Sarah Hirschman (1921 – 2012), Founder

Sarah Hirschman was born in Lithuania into a  Russian Jewish family and educated in France and the United States. A reader fluent in several languages, she has always been interested in the reception of literature by groups of different cultural backgrounds. After a 5-year stay in Colombia and work with urban community groups and development projects, she started People and Stories-Gente y Cuentos in Spanish in 1972 in Massachusetts. She developed a methodology that has allowed the program to grow, with trained coordinators conducting programs in both English and Spanish in various parts of the United States as well as in Argentina.  Read more about Sarah’s life.

pat andresPatricia Andres, Executive Director

Patricia Andres was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hofstra University.  She studied American Literature at Rutgers University where she earned her doctorate in 1997.  She has coordinated People & Stories programs since 1987.  She assumed directorship of the organization on a part-time basis in 1998 and on a full-time basis in 2000.

Untitled2Cheyenne Wolf, Development Associate

Cheyenne Wolf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from William Paterson University. Cheyenne is responsible for grant research, preparation and submission as well as managing the donor database. She is also instrumental in supporting our online initiatives. She has been working at People & Stories since 2014.

Essence 1Essence Scott, Story & Database Assistant

Essence Scott was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mercer County Community College.  Essence prepares line-numbered and “clean” master short story copies for easier reading by our participants. She is also responsible for evaluation data entry. Essence is a writer and is working on her first novel, Comeback, as well as a collection of poetry to be published in the near future.


Board of Directors

Georgia Whidden, President

Michelle McKenna, Board Treasurer

Claire Jacobus, Board Secretary

Lynne Fagles

Elizabeth Fernandez

Ellen Gilbert

Virginia Kerr

Sheila Kohler

Mimi Mead-Hagen

Anne Seltzer

Pam Wakefield

Mary Wisnovsky