Upon graduating Syracuse University in 2012 with a B.A in journalism and political science, Ivie Igbeare combined her passion for writing and all things digital when she worked as an assistant account executive at Digital Brand Architects. She worked with fashion brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Juicy Couture, and Express to name a few, to help develop and implement social media campaigns and drive engagement among their audience. Ivie Igbeare moved on to work with a published author, Yvette Allen-Campbell whose topics highlighted how overshadowed pregnant women of color feel in the media. Through that experience, Ivie realized she wanted to create content that’s inclusive and makes a lasting difference to her community. She's thrilled to help increase awareness for SEL through social media.
Christy earned her B.A. in World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Psychology from UCLA. With an emphasis in Civic Engagement and Social Psychology, she is interested in making connections between dance and other disciplines, and using this knowledge to empower others. She has been involved with the Venice Family Clinic and UCLA Volunteer Center, and currently serves as the Program Associate at the Dance Resource Center and the Assistant to the Director at Cadence Arts Network. Christy is excited to join the team and advocate for the SEL movement. She is assisting Megan to enhance True Connection's mission to bring HiEQ to education, homeschool parents and community organizations nationwide.
Katie LoNigro is a Colorado native and a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations and Information Management. Upon graduating, Katie moved to California to work on the Patient Experience & Retention team for HealthCare Partners, a DaVita Medical Group. Katie, is excited to assist in developing and maintaining the True Connection database. She learned the importance of understanding and managing your own emotions early on in her life as a competitive figure skater and is thrilled to work with an organization that promotes SEL.
Omar Genao is a graphic designer, illustrator, and content creator. Constructing creative design and branding for several international brands including; Palmolive, discovery kids, Nestle, and Colgate. Omar believes that emotions can be expressed through various arts. Conveying himself through drawing, photography, and music has allowed him to communicate to other groups and individuals through his passion. He has harnessed his passion for the arts to help navigate in his own life. As an immigrant learning English was possible in part because of the fusion of art and language. Since art has been instrumental in his life, he gives back by share it with others in the community.