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 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.
Arquala Davis

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managing editor
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.

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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.
Nevi Gaetan

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creative director
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. 



Sabrina Tharani ([email protected]) – Sabrina is a Canada-based multimedia journalist, news junkie, editor, and radio/podcast producer. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in political science and history and is pursuing further study in Media and Fandom Studies. At EnVi, Sabrina works with a team of stellar junior managing editors to support EnVi’s contributors. A K-pop fan since 2008, Sabrina can be found binging her favorite Studio Ghibli movies and buying more tea she doesn’t need.


Khadija Haque ([email protected]) – Khadija is EnVi’s junior managing editor, head of audience development, and contributing writer. With a business degree from New York University, Khadija is interested in the corporate side of the media industry and works full-time at a global media and entertainment company. She splits her time between work and EnVi and enjoys both the technical and creative side of the industry. On her free time, Khadija is often baking, painting, watching k-dramas, or figuring out what to learn next.

Tiara 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 how media and people influence each other. In EnVi, she collaborates with her amazing team and crafts her writing, which has always been her life-long interest. In their spare time, Aquila is either writing poetry and original fiction, listening to music, or learning foreign languages.

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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Fathima Begum ([email protected])



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 ([email protected]) – 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 ([email protected]) – 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.

Dani Druther ([email protected]) – Dani is a Seoul-based writer originally hailing from San Diego, California. She currently studies Journalism and Strategic Communication at Sogang University with a goal of later working in the K-pop industry. She has a special place in her heart for main vocals, and her guilty pleasures are survival programs, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ and hunting for new cute cafes on Instagram


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.

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

Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Ramos ([email protected]) – 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.



May Peralta ([email protected]) – 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.


Samruddhi Harve ([email protected]) – 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 ([email protected]) – 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.

Nikole Ogilvie ([email protected]) – Nikole is a Filipino-American woman who is incredibly passionate about all things art, music, and fashion. She is currently a full-time college student studying Communications in the hopes to become a music industry professional. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she loves discovering new cafés, going to museums, and singing her heart out at live concerts. When she is not busy, you can probably find her on social media talking about Jeong Jaehyun, Johnny Suh, and Mark Lee.



Kryscy ([email protected]) – 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 ([email protected]) – 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 ([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.

Taylor Louise ([email protected]) – 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.

Chanel Wilson ([email protected]) – Chanel is a Black and Native, Texas-based writer for EnVi Media. She not only has a passion for beauty, but a love for all things music, art and history related! She is soon to receive a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus on sociocultural studies, along with a minor in Sociology. Being a K-pop fan for over a decade, she hopes to combine her anthropological background with her love for K-pop! She loves going to concerts, traveling and trying new food. If she isn’t drawing or watching Horror movies, you can find her on Twitter talking about her favorite groups: EXO, GOT7, NCT, MX or SHINee!

Vanessa Arias ([email protected])



Sumaiya ([email protected]) – 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.


Crista Bardales ([email protected]) – 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 ([email protected]) – 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.



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.


Elaine ([email protected]) – Elaine is a writer, Kpop fan, and math major from New Jersey. In her free time, she loves to write poetry, watch aesthetic cooking videos, and visit local art museums. Her Spotify rotation includes artists like Red Velvet, Baekhyun, and NCT.

Ellie Ray ([email protected])

Leigh ([email protected])



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.


Isabel Resendis ([email protected]) – 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.

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.