Creative Cast: Taking Action to Empower Women

All members of the creative cast have a passion for empowering women, especially those who have been abused by their families and society, as the women of Pathways have been.


wilWil Drouin, Managing Editor

Wil Drouin is a successful businessman and longtime supporter of Pathways to Independence. Wil’s creation of the inspirational book Butterfly Tears not only fulfilled a longtime dream for Pathways founder Dave Bishop, but provided a creative and meaningful outlet for Wil’s own self-expression. Having risen himself from humble beginnings and adversity, Wil is honored to be able to give back and empower young women.

Wil founded publishing and merchandising company Butterfly Legacy, to further flex his creative muscles and expand awareness and support for Pathways.


jenJennifer Thomas, Editor-In-Chief & Book Designer

Jennifer Thomas, owner of Beyond Words Editing, is a freelance book editor and graphic designer. She edits and designs books of all genres, as well as co-writing and publishing books with her business partner, bestselling author Bill Hayes. Jennifer was honored to be invited into the Pathways family by Wil and feels that publishing Butterfly Tears is her most worthwhile achievement to date.

As a lifelong advocate for women, Jennifer takes the Pathways mission especially close to heart. A fourth-degree black belt in karate, Jennifer co-owns and instructs (again with Hayes) Old School Kenpo Karate in Torrance. In 2007, the pair created a six-hour Basic Yet Brutal: Women’s Self-Defense course—featured on NBC Sports—which they teach pro bono to the women of Pathways.


jamieJamie Grace Davis, Cover Artist

Lifelong artist Jamie Davis, owner of Jamie Grace Davis Fine Art, recently completed a tour in Paris for self-study and was recently accepted for enrollment at the prestigious OTIS School of Art and Design.

Jamie is honored to be a part of a project that helps women in such a deep and meaningful way.

For more information on Jamie’s creation of the book’s seminal image, visit our page Interpreting the Cover Art.

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