Authors

Sheree McDonald

Sheree McDonald is a freelance writer, editor, and overall word enthusiast. She loves crafting content that educates and inspires people to live their fullest life. When she isn’t writing or reading her favorite book, she enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors of Idaho.

Adam Waltner

Adam studied writing at the University of Colorado in his native city of Denver. An avid cinephile, some of his earliest scribblings were scripts and short films. After writing and directing his first feature film he moved to New York. There he worked as a reader providing coverage on scripts and learning more about the filmmaking process. When he's not reading or watching movies you can often catch him taking photos around the city. He is happy to be working with Cake and contributing to a meaningful platform.

Rev. Nancy Niero
Ordained clergywoman and former hospice & hospital chaplain

Rev. Nancy Niero is an ordained clergywoman in the United Church of Christ. Prior to a career in end of life care as a hospice and hospital chaplain, Nancy has been a historic preservationist specializing in historic cemeteries and a journalist. She loves hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest wilderness.

Hallie Kasper
Nurse practitioner and Director of Palliative Care

Hallie is a nurse practitioner and Director of Palliative Care at Good Shepherd Community Care in Newton. She is certified in both hospice & palliative care and pediatric oncology. Over the past 18 years, Hallie’s affinity for end-of-life care has driven her professional journey. As a member of the Good Shepherd Community Care management team, a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Mentor, an aspiring community board member, and now a professional blogger (who knew?), she is thrilled to share and expand her knowledge and passion for early and comprehensive palliative care. Hallie lives in the Boston area with her husband and teenage daughter and son.

Jen Garcin

Jen Garcin, MS, had an exciting and fulfilling career in criminal justice reform before transitioning to her favorite job ever, being a mom to her daughter & boss, Eloise. Jen is passionate about all issues related to motherhood, social justice, and human interest. She now uses her leadership experience and content skills as a marketing and operations consultant.

Sam Tetrault

Samantha Tetrault is a full-time finance writer and blogger from Orlando, FL. As a writer, she puts her English degree to good use to make the world a better place. She's proud to have visited over 30 countries across 5 continents, and she's always looking for a new story to tell.

Kate Wight

Kate Wight has been a full-time freelance writer and small business social media consultant since 2011. She has written content for a wide array of clients across several industries, but she has a particular fondness for writing about interior design, parenting, lifestyle, and social justice, as well as topics pertaining to science and medicine. When she was in her early thirties, Kate was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a chronic genetic condition that also affects her young daughter. As a result of her diagnosis, she discovered a passion for medical advocacy for patients living with chronic illnesses. Kate believes the process of planning for medical and financial contingencies is one that should constantly be revisited throughout every stage of life, and that transparency can help both patients and their families achieve emotional peace. She hopes to help remove the stigma around preparing for end-of-life decisions even at a relatively young age.

Jasmine Tanguay
Legacy Facilitator

Jasmine Tanguay works to help folks align their final outcomes with their deepest values and greatest gifts. She founded A Sustainable Legacy, where she advises clients and conducts workshops on legacy and deathcare topics. Jasmine trained as a Legacy Facilitator with Life Legacies and as a Funeral Celebrant through Insight Institute. Jasmine also leads FullCircleLife.org, which examines the connected cycles of life and death, and homesteads with her family and livestock in Southeastern MA.

Erin Coriell
End-of-life care educator and grief worker

Erin Coriell is an end-of-life care educator, grief worker, writer, and optimist. She is passionate about bringing awareness and practical support tools to serve at the end of life. She has served as an active hospice volunteer, offering her presence and companionship at the bedside. After studying with one of the great pioneers in death & dying, Ram Dass, Erin began her journey on the path of death awareness. She founded The Conscious Dying Network, a community of speakers, teachers, and life-long pioneers in the field of conscious dying. The network offers educational training and workshops on the important topics of caregiving, aging, dying, and grief. She is currently writing a memoir set to publish next Fall.

Yvonne Bertovich

Yvonne is a writer and author of three books. She currently works full-time at a digital marketing agency in Tennessee. After growing up in Tampa, FL, Yvonne received a B.S. in journalism with honors from the University of Florida. She enjoys researching a wide variety of topics from health and wellness to history, culture, and art. In her spare time, Yvonne loves being active, spending time outdoors, and visiting local coffee shops. She hopes to contribute to Cake’s mission of death awareness and positivity, and to join others in celebrating life in the meantime.

Laura Leavitt

Laura Leavitt is a writer and editor in Ohio. She holds a Master's degree in rhetoric and composition and enjoys writing about the ways our personal finance decisions are made and can be made better. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, The Financial Diet, and The Billfold, as well as a variety of other publications.

Sarah Kessler

Sarah Kessler is an Oregon-based blogger. Sarah writes about culture, education, physical and mental health, and personal finance. She has contributed to popular blogs that help people strategize mentally, emotionally, and practically. When she’s not writing, Sarah works as a research-transcriber in science and education. Sarah’s interests include death positivity and end-of-life traditions.

Belinda McLeod

Belinda McLeod has a degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English and Journalism. She’s been working as a freelance writer for two years. She lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with her husband, three teenagers, and German shepherd.

Amy Wolkenhauer

Amy Wolkenhauer is a full-time freelance writer and has been writing professionally since 2014, specializing in grant proposal and writing. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Seattle University, and has continued her post-baccalaureate studies in technical writing, grant writing, environmental science & policy, nonprofit management, and even canine fitness. Amy has demonstrated a long history of working for non-profit organizations whose focus is animals, children, the environment, sustainability and green living.

Lauren Hannon
Jenny Li

Jenny is a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Biology and is interested in digital health, health policy, and palliative care. She loves Cake even more than cake.

Cassie Barthuly

Cassandra Barthuly is a freelance writer who helps elderly audiences access information they need in the health and wellness, technology, and healthcare industries. To accomplish this, she’s partnered with a wide range of companies across the United States. She has reached local audiences by writing radio scripts, newspaper articles, and scripts for video commercials. Cassandra has also created blog posts, presentations, social media copy, case studies, and more. While freelancing, Cassandra also works with a technology training company as a content developer and marketing associate. She loves comic books, swimming, skiing in the Rockies, and reading young adult fiction. Cassandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Thomas Edison State University.

Klaudia Sekulska

Klaudia is a writer, teacher, and traveler. Her interests are wellness, ecology, and cross-cultural understanding. She is passionate about cake’s mission to plan for the future. In her writing, Klaudia hopes to demystify death to help you live in the present. When she’s not writing she’s climbing mountains in Colorado with her husband and son.