Cheri Tiernan is a freelance writer living in the Heart of Dixie, i.e. Atlanta, Ga. Prior to freelancing, Tiernan served as the marketing and communications director for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national children’s charity. Under her direction, the organization secured more than $10 million in cause-related funding for 4,440 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. She has more than 15 years experience as a professional writer, working as a reporter and editor for numerous publications, including Art & Antiques, Creative Loafing and National Real Estate Investor, among others. Her private consulting clients have included the Kenneth Cole Co., Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Atlanta Hawks. She currently serves on the Women’s Solidarity Board for the U.S. Museum for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. In 2011, she helped launch Bean Work Play Café, an Atlanta-based business that provides on-site childcare and flexible workspaces for busy families. Tiernan has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia, and an M.A. in political science from Georgia State University. Her proudest professional accomplishment was sustaining a yearlong (unpaid!) email campaign to the president while simultaneously raising two children under the age of 5; cultivating a private writing practice; helping care for a relative with Alzheimer’s; serving on a contentious murder trial; worrying about her brother in Afghanistan; and generally trying to stay sane. It proves that with passion, anything is possible.