Just Us Gals is a Boston-based feminism, career, and conscious lifestyle blog. The blog serves as our genuine, light-hearted voice as we strive to lead compassionate, fulfilling lives.
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Cameron is a marketer who is passionate about green living and the "conscious consumer" movement. Her goal is to promote ethical, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle choices.
She recently moved to Dublin, Ireland, and enjoys exploring the city and traveling to other parts of Europe as often as her budget and schedule will allow!
Cameron enjoys reading, visiting art museums, sipping on local beers, and watching back episodes of 20/20. She was named one of Boston’s most social people by Boston Magazine in 2015.
After discovering her first blog, Design*Sponge, years ago, Suzanne has been hooked on blogs and was so excited to finally have a blog to call her own when JUGs started in 2012. When not designing or blogging you can find Suzanne stealing her boyfriend's clothes, cruising around her new hood, Venice Beach, with her French Bulldog or window shopping on Abbot Kinney. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Suzanne.
Meredith is a residential property manager for a local real estate developer. Her longtime passion for design and architecture, mixed with an educational background in human services led her to wanting to help others find their future home and support Boston's ongoing expansion. She also enjoys brokering deals for friends looking to buy a condo as a side hustle! When the opportunity surfaced for a creative outlet outside of the office, she jumped at the chance to write about a city she knows so well. When she isn't out exploring the city's newest developments, Meredith enjoys Sox games at Fenway and planning her next trip to fuel her wanderlust. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Meredith.
Lorien Balayan is a Client Services Manager with a background in content marketing. She has experience working with a wide range of clients from small retail stores to large cybersecurity firms.
Currently living in Arlington with her husband, Lorien moved to MA a few years ago from Rhode Island. She enjoys getting to know Boston through its restaurants and small businesses, and is always trying uncover the hidden gems. She loves to entertain and cook, most often attempting to bake various gluten free desserts. Her favorite way to relax and unwind is to indulge in bad crime shows (the cheesier, the better).
Lorien is excited to join this group of passionate ladies who are committed to having honest conversations and creating change.
Julia is a Program Manager at Amazon working on Alexa’s feature expansion. She’s worked at agencies, start-ups and now Amazon, working on Project/Program management for creative/functional web development and product development. Julia has a passion for technology and innovation that makes people’s lives more seamless and helping them spend more time doing what they love.
She is originally from Hopkinton, MA but has been living in Cambridge for the past 9 years. When Julia isn’t working she is having torrid love affairs with any puppy she walks by, drinking too much caffeine and eating her way through the city being the foodie that she is. She also loves to travel, having been to 8 countries in the last year and half, with more booked. You can also find her at the gym or swimming a few miles at MIT to celebrate her enthusiasm for fitness, nutrition and healthy living.
Natalie Cantave is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for MassChallenge HealthTech (formerly PULSE@MassChallenge), the digital health accelerator program in Boston that matches startups with governments, corporations, and institutions to address health’s massive challenges. In addition to MassChallenge, she is a member of the Together.Health team, an organization focused on driving ecosystem-to-ecosystem collaboration to accelerate health innovation.
Prior to MassChallenge, Natalie worked at Dimensional Insight, a software analytics company in the Greater Boston area, as a Product Marketing Manager. Natalie graduated from Dartmouth College with a Psychology Major and Global Health certificate.
You can find her on Twitter: @n_cantave
Erin is a marketing communications specialist at a consulting firm headquartered in Boston. Born and raised in New York, she has enjoyed exploring all that New England has to offer while living in Quincy for the past two and a half years.
Working in a field that ties together her interests in psychology and content development, Erin is most inspired by striking the balance between wellness and productivity in all aspects of her life.
She enjoys reading, doing yoga, shopping, taking long walks and spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends. In Erin’s world, you are never too old for your favorite stuffed animals and you can never have too many shoes.
Lindsay is an instructional designer working at a health tech company in Boston and a part-time MBA student at Babson College. A native of Columbus, OH, Lindsay moved to Boston in 2015 and has been loving exploring the city and the larger New England area.
Lindsay loves writing for JUGs and especially getting the chance to meet and work with many amazing female entrepreneurs.
When she's not busy with work, school or writing, Lindsay loves visiting museums, wandering aimlessly around bookstores, drinking her way through breweries and losing at bar trivia. She often escapes the city to hike, ski, or visit family in Maine and New Hampshire.
Colleen is a Social Media Coordinator with a business background. She is currently working on her MBA. A member of Public Matters; a civic engagement program. She also volunteers her time to local non-profit organizations.
Her passions are education, business, wellness and travel. When she is not working in higher ed, volunteering or blogging she is snuggled up with her Chihuahua, traveling, hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants and more. You can follow Colleen on Twitter @here_she_stands. All opinions expressed on JUGs are, personally, that of Colleen.
Alicia Valeri Green
Alicia is a holistic wellness coach and essential oils educator. After an autoimmune diagnosis, Alicia quickly learned to become a fierce advocate for her own health. Through holistic practices she took control of her health and traded her busy life, takeout, and wine nights for meditation, clean eating, and bone broth. Now, she helps others make the wellness changes that are right for them.
Through her coaching program, Simply Well, Alicia breaks down health goals into actionable, simplified pieces, and empowers women to create the lasting wellness routine that works for them. With simple rituals, self care, and some plant magic, she teaches her clients to let go of the hustle, and start living well.
Allie Kovalik is an Events Manager working in International Higher Education with a focus on events supporting international recruitment and improving student access to University in the U.S. Keeping in line with her passion for education, Allie also serves as the President of the Boston Chapter for the Jumpstart Young Professionals Board and spends time fundraising, hosting events and helping support Jumpstart.
Allie hails from the White Mountains of NH, but has been calling Cambridge home for several years now. Perhaps it's the ever growing restaurant scene, close proximity to both the airport and ski resorts, or the endless stream of live music gigs and dogs to pet, but Allie's love affair with Cambridge (and coffee) runs deep. Allie curates our JUGS JAMS Spotify Playlist, so be sure to tune in.
Since moving back to Boston from DC in 2015, Anna has been rediscovering her home city through a new lens. She loves exploring Boston's neighborhoods and is on a mission to find the best latte in town. She takes pride in discovering free events and work out classes, and can't say no to a good pastry on the weekend.
Anna is a seasoned marketing and advertising professional with both agency and in-house experience. She shares some of her industry insights on JUGS and is always happy to connect with others in the community.
PERSONAL FINANCE COLUMNIST
Kali Roberge is a personal finance writer who loves to show freelancers and entrepreneurs make the most of their money. An ATL native, Kali moved to Boston in 2015 and has never looked back.
She now lives in the city with her husband and their two cats, and when she's not running or lifting weights, she's looking for the best new places to grab a bite or sip a craft cocktail. Everything in moderation.
In addition to staying active and eating her way through Boston, Kali loves to travel, hike, read, and write, and find something new to work on or test out. She also writes about the intersection of money and mindfulness through her email series, LETTERS. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @kaliroberge
Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moved from New England to North Carolina in 2017. She works for a Managed Care Organization helping children with mental health needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Heather recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She works as a Brand Ambassador for Work for Your Beer, a brewery fitness company based in Charlotte. Heather also volunteers for the alumni council at Lafayette College, her alma mater. She’s a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, and has been a part of the Junior League since 2014. She also recently began her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development.
When she’s not working, you can find Heather reading a book, drinking coffee or a Moscow mule, or taking her dog to the park!
JENN WALKER WALL
Jenn is a career strategist and founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting. Additionally, she works at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and teaches sociology at Lesley University.
Having lived in Boston for over a decade, Jenn currently lives Dorchester with her husband, James. When she’s not working, she loves spending hours cooking and baking in her kitchen, jetting off to South Florida to get a break from the long Boston winters, or taking classes at B-Tone. She never says no to sushi, coffee, cocktails, sci-fi movies or true crime podcasts!
Have a career question for Jenn? Just#AskJUGs!