About

Yoli Ouiya, CEO (Chief Eco Officer), Founder and Editor, is an omnipresent part of New York City Green movement. She has been dubbed the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, noting her function as the go-to social media presence for everything “green”. She has been featured on variety of “Best Of” compilations including: Black Enterprise’s “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, “Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com, “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013” by ForHarriet.com, and “Five Black Women Chefs We Love” by Clutch Magazine.
brett-downesBrett Downes, Managing Editor, is a young(ish), left of centre, fun loving, freelance writer and perennial traveler. With over a decade of experience in the fitness & health industry as a Health club manager, personal trainer, nutritionist & swimming/lifeguard coach et al.
Born, bred and fed in Wales, United Kingdom: Currently exploring the world one party culture at a time! He loves writing in all forms for all publications, with his particular passion for startup, new & innovative companies. You name a job and Brett has worked it, from a doggy dancer to a sofa security guard. If you want diversity, he’s your man. He promises to settle down when in his own words “there are more yesterdays, than tomorrows.”

Contributors

shomailaShomaila Issam is a modern-age, young and motivating freelance health and fitness writer with over 5 years of experience in the health field. With knowledge in medicine and psychology, she has written a myriad of articles on healthy and organic living, physical fitness, exercise, yoga, martial arts and meditation. She has also contributed to numerous reputable sites and has written over thousands of articles associated with diseases, injuries and their treatments.

Christine McDaniel is a certified Yoga Instructor and teacher where her passion for alternative therapies spreads across a path of holistic health. Having been raised in many modalities of healing, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Kinesiology and Food as Medicine, Christine has gained insight into a wider variety of environmental factors and influences that can interrupt our health and wellbeing. She has travelled and taught in various parts of North America, Thailand and Australia, sharing her deep passionate connection to the yoga practice. She earned her BA in art and American Sign Language from Columbia College Chicago. Christine currently lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. When she’s not teaching (and practicing), she can be found creating raw desserts, modelling for life drawing classes, hunting for exotic fruits, exploring in nature, collecting pods and immersing herself in anything that promotes growth and creativity.
Jill Goldsberry Jill Goldsberry is freelancer writer covering beauty, lifestyle ,travel, fitness and anything that peaks her fancy. Her work has appeared in Juicy Magazine, Examiner.com, Popstyle TV and now Yoli’s Green Living. In addition to writing she spent years as a media consultant and booking producer within the broadcast and radio space. Having always been a fan or organic and natural beauty products and began her journey with homemade egg white facial masks at 15. She loves learning about new ways to cook and create your own natural beauty products. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, cooking ,trying new workouts, traveling to any beach she can get to, dark chocolate, a good bubbly.

Martin Ramirez is a writer that hails from the Lone Star state and is usually involved in anything food, film, or fitness. His inability to sit still has taken him from road trips across the American Midwest to the beaches of Africa and the sands of the Middle East. You’ll find him at every Marvel movie debut or food event in Dallas with a cold Shiner in hand.

From corporate and military lifestyle to the joys of indie freelancing, Martin seeks the fruits of life in discovering local eateries, long running trails, or simply enjoying an evening with his family at home with Masterchef or Anthony Bourdain on Hulu. Texan. Marine. Writer. Runner. Taco enthusiast. Luchadore in training. Future Captain America candidate. Oorah

Mary Marsan is a quirky, curious, and spunky young writer who will gladly ditch the high and low roads to wander freely and more than occasionally hug trees along the way. She is a devoted yoga teacher, well-seasoned veteran of vegan diet, fashion, and lifestyle, and an enthusiastic practitioner of holistic and natural health and wellness. As a lover of all things DIY, she believes that the best- and most fun- way to live in love with the earth is to dig in, explore, and get a little messy along the way. With her passion, experience, and love for all things holistic, healthy, and eco-friendly combined, Mary writes to share inspiration and insight for practical, powerful, and chic green living.
Angela Bronner Helm is a journalist with over 18 years experience as an editor, writer and teacher. She was a founding editor of Honey magazine, and began her career as an editorial assistant at The Source (she’s also known to some as DJ Jela). Angela has also worked at The Village Voice, AOL.com, amNewYork, and most recently as Editor in Chief of Uptown magazine. She is a board member of the Black AIDS Institute and has been a longtime resident of Harlem with her husband and two kiddos (one (drama?) teen, one little guy). Angela loves learning about all things green, alternative healing, urban gardening, and an all around eco-friendly, yet funky, lifestyle.