Our Team

Rica Elysse
Rica Elysee

Editor in Chief & Owner of Boston Naturals

A savvy leader and communicator, Rica Elysee brings fresh ideas and talent to the Boston beauty scene.. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Political Science and Women Studies. Ms. Elysee serves as the Editor and Curator for BostonNaturals lifestyle blog.  Elysee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as the founder and Executive Director of Lynk7, Owner of Boston Naturals and Editorial Director for Amour Creole Magazine. She understands what it takes to get organizations and businesses noticed, funded and organized. She has serviced clients such as the International Association for Human Values, Athletic Kids Association in San Diego, Nurses Care for Haitian Children and the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter.

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Marshaleen Cornwall

Lead Videographer

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Marshaleen (ML) is constantly inspired by "ordinary" people, documenting their lives and telling their individual stories. ML is a Harvard and MIT trained multimedia storyteller, videographer and journalist who holds a BA in English and a MA in Journalism. She specializes in short form video documentaries has shot in India, Brazil and Spain. She is the 2014 winner of MIT’s Comparative Media Video award in the categories of Best Documentary and Best Non-Undergrduate Entry. She is currently a video storyteller and owner at ML Cornwall Films, LLC. www.mlcornwallfilms.com ,http://vimeo.com/mlcornwall

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Arlyn Williams

Contributor

After giving birth to her very curious little boy, Arlyn Williams fell in love with childbirth. Understanding that she was a part of a small group of women that enjoyed their labor, she knew that she wanted to touch the lives of women all over the world in an effort to promote a happy and healthy childbirth experience, empowering them to be fearless and educated about their rights and choices surrounding labor. She is finally chasing her dream of becoming a support system for soon to be mothers and existing mothers, creating For the Love of Labor. She provides photography and childbirth education services. www.loveoflabor.com

Felicia Okonkwo
Felicia Okonkwo

Workshop Organizer

My name is Felicia Tshitenge aka flexy.my friends call me all kind of names(as long as it is fun and legal).I joined Boston Naturals about a year ago to lend a hand and a voice in reuniting womanhood and sisterhood, being they sister's keeper.I currently work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Review Officer where I deal with criminal and civil cases surrounding licenses and motor vehicle. I have come to meet alot of different people in my line of work and I really believe that people have lost their humanity along the way, so am hoping to change and pave the way for a better mankind when it comes to service of others. I also wear different hats; am a daughter, sister, wife, mentor, big sister, friend and helper. I own a startup home base catering business called SistAct 3 Catering with my two sisters and brother as our business manager which we are hoping to turn to a store front soon.Our passion for cooking and serving is the driving force behind it. My motto in life is "Live and Love".

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Maya Reardon

Creative Communications

Maya is a graphic designer, photographer and lover of animals! She is a typography fanatic and draws letterforms in her sketchbook every morning, over a cup of tea. In a recent photography project, she photographed young women with natural hair, in hopes to inspire and highlight natural beauty.  mayareardonphotography.com

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Arafat Akbar

Contributor

Arafat is a visual artist, media designer, producer, lyrical artist and entrepreneur. He is dedicated to using his talents for the betterment of inner city communities in Boston and beyond. Arafat is a firm believer in the power of individuals and families to provide for and heal themselves. In 2008, Arafat founded LightSpeed Entertainment, Inc., beginning a life of business dedicated to edutainment, enlightening himself and others on their natural capacity to thrive.

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Bernette Dawson
Bernette Dawson

Contributor

Bernette Dawson, Founder of Lady B Naturals, is a wife and mother of two sons. Bernette sought a chemical free solution for families skin care needs. Bernette takes great pride in the time, effort and care she puts into Lady B Naturals. The result was a product line that is a natural solution to a chemical free lifestyle.

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Desiree Headley

Contributor

Desiree Headley is a college graduate residing in Boston, working in the non-profit sector. Desiree prides on being subservient to her community by dedicating time to volunteer and give back. She loves to write and shares wisdom through her personal blessings and short comings. Desiree's passion in life is simply to help people. Check out some of her writings in her personal blog: http://therandomlifeofdesiree.blogspot.com/.

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Dorothy Mensah

Contributor

Originally from New York, Dorothy Mensah moved to Boston to pursue her business degree at Northeastern University. While attending Northeastern University, she decided to chase her dreams to pursue her creativity as a fashion designer. Dorothy now runs her own clothing line L.O.R which cultivates a lot of bold and fresh designs. A lover of fashion, food, and travel, Dorothy will be contributing her creative ideas to the fashion bog for Boston Naturals.

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Kathy “KStar” Montrevil

Contributor

With a passion for hair and beauty paired with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Kathy "KStar" Montrevil has spent the last ten years creating a brand that believes in therapy through the hair, body and soul - Hairapy! Born in Brooklyn, NY, Montrevil dived into the world of hair after a hair scare as an early teen. It was then Montrevil knew that she would lead Having worked in numerous salons all around Boston and New York, Montrevil is known for staying up to date with the newest hair trends while constantly educating herself and her clients on natural hair and skin products that repair as well as prevent damage. With a clientele that has followed her from shop to shop for over 15 years, it became apparent that Montrevil needed a place where she can expand on her exceptional skills in hair, skin and makeup and give her clients the Hairapy they desired. (more…)

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Pamela Coleman

Contributor

Originally from Jackson, MS. She received her B.S. degree in Mass communications from Jackson State University. Deciding not to write for the city newspaper, Pamela wanted to pursue a different passion. After relocating to Texas and now Minnesota, Pamela has found herself in a unique position. Now, a stay at home wife and mother of two (more…)

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Malaysha Hardy

Contributor

Imagine walking through the arch of the Eiffel tower as it lights up the midnight Parisian sky, enjoying the most decadent chocolate after a long day of shopping on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. That is pretty much Malaysha’s dream life. Malaysha is a Bentley graduate, stylist and blogger behind the style blog, Lay Summers. She is an optimist that also happens to be a former ballerina with an intense passion for shoes and books. She prides herself on being a healthy role model for her two younger brothers and the go to person for all things fashion among family and friends. When she’s not working on creating her dream career or in an intense online shopping session, you can find her indulging in her favorite pastimes, writing and Beyoncé.

Tiffany Probasco
Tiffany Probasco

Contributor

I'm Tiffany Probasco, I'm a freelance writer and editor of The Fab Empire, Boston Fab blog. I am all about uplifting our community and loving ourselves in our natural state is part of that.