Divergents Staff
Editorial Staff

Alethia Smith - Lifestyle Editor
Ben Mitchell - Publisher - Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org
Emily Sullivan North - Lead Editor
Christina M. Tedesco - Art Department - Arts@divergents-magazine.org
Deborahanne Mayer -  Copy Editor and Contributing Writer
W.W. Stevenson - Art Department, Graphics  - Arts@divergents-magazine.org
Leon Rice - Civil Rights Editor/Director of Sales and Marketing - Leon@divergents-magazine.org

Art Department - Arts@divergents-magazine.org 
Christina M Tedesco
W.W. Stevenson 



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Alethia Smith - Lifestyle Editor
A native of St. Louis, Alethia holds an Associate degree in art, a Bachelor of Arts in human services, and a Master of Arts in teaching. As well as being an Accredited event designer. Alethia worked as a residential assistant in college, where she was responsible for coordinating multiple events for hundreds of students. This is where she developed a true love for event planning. After college, she led a number of independent partnerships, focused on developing and managing promotion events. She is known for engaging her talents and ideas in fun, exciting, and unconventional ways.
It's the most minute details that make an event successful, and Alethia is the master of the little things. She has the ability to transform and perfect your vision and impeccably execute the detail to create an amazing event. With over a decade of experience planning galas, fundraisers, weddings, and festive events of all kinds, Alethia understands how to fit everything together to create a flawless and remarkable event.

Emily Sullivan North - Lead Editor 
Emily grew up in rural Hudson, New Hampshire in the 1970’s. She enjoyed living in the country and spent most of her time in the woods with her best friends who lived next door. For several years they conquered tree climbing and fort building. From an early age, she excelled in languages, studio art and dance. During Emily’s twenties, she spent five years in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoyed walking in the rain, gardening and painting. Her first career was in nursing and hospice care; she developed compassion while tending to her patients. In 1998, Emily moved back to New England and enrolled in college. While in graduate school, she taught English, Social Studies and Math to students who learn differently at an alternative high school. She developed a passion for empowering students diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD, and other learning differences, and has worked with this population for more than two decades.

Ben Mitchell, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief 
With an MFA in Poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published poems in more than fifty literary magazines all over the US, Canada, and the UK. Mitchell’s first book of poems, Only the Sound Itself, was published by Codhill Press in 2010. In 2012, Mitchell was one of four poets invited to read his work at the first poetry reading of Parabola magazine. Mitchell is currently completing a book called The Bigotry of Normal, reflecting on thirty years working in the field of special education as an individual diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD. He started Divergents magazine as a natural result of the themes in his book: all voices deserve to be heard.

Deborahanne Mayer - CFO 
Deborahanne grew up in Medford, Mass to an Italian American, Irish and Syrian family. She excelled in long distance running and was a standout as a high school athlete. She practiced ballet, tap and jazz from age 5 and carried these talents into college, though ultimately deciding upon a career in the legal field. The first in her family to receive a college degree, upon graduation, she moved to South Boston, worked for a Boston law firm during the day and moonlighting as a jazz dancer for a club in Cambridge. Ultimately, hearing her biological clock ticking, she made a decision to have children and dedicated her life to raising them. Now that the chickens have fled the coop, Deborahanne now splits her time between being a legal eagle, rowing on her Concept 2, practice target shooting and singing in her band, Debbie and the Downers.

Leon Rice, Civil Rights Editor 
Leon was born into the Civil Rights movement: in the 1960’s, his grandfather had to move his family and career from Natchez, Mississippi to Chicago, Illinois. As a prominent member of the NAACP, he found himself next on the KKK hit-list, just after Medgar Evers. This has formed the foundation for everything that came after. Leon graduated from Landmark College as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. During his time at Landmark, he served as the VP of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the first black male Residence Advisor. Over the years, he’s been a basketball coach, an educator, an entrepreneur, and most notably, a writer and a photographer.

Will Stevenson, Graphics Editor 
Will Stevenson is a resident of Red Bank New Jersey and has been doing creative work for most of his life. His art career started at age 14 in Mansfield Middle School in Connecticut, where his Social Studies teacher recognized a talent and suggested a creative project for academic credit. This was then realized by the painting of an historically themed mural on a classroom wall. He exceeded expectations of the Board of two prestigious Art Schools, the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, followed by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, from which Will graduated in 1990. Will has held many creative-based jobs such as the design, installation and maintenance of Japanese Gardens in New England. He has an avid interest in architecture and design and is currently working as a Graphic Designer.






Jay King -- Cover Art, polymer clay golem - “ADHD (Subject finds it increasingly difficult to focus on daily tasks)"