Photo Credit: Don Wilson
Zena refers to Lee's family name, which was shortened from Demozenette, when her great-grandparents, immigrated from France to the U.S., in the 1800's.
Mozena and Mosina were familiar Slavic and Italian names in the Pennsylvania coal-mining town where they settled, and where her forebears sought to blend in.
Zena and Mozena are pronounced differently, depending on one's language and experience. Lee took the name, since there was no male heir to carry it on.
Zena means "girl" in Persian, Arabic and Czech. Lee enjoys working with people from different cultures, and projects that bring women together.
Zena is also an homage to Xena, the 'Warrior for Good' Princess. a 90's tv show that starred Lucy Lawless. She was a rare strong Hollywood role model who fought well.
We chose this symbol because knots are ancient yet modern, functional yet beautiful, ordinary yet sacred.
Knots connect people the world over-- universally, (tying shoes or hair), and in gender-specific vocations, (fishing versus knitting).
In many faiths, knots represent the Celtic knots symbolize God, the divine or mother earth. They're instruments of prayer and meditation.
Celtic knots reflect Lee's northern European heritage, and her journey from a monolithic, semi-rural childhood to a multicultural, urban lifestyle she's embraced as an adult.
Lee's journey from a monolithic, semi-rural childhood to the multicultural, urban lifestyle she's embraced as an adult.
Our goal is bringing seemingly disparate pieces together to create something whole and stronger.
Lee follows the Adaptive Leadership code of 'thrival'. This means balancing work with a healthy lifestyle.
When not at the computer, Lee is moving. She has studied martial arts (Tae Kwon Do and Aikido), to learn about strategy and optimizing the limited physical strength women have.
Martial arts teach how to neutralize conflict and avoid fighting. This reflects Lee's yin, (flexible), and collaborative approach to solving problems. Yoga is actually a soft martial art.
Lee has taught Nia Dance for twenty years and yoga (200 RYT), for four. She teaches women-only classes through Zena Wellness.
In addition to Nia, Lee has studied many dance styles. Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking.
"It is in the Shelter of Each Other that the People Live"