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Constance Alexander (MA, MBA, MFA candidate) is an award-winning poet, playwright, newspaper columnist, civic journalist, public radio commentator and arts activist. Currently serving as Faculty Scholar/Arts & Humanities at Murray State University’s Teacher Quality Institute, she is a former AT&T executive and business consultant specializing in marketing and the management of organizational change. She serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and is on the board of the Kentucky Oral History Commission. She has received grants and awards for her creative works from Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Kaiser Foundation, Benton Foundation, Newspaper Association of America, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Center for Civic Journalism, Pilgrim Project. She is also a featured speaker on the roster of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Her involvement in health care issues began in 2000 with a project entitled, Promises to Keep, an award-winning documentary radio series she produced for WKMS-FM on end of life issues. As a result of that project, she received a New Media Fellowship from the Newspaper Association of America and wrote a performance piece inspired by two of the women she interviewed for the radio series. The performance piece, The Way Home, has been performed around the USA to raise money for a range of healthcare-related issues, including breast and ovarian cancers, the uninsured, hospice and women’s health issues. A New Jersey native, Constance has lived in Kentucky since 1988. She completed her undergraduate work at The College of NJ and University of Copenhagen. Her MA is from Kean University (NJ), and her MBA from Pace University (NY). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Academy of American Poets.