Vision Chef. I am Donna Marie. I was born and raised in Jamaica (the Caribbean–not the neighborhood in Queens, New York) and have lived in the United States for over 30 years. I have a career I love, nurtured friendships and partnerships with extraordinary men and women, and participated in diverse mind-expanding activities. My passions are aroused by many things (nature, sports, movies, live performances and art to name a few). Most of all, I view life–and being human–as an exciting adventure, an exploration. This exploration led me to workshops, seminars, books, videos, retreats, courses, and experiences around the globe–all part of the effort to express the real me and live my best life. Through this process of self-discovery I began to realize the key to living life to the fullest is as simple as staying aware, awake and attuned to the magic and miracle of each moment. As this is an inside job, I needed to find ways to nurture this discovery and be inspired each day so I could bring this spirit and attitude to my daily life. This desire inspired the creation of the food for the soul™, an inspirtainment website, where an online community of members exchange tips and insights to support and empower them in important areas of life including finance, wellness, relationships, self-esteem, entertainment and more. In 2013, I co-authored and published my first book, The Freedom Zone: Your Gateway to Love, Liberty and Happiness, where readers are introduced to an approach to healing the past, coming to terms with loss and disappointment, loving the present, and creating a breathtaking future.
Communications Chef. I’m Caryn Starr-Gates, a promotional copywriter who helps market food for the soul’s message through Newsbite, the website, and special marketing programs. I started writing ad copy before word processors were invented (ouch!) so I’ve seen a lot of changes in the marketing landscape over the years. I began my career in Atlanta, where I worked on many different accounts and projects, including the launch of CNN, the world’s first 24-hour news network. I have enjoyed several interim careers—as a professional cook, restaurant manager and regional supervisor, organizer, and gift basket designer/retailer—before returning to my writing roots a few years ago with StarrGates Business Communications. I work with small businesses and non-profits who seek to gain more visibility in all media (print, broadcast, digital) through advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. When I’m not working I feed my passion for volunteering and giving back to others and am proud to hold leadership roles in several organizations. I believe in following your professional bliss and trying new things because we only get to do this life once! I dream of having enough free time to ride horses more often, read as much as I can, and go to the movies whenever I want.
Social Marketing Chef. I am Tanya Schiavone and I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I have spent most of my career focusing on helping failing businesses become profitable again. Now, I use these skills to help small businesses promote themselves through social media and marketing. I maintain Food For The Souls’ Twitter stream and evaluate as well as edit blog entries for our site. I find my inspiration through art, cooking, writing and walking my dog, Pancake.
Computing Chef. Tech consulting & services by humans for humans executed by technicians who actually like humans. Win/Mac personalized tech support for individuals, small businesses and other inspired affinity groups | Networking & Home Theater | Web development & e-commerce | General tech facilitation, gadget-wrangling and commiseration. Most work conducted via remote access on a flexible schedule; on-site projects a possibility for NYC area. The ShareNet Group is passionate about passion, clear communication and our mission to help ease the labor pains in your particular labor of love. Hopeless romantics, creative-types, do-gooders and small fries with big dreams, our specialty. Want help changing the world with technology actually on your side? Drop us a line…