About Us

Exhale Lifestyle is a media company dedicated to best-in-class content, engaging events, and simplifying the lives of busy women in Boston. We curate local resources, things to do, and expert tips so you don’t have to. Our comprehensive, go-to guides help you navigate entrepreneurship, wellness, money management, travel, and more with ease. Exhale’s female-focused journalism covers the underreported topics and Boston-area women who have meaningful stories to tell.

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Our Team

Sandra Casagrand

Founder and CEO

Sandra Casagrand, a publisher in the Boston market for more than 20 years, has a keen interest in quality content and a demonstrated commitment to improving social conditions. As a graduate of Simmons College and a former board member of UNICEF New England, Sandra has a long-held passion for women’s issues. It has been her dream to create a women’s media company that tangibly improves the most important aspects of women’s lives. Sandra understands the powerful influence media and its images have on how women see themselves within their society. It’s time for women to lead the conversation, and Sandra launched Exhale Lifestyle to make that happen. sandra@exhalemediaco.com

Leigh Harrington

Managing Editor

Leigh Harrington is as comfortable brainstorming just the right word for a headline as she is chasing her daughter through the woods hunting for fairies. She’s been a professional writer and editor for nearly two decades and a mom for 6 years. While balancing work and play, Leigh served as the Regional Editorial Director for Morris Media Network’s Where brand and custom publications, wrote and published the book “100 Things to Do in Boston Before You Die,” and freelanced for a variety of print and digital titles, including the Boston Herald, Huffington Post and Muscle & Fitness HERS. Leigh holds two bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University — because one just wasn’t enough — in magazine journalism and French literature, language and culture.

Kristen Standish, KS Consulting

Sales and Strategy Consultant

Kristen Standish is an accomplished leader in driving sales for a variety of businesses. Kristen has worked in strategic roles, creating revenue and brand awareness for over two decades. As the founder of KS Consulting, Kristen specializes in driving revenue and strategic partnerships and creating marketing strategies for both growing and established businesses and organizations. A creative and quantitative “dealmaker,” Kristen is always looking to create new revenue channels, and is adept at integrating products and services through sponsorship, digital platforms, PR, and marketing. Kristen has held senior positions at the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Stuff magazine, Morris Media Network, and more. Kristen serves on the board of Beyond Walls, a nonprofit in Lynn, Massachusetts. Kristen has a bachelor of science in communication from Suffolk University.

Dawn Curtis Hanley, Principal, Anchor18 Marketing + Events

Events Consultant

Dawn Curtis Hanley is principal of Anchor18 Marketing + Events, an award-winning, full-service strategic events agency. Versatile and multifaceted, Anchor18 applies a holistic approach to experiential marketing to achieve game-changing results and lasting impressions. Dawn brings over 20 years as a marketing and communications executive, with expertise in innovative event strategy and production.

Dan Goodwin

Art Director

Dan Goodwin of BSB Design is an award-winning graphic artist and art director with 15 years of experience in publishing and print design. Dan has extensive experience in magazine design as well as in the layout and production of daily and weekly newspapers, with a focus on features and front pages. Dan has also designed logos, branding materials, and marketing collateral for a variety of clients.

Shannon Owens

Graphic Designer

Shannon Owens is a graphic artist at BSB Design with 7+ years of experience in corporate print and digital design. Shannon has worked on internal group design projects, rebranding, and has taken the lead in the design, development, and implementation of graphic, layout, and production communication materials that have resulted in increased sales.

Karen E. Miller, Dr.P.H.

Health Advisor

Karen E. Miller, Dr.P.H., has an extensive background in the health care industry. Karen’s experience includes direct patient care, education, consulting, and public health. Karen was instrumental in developing and managing one of the first “Centers of Excellence” programs for a large Fortune 500 company. Karen received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and master’s degrees from Columbia University and New York University. Karen also received a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Karen serves on the board of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and as an advisor to Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, a women’s health initiative to improve the health of women of color.

Kalman Gacs

Web Developer

Kalman Gacs is the Project Manager and Creative Director of Viv Web Solutions—the web development company building and managing Exhale’s website. They were selected because of their impressive experience and overall business philosophy. Viv Web Solutions is a full-service online marketing firm dedicated to helping companies grow and prosper on the web. Their obsessive attention to detail, creative thought process, and unwavering support—coupled with their extensive technical expertise—are a perfect fit for Exhale.

Jill Beresford

Strategic Advisor, Consultant

Jill Beresford became the CEO and chairman of the board of a publicly held corporation during the 1990s. The company teetered on the brink of bankruptcy and she was successful in turning it around into profitability. At that time, only 3 percent of the world’s companies were led by female CEOs. Today, that number is only 5 percent. Most recently, the American Small Business Development Centers recognized Jill as the top small business advisor in Massachusetts, where she was awarded the coveted State Star Performer award. Prior to her small-business advising focus, Jill spent 25 years successfully working in the turnaround and restructuring industry, filling the positions of CEO, CFO, CRO, and/or CMO. Jill has worked in a wide variety of corporate environments, including private, public, international, startup, family-held businesses, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, orderly liquidations, and turnaround situations. Jill received her M.B.A. from Boston University.

Kristine Kennedy

Brand and Content Strategist, Consultant

Kristine Kennedy helps visionary businesswomen launch and scale their companies. Kristine’s strategy consultancy, Kristine Kennedy Strategy, was born from more than two decades of experience leading cross-functional teams for national lifestyle and consumer brands, most with female audiences. With core capabilities in on-brand editorial storytelling and content marketing across multiple platforms, Kristine now uses her talents to amplify women-run businesses, so women can achieve purpose, confidence, money, and influence.