Our Team

Madeline Henriquez
Born and raised in Perth Amboy, NJ, Madeline was inspired by the many women in her life who made magic in the kitchen. A loud and proud Dominican woman, Madeline was born feet-first and determined to change the world.  Before incorporating Earth, Wind & Fuego, Madeline worked in human services for 14 years in different capacities, starting as an administrative assistant for a local not-for-profit social justice organization and advancing into managerial roles in health care reform, advocacy, reproductive health and justice, and gender violence. If ever a time when Madeline’s chef hat comes “off”, she enjoys more cooking, spending time with loved ones, travel and especially writing. She is a poet, adult romance & erotica writer, and comedienne and has shared her work at venues such as The Falcon, The Wherehouse, The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center and 2 Alices Coffee Lounge. Madeline is a member of the Evolving Wordsmiths and has participated in the recitation of Poet Gold’s “Poughkeepsie Project, Poetically”(2016) at Barnes & Noble. Henriquez is currently working on a new comedy set titled “Mami raised me Catholic but I chose to be a nasty woman”. 

Jen Herman
Jen previously worked as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator in Dutchess County before co-founding Earth, Wind & Fuego in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Adelphi University. Jen has worked for and volunteered at human service agencies throughout Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties and received the Asset Builder/Outstanding Youth Worker Award in 2015 from the Orange County Executive’s Youth Bureau Awards. She serves as a commission member of the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission and volunteers with Poughkeepsie O+ and  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. As a poet and spoken word artist, Jen uses her writing and performance as a platform to shed light on systemic oppression and privilege, calling for unity among all people. She won the first ever Milkweed Poetry Slam in Sugar Loaf, NY, for her piece “Pulse” on the Orlando nightclub massacre.

 

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