Meet Team EnVi

Azadeh Valanejad

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Azadeh is the founder and editor in chief of EnVi Media. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and over a decade experience working in the editorial world, starting as an intern at Hearst to becoming a producer, contributing writer, and on-air host for a number of brands at Condé Nast including Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Allure. When she’s not busy being team EnVi’s number one cheerleader, you can find her on her blog, AzArAm, creating content all over Manhattan.
Davonna Gilpin

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deputy editor/podcast producer
Davonna is EnVis deputy editor and podcast producer. In her role she acts as support to all teams and verticals, plans, directs and edits the podcast and even writes from time to time. Davonna is a 13 year K-pop fan and when she’s not working on EnVi things you can find her reading or binging Netflix series.
Mal Peterson

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Chief creative officer
Mal currently serves as the Chief Creative Officer at EnVi, where she oversees the design team and visual content. She specializes in branding, editorial design, and creative direction and aims to create thoughtful designs using her cultural identity, business degree, and interest in fashion and pop culture. When she is not designing, she spends her time reading, painting, or looking at clothing she cannot afford.
Arquala Davis

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managing editor
Also know as “Markyonce” of EnVi, Arquala can be found keeping track of overall documents, communications, and activities for the team. She loves to dive into analytics, spreadsheets, and organizing events for EnVi and in her free time with hopes to expand her skills in writing and media. Arquala is a Stayzen at heart and runs on snacks and to-do lists to keep her going throughout the day. As a high school Chemistry and Earth and Space teacher during the day, and a busy bee by night, she enjoys learning choreography, reading, and planning her next adventure in her free time.
Laras is EnVi’s UK-based jack-of-all-trade. She originally joined EnVi as a creative outlet and has been involved in the brand’s design, illustrations, website development, and writing. Laras is also head of community relations, where she leads quarterly projects on global issues.
Élise Fu
Web developer
Elise is the Web Developer at EnVi Media who takes care of the website. She is also part of the graphic design team. When she’s not in front of the computer, she likes to play the piano and visit art exhibitions.
Niamh Murphy

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creative director
Niamh is a New York based creative director that specializes in branding and illustration, working with clients in the food and beverage, tourism and hospitality, and non-profit industries. She’s also an avid kpop fan, and designer for EnVi. When not designing, she’s probably wandering aimlessly around her house looking for where she left her mug of tea.



Alex Aran ([email protected]) – Alex is a senior managing editor and contributing writer based in the Philippines. She is working on her BA degree in Communication as a researcher, writer, student leader, and radio jock. She has also contributed to various events management and PR projects in school. Outside her academic life, she likes to enjoy the K-pop experience, join video call fansigns, and study the Korean language.


T. Aquila ([email protected]) – Aquila is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and contributes to EnVi as a junior managing editor and writer. As a graduate from Universitas Indonesia with a degree in psychology, they are interested in the dynamics of media & society and currently work in the social media marketing field. In EnVi, they collaborate with their amazing, diverse team and craft their writing, which has been their life-long interest. In their spare time, Aquila is either writing poetry and original fiction, listening to music, or learning foreign languages.

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Sara Conway ([email protected]) – Sara is a New York-based writer, editor, and photographer who contributes to EnVi as a junior managing editor. When she isn’t visiting a museum or analyzing K-pop music videos and albums, you can find her trying to maintain her Duolingo streak, reading books with messy characters, or re-watching her favorite K-dramas like Hospital Playlist and Reply 1988.

Megan Yeo ([email protected]) – Megan is based in Singapore and contributes to EnVi as a junior managing editor. She graduated with a bachelor’s in linguistics and in her free time loves lazing around in bed, watching K-dramas, and baking cookies for her friends.



Danni Perez ([email protected]) – Born and raised in southern California, Danni has grown up with a lifelong love for all things creative. She especially enjoys music, film, and writing. She is a full-time student at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Entertainment and Tourism. You can always find her with her headphones in and sipping on an iced coffee (Or gushing about her love for Jeong Jaehyun and Kim Namjoon). In her free time she enjoys reading, attending concerts, cuddling with her cat, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and spending time with her friends.


Chyenne Tatum – Chyenne is a music and pop culture writer based in Chicago, who loves analyzing her favorite albums and genres. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in PR and communications, and always knew she’d end up working in the music industry. When she doesn’t have her headphones glued to her ears, which is rare, she enjoys getting lost in her favorite movies and making homemade bubble tea.

Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Morales ([email protected]) – Mafe is a Colombian-based Journalism and Social Communications student. She found interest in writing, photography and filmmaking as she was in her last years of school. As part of the writer and photo team of EnVi she can enjoy these two interests. She loves learning new lenguages. In her free time, you can catch her watching Ghibli movies, painting the scenes with watercolors and babying her cat León

Mendy – Mendy is a graphic designer and an avid writer for EnVi’s features and music verticals. Her dream is to ultimately write, create, and produce digital media alongside creatives from all over the world! For now, she can be found thrifting, drawing her webtoon, or people watching in Chicago and LA.

Teresa Nicole ([email protected]) – Teresa Nicole is a Toronto-based Journalism student pursuing a minor in Music and Culture and Public Relations. By combining her interests in news writing and K-pop, she aspires to work in an industry that allows her to expand on her passions. You can be sure to find her listening to WAYV, drinking bubble tea, or keeping up with the latest comebacks.

Ally De Leon – Ally is a Manila-based student studying Communications Technology Management (which is just an SEO-unfriendly way to say marketing). She is constantly seeking growth in writing and marketing. As a writer, she hopes to specialize in lifestyle (a mix of pop culture, productivity, and student life) and dabble into creative writing every once in a while. She’s at her happiest whenever she writes about any thought or feeling without getting mental blocks, reads a book she can highlight all over, eats anything with a borderline unhealthy amount of cheese, nerds out on marketing, and hears Jeong Jaehyun sing.

Vanessa ([email protected]) – Vanessa is a New Jersey based news writer. Always ahead of the curve, she stays on top of all new music releases. Experienced in interviewing both K-pop groups and solo artists, her love for music fuels her passion for writing. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University and is currently working on her Master’s in Nursing. When she’s not talking about ATEEZ’s Hongjoong on her socials, she is in the lab working as a prenatal cytologist. In her spare time Vanessa is often learning new recipes, playing video games, and gushing about her favorite K-pop groups: ATEEZ, Stray Kids, and NCT.


Tiffany Vu ([email protected]) – Tiffany Vu is a Northern Virginia based filmmaker and social media marketing specialist. She has three years experience creating content and advertising for non-profits, film festivals, and small businesses. Additionally, she directs short films that center around the Asian American experience that have successfully made it in the film festival circuit. Professionally, she is pursuing opportunities in the Entertainment, Broadcasting, Film, and the Music industry.

Kayla Gayle ([email protected]) – Kayla Gayle is an editorial news intern for EnVi Media. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the University of Central Florida. Her goal is to be an entertainment and lifestyle journalist that spotlights people of color. It’s unlikely to spot her without headphones on, most likely listening to “Long Flight.” Her favorite past-time is attending concerts with her friends and Tyongnya.



Mayra Peralta ([email protected]) – May is the Fashion Editor, overseeing the style content at EnVi. Parisian at heart, she is an Istituto Maragoni almuna, lover of arts, cinema and rosé. Fashion designer, lawyer and Political Science & International Relations graduate, May juggles her job as a lawyer while freelancing, serving as a consultant for fashion brands and pushing the NCT-127 -fashion-takeover agenda.


Valentina Doukeris ([email protected]) – Valentina is a Journalism and Asian Languages & Cultures double major with a diverse cultural background. Living in major cultural capitals like Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, New York City and Seoul while growing up, Valentina developed a passion for learning languages and exploring global fashion trends. When she’s not buried in her work, she’s likely daydreaming about matcha lattes, combat boots and cat memes.


Kim Ly ([email protected]) – Kim is a first-year journalism student at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a focus on sports and photojournalism. At EnVi, Kim is exploring her love for all things beauty as a beauty intern. Additionally, she’s also a freelance photographer specializing in concert photography for musicians like Dayglow, MAX, etc. and sports photography at CSULB Athletics. When not at work, Kim spends her time crying over SEVENTEEN, cafe-hopping, and taking one too many naps.

Mel Simmons ([email protected]) – Mel is a fashion merchandising student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with the goal of working in the beauty or entertainment industry. Since she has been a longtime makeup and skincare enthusiast, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge with other through social media content creation! Having loved kpop since 2009, she loves to vlog about her travels to concerts as well. You can find her on Instagram talking about beauty, skincare, and her favorite kpop groups such as: NCT, The Boyz, Monsta X, Super Junior, and 2NE1.



Aurora (Dawn) Rose Carpio ([email protected]) – Hardworking, organized, and enthusiastic. Aurora or Dawn, as what her friends and family call her, is a 4th-year Management Accounting student at the University of Santo Tomas and the Head Advertising Editor of EnVi. She has experience in fundraising, project, and team management as she have already headed and organized different fan projects for NCT members in a span of a year. She is also an active student leader and youth server on her community. Aside from these, she is also the owner of Suhnny Side Shop, a small online shop, where she sells NCT-related products designed by her. As a 22-year-old K-pop fan from the Philippines, she enjoys combining her hobbies and chosen career path to expand her skills and network.


Crista Bardales ([email protected]) – Crista is a (soon to be) Journalism and Liberal Arts student. Born in Guatemala and raised in the U.S, she understands and communicates well in Spanish and English and hopes to one day be fluent in other languages. She’s both a Spanish translator and lifestyle writer here at Envi, and always enjoys helping in any way she can. When she’s not writing for EnVi, you’ll find her working on her blog, journaling, reading, learning about astrology, or spending time with her pet bunny!

Merlyn Maldonado ([email protected]) – Merlyn is a full time student at Gettysburg College pursuing a double major in art history and an individualized major titled “Popular Culture and Magazines in Media.” She is passionate about everything arts and popular culture, which has led her to completing work as a student curator and land internships as a communications and editorial writer. On her free time she enjoys finding new artists to listen to and arranging her pinterest boards.

Ellie Ray ([email protected]) – Ellie is a Costume student in the UK who loves everything film, performance and art. She has a particular interest in K-pop, and Asian cultures as well as Alternative music and cultures. Ellie also enjoys animations and is a long time collector of Build a Bears.

Leigh ([email protected]) – Leigh is a self-taught artist of 23+ years from New York. She is passionate about all things cartoon/anime-related. When she’s not drawing, writing or traveling, Leigh spends the majority of her time exploring her more obscure interests, such as analog horror, magical realism, and vaporwave. She is can also read, write and speak basic Korean. Even though she’s an introvert, she’s very vocal about her love for EXO and NCT!

Courtney Brown-Douglas ([email protected]) – Courtney is a Brooklyn based writer, pursuing her degree in Marketing. Along with being the social butterfly among her friends, she loves diving into her love of history by watching every documentary possible. Courtney also works as a freelance Artist Manager.


Lynn Tran ([email protected])- Lynn is a Lifestyle/E-Commerce intern based in Massachusetts. She graduated in 2022 with a BA in Chemistry but is now looking to pursue a career in media and entertainment, inspired by her interest in fandoms, K-pop, and pop-culture. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, indulging in BTS and ENHYPEN content, and playing Stardew Valley.

Kaylani Addison ([email protected]) – Kaylani Addison is a lifestyle and e-commerce intern at Envi Media based in Austin, Texas. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Business Honors and International Business with a minor in Korean at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a small business owner for a crochet apparel and accessories brand called LaniCrochets as well as the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Crochet 4 a Cause. She spends her free time reading, crocheting, and listening to Kpop.



Heather Ngo ([email protected]) – Heather is our resident drama enthusiast based in California. When she’s not extensively researching for the Turn Back Time series you can find her cooking up ideas for ACT!ON, playing guitar, and singing any song that comes to mind.


McKenzie Gooding ([email protected]) – Currently based in Jeju Island, Kenny is an avid writer, amateur graphic designer, long-distance cat mom and K-pop/K-drama enthusiast. Barbadian by birth, she holds a BSc. in International Relations and is currently studying Korean in preparation for her Masters degree next fall. In her free time, Kenny enjoys reading, cooking and losing herself in new music. Outside of work and school, you’ll find her on Twitter, somewhere between essaying her thoughts and waxing poetic over SHINee and NCT.

Karen – Karen is based in New York as a third year university student where she studies Media, Culture, and Communication. She has a particularly soft spot for old K-variety shows and K-films. She’s a sucker for Act!on but also action where she wishes she could pull off the martial arts/stunts scenes. She also likes watching and creating fan edits in her free time and hopes to meet Na PD in real life one day.

Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Ramos – Maria Fernanda also known as Mafe is a Colombia-based Journalism and Social Communications student, she can combine her interest in music, film and pop culture as part of EnVi’s Music and ACT!ON writing team. In her free time, she enjoys taking photos, painting, creating music playlists and reading tons of books.

Sarah Bathke ([email protected]) – Originally from Colorado, Sarah Bathke is a Journalism and Linguistics student at the University of Oregon. Her passion for fandom and writing is combined as a music and ACT!ON writer for EnVi, and when she’s not writing about K-pop or studying, she enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading, and drinking Dutch Brothers.

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Ellie Forte ([email protected]) – Both a cosplayer and writer, Ellie is a creative who focuses on culture. Currently focusing on communications in school, Ellie is looking to capture the stories of many with their writing.


Ella Okunmwendia ([email protected]) – Ella Okunmwendia is a podcast host and writer at EnVi. Outside EnVi, she works as a content producer and radio host. Based in Ghana, Ella graduated from the University of Ghana with a degree in Political Science and French. Her current mission in life is uniting all the KPOP fans in Africa.

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Xana Angelo ([email protected]) – Xana is a New Jersey based graphic designer at EnVi who enjoys illustration and brand design. Aside from design, she loves singing, dancing, and roller skating. In her free time you can find her learning K-pop choreography, listening to music, or landing the next best trick on her skates.

Carolyne (Chi) Chang ([email protected]) – Carolyne, also known as Chi or DJ ViVi’s mom, is a graphic designer at EnVi with an eye for cute, playful charms! She was NYC born and raised, but is a Design and Film student at the University of Southern California in LA. In her free time, you will probably find her slapping stickers onto everything she owns.

Rebeca Gomes – Rebeca is a Brazilian design major, she works with audiovisual during daytime, likes making art inspired by her faves in her free time but rants about her never-ending love for Bang Chan at all times. All of this, while being a Graphic Designer for EnVi.

Jenny ([email protected]) – Jenny is a self-taught graphic designer based in Seattle. She is currently working as a freelance graphic designer on all things social media, branding and logo design. Jenny started listening to kpop back in 2011 and has never stopped since. She initially got drawn in by SHINee and has since then loved a variety of groups. She is currently an ARMY devoting all of her stan love for BTS. When she isn’t designing she can be found hanging with her doggo or having a chill night in watching kdramas.

Kaia Morrison-Burks ([email protected]) – Kaia is a graphic designer from Chicago who enjoys bringing her love for music into her designs. Though she’s spent most of her time as a K-pop fan as a NCTzen, she also loves BTS, and aespa. In her free time, you can catch her adding new records to her collection or watching romantic comedies with her friends.

Radiya Aheto ([email protected]) – Radiya is a New York-based graphic designer for EnVi. She is currently majoring in advertising and digital design at the Fashion Institute of Technology to learn skills in branding and other forms of design. In her free time, you can find her playing video games and creating memorable bonding moments with her friends.

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Rin ([email protected]) – Rin is based in Japan, where she works as the coordinator of international relations for a small city. As a growing polyglot who can speak Spanish and Japanese, she finds beauty in being able to connect with others through language, especially when the connection is over a shared interest! She’s honored to be able to help spread her love of music with people all around the world through EnVi. In her free time, you’ll find Rin exploring around Japan, studying languages, or facetiming with her parents and dogs back home in the United States.


Lucia Medrano – Lucía is a Colombian-based Journalism and Social Communications student with a passion for languages and writing, with a deep interest in learning more about different cultures. When she’s not translating articles for EnVi or studying, you will find her watching dramas, discovering new music, reading rom-com books and trying to not fall in love with another K-Pop Idol.

Jasmine Nahta – Jasmine is a Creative Writing major with a passion for translation who believes in the power of utilising digital resources for knowledge sharing. She began her journey in translation inspired by the amazing community of fan translators online, and now dreams of kickstarting a platform centred around digital services and knowledge building in everyday life.

Anabel Zaldivar – Anabel is an over the phone interpreter based in Mexico. She loves music, pop culture and design with an interest in learning more about the entertainment industry. She’s been a K-pop fan since 2017 and her first K-pop concert was G-dragon that same year and she hasn’t looked back since. Being a Spanish translator she hopes to bring the K-pop world to more people around spanish speaking countries so that they can love it the way she does.

Amane ([email protected]) – Amane is a university student majoring in English and American Studies as well as Japanese Studies. Thanks to her background she is confident in her Japanese language skills which she likes to make use of in various ways like writing and translating! Other than interacting with translation work or linguistic work she likes to focus on her other hobby, dancing where she also interacts a lot with K-Pop and J-Pop.

Vanesa (Nesa) ([email protected]) – Vanesa is a junior university student majoring in Media Communications. Always having an interest in the media/entertainment industry, she took a strong liking and great interest in K-pop and J-pop and the industry behind them. When not translating or going to classes, she enjoys playing video games like Genshin Impact and watching K-dramas, Anime, and J-dramas. (I prefer going by nesa but I sign everything under vanesa!)

Carissa ([email protected]) – Carissa is an industrial and product design undergraduate who currently holds the position of Indonesian translator at EnVi. She finds joy in learning new things and helping other people. Her free time consists of watching K-dramas, cooking or daydream about attending her fav’s concerts.

Sophie-Marie Ludwig ([email protected]) – Sophie, alternatively The German or Sophie No.2 for chaos prevention, is currently getting her degree in East Asian Studies, with Media and Communication Studies as her minor. Instead of focusing on her Japanese classes she decided to pick up translating as a hobby – The rest is basically history. The pandemic opened the door to K-pop for her, K-pop the door to becoming an author for the first ever K-pop dictionary in German, which then again led her to writing and journalism. The next door to open will hopefully be that of a concert hall!



Jezella ([email protected]) – Jezelle is a social media intern at EnVi Media. Passionate when it comes to expressing her creativity, Jezelle loves learning and thinking about new ideas when it comes to social media and marketing. She loves to travel, eat sweet foods, dance for fun, experiment her fashion, vlogging, and most of all Mark Lee. Currently, she is a student working towards a degree in business marketing.

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSOCIATES Leanna Sarfati ([email protected]) – Leanna is a New York City based Digital Marketing major whose main mission is to bring EnVi to as many fans as possible. Helping handle all of EnVi’s social media platforms, Leanna loves getting creative when showing off all EnVi has to offer. If she isn’t tweeting the latest article or creating Instagram stories, Leanna can easily be found filming dance covers, listening to the latest movie soundtrack, screaming over Jungkook and Eunwoo, or attending K-pop events around the city.

Sam Lelchuk ([email protected]) Sam is a social media manager at EnVi Media with a penchant for all things media and entertainment. Born and raised in Southern California, Sam is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Communication and Political Science at the George Washington University. When she’s not glued to Twitter or Canva, you can find her talking about SEVENTEEN and starting K-dramas she can never finish.

Stephanie ([email protected]) – Stephanie is an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, majoring in Managerial Economics and a minor in Communications. Her zealousness for sharing her love for K-pop has led her to develop her skills in posting edits of her favorite groups while also engaging with other K-pop fans online. With past social media managing experience, she is excited to share her social media project ideas with the team, as well as hoping to learn from her team members! In her free time she loves watching any and all K-dramas, performance videos of her favorite groups, and hope for her favorite underrated groups to gain the recognition they deserve!



Tatyana Hernandez ([email protected]) – Tatyana is a New York City-based public relations coordinator who strives to expand EnVi Media’s audience. She is passionate about community building, global media and entertainment, and connections over shared interests. Her marketing and fan engagement background and family of musicians inspire her to bring people together and create engaging content, connecting different cultures and languages. Tatyana enjoys listening to new music, traveling, video essays, and most of all, her two cats. Currently, she is a student working towards a degree in business marketing.


Juliana Santos ([email protected]) – Juliana is a Los Angeles based Junior managing editor. She is currently studying Public Relations at California State University Northridge, where she will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 2022. She has a huge passion for all things Music, Social Media, Fan Engagement, Live Entertainment (concerts) and PR. On her free time, she loves to listen to her favorite K-pop group NCT, drink Chai lattes, stream QTAH or watch K-Dramas.

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Janie Wang ([email protected]) – Janie is a public relations intern at EnVi Media and a recent graduate of UCLA, where she received a degree in Communications with a minor in Korean. She was born and raised in North Carolina, and is currently based there. In her free time, Janie enjoys dancing (K-pop and more), cooking and eating, practicing Korean, and getting to know various K-pop groups.

Hailey Kim ([email protected]) – Hailey is a fourth-year at Northwestern University studying neuroscience and global health studies. She was born in South Korea, but lived most of her life in Northern Virginia. When she is not cramming for assessments, she loves learning k-pop choreography, taking care of her puppy named Kio, and making greek yogurt bowls.

Jessica Waybright ([email protected]) – Originally from Northern California, Jess is currently an LA-based public relations intern at Envi Media. She is in her third and last year of studying Psychology with a minor in Global Studies at UCLA with goals to go into the music or entertainment industry. With her free time, she is most likely at a concert, traveling for said concerts, dancing with her kpop cover team, golfing, writing about music discourse or talking about Seventeen on every social media platform possible.



Marina Quiñonez ([email protected]) – Marina is a video editor at EnVi Media. This NCTzen earned her B.A. in Multimedia Production and her Masters in Mass Communication. Her passion is documentary filmmaking & journalism. When she is not glued to her computer, you can find her playing with her guinea pigs, enjoying nature, reading fiction, and attending K-pop events.

Jane Rivas ([email protected]) – Jane is a video editor an EnVi Media. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz to receive her B.A. in Film & Digital Media and Psychology. Based out of Los Angeles she is a freelance video editor, photographer, and videographer. A K-pop fan since 2008 her ult groups are INFINITE and The Rose. In her spare time she can be found playing video games, dancing, and attending concerts.