Your MKE Moms Blog Contributor Team
A native of Southern California, Abby moved to Wisconsin in 2002 to attend college. Abby married her wife Beth twice; first in 2006 and then again when marriage equality passed in 2013 and she tries to celebrate both anniversaries to have twice the presents and cake. Together, Beth and Abby have three boys who have an incredible amount of energy and an uncanny ability to destroy anything nice within moments. Abby is a step, foster and adoptive mom as each of the boys came into her life in a different way. Abby works fulltime in public health where she mixes working from home and traveling nationally. You can usually find Abby repairing whatever damage her children have done, sitting an airport waiting for a delayed plane or knitting on the couch.Community Engagement CoordinatorAlthough Alexa loves the ocean, she is a Midwestern girl at heart. After dragging her now husband, across the country to live on the beach in South Carolina, she quickly realized there is no place like “home.” She currently resides in Wauwatosa with her husband Nate, their son Henlee, and kitty Boo. Alexa has always had a passion for helping others and since becoming a mom has realized how important it is to be surrounded by a strong community of moms to encourage and support one another and is thrilled to take the lead managing the MkeMB Neighborhood Groups and establishing community partnerships that help Milwaukee area parents thrive.Part-time stay-at-home mom, part-time professional, full-time coffee lover. Angie is a working mom to twin girls, Marlowe and Mabel. Sorority alumna, retired cheerleading coach and now mom to two, she lost her whisper voice a long time ago never to be found again. Working in communications, she loves a strong brand who can tell a great story, and helps her clients accomplish both. Unabashedly loud and annoyingly organized, a Type A life is the only one she’s ever known. She lives in Waukesha with her patient and hilarious husband Tom in their 100-year-old house they gutted after six months of marriage and a stint living with her parents. Her other true loves include good whiskey, a quiet yoga practice and shows worth bingeing on.Charonne grew up moving every several years spending most of her time on the West Coast. She first came to Wisconsin in the middle of her High School years and now after spending more time here than anywhere else proudly calls it home. Charonne and her husband have 5 kids have been foster parents for the past 7 years, which resulted in the adoption of their 3 youngest kids and many other children who they have been parents to for a time. Charonne directs a small non-profit OneHope27, which seeks to bring hope to kids and families involved in foster care. She is passionate about helping others engage in foster care, racial justice, learning from others and the beautiful city of Milwaukee.I’m Crystal! I am a Wisconsin native and currently live with my husband and son in the suburbs of Milwaukee. I have a degree from UW-Milwaukee in Kinesiology and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. I have a passion for health and wellness and my career is in this field. I love to exercise and participate in group fitness classes. When I am not at work you can find me hanging out with my family and enjoying all the fun things the city has to offer. I love to travel and creating itineraries for our trips is pretty much my thing! You can find out more about my website and podcast at mamasdailydose.comFun fact about this Milwaukee mama — she never backs down from a dare. She moved to Guam when a man she met on vacation dared her to, only to wind up marrying him. Following her years as a Navy Wife, Dolores and her family moved to Milwaukee, completed her Masters degree and settled in to life as a family of five. Dolores is a first-generation Croatian, raising her three littles (ages 6, 4, and 2) in the kind of all-American life she never expected. She works as an English professor, raises chickens and is working on writing and publishing her second novel.A communicator and a leader. Dorothy Enriquez McBride enjoys public speaking, facilitating as well as writing and editing. Her worlds of academe, media and entertainment + corporate experience collide to help her leverage communication platforms to interact with her first love: interpersonal connection. Fostering the human-to-human connection we ache for in a technological world is her specialty. Through the lens of communication, Dorothy helps frame how we deploy wisdom and learning to maximize each other’s success.Erin is Wisconsin native who recently returned from a 10 year stint in Chicago. She currently lives in Shorewood with her husband Bradley, dog Sheldon, and two boys, George and Francis. She has an undergrad degree in Child Psychology and a Masters in Elementary Education. After a nanny gig in college, she developed an obsession for all things Kid Gear from clothing and equipment to safety gear and toys. With a husband who travels often for work and two kids nineteen months apart, Erin relies on her mom tribe, Hulu and a heavy dose of caffeine to make every day a success.Sales CoordinatorHeather married her best friend seven years ago, and has lived something of a nomadic lifestyle ever since. Schooling, family, disaster relief work, and a sense of adventure have moved them thirteen times in 7 years, but Heather has always considered Milwaukee home. With four kids under the age of 4 (including twin girls born on Christmas Day!), they decided it was time to plant roots. When she’s not chasing around her growing brood or sweeping up cheerios, Heather can be found experimenting with recipes, failing at the Pinterest life, or finding new outlets for her singing and theatrical passions.Heather is a full time working momma, who is attempting to learn to live in the moment and not over plan her 'to-do' list every day. She is homegrown here in WI but a West Coast girl at heart. She completed her Undergraduate at UW-Milwaukee in Communication Sciences and Disorders and relocated to Southern California to work as a Speech Language Pathologist while completing a Master's program at Cal State Northridge. Six years of salty ocean air and palm trees left her with a myriad of fantastic memories but ultimately led her back home to WI. Her first daughter was born in 2008 and the second arrived in 2017! Incredibly in love with her new husband, she has found the life that she knew was waiting for her. Finding joy every day in the small details and guilt-free self-care are crucial for her to function as the mother and wife she desires to be.Jackie lives in Jackson, Wisconsin, with her husband, Jack, and their four kids: Ethan, Lauren, Maeve, and Clare. In the last decade, Jackie has worn several “mom hats”: single mom, only parent (after being widowed in 2012), working mom, SAHM, work-at-home mom, sick mom (after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2014), and stepmom. Jackie is addicted to social media, caffeine, pop culture, and vacuum cleaners. She loves trying new recipes, organizing with cute containers and her trusty label maker, and getting lost in the weirdness of the Internet. She has written an anonymous personal blog on-and-off since her son was born and considers writing a form of therapy. When she’s not doing laundry or chauffeuring kiddos, she teaches advertising and public relations at UW-Milwaukee.Jaclynn knows a good thing when she sees it, that’s why she and her husband, Dave, decided to raise their son in Brookfield, the same Milwaukee suburb where they grew up. After earning her English degree from UW-Madison, Jaclynn attended Marquette University Law School and worked for several years at a small Milwaukee firm practicing estate planning and elder law. When her son was born, she followed her heart and became a SAHM. Recently, she put her toe back into work life by becoming a barre instructor. She gets major satisfaction creating and crossing things off checklists, finding treasures at Goodwill and attending story time with her son. Jaclynn would be lost without her family, dessert, local breweries, books, and the moms who have helped her navigate the labyrinth that is ‘momming’.Jill is a mom of 5 elementary aged kids adopted out of foster care, married to her favorite guy in the world and is constantly in pursuit of becoming who God has created her to be. She has no interest in beating around the bush or ignoring truth; She loves to face the world head on and figure out how to serve the world and become a better human in the process. Moving to the heart of the city a few years ago, she is falling in love with our beautiful city and loves learning from all the people she encounters here. You can find her blogging at Seven Ngs!Karri lives in East Tosa with her husband, Chris, and 3 teenagers. A former HR Executive, Karri now spends her days working out, volunteering, doing laundry, picking up after the kids (do they ever learn?) and driving her kids around all afternoon/evening (no one ever said it was glamorous…but it is a good life). She also has a side hustle at Beautycounter, where she promotes safer and effective beauty products. During her free time, you can find her reading a book, binging on Netflix, or sharing a bottle of wine with a friend on the porch. She occasionally thinks about dusting off her blog, House of Tubers.Kate is a former high school teacher and the stay-at-home mom of Nate and Grace. She first came to Milwaukee in 2005 to attend Marquette University, where she met her college sweetheart Luke. One of her favorite parts about Milwaukee is how easy it is for her to expose her children to learning experiences. Outside of parenting, she spends her time watching HGTV, cooking, and volunteering with the Junior League of Milwaukee. Kate muses about parenting and life with a mental illness at www.mommyhasocd.com.Kelsey settled down in Wisconsin after growing up all over the US. She comes from a large, loud and loving family of 5 sisters and now is the single momma to her little guy, Asher Robert. Kelsey is a proud Marquette graduate and works there full time in their alumni engagement office plus is a part-time MBA candidate. When she isn't working or in school, Kelsey is a full time special needs advocate for her medically complex baby and calls CHW her home away from home. In her spare time, she "enjoys" working out at the WAC, indulging in a good glass of wine and writing about her and Asher's journey on Betting on Asher.Sales & Marketing ManagerLauren is a new mama of two and and a Milwaukee resident since 2015. Having lived in Chicago and Minneapolis before Milwaukee, Lauren considers herself a “Midwest Urbanite.” She always dreamed of raising her kids in the concrete jungle and believes in loving thy neighbor and thy neighborhood as thyself. She loves all things local and discovering a city on foot. Lauren’s specialty is forging relationships with businesses and brands all over the city as well as planning the events for MKE Moms Blog that don’t involve the kiddos.Lori is affectionately known by her “people” as eternally optimistic, always looking for the good in people and the bright lights at the end of any tunnel. Lori is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our world, and tries to live this out in her everyday life whether leading her team members at work or teaching her littles about loving and being respectful to all people. It’s no easy task in today’s world, but she truly believes that we can build a brighter future by leading by example with the smallest of humans. She will be first to tell you that Mommying is exhausting but it is hands down the most rewarding, challenging, exciting role she’s ever held!Maia and her husband relocated to Milwaukee with their two small children from their hometown of Anchorage, Alaska after her husband accepted a position with the Bucks. Now a resident of Bay View, Maia loves lipstick, Twitter, aerial yoga, playing music, doing art projects with her kids, and exploring the Midwest. A recovering journalist, Maia launched her own content consultancy with a focus on helping businesses connect with their customers through social media coaching and content marketing. She relishes the quiet days at her coworking space as much as her time at home with the kids. She also blogs at http://www.maianolanpartnow.com and http://www.belowfreezingbeauty.com.Born, raised and raising in Milwaukee, Mandy is a full-time working mom that runs on faith, Diet Coke and to-do lists - not necessarily in that order. She and her Jersey boy of 12 years, Blake, are parents to the handsomest of handfuls (Cristian, 10). She has rarely met a bottle of nail polish or a dolphin she hasn't wanted to take home with her. Armed with her Sicilian mother's sarcasm and Mexican father's temper, her Type A(-) personality is always trying to make the pieces of her puzzle fit. Mandy could always use a margarita and a nap, and is constantly trying to figure out how to make the two happen simultaneously. Her favorite accessory is her camo belt in Taekwondo (with her Birkenstocks as a close second). Mandy is passionate about body positivity and special needs and is glad to have a community that welcomes both with open arms.Mariana is a native Puerto Rican with an eclectic upbringing in both the South and the Midwest. She married her handsome Mexican dreamboat, Eric, in 2010. Mariana and Eric have two incredible MexiRican kids together, Gabriela and Oscar. Mariana is always running out the door after at least ten iterations of “put on your shoes!!” to head to work, Daisy Scout meetings, family birthdays and sporting events. Mariana works full time doing what she loves as a multicultural student recruiter for a local university. Getting young people from underrepresented communities hooked on higher education is what drives her. Coffee, sarcasm, historical fiction, and margaritas are what keep her sane and feliz.Content EditorOnce a resident of the 15th arrondissement in Paris, Meg now rarely uses the bathroom without an audience. She lives in Shorewood with her home-brewing husband, three daughters, and two cats. Their home décor can best be described as “Early American Toy Explosion.” Meg was a teacher for twelve years, teaching everything from third to seventh grade, from French to Home Ec. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Katerina Kittycat. Meg earned a Grand Diplome in Cuisine and Pastry from the Cordon Bleu in 2006 and is passionate about food, cooking, and eating well.Raised in the Milwaukee area, Melania has always had a heart for humans. Once upon a time a teen mom, she wings her way through motherhood with chocolate, her mom tribe, and all the love. Melania believes that labels should be twisted into good, Pinterest is a form of self-care, and Instagram is the best of social media platforms. Her days are spent balancing her career at a local non-profit, drinking chai tea, reading good books, and adventuring with her daughter, Yara.Project ManagerMelissa is a Waukesha native and is raising her boys in the same neighborhood she grew up in. Five years ago you could have described her as a happily married mom to four boys (including triplets!). Today, she’s a single, full-time working mama to three boys (9 and 5) and an angel. Mel lives on coffee and Diet Dew. Melissa coordinates many of the incredible resources here at MKE Moms Blog, from Birthday Parties to Summer Camps and everything in between!Owner & Co-founderSarah is a full-time working mommy who is addicted to trying to always add “one more thing.” She grew up in Waupun, WI (don’t worry, not INSIDE the prison) before attending college at UW-Madison and becoming an English teacher. She is a mom of three sons and has been married for 14 years to her husband, Evan. Sarah is passionate about encouraging women, building community and helping women discover their influence. She loves writing, laughing till it hurts, and learning new ways to enjoy all Wisconsin has to offer. Her love languages are sarcasm and craft beer.Shann grew up in New Berlin, but moved to LA, where she did everything from being a tour guide at Universal Studios to being an extra on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Missing her family, she returned to Milwaukee to pursue her Master's Degree in Business from Marquette. After meeting her husband and starting a family, Shann decided to stay home to raise their kids. She is now mom to 6-year-old twins and an 8-year-old. When she's not buried under a pile of laundry, Shann works as a Ballet teacher. Shann also has found a passion for fundraising and premature birth awareness, after her twins were born at just 25 weeks, 5 days. She writes about her experiences as a twin and NICU mom on her blog Shann Eva's Blog.Social Media MavenShauna lives in Wauwatosa with her husband of 6 years, a Collie/Shepherd rescue pup, a two-year-old daughter, and are anticipating the arrival of a second little girl. Becoming a mom for the first time made Shauna realize this is the “job” she always wanted. It also gave her an opportunity to do several other things she loves, like TALK and WRITE. As it turns out other people really like to talk about it too. Through opening herself up, and occasionally pouring out her soul, Shauna has found this wonderful tribe and is thrilled for the opportunity to bring her take on motherhood and marriage to a larger medium here at MKE Moms Blog.Shel is an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. After graduating from Marquette, she immediately left for the Peace Corps and then went to work for an airline, travelling the world. The real adventure began after she returned to the States and started a family with her husband, Jim. She is now a retired fire lieutenant/paramedic after 20 years in the fire service and consults with an international disaster response group. She leads humanitarian aid response teams to Haiti, Africa, & South America as well as spending time with programs for disadvantaged in Milwaukee & other areas of the US. She & Jim have three strong-willed and intelligent daughters who are each accomplished in their own right, having traveled & worked alongside their parents through the years.Stephanie is a Wisconsin native who earned her business degree at UW-Madison. She now resides in Brookfield with her attorney husband and their three young daughters. Stephanie is a full-time working mom who works for a local retailer as a children’s buyer where her desk looks a lot like her home - covered in toys and hair bows and children’s shoes! Stephanie enjoys going on a long run, reading a good book, dreaming of her next travel adventure, and drinking a craft beer or glass of red wine as she browses Pinterest. She is so thankful for her family and friends, especially the support and encouragement of the other moms in her life!Dedicated to bettering her community, Veraunica majored in Family, Community, and Consumer Education at UW-Madison. She is an early childhood education professional and spends time volunteering with high school students preparing them for life beyond high school. She is the mother of 1-year-old Linelle and loves every minute of being a mom. A mother, daughter, sister, friend and significant other, Veraunica wears many hats and enjoys spending time with family and friends. A self-proclaimed “foodie,” Veraunica loves watching the Food Network and looking up recipes on Pinterest.
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