Savvy Women's Alliance Board

It is our deepest honor to be of service to you,  enhance your journey and to make the world a better place.  

If you would like to connect with any of our team members, please contact us here. 

Kristi Marsh Savvy Women's Alliance Founder

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As a recognized national speaker and award-winning author of Little Changes, Kristi is obsessed with making nontoxic living discussion-able and doable for the everyday woman. Kristi started her journey after a breast cancer diagnosis & a chemotherapy wake-up call at age 35, with three little kids at home. After a wild journey, learning about nontoxic living, Kristi started on a mission to flip the academic topic of environmental health into an embraceable mainstream norm through speaking engagements at Choosewiser.com. 

Jen Gorke President

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Jen is a mom to two-spirited, inquisitive and growing girls.  When life at home gets a tad hectic, she escapes to work where she lobbies and executes public affairs campaigns for a variety of clients or to spin and barre. 
 
Jen has been interested in non-toxic living and environmental health since she took her first job as an environmental health advocate working on chemicals policy. Her commitment grew stronger after losing her mom to a rare form of breast cancer in 2011. 
 
Jen serves on the board of the Silent Spring Institute, a non-profit research institute dedicated to identifying and breaking the links between environmental chemicals and women's health, especially breast cancer.  It is through Silent Spring that Jen was introduced to Kristi and first learned about Savvy Women's Alliance.  After Jen's first event, she returned home to tell her husband that she'd finally found her hive. In her role as President, Jen will focus on keeping this hive buzzing. 

Jeanne-Marie Parker Treasurer

Lisa Branagan Secretary

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Lisa is a mom of three who volunteers for organizations that are meaningful in ways that can benefit her family.  As a Savvy board member, Lisa looks forward to continuing the learn and grow with a great group of women who all share the same goal of living healthier lives.   

Cindy Luppi Director of Nonprofit Relations

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Cindy Luppi is the New England Director of Clean Water Action. She has worked with Clean Water Action since 1994, helping to coordinate a number of coalitions and community-based efforts to reduce pollution and promote a cleaner, more sustainable economy. She sits on a broad range of steering committees and boards, from national chemical reform efforts to local grassroots groups including HealthLink and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. Among other clean energy and climate initiatives, she coordinated the Northeast Clean Power Campaign which successfully pressed for clean-up of the region's biggest industrial polluters, the oldest and most polluting coal and oil-fired power plants in New England. She represents Clean Water Action on the Green Justice Coalition which is dedicated to stimulating green jobs creation in growth sectors such as energy efficiency and providing pathways out of poverty in low-income communities of color in Massachusetts. She also acts as a senior strategist and steering committee member for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national effort dedicated to replacing toxic chemicals in personal care products with safer alternatives. Prior to her work at Clean Water, Cindy coordinated the Cree Speaking Tour for Massachusetts Save James Bay and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic. 

Supporting her mom through an 8 year battle with lymphoma has cemented her determination to prevent harm to our health from toxic chemicals wherever possible. 

Diana Alexander Director of Content

Diana is a mom of two boys, wife of a Scotsman, a lover of all things food and a passionate believer that you are what you eat (and what you eat eats,) but always makes an exception for Stove Top Stuffing and cupcakes. When she’s not watching her boys on the soccer field you can find her with her nose in a book or in the kitchen cooking up something yummy, but probably not low in calories.

Angel Santos Burres Director of Enrichment

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Skeptical.  That's how Angel describes herself.  For years, she had judged her four vegan cousins from the sidelines, and thought surely one, in particular, had drunk the tofu Kool-Aid. If store-bought and conventional products and food weren't good for us, how could it possibly be sold in the stores? Angel says she needed to be hit over the head with a sledgehammer, which came in the form of breast cancer. Rather than being ecstatic after her "cure" like her friends and family were, Angel was terrified. What if cancer returned? What if she didn't survive this time? She found answers in Kristi's book, Little Changes, and has not stopped sharing what she's learned since. Angel has spent 20 years working for a non-profit and public education organization in a myriad of roles.

Monica Fernandes Director of Organizational Development

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From Lisbon, Portugal, Monica Fernandes is a true renaissance woman: Wellness Advocate for doTERRA International, essential oils educator (Evolution Essentials), Reiki Master Teacher (Evolution Reiki) and author. 

She holds a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications and is also certified in Integrated Energy Therapy and Environmental Stress Management.  She is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, the Pi Delta Phi Honor Society, founder of the Nomad Writers Group and a past chairperson of the Women's Success Network.

Monica is serving on the Board of the Savvy Women's Alliance as Director of Organizational Development.  She lives in North Attleboro, MA, even though she now has three passports and they're all legal!

Michelle Fitzgerald Director of Events

Hannah Gardner Director of Enrichment

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Dr. Hannah Gardener is an epidemiologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami and founder of a nontoxic living consulting business, A Green Slate.  She is also a mom to two children, ages 4 and 8!  Hannah spends her research time examining modifiable risk factors for neurological diseases like stroke and dementia, with a focus on diet.  She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007, where she focused on prenatal and early life exposures in relation to autism, Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis.   She was also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Miami.   In 2010 she founded A Green Slate.  Hannah helps families across the country reduce their exposure to unhealthy chemicals in home products with small, easy and inexpensive substitutes and solutions.  Her goal is to help families go green and choose healthy eco-friendly products without stress and within any budgetary restrictions!  Hannah is all about small lifestyle changes that translate into significant protection from environmental toxins.

Amanda Griffith Director of Public Relations

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Amanda applies her broad experience and customer insights to create effective strategies and tactics that deliver results for Savvy.  She has mastered the art of public relations and content marketing to deliver valuable, relevant and consistent subject matter and has earned the respect of a large, trusted network of journalists and editors in the healthcare and technology space.  Amanda has leveraged her expertise in healthcare and health IT across several accounts over the years, including Heath Tech Hatch, Hello Health, IQMax, HeathEdge, National Health IT week, DoctorBase, Wolters Kluwer Health, Sharebale Inc, IMI Healthcare, eClinicalWorks, athenahealth, Patient Keeper, McKesson's Practice Partner, Zarb Consulting, Levitate and Misys Healthcare.

Amanda discovered Savvy after reading Little Changes and meeting Kristi and the rest is history!  Amanda is excited to apply her expertise to help Savvy grow and succeed.

Trina Lavoie Director of Chapter Culture

Trina is a mom to a dynamic duo always ready to keep her on her toes.  Her passion beyond family is educating others on safer alternatives to what we use in our homes, on and in our bodies and how our choices affect the environment.  Trina realized she couldn't be the only one finding it difficult to read labels, research ingredients and truly find a safe solution. 

Trina's passion became a full-time mission in 2012.  She began sharing and educating others and found a solution in Pure Haven.  She currently teaches others how to do the same, taking this mission across the country.  She also educates through her group, Talking Toxins and Safer Options.  After reading Kristi Marsh's book Little Changes. following her journey and seeing Savvy Women's Alliance was taking form, she knew she needed to be a part of this amazing tribe of women whose mission is so parallel to her own.  She currently resides on the board and her focus is chapter growth and development, helping Ambassadors get started and keeping the excitement brewing.  She also runs the Providence, RI chapter of Savvy with co-Ambassador Beth Newberry.  

Katie Mowatt Director of Chapter Development

Beth Newberry Director of Chapter Culture

Beth began her nontoxic journey when her son was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 10 years old.  She is currently a team leader with Pure Haven essentials.  Prior to sharing her love of nontoxic products with Pure Haven, she held board positions on the Tourette Syndrome Association of Rhode Island, The Woonsocket YMCA, Common Cause of Rhode Island and the Junior League of Rhode Island.  Beth is a past President of the Junior League of Rhode Island and still serves in a volunteer capacity at Central Congregational Church in Providence as Stewardship Chair and as a Deacon.

Beth lives in North Smithfield, RI with her husband, Brian.  They have three children, Diane (20), Liam (17) and Aidan (13).  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, travel, reading and knitting.  

Beth runs the Providence chapter of Savvvy with co-Ambassador Trina Lavoie. 

Kat Peters Director of Brand Relations

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Kat is a high energy, positive soul who is passionate about uplifting other's spirits as well as health, Mother Earth, nontoxic foods, and products.  She struggled with thyroid issues and Type I diabetes for a number of years.  Sick of being sick, she worked with a holistic coach to turn around the inflammation in her body, became vegetarian, reduced gluten and eliminated dairy.  

Its been challenging for Kat's 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to get on board because of all the marketing and big brands, but she's determined to prevent her kids from having two autoimmune diseases like her. Kat strongly believes if kids learn habits of mindfulness with positive affirmations and an attitude of gratitude, they will build resilience and coping skills to help them navigate life.  Good habits will give you inner peace and optimal health.

As Savvy's Director of Brand Relations, Kat will highlight brands that appeal to our members, provide affordable options, is accessible to many, while simultaneously reducing exposure to harmful ingredients.  Supporting brands that are leading the way moves all of us towards a healthier and safer world.  We like to call this the new-mainstream norm.  

Erica Schveighoffer Director of Charitable Outreach

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Erica has been interested in eco-friendly living since she took an environmental studies class in college, but for many years she mainly read about it always thinking “I should be doing more of this”.  She started to incorporate what she had learned into her life after her children were born with both food and chemical sensitivities.  She had been buying organic food but had not put much thought into the other products she brought into her home until she read the book “Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things.  This was a huge eye-opener and helped her to be more conscious of what type of items she was bringing into her home.  It can still be a struggle for health, convenience, and affordability, but she attempts to keep everything in balance.  

Erica has always felt passionate about helping others. As Savvy’s Director of Charitable Mission, her goal is to bring awareness of the risks of harmful chemicals found in personal care products, food, and our environment, as well as showing ways to incorporate a non-toxic lifestyle to those who are underrepresented in the eco-conscious movement.