Governance Board

With over 22 years in the fitness industry, I have worked as a personal trainer, group fitness and weight loss instructor, corporate wellness educator, and executive leader for a hospital wellness center. Today, as a Wellness Coach and Fitness Designer, I am passionate about helping women, individually or in a group, create a fitness, food and faith design to learn how to manage their weight with healthy eating and exercise and find time with God in a busy world.When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband of over 17 years and two children Hannah and Zach.

With over 22 years in the fitness industry, I have worked as a personal trainer, group fitness and weight loss instructor, corporate wellness educator, and executive leader for a hospital wellness center.

Today, as a Wellness Coach and Fitness Designer, I am passionate about helping women, individually or in a group, create a fitness, food and faith design to learn how to manage their weight with healthy eating and exercise and find time with God in a busy world.When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband of over 17 years and two children Hannah and Zach.

Crystal Breaux

Style Speaks

Style Speaks

Lahoma Roberts

Shannon Welch was born and raised in Texas. She started organizing and outfitting her closet at the ripe age of twelve and continues her art for her clients today in Austin. Her mission in her Closet Therapy business incorporates transformation on many levels.  By introducing her clients to first to find peace, contentment and order internally, Shannon has discovered that when she walks into a closet, that’s where her ministry begins.

Shannon Welch was born and raised in Texas. She started organizing and outfitting her closet at the ripe age of twelve and continues her art for her clients today in Austin. Her mission in her Closet Therapy business incorporates transformation on many levels.  By introducing her clients to first to find peace, contentment and order internally, Shannon has discovered that when she walks into a closet, that’s where her ministry begins.

Shannon Welch


Advisory Board


CW Family

Sarah’s love for textures, colors, fabrics and all things style started at a young age and quickly became a passion. She received a Bachelors degree from Texas State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. With an eye for style, she is intrigued by everyday fashion and finds happiness through constantly re-decorating her home. She believes laughing is one of the best parts of life and has learned to bloom where she is planted. Sarah recently married her high school sweetheart Phillip, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Sarah’s love for textures, colors, fabrics and all things style started at a young age and quickly became a passion. She received a Bachelors degree from Texas State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. With an eye for style, she is intrigued by everyday fashion and finds happiness through constantly re-decorating her home. She believes laughing is one of the best parts of life and has learned to bloom where she is planted. Sarah recently married her high school sweetheart Phillip, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Sarah Burns

Wife, Mom, and Texas State University graduate Julie Fox is a rare combination of Glam and Nerd. She holds a degree in Computer Science and spends her days running her web development business and coding websites in her pajamas. But watch out world…There’s so much more to Mrs. Fox! Julie loves anything sparkly and has an underlying creativity that causes her to see the world from a very special point of view. Everywhere she looks she is getting creative inspiration for website designs, marketing strategies, fashion statements, photo ops, model poses, fashion shoot settings, and of course…. makeup ideas! Julie came on board with Created Magazine as an assistant MUA but has evolved into playing many roles including: makeup artist and backstage photographer during Editorial Photoshoots, to helping with marketing materials, and even working on CW’s digital magazine. She has a passion for inspiring confidence in women and teen girls, specifically through teaching about makeup and skin-care. She loves working with the Youth Group at her church and volunteering her makeup artistry services to organizations such as Austin Fairy Godmother. Julie is incredibly grateful that God has led her to the amazing circle of women involved in the Created Woman Foundation.

Wife, Mom, and Texas State University graduate Julie Fox is a rare combination of Glam and Nerd. She holds a degree in Computer Science and spends her days running her web development business and coding websites in her pajamas. But watch out world…There’s so much more to Mrs. Fox! Julie loves anything sparkly and has an underlying creativity that causes her to see the world from a very special point of view. Everywhere she looks she is getting creative inspiration for website designs, marketing strategies, fashion statements, photo ops, model poses, fashion shoot settings, and of course…. makeup ideas!

Julie came on board with Created Magazine as an assistant MUA but has evolved into playing many roles including: makeup artist and backstage photographer during Editorial Photoshoots, to helping with marketing materials, and even working on CW’s digital magazine. She has a passion for inspiring confidence in women and teen girls, specifically through teaching about makeup and skin-care. She loves working with the Youth Group at her church and volunteering her makeup artistry services to organizations such as Austin Fairy Godmother. Julie is incredibly grateful that God has led her to the amazing circle of women involved in the Created Woman Foundation.

Julie Fox

Cheryl Luke has inspired and captured the hearts of men and women for more than 25 years with her dynamic speaking style. Through years of experience, Cheryl has developed a gift for understanding people in their specific phase of life. She is extremely passionate to see people connect with their God-given purposes and destinies, challenging them to leave behind their past and allow God to weave in them a beautiful life-story. Her warmth and wisdom resonate as she delivers God’s message of redemption, restoration, and love.   Cheryl attended Oral Roberts University, and is an Executive Pastor at Shoreline Church, in Austin, Texas.  She oversees Women’s Ministry, Hospitality, Assimilation, Logistics, Pastoral Care, Outreach Ministries, is involved in teaching, curriculum and leadership development, and team building. She is also responsible for SHINE, Shoreline’s annual women’s conference, which is in its twelfth year.

Cheryl Luke has inspired and captured the hearts of men and women for more than 25 years with her dynamic speaking style. Through years of experience, Cheryl has developed a gift for understanding people in their specific phase of life. She is extremely passionate to see people connect with their God-given purposes and destinies, challenging them to leave behind their past and allow God to weave in them a beautiful life-story. Her warmth and wisdom resonate as she delivers God’s message of redemption, restoration, and love.

 

Cheryl attended Oral Roberts University, and is an Executive Pastor at Shoreline Church, in Austin, Texas.  She oversees Women’s Ministry, Hospitality, Assimilation, Logistics, Pastoral Care, Outreach Ministries, is involved in teaching, curriculum and leadership development, and team building. She is also responsible for SHINE, Shoreline’s annual women’s conference, which is in its twelfth year.

Cheryl Luke

Lynn Marie Cherry is an author and speaker dedicated to inspiring hope and shining a light on the path to freedom. In whatever shoes you prefer—flip-flops, heels, or rubber rain boots—you'll learn how to take a step forward today. Lynn and her husband David have been married for a quarter of a century. The challenges they've faced in their relationship are not wasted as they encourage others to do the work of growing and changing. They have two boys.

Lynn Marie Cherry is an author and speaker dedicated to inspiring hope and shining a light on the path to freedom. In whatever shoes you prefer—flip-flops, heels, or rubber rain boots—you'll learn how to take a step forward today. Lynn and her husband David have been married for a quarter of a century. The challenges they've faced in their relationship are not wasted as they encourage others to do the work of growing and changing. They have two boys.

Lynn Cherry

  For over 12 years, Adrienne Pitkin has developed a reputation as one of the leading and talented professional makeup artists in Austin, Texas. A former MAC makeup artist, Adrienne trained and worked with the best professional team around, which helped her to develop and better her skills as an artist. Adrienne has had the pleasure of representing her brand doing makeup for weddings, pageants, fashion shows, video shoots, and editorial photo shoots. Adrienne Pitkin has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week as well as Austin Fashion Week. A few of Adrienne’s current and past clients include: CNN, DELL, FOX News, Freescale, Demand Media, Everyday Minerals, Hooter’s of America, GoFit.com, The Josh Abbott Band, Eloise Dejoria, and Ariana Huffington.

 

For over 12 years, Adrienne Pitkin has developed a reputation as one of the leading and talented professional makeup artists in Austin, Texas. A former MAC makeup artist, Adrienne trained and worked with the best professional team around, which helped her to develop and better her skills as an artist. Adrienne has had the pleasure of representing her brand doing makeup for weddings, pageants, fashion shows, video shoots, and editorial photo shoots. Adrienne Pitkin has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week as well as Austin Fashion Week. A few of Adrienne’s current and past clients include: CNN, DELL, FOX News, Freescale, Demand Media, Everyday Minerals, Hooter’s of America, GoFit.com, The Josh Abbott Band, Eloise Dejoria, and Ariana Huffington.

Adrienne Pitkin

Writer

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Heather Bise

Writer

Hannah Breaux

Gather Her, Lead

Writers, Editor Martha Bush grew up on a farm in Donalsonville, Georgia. She graduated from Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia, with a BS degree in Business Education. After graduating from college, Martha began her teaching career that spanned grades 5-12 in both public and Christian schools. She also taught adult vocational courses in the Atlanta school system.Her love for teaching led her into areas outside the school system as she began teaching Bible study courses in jails, prisons, and at her local church. Through her years of teaching, as well as being an avid reader of human behavior and grief counseling from noted Christian psychologists, she recognized how a team effort can help build a foundation in children at an early age that will enable them to cope with the losses in their lives. She believes this team, made of up parents, grandparents, educators, and spiritual leaders, can guide a child to healing from losses he or she might experience. They can do this simply by recognizing his pain, listening to his pain and then teaching the child how to apply the principles of God’s Word to his hurting heart. This led her to write Helping Hurting Children: A Journey of Healing.Martha resides in Orange, Texas, with her husband, Glen. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Crystal and Heather, who have blessed them with three beautiful grandchildren. Her hobbies include: reading, walking, visiting with friends, and playing with her grandchildren.

Writers, Editor

Martha Bush grew up on a farm in Donalsonville, Georgia. She graduated from Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia, with a BS degree in Business Education. After graduating from college, Martha began her teaching career that spanned grades 5-12 in both public and Christian schools. She also taught adult vocational courses in the Atlanta school system.Her love for teaching led her into areas outside the school system as she began teaching Bible study courses in jails, prisons, and at her local church.

Through her years of teaching, as well as being an avid reader of human behavior and grief counseling from noted Christian psychologists, she recognized how a team effort can help build a foundation in children at an early age that will enable them to cope with the losses in their lives. She believes this team, made of up parents, grandparents, educators, and spiritual leaders, can guide a child to healing from losses he or she might experience. They can do this simply by recognizing his pain, listening to his pain and then teaching the child how to apply the principles of God’s Word to his hurting heart. This led her to write Helping Hurting Children: A Journey of Healing.Martha resides in Orange, Texas, with her husband, Glen. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Crystal and Heather, who have blessed them with three beautiful grandchildren. Her hobbies include: reading, walking, visiting with friends, and playing with her grandchildren.

Martha Bush

Editor

Writer Lauren Clark lives in Dallas, Texas, where she moved 5 years ago to be closer to family and help plant a church (Shoreline Dallas). She has been married to Sean Clark for over seven years and they have six dogs and one horse. Lauren’s passion is sharing God’s love for us through personal stories and relating them to practical Biblical truths that bring life, love, freedom, and encouragement to every area of our lives.

Writer

Lauren Clark lives in Dallas, Texas, where she moved 5 years ago to be closer to family and help plant a church (Shoreline Dallas). She has been married to Sean Clark for over seven years and they have six dogs and one horse. Lauren’s passion is sharing God’s love for us through personal stories and relating them to practical Biblical truths that bring life, love, freedom, and encouragement to every area of our lives.

Lauren Mauriello – Clark

Writer

Dr. Kelsie Keen is a Maximized Living Chiropractor and owner of Keen Family Chiropractic, a Maximized Living Health Center. She is a performance team doctor and wellness advisory council member for USA Judo, Weight Lifting, and Wrestling teams where she supported those teams at the 2012 Olympics in London. Keen brings the message of true health and Olympic level treatment back to her practice where she inspires her patients and community to break through their health goals and live free of medications and surgeries. Dr. Keen loves children and you may hear her say, her favorite patients are her “chiropractic kiddos”.

Dr. Kelsie Keen is a Maximized Living Chiropractor and owner of Keen Family Chiropractic, a Maximized Living Health Center. She is a performance team doctor and wellness advisory council member for USA Judo, Weight Lifting, and Wrestling teams where she supported those teams at the 2012 Olympics in London. Keen brings the message of true health and Olympic level treatment back to her practice where she inspires her patients and community to break through their health goals and live free of medications and surgeries. Dr. Keen loves children and you may hear her say, her favorite patients are her “chiropractic kiddos”.

Kelsie Keen

Writer

Photographer My name is Maryna Marston and I am an award winning photographer based in Austin, TX. I was born in Ukraine into a greek-polish-ukrainian family, I am a Brit and I live in America. I worked on numerous projects, winning several prestigious certificates of excellence awards, judges choice ribbons, distinguished print awards and trophies. Photography is my passion, it is not something I do – but something I feel, live and dream!!! I am a huge fashion fan and when I am not shooting the fashion weeks in New York, Austin or overseas, creating a look-book or working with a magazine or a designer to bring their collection to life, I shoot Products and Executive Portraits. I like to experiment with what I am given and enjoy the process of creativity.

Photographer

My name is Maryna Marston and I am an award winning photographer based in Austin, TX. I was born in Ukraine into a greek-polish-ukrainian family, I am a Brit and I live in America. I worked on numerous projects, winning several prestigious certificates of excellence awards, judges choice ribbons, distinguished print awards and trophies.

Photography is my passion, it is not something I do – but something I feel, live and dream!!! I am a huge fashion fan and when I am not shooting the fashion weeks in New York, Austin or overseas, creating a look-book or working with a magazine or a designer to bring their collection to life, I shoot Products and Executive Portraits.

I like to experiment with what I am given and enjoy the process of creativity.

Maryna Marston

Photographer

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Alona Robinson

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Celest Breaux

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Gather Her, Co Lead Austin-based Designer, Kristen Ellis has a design philosophy centered on blending function and style creating a finished space that is always original and personalized. Kristen began her design endeavors with a degree in Interior Design from FIDER accredited, Texas State University with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She has spent most of her career working and collaborating with highly acclaimed designers in Texas as well as began her own Interior Design firm. In addition, she is also a Jewelry and Accessories Stylist, working on numerous photo shoots and editorials. Kristen creates rooms that balance texture and scale, elegant and casual while staying comfortable and inviting. She is inspired by her love of fashion and all things vintage. She believes that fashion and interior design go hand in hand and a well-curated space and wardrobe can translate to an inspirational lifestyle. Regardless of the project, be it design or fashion related, Ellis places great emphasis on a design that is practical, creative, tailored and timeless.  

Gather Her, Co Lead

Austin-based Designer, Kristen Ellis has a design philosophy centered on blending function and style creating a finished space that is always original and personalized.

Kristen began her design endeavors with a degree in Interior Design from FIDER accredited, Texas State University with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She has spent most of her career working and collaborating with highly acclaimed designers in Texas as well as began her own Interior Design firm. In addition, she is also a Jewelry and Accessories Stylist, working on numerous photo shoots and editorials.

Kristen creates rooms that balance texture and scale, elegant and casual while staying comfortable and inviting. She is inspired by her love of fashion and all things vintage. She believes that fashion and interior design go hand in hand and a well-curated space and wardrobe can translate to an inspirational lifestyle.

Regardless of the project, be it design or fashion related, Ellis places great emphasis on a design that is practical, creative, tailored and timeless.

 

Kristen Ellis

Gather Her, Co Lead

Writer

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Raema Mauriello

Writer

Writer Rachel Lupercio, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and has been associated with the behavioral field for over 30 years working in human resources and employee relations. Working in her private practice, Excelerated Living in Austin, Texas has allowed Rachel to further her passion and her calling in being instrumental to the well being of others. Additionally, Rachel is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach and is also available for speaking and workshop engagements. Visit her website for more information. Website: Exceleratedliving.com

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Rachel Lupercio, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and has been associated with the behavioral field for over 30 years working in human resources and employee relations. Working in her private practice, Excelerated Living in Austin, Texas has allowed Rachel to further her passion and her calling in being instrumental to the well being of others. Additionally, Rachel is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach and is also available for speaking and workshop engagements. Visit her website for more information. Website: Exceleratedliving.com

Rachel Lupercio

Writer

Blog Editor Natalya believes in stories and how words can be used to bring a smile to a hurting soul, change and reshape ideas, help make hard or small decisions easier and simpler and most importantly reveal God’s graceful and loving hand in everyday battles and celebrations. When not writing, Natalya enjoys exploring all things art, especially when it comes to creating meals for friends and family to enjoy around the table. You can find Natalya sharing stories about grace, hope, and what it means to be the woman you were created to be at ThoughtsByNatalya.com.

Blog Editor

Natalya believes in stories and how words can be used to bring a smile to a hurting soul, change and reshape ideas, help make hard or small decisions easier and simpler and most importantly reveal God’s graceful and loving hand in everyday battles and celebrations.

When not writing, Natalya enjoys exploring all things art, especially when it comes to creating meals for friends and family to enjoy around the table. You can find Natalya sharing stories about grace, hope, and what it means to be the woman you were created to be at ThoughtsByNatalya.com.

Natalya White

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