Our Board of Directors
Women's Education Initiative board members are volunteers who donate their time and talents.
Founder and President
Cheryl Hatch is a writer, photographer and educator. As a photojournalist, she covered conflict in the Middle East and Africa for nearly a decade.She is the founder of a journalism conference and multimedia workshop. Cheryl is an avid scuba diver and open-water swimmer.
Samanda worked as a photographer, editor and photo editor for newspapers and magazines around the U.S. She has a Master of Arts in photography from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, and a B.A. in journalism from San Jose State. Her award-winning images have been exhibited and published around the world. She is a contract multimedia editor for MarketWatch.com and TheStreet.com.
Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Amanda graduated Allegheny College with a bachelor of science in biology. She published three articles in scientific journals for her undergraduate research on population-level DNA analysis and infectious disease transmission in amphibians. After graduation in 2015, she embarked on a career in journalism. In 2018, she returned to graduate school, where she's pursuing her master's in education.