i’m a love product of the Cold War. i was born a Russian- American quadrilingual bookworm in Tokyo, but am convinced that i’m secretly a descendent of a lost tribe of tropical beach dwelling avocado eaters. i grew up in Japan, Germany and New York, surviving German schools throughout, and graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford (with a focus on Russian + German literature), and an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics.
i then spent several years at the conflict resolution non-profit International Alert, as a gender and security expert based in London, working with grassroots women’s groups on the ground in conflict zones around the world, and advocating to governments and policymakers (like the UN Security Council) to take the brutal realities of sexual and gender based violence into account.
my love of books and digital media led me to a career change and relocation to NYC, to work for Audible (Amazon), in content acquisition and business development. i eventually left to pursue my dream of being a writer and lifestyle entrepreneur.
i’m an eco feminist techgeek, digital media consultant, and foodie who lives in NY with her giant superhero husband and superbaby girl. i love teatime, chocolate, cashmere, cheese, print books + organic food. i have a strange accent, and like to bake, cook healthy comfort food, smell books, and watch telenovelas in spanish. email me at maria at livluna.com follow me on Instagram at @livlinglavidaluna
William Goins, Chief Advisor + Husband, was a 9-11 first responder, a former search and rescue swimmer & instructor in the United States Coast Guard who safaried across Africa and South America, climbed Mounts Kenya and Aconcagua, is a member of The Explorers Club, and was also the first heavyweight in IRONMAN history to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and in the same year, the Half IRONMAN World Championships in Clearwater, Florida. He is also the founder and president of GoShow Entertainment, an award winning documentary producer and director, and a HUGE fan and supporter of LivLuna.
Allix Stewart, Social Media Maven, is a sophomore at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a dual degree in International Studies and Signed Language Interpreting. Her concentration is Women and Gender in the Contemporary World, which she seeks to combine with her minor, Sustainability Studies. Allix wants to travel abroad and work with domestic violence victims in Latin America, be a concert interpreter, start an animal sanctuary, work on organic farms, and work with wildlife rehabilitation centers. She just doesn’t know which one she wants to do first. When Allix isn’t busy with school work, she’s heavily involved on her campus with sustainability efforts, writes in her free time, and is constantly seeking new brands of organic, fair trade chocolate and tea.
Ana Segota, Lead Graphic Design Consultant, grew up in Croatia and currently lives in Germany. After finishing Civil Engineering studies, she decided to dedicate her time and passion to what has always been her dream- graphic and web design. She now studies web design and spends most of her free time working on various commercial and non commercial projects. With her talent for visuals she is also helping local musicians and other artists present and promote themselves with the help of print and web design.
Beside spending most of the time creating designs for her boutique design firm Anariel Design, she is also a dedicated music lover, dancer and hobby piano player. You can email Ana at firstname.lastname@example.org and view her website here.