The relationship between mothers, daughters and granddaughters can only truly be understood by those on the inside. But when that circle comes together to perpetuate a family business, create an entrepreneurship or revitalize one, it only reinforces these unique bonds. In this month’s issue of Wellington The Magazine, we celebrate three families of women who explore and adore one another while at work and at play. These mother-daughter teams prove that it can work.
     Among the featured families are Kristen Hamel, who works closely with her daughter Sydney both in the horse world and in their charitable endeavors through the Hamel Family Foundation. Next are longtime Wellington residents Claudia Diesti and her daughter Monica Diesti, who work together in the salon industry at their Wellington Beauty Room business. Finally, we meet horse show mom Patricia Bade Van Motman, who is passing down what she learned to the next generation, including her daughter Candice.
     Also in this issue, we profile local nonprofit Unified Dream. The brainchild of Jake Hampu, Unified Dream helps area veterans reintegrate into society and return to daily life. Next, we visit Inspired Living Royal Palm Beach, which has brought its unique take on senior living to the western communities.
     Wellington Table this month samples the authentic Colombian fare at El Rinconcito Colombiano #2, while Wellington Health visits ACCESS Specialty Hospitals Palm Beach County, where pets are the priority around the clock. Wellington Real Estate visits an exquisite home in the sought-after community of Binks Estates. Finally, our Wellington Schools series continues with a profile of Wellington High School Principal Cara Hayden, who helps the school’s students and faculty thrive.
     As our equestrian season winds down, we would like to take a moment to thank all who have contributed to a phenomenal rebound out of the pandemic into jam-packed venues doing what Wellington loves to do, entrench themselves in the vast options offered by local equestrian sports. Along with many other changes this season, including transitions and new ownership of all three major venues, also came the rebranding of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to Wellington International. This was met with a great reception, as it names our community, in which this industry has grown and catapulted Wellington into its role as the equestrian capital of the nation. Many new projects are underway to update and enhance both the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival over the next several years, according to Global Equestrian Group leadership, and Wellington looks forward to continuing as a shining light for the world to see.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Message From The Publisher

Join Us In Celebrating Amazing Teams Of

Mothers, Daughters & Granddaughters

​​​​​​​Dawn Rivera,Publisher ​​​​​​​​​

​​​executive editor
Joshua I. Manning

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer
Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers
Nancy Pobiak
Yolanda Cernicky

account managers
​Betty Buglio
Evie Edwards
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Jill Kaskel

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Abner Pedraza


​Olivia Airhart
Meredith Burow
Denise Fleischman
Sydney Jones
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Mike May
Callie Sharkey
Deborah Welky

​​​​Dawn Rivera

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