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Hayley Roberts, contributor & editor
A wordsmith and storyteller, Hayley holds a master of arts in professional writing and digital rhetoric from Michigan State University. After working in agency PR and studying political satire, she has spent more than a decade in nonprofit and philanthropic communications. She has worked on a range of policy issues in metro Detroit, including regional cooperation, transit, and climate, and on health issues statewide in Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, two cats, and a dog.



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Dr. Nicole Barile, contributor
Dr. Nicole Barile is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant practicing in New York, and her mission is to educate people on the power of food and lifestyle practices on the path to mental and emotional wellness. She's trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and has extensive experience treating anxiety and mood disorders, with a specialization in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As a nutritional psychologist, Dr. Barile's approach combines evidence-based psychological practices with nutrition science, creating a comprehensive treatment plan that includes food and lifestyle practices. She earned her PhD from Hofstra, but still found time to indulge her passion for drums playing in Goody Proctor, a two-piece rock band with her husband. Learn more at

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Corry Buckwalter, contributor
Committed to making cities more livable and creating inclusive built environments, Corry Buckwalter holds a Masters in Regional Planning and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. She has served as Director of Planning for Schuyler County, New York, and helped launch curbside recycling programs in San Francisco and San Bruno, California. Corry has written extensively for the American Planning Association's Planning magazine on topics ranging from green infrastructure and municipal bonds to Detroit's revitalization. She's is passionate about participatory design, exploring the urban spaces of Rome, and teaching seniors about house plants. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she enjoys urban sketching in her free time. Corry can be found at


Victoria Chin, Contributor & Mentor
Victoria J. Chin is a marketing leader for high-growth tech companies. She currently leads marketing for strategic partnerships at real estate disrupt Opendoor, and previously led a variety of product marketing and growth efforts at Dropbox. She joined Dropbox in 2014, helping the company more than triple in size, launch its first customer success team, and develop their first outbound marketing strategy during her tenure. Before Dropbox, Victoria reported directly into the CEO at Dow Jones, and managed global customer experience across all products (The Wall Street Journal, Barron's MarketWatch, Factiva, and more). She was the youngest person ever to appear on the WSJ masthead in their 125-year history. She started her career with a short stint in fashion before pivoting to Bloomberg, where she met a mentor who would ultimately bring her to Dow Jones. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas and a BA from UCLA.


Dr. Patty Stott, Contributor
Dr. Patty Stott is a holistic health practitioner and physical therapist outside of metropolitan Denver. She specializes in orthopedics and chronic illnesses, including a specialty in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. With a growing interest in holistic health, Dr. Stott furthered has training in Functional Medicine, Reiki energy work, and visceral (organ) manipulation to be able to address the whole of the patient. She can be found in office at Elevation Wellness in Arvada, CO for manual and/or energy work or for tele appointments in health and wellness both in office and via tele appointment. Learn more about her practice at