Iset: I am a founder, accountant/analysist, formulator, artist, and lyricist of Maya Chorti, Latina, Afro-Caribbean, Ethiopian, and European Lineages. I’m financially strategic, strategically creative, and here to change the world for the better. I’ve been married to my soulmate “Unnefer” Zacharias of Nde (Apache) and European Lineages for 19 years, and we have three teenage sons who are our everything. My family is core to my being, and I am fortunate enough to have received the gift of meeting my soulmate, Unnefe, as it’s been many amazing years. Our family is very important to us, and we want our children to reach their success and happiness.
I was a student parent during my studies at Oregon State University and Portland Community College, and I knew my visual example of studiousness and focus would leave an imprint on our kids for the better. I graduated from both PCC and OSU with honors ☺ earning an A.S. in Business and a B.S. in Accountancy. Even though I was business focused, I loved my organic horticulture, visual arts, chemistry, and political science classes. I’ve worked in a public accounting firm, at a non-profit as a Financial & Managerial Accountant, and currently balance my OSU day gig as a fiscal analysist with my business Vamp Boss LLC.
My husband and I founded Vamp Boss LLC together in 2018 for a couple of reasons. We want to change people's lives so they can make their mark on the world with confidence while being a badass. And second, by founding Vamp Boss, we can be a leader that demonstrates corporations can be run in an impactful way for our communities, ocean, and land while driving tremendous results for the customers and the business.
What We’re Up To… Four great things for communities and our company.
During the 2020 pandemic pause, we took the opportunity to look purposefully for other small communities to source ingredients for our wellness products (hair/body/beard). We are very excited to include them into our circular economy to make an impact now. They have so much value to bring to the world and we can help them add stability to their families and communities while uplifting them. Cacao Junajpu is a Mayan-owned women collective that grows, collects and processes their own Silver Award Winning cacao on various land cooperatives in Guatemala. It is all grown organically and the whole cacao bean is stone ground processed, then blessed by their Mayan Elders according to our Mayan Sacred Calendar. We use their cacao powder and cacao tea in our botanical mists, botanical butters, and serum infusions.
Second, during the pandemic we took action to support and highlight the Mayan people in Copan, Honduras. Specifically, the collective called “Pottery by Maya Chorti Women of Action” -- a collective of families that are artisans of beautiful pottery in Copan, Honduras-the ancient city with world class artisan ancient craftsmanship. COVID-19 shut down all tourism to the department of Copan, Honduras, and their family and community were struggling with a hard year in 2020. We were so glad we reached out to them to buy their pottery because they were able to sell some of their work to our business during a pandemic and support their family. This was their very first time shipping somewhere and we received their pottery work all the way from Honduras to us in Corvallis! THIS is what circular economy is about. In a time of COVID-19 and lockdown, we found opportunity to change to a new norm of ethical sourcing and inclusion through world cooperation. An update is that in December 2020, their rural town of Carizzallon in Copan, Honduras was hit hard by two hurricanes within two weeks and they’ve lost everything. The roof is gone from their house, no more pottery workshop, and all their crops they just planted have been lost, My company Vamp Boss LLC will be doing a fundraiser and auctioning off some of the Chorti Women of Action’s pottery to help them rebuild and start over.
Third, this year we focused on establishing our Vamp Boss studio media production equipment and we’re starting to do our creative music production which we are really excited about. My husband and I envision changing the world through our creative music and conscious lyricist rhymes. Unnefer has been a turntablist and underground EDM DJ for 20 years mixing genres in house/Breakbeats/Jungle/trance/techno/raga/DNB/Reggae/Hip Hop/World and scratching. Now we’re venturing into producing music and we’re loving the energy of the process. One project song is “Jaguar Roar” which is my rhyme highlighting the current Maya Chorti people’s murders at the hands of crooked corporations in the Americas-specifically in 2018 when I wrote this song (#environmentaljustice). “Jaguar Roar” also lights inspirational fires for all the sacred races of humanity united as One Heart because we share One Destiny, and it is in our human nature to restore balance. One lyric from Jaguar Roar states: “Humanity won’t stop till the crooked’s overthrown: one by one yes we’ll get it all done. Re-Vamp the Revolution we are Soldiers of Love. I’m here to say we’ve returned from the Stars above.”
And finally, Vamp Boss released our first promotion! A Luxurious At Home Spa Set called the Luxury Staycation Hair Care Package. Everything you need for a two week at home Hair Slay Day! It includes a Bonus Gift of our “Money Masque” for hair made with Ayurvedic Herbs & botanicals, luxury oils and plant butters; plus award winning cacao from The Cacau Jujnapu Mayan company we mentioned (Cacao =Antioxidants+Vitamins!!!) In addition, the kit includes a Leave-In Botanical Hair Mist, Luxury Hair Serum, and a Botanical Hair Butter. All packed with goodness to help you thrive and only essential oils for aromatherapy! Through our sales of this package, it helps support the economy and environment of Mayan communities.