Meet this Year’s Judges
Tonya Lewis Lee
As a busy mom, Tonya Lewis Lee knows firsthand the challenges of navigating work, family, and wellness. Her professional journey into health and wellness began in 2007 when she began serving as the national spokesperson for the “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the United States. Through the campaign Lewis Lee helped to create and launch a peer-to-peer preconception health initiative encouraging college students to focus on their personal health, if not for themselves, for their future children.
Additionally, she produced “Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies,” a documentary film about the efforts to reduce the U.S. infant mortality rate. Further, eager to create a women’s health platform, Lewis Lee launched the website HealthyYouNow.com (HYN).
Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has appeared on national and local television and radio across the country. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Avenue, Town and Country, New York Magazine, O, Essence, Ebony, Redbook, Child and New York Family Magazine. Lewis Lee graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Virginia School of Law and lives in New York City with her two children and her husband Spike Lee.
Follow her @tonyalewislee
A heavyweight Producer in news, entertainment, sports, and documentaries, Aliya-Jasmine has earned an incredibly well-rounded career, with several years as a producer/writer at E! News, an on-air host for E! News Now host of Bravo’s after-show “Last Call”, and the lively host of Logo TV’s revolutionary show “1 Girl 5 Gays”. Fueled by a passion for advocacy on environmental issues, Aliya-Jasmine has hosted and produced documentaries in Sudan, Tanzania, the Great Bear Rainforest, as-well-as coverage on the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Follow her @aliyajasmine
As Head of Digital Content of The Bump, Julia Wang is responsible for overseeing premium content experiences across all platforms (apps, mobile web and social media) and brand extensions (awards programs, activations). She leads a high-performing editorial team, creating deeply engaging content for parents and delivering on The Bump’s core mission to empower millennial moms to make informed decisions, affirm her maternal instincts and be her best self for her family.
Prior to joining The Bump in October 2014, Julia served as People.com’s first features director developing and overseeing editorial strategy and content, including its high-traffic franchises Sexiest Man Alive and World’s Most Beautiful. She successfully launched the TV, Country and Royals verticals and oversaw the live coverage of Prince William and Princess Kate’s royal wedding, which helped People.com surpass 1.1 billion page views for April 2011—a first for any Time Inc. digital title. Julia covered the next life stage for the royals, the birth of Prince George, and continues her coverage at The Bump with the arrival of the second royal baby this spring.
Julia lives in Forest Hills, New York, with her husband and two children.
Follow her @thejuliawang
Dr. Susanne Bennett
Susanne Bennett, D.C., CCSP is a holistic chiropractor specializing in allergies, environmental and functional medicine, chemical and mold detoxification, lifestyle medicine and anti-aging skin therapeutics. She is also the author of The 7 Day Allergy Makeover, an easy to read, informative book on how to transform your lifestyle and live allergy-free.
Dr. Bennett is also a major contributor for Natural Child World Magazine.
Follow her @drsusanne
Dr. Karen Phillip
Dr Karen Phillip is Australia’s Leading Lifestyle Expert. She is a published International author on parenting and relationships, writes for the print media, and is a professional Counseling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. Dr Karen is a recognized Speaker, Presenter and media commentator. Karen has clients all over the world including Industry Leaders, high profile entrepreneurs and celebrity clients. Karen also works with couples, parents and families guiding and assisting them to achieve unity and renewed happiness in their relationships.
Dr Karen holds a PhD of Philosophy in Sociology. Dr Karen specializes in Relationships and Parenting and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Dr Karen works with families who are experiencing problems with communication, conflict and child behaviors. She writes for many Parenting sites, newspapers and magazines. Dr Karen is the author of a very popular parenting book, “Who Runs Your House, The Kids Or you?”. Her book has helped thousands of parents and families around the world. Her latest book, ‘OMG We’re Getting Married!’ is written to provide all couples, both pre and post marriage, with the tools needed to ensure a long lasting, happy future together.
Dr Karen also works with numerous Corporate Businesses and Groups, teaching improved communication techniques, personal motivation and direction, workplace and family relationship improvements, and unity within the work group for improved results.
Follow her @drkarenphillip
Farrah Davidson is a mommy blogger and practicing dentist from Troy, Michigan. When her daughter, London was only ten months old, the mother-daughter duo started London had a Little Lamb; a little luxury and lifestyle blog. What began as a platform to showcase London’s daily looks and the things she loves, has over time, become an avenue to celebrate all of life’s little pleasures. The goal of London had a Little Lamb is to encourage and inspire readers through the world of fashion, art and design. Farrah recently gave birth to twins, Leonardo and Gisele and as a mommy of three babies under two she strives to inspire all mothers to see the joys and happiness of parenthood.
Follow her @londonhadalittlelamb
Manuel & Bud Santos
Meet Bud and Manuel aka @TwoGayPapas, the creators of Nursery Rhymes for LGBT Families, and the proud fathers of two amazing children born through surrogacy, Álvaro (3) and Carmen (2). They wanted to help create awareness and change prejudices about family diversity, so they decided to give visibility of their family model through social media, and now have a massive following. As you will see on their Facebook or Instagram pages, they are just like any other family, the kids are growing up happy and healthy, and for them it is normal to have two fathers, just like it is normal for other children to have a mother and a father, or two mothers, or just one father, etc. Manuel works in audiovisual production and Bud works in marketing and we live in a small town outside of Valencia, Spain.
Follow them @TwoGayPapas
After fumbling through the first few years of motherhood, Reesa found it her passion to enlighten fellow parents on how to take time to enjoy their lives and take the stress out of parenthood. She started Momma Lew in 2010 after staying home for a few years with my son and I missed the everyday conversation of adult life, as her husband was deployed. What started as a hobby, quickly became a job. Sharing her expertise in crafting allergy-friendly recipes, like tasty gluten-free dishes, she acquired a loyal audience. Now, she enjoys cooking up new fantastic recipes at home with her son, daughter, and husband.
Follow her @mommalewsblog
Joanna is a wife and mother of four children: a kindergartener, a preschooler , and a set of twins. She is the author of Motherhood and Merlot, a life and style blog. Additionally, she is a stay at home mom and a student, working towards her Masters degree as a professional therapist. She is a lover of all things related to beauty and style, and won’t ever pass up a good glass of red wine.
Follow her @motherhoodandmerlot