Author, Speaker, Interviewer Emcee/Announcer Emotional Fitness Trainer
Deborah M. Cofer affectionately called “Mama C” by many is a mother, grandmother and woman who wears many hats. She is the author of five self-published books, founder of SISTAH CHAT RADIO, LLC. She is a community advocate, women’s empowerment specialist, designer of wellness programs for women, emotional fitness trainer, member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a mentor to women of all ages around the country and role model to many. Most recently she created EMBRACE THE VOW, a life-skills and enhancement program designed to inspire and encourage women to live their best life.
Prior to relocating to East Stroudsburg, PA in 2006, she was Director of the Women’s Health Education and Resource Network at North General Hospital in New York City, a program she designed, developed and delivered to the Harlem community, where she received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Susan B. Anthony Award from City Hall. She has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Pocono Record. Most recently she has been the recipient of the Pocono Film Festival’s Advocate For a Better America Award, the Monroe County Image Award’s Community Advocacy Award, The African-American Network’s Woman of Distinction Award for Sistah Chat and the Monroe County Image Award’s Media Excellence Award for Sistah Chat.
Deborah Cofer has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from St. Joseph College in Brooklyn, New York and resides in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Artist, Speaker, Interviewer, Artist and Emcee/Announcer
Sara l. Smith-Katz was born in a small town in upstate New York called Horseheads. After graduating High School in 1977, she became a trained jeweler. In search of new opportunities and feeling an intense desire to spread her wings and soar to new heights, she moved to Stroudsburg, PA, in 1989.
In 1991 Sara obtained her auctioneering license and in 2000 her Realtors license. Shortly, thereafter, she felt the urge to further pursue her education and entered Lafayette College where she went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in 2007. She also received a MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. Sara is the recipient of the African-American Network’s Woman of Distinction Award for Sistah Chat and the Monroe County Image Award’s Media Excellence Award for Sistah Chat. In addition she received the 2016 Top Salesperson Award from BrokersRealty.com for their Stroudsburg office. Among her many talents is artist and print-maker which has afforded her the distinct honor of working with such noted artists as David Driskell, Mel Edwards, Faith Ringgold and Curlee Holton, to name a few. She is also a Realtor with BrokersRealty.com.
Sara joined Sistah Chat in 2014 as co-host on East Stroudsburg University’s 90.3 FM. She currently resides in Stroud Township with her youngest daughter Hannah, 18. She also has one adult daughter, Elizabeth Katz, who lives in Staten Island, NY
Emcee/Announcer Interviewer, Forum Moderator Public Speaker
Holley Kearns is a mom, wife, daughter, sister, entrepreneur and consummate volunteer. Holley has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Moravian College. She is a native of Stroudsburg and has 25 years experience in sales and business management. Her humanitarian interests and dedication towards improving the quality of life for others is unwavering and undeniable by all those who know her.
With an extensive background in charitable works Holley continues to diligently work toward the enhancement and advancement of the Pocono community as a whole. She is a member of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs and is a past Chairperson of its Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. She has also been the Chair of the annual Rotary Auction and is presently secretary for Boy Scout Troop 300. Holley has also held the position of Treasurer of Cub Scout Troop 300. She has functioned in the capacity of Treasurer of the Board of Women’s Resources and Vice Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Foundation.
Holley lives in Stroudsburg with her husband and teenage son. They enjoy hiking, camping and traveling together.
Model, Dancer, Interviewer Emcee/Announcer
Hannah Katz is a 18-year-old honors student and senior at Moravian Academy college preparatory school in Bethlehem, PA where she engages in programs such as the student ambassador program, pride mentor programs, varsity soccer, and numerous clubs. These clubs include Model Congress and Operation Smile where she plays an active role in helping to improve the quality of life for others.
Hannah is also a promotional model for Beauty Against Bullying a 501c3 organization dedicated to enhancing the self-esteem of young girls through modeling and other self-esteem building venues. Hannah is also a star dance performer at Gigi and Company Dance Studio where she is also an instructor. Hannah is the recipient of the Monroe County Image Awards for Outstanding High School Student.
In August 2018 Hannah will be attending Lafayette College. She is excited to be a part of the SISTAH CHAT team and hopes to reach out to inspire and encourage other young women to use their talents, gifts and abilities to enhance all areas of their lives in empowering ways.
Hannah is employed at Sycamore Grille located in the Delaware Water Gap and resides in Stroud Township with her mother.