Daphne Callen, Interim Acting Executive Director
Daphne has graciously stepped forward to assume Executive Director responsibilities pending installation of a permanent successor. She has been involved with the Straight Spouse Network since 2006 and has served on our Board of Directors. Since 2007, she has been a primary referral contact in Chicago, where she has been facilitating face-to-face meetings since 2008. Daphne and her husband Jeff, both straight spouses, mentor other Chicago area facilitators and contacts and their’s is among our most active groups nationwide. She has been co-host/organizer for multiple Chicago Gatherings. She and Jeff have spoken on behalf of the Straight Spouse Network at local PFLAG chapters in order to increase awareness of the straight spouse experience with the LGBT community. She is also the moderator of a variety of Online Straight Spouse support groups.
Daphne and her ex-husband have maintained an amicable relationship. Her straight spouse journey (as “Delilah”) is featured alongside those of fellow straight spouses in Unseen-Unheard: Straight Spouses from Trauma to Transformation, written by Straight Spouse Network’s Founder, Amity Pierce Buxton, and R. L. Pinely.
Daphne has a wide range of professional leadership, management, interpersonal and constituent service skills that assure her ability to maintain the Straight Spouse Network’s mission of reaching out, healing and building bridges. Her experience includes intake and administrative duties in a psychologist’s office, and she has also worked in retail, hospitality, advertising and has performed administrative and sales functions for dance studios. Currently, she is an office manager responsible for business development for an architectural firm.
When asked about her passion and dedication to the Straight Spouse Network, Daphne responds, “I want people who are discovering that they are in this situation to know that they are not alone. There is help, and we are here for them. I remember what it was like being new, and feeling lost. I want to be there for people coming in the way others were there for me.”
Janet Mc Monagle, Communications Director
Janet McMonagle has been involved with the Straight Spouse Network since 2003. She has been volunteering as a Support Contact, as well as assisting with administrative work and research for grant funding. She is a professional virtual assistant, specializing in website updates, social media connections, and sales support. Her background is in music, education, and real estate.
Janet discovered her ex-husband was gay while she was already preparing to divorce him. They were divorced in 1999. Her ex-husband has never acknowledged being homosexual or bisexual. Janet lived for several years among family and friends who believed that he was not gay and she was delusional. After finding the Straight Spouse Network in 2003, she realized that she knew the truth, no matter what anyone else believed. She became involved with the Straight Spouse Network as a Support Contact for others who accept and live the truth, no matter how unbelievable it is to those around them.
Janet edits the blog Straight Talk and contributes much of the content. She lives near the beach on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, where she enjoys volunteering with a local Krewe that puts on a spectacular Mardi Gras Celebration. She also enjoys singing in her church choir, and has had the honor of being asked to sing the National Anthem for several minor league ball games and local ceremonies. She’s also the proud mom of two adult sons.
Linda Ehle-Callens, Website Manager
Linda had been married for 32 years when her husband came out in 2007. Having just lost her eldest son to cancer and relocating from a life-time in Northern California to Southern California, the straight spouse process was a rough one for the first few years. She found the Straight Spouse Network and the Long Beach support group, began designing our donation campaigns and our newsletter, News&Notes. Three years post-revelation, Linda went through the qualification process to become a Support Group facilitator and Support Contact. She’s had her group in Pasadena, CA for over five years now.
Linda has a grown daughter and son who also live in Pasadena. It took time and work; but they have rebuilt their relationship with her ex-husband, the father of their children. They have family dinners, celebrate birthdays and holidays together.
Linda is from the San Francisco and Monterey County areas. After she married, she and her husband settled in San Jose where she had her own advertising, marketing and publication design company for 25 years. Linda was also on the staff of a nonprofit, Search Finders of California, for over 10 years. She is an art-director, professional illustrator, senior graphic designer, and writer/editor/published author. She co-designed our new website with long-time business associate Sam Grinels, and has now taken the website-management reins. She is also our Facilitator Liaison and Creative Director. She is dedicated to helping others not feel as lost and alone as she did when “it” happened to her.