EDITOR IN CHIEF + CO-FOUNDER, MODWEDDING
A serial entrepreneur, international businesswoman, and student of style, Nicole was inspired to create MODwedding based on her personal experiences with friends who were getting married. She noticed that brides and grooms, who usually kept their friends up-to-date via Facebook and Twitter, were unable to share information about their wedding festivities because online resources were sparse and much of the planning and communication with guests was taking place offline. Looking to fill that gap, Nicole is working with co-founder Alex Hsiao to launch MODwedding.com in the spring of 2010.
Nicole has previously held positions at Tyson International Trading Group, LLC and Impero Inc. Both firms specialized in the international import and export business. During her tenure, Nicole focused on securing influential contacts and experienced business networks in China. The Impero business, which imported and exported specialty and hardwood flooring, was sold in 2008.
Alex is an Entrepreneur & an award winning Designer. A proven visionary leader and strategist in the interactive product design space, with extensive experience in user experience, brand management, and graphic design. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Communication Arts, and PC Mag’s top 100 web sites.
Alex’s diverse startup experience ranged from brand to crafting digital product experiences. Working with his co-founder Nicole Zhang, Alex founded MOD Enterprises Inc. and its first project, MODwedding.com. MODwedding.com gives couples an opportunity to manage, organize and share their wedding plans, information and experiences in an elegant and tasteful way.
Back in the day he was Director at AOL for Audience Product Technologies, providing vision, brand management, and user experience design direction to numerous R&D initiatives, consumer applications and services. Alex’s creative direction guided such products as AIM, AOL China, AOL Radio & Video. Most recently he helped shape design experiences at Verizon, Netflix, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and The Humane Society.
Alex served on the executive board of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Washington DC Chapter. He received his BA in Design cum laude from American University and taught advanced multimedia and computer graphics at his alma mater as an adjunct professor. You can find him in various design & technology industry related events speaking or meeting new people.
Kara Yates, M.P.S.
SENIOR EDITOR, MODWEDDING
Kara Yates, M.P.S., is a seasoned writer and editor with a specialized background in digital marketing. She received a Master’s degree in Publishing (with a Marketing concentration) from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College. Kara eventually earned her spot as Quality Control Coordinator at AFYA, Inc., where she provided editorial and technical assistance to various agencies within the Department of Health & Human Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Soon thereafter, Kara made a career detour to the private sector. She joined MODwedding.com as editor where she report on all the latest wedding style and design trends. Kara is also Marketing Coordinator at Anya Bridal Warehouse, where she delivers external corporate communications and cultivates lucrative vendor partnerships. Other professional experiences include those with CNN, Little Pink Book (formerly known as Pink Magazine), and JBS International. Kara currently resides in Atlanta, GA, where she enjoys ballroom dancing and painting during her free time.
Anna is a Washington D.C. wedding planner and founder of Anna K Events. Her passion for planning and an obsession with details turned into a dream job. Anna is also a former ballroom dance instructor, sharing her talents with brides and grooms who want to impress their guests with a unique first dance.
Anna grew up in Poland and relocated to the U.S. with her family, in pursuit of the ‘American Dream’. Along the way, Anna had a career in International Relations, working in Europe and Latin America. She loves the Samba, wine tasting, and exploring places through food (especially when it involves pasta…) Anna is thrilled to be a part of the MODwedding team, taking her love for all things weddings to the next level.
Elle is a lover of fashion, beauty and all things glam. What she loves most about MODwedding is that she’s the liaison between real brides and their inspiration for their dream wedding.
Growing up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, Elle felt she had limited access to the latest in fashion, but that never stopped her from creating and pursuing her own dream. She traveled to different countries every chance she got. She believed in making her dream become a reality and used her artistic talents to become a self-taught stylist and makeup artist. Elle served the DMV area as a wedding makeup artist for 5+ years. When that wasn’t enough, she built a platform for herself by launching her fashion and beauty blog to reach and inspire thousands of girls at a time. As a blogger, she worked with non-profit organizations to host fashion/beauty workshops, spoke at events as a fashion presenter and attended shows and presentations to get the first look at the newest trends. As she continued to develop her style and writing skills through ellechoi.com, she was always in search of something more.
Elle recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion and is working at a fashion startup company while also contributing to MODwedding. She is a fashion director by day, MODwedding editor by night and a serious foodie in between. When she isn’t working, you can find her Instagramming photos at the trendiest foodie spots or running those calories off by the beach. Her life motto is “dream big, inspire others and love all… all with style”.
CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER
Passion combined with inspiration is the driving force behind the success of Jodi Moraru’s clients’ events. Following 20 years in the event industry, and 14 years as the founder and creator of EVOKE, Jodi today brings a fresh approach to each and every event she produces. “I have the left and right sides of my brain working simultaneously,” Jodi says. This enables her to not only come up with unique and creative concepts, but also to execute them with precision and flair. There is nothing cookie cutter about the events that Jodi produces. Each event is approached as its own unique creation, which allows the team at EVOKE to always exceed clients’ expectations. Clients, time and time again, say that they love Jodi’s enthusiasm, responsiveness and calm manner.
Jodi’s evokes passion, drama, out of the box ideas, adventure, & a bohemian style.
She loves taking risks and allowing her instinctual creative side to wander to execute an affair with luxury.
Michael M Clements floats between media, the arts, tech and entrepreneurship. His overriding philosophy is Business+Creativity=Happiness™. He founded the participatory art party concept ArtJamz LLC in 2010 in order to build a franchise from the ground up. Genki Media™ LLC is a communications consultancy specializing in producing captivating content.
Formerly, Michael was the executive editor of Washington Life Magazine, where he managed the daily production of washingtonlife.com as well as all social media, digital and TV/Video initiatives. Provided executive leadership, strategy and original content for Washington Life magazine, printed 10x annually, and negotiates, facilitates and maintains strategic partnerships.
Cravens oversees all product development and project management at Sittercity. Since joining Sittercity in 2011, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led the product and technical development for Sittercity’s expansion into senior care. He also developed and managed the company’s international expansion into Canada and Great Britain.
Prior to joining Sittercity, Cravens founded BabySitters.com in 2000. BabySitters.com grew into one of the leading childcare referral sites on the Internet, focused on helping parents find quality childcare in their local area. Cravens self-funded the business until reaching profitability in 2005; the business remained profitable until being acquired by Sittercity in 2010.
In 1995, Cravens started working at AOL. Over a period of 10 years he spearheaded all product development and product management for a myriad of business areas including AOL Search, AOL for Small Business, new client launches and updates, billing systems, and customer care systems.
Cravens holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Campbell University, which he earned with distinction while also serving active duty in the Marines. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in 1995 for six years of exceptional service, including combat action in the first Gulf War.