Owens Boltz
Dr. Liz Owens Boltz is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. She enjoys designing equitable, meaningful learning experiences and is dedicated to supporting learners and their diverse goals, needs, and backgrounds. Liz is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Educational Psychology & Educational Technology doctoral program, where her research focused on videogames for learning.