Michelle Mathai is Promoted to Vice President of Operations at Brasswood Estate

 Brasswood Estate has announced the promotion of Michelle Mathai to the position of Vice President of Operations. In this new capacity, Mathai will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the estate, streamlining systems and procedures for all the businesses, including the wineries, restaurant and bakery.

Mathai has been an asset to Brasswood Estate since she started in 2016 as Assistant Estate General Manager. In her position as AGM, Mathai was instrumental in building successful teams and positioning Brasswood for growth. Her wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience has played a large part in her early success. Before moving to St. Helena to pursue a career in food and wine, she worked at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer, serving at diplomatic posts in Auckland, New Zealand, Washington, D.C. and Berlin, Germany. Prior to Brasswood, she worked for Robert Sinskey Vineyards and Clif Family Winery, with an interlude at Napa Valley College’s cooking school, focusing on Pastry.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Mathai step into this role,” said Brasswood Estate Co-Creator, Marcus Marquez. “Her extensive knowledge of Brasswood is a valuable asset as we continue to grow and expand our business.” Marquez continues, “Brasswood looks to promote from within whenever possible. Both our staff and visitors benefit from knowledge and skills that are acquired over time. In doing so, we build confidence in the quality of our brand and our people.”

Mathai says she truly enjoys working with the talented team at Brasswood. In her new role, she hopes to work more closely with them, through the challenges of fast-paced growth, to continue to build a robust and resilient company.

More about Brasswood Estate: Since our inception in 2016, our St. Helena Estate has become Napa Valley’s Wine & Food Village lauded for all it has to offer, including: a farm to table restaurant, artisanal bakery, art gallery and fashion boutique. Our state-of-the-art winery, complete with 17,000 sq. feet of caves, acts as a production facility with multiple tasting rooms for our Vintner Partners: Newton Vineyard, Mondavi Sisters Collection, Moone Tsai, Fait-Main, Strala Vineyards and Harumph, among others. Discover more at brasswood.com.

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Hong Kong – SCST congratulates Michelle Yeoh on winning Golden Globe

SCST congratulates Michelle Yeoh on winning Golden Globe


     The Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung, today (January 11) congratulated Michelle Yeoh on winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.

     Mr Yeung said, “Michelle Yeoh first made a name in the Hong Kong film sector, then moved on to the international stage with her exceptionally outstanding acting skills and hard work. Her honour in winning a major award in the film world now is well deserved. We are really empowered by the fact that Hong Kong actors have continued to shine in the global film industry.”

Alyssa Michelle finds self-love and healing from Growing Pains that come with life in poetry

Alyssa Michelle has a passion for writing thought-provoking, emotionally stirring poetry. She has been writing poetry for 15 years, performed spoken word, and tried other forms of writing as well (“I do more than just poetry, which is pretty amazing.”). Her effort has culminated into a published book titled “Growing Pains.”

“Growing Pains” is a collection of poems about the author’s journey to healing and self-love. Her tumultuous encounters with domestic violence, love, and loss aid in her spiritual growth and self-realization. “Writing poetry helps me heal from things that I’ve experienced,” Michelle said. “It also helps me connect with people that share the same experiences.”

The poems in “Growing Pains” represent the different phases of growth that someone may experience in life. The past, present, and future are referenced in each chapter to explain the thoughts and emotions of someone who at times transitions through painful changes. “Unfortunately, we need things to happen for us to look at things in a different perspective,” said Michelle.

Michelle was a teenager when she was introduced to poetry and writing. She was blown away by her youth pastor’s spoken word piece at church. “It was so powerful that I was just captivated, and I was like: ‘I wanna do this,’” said Michelle. She took consistent small steps to develop her writing (and rhyming) skills and sense of flow.

How did poetry grab Michelle’s attention and push her to write consistently? Guesting on The Ethically Immoral Podcast, she said: “The biggest part for me is that I’m introverted, so I definitely don’t express myself as much as other people vocally. So, writing gave me an opportunity to just be myself without judgment, understanding that people are going to judge you regardless. But it was my safe space to just let all my feelings out.

“The biggest push for me was to share it because I’m not the only person in the world who could feel the way I feel, so that’s what kept me pushing through it, as well as healing. I used that as my coping mechanism to heal. So, if I didn’t feel comfortable speaking to other people about what I was going through at the time, that was my therapy.”

Michelle recognizes that there is no such thing as bad poetry as she acknowledges that every creative is different in their own way, coming from a place of authenticity. She said, “Everyone has a different perspective, so everyone might not like what you have to say, agree with it, or understand. Maybe that’s why people think it could be bad (poetry). People could use a few points, but I don’t think anything is bad necessarily.”

Look inward and find healing today in Alyssa Michelle’s poetry in “Growing Pains”. Order a copy on Amazon.

“Growing Pains”

Author | Alyssa Michelle

Published date | November 30, 2019

Publisher | Kindle Direct Publishing

Book retail price | $8.99

Author Bio

Alyssa Michelle is a mother, poet, self-published author, spoken word artist, and motivational speaker. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and began writing poetry at the early age of 15.

As Alyssa became more conscious and transparent as a writer, her poetry shed a light on life as a single mother, domestic violence, addiction, mental health, healing and self-empowerment.

Her poetry exemplifies the introspective or “chrysalis” stage of spiritual metamorphosis before emerging as an enlightened individual. Alyssa’s altruistic approach to writing continues to empower and heal others who are in need of her heartfelt words.

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Michelle Crenshaw’s Book Helps Seekers Achieve Personal Liberation and Spiritual Ascension in the Age of Chaos

Publisher | Balboa Press

Book retail price | $18.99


Author Bio


Michelle Crenshaw is a mystic, holistic healer, life coach, empowerment strategist, and spiritual advisor who has dedicated most of her life to helping others forge their own pathway to personal peace and freedom.


A passionate advocate of the poor and disenfranchised, Ms. Crenshaw has created numerous community empowerment programs and initiatives tackling HIV/AIDS, youth literacy, homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, and black infant mortality, helping many live a happier, healthier and more productive life.


Ms. Crenshaw also has numerous achievements as a professional singer, composer, music producer, playwright, and actor, using her art as a tool for social change. A pioneer in the performing arts community, Ms. Crenshaw is the founder and producing/artistic director of Liberty Playhouse of St. Louis, the first African-American female-owned and operated commercial theater company in the country.


She dedicates “Save Yourself” to her three adult children and her grandchildren yet to come.


Michelle L. Ross Earns the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA®) Designation

Asset Management Group, Inc. of Stamford, CT., is pleased to announce that the College of Financial Planning has granted Michelle L. Ross the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA®) Designation.

The Accredited Wealth Management Advisor, or AWMA® program, is a designation program for financial professionals. The program is designed for advisors who want to better address the unique needs of high net worth clients. The program’s one-of-a-kind curriculum contains sections dedicated to behavioral finance, working with small business owners, and succession/exit planning.

A Norwalk resident, Michelle is a graduate of Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in management. She began working at Asset Management Group 13 years ago as an Administrative Assistant, and has been a rising star, while attending classes at night and continuing to work, full time. After receiving her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional (FPQP™) designation from the College of Financial Planning in 2007 she was promoted to Client Services Coordinator. During her tenure she has been responsible for addressing all aspects of the firm’s clients’ financial planning and administrative needs. In 2013, having successfully completed all course work and passing the required Connecticut State exam to obtain a license from the Department of Insurance, Michelle was promoted to Executive Director. In addition to helping clients achieve their goals, she is also responsible for the implementation of comprehensive financial plans, designed to assist clients reach their financial objectives. In 2017 she obtained her Series 65 securities license by passing the FINRA administered exam and was promoted to Vice President. Michelle’s portfolio also includes being responsible for the education and mentoring of new employees to ensure they are fully acclimated and knowledgeable about the firm’s core beliefs and responsibilities to the clients.

Asset Management Group, Inc., www.AMGplanning.com, was founded in 1983. The financial planning practice is a dynamic, privately held company with a well-established customer base. The firm builds long-term relationships with clients and provides them with financial planning advice and counseling. The company is proactive in bringing information and advice to its clients and strives to provide services that exceed their client’s expectations.