Editorial Board

As the Editorial Board for Women’s Voices for Change, we strive to inform and inspire women over forty as we engage in decisions regarding our physical and emotional health, relationships, civic life and modern culture.


Andrea AckerAndrea Acker serves on the Executive Board of Women’s Voices for Change. She lives on Long Island and New York City with her husband David.  Andrea actively supports Young Women’s Leadership Network, Covenant House, Northside Child Development Center, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue and AWSM—Advancing Women in Science and Medicine/Northwell Health. Her passions include the arts, physical fitness, and spending time with her grandchildren. Andrea graduated with a BFA from Syracuse University.



Grace Ali serves as Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Voices for Change. She is an Assistant Professor of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was born in Guyana and is committed to supporting global initiatives to educate women and girls in developing countries, including her own homeland, India and Ethiopia.



Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is president and a founding member of the board of Women’s Voices for Change. She is a gynecologist, director of the New York Menopause Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (1985-present). She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC), a student-led initiative aimed at providing high-quality and equitable health care to uninsured individuals in New York City. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society. Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Dr. Allen is a spokeswoman on women’s health. She was the inaugural speaker for the Iris Cantor Lecture Series on Women’s Health at the American Hospital in Paris, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, regional newspapers and major television news programs on women’s health issues. Dr. Allen joined the board of the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum, a non-profit, literary event dedicated to showcasing renowned authors and interviewers in Louisville community, conversations then nationally distributed on PBS under the title “Great Conversations.”


Sherry Donovan, a member of the Executive Board of Women’s Voices for Change, is co-owner of At Peace Media LLC, a leading provider of internet music services to the spa and massage industries.  She manages and directs music A&R including new artist development. Previously, Sherry worked in the financial services industry, where she was involved in municipal bond trading and sales.  A mother of adult children, she resides in New York City with her husband.  She received a BA from Wellesley College.



Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D. writes a weekly column on Emotional Health at Women’s Voices for Change. She is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience as a psychotherapist in New York City. A specialist in women’s emotional health, her areas of expertise and interest include marriage and relationship therapy, parenting, sexual health and menopause, eating disorders and addictions, and body image. She also researches and advises women over 40 about Internet dating.



Mary Kelly Selover serves as Executive Director of Women’s Voices for Change. She has been a writer and editor for national consumer publications for more than 20 years. While in her late twenties, she started a magazine aimed at the 50-plus demographic, which grew within three years to more than 1 million subscribers. Mary Kelly has also served as a spokesperson throughout the U.S. for a Fortune 100 company and has consulted on numerous marketing and public relations efforts.