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
Since 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
For 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
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. As a beauty contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Stacy shares information about skincare and esthetic treatments.
Entertaining Contributor: Fran Berger
Fran 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
Jacqueline 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
Kate 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
Fitness Contributor: Tiffany Gutierrez
Tiffany is a PMA certified Pilates Teacher and a TRX Instructor specializing in post-rehabilitative and restorative movement and has been teaching and educating on the Monterey Peninsula since 2010. Having worked within various fields of movement therapies and with a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, she has a passion for healing through mindful movement, encouraging and challenging individuals of all levels to gradually achieve optimal performance of physical and mental fitness, health, and well-being. To learn more about Tiffany and find out where she’s teaching a class on the Monterey Peninsula, follow her on Instagram at @tiffanylaceypilates. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Tiffany shares Foam Roller exercises that help alleviate muscle tension, relieve soreness and tightness, and relax your body.
Health & Fitness Contributor: Maddy Crouch
Maddy Crouch has been a Certified Pilates, Barre & TRX instructor since 2012. She opened her first studio (Physique Exercise Salon) in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, California just after graduating from college. Being an entrepreneur fulfilled her dreams, but helping others feeds her soul. Maddy is a new mom and gained a different appreciation for all that Pilates can do for the body when getting back into shape after having her son. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Maddy shares exercise and fitness tips to help you tone up, trim down, and get a fit physique.
Health & Wellness Contributor: Kristine Don
Kristine 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
As 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.