Andrea writes about mental health and expat issues, as well as lifestyle articles, for several expat publications, including The Finder Singapore, Living in Singapore magazine, and the Bamboo Telegraph.
On October 10th, 2020--World Mental Health Day--she self-published her book about her life with bipolar disorder. She continues to share her story in a Facebook LIVE web show, called Bipolar Phoenix Andrea. She also hosts the web talk show, Sceptrhood Talk, for Sceptrhood Group, a women’s empowerment group founded by Sceptr Cosemtics founder, Samina Malik.
Andrea was an active mental health advocate in the United states, volunteering in the speaker’s bureau with the National Alliance on Mental Illness from 2007 to 2011. She has appeared as a guest speaker on bipolar disorder on NBC News Channel 5 in Chicago and in various Chicago-area university classrooms, including De Paul University, Loyola University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Andrea also worked with NAMI to provide Crisis Intervention Team training for the Chicago Police Department.
In Singapore, Andrea is a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for abused teen girls and teaches conceptual writing as a facilitator for Writing Through, a charity that works with women, children and special needs people. She also runs a mental health support group for the American Women’s Association, called The Listen Ladies, which supports the expat women’s community.
A former rugby player and boxing competitor, Andrea also is a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor, specializing in prenatal yoga, kids yoga and meditation. She currently coaches her daughter’s kids team for the Titans Rugby Club and also is a coach and mentor for the Titans teen ladies’ teams.
Andrea is married to Christopher, a financial services executive, and has a daughter, Georgia Grace, born in 2012.
Andrea graduated from Boston University’s School of Journalism in the College of Communication in 1993. She has worked in broadcast, print and web media in Singapore, Chicago, New York City, London, Boston and Norwich, CT.