Hudson collective is an ever-growing group of talented members and collaborators.
owner, ACROSS THE POND MARKETING
Josephine is a B2B marketing strategist, passionate about aligning sales and marketing. She provides actionable insight that will help you get more from your campaigns, while ensuring a company's message is consistent and bringing potential customers one step closer to the sale. She spent fifteen years working for publishing and conference companies including eMap, Centaur, and Worldwide Business Research where she was Head of Event Marketing. Her specialties include, lead generation, sales and marketing alignment, customer experience, agency relations, CRM database and content management usage and digital strategy. She has extensive knowledge of major Email, CMS, CRM, Project Management, and Analytics Systems.
On the weekend, you’ll find her: Pretending to be a dinosaur with her 3-year-old.
Life in three words: Loving nylon living.
Personal motto: Make tea not war.
Always on my desk: A cup of tea.
Always in my drawer: PG Tips Tea.
When in charge of Sonos: 90s cheese.
Currently addicted to: Baking, inspired by The British Bake-off
When she grows up wants to be: A professional traveler.
Owner, Cultivate Mobility
Physical Therapist / Pilates Instructor
Katherine specializes in orthopedic manual therapy and Craniosacral therapy, and is certified as a Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist through Polestar Pilates. She has a truly holistic approach to treatment and collaborates with a network of practitioners to care for each patient. Katherine earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2005, and she’s an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Her experience and extensive professional continuing education coursework in manual therapy, Pilates, Craniosacral Therapy, women’s health, TMJ dysfunction and treatment, and movement analysis allows Katherine to provide thoughtful and innovative treatments for her patients.
Project she’s most proud of: Her daughter.
On her favorite day, you’ll find her: At the beach, following a long hike.
Favorite thing about the Rivertowns: Interesting, creative people excited about life outside the city.
owner, diana bufalini pilates
Diana has been practicing Pilates for over fifteen years. Her love of the discipline began after a series of classes helped heal a persistent case of sciatica. She began teaching mat classes in NYC in 2002, then began to offer reformed-based private sessions from her home in 2007—armed with certifications from both IM=X and Power Pilates. With the arrival of her first baby, Diana decided to commit herself to the practice full-time, leaving behind a career in publishing. She also has a certification from the Kane School of Functional Anatomy at Kinected, where she began seeing the more holistic benefits of Pilates (and where she truly began to identify as an anatomy geek). As a founding member of HudCo, Diana is looking forward to expanding her reach, and sharing the power of breath, fluidity, and alignment with health seekers near and far. Diana Bufalini Pilates offers state-of-the-art equipment, a gorgeous space shared with Katherine Bagby of Cultivate Mobility, and a team of individuals whose expertise span a wide range of disciplines. She lives in Dobbs Ferry with her husband, two daughters, and a dog who thinks she's a cat.
Addicted to: HBO's The Leftovers.
Project she’s most proud of: Her daughters Gemma and Georgia.
Office uniform: So. Much. Lycra.
Always in her drawer: Stash of chocolate.
principal, CHRISTINA MICHELLE INTERIORS
Christina Cohen is the principal of Christina Michelle Interiors, a full-service interior design firm. Christina began her design education and career in Los Angeles, but she felt instantly at home when she arrived in the Northeast fourteen years ago. Following in the footsteps of two generations of interior designers, she draws inspiration from her family, her travels around the world, and her experience working for a prestigious Manhattan architectural firm, where she created residential, commercial, and retail spaces. With an eye for color, texture and scale, Christina artfully blends her personal aesthetic with her clients’ style and belongings. Her thoughtful, collaborative approach is also sought out by realtors wanting to maximize home values through professional staging.
Christina is CIDQ-accredited and affiliated with ASID and IIDA. In her (not-so) free time you will find her chairing events and galas, helping to raise funds for not-for-profits such as the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation.
On the weekend, you’ll find her: Trying to survive two small children.
Personal motto: Don’t let perfect get in the way of better!
Always on her desk: A sh*t storm.
My life in three words: I could never describe my life in three words! I can’t describe ketchup in three words.
Turning point in career: Hudco, duh
Currently addicted to: Coffee, always coffee.
owner, IRA FRAZIN ARCHITECT
Ira Frazin studied architecture at Columbia University and at Arizona State University as an undergraduate. He started his own company in 2001 after several years working as a junior partner in a New York-based small design firm. He has extensive experience working on residential, commercial and industrial projects. In addition to numerous renovations, additions for family homes (including an original Frank Lloyd Wright), he has worked on concept design for MTV; tenant office build-outs for financial, medical, film production clients; storefronts for major NYC retail chains, schools, dormitories, and an electrical substation for an MTA subway line. His goals with any project are to increase its economic value, discover the best ways to facilitate the user’s daily activities (working, playing, shopping, learning, etc.) through spatial relationships, and to use innovative and sustainable materials, anchoring the project in the present with an eye to the future.
Creative hero: Still Frank Lloyd Wright.
On the weekend, you’ll find him: Gardening.
When in charge of office Sonos: Pink Floyd.
Drink of choice: Tequila on ice.
Favorite thing about the Rivertowns: The Mighty Hudson.
Personal motto: Just get out of bed.
CHRISTY SHEPPARD KNELL
PRINCIPAL, KNELL AND CO DESIGN
Award-winning editorial art director Christy Sheppard Knell leads Knell&Co, a creative agency that designs visual solutions for businesses and organizations including IBM, NYU Langone Health, Condé Nast, and many local small businesses. Knell&Co takes the strategies of the nation’s top magazines and applies them to brand development, digital marketing, and printed collateral. Christy serves her community as an elected official on the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dobbs Ferry and has worked for WIRED, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, and Martha Stewart Living. She’s eager to start organizing office pranks and surprise birthday parties for HudCo members.
On the weekend, you’ll find her: Eating ramen or encaustic painting.
Always on her desk: Evian.
Addicted to: Bachelor in Paradise.
Personal motto: The more you do, the more you can do.
Project she’s most proud of: HudCo.
When in charge of office Sonos: Britpop, indie, and garage rock.
Favorite thing about the Rivertowns: The mix of city and outdoor living.
OWNER, DELTA TRIMMING
Izabela is the owner of Delta Trimming, a full service design and build firm. She has her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College, where she is also working towards a degree in interior design. Izabela worked in the financial, telemarketing, and retail industries for over a decade, during which time she honed her organizational skills, creativity, and strategic thinking. She discovered her passion for creating beautiful interiors while working for a remodeling company. Izabela is a mother and a wife and loves cooking, healthy living, and can't live without coffee and beach vacations.
Known in the office as: The One Who Gets Sh*t Done.
On the weekend, you’ll find her: Running.
Life in three words: Family is everything.
Always on her desk: Water.
Addicted to: Coffee.
Personal motto: Always stay humble and kind.
honorary founding member
CREATOR, DINNER: A LOVE STORY
Jenny is the creator of Dinner: A Love Story, the award-winning website devoted to family dinner, and a New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story, Dinner: The Playbook, and How to Celebrate Everything. She is a former magazine editor, and her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications including The New York Times, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living and Bon Appetit, where she and her husband Andy Ward co-wrote “The Providers” column from 2011-2017. She lives in Dobbs Ferry with Andy and their two daughters.
On the weekend, you’ll find her: In the bleachers watching a 1500m or a soccer game.
When in charge of office Sonos: Nick Lowe, Lorde, Jason Isbell (or Maroon 5 if she is alone).
Addicted to: Egg and cheese sandwiches, Grady's Cold Brew, Aperol Spritzes.
Personal Motto: Make dinner not war.
Childbirth Educator, CLC
After the birth of her first son in a large NYC hospital, Hilary was drawn to childbirth education as a way to help pregnant woman have a satisfying and positive birth experience in any setting. Her classes are evidenced-based, non-judgmental, and incorporate many coping techniques—including pain medication—to help each family find what will best support them. Hilary’s also a Certified Lactation Counselor and helps woman transition to parenthood through new mom groups and home visits. She feels very honored to be able to empower new parents to welcome and care for their babies with knowledge, confidence and a good dose of humor.
Raised in Rhode Island, educated in Boston and married to an English charmer, Hilary currently calls Hastings-on-Hudson home with her family that includes two young sons.
Owner, 744 creative & rivertownsguide.com
Jennifer, with her husband Howard Grossman, are founders of 744 Creative, a full-service design, marketing + community outreach firm, and RivertownsGuide.com, a guide to the Westchester Rivertowns and beyond.
With extensive experience, Jennifer is comfortable working with a wide range of clients, in an array of industries.Jennifer has been an involved community member since moving to the Rivertowns in 2001. She sits on the Hastings Education Foundation Board and is a Family-to-Family Associate Board Member.
Research Strategist PhD
Juliana is part of the Subject Matter Expert Team at Qualtrics as Principal Research Strategist. With a background in decision sciences and mobile technology, she enjoys problem solving with clients in the applied market research and digital experience space. Juliana currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Marketing Research International Institute. She was Head of Strategic Alliances for YouEye (acquired by UserZoom) and was General Manager of Lumi’s global market research business. Juliana graduated with honors from Amherst College, received a Masters from Columbia University, and completed her PhD in Psychology and Decision Sciences at Columbia University.
Jodi is a lifelong crafter and creator of the SuperMakeIt book series and blog. Her books, Candy Aisle Crafts and Paper Goods Projects, are all about crafts made from everyday supermarket materials. Jodi started her career at Martha Stewart Living, where she worked for over 19 years and was part of the core team that created Martha Stewart Kids and Baby magazines. Jodi now creates original craft content for various magazines and brands such as Parents, Family Fun and Mattel and appears occasionally on the Today Show. She lives with her husband and two sons.
Freelance Editor & Travel Writer
Nikki was editor/co-founder at family travel site Passported and was previously senior editor at Jetsetter and associate editor at Indagare. She wrote Jetsetter's travel tome, Bon Voyage, and now writes for Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Four Seasons Magazine, And North and more.She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and two children. Contact Nikki for editing, feature writing, content strategy, copywriting, destination guides, hotel reviews, and family travel advice!
Owner, Doug Schneider Photography
Doug is a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in food, lifestyle and portraits with clients that include Breville, Rosa Mexicano, Bronx Brewery, and Westchester Magazine. He’s also the co-founder of Mohican Studios, a collective focusing on corporate photography. Earlier in his career, Doug held long-term leadership roles at both Getty Images and Benchmark Education Company. Doug is a board member for RiverArts and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He’s also a drummer and songwriter for the Americana band Greetings from Anywhere.
Alexa Wilding is a musician, writer and twin mama. Tagged “the neo-Stevie Nicks” byThe New York Times, her third album “Wolves” (2016) was called “an intimate howl” by Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. Her recent video on postpartum body acceptance for Allurewent viral in 24 hours. She has been profiled talking about motherhood, creativity and cancer (her son is a survivor) in The Glow, Mother and Style Like U. Alexa is currently working on a memoir.
BROOKE LEA FOSTER
Brooke Lea Foster is an award-winning health, education and lifestyle journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Huffington Post/Aol and the Washingtonian magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, among others, and she’s a contributing writer to Psychology Today magazine. In her spare time, she edits regional lifestyle blog, Wee Westchester, and spends lots of time renovating her 1918 farmhouse.