TrooRa Tribe

Trystanne Cunningham

FOUNDER | EDITOR IN CHIEF | STYLE CURATOR | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Trystanne Cunningham is the Founder and Creative Director of TrooRa Magazine. Born in Haiti, Trystanne emigrated with her family to California during her teenage years.

Peta-Gaye Willis

DIRECTOR, Human Resources & Administration

Peta-Gaye Willis is an administration and productivity expert. She empowers entrepreneurs and brands with consulting, social media management, HR, Diversity...

Laura Wang

Director Operations and Processes

Founder of Injoy Services Canadian Laura Wang is a tenacious, people-oriented go-getter aspiring to help businesses reach their full potential. With 4 years of experience in marketing and 2 years in B2B Client...

Sherdellah Anunciado

Editorial Director

Jeanette Smith

Contributing Editor

Jeanette is a freelance copywriter and editor who helps others hone their writing skills so they can turn their dream job into their day job. As the Editor of TrooRa Magazine, it is her mission to bring unique voices and...

Simal Gormus

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Nadjah Cawneng

Content & Asset Creation Specialist

I am a graphic designer with a specialization in digital content and have designed successful marketing materials for a variety of online companies. I am based in...

Janine Aigner

Digital Graphic Designer

I‘m a water person, addicted to surfing, love diving into deep waters and enjoy being around the ocean. My digital remote lifestyle takes me around the world...

Katie Lister

Global Brand Consultant|Contributing PR Writer

Mansour Ndiaye

International Strategic Brand Curator

Mansour is an engineer and a fashion enthusiast for as long as he can remember. Born in Senegal, he immigrated to France to study at the age of 17.

Manal Mohamed

Strategic Brand Curator Liaison

Hi there! My name is Manal, I am a virtual assistant at Injoy VA. I am a first-year mechanical engineering student striving to create a better world through connection...

Cristina Deptula

Contributing Writer | Publishing & Writing Consultant

Cristina Deptula loves random, eclectic culture of all sorts and amplifying the voices of those promoting creativity, compassion and resourcefulness...

Cary Wong

Contributing Writer Culinary

Cary Wong is a marketing professional who loves great food and uses them as a way to learn about different cultures. His interest in the culinary arts was first ignited as he...

Nizie Lokman

Contributing Writer

Nizie was a former corporate communicator for 16 years before she stepped in as a freelance travel writer from the chaotic yet calming city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

Michael Daks

Contributing Writer PHOTOGRAPHER

Michael Daks is an English multi-disciplinary artist now based in London after working in New York and Paris for 20 years. As well as working as a fashion and...

Neha Suradkar

Contributing Writer Fashion| Beauty

A Makeup, Nail and Fashion Educator, Style Coach, Grooming Consultant and a passionate Writer, Neha has with an experience of more...

Funmi Aasa

Social Media Coordinator

Patreika Mascoe

Social Media Engagement Assistant

Patreika Mascoe is a Virtual Assistant that prides her work in providing the best and most accurate strategies focusing on social media engagement...

Amanda Powell

Web Maintenance Content Marketing

Ramphis Reyes

Web development

Ramphis Reyes is the CEO and Founder of ARCTOS a digital agency founded in 2014, currently with locations in Santo Domingo, London and NYC...

Barbara Wichman

PR & Press

Barbara Wichmann, ARTÉMIA’s founder and CEO, takes a decidedly international approach, something she credits to living in the Netherlands during her formative years...

Chinwe Ohanele

Legal

Chinwe Ohanele is an attorney licensed in CA, NY and NJ. She is a self-proclaimed content junkie, MACU fan and adventurer and traveler. When she isn't solving problems...

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    Why SF? In addition to being the home base of TrooRa Magazine, the Bay Area is known as a hub of culture, diversity, and inclusivity. Within these pages, you’ll meet some of SF’s great up-and-coming artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses. You can learn how fallen neighborhood trees are turned into beautiful, bespoke pieces (From Soul Trees to Custom Home Interiors).

    Trystanne Cunningham

    Editor in Chief | Creative Director | Style Curator | CEO | Founder

    Trystanne Cunningham is the Founder and Creative Director of TrooRa Magazine. Born in Haiti, Trystanne emigrated with her family to California during her teenage years. Not speaking English challenged Trystanne to work hard to break expectations and overcome stereotypes. Throughout her schooling and early careers, Trystanne honed both her creative and project management skills, which she now brings to her latest project—TrooRa Magazine.

    For Trystanne, it wasn’t enough to just be successful. Rather, she feels a deep pull to help celebrate and shine a light on others who are overcoming similar odds to reach success. In 2018, her mission evolved into TrooRa Magazine, a digital and print publication aimed at featuring underrepresented business owners and brands which inspire readers to explore the rare sides of life.

    As a black, Immigrant, female entrepreneur, Trystanne understands how difficult it can be to make your voice heard over a sea of name brands and celebrity influencers. Her magazine perfectly encapsulates her unique perspective. With a talent for finding inspirational stories from around the world, Trystanne is able to make every issue of her magazine a rare treat.

     

    Peta Gaye Willis

    DIRECTOR Human Resources & Administration

    Peta-Gaye Willis is an administration and productivity expert. She empowers entrepreneurs and brands with consulting, social media management, HR, Diversity and Inclusion training to reach their goals. Peta-Gaye specializes in building strategic partnerships as a results-focused virtual project manager.

    She shares her remote work tips on her blog at www.exceptionaladmin.com/blog.

    When she’s not trying out a new app, she can be found exploring all that the City of Toronto has to offer.

    Laura Wang

    director Operations and Processes

    Founder of Injoy Services Canadian Laura Wang is a tenacious, people-oriented go-getter aspiring to help businesses reach their full potential. With 4 years of experience in marketing and 2 years in B2B Client Management under her belt, she has a proven track record of building relationships and creating exceptional strategies, while managing multiple projects from inception to completion.  

    Sherdellah Anunciado​

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR​

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    Jeanette Smith​

    CONTRIBUTING EDITOR​

    Jeanette is a freelance copywriter and editor who helps others hone their writing skills so they can turn their dream job into their day job. As the Editor of TrooRa Magazine, it is her mission to bring unique voices and perspectives to each issue. Jeanette is a graduate of Smith College and has experience as an editor for literary and general industry blogs.

    In her spare time, she teaches scuba diving, pretends to write a novel, and annoys her cats by constantly posting photos of them on Instagram.

    Luciell Fernan​

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    Nadjah Cawneng​

    CONTENT & ASSET CREATION SPECIALIST​

    I am a graphic designer with a specialization in digital content and have designed successful marketing materials for a variety of online companies.

    I am based in the Philippines and currently living with my family. Watching videos that are related to art is one of my hobbies because it helped me to enhance and improve my creativity. I do believe in the sayings of Charles De Lint that “Life is like art.

    You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.”

    Janine Aigner​

    Digital Graphic Designer

    I‘m a water person, addicted to surfing, love diving into deep waters and enjoy being around the ocean. My digital remote lifestyle takes me around the world. If I’m not travelling, I’m based in Munich in the south of Germany.

    My passion is to bring your unique story to life with the perfect design solution for you. Some of my core values are create design with purpose, work sustainable – use already existing resources and design products which last.

    I’m specialised in digital design for the lifestyle brands. My projects are branding, graphics design, UX/UI design, newsletter designs, illustration, online banner creation and social media templates. Let’s create something awesome together!

    Katie Lister​

    GLOBAL BRAND CONSULTANT|CONTRIBUTING PR WRITER​

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    Mansour Ndiaye​

    INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC BRAND CURATOR​

    Mansour is an engineer and a fashion enthusiast for as long as he can remember.

    Born in Senegal, he immigrated to France to study at the age of 17. Throughout his college years and early career, he kept on being interested in fashion and helping friends dress better and express their personality through their attire.

    As a black man living in Paris, Mansour believes that minority people are not often given the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, the first impression they make is very important and that comes with the way they dress. Now he talks about his passion on his blog where he inspires men to dress better and works with TrooRa Magazine on sourcing rare men’s fashion brands.

    In her spare time, she teaches scuba diving, pretends to write a novel, and annoys her cats by constantly posting photos of them on Instagram.

    Manal Mohamed

    STRATEGIC BRAND CURATOR LIAISON​

    Hi there! My name is Manal, I am a virtual assistant at Injoy VA. I am a first-year mechanical engineering student striving to create a better world through connection and robotics. My main interests are robotics and art, being a former freelance concept artist.

    Cristina Deptula​

    CONTRIBUTING WRITER | PUBLISHING & WRITING CONSULTANT​

    Cristina Deptula loves random, eclectic culture of all sorts and amplifying the voices of those promoting creativity, compassion and resourcefulness.

    Her writing is published in Synchronized Chaos Magazine (which she founded in 2008), the Literary Yard, Scarlet Leaf, Heavy Feather Review, and Wilderness House.

    She’s a literary publicist studying to become an occupational therapist and a hobbyist writer.

    Cary Wong​

    CONTRIBUTING WRITER CULINARY​

    Cary Wong is a marketing professional who loves great food and uses them as a way to learn about different cultures.

    His interest in the culinary arts was first ignited as he was exposed to great seafood and interesting street snacks growing up in Hong Kong.

    Since his first visit to the legendary Le Bernadin in New York, traveling, eating and learning from professional chefs became his passion.


    In his free time, he engages in photography (with food-focused ones posted on Instagram @digitalwong) and exercising to try to keep the pounds off.

    Nizie Lokman​

    CONTRIBUTING WRITER​

    Nizie was a former corporate communicator for 16 years before she stepped in as a freelance travel writer from the chaotic yet calming city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After traveling to over 20 countries, 40 cities across 4 continents, she realized that life is about living the moments in constant transit.

    The beauty in the journey is about embracing the evolution of change, from traveling, transitioning to transforming to become a better human being in this limited lifetime. She enjoys expressing her thoughts in narratives.

    She is also a day-and-night multi potentially; soul-aligned storyteller, narrative coach, and a mother.

    Michael Daks​

    CONTRIBUTING WRITER ART | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER​

    Michael Daks is an English multi-disciplinary artist now based in London after working in New York and Paris for 20 years. As well as working as a fashion and portrait photographer for most of the top magazines, his work has been shown internationally including at the ICA, NPG and V&A in London.

    His book of nudes JUST GOOD FRIENDS was published in 2012. He has been writing poems and short stories for most of his life including a memoir ‘Trouble in Paradise’. His recollection ‘A Love affair with Ireland’ was published in the Autumn 2019 issue of TrooRa Magazine.

    Neha Suradkar​

    CONTRIBUTING WRITER FASHION| BEAUTY​

    A Makeup, Nail and Fashion Educator, Style Coach, Grooming Consultant and a passionate Writer, Neha has with an experience of more than a decade in the fields of Fashion Design Teaching and Research, Personal Style Consulting, Makeup, Nails, Styling and Training. She has worked with makeup brands as their technical educator. Her forte lies in creating natural makeup looks and interesting bespoke nail art.


    Neha’s objective is “To make Beauty and Grooming so simple and Practical, that it becomes a part of Lifestyle, rather than something meant for special occasions only”.


    And, for this, she loves to share her knowledge through online and offline workshops and by creating meaningful and practical content.

    Funmi Aasa

    SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR​

    No Bio.

    Patreika Mascoe​

    SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT​

    Patreika Mascoe is a Virtual Assistant that prides her work in providing the best and most accurate strategies focusing on social media engagement. Originally from the Island of Jamaica, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Patreika enjoys using her skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances daily.

    Amanda Powell​

    WEB MAINTENANCE CONTENT MARKETING​

    No Bio.

    Ramphis Reyes

    WEB DEVELOPMENT​

    Ramphis Reyes is the CEO and Founder of ARCTOS a digital agency founded in 2014, currently with locations in Santo Domingo, London and NYC. Since ARCTOS started doing business in the digital space they have revolutionized brands and accelerated their digital marketing strategies.

    Before he founded ARCTOS, Ramphis built a remarkable reputation as a consultant and UX/UI expert with a passion for bringing new concepts and ideas to brands to empower them to create a deep emotional connection with customers.

    He founded ARCTOS on the core idea that data-driven marketing is the key to create the ultimate customer experience. Quickly after Ramphis started ARCTOS, their client list included brands like Google Entrepreneur, Skoda, BYD Auto, Herman Miller, DONGFENG, IDA Healthcare, and other trendsetting and leading companies across the globe.

    As leading tech entrepreneur and advocate for sustainability and inclusion, Ramphis brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to every client he works with. With Ramphis’ leadership, ARCTOS is helping entrepreneurs and large businesses scale their digital marketing strategies from zero to one through automation and disruptive technologies.

    Barbara Wichman​

    PR & PRESS​

    Barbara Wichmann, ARTÉMIA’s founder and CEO, takes a decidedly international approach, something she credits to living in the Netherlands during her formative years.
    Barbara has won coverage for her clients in such media outlets as ABC World News Tonight, CBS MarketWatch, CNN Headline News, CNBC, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, Univision/Telefutura, the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, sfgate.com, San Jose Mercury News, Sunset Magazine, along with major international media such as Le Figaro, Marie Claire, Der Stern, Wired Germany, Brigitte, FAZ.

    Chinwe Ohanele​

    Legal

    Chinwe Ohanele is an attorney licensed in CA, NY and NJ. She is a self-proclaimed content junkie, MACU fan and adventurer and traveler. When she isn’t solving problems or developing legal strategies to give her client’s an edge, she is hiking, traveling, or testing out a new recipe.