ISC Welcomes Three New Board Members

The International Storytelling Center (ISC) is delighted to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors.

Attendees of the National Storytelling Festival may already know Lyn Ford from her many appearances as a featured teller and emcee. A fourth-generation storyteller, writer, and educator, Lyn is a two-time recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE award. Beloved in our industry and beyond, Lyn is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers Circle of Elders and a long-time collaborator with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.


Lynda Harris is a long-time champion of ISC’s work. After an early career in education (as a high school teacher and then in post-secondary development), Lynda had a distinguished career at the American Red Cross national headquarters as the National Director of Volunteers and, later, the National Director of Operations for Health and Safety Services. Since retiring to Jonesborough, she’s known as a founding board member of the Storytelling Resource Place and as ISC’s volunteer coordinator from 2018-19.


Cayden Mak is an educator, community organizer, and media specialist based in Oakland, California. Until recently, Cayden was the Executive Director at 18 Million Rising, a digital home for politically progressive Asian Americans. A much sought-after thought leader, Cayden was recognized by Everyday Feminism magazine as an inspirational trans leader of color. They have deep experience with the organized labor, racial justice, and housing equity movements, and are interested in philosophy, game design, and electronic art.


Please join ISC in welcoming Lyn, Cayden, and Lynda as board members. We’re delighted to benefit from their guidance and expertise.