Martha Gershun is a retired nonprofit executive living outside Kansas City, Missouri. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), working with 1,200 abused and neglected children each year in their quest to find safe permanent homes. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Yorker, SELF magazine, The Kansas City Star, and The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. Gershun is married to Don Goldman, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Greater Kansas City. Their children, Nathan Goldman and Sarah Goldman, are both writers.