Meet the Team | Active Family Wellness
Jessica came to Active Family Wellness after 20+ years in Retail Management. She was driven to help others to wellness after being a caregiver for her grandmother. She desires to help others find their way to natural wellness away from pharmaceuticals and surgeries. She was born in Germany into an army family. Living abroad for her formative years, her family returned to the States and was last stationed at Fort Belvoir. Jessica has been in Northern Virginia ever since.
When she is not working, she loves spending time with her fiancé and two adult kids. An avid crafter with her Cricut, she also loves sewing, cooking, and baking.
Gabriella is currently working towards a bachelor’s in Biology. Born to Salvadorian parents, she loves visiting her home in El Salvador any chance she gets. Before joining the Active Family Wellness team, she taught English classes at night to families new to the Fairfax County Public Schools system. In the future, she hopes to work in building social infrastructure around Central America. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis with friends, thrifting with her siblings, and working with an Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Jo graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry Management and Biology. She worked on a master’s degree in molecular biology at the University of Minnesota. Her work history includes 14 years of Molecular biology research on rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. She lives with her husband of 24 years, and they have five boys together. She loves hiking, camping, and biking.
Karen is working towards her college degrees in Business Marketing and Nutrition and Food Studies. Her cultural roots are Salvadorian. Karen has always had a passion for helping others learn the importance of a holistic health lifestyle. In the future, she hopes to create food wellness businesses and advocate for healthier communities worldwide. Karen is a big fitness fanatic. During her free time, she loves working out and hitting personal records. Aside from school and work, she loves to practice self-care through beauty & fashion, reading, shopping, and creating nutritious food and juice recipes. She shares her knowledge with the AFW community through monthly workshops.
Naya was born in the Philippines and worked as a Pharmacist. Being passionate about helping others, she worked in a community pharmacy in the Philippines, where she served and supported many senior citizens’ health. She loved working there and missed the fantastic relationship she built with the team and customers. Families are the top priority for Naya. As the eldest sibling, she is naturally a caretaker in her family. She lives with her grandparents and younger brothers. Naya plans to build a family business to support her family in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her baby niece, who lives in her neighborhood and watching cooking shows, especially MasterChef.