Meet Cindy

Cindy Henry McMahon - author photoUnplanned youngest daughter of activist hippies in the turbulent South, Cindy Henry McMahon survived family violence, fire, flood, poisonous mushrooms, and an ice-cold outhouse. She now lives a decidedly normal life in Asheville, North Carolina.

More about Cindy

  • Granddaughter of a prominent liberal Georgia Baptist leader from the 1950’s and 1960’s, pastor of the first white Georgia Baptist church to accept a black member.
  • Daughter of a former minister who espoused peace and justice at late-night activist meetings and then wreaked havoc at home.
  • Daughter of a woman who stayed married to this abusive man for thirty years, and yet somehow managed to seem like the most sane, healthy woman any of her friends had ever met . . . until she was diagnosed with multi-infarct dementia and slowly lost her connection with the world.
  • Raised in a series of alternative communes and inner city slums in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
  • Master’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Took a sabbatical from her successful nonprofit career to piece together the stories she grew up hearing but never understood. Wrote Fresh Water from Old Wells about the experience, finding forgiveness and peace in the process.
  • Returned to serve nonprofits, now as Senior Consultant for WNC_Nonprofit_Pathways.
  • Mother of two redheaded teenagers.
  • Has been known to sing backup for an indie rock band.
  • Elected to serve on the Buncombe_County_School_Board in November 2014.


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