Mamma Chia Ambassador of the Month

November 2013

Congratulations to Claire Fallon!

clairesmallLocation: Kailua, Hawaii
Hobbies: Yoga, meditation, scuba diving, hiking, theater, dancing.
On her iPod: Haim, Cat Empire, Arcade Fire, Ann Peebles, Alabama Shakes.
Favorite Animal: Manta Rays, I’ll always remember dancing with them in Kona!
Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” Maya Angelou
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Bliss Chia Squeeze
Bio: Claire is grateful for the opportunities to live a full and blessed life. She has traveled and lived in wonderfully strange places like Philadelphia, New York, Puerto Rico, Baja Mexico, India, Nepal, Tibet, and of course Hawaii. Claire has a B.S. from Skidmore College. She is an ERYT-200 certified Yoga instructor. Claire opened and ran a yoga studio on a tiny island in the Caribbean for 3 years. She developed and taught a court preparation program using theater and play for incarcerated teens in Philadelphia.

We are so excited to present the November 2013 Brand Ambassador of the Month award to Claire Fallon! Claire is new to the Mamma Chia family but has already wowed us with her enthusiasm and shining personality. She has been lucky enough to live in some amazing places such as Puerto Rico, Baja Mexico, India, Nepal & Tibet. Currently, she calls the beautiful state of Hawaii home. Claire enjoys yoga, meditation, scuba diving and enjoying her favorite Chia Squeeze, Blackberry Bliss!

We are so thrilled to have you as a part of our team, Claire. Thank you for helping us spread the Magic of Chia in Hawaii!

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October 2013

Congratulations to Trish Gibbs!

trishsmallLocation: Hurst, TX
Hobbies: Flea Markets, Yoga, Creating new things out of old things, painting furniture, rearranging the house, being outdoors (just not in August in Texas), snuggling with my family… and drinking Mamma Chia, of course!
On her iPod: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dave Matthews, anything acoustic.
Favorite Animal: I love them all but only an old Persian cat and a spunky rescue mutt share the bed!
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” – Alice in Wonderland
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Coconut Mango and Pomegranate Mint
Bio: I’m a spreadsheet loving – free spirit (yes the two can coexist!). A California girl at heart, I’m blooming where I’m currently planted in Texas with my amazing husband. The last five years I have had the privilege of working on various projects ranging from event management to visual merchandising while also preparing my beautiful daughters for the big scary world of Kindergarten. I believe in representing brands that have the same core values as I do in wanting to nurture ourselves and our world. I’m so excited to part of the Mamma Chia Magic Makers! (My girls actually call me Mamma Chia!)

Congratulations to our October 2013 Brand Ambassador of the Month, Trish Gibbs! Her passion & can-do attitude makes her an incredible Brand Ambassador and we are honored to have her on the team! Trish is a California girl at heart, spreading the Magic of Chia in Texas where she currently lives with her husband and daughters. Trish loves Yoga, Flea Markets and being outdoors (just not in August in Texas!). Fun Fact – Trish’s daughters call her “Mamma Chia”!

Thank you for being such a unique soul and an irreplaceable part of our team, Trish!

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September 2013

Congratulations to Aly Courain!

alysmallLocation: Wharton, NJ
Hobbies: Cleaning (even though she is embarrassed to admit it!), taking pictures, biking roads or mountains, a fun run here and there, skiing, hiking, kayaking, ice climbing, rock climbing.
On her iPod: The Lumineers, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons… peppered wit some Basshunter and Dub-Step with an occasional Demi Lovato or Beyonce song.
Favorite Animal: Manatee
Favorite Quote: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every day experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Coconut Mango Vitality Beverage or Apple Cinnamon Chia Squeeze
Bio: I was born and raised in rural PA amongst farms – my neighbors were mostly cows and chickens. So I always grew up with an appreciation for what the land offers and all things natural. I am now married to the best thing to ever exist in my life, my husband Aaron, and while our home base is currently in NJ, we are really just having fun and exploring/doing anything a car or plane can take us to. When I am not spreading the magic of Mamma Chia, I am either adventuring with Aaron or we are dreaming of what our next adventure will be. And I have an outy belly button that I call my spaghetti-O.. that’s kind of interesting!

We are overjoyed to announce our New Jersey superstar and September 2013 Ambassador of the Month, Aly Courain! We can always rely on Aly to step up to the plate and we love her contagious enthusiasm and passion! When Aly isn’t warming hearts at a Mamma Chia demo or event, you can find her outside biking, running, skiing hiking, kayaking… you name it! She also loves photography, cleaning (even though she’s embarrassed to admit it) and going on exciting adventures with her husband Aaron.

From all of us at Mamma Chia, we are so grateful to have you on the team, Aly! Thank you for all that you do!

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August 2013

Congratulations to Thomas Serafica!

thomassmallLocation: San Francisco, CA
Hobbies: Archery, Jogging, Martial Arts, Movie Watching, Paintballing, Snowboarding and Surfing.
On his iPod: Foo Fighters and Weezer
Favorite Animal: Turtles and Pandas
Favorite Quote: “Don’t let school get in the way of education” – Mark Twain
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus or Green Magic
Bio: I’ve been working in the front lines of the natural and organic industry for over five years. During my free time I enjoy visiting the many organic markets that the Bay Area has to offer. My top 5 markets to visit in the Bay Area are the Real Food Company, Bi-Rite, Rainbow Grocery, Canyon Market and Good Earth.

We are thrilled to announce our August 2013 Ambassador of the Month – the one and only Thomas Serafica! Thomas has a ton of experience in the natural and organic industry and we are super impressed with his reliability, passion & enthusiasm. When Thomas isn’t spreading the Mamma Chia love, you can find him doing archery, jogging or jamming out to Weezer and the Foo Fighters. We love working with such an amazing soul!

Thank you for helping us make San Francisco shine with Mamma Chia magic, Thomas!

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May 2013

Congratulations to Megan Hannen!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Venice, CA
Hobbies: Building sustainable gardens for schools, paddle boarding, yoga, getting in quality time with my husband and my great dane, Bella.
On her iPod: You name it…I bet I’ve got it!
Favorite Animal: I heart octopi
Favorite Quote: “Eventually… Everthing Connects.”
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Guava Mamma, no wait…Kiwi Lime,no, um maybe Grapefruit Ginger…Shoot, I give up! They are all amazing!
Bio: Seeding people’s souls is what I am passionate about! When I am not spreading the Mamma Chia love, you can find me helping to develop urban gardens on school campuses. Currently, I am helping a high school rehab a 2 acre parcel of land into a sustainable living classroom and garden. There is nothing more satisfying than helping people.

With excitement and joy, we are pleased to announce our May 2013 Ambassador of the Month – Megan Hannen! Megan’s beaming smile, shining personality and great work ethic make her a rockstar on the Mamma Chia Team. When Megan isn’t spreading the magic of chia, she continues to seed people’s souls by helping build sustainable urban gardens on school campuses. If Megan is around, you can count on sharing a laugh with her. It’s because of her infectious positive attitude that we honor her as May’s Ambassador of the Month!

We are grateful to have you as part of the Mamma Chia family! Thank you for all you do!

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April 2013

Congratulations to Kenny Shapiro!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Seattle, WA
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies Spending time with my Katherine :) Gardening, drinking Mamma Chia, brewing beer, volleyball.
On his iPod:  Early 90′s/late 80s hip hop.
Favorite Animal:  op
Favorite Quote:  ”Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind; and those who mind, don’t matter.” -Dr. Suess
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Guava Mamma/Pomegranate Mint!
Bio:  I have a BS in Biology (marine emphasis) and currently work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Kat Barba and I are due to have a child any day and can’t wait to see her beautiful face. Kat and I live in a zoo with 3 cats and 2 dogs.

It is with great honor we announce our April 2013 Ambassador of the month, Kenny Shapiro! He won us over with his glorious smile and winning attitude! We absolutely love Kenny for his great work ethic- but also because he is so dynamic and such a positive thinker. He also works for the Department of Agriculture for Washington State! Kenny is so passionate about his career and he shines at everything he does. We also want to honor Kenny because he is about to become a daddy!

Thanks Kenny for being our Northwest Superstar! We are so thrilled to have you on our team and congratulations on your baby to be!

March 2013

Congratulations to Kyle Caffero!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Chicago, IL
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Brazilian Jujitsu, Running, Thrifting.
On his iPod:  Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Jim Croce, WHAM!, Florence + The Machine.
Favorite Animal:  My Meowmen, Ben & Luke!
Favorite Quote:  ”Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Cherry Lime!
Bio:  I was born & raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I’m almost finished up with my degree in Physics. I absolutely believe in pushing myself to be my best but that leaves me with very little free time to do cool things! When I do have free time again I’d like to train in BJJ or maybe train for another marathon. It was fate that I became part of the Mamma Chia team because the day before I randomly met Janie while at my old job, I had learned that my old company had just gotten discontinued! So it’s been a seamless transition and I’m super happy with how well everything is going!

Congratulations to our March 2013 Chicago Super Star, Kyle Caffero! His passionate, dedicated personality topped with his great sense of humor made it easy to choose him as our March 2013 Ambassador of the Month! Kyle is not only an incredible athlete running marathons and studying Brazilian Jujitsu; he is about to earn his degree in physics! We are continually impressed by his intellect, active lifestyle, and professional work ethic! Kyle is a team player and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him Rocking Chicago!

Febuary 2013

Congratulations to Lauren Hillenga!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation:  Santa Cruz, CA
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Walking on the beach, hiking in the redwoods, picknicking on a warm day, bike rides, sailing/boating. Watching a sunset or moonrise over the ocean never gets old. I also love yoga, pilates, and a good spin class!
On her iPod:  Lately I have been listening to The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Lana Del Rey, a dash of country, and of course some hip-hop.
Favorite Animal:  Elephants, especially baby elephants. Too cute.
Favorite Quote:  Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Guava Mamma!
Bio:  I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and I graduated Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing in 2011. One of my favorite things in the world is enjoying a delicious meal with great company…I love to eat! I also love to travel and I have been blessed with some amazing trips over the years, including scuba diving in Thailand and eating my way through Italy. I can’t wait to see where my next adventure will take me!

It is with deep joy and gratitude that we announce our February Ambassador of the Month Lauren Hillenga! Lauren has impressed us since day one! So much so that soon after joining our team of dynamic ambassadors she joined our operations team as Operations Coordinator and now helps to oversee the Mamma Chia Magic from start to finish! Her diverse skill set and in-depth product knowledge make her the ideal ambassador! And on top of everything she’s a yoga goddess, shining with beauty from the inside out!

Lauren, thank you for sharing the Love and Magic of Mamma Chia with the wonderful people of Santa Cruz!

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January 2013

Congratulations to Matt Stintzi!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Austin, TX
Hobbies:  My favorite hobbies include Skateboarding, Camping, SXSW, Bike Riding, Walking My Dog, Playing guitar, Jamming with family and friends,Seeing live music and Collecting Vinyl.
On his iPod:  In no paticular order: Ryan Adams, Joy Division, The Smiths, Lower Dens, Black Uhuru, CAN, Grimes, The Cure, Tame Impala, Tim Buckley, Dinosaur Jr, Cocteau Twins, Thee Oh Sees, Burning Spear, Spiritualized, Doug Sahm, Leonard Cohen, Psychic Ills, Yo La Tengo, 13th Floor Elevators, Townes Van Zandt,and Tom Waits. This list could go on forever so I’ll stop now.
Favorite Animal:  I do have a profound love for birds however Leroy my Shitzu, is my favorite.
Favorite Quote:  Open minds lead to open doors.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Blackberry Hibiscus with Cherry Lime as a close second..
Bio:  I was orginally born in Florida, but have lived in Texas for the past 23 years. I have been skateboarding for over 20 years and plan to skate till I’m pyshically unable to do so. I absolutley love the outdoors and living in Austin TX “The Live Music Captial of the World”!!

We are overjoyed to jump-start the New Year by honoring our January 2013 Ambassador of the Month, Matt Stintzi! Our Texas Star has been sharing the Mamma Chia Magic by truly living the dream! When he’s not impressing us with his stellar work ethic, Matt is enjoying his days skateboarding, bike riding, camping, and playing guitar! We LOVE that Matt uses Chia to fuel his active lifestyle! And we LOVE that he’s self-motivated, friendly, professional, and has a terrific sense of follow-through!

BIG thanks Matt for being an inspiration to us all! Your hard work and positive attitude are deeply appreciated!!

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December 2012

Congratulations to Steven Snyder!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Los Angeles, CA
Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include Writing, Comedy, Improv, Working Out, Drawing, Acting
On his iPod: The Mark Levin Show AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Schnitt Show, John & Ken, George Carlin
Favorite Animal: The Lion. Lions are intelligent, strong & beautiful creatures.
Favorite Quote: “Creativity is the Companion of Wisdom.” –St. Augustine
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cherry Lime. It makes me feel like a kid again.
Bio: I was a former therapist in Springfield Illinois and moved out to Los Angeles for my second Masters Degree. I am an actor, writer, comedian and entrepreneur who loves Mamma Chia! Mamma Chia gives me the energy that I need while working late nights on set, writing for hours on end or if I’m in the gym working out. The Mamma Chia team has been terrific for me. Always remember, “To Accomplish Great Things, One Must Not Only Dream, But Act.”

It is with great pride that we honor our December 2012 Ambassador of the Month, Steven Snyder! His mesmerizing smile and engaging personality instantly won our hearts and we are so grateful to have him sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the fabulous folks of Southern California! When Steven isn’t sharing the Magic of Mamma Chia he’s engaging his talents by acting, writing, and being a comedian! We are so proud to have such a creative, talented soul on the team!

Steven, you embody the heart and soul of Mamma Chia! We are so grateful for your hard work and dedication.

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November 2012

Congratulations to Kiem Snyder!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: New York, NY
Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include laughing, having a good time, and spreading that warm and fuzzy feeling called love! I also enjoy all things related to the arts, painting/drawing, playing violin, hiking, bike rides, snowboarding, rock climbing, zip lining, yoga, meditation, dancing around like a maniac and just having the best time possible… at all times!
On her iPod: Old School: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Fankin, Etta James, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, The Beatles, John Lennon, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, and Echo & The Bunnymen. New School: The XX, The Shins, Radiohead, Phantogram, Massive Attack, Metric, MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Minipop, The Killers, Silversun Pickups, Mazzy Star, Irsael ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole, Matisyahu, Panjabi MC.
Favorite Animal: I love all the creatures of this world… especially my two Shitzu’s, Ish & Winston a.k.a “My children.”
Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dali Lama
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.” ~ Unknown
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Guava Mamma all the way!!! Yummy yummy in my tummy!!!
Bio: Hi! I’m Kiem and I love to love ya! I love life and most of all, I love to spread joy and happiness! My motto is “Give a stranger a smile, as it might be the only sunshine they see that day.” Be thankful for what you have, as opposed to what you don’t. Spirituality plays a huge part in my life. Most all religions are based around the same fundamental message of love, compassion, and forgiveness. It is important that we try and spread this message to all we can. As The Beatles put it, “Love is all we need.” So seed your soul :)

We are pleased to present our November Ambassador of the Month, Kiem Snyder! Ever since she became part of the team, Kiem has exuded the true essence of Mamma Chia by being a beautiful soul inside and out! Not only is she a true Mamma Chia Magic-Maker, she is organized, reliable, and professional. We are so grateful to have a hard-working, dependable soul that truly exceeds our expectations. We know that when Kiem is on the job, it will be top-notch quality!

From all of us here at the Mamma Chia family, thank you Kiem for a job well done and a spirit that shines!

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October 2012

Congratulations to CJ Roberts!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Providence, RI
Hobbies: Exercising, Sports, Cooking, Eating, Organic Food, Farmers Markets, Nutrition, Inventing and Socializing… to name a few!
On his iPod: Fabolous, Lil Wayne, Metallica, Jay-Z, Big Sean.
Favorite Animal: Pitbulls
Favorite Quote: “Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people- the ones who really belong in your life- will come to you. And stay.”
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus
Bio: I was born in Norwood, MA and lived half of my life in Bellingham, MA and the other in Naples, FL. I am currently a senior at Johnson & Wales University and plan to graduate next May with a B.S. in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. I am a very positive, athletic, and motivated person who is always trying new things or thinking of new inventions. I am a huge sports fan, especially football, basketball and recently hockey. My favorite teams are any New England sports teams. Mamma Chia is an awesome company to work for! I love all of the products and am a big fan of chia seeds and spreading the magic of Mamma Chia to everyone.

Dynamic, positive, friendly, engaging, passionate, intelligent, and athletic are just a few words that describe our AMAZING October 2012 Ambassador of the Month CJ Roberts. CJ truly embodies the spirit of Mamma Chia and we couldn’t be more delighted to have him representing us in the North Atlantic. Since his first day, CJ has taken the initiative to build valuable relationships in his community and share the Mamma Chia Magic with everyone he meets!

CJ, we are THRILLED to have you on the team, and we look forward to a bright and beautiful future working together!

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September 2012

Congratulations to Tammy Warren!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Michigan
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Camping, Hiking, Beaching, Gardening, Cooking, (Eating), Reading and making my own health and beauty products and cleaning supplies.
On her iPod: Bhavagan Das, Girish, Mike Cohen, James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma.
Favorite Animal: All!!! They are our friends, not food!
Favorite Quote: “It is better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you are not.”
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Grapefruit Gingerrrrrr mmmmm ;)
Bio: On the day my twin sons turned 21, I was released from the corporate sales world and began my journey into myself. I founded Muse Wellness, a company which helps people locate the divine inside of themselves. I share this message of we are ALL our own Muses through Yoga, Reiki, Meditaion, Raw Food cooking classes and gentle health coaching and motivation.

Congratulations to Tammy Warren our September 2012 Ambassador of the Month! Tammy’s love for life combined with her passion for healthy living makes her a model ambassador. Her events and product demonstrations are always fun, playful, and educational. Her magnetic personality brings joy to all she meets. We are so grateful to have her sharing the Mamma Chia Magic in Marvelous Michigan!

Thank you, Tammy! You truly are a Shining Star!

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August 2012

Congratulations to Lindsey Middlemas!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Pacific Northwest
Hobbies: Running with my sons and friends anywhere from 5 to 50k events. Volunteering in the art program at my kids’ elementary school. I love offbeat movies too. And anything French!
On her iPod: I love Mason Jennings, AWOLNATION, RHCP, The Black Keys and old-school stuff like Madonna and Erasure.
Favorite Animal: Tomato frogs! And great blue herons.
Favorite Quote: “A faint heart wins nothing.” – Cub Houck
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: All time fave: coconut mango. Mainstay: blackberry hibiscus.
Bio: Hi! My name is Lindsey and I love my life. I describe the life that my husband of 15 years and I have built as ‘symmetrical chaos’ because of the way we balance one another out and have two sons and two daughters. Although I have a degree in Elementary Education, I spend my days with my trusty toddler sidekick, Winter. We cart her older siblings, Hunter, Wiley & Scout to all sorts of activities while we sing and dance in the car. I try and nap with her every day as well. Life flies by, and I am so thankful that I can spend these years raising my kids. Having so many kids has also helped me learn to let go of my expectations and embrace the pace of things. I believe that every day matters and there is no sense in waiting to do what you love. When I just can’t stand all the fun at home any longer, I love/need to head out for a run or a movie or to Target with one of my dear friends. Without my husband, my mother (who lives 2 blocks away) and my friends, I would not survive, let alone thrive in this suburban grind.

Our brand new Pacific Northwest ambassador Lindsey Middlemas has captivated us by her shining smile and magnetic personality! Lindsey is so multi-talented, in addition to sharing the Mamma Chia Magic she’s a mother AND a marathoner! Our running star uses Mamma Chia to seed her soul and fuel her beautiful spirit. Chia has been nicknamed the “Running Food” as its amazing nutrients nourish the body and mind, and it is so great to see that wonderful energy in action!

We can all strive to be more like Lindsey with her positivity, enthusiasm and zest for life!

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July 2012

Congratulations to Yuki Tsuji-Hoening!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Southwest
Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, skiing, cross country skiing, AcroYoga, anything outdoors…
On her iPod: I have many favorites, but Lady Gaga is my most favorite these days.
Favorite Animal: Penguins and cats
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Coconut Mango
Bio: Yuki is originally from Japan and now lives in Boulder, Colorado. She LOVES to be outdoors rock climbing, skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, playing in the park with friends or anything that makes her feel alive in nature. She’s currently a yoga teacher, an AcroYoga teacher and a licensed Thai massage therapist who travels frequently to share her passion. Her love of movement arts led her into AcroYoga/acrobatics performing. She also performs with AscenDance Project dance company (ascendanceproject.com) in Boulder to dance on the climbing wall.

It is with great joy and gratitude that we announce our July 2012 Ambassador of the Month Yuki Tsuji-Hoening! Yuki devotes her life to happiness, freedom of self-expression and creativity! In addition to sharing the Mamma Chia Magic with the beautiful people of Colorado, she’s a certified AcroYoga & Yoga teacher, licensed Thai Massage Therapist, and registered Thai Therapist! Whether on the tips of the highest mountains or beside a babbling brook, you will feel her magnetic spirit throughout all of Mamma Nature!

Yuki, we are thrilled to have you in the Mamma Chia family! Warm thanks for all you do!

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June 2012

Congratulations to Kyle Hooks!

mamma chia ambassadorLocation: Southwest
Hobbies: Listening to and playing music, playing and watching all kinds of sports, reading, running, hanging out with friends, playing poker, EATING, riding waverunners, going to the beach
On his iPod: The Black Keys, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Bad Books, The Beatles, Bob Schneider, The Chariot, Beastie Boys, Sam Cooke, Envy on the Coast, Modest Mouse, Incubus, Ben Harper, Rage Against the Machine, Cake
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
Favorite Animal: The Arctic Fox
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus. It reminds me of Fruity Pebbles.
Bio: I was born in Michigan, but I did the majority of my growing up in Houston. I received my BBA in December 2011 from Texas State University where I studied Management. I have the coolest friends and family a guy could ask for. I’ve had all different kinds of jobs from managing a pizza restaurant, to working on an off-shore oil rig. But this is definitely the coolest job I’ve ever had. Kyle + Mamma Chia = :)

We are proud to announce our June Ambassador of the Month, Kyle Hooks! Kyle is committed to excellence! Spreading the Mamma Chia Magic with his positive attitude and gorgeous smile! He’s been wowing us since January 2012 and we could not be more excited to have him on the Mamma Chia team! The Southwest is well served by his exceptional customer service and amazing merchandising! We know that when Kyle’s on the job, it’s a job well done!

Kyle, we are thrilled to have you in the Mamma Chia family! Warm thanks for all you do!

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May 2012

Congratulations to Sarah Camiel!

Location: Northwest Washington
Hobbies: I love to ride my bike around town with friends, taking my dogs hiking, going out to see live music, Seattle Sounders games, reading, learning how to play the guitar, and trying to be creative.   I enjoy regularly starting crafty projects, but rarely finishing them.   I love enjoying food, and of course consuming large amounts of Mamma Chia to fuel all these exciting activities.            
On her iPod: Lately, I’ve been really into the Stevie Wonder Pandora station.   It’s amazing and filled with greats like Aretha, Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Jackson 5.   Other bands that I’ve been playing on repeat for the last year are Mumford and Sons, The Other Lives, Of Monsters and Men, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and the Shins.   Basically, a bunch of brooding indie rock.
Favorite Quote: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa.   This is certainly not my favorite quote of all time, but the most thought-provoking quote I’ve heard in the last few weeks.            
Favorite Animal: Well, I could try to come up with something clever and exotic, or I could just be real and boring and admit that I am obsessed with dogs.   I have two: a chocolate lab/hound mix named Vader, and a Boston/Boxer mix named Dexter.   They are by far my favorite animals.                  
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Definitely Coconut Mango.   That stuff is unstoppable, and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical island.            
Bio: I fell in love with Bellingham (WA) when I moved here eight years ago, and am still so happy to call it home.   I am back in school once again studying to be a Veterinary Technician and afterwards possibly Vet School, but it’s been a long road trying to figure out what I “want to be when I grow up.”   I’ve been a sea kayak guide, a snowboard/skate shop buyer, a burrito roller, a bartender, a scuba shop salesperson, worked at a nursery (the garden kind), a Humane Society volunteer, and a Mamma Chia Ambassador.   I’ve driven across the country twice, lived in New Hampshire for awhile and went to Alaska for a couple summers, but always ended up back in the Pacific Northwest.

 

We are proud to announce Sarah Camiel as our May 2012 Ambassador of the Month!   Sarah has done an outstanding job embodying our mission leading in the renaissance of Chia! She joyously shares the magic of Chia with everyone she meets and spends much of her free time volunteering at animal shelters, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. She is a beautiful soul inside and out and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her as a part of the Mamma Chia family!
 
Congratulations Sarah, we are so happy to be honoring you!

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April 2012

Congratulations to Doug Atkins!

Location: Tri-State Area (NYC/NJ/LI/CT)
Hobbies: My favorite hobby is playing guitar, but it’s more than a hobby! I am a co-songwriter play lead guitar in my band, Catch Wild. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Fairleigh Dickinson University so I love to draw, paint, and sculpt. I also enjoy tennis and skiing, and playing poker. I’m definitely a foodie. I love reading graphic novels and comic books, as well.
On his iPod: Oh man, music is my life so this answer can go on forever, but here we go: Cream, Eric Clapton, RX Bandits, Bush, MuteMath, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Shades Apart, Weezer, The Wallflowers, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Doves, Jimmy Eat World, The Joy Formidable, Metric, Paramore, Pete Yorn, Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, Stereophonics, Tonic, Two Door Cinema Club.
Favorite Quote: “If you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”
Favorite Animal:   White Tiger
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Raspberry Passion
Bio:   I grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and graduated from Millburn High School in 2002. I then attended Syracuse University for 2/ 1/2 years and transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey for a smaller atmosphere and graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. I’ve been playing music almost my entire life and still do to this day in my band, Catch Wild (www.catchwild.com). I am very close with my immediate and extended family. I love sports, especially the New York Rangers and New York Giants. I worked for Prometheus Springs Capsaicin Spiced Elixir for two years before starting work with Mamma Chia. I love sales and merchandising and I especially love spreading the Magic of Mamma Chia!

 

For his passion, sincerity, dedication, and sense of humor, we are overjoyed to announce our April Ambassador of the Month – Doug Atkins! Doug hit the ground running and we are blessed to have him sharing the Mamma Chia Magic in NYC! His tremendous skill set and high level of proficiency has raised the bar and paves the way for endless possibilities!

You’re a Rock-Star, Doug! (Literally and figuratively!) Thank you for your outstanding commitment and your generous attitude! You’re an inspiration and a joy to work with!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Doug’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate him!

March 2012

Congratulations to Kelly House!

Location: Greensboro, NC
Hobbies:  Bikram Yoga, Ascension, hiking, visiting wineries, and enjoying anything fun.
On her iPod: Foo Fighters, Echo and the Bunnymen, Prince, Radiohead, I love most music.
Favorite Quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Favorite Animal: My seal point siamese, Sammy and my tuxedo boy, Simon.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Blackberry Hibiscus…unless there is Coconut Mango!
Bio: I get told at least 3x a month that I should be a stand up comedian. I teach a very wonderful Enlightenment tool called Ascension. I have a pre-med degree and majored in health science and psychology. I love showing appreciation for others and really enjoy working with companies that can do the same. Mamma Chia is wonderful!

 

Congratulations to Kelly House our March 2012 Ambassador of the Month! Kelly’s vast experience in the natural foods industry combined with her love of chia has made her an invaluable addition to the Mamma Chia family! She is always willing to step forward and take on additional responsibilities and she puts 110% in everything she does. She truly has a wonderful and giving heart and her positive and energetic attitude is very contagious!

Thank you Kelly, for being a shining star and helping to share the magic of Mamma Chia with the fabulous people of North Carolina!

February 2012

Congratulations to Brooke Ziegler!

Location: Twin Cities, MN
Hobbies: Time with family, Fall Harvest, working out, movies, flea market shopping, dancing.
On her iPod: Oldies Country and a little of every other genre; iPod what? Haha!
Favorite Quote: “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Favorite Animal: Cat
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cherry Lime
Bio: I grew up on a farm in a small town in Minnesota. My degree is in Marketing Communications and English. Since graduating, I’ve worked with my boyfriend at his financial services company and done tons of promotional and modeling gigs. The jobs we do in this industry are always different and exciting; favorite gigs have included going on trips (to places WARMER than MN), being in a fitness video and magazine, going on the field at an MLB game, and of course, Mamma Chia! There’s something new to learn and do each day, and that’s the best part!

 

It is with much joy and delight that we announce our February 2012 Ambassador of the month, Brooke Ziegler! From the beginning, Brooke has exemplified the Mamma Chia magic by sharing her zest for life and showing that hard work really does pay off! Brooke lives her dream by spreading happiness through her beautiful smile. Her dedication and professionalism make her shine, especially when she’s sharing the magic of Chia in the marvelous Midwest! We are delighted to call her one of our own!

Warm congratulations Brooke! We are beyond grateful that you are a part of the Mamma Chia family!

January 2012

Congratulations to Jess Canterbury!

Location: Reno, NV
Hobbies: Making jewelry
On her iPod: Bassnectar
Favorite Quote: “That’s what she said.”
Favorite Animal: Both of my dogs, Emma (Border Collie) and Gabby (Beagle/Huskey).
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: It depends on the day. Usually varies between Blackberry Hibiscus, Raspberry Passion and Cherry Lime. I hear there might be some new flavors coming out, so, I will have to wait to claim a favorite.
Bio: I grew up on an oyster farm in Washington State and have now found myself in Lake Tahoe, CA for the past five years. I love to snowboard in the winter and skate long-boards in the summer. I really love traveling and have recently been to Kauai, hiked the Na Pali Coast and most recently, spent time roaming around Costa Rica.   My real passion in life is making jewelry, more specifically earrings. Thanks Mamma Chia! P.S. My Dad is the BEST!

We’re thrilled to kick off the New Year by celebrating Jess Canterbury, our January 2012 Mamma Chia Ambassador of the Month! Jess has been a star since day one! Sharing the Magic of Chia in Northern California & Reno, Nevada, she always has a great smile and inspires everyone around her. She’s an absolute pleasure to work with, and customers love her kind soul, fun demeanor and sparkling enthusiasm for life!

Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes Jess!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Jess’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate her!

December 2011

Congratulations to Steve Cochran!

Location:  Oceanside, CA
Hobbies:  Composing Music, writing comedy sketches, entertaining people, staying active with diverse forms of exercise to keep it from getting boring and perpetually staying young.
On his iPod:  Metallica, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson
Favorite Quote: To Love others, you must first love yourself.  
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cranberry Lemonade
Bio:  I believe that my calling is to entertain people, make them laugh, smile and feel good through comedy and music. I am a super serious person, but the longer that you know me the more you get to see and hear all of the funny stuff I have been holding back. My humor is what helps me deal with the fact that I am so serious.

For his dedication, determination, and enthusiasm we are excited to honor Steve Cochran as our December 2011 Ambassador of the Month! Steve is a full-time Mamma Chia brand ambassador who truly embodies the Mamma Chia mission of honoring and uplifting both the soul of humanity and the soul of the planet. We hear nothing but praise from all who come in contact with him, and we are eternally grateful for the joy and dedication he brings to the Mamma Chia family.

Thank you Steve! You have shown commitment, honesty, and humor right from day one.

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Steve’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate him!

November 2011

Congratulations to Sarah Chirila!

Location: Tacoma, WA
Hobbies: Scuba Diving
On her iPod: Weezer
Favorite Quote:  “I was hopin’ to go out in a flash of blazes, but I’ll probably just end up goin’ home.”   -Bill Murray
Favorite Animal: The Jaguar Shark
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Mixing Raspberry Passion and Blackberry Hibiscus together.
Bio: When I grow up I want to be a forester, run through the moss on high heels. I put my soul in what I do. I’m very good with plants. When my friends are away they let me keep the soil moist.

 

Sarah’s love of Mamma Chia combined with her vast demonstration experience truly makes her the model ambassador! She never ceases to amaze us with her delightful and professional attitude, willingness to take initiative, flexibility and dependability. Sarah’s enthusiasm and energy for life carry over into every customer event and we are proud to have her as part of the Mamma Chia family! Whether near or far, she’s always up for the next adventure, spreading the Mamma Chia love everywhere she goes!

Sarah, thank you for the enthusiasm you bring to the team! You are a great contributor and we sincerely appreciate your outstanding work!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Sarah’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate her!

October 2011

Congratulations to Kaki Garrett!

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Hobbies: Flea markets, deep sea fishing, reading & lawn mowing
On her iPod:  Ray Lamontagne, Blind Pilo, Angus & Julia Stone
Favorite Quote:  “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” – Jay Z
Favorite Animal: Definitely dogs. Specifically, my schnauzer Chuck Taylor and Airedale Terrier, Bosco.
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Cranberry Lemonade
Bio: Just a small town girl, born and raised in Texas. My background is in sales but my real passion lies in food/cooking and travel. I’m an avid antiquer, traveling once a month to some of the largest flea markets in the country. Most recently, I relocated to Salt Lake City where I am learning to embrace all 4 seasons. And so, to help pass the frigid winter months, I have taken up snowboarding. I’ll be the one flailing down the mountain…so watch your back. :)

 

Kaki started as a Mamma Chia fan! She fell in love with our line of organic chia seed beverages and was deeply inspired by our environmental and social mission. Now it is us who are deeply inspired by her. We are grateful for the love, humor, and integrity she radiates as she shares the Mamma Chia Magic with the beautiful people of Utah. And we are delighted that she reached out to us to join our dynamic team of brand ambassadors!

Many thanks Kaki, for being the beautiful soul that you are! We are thrilled to have you part of the Mamma Chia family!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Kaki’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate her!

September 2011

Congratulations to Jennifer Strandburg

Location: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Going to the Beach, Volleyball, Cooking, Friends & Family
On her iPod: Miranda Lambert, Ludacris, Paramore
Favorite Quote: Life is too short to be anything but happy!
Favorite Animal: I love animals but my favorite are dogs : )
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor: Raspberry Passion
Bio: I am a recent graduate from San Diego State University and received a degree in Business Marketing. I moved down to San Diego to go to school, but now I am looking forward to starting my career in this beautiful place! I am originally from Northern California but I have Greek heritage. I hope one day   to learn how to speak Greek because I know my grandparents would love it if I could speak with them in their native language. I have always wanted to move to Europe for a short period of time but have never had the guts to do it! One thing that people, who aren’t my close friends, don’t know about me is that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and have even dressed up in Harry Potter attire for the movie premieres!

 

Congratulations to the September 2011 Mamma Chia Ambassador of the Month, Jennifer Strandburg! Jennifer was our first Mamma Chia Ambassador and set the bar high with her vast product knowledge, unbeatable smile and winning attitude! Since day one, she has delighted Mamma Chia fans in Southern California sharing her love of chia everywhere she goes. Jennifer is a beautiful and charming soul, who embodies the vitality, energy and strength that is at the heart of Mamma Chia.

Thank you Jennifer for the bright and cheerful energy you bring to Mamma Chia!

Check our events page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find Jennifer’s upcoming events and come in to congratulate her!

August 2011

Congratulations to Marquesa Versola

Location:  Northern California
Hobbies:  Singing, Writing Music, Hiking & Yoga
On her iPod:  Mat Kearney, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald
Favorite Quote:  Life is Good!
Favorite Animal:  White Egret  
Favorite Mamma Chia Flavor:  Blackberry Hibiscus
Bio:  Born in Hawaii, I’ve always had a love affair with the sun, ocean and open air. I grew up in Marin, CA & graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Recording Arts. I’ve been performing on stage & in bands for most of my life, singing is my passion! One of my favorite places on earth is on the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

Since her first day with Mamma Chia, Marquesa has been a shining star! She brings an engaging big smile, a positive attitude, and a wealth of Mamma Chia knowledge to every customer event. Marquesa helps share the magic of Mamma Chia by connecting with people in an authentic way with charisma and enthusiasm.  She has a gift for connecting with people which makes her a great Mamma Chia  ambassador and a beautiful soul.  We’re happy to announce that  Marquesa is our first  ambassador  of the month for August 2011 and is now our Marketing Coordinator for Northern California!

 Thanks, Marquesa, for your hard work, your big heart and spreading the Mamma Chia love!

Take a look at all the fun she’s been having at our events by visiting the  Mamma Chia Photo Galleries on Facebook. You can visit Marquesa at  Mamma Chia Events  in Northern California or connect with Marquesa on Twitter.

Want to be a Mamma Chia Brand Ambassador?

We are always on the lookout for sparkling and enthusiastic Brand Ambassadors nationwide! If you would like to join our team and help us spread the Magic of Mamma Chia, please complete our online application by clicking the link below. Thank you in advance for your interest in supporting Mamma Chia!

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