Before joining the independent working world 3 years ago, Brooke led a successful career in advertising for 13 years helping dozens of brands find their unique voice and positioning by leading diverse teams to execute strategy, branding and multi layered marketing campaigns. She worked with titans like Disney, Softbank Robotics, Sony Pictures, Apple and many telecom/ tech brands, but her absolute favorite work was and is helping small businesses and startups get going because they’re the most passionate and soulfully connected to the work. As owner and cofounder of Behere, Brooke understands this soulful connection even more and brings this passion for entrepreneurship to the program infusing elements of independent thinking, leadership and soft skills of entrepreneurship into the workshops provided.
Matthew is a visionary artist and design systems thinker who has been rethinking everything since 2001. He is now bringing his multi-disciplinary design and communications talents here, to build a local and global community around rethinking everything. He has worked with leading brands — from imagining 'the future of driving' with Volvo, to establishing himself as a 'Non Fungible Artist' in the Web 3 + blockchain revolution with his Animal Style and 11:11 for Change NFT collections on Algorand.
Tiffanie Rinks is a seasoned and credentialed math and science k-12 educator with a Waldorf approach to education. She specializes in all levels of mathematics and science, focused on bringing innovative and fun multi-sensory approaches to learning that foster creativity, curiosity and wonder while building a positive classroom through respectful modeling and active listening. Tiffanie uses the art of observation, experience and inquiry to help students deeply understand the relationships of the concepts and relate them to the natural world.
Monica is a Doctor of Physical Therapy; Movement Expert; Advanced Yoga Teacher; Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor; Bodywork practitioner; Mentor. Monica is a a journey 💫 Discovering beauty💫, and we're thrilled to be working with her on a wellness vision for Behere members.
Tanya Harrison is the mom of two children, and has been a home educator since 2017. Her strategy within her homeschooling is to incorporate the things that public schools don't; the most important one being emotional intelligence. Tanya has a Bachelors degree in Recreation & Tourism Management from California State University, Northridge, where her studies included an emphasis on early childhood play & development. She received her Meditation Teacher Diploma in 2021 from the Centre of Excellence. Tanya is a certified Calm & Colorful Coach, and in 2022, she started her private coaching business, MindMentor, to focus on teaching emotional wellness to kids & teens. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys reading, many styles of dance, yoga, and traveling.
Kelsey Lofton is an experienced Early Childhood Educator with an emphasis on nature and play-based learning. She combines her expertise of teaching in the traditional classroom with her know-how of leading outdoor Tinkergarten classes. She comes to us with a passion for slowing down, meeting the needs of the whole child, and guiding caregivers in becoming more intentional with their young ones. Kelsey offers an adult-child workshop that features story-telling, social skills, movement, sensory play and art experiences specifically designed for the youngest learners. She invites the caregiver to learn and play alongside their little ones and to experience the joy and wonder of childhood! In her personal time, Kelsey enjoys hiking in the beautiful Conejo Valley with her husband, Zumba, and being mom to her 13 and 10-year-old boys.
Michelle Smith has always had a passion for helping children thrive. In addition to being a professional nanny for over 20 years, Michelle has also worked as a certified postpartum doula, an instructor for the International Childbirth Education Association and has been a part of multiple “parent led" homeschool programs. She loves working with children using both mindful and engaging activities that invites them to be challenged physically and mentally. Building their self confidence while encouraging their curiosity about the world around them motivates her as an educator, as well as a homeschooling mother too!
Laura Belevica is a Latvian multimedia artist, illustrator, designer and architect based in Los Angeles, California.
She studied economics and business administration in Riga, Latvia and has earned a Masters of Architecture in the United States. She also studied in Finland and Japan, and spent most of the past decade living and working as an architect in Shenzhen, China.
She can juggle a wide range of concepts and mediums to communicate a narrative. Nature is the primary source of inspiration in all of her work. We're thrilled to be rethinking childrens enrichment with Laura at Behere!
"This is the time for us to seize the opportunity to reset our internal selves in order to create balance with our external environment. We must let our hearts guide us to do what we know to be fundamentally right; for our children, our community, and ourselves." - Hilary
founder of School of Lunch (SOL), is a mother of five who refused to accept the quality of food her children were being served during school lunch. She began a relentless mission to change the status quo, and eventually took over the lunch program at her local school in Topanga CA. She worked with local farmers and food producers to create an affordable nutrient dense meal program that was based on the foundation of ancestral ways of eating. The results were astounding. It all stemmed from what she calls a Regen-Living lifestyle, where we strive for a symbiotic relationship between our bodies and our external environment.
Jen is our homeschool family partner and coach. She has been homeschooling and alt-schooling her 6 kids for over 13 years, with her oldest graduating this past year. Therefore, she’s truly equipped to handle any homeschooling challenge from K-12. During her tenure as a home educator Jen has gained vast experience with different curriculums, charter programs, extracurricular activities, community college dual enrollment, and navigating learning differences (dyslexia, ADHD, processing disorder). All of this experience has greatly equipped her to consult a diverse set of families and their needs. Homeschooling has been a blessing to Jen and has allowed her to understand her children better, their needs, and tailor a custom learning plan for each child, and she can do the same for you. She has been an active leader over the years organizing field trips and mentoring many families on this journey and ready to help more families thrive in this new alternative education model.
Corinne is an amazonian super woman who got her undergraduate degree in Wellness and Fitness and a Masters in Performance Enhancement Injury Prevention. Through the progression of her career she broke away from the 9-5 job and ventured into independent coaching and training for the past 12 years. Through her evolution in the health and fitness industry Corinne has refined her approach to how she helps her clients through mind, body and spirit.
Charles (or Chuck as many of you know him), has deep roots in the local food systems. He has served on the CDFA/Farmers Market Advisory Committee and is the current head of the Slow Food Ventura County. Chuck brings a ton of energy to everything he does, and we're thrilled to have him advising with Behere.
Taylor Hill is a former aircraft electronics technician, network andministrator, Ethereum miner, and Web3 Technologist & Consultant. First developing an awareness to Bitcoin in 2011, Taylor is a long term visionary & advocate for the organizational and transformational capabilities of blockchain, decentralized applications and digital identity.
One of Ziva’s fondest memories of her childhood, (while growing up in South Africa), was creating a vegetable garden in her backyard. She has carried this practice throughout her life, and now loves sharing her wonder for nature, and her knowledge of gardening to both young and old. Ziva studied permaculture and utilizes this philosophy in her gardening techniques. She currently teaches gardening at two schools in Agoura Hills, where she not only instills a love for gardening but also teaches her students to be guardians of our beloved mother earth by caring for our soil, the plants, the animals and all living beings.
Kelly Nicassio is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 10 years’ experience and a passion for working with children, adolescents and families. She has experience treating children and adolescents with a variety of concerns, including behavioral issues, trauma, attention disorders (ADHD), adjustment disorder, issues related to adoption, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety and depression. She believes in strengthening the relationship between parents and children in addition to helping parents manage and change undesirable behaviors. She was born and raised in Ventura County and loves supporting families in the community.