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Kristin CruzKRISTIN CRUZ | See All Posts by This Author | See Podcasts | See WebSeries 

For more than 10 years, Kristin Cruz has devoted her energy to passionately advocating for women in media. She is the co-founder of Moms in Media, a Radio & TV Host (KOST 103.5 Morning Show, iHeartRadio and Moms in Media), certified baby-planner, infertility spokesperson, IVF Mom and a power connector. She hosts video series “Best of LA with Kristin and Laura” for MomAngeles alongside fellow TV & radio personality Laura Nickerson. Kristin is also a native Angeleno, a mother of two and wife to Fireman Matt. Her sunny disposition and never say never attitude make following Kristin in her journeys a ton of fun! You can follow her personal adventures on her site KristinCruz.me To stay up to date on what’s going on with Kristin follow her on twitter @kristincruz.


nickerson-headshotLAURA NICKERSON, | See All Posts by This Author | See Podcasts | See WebSeries 

Laura Nickerson has worked as an On-Camera Host/Reporter and Radio Personality for KCET, CTV, MomAngeles, KHTS, KFI, KTLK, TV Guide, HBO, SM16, Dance Channel TV, Broad Topics TV and Radio, Clear Channel Inc, and NBC/Universal. She hosts the weekly television show “The Buzz” for CTV and the podcast and video series “Best of LA with Kristin and Laura” for MomAngeles alongside fellow radio personality Kristin Cruz.Laura recently launched a humorous new series called The MomBuster where she “busts” or “loves” products and ideas for parents. In her copious free time, she also works as an on-camera consultant for The Randy Lane Company, a personal branding and media consulting firm and she does theatre and movie reviews for MomAngeles. Of all of the things Laura has accomplished, she says trying to get two kids to nap at the same time has been the most difficult. To stay up to date on what’s going on with Laura follow her on twitter @nickerberger or follow her on LauraNickerson.com.


Angie Stewart GokaANGIE STEWART GOKA | See All Posts By This Author

Angie Stewart Goka is grateful mother of 2 children, who continues to seek and take the road less traveled. She is an entrepreneur, a fitness motivator and “awesome life cultivator” who paints the nation in colors of “only you can stop you,” “yes you can,” and “there is no better time than now to begin.” She is a former yoga naysayer who has since created Runner’s Yoga 90210 taught across the country and has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Her 4-Week Road to Awesome plan includes daily workouts – done anywhere, anytime – daily delectable meal plans and recipes, support, private group encouragement and daily strategies for overcoming obstacles, creating time into one’s day and some serious goal crushing. A-MA-ZING. Just try to shake Angie with odds or adversity you may encounter. She will help you see the “real you,” your gifts and your ability to rise above it all. You can get her recipes and insight into a better you on her site www.angiestewartfitness.com or tune in to her posts and videos on MomAngeles.


barbi appelquistBARBI APPELQUIST | See All Posts By This Author

Barbi Appelquist  is a former California State Senate Candidate for Senate District 26, and is active in local and regional political organizations to increase the number of women running for office, including EmergeCA and the National Women’s Political Caucus.  Professionally, she has extensive experience in legal analysis, business development, and community organizing. She has worked as a technology consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a corporate lawyer with Glaser Weil & Shapiro, and as a nonprofit and community development lawyer with Public Counsel. She is also a two-time cancer survivor and a vocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act. In her spare time, Barbi trains for half-marathons while raising funds for various cancer-related charities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Camp Kesem, and LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand. She serves on the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Advisory Council and is an active voice in the community advocating on behalf of women and girls everywhere.


stephanie linked inSTEPHANIE ABRAMS | See All Posts By This Author

Stephanie Abrams is a former CBS reporter and anchor in local and national broadcasts, with 18 years experience in broadcast journalism. Her most recent television news work was at CBS in Los Angeles where she became known for her on-the-scene work in breaking news situations and for her feature and exclusive stories. Following her work in television Abrams spearheaded the first social media outreach and team development for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As the second largest school district in the country she was responsible for communicating district news to 65,000 employees and nearly one million students and their families. She became known for bridging the gap between hundreds of offices and stakeholders within the LAUSD by building and training a team across the District committed to transparency and engagement through various social media sites. She also developed a weekly news update broadcast on YouTube and PBS called @LASchools. Abrams now runs her own PR firm sharing inspiring stories she finds within the Los Angeles area. She seeks out corporations with a calling to serve the community, and has a dedicated division for charities and nonprofits. She calls it Give Back PR because after so many years covering hard and breaking news, this is her way of giving back more positive news to the media and community. Watch the GiveBackPR videos on our site and You Tube page or visit them online at www.GiveBackPR.com.


cigal shahamDR. CIGAL SHAHAM | See All Posts By This Author

Dr. Cigal Shaham was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a wonderful, supportive husband and amazing son, who teaches her something new every day. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and currently works as a pediatrician at Roxbury Pediatrics in Beverly Hills. Dr. Shaham received her B.A. in IDS Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before obtaining her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Dr Shaham received the Pediatric Residency Leadership Award after completing her Residency in Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, where she was also the American Academy of Pediatrics Delegate. In addition to seeing patients, she is active in the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, sits on the Health Advisory Board for Early Head Start, gives talks to pre-school mom groups, and blogs at www.mommedicine.blogspot.com