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CEO

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FOUNDER

GAIL BRUCE


LIFESTYLE | INTERVIEWS | STERLING SILVERS | BLOG


A favorite of photographer Irving Penn and editor Diana Vreeland, Gail began her career in fashion and film.  A producer, artist, Indian education activist, and entrepreneur, she is the founding board member of the American Indian College Fund and launched the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's Cultural Learning Centers Initiative, building 29 cultural centers in 12 states. She is the founder of UNRESERVED American Indian Fashion & Art Alliance and resides on the MADI Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is the owner and founder of Ramscale Studios, an event venue in New York City. Gail was born in Chicago, raised in Los Angeles, and resides in New York, Massachusetts, and Tortola BVI.

Gail was inspired to create HipSilver as a lifestyle and eCommerce brand where the new Silver Generation can safely engage, communicate. and support each other. She is proud to be HipSilver's First Chief Curator. 

 

 

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CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

ALEXANDER VALCIC


 

Alex, a graduate of Columbia University, has been working in business services for over 30 years, specializing in human resources, talent acquisition, management, and sales. He began his career as an intern at The Consortium, an IT consulting firm, and grew to become a full partner bringing in at least a third of the total gross revenues. In the late 90’s, Alex and his partners sold the Consortium to RCM Technologies, a publicly traded company.

Not ready to retire, he started working as a consultant to help companies reinvent themselves by defining and focusing their core businesses. He has worked with companies across the United States, Europe, and India such as Bic, Citigroup, Macmillan Publishing, to name a few. 

A true HipSilver, he loves a challenge and enjoys working with startups helping to create business discipline to support great ideas.

He also understands the importance of volunteering at this stage of our lives and has done so with the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and the Blue Hill Troupe. Currently, he is involved with Hudson River Community Sailing, an organization teaching STEM via nautical arts to inner city school children. 

 
 
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MARKETING&PUBLIC RELATIONS

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING 

John Maroney

He is a twenty-year veteran who specializes in Lifestyle Marketing and event production.  He has produced major events in key markets including: Manhattan, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Miami. He has spearheaded public relations and brand positioning for The New York Trade Commission of Peru’s Alpaca and fashion initiatives with a scope ranging from retail development with luxury partner, Bergdorf Goodman, to developing new designer growth, planning, and import strategy in multiple marketplaces.

He has been instrumental in launching international events and marketing programs for Champagnes, Nicolas Feuillatte, Macari Vineyards, The Swedish Culinary Series, and The Maidstone Hotel. He has produced countless events and shows for brands including: Ralph Lauren, Carmen Marc Valvo, Pandora Jewelry, AGTA Spectrum Awards, Donna Karan, Vivienne Tam, and talent sourced globally for Dell Computers.

Additionally, Mr. Maroney has been instrumental in creating social and corporate partnerships and event productions for leading organizations including: Creative Time, Free Arts NYC, Guild Hall, RXART, the Whitney Museum, the Lexington Clothing Company, and special projects for media partners such as Sourcing Journal, Vogue Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Elle Magazine.

 

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ACCESSORIES

CURATOR

JUDITH BOYD

Judith is a style influencer and model from Denver, Colorado. A blogger, writer, and speaker who always chose a hat to accompany her outfits, Judith co-owned a hat shop in the 1980’s, escalating her passion for headwear.

With an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing, she expressed her creativity in her professional life, finding it a soothing way to move in an environment that included painful and powerful stories.

She created “Style Crone”, a blog to sooth herself after the loss of her husband of many years. It is dedicated to the older women in her most creative, outrageous, and powerfully proud era. Style Crone is an Instagram success with 30,000 followers who share her passion for vintage and recycled clothing and, of course, her passion for hats. She hopes you will join her at HipSilver as she channels and celebrates the journey of aging through style and headwear.

 
 
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ACCESSORIES

 

CURATOR

ROBERT ROKOFF

All my life, it has been about hair. Hair this, hair that…from crewcut to spiked, it has always been a topic of conversation…so I decided to name my site “silver fox”, a term that’s been used to describe me many times. As you can see, it always goes back to the hair!

Salt and pepper are spices; they are also a hip hop act of the past. But, unlike those black-&-whites, silver fox seems more relevant than ever, since our evening news is anchored by Anderson Cooper, another “silver fox”… or so they say.

No matter where I go, who I’m with, or what I say, it always goes back to the hair: my “silver hair” that is.

People are always asking me why I’m such a “culture vulture”… I guess I just like to fill up my world with as much culture, music, and art that I can fit into my busy life. I hope to share some of my discoveries, explorations, and adventures from wherever I go around this great city and beyond.

 
 
 
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ART

CURATOR

MORNING SLAYTER

Morning is a private art dealer, curator, art consultant, appraiser, historian, and noted documentary filmmaker. Her expertise spans the 19th - 21st centuries including: impressionist art, modern art, contemporary art, and vintage, and contemporary photography.

She diversifies collections by introducing Old Masters, Greek, Egyptian, Roman Antiquities, Pre- Colombian, and Tribal Art. Morning also consults on financial art investments, framing, conservation, lighting, installation, and interior design.

Morning is a noted art historian and conducts private workshops in NYC on Art and Photography. She has been a guest lecturer at: Columbia University, New York University, Drew University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 
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BEAUTY

CURATOR

YVONNE DURANT

Yvonne began her copywriting career at McCann Erickson, where she worked on the L’Oreal account. She went on to be Copy Supervisor at Lintas in Milan, Italy and has worked at multinational ad agencies on numerous showcase accounts. Yvonne has been published in major magazines and newspapers in addition to three anthologies. A Gourmet Magazine essay she wrote on the first time she publicly ate watermelon was awarded Best Food Writing in 2003. In the October issue of Town and Country Magazine, she has an interesting article of the beauty secrets of horses.

She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with an AAS in Advertising and Communications.

She’s fluent in Italian and can dine and shop in French.

For fun, she blogs on etiquette www.yvonneandyvettetiquette.com

 
 
 
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CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SATIRIST

CYNTHIA ADLER

Cynthia Adler is an award winning socio-political satirist. Her nine-character one-woman show, “Downloaded and In Denial,” received rave reviews in New York and across the Northeast. She has been one of the top commercial voice-overs and narrators in America, having worked extensively with HBO, PBS, and The Discovery Channel. She has voiced many cartoon characters and created new voices for the Muppet Shows in London. As a writer, Cynthia was a contributor to Mad Magazine and has written many commercials for different advertising campaigns. Along with a film that is ready for development, she has written a book of women’s stories and is presently working on a young-adult novel. Cynthia was Co-Chair of the Environment Committee for the Creative Coalition and worked closely with Bobby Kennedy Jr. to improve the quality of the water in New York City. She is currently on the Board of Energy Vision, an environmental and alternative fuel research organization committed to ending our addiction to oil.

 
 
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FASHION

CURATOR

YAEL EDELIST

Yael Edelist and her mother, Roni Rabl, began their fashion journey in Israel. In 1982, Roni Rabl started her company and exported her own line to Europe. At times, she would drive her samples in-person to European wholesalers, bringing a young Yael along. Thus, mother introduced daughter to the industry, to prevailing through hard times, and to hearing one’s own voice. The two have worked as partners ever since. In 1992, Yael moved to New York to begin her enterprise, catered to women ages 40 and up. In her opinion, women of this age bracket have more interesting qualities, display loyalty, know themselves, take risks, and don’t worry about how others think. At the present, Yael represents 7 designers from diverse backgrounds including: Israel, France, Greece, Lithuania, Japan, Italy and Germany.

 

FASHION

CURATOR

ROXANNE DUVAL

A true fashionista, Roxie fell in love after seeing her first Seventeen Magazine at the age of 12. She’s had a "passion for fashion" ever since. Her core belief is: "what you wear is an outer expression of the inner you and it varies from day to day with your mood and inspiration".

Roxie follows the latest in American and international fashion. She is excited to find ideas and options that speak to the HipSilver Generation. She is constantly on the lookout for unique, comfortable clothing that evokes classic and timeless elegance. Coming from an educational administration background, Roxie has just the right amount of composure and modern flare.

 
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FASHION

 CURATOR

CHARLES GOODWIN

Mr. Goodwin’s fashion industry experience spans over 40 years, both in retail and in an entrepreneurial environment. His expertise in high-end men’s and women’s fashion is unmatched. As a result, he has gained a robust and loyal clientele and the status of craft-master.

At Boyd’s Men’s store in Philadelphia, Charles honed his skills by recommending merchandise based on product knowledge and customer preferences. He increased the team’s revenue stream by a million dollars annually.

His success is reflected in his exceptional service to clients, his fashion logic, and his willingness to go the extra mile to make sure his customers are completely satisfied. These qualities have resulted in long-term customer relationships.
As a stylist, he’s known for his impeccable taste, gathering market trends, and, of course, his attention to detail.  
Charles is excited to lend his mastery to HipSilver and looks forward to serving this wonderful community with integrity and style!

 

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FASHION

CURATOR

RASHID SILVERA

Model and Educator Rashid Keith Dilworth Silvera was "made" in Jamaica and born in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated in public and private secondary schools in New England, he entered Colgate University in 1967 but soon transferred to Bennington College where he became one of the small handful of original male students to be fully-integrated into the previously all-female student body. He graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology. Silvera obtained his M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1974 and his Ed. M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1976. 

In 1975, Silvera was hired as a teacher in the history department of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He taught at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey from 1976 to 1977, and at San Francisco University High School in San Francisco, California from 1977 to 1979. Silvera returned to the East Coast in 1979 when he was hired as a social studies teacher at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. In 1981, he began teaching at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York. 

Aside from teaching, Silvera worked as a fashion model for a number of years. While staying at the house of a friend in the early 1980's, Silvera was noticed by owners of a modeling agency who launched his career as a model. He first modeled for fashion photographer, Rico Puhlmann. In April of 1983, Silvera became the fourth black male model to appear on the cover of GQ magazine. His appearance would mark the last time an African American male model would appear on a GQcover. Silvera also appeared on the covers of Essence magazine and CODE magazine and was the first African American male to model for a Polo Ralph Lauren advertisement campaign. 

 

FASHION/ACCESSORIES

CURATOR

ROBIN HILLIARD

Robin was trained as an artist and designer at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While at FIT, she worked on Seventh Avenue before branching out on her own. She designed clothing and accessories under her label, ROBINA, for stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Henri Bendel.

She is a gifted designer and has created jewelry for galleries, such as Krueger Gallery in NYC, and accessories and crafts for Woman’s Day and Ladies’ Home Journal Magazines. She had an interior design firm for over twenty years, working on residential and commercial projects until she relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Drawn to the artists community and the beauty of the New Mexico landscape, she worked in art galleries and as an assistant buyer of accessories for Block Mercantile and Santa Fe Modern. She is a dedicated jeweler, working in silver, gold, and semi-precious stones as well as naturally-shed deer antler.

She shows locally and at The Artistic Framer in Osterville, MA.

 
 
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FOOD/WINE/TRAVEL

CURATOR

JANET FORMAN

A journalist and film producer, Forman has picked up two Lowell Thomas Gold Medals and a Silver, the 2014 Bill Muster Gold Medal for Best Cultural Photo, the 2011 Bill Muster Photo Gold Medal for her Single Subject Portfolio on Abu Dhabi, and was named Pacific Asia Travel Association Journalist of the Year 2000.

In 2017, she received a First Place SATW award, two NATJA Gold Awards, and three honorable mentions. She has received awards from SOLAS, NATJA, the governments of Belgium and South Africa, and numerous SATW Eastern Chapter First Place awards. Forman holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and writes from the brownstone she renovated in Harlem, New York.

 
 
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FOOD/WINE/TRAVEL

CURATOR

MONTE MATHEWS

Monte Mathews was born with travel in his blood. His grandfather was a hotelier and Monte’s first summer job was as a bellboy at Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. His business career took him to 6 continents where his fluency in French, Italian, English, and Spanish served him well. He has stayed in accommodations ranging from a tent in South Africa to villas in St. Barth’s. He explores the world looking for authentic experiences, great places to stay, and superb food in any setting. On HipSilver, Monte aims to share his take on everything from what to see, where to stay, how to get there, and, of course, what to eat.

Monte Mathews’s passion for food comes from his family background. His physician father read Gourmet Magazine aloud, corned his own beef, and enjoyed nothing more than a great dinner out. Monte’s mother loathed cooking and anything to do with the kitchen.  As a result, Monte’s palate developed through restaurants in Montreal. His interest in cooking was out of necessity and soon became a real passion.  Both food and travel are the subjects of Monte’s Award-Winning blog, www.ChewingTheFat.us.com. Monte plans to share ways to make our lives more exciting, more fulfilling, and more of everything that Food and Travel do to enrich our world.

 
 
 
 

RESIDENT MYSTIC

CURATOR 

CATHY CASH  SPELLMAN

Best-selling novelist, astrologer, healer, and spiritual seeker, Cathy Cash Spellman has traveled both the world of the arcane and the world of business, gathering the knowledge she’d like to share with you as HipSilver's Resident Mystic.

Cathy has written five New York Times articles and 13 International Bestsellers; her books have been sold in 22 countries (Bless the Child was a Paramount movie). She blogs for the New York Times and Huffington Post and has written extensively for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Grace, and Kung Fu magazines (she holds the Black Belt rank in Goju Ryu karate). Cathy has credentials in the world of business too. She served on the Board of Bloomingdale’s as the V.P. of Communications and later owned a Marketing/Advertising Agency creating brands for Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, La Prairie, Armani, and a host of others. 

Now, she'd like to share what she's learned in an adventurous and incident-prone life with HipSilver. Whatever outside-the-box knowledge can make people happier, richer, safer, sexier, or more spiritual, your Resident Mystic is on a quest to find it and talk about it, in a flamboyant, entertaining, red-headed sort of way. 

She hopes you'll think of her as your new Tour Guide to the Unseen Universe.

 
 
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TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE 

CURATOR 

BIBI JORDAN 


“I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land”. This Seneca Tribe statement is Bibi’s motto. Bibi studied in four countries, worked in five continents, and learned six languages in a quest to unveil the allure of the unknown so she can share it with you as HipSilver’s Resident Nomad. 

With a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College, an M.A.in African Studies from L'Institut des Etudes Africaines from Geneva, Switzerland, and a Certificate from the London Film School, she founded a film agency in the Middle East and a video game company in Los Angeles before embarking on a career in travel writing and photography. Her award-winning books, SAFARI CHIC and SWAHILI CHIC, capture the intrepid style of eco-retreats and illustrate how to recreate the adventure back home.  

Bibi is one of a few ‘Dual Pilgrims” who have walked both UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrim Routes: Camino de Santiago in Europe and the Kuman Kodo in Japan. She has also been certified in the traditions of hospitality by the Confederation of Hospitaleros de Santiago. When not journeying afield, she practices the twin arts of travel and hospitality at her ‘caravanserai’, a Malibu AirBnB on an organic Meyer Lemon orchard where guests and volunteers from around the world are accommodated in the Safari Chic Tent, the Wabi Sabi reTREAT, the Malibu Yurt, and the Tiny House on Wheels, a Japanese Tea House, and are treated to organic home-cooked menus collected around the globe.  Above her dining table is a Japanese calligraphy scroll by Basho; “Each day is a journey, and the journey is home”.

 
 
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TREASURES

CURATOR

SOLI PIERCE

Soli's love of quality design and exposure to creative talent worldwide brings unique finds to HipSilver’s Treasures category. Graduating with a Masters Degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from Cal Poly, Soli has been creating beautiful hand-painted bowls and functional art-ware for over 20 years. Her work is offered in stores, galleries, and museums worldwide from Telluride to Tokyo. She has created gifts for everyone from Dr. Oz and President Clinton to Universal Pictures. Soli has won numerous awards, recognition, grants which have taken her to communities in Guatemala, and a special honorary government grant to work with Mayan women to teach them how to marry contemporary design with old world skills.

 
 
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WELLNESS

CURATOR

SUSAN JOYCE PROCTOR

Susan Joyce Proctor, DAY, MBA, has been a wellness pioneer for over 25 years. After serving as VP at Bankers Trust Company in NYC, Susan chose to pursue her personal passions, leading her to found Get Your Juicy Back, a wellness company providing programs and solutions to the vibrant and accomplished tribe of 50+ women.

She specializes in 3 key areas: natural hormone restoral, metabolic enhancement & weight management, and youthful aging. A proud Foodie, Susan embraces a pleasure-based approach that aligns with our highest potential for healing and vitality and practices the wellness wisdom she shares with others.

Her professional certifications include: Ayurvedic Medicine and Nutrition, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Management of Menopause TypeTM, and blood type science. An inspiring speaker and facilitator, Susan has appeared on radio and cable TV, has lectured with Dr. Memet Oz at the United Nations, and served as Adjunct Professor of Ayurvedic Medicine at Everglades University.

A native New Yorker, Susan had the wonderful opportunity to reside for several years in Melbourne, Australia, and now lives, with love, in Delray Beach, FL.

 
 
 
 
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WELLNESS

CURATOR

BERYL BENDER-BIRCH

Beryl Bender-Birch has been teaching yoga since 1974. She is Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute which offers teacher certification courses around the world and has numerous schools and practice studios in the United States. In 2002, she coined the term Power-Yoga when she pioneered yoga for athletes in the New York Road Runners Club. She became the best-selling author of several books on yoga and is currently writing another. Her first, Power Yoga, was an immediate international success. It speaks to athletes of all sports, ages, and abilities. She recently released Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience & Peace of Mind, a book on yoga written for veterans and for active-duty military. Beryl is renowned for her knowledge of classical yoga and her abilities to intuitively access a student’s weaknesses and misalignments, both physical and psychological, and prescribe specific yoga practices for healing and growth. She is compassionate and actively engaged in communal practices, founding the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which reaches out to under-served populations, working in prisons, with cancer patients and survivors, and with those recovering from addiction.

 
 

EDITOR-AT-LARGE

CURATOR

MARY ROBIN REDD

Mary Robin Redd was born into show business and is a woman of many parts. An aging California girl, she has traversed the United States and Europe, developing opinions and gaining polish. She had a career in the acting business and enjoyed every minute of it. One of her favorites was as Editor in Chief of the LA Zoo Magazine. She has also been society editor for numerous periodicals in the Los Angeles area.  She had a successful public relations and communications business specializing in the launch of European products into America. Robin is an active and participating member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster's Association.