Want to know a bit more about our team?
Check out our bios below!
Beth – Change Instigator, Board Member
Beth Hurd lives in south Evanston with her husband, three daughters, dog and cat. She discovered HCEC in spring 2017 and loves everything about it, including the sense of community, emphasis on fitness inside and out, and women’s empowerment that define the Center’s mission. She attends Mother-Daughter Bellydance, Pilates, Gentle Yoga and Kettlebell AMPD classes, in addition to HCEC workshops including book club and restorative yoga. In her spare time, Beth is a professor of global politics and religion at Northwestern. She also enjoys traveling, baking, and swimming, and is an aspiring knitter and triathlete (though not at the same time).
Betsy Wilson is a lawyer, mitigation specialist, and yogini. Professionally, she’s spent her career as a lawyer working in civil rights and criminal defense, and she specializes in investigating and telling the life stories of folks accused of serious crimes. Personally, she has great interest in the connection between yoga, body awareness, trauma, and healing. She’s lived in Evanston for more than a decade, is the mother of two teenagers, and has a house full of canines, felines, and various foster kitties.
Cara teaches a Gentle Yoga class with an emphasis on adjusting to where each student is at in their own personal journey on their mat. She shares her knowledge of yoga along with its ancient history and couples that with an awareness of what each asana brings to the body, therefore informing and hopefully empowering students to more deeply experience yoga both in class and in their personal practice.
She feels it is important for the beginning and basic asana to be learned correctly and at the pace of the learner so that they can then build upon their yoga practice
Donna Wang Su is excited and inspired to be President for the Hip Circle Empowerment Center board of directors with a personal passion for female empowerment, beauty & fitness, and spreadsheets. Professionally, she works full-time at Northwestern University but on the side, she volunteers often whether it is at her kids’ school in Evanston, coaching their AYSO teams or for the City of Evanston. She has served as past Chairman for the Board of Directors for alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. as well as other executive board positions for varying nonprofit organizations. Her favorite HCEC classes include Dance With Me, Toddler (her first intro to HCEC back in 2010!), Pilates, Kettlebell, Yoga, and Stretch & Roll.
Fay – Change Instigator, Board Member
Fay Bomberg is a born and raised Evanstonian who has returned to her hometown after raising a family of 4 (3 sons and a daughter) in River Forest. In fact, she lives in a house that is only 1 1/2 blocks from the home where she grew up in south Evanston. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse (at Evanston Hospital) trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and recently became certified as a parent coach. She loves yoga, cooking, travel, and walking.
Malik – Change Instigator, Founder, Executive Director, Teacher
Malik founded Hip Circle Studio and transitioned it into Hip Circle Empowerment Center for one reason – to change the world. She found personal and professional change through bellydance and fitness and spends as much time as possible doing both while being surrounded by awesome women.
She is honored to be the mother of three children, all of whom are taller than her, and to have recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary. She is also very involved in her community.
Center Admins – Change Agents
Kaska is from Poland, born and raised there, and has lived in the US for seventeen years. She has a degree in multicultural communication and currently works as a paralegal. Kaska loves camping, kayaking, dancing, and exploring new places. Kaska is our Admin support on Sunday mornings. Kasha uses the pronouns she/her/hers.
October works the Wednesday night Admin support shift, and will focus on Hip Circle Empowerment Center’s social media. They enjoy crocheting, loom knitting, baking, building, and weight lifting. October is a transfeminine non-binary person, who uses they/them/their pronouns.
Suzanne has lived in Evanston since 2001, and considers herself a true Evanstonian born at St. Francis Hospital. She studied visual communications with degrees in Journalism and Film Studies and will focus on Hip Circle’s blog stories, and social media content on Fridays and Sundays. Suzanne loves photography, films, hockey, black coffee, and PIE. Suzanne uses the pronouns she/her/hers.
Kjerstine is an artist, a mom, and a fan of strong women. She is very happy to join the Hip Cicle Empowerment Center family. Raised in Evanston, she is happy to return to Evanston to raise her own daughter here. Kjerstine uses the pronouns she/her/hers.
Lizzie has been dancing since she was a little girl, but started playing bellydance about fifteen years ago. She grew up in Evanston, and still lives here happily with her husband, teen person, father in-law, dog, cat, and Sucky the ancient fish. She will be contributing to Hip Circle’s graphic design and offsite printing needs. Some of her favorite pastimes include morning sits at the beach, Hindi films and music, watching and reading Shakespeare, cooking, and dancing! Lizzie uses the pronouns she/her/hers.
Becky will share her intro soon!
Shelley (not pictured) will share her intro soon!