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On a mission to smash the menopause taboo by empowering women with evidence-based education, care & community.

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Our Philosophy

50 million women are currently navigating menopause in the US. While this transition is a universal female experience, it’s shrouded in stigma, shame, and secrecy. We believe it’s time to change this outdated narrative.

Elektra is built around one simple mission: smashing the menopause taboo. We’re creating a movement to reimagine menopause as the beginning of a new chapter, one that is powerful & transformative.

We provide deep expertise & science-backed solutions alongside community support & guidance to give you agency over your hormonal health. Our approach is holistic and integrative, and it starts with education from trusted experts.

We believe women deserve better. Join our movement to ensure every woman lives a bold, fearless & thriving menopause, and beyond.

Meet the Team

For our female-founded team, menopause is personal. We’re committed to empowering women with honest, science-backed expertise & solutions that we want for ourselves.

Alessandra Henderson

Alessandra Henderson

Co-founder & CEO

Alessandra Henderson kicked off her career in tech as the sixth employee at Artsy, where she built the content partner business from the ground up. From there, she went on to found and serve as Executive Director of the MIT NYC Startup Studio and VP of Network at Human Ventures. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Sloan MIT. Her work has been covered by The NY Times, Fast Company, Techcrunch, and the Financial Times. Alessandra is passionate about community, Mexican cuisine, and all things art.

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Jannine Versi

Jannine Versi

Co-founder & COO

Jannine Versi has spent her career in healthcare, tech, and government, including roles at Google, in the Obama Administration, and White House. She was on the founding team of Cityblock Health and was an early hire at Valera Health. She's an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School, and was a Fulbright Scholar and a Blavatnik Fellow at HBS. In her spare time, she can be found researching new restaurants to try in the neighborhood or hanging out with her husband, twin son and daughter, and extended family.

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Anna Barbieri

Anna Barbieri

MD, FACOG, NCMP | Founding Physician

Anna Barbieri, Elektra's founding physician and co-Founder of TaraMD, an integrative gynecology practice, is a board-certified gynecologist and a North American Menopause Society-certified practitioner. She serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Barbieri is also trained in integrative medicine through the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona. She loves cooking, growing her own tomatoes, classical archaeology, and glam rock.

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Jacqueline Giannelli

FNP-BC, NCMP | Founding Nurse Practitioner

Jacqueline Giannelli is a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health with a special focus in menopause, urogynecology, and women's sexual health. Jacqueline is a North American Menopause Society-certified practitioner and Assistant Medical Director at Maze Women’s Health. She earned her nursing degrees at NYU and San Francisco State University, and BA from Georgetown University. When not at work, Jacqueline enjoys tennis, hiking, cooking for her family, and hunting for treasures in New York City.

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Laura Stratte

Laura Stratte

RN, BSN | Operations & Program Manager

Laura Stratte is a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in breast cancer care before joining Elektra in 2020. As an oncology navigator, she guided patients through treatment and developed a survivorship program focused on health and wellness during and after treatment. As a cancer survivor and advocate, she’s worked with organizations on education and outreach covering sexual health, cancer and the environment, and more. She earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a BSN from Cardinal Stritch University. Currently navigating perimenopause herself, Laura loves power walks, 80s music, and her husband and two teenagers — especially when they vacuum without prompting. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Grace Veras Sealy

HHC (IIN), Holistic Perinatal Doula | Elektra Guide

Grace Veras Sealy is a perinatal and holistic health counselor, with many years of experience as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor. She’s passionate about women’s health in general and helping people understand the process of perimenopause and menopause in particular. Grace was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in New York City since the mid-80s. She now lives with her husband and 2 daughters in Brooklyn, NY. She loves warm weather, hiking in nature, and trying out new crafts.

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Beth Braun

RN, BSN, WHNP-BC | Elektra Guide

Beth Braun has over 30 years of experience working in women’s health, including gynecology, prenatal care, and midlife services. She’s taught teen sex education in schools and worked as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, birth doula, and practitioner in an LGBTQ clinic in the 90s. Beth has resided in Wisconsin and California and currently lives in Madison, WI with her family. When not working, she enjoys the outdoors (especially recreational sports like pickleball!), her E-bike, walk and talks with friends, and anything having to do with water.

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Subomi Olaniyi-Dada

Analytics & Operations Manager

Subomi [shoe-bow-me] spent the past 4+ years of her career in the tele mental health startup space at Quartet Health and Cerebral, focused on patient operations, strategy and analytics. As a young child living in Nigeria, Subomi asked her dad why the government couldn’t give everyone money to help alleviate poverty. While young Subomi didn’t understand her dad’s answer, it motivated her to learn how to help people prosper by pursuing a degree in Economics at Florida International University. Subomi graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Subomi loves watching movies and listening to music from around the world. One of her favorite things to do is visit the places in her favorite books and movies.

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Nikita Roy

MPH | Clinical Operations Intern

Nikita Roy is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has a passion for achieving health equity through health education via digital platforms. This interest propelled her to earn her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Connecticut and travel to Sydney, Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship where she expanded her knowledge of equitable care. In medical school, she developed a passion for women’s health and breast cancer treatment and prevention. She is an aspiring breast oncology surgeon with a special interest in women's health autonomy and justice. She lives in Manhattan with Mango, her puppy. In her free time, she buries her nose in a book, catches a dance class, or drops in to a concert in the city!

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Caitlin Klauer

Product Design Associate

Caitlin Klauer has worked on design and branding for a number of startups ranging from skincare to sports news to sparkling water. However, her true passion lies in women’s health where she feels there is the most potential for innovation. Caitlin graduated from Stanford University in 2021 with a BS in Product Design and is a former synchronized swimmer who competed for Team USA and on Stanford’s Varsity Synchronized Swimming team. She now brings that competitive spirit to triathlons and hopes to one day compete in an Ironman.

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Emily Boschwitz

Marketing Advisor

Emily Boschwitz is a senior marketing executive and advisor. Most recently, she served as CMO at Cameo, partnering with tens of thousands of the world's top actors, athletes, and influencers to create the most authentic and personalized fan experiences in the world. Previously, Emily led the marketing team at hims & hers, pioneering the direct-to-consumer telehealth industry and bringing the business from launch to IPO (NYSE: HIMS). She has also held marketing positions at Nest, Google, Boosted, Invoice2Go (Bill.com), and Dropcam. In her free time, Emily enjoys adventures with her pack of mythical beasts, Griffin ( 👦) and Monster ( 🐶).

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Jacqueline Parisi

Content Advisor

Jacqueline Parisi kicked off her career at HelloFresh as the first US copywriter before transitioning to Journy, an early-stage startup incubated by R/GA Ventures, where she led all things content (SEO, email marketing, long-form writing, content partnerships, copywriting…you name it). She now consults for brands across the health and wellness, food and beverage, and lifestyle space. She holds a BA in English and French from Boston College and is currently finishing up her MA in French Studies at NYU. When not working, she can usually be found doing yoga, watching French Netflix, or reading for the one-too-many book clubs she’s a part of.

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Select Advisors & Experts

Lila Nachtigall

Lila Nachtigall

MD, NCMP

Dr. Nachtigall is one of the world’s leading reproductive endocrinologists, widely recognized for pioneering medical research on hormone therapy, estrogen, and menopause. She has authored over 500 articles in medical journals and 3 books, and is currently a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Medical School where she also completed her training. Previously, Dr. Nachtigall served as President of the North American Menopause Society.

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Christina Jenkins

Christina Jenkins

MD

Dr. Jenkins is a venture investor and strategic advisor with expertise spanning clinical medicine, health systems, and health plans. She is a Venture Partner for Portfolia’s FemTech and Active Aging and Longevity Funds, and was previously founding CEO of OneCity Health Services, a subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals. Among other advisory positions, Dr. Jenkins is also a Board Director for Independence Health Group (parent of Independence Blue Cross).

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Chitra Akileswaran

Chitra Akileswaran

MD, MBA

Dr. Akileswaran is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, and is concurrently Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cleo, a venture-backed digital health platform that supports working parents to grow their families and their careers, as well as serving as the Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Alameda Health System in Oakland, California. She also holds a Lecturer appointment at Harvard Medical School.

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Alison Moore

Alison Moore

Content, Brand & Strategy

Alison Moore is an executive with extensive media, tech, and consumer experience. Currently CEO of Comic Relief, Alison was previously the Chief Business Officer of the Beauty Collection at Condé Nast, where she oversaw brand strategy, monetization, and operations for women-focused publications such as Glamour and Allure. Earlier in her career, she held senior positions in tech (Soundcloud) and media (NBC Universal, HBO).

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Tessa Gould

Tessa Gould

Content, Brand & Strategy

Tessa Gould is a mission-driven wellness enthusiast who helps businesses grow, scale, and succeed. She brings over a decade of strategy, ops, and monetization leadership experience to her current role as SVP of Growth at Kinship. Previously, she worked at the likes of SoulCycle, mindbodygreen, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and Verizon Media Group.

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Elizabeth Poynor

MD, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor is a gynecologic oncologist and advanced pelvic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in menopause, sexual health, and cancer. She is a graduate of Princeton University and UPenn, and holds a PhD in cell biology and genetics from Cornell. Previously, she served as Director of Translational Research for the Gynecology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she also completed her fellowship training. Dr. Poynor enjoys rock music, creative cooking, and experiencing nature through dressage.

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Our Values

We are committed to provide women with the latest information from trusted sources with the best care available, and changing the culture around menopause.

Celebrate growth and (The) Change

We proactively seek continuous growth and learning. We embrace change with open arms, even when it's uncomfortable.

Elevate women

We believe in a world where every woman has the agency and empathy she deserves. Our community and its needs are at the center of everything we do.

Embrace dialogue

We strive to build a safe, supportive space where stories are shared and honest, open conversations flourish.

Value science and evidence

We believe in expertise and evidence, and we work tirelessly to bring this truth to light.

Challenge the status quo

We’re reimagining an outdated model of menopause. We thrive by coloring outside the lines and proactively seeking new ideas & perspectives in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

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