Team Members

Editorial Staff

Suchitra Shenoy Packer

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Indian by birth, Canadian by marriage, and US-American by choice, Suchitra considers herself a cultural nomad.

Having lived in Japan for a year as a teenager At 17, she lived in Japan as an international exchange student for a year. Later, at 20, Suchitra moved to the US and after acquiring her graduate degrees in Communication Studies, worked as a professor of Organizational and Multicultural Communication in Chicago before relocating to California and later to the East Coast. Chicago is also the city where she met her husband and where the two got married in a Hin(du)-Jew(wish) wedding ceremony formalized by a secular, non-religiously-affiliated priestess. 

Their multiracial kids, a boy and a girl, are the inspiration behind the Parent Voice,

Suchitra has previously worked as a journalist at a leading newspaper in India and as a Public Information Officer at a community college in the US. She is a full-time work-from-home mother, committed to developing the best team and content for the Parent Voice,. In addition to writing a personal diary-blog at ThePhdMama, Suchitra is also a self-taught mandala dot artist and runs a creative entrepreneurial business, Essaberry

She is the author, a co-author, and a co-editor of the following books:


Séverine Perronnet Venkit

Senior Editor,

 Séverine was born and raised in Lyon, France (that she called, without any bias, “the most beautiful city in the World”). She studied English and Mandarin in University, and she is now a translator for Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.

She met her Indian husband in Beijing, China, during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Today they live with their three-year-old daughter in Brussels, Belgium. 

As a parent, Séverine believes in gentle parenting and is a breastfeeding supporter.

She is an avid explorer of the world, enthusiastic dancer, avid reader, and cheese lover. When she is not running after her daughter, you can find her reading a book or tending to her little balcony-garden.

Read Séverine’s story of how she met her husband here – Croissants au Masala​: A French-Indian Love Story


Jessica Colman Cheng

Director of Social Media

Jewish American with touch of Asian flare, Jessica is raising her half-Chinese daughter in Chicago, Illinois. She considers herself a global citizen who has lived abroad in Japan (and speaks the language) and has explored 4 continents.

Jessica has always enjoyed creative writing. A personal essay, from high school called “A Most Precious Gift” was published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff’ in 2002.  Ever since then, she has dreamed of writing more about her own experiences.

With a background in Social Relations and Asian Studies from Michigan State University, she worked in Sales for a Japanese manufacturing company for over 8 years.  During that time, she worked on new product development and Marketing promotions. 

She met her husband, Eric Cheng, in 2008.  He was born in Shanghai, raised in Beijing and speaks fluent Mandarin.  Jessica and Eric welcomed their daughter, Talia, in 2015. Jessica is enrolled in Chinese class with Talia and hopes her daughter can be bilingual one day.

Jessica looks forward to the cultural, social and global learning curves she will experience while working for the Parent Voice.  You can follow her on Instagram @ jesscsmiles or on Facebook @ Jess.C.Cheng
Read Jessica’s story of how she met her husband here – Up in the Air: A Jewish-Chinese Love Story


Brenda J. Allen

Brenda J. Allen (Ph.D., Howard University) is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. She was recruited to CU Boulder in 1989 and joined the CU Denver faculty in 2001. During her 25+ years at CU, Dr. Allen has served in numerous leadership roles and has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, and service in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Among her publications is the groundbreaking book — Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. In addition to performing her duties at the University, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including implicit bias, inclusive leadership, mentoring, empowHERment, cultivating organizational culture, and diversity hiring practices. She enjoys listening to fiction audiobooks and bingeing on Netflix series. 

Shiv Ganesh

Shiv Ganesh is Professor of Communication and Head of School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing at Massey University in New Zealand. His research engages with substantive issues that arise from the intersection of communication processes with globalisation, digital technologies, and civil society organising. Specific studies he has published have examined the intersection of two or more of these phenomena, including such topics as technological transformations in collective action, global aspects of the digital divide, dialogue and social change, volunteering and non-profit organising, global neoliberalism and entrepreneurship, and global rhetoric about technology.

He has previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the National Communication Association’s Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, among other top tier journals. To read more, click here.

Alberto González


Alberto González , Ph.D., is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University. His areas of research include the study of Mexican American public advocacy and examinations of communication interactions among intercultural participants.

He is the co-editor of ‘Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication (6th Ed., 2016). He has also co-edited, Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts (2013) and is a co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014).

He is an active in the National Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, and La Conexión de Wood County (a local nonprofit organization).

An Ohio, United States, native, he lives in Northwest Ohio with his German American wife (a theatre director who cooks schnitzel and tamales), their two daughters, his 95-year-old father, Salsa the golden retriever, Pocket the inside cat, Garage Cat (who lives in the garage), and Ping Pong the goldfish that swims sideways.

Cheryl Crippen


Cheryl is an educator and consultant who specializes in cross-cultural relations. Her professional experiences in both international relations and counseling psychology have informed her current research on the processes of cultural adaptation among intercultural couples, and the patterns of social-emotional adjustment in multiple-heritage young children. Over the past decade, she has interviewed over 100 individuals in intercultural relationships across six continents about their experiences raising children and navigating cultural diversity within families.

She is a co-author of ‘Competencies for Counseling the Multiracial Population: Couples, Families, and Individuals’ adopted in 2015 by the American Counseling Association Governing Council. Cheryl teaches counseling and clinical psychology at California State University, Fullerton.