Virginia NOW's Communications Staff
...and the website's founders...
About the Team
I have the honor of working alongside these two wonderful women who make this matrix of online resources extend far beyond the beautiful state of Virginia.
Lisa Keyser's advanced web skills enable me to craft and refine the words and artistic details that you see on these pages. I orchestrate the artful expression, splashing the site with texture and personality, highlighting each page with empowering language. Meanwhile, Lisa keeps the gears and cogs of this machine running smoothly.
Simone Roberts is a juggler! She is able to implement a strong foundation in a short amount of time as well as complete multiple projects simultaneously. She continues to lend her wisdom and insight to keep creating new forms of a thriving, women's culture.
Together, we are the staff of Virginia NOW.
Stay Wild and Free,
Communications VP ♦ Webmistress
Vice President of Communications
Hadley Elizabeth Hunter Hawks AKA "Paradise" is an artist, website designer, and Slumber Parties consultant. Paradise received her B.A. in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University and has a background in women's history, communications, film, and psychology. Paradise is a dedicated women's rights activist who became an executive officer with Virginia NOW in 2012.
With over ten years experience in feminist advocacy, Paradise works to revive several aspects of Second Wave Feminism; including women's history preservation, financial empowerment, goddess theology, and sexual liberation. She also served as Chairwoman for the Arlington Young Democrats Women's Caucus for three terms. Paradise brings a diverse array of experience in event planning, social media marketing, and creative writing.
Paradise oversees communication between the individual Virginia NOW chapters. She also manages the external communication and correspondence within the state. She works directly with Virginia NOW's President to expand our membership, network and resources. In 2014, Paradise created vanow.org and has ran its day to day activity, design, and content ever since. She also created Virginia NOW's Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages.
ERA Coordinator & Historian (2013-2015)
M. F. Simone Roberts is a an independent scholar of poetics with interests in cultural anthropology, feminist phenomenology, ethics, and gender. Roberts is a Poetry & Social Justice Fellow for Split This Rock. She is also co-editor of the anthology Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays and author of the critical monograph A Poetics of Being-Two: Irigaray's Ethics and Post-Symbolist Poetics. Her poems are coming soon to a journal near you. She adventures this world with her consort, Adam Silverman.
She fluidly runs VANOW's social media networks as well as provide press releases for Virginia NOW on a variety of multi-issued feminist topics. She assists Paradise with the website's content and up-keep as well as help handle general inquiries from the public. In 2014, she took on the ERA Foremothers History Project which included the Virginia ERA Network Blog and our fabulous YouTube channel, full of interviews by our very own Virginia foremothers!
Front End Developer
Lisa Keyser is our right hand woman. Anything we need, she makes it happen.
Lisa, a mother of two, is actively involved in her local birth community in Northern Virginia. She sings with her church choir, swims for fitness and occasionally competition, and reads as much as she can. Check out her services at LMK Web Design & Consulting.