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The Team


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Mary Rose Somarriba

I’ve worked with Verily as a writer and an editor over the years, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to continue to contribute to Verily’s work in providing uplifting and empowering content in women’s media. I particularly enjoy unearthing powerful stories and helping women share their voices on little-discussed topics. It is my honor to further Verily's work in producing content that defies limiting and defining scripts for women, that is, in producing fresh content that reflects "less of who you should be, more of who you are."

Among my favorite pastimes are Latin dancing, singing karaoke, and listening to my favorite local jazz band over wings and a Manhattan. 

Associate Editors


Margaret Brady

Maggie Brady is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She writes from the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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Gabriella Patti

Gabriella Patti is a freelance journalist and entrepreneur in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When she isn't busy writing and scouring the racks at thrift stores, she will happily make you a classic cocktail.


Lindsay Schlegel

Lindsay Schlegel is a writer and editor with experience in all aspects of book publishing. She runs, knits, and reads in her native New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their five children.

Art Director


Haruka Sakaguchi

Haruka is founder The Denizen Co., a design and photography studio serving emerging entrepreneurs. With an acute interest in visual storytelling and serving others, Haruka’s mission is to help her clients build sustainable businesses that allow them to reclaim their professional lives.

Social Media Editor


Gabrielle Sanford

Gabrielle Sanford is a writer living outside of the Washington, D.C. area. She studied English, U.S. National Security Studies, and Middle East/North Africa Studies at Christopher Newport University.

Editorial Intern

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Hannah Cote 

Hannah Cote is an editorial intern at Verily and a junior at Hillsdale College studying English and journalism. She is the culture editor for the college’s student newspaper, The Collegian.

Contributing Writers


Kelsey Chun

Kelsey T. Chun, MFT is a marriage and family therapist living in Michigan, who received her degrees from Northwestern University, where she played varsity field hockey.


Meghan Duke

Meghan Duke is a doctoral student in theology. She hails from the First State (that's Delaware) and writes from Virginia. At Verily, you can find her copyediting with precision or facilitating interviews.

Madeline Fry Schultz

Madeline Fry Schultz 

Madeline Fry Schultz is a writer and editor living in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son, and pup. 


Melissa Guerrero

Melissa Guerrero is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and published author. Despite becoming visually impaired in late 2020, she continues to write and enjoy life to the fullest.


Caroline Mays 

Caroline Mays is an English professor and self-defense instructor who has covered crime and entertainment for Southern California papers and is currently working on a book on disaster survival.


Blanca Morales

Blanca Thérèse accidentally began her journey as a freelance writer over 10 years ago when she wandered into a newspaper office. She writes from Miami, Florida.


Tiffany Owens

A graduate of The King's College and journalist, Tiffany Owens is a New Yorker at heart, currently living in Texas. In her spare time, she reads and writes about cities and urban design.


Grace Stark

Grace Stark is a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow who received her M.A. in Bioethics & Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago and lives in San Diego.


Lindsey Weishar

Lindsey Weishar enjoys traveling, exploring the origins of words, and reading. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is happiest when writing poetry and sipping Earl Grey.