Family Beehive was born from a vision founder Laura Cashel had after 30 years of working at various community organizations around the world. As a longtime business owner, arts patron, and community organizer, Laura is a natural born connector who has seen the power of collective action.
Laura believes that it is possible to address both of these challenges at once. Family Beehive is here to be the ultimate connector.
We are here to be the extra hand for women and families when they need it.
We are here to support organizations that want to serve and to grow.
We are here to strengthen our communities by bringing them all together.
A lifelong lover of community and the arts, Laura Cashel first began exploring non-profit ventures when looking for creative outlets for her five children. The first of these ventures was a small dance school. She broadened out this idea by starting Riverworks, an intergenerational 501c3 focused on bringing the creative arts to families of the Hudson Valley.
This love for community continued into a variety of other ventures: in 1998 Laura started a small company called Anything and Everything. While Anything and Everything began as a consignment shop, the community that naturally developed within the space spurred its reimagination into AER (Awaken, Energize, and Restore) Yoga and Living. The business became a successful holistic wellness center that was sold to another entrepreneur when Laura’s family moved to Massachusetts in 2008.
Once in Massachusetts, Laura continued her efforts to bridge community gaps by providing another space for wellness – assuming control of a yoga studio called Cohasset Yoga. Soon after, Laura began working alongside the Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of Boston to build out a new real estate arm called the Creative Campus.
Laura has lived, worked, and raised her five children in three major cities and two countries, building deep and lasting relationships of trust on a truly global scale. Currently, Laura is focused on developing and growing her lifelong mission of supporting women and their families through the Family Beehive.
Maia graduated from Stanford University in 2021, with B.A. in political science and a concentration in governance and representation. Building on work experience in government, law, and numerous nonprofits, Maia is passionate about creative systemic approaches to equity—with a specialty in sexual violence prevention.
Maia is excited to be a part of the Hive as we work to understand and uplift the complex needs of women and families. Utilizing skill sets in written and oral communication, Maia works with Family Beehive to put our community-building ideology into practice. In order to help the Hive grow, Maia focuses on developing relationships with potential family and organizational partners. If you’re looking to join the Hive as an individual, family, or mission-driven organization, contact Maia at email@example.com
Kcenia Kloesel graduated from Sewanee, the University of the South, in 2021 with honors in both her history and Russian majors. While these areas of study may seem far from a career in non-profit development, Kcenia enjoys applying her strong research and writing skills to an important and helpful cause. Utilizing her previous job and internship experiences in marketing and non-profit development, Kcenia hopes to bring light to the inspiring mission of Family Beehive.
By using creative outreach efforts on social media and the blog, Kcenia wishes to engage current and potential members of the Family Beehive with the potential of community and the subtle but important reminder that the Hive is always here to help. If you have any questions or want to join the Hive (either as an organization or an individual) feel free to email Kcenia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda (Mandi) Alvarado-Frantz is a Disability Advocate, Influencer and Nonprofit Leader. She joins the Family Beehive with over 17 years experience working with youth with disabilities and families in underserved communities; first a Program Director and Advocate with Children’s Bible Fellowship of New York, Inc. and then as the Executive Director of KEEN New York – Kids Enjoy Exercise Now.
In both positions, Amanda created and facilitated activities for youth with disabilities, supervised and trained staff, and empowered parents by connecting them with community resources.
Amanda is a leader in inclusion advocacy for people with disabilities. She was selected to attend the exclusive MIT Sloan School of Managements program LEAD20@MIT Leadership in the Digital Age, in partnership with the Ruderman Foundation in 2019. She also sat on a panel to discuss Beauty, Self-Advocacy, and Disability at the 2020 Reelabilities Film Festival.
Amanda is excited to support and learn from the women and families at the Family Beehive. She will use her experience serving diverse communities to engage and empower all who come to Family Beehive.
Michael is a senior securities brokerage executive with deep experience in electronic trading and alternative trading systems. Michael has been the CEO of Luminex Trading & Analytics, and Harborside Plus, both US Equity Block trading ATS’s. He has also served on the board of Level ATS, and has been an advisor to Intelligent Cross, an ATS using Machine learning and AI to produce better execution outcomes for clients. Most recently Michael was the CEO of Fidessa, a portfolio company of the ION group.
Michael worked at Fidelity Investments from 2008-2017, where was a Senior Vice President (SVP) and Head of Fidelity Trading Ventures, an innovation team at FMR LLC that brought Luminex Trading & Analytics to the market. Michael was the first CEO at Luminex, leading the patent pending design, development, sales, and transaction financing teams. Luminex Trading & Analytics is the first ATS built, managed, and governed by the buyside, built for the purpose of trading large blocks of stock while minimizing information leakage.
Prior to FTV, Michael was an SVP and Head of Equities at Fidelity Capital Markets, the brokerage arm of Fidelity Investments from 2008-2012. Here he was responsible for the execution of equity order flow for Fidelity’s retail and institutional clients.
Prior to Fidelity Michael was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns responsible for the sales, execution consulting, and client onboarding teams for Bear Stearns electronic trading suite of products.
Michael also spent time at ABN Amro where he was responsible for US and Latin American Equity sales globally, and European and Asian equity sales into the US. He spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley as an Executive Director building out and managing the firm’s Global Emerging Markets research sales and sales trading teams in both NY and London.
Lastly Michael has served on several boards including: East Stone Acquisition Corporation, Luminex, Level Trading, ESP Technologies, and the Okemo Mountain School.
Degrees in History, Fine Art & Architectural Conservation
Experience as a Personal Chef, Development Chef, Blog & Cookbook author
Two Term Local Elected Official in Fife, Scotland with focus on History, Tourism, Cultural, Greenspace, Food & Growing, and Climate Emergency
Gina Jarrin Keir is a former film publicist and marketing executive who — in the middle of raising two children — decided to heed a lifelong calling to become an actor, screenwriter and stand-up comic. In between the juggle of varied jobs and bi-coastal moves for work, Gina was sensitive to the needs of community support and has been a volunteer and advocate for this her entire adult life. As Director of Public Relations at the Katonah Museum of Art, she was also a co-creator of new programming, and developed cross-brand sponsorships with local businesses and vendors. She continued the role as producer and “connector” for other publicity clients after relocating back in Manhattan. Gina gladly brings this same knack for cohesive connection and support to Family Beehive.
She has co-produced various short films, music videos, and live programming, including sold-out shows at the legendary Duplex cabaret room in Greenwich Village. As a Latinx professional, Gina’s fluency in Spanish has been instrumental in all of her work experiences. A lifelong writer with a journalism degree from the University of Southern California, Gina is a member of SAG-AFTRA, and has performed stand-up comedy in NY and LA.