As an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu has worked in the television news business as an anchor and reporter for more than two decades. She is also a former Miss USA, author and animal advocate.
Dani Walpole is the Digital Content Editor at Be Kind and Co. She is a writer and journalist who previously worked for Reader's Digest. In her spare time, she likes to play guitar and take walks through the woods.
Lara Scott is a contributor to Be Kind And Co. She can be heard on the radio in Los Angeles every weekday on K-EARTH 101, and is also on the MOMtourage, West of Broadway, and Classic Movie Recall podcasts. When she is not working, she can be found chasing her two young children around at the beach or playground. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @radiolara!
When you want way to know about the latest trends in anti-aging, yoga and wellness, Stacy Cox is a great person to jump in and support your journey. Life is all about striking a balance between what's impacting you physically and emotionally. So, this licensed esthetician and certified yoga instructor taps into her skincare practice and yoga classes to help you look at yourself through a different lens and inspire your mind, body and soul to levels you may not have imagined possible. Stacy's been a contributing expert on the KTLA Morning News for the past 13 years, and she's thrilled to be a part of Be Kind and Co.
Brenda F. Barnette has served as General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services since August 2010. L.A.A.S. is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S., with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls each year.
Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Brenda earned the reputation as a positive change manager with over twenty years of success. Brenda has also served as CEO of the Seattle Humane Society, the CEO of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, the Executive Director of Pets In Need, and the Development Director at the San Francisco SPCA.
Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award winning, “A+” rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.
Bobbi Reyes is the owner/operator of WholeFitBeing. We offer comprehensive wellness services to assist you in being your best, healthiest self inside and out. We strive to help clients discover and develop strategies, learn new techniques, and set goals to create and achieve new healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Becca Evans is a lifestyle and entertainment writer based in Los Angeles. With a background in communications, film, copywriting and editorial writing, Becca loves telling stories about everything from sports and personality tests to local history and travel.
Becca is the digital content manager for Be Kind & Co.
When you feel good about yourself it can only make everything else in your life better. Suzanna has worked as a medical esthetician and makeup artist for over twenty years, dedicated to helping people feel more confident about themselves. She loves mixing natural things from all over the world and the latest technology.
Suzanna is based in Calabasas, CA and works with Dr Roesler, plastic surgeon.
Kacey Montoya is an Emmy-award winning TV News Reporter at KTLA in Los Angeles. In addition to reporting, you’ve also seen her giving the weather forecast and anchoring various newscasts. Prior to KTLA, she spent more than five years at CBS affiliate, KOIN-TV, in Portland, Ore., where she was an anchor and reporter.
In 2017, Kacey founded a nonprofit called Fix’n Fidos to raise money to pay for spay and neuter surgeries for low-income residents of Southern California. Their goal is to educate pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and help those who cannot afford it.
Breck has an innate talent for excavating the truth in a person's life, flipping it like a pancake, then serving up radical shifts in perspective and life. His profound instinct has garnered him the status as L.A.’s most renowned private coach for an international clientele of discerning, high-performing individuals. He has transformed the lives of professional athletes, CEO’s, studio heads, music executives, and many prominent actors; has lead innovative workshops with everyone from NASA to famous rock bands.
Meditation teacher and author Megan Monahan is passionate about making meditation accessible and relatable. Her goal is to infuse a modern-day “realness” into the all too often esoteric landscape of meditation. Since learning to meditate in 2009 with Deepak Chopra and becoming a Chopra certified instructor, she has taught thousands to meditate through her platform. She works with brands like Lululemon, Unplug Meditation, Netflix, Facebook and Wanderlust and works with clients internationally, always bringing her spiritual real talk. Her first book, Don't Hate, Meditate, was published in2019
Giovanni Moujaes is an award-winning immersive video producer at KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles. His work spans social media, 360 video and other emerging forms of storytelling. Outside the newsroom, Giovanni is focused on building his #engagewithempathy brand and writes about leadership and personal development.
Aimee Aristotelous is a certified nutritionist, specializing in prenatal dietetics and gluten-free nutrition. In addition to her Nutrition and Wellness certification through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Aimee has a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She is the author of The Whole Pregnancy: A Complete Nutrition Plan for Gluten-Free Moms to Be.
Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life’s difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer.
She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness as host of the weekly show “The Kindness Podcast” ... through her weekly column, Kindness is Contagious, which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota and as a regular guest on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show.
She is also the author of two books, Kindness is Contagious and Kindness is Courageous.
Nicole lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota with her husband, three kids and over-sized Golden Doodle.
Please visit BraveandKind.net for more information.
Brynn Tiano is the co-founder of InnerStarGirl. She is also the founder of a peer-to-peer girls support program called "Girls, We Lead", where girls in 9th through 12th grade help empower young girls in elementary and middle school. At the age of 12, she told her mother that she wanted to create a safe program for girls, where they could be themselves and talk about the issues that affects girls on a daily basis – body image, self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure, the impact of social media, and friendship issues in girl world.
Brynn is also the founder of the REAL TeenTalk Club at her high school, where she enjoys speaking and planning club meetings, community events and conferences with non-profit organizations. Her mission is to grow this program and take it worldwide. Her book Charlotte McGee, Proud to Be Me is available on Amazon.
Yvonne Ardestani is a French-trained chef who has spent her career creating classic restaurant dishes alongside some of the most prestigious names in food. Now she is reinventing those meals and treats without the use of meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or gluten and sharing them via her mobile app, e-Book, celebration (wedding and birthdays) cakes business, and vegan treats wholesale business, Yvonne's Vegan Kitchen.
Nikki Bruno, a post-divorce women’s empowerment coach, is the founder and CEO of The Epic Comeback™, as well as a 20-year veteran of the publishing industry and a published author. Her experience of reclaiming her power after a high-conflict divorce inspired her to help others do the same. Bruno is a thought leader on high-conflict divorce, verbal and emotional abuse, and intuition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Princeton University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and coaching education and training from iPEC. Bruno has been featured in NBC Palm Springs Tipping Point, Authority Magazine, the Boston Globe, Best Self, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, and Glassdoor. A single mom of two, Bruno loves scuba diving, traveling, salsa dancing, and helping women (re)discover how incredible they are.
Jf Pryor serves as Executive Director of the 501c3 The REAL Bark. He is also owner of the popular Rescue-Based Dog/Cat store Echo Bark Inc. (echobarkinc.com). He is a writer, actor and accomplished equestrian too. Jf lives with his pit bulls in a tree house in Echo Park. You can find him on Facebook @jfpryor
Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. You can find a practitioner of his methods at www.DiscoverHealing.com/practitioners. His best-selling book "The Emotion Code" provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of "The Emotion Code" is now available from St. Martin's Press. For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit www.emotioncodegift.com.
As someone who herself struggled with being her own worst critic, Betsy taps into her her experience as a producer, mom, published author and trained life coach to her help clients turn off their negativity and stand in their own light. Shifting from fear to freedom, clients stop beating themselves up and start leading the lives they desire and deserve.
Betsy received her BA in Communications at The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications and her Masters Degree in Communications Management from USC's Annenberg School for Communications. She is trained as a Fearless Living Coach and a Co-Active Coach. She is certified as a Professional Life Coach from The Life Coach Institute of Orange County, an ICF recognized training facility.
Dr. Wayne Pernell is a global executive coach and seasoned leadership advisor, helping entrepreneurs, executives, and their teams to break through to great new levels of success. He is also a noted relationship expert. Focusing his new vision on a refined strategy, “Dr. P” helps his clients engage more authentically and powerfully at work, at home, and in the world. Having helped thousands of clients across the country and beyond, Dr. P is sought for his speaking and consulting, as well as his wisdom that can be found in any of his bestselling books. For resources from his weekly blog to books to online courses like Relationship Recharge, from retreats to 1:1 advising. visit www.waynepernell.com for more.
Bonny Osterhage is a copywriter and professional journalist in San Antonio, TX. She is also the co-founder of Body Architecture Personal Training and Fitness and a cycle instructor at Lifetime Fitness.
Tony Davis, LMFT, is an AACAST-Certified Couples and Sex Therapist who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2014. He specializes in helping couples and individuals navigate difficult conversations well. You can find out more at CouplesTherapistLA.com.
Chanty LaGrana is an Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist, working in Hollywood for the last 25 years. Chanty has worked on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, American Idol, The Insider, KTLA, and The Bachelor. She's also worked personally on celebrities Paula Abdul, Mary Hart, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth, and Ryan Phillippe.
Declared by AdWeek as a “Branded Content Master Who Makes it OK to Love Marketing,” and by AdAge as a "Forward Thinkers in Marketing,” Beebe was the first ever VP, Global Creative & Content Marketing at Marriott Intl., where he led a global team of over 120 creatives and strategists responsible for consumer-facing marketing creative and content marketing for 30 brands. He led the in-house agency and created the Marriott Content Studio, Marriott Traveler, and “M Live” - the Real-Time Marketing Command Center, which won Gold and Silver Creative Data Lions at Cannes. He was EP of over fifty original brand productions.
Prior to Marriott, Beebe partnered with producers Bruce Gersh & Vin Di Bona to produce “Ultimate Proposal,” “Ultimate Surprises,” and “Stunt Nation” for Yahoo.com
Beebe spent seven years at Disney/ABC, where he founded the Digital Content Studio, and led a team of over 60 creatives responsible for producing digital series, live shows and served as EP on webisodes for Ugly Better, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Cougar Town, and Scrubs. Beebe was honored by the TV Academy with the Emmy for outstanding creative achievement in interactive media for producing the 83rd Oscars Digital Experience.
As an EP for Showtime, Beebe produced DVD Bonus Features and worked at DIRECTV as a marketing copywriter for DIRECTV.com and on-air producer.
Beebe started his career in the US Coast Guard.
Szilvia Gogh is a professional scuba diver, stunt women and jewelry designer. She takes great pride in designing and creating one of a kind jewelry inspired by the ocean for her Gogh Jewelry Design.
Szilvia started Miss-Scuba.com to bring together women from all over the world who share enthusiasm about diving, travel, and adventure.
Dr. Tere Linzey is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and the founder of BrainMatterZ, a program meant to improve auditory processing, executive functioning skills, attention/focus, and memory in youths. Dr. Linzey specializes in “Brain Optimization,” or the practice of training ones brain to develop optimal fundamental skills that are necessary for learning. Dr. Linzey is certified in Neuropsychology and holds three additional master degrees.
Dr. Linzey researched brain potential and cognition at a number of top universities including Harvard and UC Berkeley. Though Dr. Linzey has been in education for 30 plus years, it was during her time at UC Berkeley that she became fascinated with brain science discoveries and the ability to reshape and alter cognitive function. Based on extensive research, Dr. Linzey developed her own comprehensive program designed to optimize brain function.
Laura Rhodes-Levin, LMFT., Founder of The Missing Peace Center for Anxiety —
Laura Rhodes-Levin, LMFT., is a licensed therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Laura holds a Master of Science in Counseling and is known for her unique approach in the understanding of anxiety and anxiety disorders.
Laura is the Founder of The Missing Peace Center for Anxiety, a facility that offers a variety of modalities, including Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback, Meditation and Mindfulness, to help ease the nervous system and restore the brain, body, and mind to a place of calmness and relaxation.
At The Missing Peace Center for Anxiety therapy is combined with modern technology to help facilitate the brain to return to its senses and reach a feeling of well-being.
Laura has received many honors for her work including a Recognition Award for Going Above and Beyond in the Assistance of Rehabilitation Programs for the National Council of Jewish Women, and The National Council of Jewish Women has bestowed her with the Unsung Hero Award by the City of West Hollywood, as well.
Laura served as an expert on psychological issues on several outlets, and has been seen on KTLA, Good Day LA, Fox News, KCAL 9, KCBS, KABC, and more.
For more information on The Missing Peace Center for Anxiety, visit https://missingpeace4anxiety.com.
Author Lisa Wiehebrink writes children’s books that uniquely bridge the connection between people and animals. Through her non-profit organization Tails That Teach, she donates her books to elementary schools and humane societies around the country to inspire kindness to all living beings and encourage literacy. Lisa is also the proud founder of National Rescue Dog Day which recognizes the special bond that comes with rescuing a dog and brings awareness to the countless number of dogs waiting to be adopted. Lisa is a graduate of California State University Fullerton and lives in southern California with her family and four rescue dogs.
Wendy Burch is an Emmy-winning journalist, acclaimed professional writer, and inspiring motivational speaker. With a career in journalism spanning more than two decades, she’s interviewed some of the biggest news-makers of the day. Delivering thousands of live television news reports: everything from breaking news—to high profile court cases—to star-studded red-carpet events. You can currently see her reporting for the award-winning KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles, and readers across the country enjoy her frequent contributions to The Huffington Post.
Nathan Smith is a mental health advocate and blogger. He's the creator of My Brain’s Not Broken, a blog about living with mental illness and promoting mental wellness. His blog shares tips and advice on how to create a mentally healthy lifestyle while sharing his journey of living with depression and anxiety. You can find his blog at www.mybrainsnotbroken.com and connect with his blog on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can also find him on Instagram at @_heyitsnate. Nathan lives and works in Washington DC.
After a 25 year relationship, Rosie Aiello, (pronounced “i-L-o”) engineered an international escape from the Middle East to save her daughter and herself from domestic violence. Stunned by PTSD and nearly mentally destroyed, she reinvented herself since arriving back in the United States, started her own business, and became a speaker, best-selling author and an international awarding-winning entrepreneur.
She's on a mission to help women like her take their life back and reclaim their voice, worth, confidence and courage so that they can create the joyful, productive and prosperous life they deserve. Contact her at: www.TheLoveisKindNetwork.com
Sarah Ordover is a senior living expert with a particular specialization in dementia care. Sarah sits on the City of Los Angeles Task Force for Alzheimer's Los Angeles and volunteers as a facilitator and public speaker for the organization. She holds CSA and CDC certifications in aging and dementia care and authors “The Senior Living Insider” blog. As the owner of Assisted Living Locators, Los Angeles, a no-cost senior living placement service, Ordover helps families tackle the confusing subject of eldercare honestly and with compassion. Ordover attended American University and New York University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Lisa Hu is the founder of “Lux & Nyx,” www.luxandnyx.com. It is pronounced ‘Lucks and Nix.’ “Lux & Nyx” designs luxury, eco-friendly, functional handbags for the modern woman, who is going places and trying to make a difference in the world. After spending over a decade in the corporate world and launching her own business, Lisa understands the needs of the on-the-go female because that’s who she was; it’s who she is and will be. Slowing down is not in her vocabulary. She is passionate about designing products that help women do more and achieve more through innovative and functional designs. She believes that one shouldn’t have to substitute function for luxury and vice versa.
Bethany Jones began her career in television working as a researcher on Prison Break. She has since produced hours of TV for Oxygen, History, A&E, CNN, Discovery, CBS and won best sports video of the year for Grantland, ESPN’s pop culture arm. She has also interviewed leading government officials, federal agents, United States Attorneys and law enforcement officers across the country. She has also interviewed spies, arms dealers, murderers, terrorists, and other notorious inmates. In addition to her TV producing she is a host of the popular podcast, The Pros&Cons. Bethany holds an honors degree from the University of Wales, U.K. in English literature and French.
Malcolm “MJ” Harris is an internationally recognized financial services CEO and motivational success teacher who has consistently beaten the odds to achieve extraordinary success. MJ’s rise began when he started an insurance agency - at his dining room table as a side business - while working as a Management Consultant for a “Big 4” firm. Through sharing his story with the world on social media about overcoming personal and financial trials, the business quickly grew into a multi-national financial services and self-improvement powerhouse.
MJ serves as chairman and chief executive of MJ Harris Global Enterprises, which wholly owns or oversees the operations for MJ Harris OmniMedia, National Care Financial Group, National Care Premiere Partners NA, and other companies in the financial services and entertainment industries. National Care, which is one of America’s largest African-American owned financial services firms, is a premiere brokerage platform for over 1000 insurance agents and agencies. MJ Harris OmniMedia manages the production and distribution of MJ’s financial, sales training, and empowerment content across multiple platforms including publishing, digital media, and live events. Through MJ Harris OmniMedia, MJ shares his secrets of success and financial freedom with global audiences on his Wealth Class seminar series and videos that are seen across multiple web-based platforms. He has been featured by Oprah Winfrey, USA Today, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, and Ebony Magazine.
Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, TedX speaker, Executive Coach and founder of Boss In Heels. Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite.
As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.
Heather’s new book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon.
Heather’s new show, Creating Confidence, debuted on the Top 200 shows on Apple podcast. Her guests include Sara Blakely, Gary Vaynerchuck, Ryan Serhant, Kaitlyn Bristowe among many other noteworthy celebrities and entrepreneurs.
Heather’s has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and The Steve Harvey Show. Most recently adding Guest Professor at Harvard to her list of accomplishments. Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami.
Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award- nominated journalist, licensed pilot, and humanitarian who has worked at KTLA since 2011.Christina, who serves as a reporter and fill-in anchor for LA’s No. 1 morning news, loves people. Her vision is to continually effect positive change, particularly in human rights and environmental issues. She has dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry. Christina is also an ambassador to 88 Bikes, a non-profit that fights child sex trafficking around the globe.
Matthew Solomon is an author, relationship coach and award-winning filmmaker. Known as "The Coach for the Modern Soul," Matthew regularly works with universities, corporations and individual clients, towards building cultures of inclusion and understanding. In 2018, he authored the book: "Man School: Relating with Women in the #MeToo Era," which quickly became an Amazon #1 new release in six categories. Since then, he has been invited as a guest on over 30 TV, radio, web and podcasts, and is regularly invited to speak on panels covering diversity and inclusion. Matthew writes the weekly column, "Too Sensitive," for The Good Men Project, has written and directed several award-winning films and is a single father of 3; a teenage daughter and twin boys. For more information, visit: www.CoachwithMatthewSolomon.com
Colleen is a global brand consultant and transformational coach based in Santa Monica and Europe. She works with high performers, purpose-driven start-ups and corporations to strategize business and human performance. Her soul force is cultivated from her vast business experience, entrepreneurial grit, and a commitment to personal and spiritual growth. An avid yogi, meditator, athlete, global adventurer, and mentor, she’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to take their lives to the next level. Her life’s mission is guided by Viktor Frankl’s quote: “The meaning of life is to help others find the meaning of theirs.”
Dr. Jeff Werber is an Emmy award winning, nationally renowned veterinarian and former president of the Association of Veterinary Communicators. He also serves on the advisory boards of Veterinary Economics magazine, Wags and Walks, Eloise, and Deity pet rescue organizations, and has served as a member of the Legislative Committee of the California Veterinary Medical Association. “Dr. Jeff” has been a practicing veterinarian for over 35 years, and is the founder, former owner, and the current Medical Director of the prestigious, AAHA certified, VCA Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles, CA, a Veterinary Economics Merit Design Award winning hospital. Dr. Jeff serves as the Chief Veterinary Officer for airVet, a National Telemedicine/Telehealth app serving pets and pet parents. Werber earned his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1976, and his Veterinary degree from the University of California-Davis in 1984. He has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, and resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Mara and his ever-growing family of pets (10 at last count).
Meg Reed is a native of Florence, South Carolina and has lived her entire life in the Palmetto State. She has a B.A. in English from Francis Marion University and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. Meg lives in Murrells Inlet with Sabrina and two juvenile delinquent calico sisters named Snicker and Doodle.
Fitz Koehler, M.S.E.S.S. is one of the most prominent and compelling fitness experts and race announcers in America. As the voice of the Los Angeles Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon, Big Sur Marathon, DC Wonder Woman Run Series, and more, she brings big structure, energy, and joy to sport. She’s also passionate about guiding others to live better and longer through her company, Fitzness®. Fitz has appeared on national media outlets and has worked as a speaker and spokesperson for corporations like Disney® and Office Depot®. She has also inspired millions of kids to get active through her successful school running/walking program, The Morning Mile®. Fitz enjoys water sports, strength training, animals, hugs, sarcasm, and travel.
Leslie Cole serves as an Elite Femininity Coach in Orange County to women all over the country, guiding them to live in playfulness, purpose and freedom by embracing their divine femininity. After a 25 year career in corporate financial services sales, Leslie realized her dream of working with other women to help them on the transformation of their lives and created the Five Step Majestic Feminine Program.
In keeping with her goal to awaken others to the Divine wisdom the animals wish to share, and the psychic, intuitive and healing gifts they bring to humanity, Lynn is available for and encourages TV and radio appearances, speaking engagements and writing assignments.
Courtney Friel is a news anchor and reporter at KTLA in Los Angeles, CA. She joined the station in 2013 after reporting for six years at Fox News Channel. Before that, she worked at Fox 11 in LA, CBS in Palm Springs, and ABC in Jackson, TN. Her other TV stints included hosting the “World Poker Tour” and as a corresponded for E! News, “America’s Most Wanted”, and Court TV’s “Saturday Night Solution. Courtney enjoys living a healthy sober lifestyle with her two kids Cash and Cameron.