Founder & Coach
Ellie Windham has over ten years of experience in event planning and program coordination for nonprofit organizations and corporations. She currently produces musical performances for The Secret Place Studio. Ellie is the co-founder of the faith and music-focused running community, Faithful Finishers. 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
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.
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.
Editor + Coach
Tayllor Johnson is an artist, performer, and educator. A published poet, she has been writing and performing her own poetry and plays for over ten years. She is committed to using art to give voice to the world's unspoken needs and guides children to discover and speak their truth. In 2015, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College and sought an interdisciplinary approach to using art to give voice to the world's unspoken needs and guide young people to discover and speak their truth. Tayllor recently received her Master’s degree from NYU, which further inspired her to use art, education, and healing as a revolution and liberation tool for those who need it
She is the founder of Sisterhood(verb), an all-inclusive hub for embracing collaboration, healing, creativity, and abundance amongst Black women through community building. In all she has done, is doing, and will do, she embodies her mission: Find new ways poetry can empower the voiceless, soothe the wounded, and disturb the status quo, setting us all on a path to freedom.
Emilie Linder Aiyevbomwan
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!
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.
Macollvie J. Neel
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.
Lauren is a lifelong athlete and learner who is passionate about running, wellness, communities, marketing, and creative expression.
She is currently pursuing entrepreneurship and building photography and creative business.
Lauren graduated from Howard University with a BA in International Business, Marketing. Lauren competed in Division I track and field while attending Howard University and is still an avid runner. Lauren loves to travel and try new things and is living by the motto “Say Yes to New Adventures”.
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.
Saundra Alexis Heath
Inspiration Sunday with Saundra on Clubhouse
Saundra Alexis Heath is co-founder and Director of Heath Gallery New York and President of the Heath Group. She’s the founder of Show + Sell Your Art™️, and SOLD™️, signature programs to help artist and creatives advance in their careers and get their art work sold. She’s an experienced creativity coach, an an award-winning business and marketing strategist.
Saundra holds a Master of Science in Organizational leadership and has held executive marketing communication positions that have produced award-winning campaign strategies and breakthrough results for P&G, Avon, Royal Caribbean, The U.S. Postal Service, The U.S. Army, General Motors, Amtrak and Quaker Oats.
She’s been published in Fine Arts of America and The Creativity Workbook for Coaches and Creatives: 50+ Inspiring Exercises from Creativity Coaches Worldwide edited by Eric Maisel.
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.
Multicultural Children’s Book Club Co-facilitator
Amy Tai is a Taiwanese-American artist based in Brooklyn. She is a current ChaShaMa resident studio artist and a full-time K-5 visual arts teacher. Originally from Oregon, Amy moved to NYC to pursue her teaching degree at Teachers College, Columbia University.
For the past decade, she has been teaching at schools in the urban community of the Lower East Side, working with students from immigrant and high-poverty backgrounds. Amy is a passionate advocate for art education and has pioneered the schoolwide art program and community-based art shows for the children and families she serves. Her students have been winners of the citywide P.S. Art competition and the Manhattan Borough Arts Festival, which earned them the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Over the past year, Amy’s dedication to her own art practice has evolved. Her paintings and illustrations explore themes of the female conscience, the dream state, and sexuality.