Michelle Nelson, mayor of Flossmoor, will be one of five presenters for the Homewood Stories program on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Homewood Stories gives people a chance to present their true life stories to an audience at the Community House of Flossmoor Community Church, 847 Hutchison Road. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests can arrive starting around 6:30 p.m. and are invited to bring their own treats and refreshments.
Nelson grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, but has roots in Chicago’s South Side. She and her husband have lived in the South Suburbs for 20 years. They have four children. In addition to serving as mayor, she serves on the board of the Homewood Science Center and is working to preserve Flossmoor’s history through the Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History.
Presenter Leotis Swopes is a retired educator and superintendent. She serves as a deacon at Valley Kingdom Ministries and has participated in Generations at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Presenter Karen Olson has been telling stories – in print – since 1978 as an editor at the Chicago Tribune. She transitioned to freelance travel writing and later moved into academia. She presently is a counselor at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
Presenter Archy Jamjun is co-curator of Outspoken LGBTQ stories, a two-time winner of The Moth Grand Slam and a storytelling coach for Pride Action Tank and a team member of Story Jam.
Karen O’Donnell is Homewood Stories producer and presenter who works full-time as a dentist.