Our Team

Julianna Lozada

Contributing Writer

Julianna (she/her/hers) is a student at the Sciences Po and Columbia University Dual BA Program. She is interested in politics, music, and travel. She hopes to work internationally whether its in journalism or foreign policy.

Ashton Huntsman

Film Editor: Deep South Dharma

Ashton (He/Him) is an editor and filmmaker from Minnesota with a passion for storytelling. He got his BFA in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and intends to use it to make the world a little more bearable and a little stranger every day.

Abbas Aliyu Ari

Contributing Writer

Abbas Aliyu Ari (He/Him), Nigerian entrepreneur, writer and farmer with an HND in Business Administration and experience traveling around Africa is passionate about reading business books, building businesses and helping the community. He teaches youth entrepreneurship, attitude building and financial literacy. Writing has been a part of his life from childhood when he wrote about his dreams and aspirations.

Dovanna Dean

Contributing Writer

Dovanna Dean (She/Her) developed her knowledge of agriculture and environmental stewardship in 1998 as a Permaculture Designer from a seed was planted as a child watching her grandmother raise basil and other kitchen herbs on top of their goldfish tank. In 2012, she completed an Aquaponics Intensive under the instruction of industry leaders John Pade, Rebecca Nelson, and James Rakocy.

Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman

Creative Director and CEO

Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman, MFA, (She/Her/They) is a writer, agitator, activist and educator, using her voice to advocate for social-justice reform. She is an award-winning essayist in Fierce: Essays by and About Dauntless Women. Contact her at info@karmacompass.me.

Ilana M.E. Maxwell

Contributing Writer and Programs Manager

Ilana (She/Her) is a multimedia artist and Natural Womxn’s Health Counselor. Passionate lifetime interests include photography, mythology, psychology, and the Deep Mysteries. Ilana lives in a 100 year-old restored Coffee Shack on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Kristine Moore

Artist in Residence

Kristine (She/Her) has an AA in Drawing and Painting and has explored many art mediums including making glass beads and jewelry, watercolor and oil painting and chalk pastel drawing. An avid hiker, dancer, horse rider and nature lover, she has enjoyed teaching Tai Chi and Ballroom dance, as well as working with llamas and horses.

Lilia Deering

Graphic Designer

Lilia Deering (She/Her) is an LA based artist with a focus in design and production within a variety of contexts including the stage, camera, and experiences. Coming from a background in dance and performing arts, Deering’s overall goal is to push boundaries in world-building and visual storytelling. She collaborates with diverse creative minds and experiments with various materials and technologies to spark curiosity and ignite the imagination.

Mary Elyn Bahlert

Contributing Writer: The Wisdom Years

Mary Elyn (She/Her) is a retired United Methodist Pastor, writer and poet. Her great love is the spiritual life, and she likes to say she has “taken a drink from many cups,” in spiritual practice and thinking. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lives in Oakland, California in a beautiful 100-year-old Craftsman home with her husband, Jeff, and their finicky cat, LiLi.

Princess Diandra

Contributing Writer: Black Culture and Entertainment

Diandra (She/Her/They) is a New York born entertainer and unapologetic Drag Queen with a flair for fashion and the arts. While living abroad for a few years, she opened to the notion that the world exists and thrives outside the perimeters of her personal five-borough world! Through her art, she says, “Hello!” to as many of her neighbors on the planet as she can. She brings her passionate expertise on Black history, art and culture to our pages.

Steve Yapuncich

Contributing Writer

Steve Yapuncich’s (He/Him) first memory is of his sisters letting go of him at age one and three days. Sober 48 years, he lives on the Banks Little Horn River with wife, daughter, granddaughter and two great-grandsons on tribal homesite. Enrolled Tsi-ga-mo-gi and adopted into several Apsaalooke families, he works as a private criminal defender on Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations. Born guide, poet, hunter, musician—and Papa, the best of all.


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Featured Image: “Meditation on Joy” by Edissa Nicolás-Huntsman