Meet Team EnVi
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.
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.
Chief creative officer
Mal is the Chief Creative Officer at EnVi where she leads the design team in the production of visual content. She is an artist and graphic designer who specializes in branding and editorial design. When she is not designing, she spends her time reading, painting, or looking at clothing she can’t afford.
Also known 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. When she isn’t busy with schoolwork at The University of Texas at Austin or volunteering in her community, Arquala is usually relaxing while watching a TV show/movie, learning choreography, or looking for her next adventure.
ART DIRECTOR/COMMUNITY RELATIONS
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.
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 from of the computer, she likes to play the piano and visit art exhibitions.
Nevi is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist and Envi’s resident Creative Director. When she’s not ensuring Envi’s branding is at it’s best or helping lead the Editorial team, she’s busy as a full-time student at Canada’s leading fashion school where her creative focus lies in the intersection of music, fashion, and design. Splitting her time between Toronto and Nashville, she has the unique position of having her finger on separate cultural pulses. She is currently working toward doing more freelance art direction and illustration in her spare time.
SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
Sabrina Tharani – A news analyst by day and fandom scholar by night, Sabrina is a Canada-based media and fan studies aficionado, editor, writer, and podcast producer. When she’s not poring over the news or keeping up with her favourite animes, Sabrina can be found cafe-hopping around her city, or writing for EnVi’s ACT!ON vertical.
JUNIOR MANAGING EDITORS
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.
Valerie Lopez – Valerie is an LA-based pop culture writer that specializes in artist profiles and features pieces. Her passion for language and writing led her to obtain a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, where she has participated in a Naruto Run and added two languages under her belt. She enjoys tap dancing, playing Genshin Impact, and cosplaying in her leisure.
Sarah Bathke – 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.
Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Morales – 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
Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Ramos – Maria Fernanda also known as Mafe is a Colombia-based Journalism and Social Communications student, with a passion for writing about music and pop culture, she has a interest in Graphic Design and hopes to pursue a degree on it. In her free time, she enjoys painting, creating music playlists and reading tons of books.
Diana – Diana is a writer, astrologer and K-pop enjoyer. She recently earned her degree in Public Relations and Popular Culture. In her free time, she watches anime, plays video games and searches for the next great addition to her expansive album and manga collections.
Samruddhi Harve – Samruddhi, also known as Sammy, is the Fashion and Beauty Editor at EnVi. During the day she is a full-time Fashion Business student and by night, she is an NCT and DPR enthusiast. Aspiring to be the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, she loves art and anything avant-garde. She is also EnVi’s resident wedding planner.
Dean Monroe – Dean is a writer and seamstress based in Upstate New York. When he’s not editing his work or making patterns, you can usually find him fawning over pictures of Johnny Suh. Dean is currently a full-time student, double majoring in English and Economics. He hopes to not only grow with EnVi, but pursue a TEFL certification so he can teach in South Korea as well.
Donya – Donya is a senior writer who often ventures into the features and music vertical, though she always returns to her home, the fashion section. With a love for the arts and a degree in social science, she hopes to bring together these two worlds through her journalistic career. In the meantime, she enjoys highlighting artists, discussing fashion, and watching dramas.
May Peralta – May is an Istituto Maragoni almuna, lover of arts, cinema and champagne. Fashion designer, lawyer and Political Science & International Relations graduate, she works as a consultant for fashion brands. Previously based in Paris, she is now a contributor for EnVi Media where she’s regained her passion for writing and K-pop.
Kryscy – Kryscy is a makeup and hair enthusiast that balances her love of everything beauty with owning her own business. She holds a music and education degree, with a focus in classical voice, but focuses on combining all aspects of the arts to embrace culture and diversity.
Annie Bourbonnais – A Brazilian film production undergrad, Annie is studying to be a makeup artist and creative director, but also found a passion for writing and interviewing through EnVi. She has an undying love for production design in music videos and way too many favorite K-pop groups.
Ellie Forte – 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.
Taylor Louise – Taylor is a fully-fledged member of The Mark Lee Lovers Club. She is the owner of a small business and an all-round creative. Currently, Taylor is studying Korean at university in London and is fully TEFL qualified, but is due to complete her studies in Korea next year.
Crista Bardales – Crista is a (soon to be) Journalism and Liberal Arts student, and is a full-fledged Taeyong and Takeshi Kaneshiro Enthusiast. 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 Translator and Lifestyle writer at Envi, and always enjoys helping in any way she can. During her free time you’ll find Crista journaling, watching East Asian films, studying astrology, writing lyrics, and catching up with all things NCT.
Pei Yin (Joyce) Chai – Pei Yin is a Neuroscience major who found her passion for writing during her journey as a blog writer in a bioscience society. She aspires to serve “brain food” from both within and outside of the K-pop world through EnVi’s Lifestyle vertical, hoping the patrons would walk away with a personal recipe to a happy life. She also enjoys drawing and indulging in a good dose of NCT content during her free time.
Sumaiya – Sumaiya is a New York based kpop enthusiant as well as the lifestyle writer at Envi Media! She loves attending fan events around her city, meeting new people, and writing about fandom culture in kpop. In her free time she enjoys watching anime and international films.
Fran – A recent addition to the team, Fran is a long-time K-Pop enthusiast and a Lifestyle contributor at EnVi Media. Between reviewing flashcards and combing through medical journals for school, you’ll find her plugged into fandom culture across social media platforms, cheering on her favourite artists and connecting with other fans!
Marbella Ramirez – Marbella, who goes by either “Mira” or “Mar”
Heather Ngo – 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.
Isabel Resendis – Isabel is a New Jersey based Act!on writer who enjoys watching films, dramas, and animes. She also likes to play electric guitar, video games, and read books during her free time. Isabel loves fashion and likes to plan outfits to wear for any day. She enjoys going to concerts, fan events, meeting friends, and traveling. She likes listening to music as her top genres are kpop, jrock, and R&B. She is a huge L’Arc-en-Ciel fan. Her two ult groups are Seventeen and Nct.
Aurora (Dawn) Rose Carpio – 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.
Aimi Atifah – Aimi is an advertising writer and also a Malay translator from Malaysia for EnVi Media. During her free time, you can find her singing, rapping, dancing, listening to music, or learning languages. She also loves to try something new and greatly admires Lee Haechan and Mark Lee.
Yimika – Yimika is a Houston based writer for the Advertising team and a full time JaehyunYutaTaeilTaeyong fan. NCT, GOT7 and SVT are her ult groups but as a K-Pop fan since 2007, she’s been a fan of multiple groups. In her free time, you can catch her working out (spin preferably), listening to music and learning languages (she currently has Korean, Yoruba, Portuguese and Japanese under her belt).
Xana Angelo – 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 – 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 major in LA, with a minor in entertainment industry. In her free time, you will probably find her slapping stickers onto everything she owns.
Jenessa Edora – Jenessa is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer from California who designs for EnVi. NCT is her ultimate favorite K-Pop group and admires Ten’s artistry and character greatly. She also sells her own sticker designs on her Etsy shop, Jenpura. In her free time, she often draws, listens to music, and watches YouTube videos and anime.
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.
Niamh Murphy – Niamh is a New York based art 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.
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.
Erina N. (Astrid)
Vel – Vel is a language enthusiast and budding polyglot – starting off with Korean in 2011 (yes, because of KPOP), she has now added Thai, Cantonese and soon-Japanese to her language repertoire. As a freelance translator, she has experience translating for local media and news channels; as well as fan-based activities and teams. For her, it’s a full circle to be able to contribute her translation skills to EnVi and make the content more accessible to fans all around the world.
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.
Gabriella N. Ritterbusch – Gabriella is a major in Filmmaking and a audiovisual & cultural producer. She’s curious and likes learning about languages. If you’re her friend, she’ll probably randomly ask you to work with her on an idea she had at 2AM, cause this is how she pitches.
Chloé – Chloé is a university student with a major in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, a minor in Spanish, and a passion for music and dance. She is probably learning K-Pop choreography or jamming out to music as you read this.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSOCIATES
Mia Chang – Mia is a senior at Duke University pursuing an interdepartmental major in computer science and psychology with a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about the intersection of business, entertainment, and technology and how content meets fans from all over the world. As a Korean-American, she loves to see people of all cultural backgrounds finding joy in K-pop and continues to share her love for South Korean culture through EnVi!
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
Jezelle – 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.
Veronica Espinal – As the supervising producer for EnVi, Veronica loves content creation as much as she loves writing. With a passion for storytelling, you can find her dabbling her pen in the music and features vertical, while cooking up ideas for EnVi TV. Is this love for stories that led her to pursue an MA in Media Studies, focusing on Video Production at the New School. On her free time, she enjoys watching anime and drama, visiting cute cafes, reading manhuas, gaming and fawning over Jackson Wang (because why not?).
Noor Haddad – Noor is a video producer and arabic translator at EnVi. Chronic over-dresser, film and anime fanatic, and NCTzen, you can usually find her at your local art museums, complimenting random strangers in the queue to the bathroom, or petting stray cats and dogs on the street. She goes to Northwestern University in Qatar, studying Media and Communications.
Faith Rodriquez – Faith is a Video Producer at EnVi. Film, video, and music has had a great influence on Faith and has made her become very passionate about what she does. She attends Arizona State University and is a Filmmaking Practices major. In her free time she likes to make movies with her friends. Faith is a fellow NCTzen and Deobi, she loves food, earrings, boba, thrifting, and playing instruments such as the guitar and bass.
Itzel Marquez – Itzel is a video editor at EnVi Media and a Taeyong enthusiast. She’s currently studying a degree in Communication and with it, she wants to advocate for Mexican creative talent and female empowerment. She enjoys breaking the boundaries between languages, and spends most of her time learning her favorite choreographies.
Marina Quinonez – 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 – 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 Jane is a freelance video editor, photographer, and videographer for various dance teams. A K-pop fan since 2008 her ult groups are INFINITE and The Rose. In her sparetime she can be found playing video games, dancing, and attending K-pop concerts. She hopes to one day be a video/photographer for concerts and to write a TV series.
RJ Franklin – RJ is apart of the on screen talent at Envi Media. When she is not thinking about how how amazing Xiaojun is, she is working to get her degree in International Education and doing improv and stand up comedy at her university. Her future plans include teaching English in South Korea, Japan, and many other countries around the world while also continuing to grow her passion for video with Envi. She also met Xiaojun, which was the best moment of her life.
Maddie Armstrong – Maddie is a UK-based photographer, editor of the EnVi photo team, and also nature enthusiast. Her dream is to do her own photoshoots for her favourite celebrities.
JUNIOR PODCAST PRODUCER
Claire Campion – Often affectionately referring to herself as a plant mum Claire is a London based EnVi podcast host. If you talk to her long enough she is bound to mention her love of NCT 127’s mini album #127. Currently studying Law at University she can be frequently found watching a Thai drama, trying to cook up ideas for her dream breakfast menu or seeing how far she can walk around her local nature reserve in her free time.
Justine Shaffer – With a combined light-hearted demeanor and hardened professional skills, Justine feels more comfortable than ever taking the mic for Envi’s podcast. The New York based podcast host is also a part time writer, she often refers to writing as her first love, a love that motivated her to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University at Albany SUNY in 2020. Call it fate or luck, a fortunate series of events has led Justine to this position, including an endless love of NCT and SHINee, to studying abroad at Yonsei University in 2020, and solidifying her KSL skills with a Korean Studies minor in college.
Orange – Crazy cat parent. That’s how most people know Orange. When they’re not chasing one of four cats around their house, they’re working two jobs to help support those cats. Finding time to relax is often hard, but when they can, Orange loves to watch Thai dramas, and a spattering of random YouTube content to keep up with their favourite idols.
Erina N. (Astrid)