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Welcome! I’m Lori Ana .

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Lori Ana Valentín, Ph. D

Founder of Radiant Journey, LLC 
Chemist, Resilience Coach, Mentor, & ACS Career Consultant

As an analytical chemist, I understand how rewarding yet challenging STEM fields can be. Our work brings tremendous value to the world, and we hold ourselves to high standards. However, this type of pressure can lead us to develop unhealthy and unreasonable expectations for ourselves.  Anxiety, limiting beliefs, and perfectionism create the perfect storm for conditions like imposter syndrome.  

It’s my mission to offer resilience coaching and resources to STEM students and professionals so that they can be empowered to shine, thrive, and achieve in the beautiful world of science no matter the circumstances.

These programs are designed for scientists by a scientist. I understand the unique challenges you are facing, and I have developed viable ways to address these challenges while maintaining academic and professional performance. I’ve used these methods myself, and so have the countless students and professionals that I have worked with.

A little more about me…
I’m a chemist in Albany, NY where I live with my son Isaac and our cat Arginine - that’s right, I named him after an amino acid :) Many moons ago I was a competitive martial artist, but now I have found strength in stillness through daily meditation and yoga. I learned this practice from my dad (who still does headstands in his 60s), and I’m honored to pass that practice on to my son.

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Testimonials

“Lori Ana was the first person to show me that self-care is for everyone, including chemists. Before I met her, I was convinced that I was too busy for self-care (and that scientists didn't take breaks)...I have learned an incredible amount about self-advocacy, confidence, and leadership. Lori Ana and I have worked closely to promote self-care for chemists across the world through the Self-Care Sunday series and bi-annual resilience workshops. She is an incredible mentor, friend, and leader.”

Ashely Tubbs, Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University

Meet The Team

ABOUT

Nicole Zevotek is the former Assistant Director of Biological Sciences at the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center (NYSP FIC) with experience in strategic planning and organizational fitness.  

 

She has both a personal and professional passion to create spaces that foster collaboration and inventiveness within a model of continuous boldness for growth.  She believes wellness-minded organizations uncover and address fears and assumptions, strive for clarity in communication, consider individual learning styles, and seek to develop spaces that allow for mindfulness and creativity.

While serving at the NYSP Nicole led the refinement of many of the crime laboratory's practices through integration of lean techniques and process improvements, and she most recently served as a committee member for the National Institute of Justice as a contributor to the May 2022 publication - National Best Practices for Improving DNA Laboratory Process Efficiency (NCJ 304051).

Nicole lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband John and 3 beautiful stepdaughters.  As a scientist, Nicole has a love for cooking and baking – articles from America’s Test Kitchen are a favorite!  She covets her morning runs and dedicated spiritual study time as a tactic to ground and prepare herself to navigate the day.  

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Nicole Zevotek 
Senior Forensic Leader

and Consultant

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Ciaran Phillip 
Forensic Scientist and  
Science Communicator 

ABOUT
 

Ciaran (pronounced “Key-ran”) Phillip is a Forensic Scientist and Science Communicator who finds answers to complex questions on justice, efficiency, and profitability. He spent five years with the Crime Scene Unit of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force: the premier law enforcement agency of the Caribbean nation St. Kitts and Nevis, becoming the first ever civilian Crime Scene Investigator in the country. Four years after that he was promoted to Manager of the newly built national Forensic Laboratory. He founded SureScience Consulting in 2014 and has advised professionals in politics, law, and education to name a few. 
 

He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife, teenage daughter, and two toddler sons. Ciaran enjoys helping his children find their passions and learn new things—but it’s not easy! As a certified over-thinker, Ciaran practices mindfulness to centre his thoughts and stay positive. He also walks and weight trains daily. Above all, he loves relaxing outdoors on cool summer evenings.