Fete Lifestyle Magazine September 2017 Family Issue - Page 17

Jackie Minchillo is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. A native of Michigan, USA, Jackie now lives in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica with her Husband and their “famous” surfing dog, Harvey. On a quest for true freedom, a life that doesn’t require vacation, but embraces it and a level of simplicity that allows life’s truest joys to shine - she left behind a career to see the world long before retirement. She has bachelor degrees in public relations and broadcast journalism from Central Michigan University. Jackie’s focuses on her adventurous life in a foreign country, hoping she will inspire others in some way. She writes all about it at www.daywelllived.com. Pura Vida! Follow on Instagram and Linkedin

Courtney Borquet volunteers to organize the Walk with a Tico project. She also volunteers as the President of the nonprofit organization CEPIA that works with children and their families in poverty based out of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Courtney can often be found in her real estate office RE/MAX Tamarindo, surfing, doing aerial dance, or on the beach with her children.

Dr. Atima Kamra is both a full time practicing dentist and a wine educator in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her passion for wine dates back almost 20 years when she had the great fortune to sample some beautiful bottles that changed her outlook from that day on. Her interest continued to grow, motivating her to pursue formal certification as a WSET certified educator. She has been active in the food and wine community during her free time, continuing to host classes and organizing dinners/tastings for private , charity and corporate events in intimate settings and grand venues.

Shannon Rugani is a true artist, currently focusing her career as a professional ballerina, a Broadway actress, and a singer/songwriter. Shannon excelled in Ballet at a very young age, earning a full merit scholarship to the San Francisco ballet school. For 11 plus years she worked with world renowned choreographers and performed all over the world as a member of San Francisco Ballet. Shannon joined the original cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, an American in Paris, and was the Lead U/S (2014-2016). Shannon enjoys writing, studying nutrition, playing piano, singing, reading, dancing, and composing. She married the man of her dreams and splits her time between New York City and San Francisco. To learn more about Shannon please visit her website www.shannonrugani.com


Erika Fay is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and certified Transformational Life Coach with over 16 years of experience working with men, women, couples & athletes. As a professional speaker, Erika specializes in helping people build dreams, accelerate results and create richer, more fulfilling lives. Erika graduated from Purdue University and obtained her Master of Arts degree from St Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas and is certified as a Transformational Life Coach by the Life Mastery Institute. As founder and owner of Erika Fay, LMFT & Associates, a relationship therapy practice, Erika believes that everyone has the capacity to create loving relationships and lead fulfilling, happy lives. In her free time, she is an endurance athlete and competes in numerous triathlons and marathons. www.erikafaylmft.com

Josie Volpentesta is a professional Makeup Artist from Chicago’s upscale North Shore suburbs and has solidified herself as one of the best makeup artists in the entertainment industry. For over a decade she has worked with "A" list celebrities, hit TV shows, and various magazines. Last year Josie launched her own lip gloss under her label, Makeup by Josie. Josiehe shares some of her favorite products that will help you achieve and maintain a good look.