our team

The Faces Behind the Magazine

CLARET ALCALÁ COLLINS

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Claret was born and raised in Venezuela. In 2013, she moved to the United States to attend college and pursue a career in Film and Marketing. After graduating in 2018, she began working at Arkansas’ PBS affiliate where she continues today as an Associate Producer. One of her goals in life is to build a support network through foundations and organizations. She is grateful for her family members who have supported her from the beginning.

VALENTINA MURGA

Associate Editor - Spanish Edition

Valentina was born in Venezuela where she graduated from college with a degree in Fiscal Sciences. She currently lives in Argentina. She considers herself a dreamer and a hard-working and optimistic person. She deeply believes that dreams can always come true and that dreaming with our feet on the ground is a luxury that we can give ourselves without feeling guilty.

ANITA GROTE

Associate Editor - English Edition & Author of Personal Wealth

Anita is a Certified Financial Coach receiving training from Dave Ramsey's company, Ramsey Solutions. She hosts monthly budget bonanzas where people gather to celebrate wins and receive tips and instruction before everyone breaks to do their budget for the upcoming month.

LIGIA VÁSQUEZ

Author of Mindfulness & Health

Ligia is an Ontological Coach, Systemic Therapist, Biodance Teacher, Wellness Promoter, Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner, and Certified International Speaker. With more than 10 years of experience, Ligia seeks to support processes of change and transformation in human beings. Leading and motivating are strengths that distinguish her in the beautiful path of personal growth.

MARÍA MERCEDES RIVERO

Author of Mindfulness & Health

María has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. With more than 30 years in the area of Clinical Nutrition, she has shared her knowledge through well-being programs with several companies. She says her reason to live is her family.

VANESSA FERNÁNDEZ

Author of Beauty & Self-care

Vanessa is a Venezuelan Makeup Artist.  She trained with several well-known personalities and soon began to exercise makeup as a profession, thus developing a wide clientele and followers who support her through social networks where she publishes content that is based on enhancing natural beauty. She stands out among others in her field as a result of her work with celebrities and well-known brands.

ZACK MCCANNON

Co-Author of Skills Unlimited

Zack owns and operates Bell Urban Farm in Conway, Arkansas, with his wife Kim and sons Winfield Fox and Leo Wolf. He has a degree in Filmmaking. He worked for ArkansasPBS producing documentaries before taking a position to manage the Urban Farm Project and Seed Bank at the Public Library in the county where he currently resides.

TIFANEE PO

Author of Sustainability

Tiff is a 32-year-old Canadian who cares about reducing her carbon footprint, one green step at a time. She is the creator of Sustainably Unique which is a community that has been created to help educate, inspire, and empower those looking to reduce their carbon footprint as well. Her goal is to have the blog help make some small impacts on people’s lives so that together, 

we can make impacts on the world!

KIM MCCANNON

Co-Author of Skills Unlimited

Kim owns and operates Bell Urban Farm in Conway, Arkansas, with her husband Zack. She has a Biology degree. She worked at the Arkansas Department of Health before moving to Conway to take a position with Arkansas GardenCorps before launching Bell Urban Farm. She is currently working toward opening the first local foods grocery store in Conway.

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