Natalie Levy, Founder & Mentor
Passionate about pushing boundaries and being independent from a young age, she holds a BSE of Industrial Engineering and minor in Mathematics graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan. She has held roles in derivatives trading at Citigroup, enterprise data sales and operations at numerous technology businesses including Bloomberg and early stage ventures. She led business development efforts for private equity investor Turn/River Capital which was focused around SaaS and go-to-market optimizations. She currently resides in Boulder with her loving rescue pup Bina and operates in a fractional executive capacity alongside staying active in early stage growth businesses as an investor and advisor.
Following the loss of her mother to suicide in January 2019, Natalie launched She's Independent while she transitioned from corporate roles to a more entrepreneurial and balanced lifestyle. She grew through the loss and continues on her healing journey to discover what is authentically aligned and enjoys tapping into her professional superpowers that also highlight self-awareness and personal growth. Through She's Independent, Natalie offers coaching and mentorship from professional confidence and salary negotiation to business strategy, including go-to-market and fundraising.
Jon Fernandez, Strategic Advisor, Healthcare & Science
Jonathan Fernandez is a business leader, serial entrepreneur, & angel investor. He spent 15 years at Fortune 500 healthcare organizations in leadership, education, sales, and marketing roles, the majority of that time at Johnson & Johnson. He has extensive market expertise in healthcare (Pharma, Med Device, Consumer, & Alternative), science xTech (Health, Environment, Ingredients), and cannabinoids.
For the last 7 years, he has been a start-up employee, investor, and founder. He was an early investor in the cannabis space, and participated in multiple successful exits. Always pushing boundaries and interested in alternative paths, he is the Co-Founder of CQuell Skincare, which was inspired by his own son’s journey with eczema. Jonathan is passionate about financial education, and through She’s Independent, is able to empower those who feel that they aren’t part of the “investor class”. He supports and drives business strategy, deal sourcing, and due diligence processes for She’s Independent.
Jonathan earned his BS in Environmental Science from Metropolitan State University, and a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida’s School of Pharmacy. In his free time, he can be found coaching his kids' basketball or baseball teams, or taking a tennis lesson.
Jackie Kiku Snyder, MBA, Business Development
Jackie is a holistic business development, strategic sales & recruiting leader with 15+ years' experience. She currently advises and consults through her firm, KIKU Growth Solutions and Art & Science Collaborative. Jackie is a "connector," community leader, entrepreneur, investor, and former NCAA Division 1 athlete. Jackie brings a holistic view to business growth and a blend of passion for adding true value and collaboration for her clients, "hunting" net-new business, fostering long term relationships, and building mutually beneficial strategic alliances/partnerships.
Jackie's current and past leadership activities tend to focus around at-risk youth, education, and women in leadership. One of Jackie’s long-time professional hobbies is real estate and angel investing through her company, METHOD Investments. In her free time, she enjoys nature, hiking, biking, and standup paddle surfing.
Kristin Salvatora, MBA, Deal Lead
Kristin is customer centered, innovative, and strategic leader with broad experience through 17+ years of key client & customer service, retention and delivery responsibilities across Healthcare, the Federal Government and Real Estate. She has helped SaaS companies create and/or streamline their customer journeys, set up implementation, integrations, and account management. She thrives in roles serving service & renewals teams. She applies skills and expertise in organizations to strategize the customer experience, renew & upsell clients, mentor team members, and save resources through relationship building, data analysis, process improvement, and training. She has a true passion for mentoring, coaching, & growing a team while improving client outcomes, engagement, & retention. She focuses on win/win results through collaboration and building a great culture at work; ultimately gaining enduring loyalty and respect.
Kristin has an MBA from Virginia Tech & a BA from the University of Michigan and resides in Denver, Colorado.
Rachel Mehta, Diligence Lead
After working both on the agency and client side for more than fifteen years in marketing and event roles, in 2013 Rachel established an agency, Heights Marketing. She loves to brainstorm with business owners and pull the necessary items from her toolbox to help grow their business. She previously worked at JPMorgan Chase and Bayard Advertising in New York City and graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut. She lives in New Jersey.
Lisa Hylton, Deal Lead
An experienced accounting and finance professional in specifically the real estate industry. Lisa is the host of the The Level Up REI Podcast, VP of Finance for a Real Estate Tech Start Up and founder of The Fund Manager Accelerator Course and Lisahylton.com - A Private Equity Real Estate Fund that is created to help accredited investors gain diversification across private commercial real estate investments. Lisa was attracted to She's Independent Investments to learn more about investing in companies and to better understand start ups since I also work for one currently. When I am not investing or learning about different ways to invest - you can find me hiking, dancing Argentine tango, paddleboarding, practicing yoga, taking in evening walks, swimming, traveling, embarking on wine country getaways and trying new adventures!
Edwine Alphonse, Deal Lead
Edwine is a CPA and experienced finance leader with 20 years of experience. She has built financial operations and accounting teams at multiple high-growth startups including Circle and Ramp. She started her career in auditing and worked at Ernst and Young and PwC.Edwine’s mission is to uplift and support women and BIPOC founders in order for them to scale and achieve financial sustainability, she does so as an advisor and as an investor. She wants to execute her mission through her involvement in She's Independent. Edwine also invests in real estate, and digital currencies and is passionate about fintech and board work.Born and raised in Haiti, Edwine has lived in Canada, France, Grand Cayman, and currently resides in Boston with her family. She enjoys reading, biking, and spending time with her daughters.
Zarriea Crawford, Intern
Zarriea Crawford joins the team as an intern with previous experience in banking, real estate, non-profit work, and most recently, supply chain transportation & logistics. She is a rising senior at Wake Forest University majoring in finance with a minor in bioethics, humanities, and medicine. Prior to Wake Forest, Zarriea earned her AAS in accounting as well as another in business technology and has 5 business and accounting-related certifications. In her free time, Zarriea enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with her friends and family, and adding to her candle collection.