The Inspirations & Celebrations Team

The Inspirations & Celebrations team is comprised of motivated, successful women who have excelled in their careers and have professional experiences in different areas, ranging from fashion and beauty to fitness, travel and more. Each of the women on our team is a #GirlBoss in her own right, having been responsible for leading businesses, brands, and websites. In keeping with the I&C mission, our team strives to educate and empower women by publishing inspirational and informational content. 


Creator & Editor: Christina-Lauren Pollack

Editor Christina-Lauren PollackSince launching Inspirations & Celebrations in 2011, Christina-Lauren Pollack grew the I&C readership and community to over 150,000 followers and subscribers. As the Editor of I&C, she has written hundreds of articles and tutorials, conducted numerous interviews with celebrities and industry experts, and has collaborated with over 150 leading brands and businesses. She is also a Contributing Writer for several publications and websites, including Carmel Magazine, The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine, Shakers Magazine, and SeeMonterey.com. She’s been seen on InStyle.com, Shape.com, The Huffington Post, and other publications, and was named a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Harper’s Bazaar “Fabulous at Every Age” contest.


Beauty Contributor: Alana Mitchell

Contributor Alana MitchellFor over 14 years, Alana Mitchell (a licensed esthetician, beauty & skincare blogger, and mother of two from Dana Point, California), has sold over 300 lines of the highest of quality skincare products through her store skincarebyalana.com. Most recently, she launched the Alana Mitchell Skincare line, which is used by beauty mavens and celebrities (such as Miss California), and made in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness. As a beauty contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Alana shares her insight and knowledge about skincare, personal care, and body treatments. 


Beauty Contributor: Stacy Strength Rohrbough

Contributor Stacy Strength Rohrbough

A graduate of California State University, Fresno, Stacy Strength Rohrbough is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner of Family Practice and Aesthetics. She served many years as an emergency room nurse at Kaiser, Kaweah Delta and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in California. After 11 years, Stacy left to pursue her love of aesthetic medicine on a full time basis. She is Co-Owner of Face First Laser Clinic – a boutique medical aesthetics practice that has evolved into a successful anti-aging medical practice located in Monterey, CA. She has received extensive training in Medical Aesthetics through Allergan, Medicis, Merz, Nova Thread, and Cynosure. She is certified in basic and advanced techniques by Aesthetic Advancements and Duet.


Beauty Contributor: Kim Ashley

Photo & bio coming soon.


Entertaining Contributor: Fran Berger

Contributor Fran BergerFran Berger is an entrepreneur, sophisticated home entertaining and lifestyle expert, and media personality. With her twenty-plus years of experience as a popular restaurateur entertaining celebrities, family and friends in Beverly Hills as the original founder of The Farm of Beverly Hills, and as the creator of the entertaining blog, Sophisticated Living, Fran is passionate about sharing inspiring ideas and tips for elegant entertaining. As an entertaining contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Fran shares her expertise about entertaining, party planning, and food & wine.


Fitness Contributor: Jacqueline Hinton

Contributor Jacqueline HintonJacqueline Hinton is a Los Angeles based Pilates instructor, the CEO of the Pilates lifestyle brand Good Citizen, and a professional dancer with a BFA in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Jackie has over a decade in the Pilates industry and has forever changed the world of Pilates by creating the original personal Pilates loop. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Jackie shares exercise and fitness tips to help you shape and sculpt your body.


Fitness Contributor: Kate Balog

Contributor Kate BalogKate Balog holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Holistic Health Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification through Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India. She has been trained in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga- asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, and yoga therapy. She is also a Reiki 1 & 2 practitioner. Kate’s teaching combines ancient yogic technique with modern understanding to create a felt energetic experience of alignment and balance. She currently teaches in Monterey & Carmel, California. Stay up to date on upcoming posts, classes & retreats at www.yogarise.org. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Kate shares yoga exercises to restore, rejuvenate, and revitalize your mind and body.


Fitness Contributor: Natalie McDaniel

Contributor Natalie McDaniel

As a Dallas, Texas native, Natalie moved to Carmel, California after getting her degree in Communications from Texas State University. As a dancer her entire life, she began teaching Barre in 2014, and shortly after pursued certifications in TRX and Indoor Cycling. As a double certified Barre Instructor, Natalie believes it is the most effective workout for people of all ages because of its low impact, and modifiable exercises. She teaches over 12 fitness classes a week, Barre being the most popular. To find out where to take a class with Natalie on the Monterey Peninsula, follow her posts on Instagram at @lilnat2. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Natalie shares Barre exercises to sculpt, shape, and tone your figure.

Health & Fitness Contributor: Maddy Crouch

Photo & bio coming soon.


Health & Wellness Contributor: Kristine Don

Contributor Kristine DonKristine Don is a big-time science nut who dabbles in the world of health and wellness from time to time as the editor and content manager at SmartyPants Vitamins, home of The Good Gummy and one of Inc.’s 500 Fastest-Growing Companies of 2015. As a Health & Wellness Contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Kristine shares easy-to-follow health tips that can be incorporated into your everyday life. 


 Travel Contributor: Cate Baumgartner

Contributor Cate BaumgartnerAs a travel and adventure enthusiast, Cate Baumgartner is currently an international publishing grad student in London, in addition to the blog manager for Sarah Swell Jewelry, a linguist, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus UMass Amherst. She also shares her traveling tips and advice on her blog, A Millennial Traveler. As a travel contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Cate shares travel tips and advice for going abroad, to inspire your sense of wanderlust and global exploration.