Liz is the driving force and visionary of My-Vida, drawing from her own personal experience with her four children living with myotonic muscular dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease, as well as her career as a birth professional to create My-Vida, and its mission to help individuals living with chronic illness and their caregivers truly thrive in their lives and the community of their family. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, though has spent the majority of her adult life working and running her own business, Enlightened Mama, providing birth doula, education, and lactation support to families, as well as training aspiring birth professionals. She believes firmly in creating balance in life and finds her own by incorporating her personal passions of cooking, travel, and yoga as much as possible into her busy, but abundant life. She resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with her two sons and two daughters, who humble and inspire her on a daily basis.
John Wayne Pint
John is an intellectual property attorney living and working near Boston, Massachusetts. He is originally from Shakopee, Minnesota and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Physics and his law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is raising three children with his wife, Penelope. John has counseled and represented non-profit organizations in connection with various legal issues while in private practice. He’s passionate about giving back and helping others in times of need. John provides a guiding hand and practical approach to organizational issues and currently chairs the My-Vida board.
Andrea has a Master’s degree in Public Health. For several years, she did monitoring and evaluation of international health programs, including a two-year position in Rwanda. Through her work in the public health field, Andrea has learned the importance of maintaining strong and healthy families. She is excited to be a part of My-Vida to help families thrive even while dealing with medical crises, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. Andrea brings an eye for detail, the ability to set up systems and create order, and a tenacity to get things done efficiently. She lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband and two daughters.
Kelly is a freelance writer, living in St. Paul, MN. She’s also a mom to 4 kids–3 in high school and one in college. Her oldest was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 9, and the subsequent full year of treatment followed by the lifelong medications her son takes to sustain basic life functions have taught her more about the world of brain tumors than anyone who is not a neurosurgeon would ever want. She is a firm believer in sharing all that knowledge with anyone and everyone whom it could benefit. She is committed to My-Vida because she knows first-hand how hugely life-giving respite is and the importance of maintaining strong family bonds and doing life together as a family is, particularly in the midst of medical chaos. She brings a strong grass roots fundraising background as well as an innate ability to make things happen.
Jennifer joins the My-Vida Board having worked in fundraising for the past 5 years. She currently serves as the Director of Development and Communications at AMAZEworks, a local non-profit whose mission is to create equity and belonging in schools and communities. With her experience in fundraising, a certified yoga instructor and trained doula, Jennifer is committed to creating safe and nurturing spaces for people to be cared for and empower themselves. She is on a life-long journey of helping others develop self-compassion and self-advocacy and has always sought to help create, encourage, and sustain meaningful communities of belonging. Jenni has witnessed the impact of radical self-care in her own life and is committed to creating similar opportunities for caregivers through the mission of My-Vida. When she’s not working or with her family, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, reading, and continuing to practice good self-care in her own life.
Brittany is currently the Co-Manager of SportClips in Woodbury, MN. She finds great joy in helping others look their best while leading her team to exceed their professional goals. Brittany’s journey of life has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her personal involvement and professional development as a spokesperson with the Jeremiah Program, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, and as Parent Advisor for Postsecondary Achievement and Innovation for The Aspen Institute. She is dedicated to serving others, especially those individuals who have, through no fault of their own, ended up living in cycles of abuse, poverty, and lack of access to education. Originally hailing from Colorado, she now lives and thrives with her young son in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brittany can be found in her free time doing Crossfit, where she finds strength in pushing herself to the limits.
Tony, owner and operator of his own web design firm, has vast experience with website creation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), WordPress Web Design, Google Search Console and Analytics, Keyword Research, and Link Building. In his work, he specializes in health and wellness small businesses to provide them with a personalized approach to their unique needs. He brings these talents to My-Vida along with a reputation of strong business development skills. In his free time, Tony enjoys hockey, golf, football, music, and movies, as well as hanging out with his wife and two sons.
Anna-Marie Larson Allen
Anna-Marie, a proud native of Denver Colorado moved to St. Paul and dedicated her life work to serving the inner city as a community nurse, passionate youth mentor and athletic coach, community volunteer, and advocate for social justice. Anna-Marie is a seasoned nurse who has worked in a diverse scope of healthcare experience including Emergency Medicine, Medical/Surgical rehabilitation, Home-care, Clinical research, School nurse and years, and over 15 years caring for children/adults with special needs. Anna-Marie married her high school sweetheart and they have been together for 33 years and have two amazing children. Anna-Marie believes family and community make her world turn. Anna-Marie is passionate about saving the environment and providing affordable sustainable healthy nutrition for inner-city families. She is working diligently on her labor of love starting her Urban Village Farming Co-op/ CSA to provide, serve, and teach organic farming in the city.
Gloriana, a native of Costa Rica, one of the world’s healthiest, calm, and peaceful countries, has a great understanding of the importance of finding the balance of physical health, mental health, nutrition, work, and play. With a certificate in sports medicine and years of physical therapy experience, Gloriana strives to help people achieve optimal health and balance through massage therapy, holistic health coaching and more, specializing in Raindrop Therapy, reflexology, Reiki, Ayurvedic Medicine, and craniosacral therapy. She comes to My-Vida to act as both a wellness resource for the families we serve as well as to our staff and supporters.
Susan Lane received her Masters degree in Human Development in 2010 with emphasis on trauma recovery, and spirituality and health. She has been practicing as a doula and childbirth educator for 24 years, and is an original incorporator of the Childbirth Collective. As a citizen advocate she has played a major role at the Minnesota legislature in securing a person’s legal right to doula care, and establishing Medicaid payment for doulas serving low-income families.
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