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Self is wellness you can trust. Self provides information, support, motivation and encouragement by adhering to our four core values: inclusivity, accuracy, empathy, and bodily autonomy. Self helps people feel better by helping them tap into their greatest source of strength: themselves.


Here’s a look at our team’s leadership:

Zahra Barnes - Interim Editor in Chief

Zahra Barnes joined SELF in November 2015, working on the Culture and Health teams before becoming Health Director in November 2019. She was named Executive Editor in August 2020. She has spent her career as a reporter and editor covering women's lives with a focus on wellness.

Zahra specializes in sexual, reproductive, and mental health, all with the goal of destigmatizing these topics and highlighting issues in underserved communities. She’s passionate about exposing the systemic and institutional flaws that lead to health disparities for marginalized people, as well as providing service that helps readers navigate these systems for the best mental and physical health outcomes possible.

When Zahra’s not working, you can find her watching scary movies, eating salted caramel gelato mixed with Phish Food (life-changing combination), and enjoying time at home with her partner and perfect ginger tabby, Sonny.

Amy Eisinger, M.A., C.P.T. - Digital Director

Amy is an A.C.E.-certified personal trainer, PROnatal prenatal and postpartum specialist, and the digital director of SELF. She is a native Floridian who has been living in New York City for over a decade writing, editing, and doing all things digital. She received her B.A. in English and Classics from the University of Florida, and her M.A. in Journalism from New York University.

Her work has been published in the NY Daily News, Washington Post, The Knot, L.A. Times, Cosmopolitan, and Greatist, among others. When she's not at work, Amy enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her partner, daughter, and dog.

Kenny Thapoung, Associate Director of Audience Development

Kenny Thapoung joined SELF as the Social Media Manager in November 2015. In 2018, he expanded his role to Associate Director of Audience Development where he began working on newsletter and SEO strategy for the brand. He has a B.A. in Magazine Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to SELF, he worked at other publications including Women’s Health, Glamour, and Marie Claire.

If Kenny isn’t in his kitchen experimenting with new Asian recipes, he’s running, biking, or exploring different neighborhoods in New York City. He’ll never say no to a horror movie—as long as you let him cover his ears during the scary parts.

Amber Venerable, Creative Director

Visuals Director Amber Venerable joined SELF in February 2017, working on reshaping the visuals of the brand as it went completely digital. She art directs on set, location scouts, casts models and always builds teams that support SELF’s mission of inclusivity.

A Texas native and Howard University graduate, she currently lives in Brooklyn when not traveling the world in search of new experiences.

Zahra Barnes, Interim Editor-in-Chief
Amy Eisinger, Digital Director
Ashlee Bobb, Communications Director
Sarah Jacoby, Associate News Director
Hannah Pasternak, Associate Director of Special Projects
Melissa Matthews, Associate Health Director
Patia Braithwaite, Senior Health Editor
Carolyn Todd, Senior Health Writer
Christa Sgobba, Senior Fitness Editor
Lori Keong, Senior Editor, Commerce
Tiffany Dodson, Commerce Writer
Malia Griggs, Commerce Editor
Sarah Madaus, Editorial Assistant

Social Media and Audience Development

Kenny Thapoung, Associate Director of Audience Development
Cheryl Carlin, Senior Manager, Analytics
Frances Dumlao, Social Media Manager
Amanda Behrens, Senior Designer
Chloe Effron, Snapchat Designer


Amber Venerable, Creative Director
Morgan Johnson, Digital Designer


Sylvia Espinoza, Research Manager
Corey Sabourin, Copy Editor
Alexa Lawrence, Copy Editor
Damian Fallon, Copy Editor