Meet the Staff
Editor in Chief
Belo Cipriani is Holy Names University’s Writer-in-Residence. His first book, Blind: A Memoir, is a multiple award-winner and has made several high school and college reading lists. In 2015, he was named "Best Disability Advocate" in the San Francisco Bay Area by SF Weekly, and an "Agent of Change" for his advocacy work by the Huffington Post. He was also selected as the Community Grand Marshal for the 45th annual San Francisco Pride Parade — the first blind person to receive this honor in the event's history.
2016 Editorial Staff
Destany Charles, Editor
Destany Charles is from Los Angeles, CA. When completing her B.A. from Holy Names University in English and Communications, she served as the 2014- 2015 ASHNU Event Planner. Now pursuing her M.A. in English, she is the university’s Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and New Student Programs. She intends to go into Public Relations. With a passion for writing, she is hard at work on the first of many books that she intends to publish. What she likes best about HNU, she says, is the people and the energy that they have: “Holy Names is really a community, and you can feel that from the moment you drive through the front gates.”
Robert Erickson, Editor
Robert Erickson comes to Between the Lines with six years of teaching ESL in Japan and five years of computer hardware tech writing and editing under his belt. In his spare time, he likes to read books on Sanskrit and take his 16-year-old dog for slow walks around the park.
Mike Gomez, Editor
Mike Gomez is a Hawaii native who is continuing his journey through Holy Names University after having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from HNU. Chasing his dream of being a sports writer, he is working toward his Master’s Degree in English at HNU. He is the university’s Game Management and Sports Information Graduate Assistant, coordinating activities and events for more than fifteen collegiate athletics teams. His favorite professional teams include the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks.
Mera Moore Lafferty, Editor
Mera Moore Lafferty holds an M.A. degree in ESL and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre. Her creative works have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Her essays have appeared in academic journals and books. She has worked on the editorial staffs of publications including The Asian Theatre Journal, Hawai‘i Review, and currently Between the Lines. Following nearly three decades of successfully teaching English, ESL, Theatre, Film, and Gender Studies at several colleges and universities, Mera is transitioning into an exciting new career in digital editing and social-media publishing.
2015 Editorial Staff
Stephany Cachet is currently enrolled as a 4th-year undergraduate student at Holy Names University. She is working to obtain a degree in Biology and aspires to find a career in the field of mycology. Other interests of hers include illustration, music, and various outdoor activities.
Renald Edwards is a local teacher, educator and community member. He has a real passion for social justice and spreading good to all he meets. He considers himself a problem solver and a people person. Renald loves good music, good food, and good people.
Bryce McQuern works as an instructional assistant in Oakland. He collects paperback originals with lurid covers, but not for the covers.
Nicholas Shea has been a teacher and running coach for the past five years throughout the east bay. He is a native of California’s central coast and when not in the classroom or hitting the trails, he enjoys exploring the various local beer verities and attempting a competitive miniature golf career.
Jake Ward is an overly-determined sports junkie who can’t change the TV channel from ESPN. A jack of most trades, Jake has long dreamed of mastering one: writing. The California local is continuing his tutelage for a Master’s of English: The Writers Craft, while trying to balance his studies with his unhealthy obsession for Bay Area sports.
2014 Editorial Staff
Michelle Morgan earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Holy Names University. In 2014, she and other students from HNU’s Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement traveled to Mississippi to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Andrew Taw earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Holy Names University. He is HNU’s Upward Bound Program Coordinator.