OWNERS

Patricia Pastrano

Pat is the editor and an owner of Fins. As a financial business analyst for over 20 years with a passion for photography, she started Fins in 2019 to give mermaids and photographers a place to have their works published. Analyzing international markets, corporate accounting, cost and revenue forecasting analysis, she combined these with her love for photography, writing and mermaids to partner with Jeff to bring Fins Magazine to its full potential focusing on community, education, commerce and culture.

Editor In Chief | Owner
Jeff Weiner

Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Fins. Bringing 40+ years of C-level business experience, multi-milion dollar business start ups and publishing background, he partnered with Pat in 2020. Sharing in Pat's vision for Fins, he is bringing business, art, publishing and start up experience that is growing Fins Magazine to be the place for all things mermaid.

Chief Executive Officer | Owner

ADVISORY BOARD

 
Brett Stanley
Advisory Board

@brettsphotos

FB: BrettStanleyPhoto

Brett Stanley is an award winning underwater portrait photographer for more than ten years. Born in Australia and based out of LA, he travels the world to shoot new people and new locations. Photography, especially underwater photography, is a steady constant in the world of mermaids. Having someone of Brett's knowledge and expertise is an invaluable resource as Fins explores all things mermaid.

Morgana Alba
Advisory Board

@circussiren

FB: MerMagicCon

Morgana is the owner of Circus Siren Entertainment, a professional circus performer, and a professional mermaid. She is also the co-founder of MerMagicCon, the World's Largest Mermaid Convention.
Her experiences in the mermaid industry as a performer and professional business woman with an entrepreneurial mindset is a huge asset to the Fins team as they navigate the rapidly growing world of mermaids.

Smokie West
Director of Education | Advisory Board

@coraliapearl

FB: SmokieWest

College professor with a Doctorate in Business Administration, Smokie is also a professional mermaid. She promotes conservation, reducing single use plastics, is a Mermaid Straws ambassador, assist with local animal rescues and rehabilitate injured land animals. She has led school based environmental groups to help clean up litter in multiple areas throughout the state. Passionate about preserving the natural beauty of our springs, rivers, and ocean, as well as land areas.

Michelle Mozdzen
Advisory Board

@thehydroblademermaid

Michelle is an attorney, a professional mermaid for 15 years and a champion swimmer. She brings perspective, experience and a deep understanding of mermaiding. Her and her husband do the Merlympics held each year at Mermagicon. Michelle is also active in a greyhound rescue and is a certified coi keeper.

Hannah Mermaid
Advisory Board

@hannahmermaid

FB: HannahMermaid

World acclaimed professional underwater mermaid and performance artist is the groundbreaking pioneer inventing the vocation of Mermaiding. She creates her own exquisite mermaid tails and performs underwater. A dedicated Ocean activist, Hannah travels the world performing for charity projects to commercial ventures to bring awareness to the ocean and it’s precious animal life. Hannah uses her unique link to the ocean to inspire and educate people on the importance of marine life.

EDUCATION REPORTERS

Mermaid Rachelle

Rachelle Davin

Illinois

@thevintageglammermaid

FB: The Vintage Glam Mermaid

Mermaid Rashell is a professional mermaid, who has traveled as a national educator in the hair and beauty industry for the past seven years. Self motivated, and passion driven for conservation and education. She welcomed the opportunity to take her knowledge supporting conservation with Fins Magazine`s international audience.

Mermaid Ria

Ria Loveder

New Zealand

@Mermaid.Ria

FB: Mermaid Ria

Mermaid Ria is New Zealand’s real-life mermaid!
Underwater performer, model and voice for the ocean, Mermaid Ria is a mermaid on a mission to raise awareness of oceanic issues and to help protect the creatures that call the ocean their home.
As well as a professional mermaid, Ria is training to become a scuba and freediving instructor and works as a freelance writer. With her experience in writing and her passion for all things mermaid she has joined the Fins Magazine team to bring two of her passions together to meet amazing people and to tell their stories.

Mermaid Jacy

Jacy Peck

Canada

@Mermaid_Jacy

FB: Mermaid Jacy

Mermaid Jacy has been performing in stage shows and operas for 25 years. The true mermaid journey began in 2019, Jacy turned to mermaiding for personal health and wellbeing. Using her background and experience in Early Childhood Education Jacy published her first children's book in October 2020. Jacy uses her passion for mermaiding to teach young children about the importance of water conservation, and the protection of wild spaces. Mermaid Jacy continues to use Mermaiding to promote water safety, to encourage reading, and to ignite a passion for protecting wildlife and waterways. Jacy is thrilled to be able to share her unique mermaid experience with Fins audience and is ready to dive into a magical world of mermaid fun.

Mermaid Ayesha

Ayesha Sosa

Texas

@MermaidAyesha

FB: Mermaid Ayesha

Ayesha is an ambitious dreamer with a passion for animals and conservation education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Psychology from Hawai’i Pacific University as well as her NAUI Advanced, Rescue, and Nitrox SCUBA Diver certifications. Inspired by the memory of her little sister, she became a mermaid in 2012 to continue to share her joy and light. Her tail is orange and gold for leukemia and childhood cancer awareness, and she hopes her mersona can help inspire others to follow their dreams and care for the natural world that we share.

Siren NyokaKai

Raynbow Corleone

Georgia

@Siren_NyokaKai

FB: RaynbowCorleone

Siren Nyoka Kai (pronounced Knee-Oh-Kah Kai) is an AfroMediterranean Siren originally from the Mediterranean Sea but currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Siren Nyoka Kai is fascinated by human stories. As much as she loves to learn about the human lives, she also likes to teach others about safety, conservation, sustainability and equality. Also known as Raynbow Corleone, she is a jack of all trades from a telecommunications major to Pyrotechnic Engineer to Flight Attendant to Professional Mermaid. To be able to educate anyone is a great privilege. To be able to learn is an even greater opportunity.

Mermaid Leah

Leah Arfele

Texas

@mermaid_mystik_leah

Mermaid Leah is a master social worker turned pro-mermaid after gaining custody of family's young children. Her performing began as self-care and quickly evolved into joining local conservation and repurposing efforts, waterway cleanups and collaborations throughout her community. She values being resourceful and enjoys crafting with reycled materials.

Mermaid Paige

Paige Moyles

Canada

@OceanMermaidPaige

FB: Ocean Mermaid Paige

Paige is a Canadian professional mermaid, who has worked for over decade in aquatic entertainment, recreation, fitness, and water quality. With accomplishments including standardization for monofin and tail acceptance in public pools. Reaching the hearts of people and sharing the spirit of the mermaid, is a passion that Paige is ready to bring to Fins readers and the international mermaid community.

Mermaid Chelsea

Chelsea Sturdevant

Hawaii

@_Mermaid_Chelsea__

Originally from Colorado, she now swims in the warm, tropical waters of Oahu, Hawaii. Chelsea is fluent in American Sign Language and has been and Educational Interpreter for 8 years! She is a certified freediver and a lifelong student with an unquenchable curiosity. Chelsea is so excited to learn right alongside all of you, and to hopefully take you on some brand new, eye opening adventures!

Mermaid Lelie

Lieke Knoops

Belgium

@Mermaid_Lelie

FB: Mermaid Lelie

Mermaid Lelie, Leike Knoops, has been a professional mermaid in Belgium since 2016. A founder of the the first performance mermaid pod in Europe, The Mermates, she is also a part of the team responsible for the biggest merfolk gathering in Europe, The Mermates Mermaid Convention. She also has a bachelors degree in social work and has been working with underprivileged people in Antwerp for over 10 years.She strongly cares for the planet and tries to inspire people to take better care of the planet. Step by step, because every step counts.

 

MAGAZINE TEAM

Mermaid Onyx

Correspodent

@mermaid onyx

FB: Mermaid Onyx

Veronica Conde Blanco

Correspondent

@veronica_mermaid

FB: VeronicaMermaid

Eric Kelsey

Photographer

@memoriesimagined

FB: MemoriesImaginedAZ

Ron McGee

Photographer

@ramvisions

Nanneene McManis

Production Assistant

@memorieimagined

MemoriesImaginedAZ

Mermaid Bekah

Correspondent

@mermaid_bekah

Mermaid Bekah

Rachel Smadja

Assistant Editor

@mermaid.rachel89

FB: mermaid.rachel89

John Rodriguez

Reporter

@thetravelingmerman

FB: thetravelingmerman

Jessica Mcferson

Reporter

@mermaidprincess aurora

FB: Jessica Kathaleen Mcferson

Scarlett Emrath

Writer | Reporter | Photographer

@thewanteddepths

Zee Blackwell

Photographer

@thewantedepths

Tiffany Kay Myer

Writer | Reporter | Photographer

@purple.desert.siren

FB: Purple.Desert.Siren