We have a top-notch team at Women’s Impact. Meet the team members here:
International Author, renowned Brazilian Psychotherapist, and successful Emotional and Weight Loss Master Coach,Chris Linnares has quickly become one of the most passionate voices for women and teen wellness and empowerment.
In her personal life, Chris Linnares is the happy, yet imperfect CEO of her family. She is delighted to hold a certification as a “Proud Amateur Mom and Step mom”. In her professional life, she is the Founder and President of Women’s Impact™ and creator of the acclaimed Diva Dance™ that has been inspiring women all over the world. Author of several books including Cinderella on the Couch and the award-winning book and social project Beautiful Women of North Dakota™, her amazing life story and pioneer work has been featured in Marie Claire, Shape, Women’s Health and other publications.
Read how Women’s Impact began here.
LaurelLee is a passionate and hard working woman from small towns in both North Dakota and Minnesota.
As a Multi-Media Producer at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and hosts her own online entertainment show ‘InForumTV’s Star Watch’.
She became involved with Women’s Impact through the help of founder Chris Linnares and it has turned into so much more ever since. Being able to see the foundation from almost it’s start and watching/helping it grow into so much more has been amazing and an honor to be a part of. LaurelLee has been trying to uphold the mission of this empowering organization and pave the way for women to connect and provoke social change in the world.
LaurelLee lives in Fargo, ND where she oversees the operation of Women’s Impact including the website.
Allison grew up in Kindred, ND. She currently resides in Fargo, ND with her fiancé and Boxer dog, Kaiser. She currently works at The Forum.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, decorating her home, art, drinking coffee, and relaxing at the lake.
She has a passion for helping others in times of need or when they just need an extra hand. She lives her life with compassion, kindness, and love. By keeping your head up and heart open you are able to accomplish great things.
Nicole joined the WI team in November 2012 as the head blogger of our blog. She loves brainstorming with the other women in the foundation and seeing their dreams come to fruition every time another woman in the community shares how her life was impacted by Women’s Impact. She has since helped with design elements of the new look of Women’s Impact.
Nicole grew up in small town North Dakota and has lived in the Fargo area for the past seven years. She and her husband Christopher have two young sons. Her professional background is in marketing and public relations.
Nicole believes whole0heartedly that Women’s Impact contributes greatly to the solution of empowering women to understand and exercise their own power in a healthy way. She is always eager to share stories and ideas on the blog, so please contact her at email@example.com if you have any inspiration to give.
Kirsten is a wife and journalist living in Fargo.
The chance to help other women reach their personal and professional potential is why Kirsten became involved in Women’s Impact. She understands that sometimes everyone needs a little help or even just a lucky break, and that little acts of kindness pay off big in the now and in the future.
Kirsten is the Deputy Editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and a native of Mekinock, N.D. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys watching her friends cook and cheering on the UND hockey teams. She also enjoys traveling and gardening with her dad.
Mary Jo is a wife, mom and journalist living in West Fargo, N.D.
The idea of inspiring change and empowering others, especially other women, is what led Mary Jo to Women’s Impact. She has enjoyed working with Chris Linnares on several projects in recent years, including on the Beautiful Women of North Dakota book and newspaper series, and has seen first-hand the powerful impact of women connecting with and supporting other women in our community.
By day, Mary Jo is the director of Forum News Service, a regional news wire service provider housed at Forum Communications in Fargo, N.D. Previously she was the editor of the Grand Forks Herald in Grand Forks, N.D., and worked for more than a decade in various roles at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Mary Jo also worked for Simon & Schuster as a publishing associate for the company’s paperback book division in New York City prior to finding her way into the North Dakota newspaper world.
The reason Mary became involved withWomen’s Impact is that she loves helping people and also connecting people with items or skills that she knows someone else has. It has also enabled her to meet some really amazing people who she now considers new friends.
She just loves being with fun, driven women who want to make the world a better place! Mary hopes that with working with WI, the world has gotten a little better with each connection made.
Team Members bios in the making (check back and read about these AWESOME women of WI):
- Roz Randorf
- Vanessa Bourgeois
- Megan Havig
- Tracy Briggs
- Jaclyn Hollands
- Amy Fredrickson
Our All-Powerful Partner – God
We believe the idea of this foundation and every step taken to bring it to fruition is under the guidance and leadership of God. We praise him for bringing our mission to life!