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and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Team

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Executive Team

moms blog headshots - luann bailey vermont photo-39Jemima :: Managing Editor, Writer

Hi! I’m Jemima, and I’m a single mom to my August, 2010 firecracker of a daughter who is alternatively a lion, or a horse, or a monkey; whichever animal she currently identifies with. I’m a feminist, a dedicated and adventurous home cook, a cut-throat scrabble player, and bar sculpt enthusiast. I love live music, playing outside, especially in the water, trying new restaurants, and pretending that I’m a pioneer. I’d be a lousy pioneer, especially if I didn’t have WiFi, but I am totally down with the idea of being self-sufficient. I have a Masters degree in Public Health, and my professional background is in sexual health and STDs. Providing clear and comprehensive health education, and reducing the stigma associated with infections is my passion. I speak Spanish, increasingly poorly. I am fully committed to equality for all people, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity. If we’re friends, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll try to do your hair, or your makeup, at least once. I can’t promise it will look good, but I will try. I will also try to get you to help me fold laundry .

moms blog headshots - luann bailey vermont photo-70Luann :: Team Photographer

I grew up with harsh winters in upstate New York and my husband swimming in the rivers of sunny Hawaii. We met in the city that keeps it weird – Portland, Oregon. We fell in love, got married, and moved to Burlington to help start Church at the Well. We currently reside in Shelburne with our little girl, Aniyah. Aniyah means “grace”, which is such an important part of our story, she brings joy into our lives every day. I love our story and I love to hear the amazing stories all of us have. I’m somewhat of a jack of all trades – but mostly known as a photographer and a painter. My husband is the owner and roaster at Vivid Coffee in Winooski. You can often find us there, drinking coffee and wrangling Aniyah away from snacking on coffee beans or insisting on making espresso for customers. We love to travel and get to visit our old stomping grounds out west quite often, where I still get work as a photographer. I enjoy sweet tea, authentic ramen, popsicles, apothecary jars, flower crowns, whimsical makeup, and polaroids. Our family motto is “love wins”.


Events Team

Events Team

moms blog headshots - luann bailey vermont photo-43Kandice :: Writer

I was born in TX, raised in PA, and in Jan 2012 moved to VT! My husband, Jason, and I met in 2003, and married in 2010. He is an Engineer, and most recently, a new small business owner of Organic Men’s Grooming Products, www.vermontbeard.com. My most important job these days is Stay at Home Mom (Thanks Hubby) to our sweet, handsome, way too smart 14 month old son Declan (8/15) and 2 lovable fur babies Olivia and Masi! We spend our time hiking, snowboarding, and exploring all that Vermont has to offer!  We truly love this state, and feel like we are raising our son in the best place for him and us at this time. I also love to clean, you can often find me scrubbing baseboards with a toothbrush (I’m not kidding), it’s also why I became a consultant selling environmentally friendly cleaning products that save time and money! Vermont has turned me into what most consider to be crunchy, granola, hippie mom, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, it has opened my eyes to so many things I never considered in the past. I’m still a girl that loves fashion, the occasional pedicure, planning Pinterest inspired parties, binging on Netflix, and ice cream!!!

JanaJana :: Events Team

I grew up in rural Vermont near Lake Bomoseen.  I spent my college years in Ohio and attended law school at Ohio State, but the Green Mountains eventually beckoned me home.  I am currently a government lawyer working in Montpelier.  My husband and I live in Burlington with our young son Finn, our golden retriever Wrigley, and our cat Watson.  When we have free moments we spend them skiing, hiking, or at the lake. I’ll talk about how much I love Vermont to anyone who will listen, and I’m so excited to be part of the team at  BurlingtonVT Moms Blog.  As a new parent this connection has been so supportive and helpful!

moms blog headshots - luann bailey vermont photo-28Ashley :: Events Team, Writer

I grew up in Vermont and even though I left after marriage for a job opportunity in Maryland, I always knew I would return and make a home for my family here. I don’t love the long winter, but thankfully the rest of the seasons make up for it! I’m a teacher by trade, but decided to leave teaching to stay home with my son. In the process I found my passion working from home as an online health, fitness and wellness coach. I get to coach, motivate, and educate others on their health and fitness journey. I spend my days wrangling my energetic 2.5 year old and my naptimes educating others on fitness, nutrition and how to squeeze in taking care of yourself among all your other responsibilities.  My husband and I love to explore the Burlington area and take advantage of all that it has to offer. I love to read, try new things and cook for my friends and family!

Leah bio picLeah :: Events Team

I moved back to my home town in Jericho Vermont after grad school in Boston in 2006.  I’m so thankful that I moved back because it was then that I started working at Howard Center for Human Services and the also the place where I met my husband. We got married in 2011 and our honeymoon entailed a 4-month backpacking trip around the world- an experience of a lifetime! I graduated with an MSW from Wheelock College and currently work at Fletcher Allen as a per diem social worker. I was born as the oldest of three and always knew I wanted to be a mom! I’m so lucky and honored to be mom to Simone, our 13-month old daughter. Along with being a mom, I love meeting other moms and reading and writing about the adventures of parenthood!

Meredith TMeredith :: Events Team, Writer

I grew up in a small town in southern Vermont but was lucky to spend a lot of time travelling across the country and around the world, where I discovered that I’m a city girl at heart despite my rural upbringing. I still love exploring new cities and towns whether it’s Montreal or Middlebury. I went to the University of Wisconsin -Madison for college (Go Badgers!) where I met my husband. We lived in Seattle, then Chicago and in 2013 we moved to Burlington. In November 2014, we welcomed our baby girl Eleanor! We have embraced living in Vermont and are so excited to be raising our daughter here. I work remotely for a PR agency in Chicago and do some freelance copywriting and editing. My interests are a mile long but my favorite hobbies of late (beyond staring at my gorgeous baby, wondering how she could possibly be so #%@& perfect) include gluten-free baking and cooking, stand-up and improv comedy, writing for my blog MeredithTested.wordpress.com and enjoying all that Burlington has to offer from shopping and restaurants to live music and beautiful lakeside walks.

moms blog headshots - luann bailey vermont photo-48Heather :: Writer

I was born in Connecticut, raised in Vermont.  I grew up in Central Vermont in the small town of Williamstown.  I don’t think I completely appreciated the adventure and beauty of our state until I met my husband.  He was into snowmobiling and four-wheeling and really showed me some beautiful places I had never been in Vermont.  We’ve now been together for 10 years, married seven.  We live in Jericho with his 14-year old son, our one year old daughter and a 165-pound Great Dane/Mastiff mix dog named Bocephus.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College and work full-time outside of the home as a project manager.  I love the beach and being near water, hiking, and snowshoeing.  Although I like to pretend I am, I wouldn’t exactly say I’m an outdoor enthusiast.  In beautiful weather I love to be outside, but I prefer a good nap on a Sunday afternoon in a warm and cozy house (although naps seem to be far and few between since having a baby!).  I frequently attempt to be a runner, but never manage to stick with it long.  I love food, beer, whiskey and wine and pretty much anything that involves partaking in those.

 


Writers and Team Members

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GretchinGretchin :: Writer

I am a part-time stay-at-home mom from Upstate New York. I moved to Burlington in 2001 to study Multimedia and Graphic Design at Champlain College. There, I met my future husband, Mark. We’ve been married for 8 years and now make our happy home in Waterbury, with our 2-year-old daughter, who has completely flipped our world upside down. She blogs about life with a toddler, funny, awkward, and sentimental family moments, craft projects, doodling/zentangling, design, and photography at Your Moms is Strange!

HeatherHeather :: Writer

Originally from Upstate New York, my family and I returned to Vermont in November 2011.  My husband, Karl, and I have lived in New York City and Chicago the past 10+ years and are happy to be in Vermont.  My career path has not been linear…my past job as a starving actor in NYC,  package design guru at Estee Lauder, and advisor to Fortune 500 companies at Chicago’s top business school did not prepare me for my current job today: stay-at-home mom.  Henry is a vibrant and sassy 6 year old and Ruby, 18 months, is equally spunky, sassy, and all-around adorable. I wished I could say we live in a rehabbed and renovated Vermont barn , but we chose country-lite and live in a quaint subdivision. In my spare time (spare time? whats this you speak of?) I am a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoy cooking and eating out. I also enjoy running on a regular basis. Rain, sleet, snow, barking dogs, nor blazing sun will stop me from getting in a run. Although thunderstorms will..I’m terrified of thunder and lightning. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team of women/mothers/writers. Being connected to other equally strong women has made this journey even more special for me.

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I am a Southern transplant to Vermont by way of California where I taught middle school. Crazier than that was quitting my job in state government a year ago in order to write plays and to launch a small non-profit and a consulting business. My daughters, ages 9 and 6, have never been allowed to play princesses without first telling me who they were rescuing. My husband and I believe this is excellent training for life or a zombie apocalypse. Follow me @mcnultymb on Twitter or at http://marybethmcnulty.blogspot.com.

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I am a native Vermonter, and even though the winters nearly drive me away each year, the beautiful landscape, supportive family, and wonderful communities keep us here! I’m also very fortunate to have a job that married my love of organization with my fascination for science. I work full-time as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Neurology department at the UVM Medical Center. As much as I love my job, our family is by far the greatest joy in my life. My husband and I have three boys, my step-son Tristin (11), Elliot (4), and Owen (9 mos). We moved into our home in Milton three years ago, and we are still getting acquainted with the town and the wonderful people in it. I’m also meeting more moms through play-groups and all the fantastic Kid’s activities that are offered in the Burlington/Chittenden county area. Being a mom has helped me to become more outgoing (who doesn’t love commiserating over lack of sleep and 4 year olds’ attitudes?!), and I’m very excited to join the BurlingtonVT Moms Blog team. I also love running, cooking, being outside with the boys hiking or hitting the beach, and reading anything from scientific articles to fashion magazines!

LauraLaura :: Writer

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, I lived and worked in cities all over the north – but my family found our home here in Vermont in 2013. I am the geeky mama of two bright and hilarious girls, (Verity, age six and Thora, age four) and the goofball wife of an awfully smart fellow named Matt. We all live in a nifty crooked house at the top of a long driveway in Jericho, guarded by a very serious cat. These days I keep the homefires burning, but in my non-mom life I hold an MFA in Directing and have spent most of my life making and teaching live theatre. I am passionate about the arts, for both grownups and children.  I love exploring the cultural life as well as the great outdoor living of the Green Mountain state.  As a good Canadian girl, I enjoy curling and being polite, but I also have a taste for vicious political satire and knitting. In my few spare moments I can be found reading (very well), nordic skiing (very poorly), and lying down on my yoga mat.  You can follow my random outbursts on Twitter @redsmirk.

MaggieMaggie :: Writer

Hi, I’m Maggie. I have two spunky, hilarious and active children. Zoey was born in 2008 and she is currently in first grade. Emmet was born in 2011 and has a combination of childcare providers. I’m digging this parenting adventure and cross my fingers each day that I’m not screwing my kids up too much. I’ve invested in a good health care plan so I’m prepared to offer counseling to them as they grow. Both my husband and myself work full-time outside the home. Although we love our jobs (social worker and special educator) we wish life weren’t so hectic and one of us could be home more. In my “free-time” I love to workout! I’ve been a Zumba instructor and enthusiast for the past few years, but I’m working on expanding my fitness regime. I love cooking. I hate cleaning. And I wonder if I’ll ever feel like a “real” grownup! (I secretly hope not).

NancyNancy :: Writer

I am a native Vermonter, born & raised in Essex Town. After graduation high school I joined the United States Marine Corps, where I proudly served, active-duty for four years. Upon my honorable discharge in 1999, I returned home to Vermont and began my studies at the University of Vermont, where I majored in Business Administration and minored in Human Development and Family Studies. While at UVM, I met my husband, a fifth generation dairy farmer. Within one year we were married and I would begin my journey as a farmer’s wife! We have five children, living and one heaven dweller. Our children are Brittany (15), Abigail (10), Vanessa (9), Laila (6), and Beau (2.5). Our son Jason, whom we lost at 19 weeks gestation would have been (3) this month. Since graduation from UVM, I have chosen for the most part, the “Mommy Track”, I suppose, forgoing full time employment outside the home for a few random part time positions through the years, including The First National Bank of Orwell, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Addison County, and Sama’s Café as a barista. I also recently put my 15 plus years of babywearing experience to the test, and was trained and certified as a Babywearing Consultant! A little over a year ago I delved into the start-up world and became an entrepreneur when I started my own babywearing business, selling American Made woven wraps, (Poe Wovens); primarily on-line. Now I spend my days juggling motherhood with business ownership. It isn’t always pretty, and far from flawless. I enjoy walking & hiking, teaching babywearing, swimming, tropical-beach-lounging, writing poetry, Sunday mornings at my teeny country-Baptist church, cooking, (but not cleaning), swimming, photography, coaching soccer (though I’ve had to take a few years off), and scrapbooking/card-making! I am very excited and honored to join the blog writing team for Burlington Vermont Moms Blog!

Meredith GMeredith G :: Writer

I’m a stay-at-home mom, living in Shelburne, with my son Henry, soon to be daughter Wren and husband Andy. Before entering the wonderful world of parenting, I worked at Select Design Ltd. and was one of the founding members of Potato Sack Pants Theater sketch comedy troop. I also dabbled in playing roller derby for three years and am now an active member of the Deborah Rawson Writers Group. Out of all of the things that I’ve been a part of, parenting is by far the best. I’ve never been pushed so far and gotten so much perspective about myself. I am so excited to be contributing to such a wonderful blog, a blog that offers so much encouragement and advice to all of us newbies out there.

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I am a native of Huntington, VT, but spent a few years in sunny Arizona right after graduating high school. We made Huntington home for our family because we love the small town feel. I met my husband in high school, but didn’t start dating until later. We married in 2008 and I became stepmom to his son, Connor, born December 2002. We also have a daughter, Adriana, born May 2009 and a son, Camden, born April 2013. I work full time as a Principal Trainer on the electronic health record at The UVM Medical Center where I’ve been for over 8 years and I love my job!! I’m also a full time student finishing my BS in Health Care Administration. I graduate in February 2016! And because I don’t think that keeps me busy enough, I also have an embroidery business that fills up the rest of my spare time.
My family loves to travel and we do as much of it as we can. We also try to enjoy all of the activities Vermont has to offer. I always swear that one day I’ll have this mom/wife thing figured out. That day has yet to come!

kayla bio picKayla :: Writer

Kayla grew up in southeastern Ohio and met her Vermonter husband while in college. They now live in Essex Junction with their two children. Kayla is a stay­ at­ home mom to her five­ year ­old son and her three­ year ­old daughter. She is also a church pianist/organist. Her hobbies include singing, reading, acting, and coming up with tasty ways to feed her family vegetables. She enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible.

meghanMeghan :: Writer

In 2008, my husband and I packed up all our belongings, our two toddlers, and our Yorkie and moved to Vermont, leaving all of our family and friends behind in Massachusetts. We were in search of a way of life, a shared ideal of living and raising our family, which we found on our “gentleman’s farm” in the community of Jericho. Since settling here our family has grown to include two more dogs, four alpacas, dozens of chickens (may they rest in peace) and another child. A bountiful harvest of blessings, from our own little self-made utopia. My husband, Clay is my best friend and confidante. He not only accepts my peccadilloes and neuroses, he engages and supports them.  He is an artist and a dreamer and inspires me daily, my muse, if you will. He loves me wholly, and supports me in everything I do, a truly affirming gift that often goes unnoticed. He is also my copilot on this crazy parenting adventure. We have three children, Emmett, 10, Skylar, 9, and Maggie, 8.5 months. They evoke my best and my worst, challenging me daily as I strive to teach them to navigate and participate in the world around them. I often feel that I learn more than I teach, and I am grateful for these lessons. I am currently a SAHM, though I am a nurse by trade. I have my Masters in Nursing and plan to reemerge into the working world this year as a substitute school nurse. I have vacillated between working full time outside and inside the home and know the trials and rewards of both scenarios. Generally I enjoy being home and available, but I sometimes yearn for my own identity and the mastery of my trade. Mastery seems to be elusive in my career as “Mama,” the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I am a woman of many passions and enjoy life. I love to read, write, sing and act. I love the outdoors, gardening, hiking, and leisurely walks down my country dirt road. I love cooking, eating fresh food and spending time with close friends. I am a homebody. I love Shakespeare and own way too many candles. I love knitting, but have been working on the same sweater for four years. Fall is my favorite time of year. I am a perfectionist and type A to a fault.  Brevity is not one of my virtues. I am honored to join this amazing group of women writers. I look forward to sharing my insights and learning from all of the wonderful Mamas here in Vermont!

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A city girl at heart, I moved to Vermont in 2005 and now can’t imagine calling any other place home. Born and half raised in Iran (I moved here when I was 12), I moved a lot, living in southern California, New Jersey and Massachusetts before making Vermont home. I live in Essex with my amazing multi-cultural and multi-racial family. My little family consists of my wonderful Canadian husband and my strong, smart and beautiful little girl who will be 4 in June (not exactly sure when that happened). We also have the pleasure of sharing our home with a sweet, timid, chocolate lab and a 19 and a half year old feisty cat. I work part time for the State of Vermont and my schedule allows me the flexibility to spend more time with my family and pursue my many other interests which include writing, cooking, baking and now blogging! I am also completing my bachelors in business management (finally graduating in May!) and have recently started my own small business, a home bakery, specializing in delicious Persian sweet treats. I am a reluctant runner, love to entertain, shop and travel. I love to read and really thought I would read more when we cut cable a couple of years ago. That was before I realized the pleasure of binge-watching TV shows on Hulu, Netflix, etc. I am excited to be a part of this amazing team and to have the opportunity to add my perspective of a multi-racial family in Vermont.

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Beatriz :: Writer

I am a self-taught free lance make-up artist serving the Burlington area. I specialize in bridal, senior pictures, special occasion, and makeup guidance lessons. You can find out more about my services on my FB page here . I was born and raised in Maryland, lived in Iowa for 10 years, and am now in Vermont for my husband’s residency. Vermont will always have a very special place in my heart. I’ve been here the shortest but feel the strongest about it! I enjoy Vermont’s summers the most, especially the lake.We have a curly haired precocious 3 year old daughter, Flor, and one grumpy dachshund.  I am a high-maintenance wannabe homesteader, makeup lover, and crochet addict. Breastfeeding is my passion and Jesus is my life!

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Born in Argentina and raised in New York, I found my forever home in Vermont in 2003. My husband and I moved to Shelburne in 2010, where I am a stay-at-home-mom to our two wonderful girls, Violet and Sabine. During my free time, I volunteer with Lyric Theatre Company, take dance classes, play pool, go to Phish concerts, and write. I am thrilled to be joining this strong and passionate group of women!

Claire :: Writer

I have been the owner of Butterfly Bakery of Vermont since 2003 and while I’m still very involved with the day to day of production, my specialty lies in recipe development and food writing. I keep an occasionally updated blog at AdventuresInYum.com. I moved to Vermont from Berkeley, California after graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio with a degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. I live with my husband, toddler daughter and two cats in Montpelier and like to spend as much time as possible outdoors – in spite of or because of the weather. After becoming a mom in 2014 I spend less time on the mountains but more time in the front yard and my food interests have become similarly kid focused. So far my toddler approves!

IMG_1026 (1)Erica :: Writer

Born and raised on Long Island, I migrated out west to Boulder, Colorado after finishing my master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at a wonderful and totally progressive grad school in New York City.  I taught kindergarten there before making the difficult decision to come back east.  I landed  in Philadelphia, teaching first and second grade in a combined classroom.  It’s a lot more fun than you think!  After being back in a city setting for three years, I decided I needed to get back to the things I loved – being outdoors, being near mountains, and being near an open body of water.  And to stay on the east coast.  Though I missed Colorado immensely, I also needed to be near my family.  So Vermont it was!  I headed up here 10 years ago with no job and no friends.  10 years later I am married with two boys:  Mason who is 4 and Charlie who is almost a year, and we share our home with a dog and two cats.  I have been employed full time as a kindergarten teacher at the same school for the past 10 years, and I teach classes at CCV.  Though I have been on a break from teaching adults,  I am excited to get back to that aspect of my career after taking a break to have baby #2.  In the little free time I can scrape together, I love to eat chocolate while my family isn’t looking, do yoga, bake, paint, sew, and figure out ways to coerce my 4 year old into his jammies at night.