May 7, 2017

Meet the Team

Julia Baum
Wellness Consultant

Julia Baum is a licensed psychotherapist who works with individuals to overcome struggles such as low self-esteem, work/life imbalance, and fear of failure to help them reach their full potential. Her practice integrates modern, evidence-based therapy with ancient wisdom, mindfulness-based techniques, and existential philosophy. She holds an MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Julia's private practice is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. 

Amanda Dresen
Managing Editor

Amanda was drawn to New York for a career in Fashion from her native Wisconsin and stayed for the ambiance. As a technical designer, she is constantly problem solving and patterning. Amanda runs to clear her mind, ease her stress, keep her body healthy, and most of all, to eat snacks. Books and grammar have always been an important part of her life. She fills her heart with family and friends while always searching for ways to help others.

Ma-Nyahn Kromah
Cultural lunch Chef

Ma-Nyahn Kromah is an IT Lecturer and Business Consultant by day, and a rascal in the kitchen most nights and weekends. Liberian born and New York bred. Her journey in the culinary arts began at an early age as she followed the hemlines of her maternal grandma and cousins in the kitchen. Today you can find her blurring the lines between traditional and modern African Cuisine. She loves to explore culture through conversation and food.

Christine Lee

Christine is your average 9-to 5-er in midtown NYC. Outside of work, her self-care pastime activities include running, reading non-fiction literature, and attending wellness events. She finds gratitude and satisfaction in supporting others succeed in their projects and dreams and is always looking for new ways to expand her passion. Christine is a teetotaler who is fueled by coffee.

Christina Natividad Pagan
Operations Coordinator

Christina is a native New Yorker, growing up in Queens. Christina loves traveling 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 by volunteering and mentoring. Christina attended Barnard College studying sociology and economics, and attended graduate school in London studying social research. Currently, she works in the international development sector and previously has worked in the education sector within evaluation and research.  

Elizabeth Windham

Ellie has experience in volunteer coordination, event planning, fundraising and program implementation for educational and poverty alleviation nonprofit organizations. Prior to completing her master’s degree, she spent 9 months volunteering in Nepal as an English teacher. Ellie served as a consultant in Nepal for Matthew 25 Ministries as part of the earthquake relief liaising with local Nepalese partners. Now currently, she's working in a tech company. Her passion in life is providing educational and learning opportunities for the under-served. Ellie has her MA in International Education from New York University and BA in International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and running.

Andrea Wolf
Social Media Coordinator

Andrea was born in Venezuela and raised by an influential single mom. She decided to move to the US by herself to go to Hult International Business School for marketing. Andrea then moved to NYC to attain a Masters at Parsons School of Design. She has been working in marketing for the last four years with EF Education First Pro Cycling and is very passionate about human connections, mindfulness, and sports.


During these unprecedented times, we want to address how challenging and impactful this will be in shaping our present lives and future stories. Our blog was built on sharing incredible voices within our community locally and globally that show us – we are not alone. This time shows us how truly connected we are.

By staying at home and doing our best not to spread this virus, we understand how important it is to walk in other people’s shoes. We want to encourage everyone to continue to show kindness to each other. Our ability to be empathetic and compassionate is in great need as we are collectively contributing to safeguard each other. Even though we must be physically separate, we hope that we can continue to connect through our voices and shared experience.

Stay strong, stay healthy, continue to live your incredible lives and lift your voices!

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