Team

Executive Team

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Founder

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Ellie Windham

Founder & Coach

Ellie Windham has over ten years of experience in event planning and program coordination for nonprofit organizations and corporations. Through the last four years of her work and forming a community through the blog, she recently found strength in her own voice and now feels ready to walk along with other women by sharing this experience for growth with other women.

 

Ellie has her MA in International Education from New York University and a BA in International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and ultra running.

Christina Natividad Pagan

COO

Christina is an outdoor recreationalist, do-gooder, and traveler.  She is a NuYorican, growing up in Queens and has lived in Manila, Medellin, Chicago, London and Madrid. She also has taken part in volunteer trips to Peru and South Africa. Christina tries to give back as much as possible through her work, volunteering, and mentoring. Her personal mission is to empower and optimize potential in others. Christina works in the non-profit sector and has previously worked within education, agriculture, government and refugee organizations in project management, data analytics, and evaluation. 

 

Christina attended Barnard College studying sociology and economics, and attended graduate school in London studying social research. Most weekends you will find her hiking around NY state.

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Editorial Team

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Emilie Linder Aiyevbomwan

Editor

Emilie is passionate about women’s rights issues and had the chance to work for several NGOs fighting against discrimination and injustices around the world. Currently, she works for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization helping people to survive and rebuild their lives after a crisis.

 

She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Geneva University (Switzerland) and a Masters degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from Essex University (UK). Emilie moved to NYC from Switzerland, her home country. Curious by nature, she loves to discover new places, cultures and flavors!

Amanda Dresen

Managing Editor

Amanda Dresen met Ellie while running and was drawn to her energy. Shortly after meeting, Amanda became an editor for Walking in Other People’s Shoes and has grown with WIOPS. Originally from Wisconsin, she studied Textile and Apparel Design in a connected program at both UW-Madison and the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. After almost a decade in New York, she now splits her time between NYC and Wisconsin and stays busy with multiple hobbies.

Amanda is a firm believer that the outdoors should be accessible to all, as nature has exceptional therapeutic potential. She spends as much time outside as possible whether running, hiking, biking, or just sitting. She fills her heart with family and friends while always searching for ways to help others.

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Coaching Team

Coach 

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Macollvie J. Neel

Coach

Macollvie J. Neel is a Brooklyn-based writer and communications consultant with a track record of creating content for motivated individuals, businesses, and media publications. 

 

For ten years, Macollvie has planned and executed award-winning communications for Fortune 500 companies, including Disney and MetLife. Prior, she was a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Haitian Times. Macollvie also contributed to the acclaimed “Feet in Two Worlds” radio documentary about immigrants and the companion blog. 

 

Macollvie is the founder and principal of Comms Maven L.L.C. She holds an M.B.A. from Florida International University and a B.A. from Baruch College-CUNY.

Jean Park

Coach

Jean Park is a coach and former therapist who creates embodied, holistic growth experiences for her clients. She believes that everyone is capable of healing and growth, and is passionate about walking with people who are pursuing wholeness in their lives. In addition to her own intentional growth journey, Jean draws from over 15 years of leadership roles in various non-profits and faith communities.

Jean has her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary and her B.S. in Economics from Caltech. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, called Houston home for eight years, then spent a year with her family on a cross-continental RV journey in an Airstream. She now lives in Manhattan with her husband and three boys.

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Coach

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Creative Team

Product Marketing Coordinator 

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Christina Alexandra Baican

Product Marketing Coordinator

Christina Alexandra Baican is a visual storyteller, photographer, traveler, and women’s rights activist from the New York City area. Over the last five years, she has been traveling around the world to experience, learn, and photograph different cultures and ways of life. She loves volunteering and went on her first of many international volunteer trips to Thailand with Habitat for Humanity in 2019. Additionally, she has spent the last few years heavily involved with the photography, social media, event coordination, and marketing strategy for major women’s organizations such as The Women’s Network at Condé Nast and New York Women in Communications. 

 

Christina is also passionate about business development and innovation. Her unique blend of creative and analytical skills and background in finance, marketing, social media, and photography help drive her entrepreneurial spirit as she loves to create and come up with new ideas to grow and innovate.

 

Christina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Journalism/Business Writing. 

Efia Crandon

Makeup Artist

Efia Crandon is a Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Educator who is on a mission to help women develop the skills and confidence they need to walk in Radical Self-Acceptance, Clarity and Boldness. She has always had an innate attraction to beauty and wellness. With over 15 years of experience Efia has beautified countless faces and given skincare recommendations to help get her clients skin all the way together. Not only did she earn her aesthetic license from the Aveda Institute in New York City, she also gained valuable knowledge about the science of skin and how to improve its appearance.

This is not about narcissistic beauty—this is about the power of self-care. Efia believes that women feel most attractive when the connection between what’s on the inside and outside is in sync. Her overall goal with her clients is to build confidence and authenticity.

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Lead Videographer

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Christine Riveria 

Lead Videographer, Editor and Photographer

Christine is dedicated to capturing timeless moments through her videography and photography. From her time working in Diversity and Inclusion and the non-profit sector she discovered her mission for uplifting and empowering the voices of diverse communities. She is now a freelance videographer and photographer creating art to share the voices of others. Her passion lies in the ingenuity, reminiscence and insight associated with these creative pursuits.
 
Christine has her BA in Women Gender Studies and Human Resources from Rutgers University. She is a New Jersey native that loves to travel, skate, and spread kindness!

Facilitator Team

Rowana Abbensetts-Dobson 

WOC Founder's Circle Co-Facilitator

Rowana is a Guyanese-American writer, mental health advocate, and founder of Spoken Black Girl, a publishing & media company that promotes mental health and wellness among Black women & women of color by amplifying emerging voices.

 

Rowana has had fiction and poetry published in Moko Magazine, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Culture Push, and Free Verse Magazine. As a freelance health and wellness writer, Rowana has written for Well +Good, Bold Culture by Streamline Media,

 

The Tempest, and Electric Lit. Her debut novel, Departure Story, published by Spoken Black Girl Publishing on June 1, 2021, is now available for your reading pleasure.

Facilitator

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Ruth Perez

Multicultural Children’s Book Club Co-facilitator 

Ruth is Puerto- Rican and Dominican, born and raised in The Bronx, NY. She has learned slowly but surely the beauty in being a woman of color, embracing the melanin and mane of curls on her head.

 

As a minority living in the South Bronx, she saw the lack of equity that there was in education. She is a firm believer that children are our biggest investment. Ruth is someone who loves children, and always says “They can turn any frown into a smile.” Which is why she is currently volunteering in underserved communities as a tutor in elementary schools, conducting literacy centers. 

 

She is a sophomore at Lehman College, pursuing a bachelors in Speech pathology and Audiology, followed by a Masters in Speech Pathology. These degrees will allow her to continue her work in schools, providing extra support in speech to students with special needs.

 

When she's not working or studying, you can find her with a book in hand. Ruth is also a foodie at heart often cooking or baking in the kitchen. She currently lives in The Bronx with her parents, two brothers, and her Tuxedo cat named Olivia.

Co-Facilitator

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Mia Wenjen

Multicultural Children’s Book Club Co-facilitator 

Mia blogs on parenting, children's books, and education at PragmaticMom.com and is the co-creator of Multicultural Children's Book Day, a non-profit celebrating diversity in children's books.

She is the co-author of two books with Alison Foley, How to Coach Girls (a primer on how to keep girls in sports for coaches), and The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider's Guide.Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe, is illustrated by Nat Iwata and published by Lee and Low.Scholastic is the publisher for her middle grade anthology Asian Pacific American Heros

To find the best diverse books, she wrote best #OwnVoices Children's Books: My Favorite Diversity Books For Kids Ages 1-12 published by Audrey Press.

She is also the co-founder of Aquent, the world’s largest company staffing creative, digital, and marketing talent with 37 offices around the world.
 

Co-Facilitator

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