Meet Liana Cassar
Liana has lived in New England for most of her life, despite the fact that she was born in New York and loves to travel everywhere. She and her husband are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and live with their two teenagers and two dogs.
Liana has worked in the health care field in Providence and the Boston area for more than 15 years and currently works in health care information technology when she’s not with her family, writing or spending time outdoors (preferably on her bike, which is named Viva). She has been an advocate for women’s equality and women’s health for as long as she can remember, including serving on the board of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for 10 years and participating in the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017.
In May 2017, Liana had the privilege of being a part of the Listen To Your Mother-Providence cast, which was a group of amazing women storytellers who performed locally during the last season of the national storytelling series. Liana believes sharing our stories is an important part of our lives, and a particularly good way to better understand how we see ourselves and our health.
Meet Deb Goeschel
Deb, too, has lived most of her life in New England, although she was born in Hawaii and has lived as far away as Germany. Deb and her husband live in MA where she enjoys the close proximity of Providence for its food, Boston for its culture, and the Blue Hills for great local hiking.
With a diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial background — actress, wedding ceremony singer, photographer, writer, editor, graphic and web designer – Deb took those skills and landed in marketing communications, where she’s worked for the last 17 years. Helping business owners express their mission, meet their goals, have a larger and more positive impact on their communities is a passion and what drives all projects.
Deb’s personal experiences and natural inclinations lead her to be interested in many different healing modalities, specifically as they apply to women. Over the years, her “side hustles” were alternative healing focused: Reiki 1, 2, and 3 attuned, certified in an energy technique called Energetic Systems Maintenance (ESM), Vinyasa and restorative yoga teacher for almost a decade, and wrote a blog called HikingYogini which focused on, you guessed it, hiking and yoga practice.
She sees a great need for community building in our current culture and political climate and knows that women telling their stories is a wonderful way to start building a sense of connection to each other. She truly believes there is healing to be found in expressing oneself and in having one’s story be heard; this reveals how more alike than different we are. Deb also feels strongly that women’s voices will be an important part of the greater national and global healing that is needed today.