Passionate About the Community
and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Team

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Photo Credit: Luann Bailey Photography

BurlingtonVT Moms Blog is made up of moms from all around Vermont. It is our mission to connect moms in Vermont to each other and their communities!

Meet The Owners

Josilyn

Josilyn

Chief Events Rockstar

I became a Vermont transplant seven years ago after meeting and falling madly in love with my husband, Jason, a South Burlington native at the University of New Hampshire. My education and training are in social work and although I left that career behind (at least for now) after my first child was born in 2014 my passion continues to be children, families, and the want to connect moms to one another through building community. Fast forward to the present and my days are filled with parenting and chasing after two amazing and bright children, Caroline and Augie, and one fur baby, Copper, while trying to keep our home having some semblance of order and co-running BurlingtonVT Moms Blog. I love everything VT, especially anything made local. My favorites are our VT wine, beer, and events. As the Chief Events Rockstar I’m responsible for planning and putting on our marvelous events, overseeing our neighborhood groups, and really anything else that involves us interacting with the community. You can contact me at Josilyn {at} burlingtonvtmomsblog {dot} com

Tasha

Photo credit: Luann Bailey Photography

Chief Media Maven

In 2010, I moved to Vermont with my husband and our three boys. This beautiful state stole our hearts right away and we have been making it home ever since. I have been a part of the BVT Moms team since the get-go and truly adore being a part of this team! My role as the Chief Media Maven includes overseeing all advertising and sponsorship opportunities for the blog as well as managing our social media platforms! You can find me on twitter as @TashaLehmanVT or contact me at Tasha {at} burlingtonvtmomsblog {dot} com

Meet Your BurlingtonVT Moms Blog Team

Jemima

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Managing Editor, Writer

Jemima is the Managing Editor and a writer for BVTMB. She is a feminist, a dedicated and adventurous home cook, a cut-throat Scrabble player, a barre sculpt enthusiast, and a single mom. She loves live music, playing outside- especially in the water, trying new restaurants, and pretending to be a pioneer. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a professional background in sexual health and STDs. She is passionate about social justice and equality for all people.

Amanda

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Writer

Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they were married almost 10 years ago.  Amanda holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology and, over the last five years,  has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom to two young children.  These days, she plays the role of ‘stay-at-home mom’ and spends her time chauffeuring her older child to and from school, chasing her younger child around, reading books to her kids, and seeking out any activity that will get them out of the house.

Betsey

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Writer

Betsey is a wife and mom to two and a nursing student living in the Burlington area.

Carly

Carly

Events Team

Carly is a military wife and stay at home mom to a sweet little girl.

Caroline

Caroline

Writer

Heather and her family are relatively new to the Burlington area — they moved here in August 2016 for her husband Peter’s new job as a professor at UVM. They have a toddler, Joanna, and are really enjoying Burlington as a new family. Joanna is just starting to walk and talk, so they are slowly branching out from the library story hours to outdoor walks, coffee shops, and the ECHO Center for activities.

Cynthia

Cynthia

Writer

Cynthia lives with her family in Williston, VT, however, she spent the first 22-ish years of her life in Orlando, Florida where she enjoyed the oppressive humidity and incessantly sandy beaches. Cynthia moved up North when she met her husband many years ago and they now have a beautiful, energetic seven-year-old daughter. Right now she’s finishing up her Bachelor’s degree at UVM and once she graduates at the end of 2017, she hopes to be teaching Middle or High School English here in Chittenden County. Cynthia loves to sew, bake, hike, and read (not all at once) in her precious spare time and she always sprinkles her days with laughter, love, and lots of snacks.

Emily

Emily

Writer

When Emily is not connecting with other moms through her writing, she is working in the Neurology department at UVMMC. Emily, her husband Todd, and their household of boys currently live in Milton. She enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s running alone or hiking as a family, as well as online shopping and a good show on Netflix.

Emma

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Writer

Emma was born and raised in Vermont. She lives off a dirt road in Huntington with her husband, teenage stepdaughter and four-year-old son. Emma works as a baker at Krins Bakery and loves her job! She runs outside every morning, all year, and is usually training for a race. Emma has an obsession with pizza, ice cream, and trashy tv shows.

Erica

Erica

Writer

Born and raised on Long Island, Erica lived and taught elementary school in three different states before landing in Vermont.  She moved to Vermont 10 years ago with no job and no contacts, and like many before her, quickly fell in love with the area.  Ten years later she is married with two boys – Mason (4) and Charlie (11 months).  Erica has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College and continues to teach full time.

Heather

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Writer

Heather lives in South Duxbury with her husband, Matt and their super energetic kids, Lucy (7) and Sander (3). They moved here from Fairbanks, Alaska four years ago to build a home near family and are still working on finishing it! Heather’s husband is a carpenter and she is an artist. Heather has an MFA from Arizona State University and lived in the southwest for seven years.  She has taught printmaking at the college level most of her adult life, though she is currently on a long break due to homeschooling and enjoying her children. Heather enjoys gardening, cooking, skiing, hiking, and finding any excuse to be outdoors.

Jana

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Events Team

Jana grew up in rural Vermont near Lake Bomoseen.  She spent her college years in Ohio and attended law school at Ohio State, but the Green Mountains eventually beckoned her home.  She is currently a government lawyer working in Montpelier.  Jana and her husband live in Burlington with their young son Finn, their golden retriever Wrigley, and their cat Watson.  When they have free moments they spend them skiing, hiking, or at the lake.

Kandice

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Events Team

Kandice and her husband, Jason, are small business owners of Organic Men’s Grooming Products, www.vermontbeard.com. Her most important job these days is Stay at Home Mom to their son Declan, daughter Isla, and 2 lovable fur babies Olivia and Masi! They spend their time hiking, snowboarding, and exploring all that Vermont has to offer.

Karen

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Writer

Born and raised in East Tennessee in the heart of Appalachia, Karen was surrounded by bluegrass and storytelling as a child. Her love of writing began at an early age writing poetry and journaling. Karen studied biology and public health which offered amazing opportunities to help improve health in developing countries and for her to learn about so many cultures outside of her own. She spent almost five years traveling across Vermont as a regional manager for the State’s Health Department. Now, a mother of two, Karen is balancing work and life as a public health consultant and CEO of her household. Karen and her family love living in Vermont, enjoying skiing in the winter and the gorgeous New England summers.

Kat

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Writer

Kat grew up in Northern Vermont and has lived here for almost her whole life. She’s a full-time Spanish teacher in a local public school and is working on getting her Masters in Applied Linguistics. Kat loves to sew and co-owns a small business with her mom (katspawsvt.com). She lives in Milton with her husband, her son, and their two dogs.

Kayla

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Writer

Kayla is a stay-at-home mom and church pianist/organist. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Joseph, and her son Andrew (2010) and daughter Gianna (2011). She has way too many hobbies, but her favorites include singing with the Vermont Choral Union, tap dancing, playing the piano, and participating in the wide world of theater both onstage and off.

Leah

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Events Team

Leah moved back to her home town in Jericho Vermont after grad school in Boston in 2006.  She’s so thankful that she did because it was then that she started working at Howard Center for Human Services where she met her husband. She feels so lucky and honored to be mom to her two daughters. Along with being a mom, she loves meeting other moms and reading and writing about the adventures of parenthood!

Laura

Laura

Writer

Laura is a contributing writer for BurlingtonVT Moms Blog. A good Canadian girl, she moved to Vermont with her family in 2013, and spends her days chasing two irrepressible little girls around the Green Mountains. She has spent most of her life making and teaching live theatre. Follow her on Twitter @redsmirk.

Luann

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Writer

Luann is the BVTMB team photographer and owner of Luann Bailey Photography. She is the mom to a little girl with one on the way, wife to Ian who owns Vivid Coffee

Maggie

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Writer

Maggie has two spunky, hilarious and active children. She is digging this parenting adventure and crosses her fingers each day that she’s not screwing her kids up too much. In 2015, Maggie was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer. This has made a huge impact on her life, her family, and her priorities. It’s also made looking on the bright side the focus of her life. Follow more of Maggie’s musings at maggiesbrightside.com!

Maria

Maria

Writer

Born in Argentina and raised in New York, Maira is a ballerina, a Phish head, a Beatles expert, and a LuLaRoe Fashion Retailer. Above all, she’s Mama to two Maria and her family live in Shelburne village, along with Desmond the Golden Retriever.

Mary Beth

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Writer

Mary  Beth is a Southern transplant to Vermont by way of California, where she taught middle school. These days, you can find her still working in education with a local college and as a playwright with the Burlington-based, Complications Company. She likes to write about things that make her laugh, like how her eldest sometimes channels a50-year-oldd British man when she speaks; everday tragedies, like being the only person in the house who seems to know how to change a toilet paper roll; and things that keep her up late at night, like climate change, school shootings, and if she remembered to pay her car registration or not.

Megan

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Writer

A Vermont transplant, Megan lives in a quintessential village outside of Middlebury. She is mom to two boys; Jack (3) and Joe (almost 2). Megan is a part-time stay at home mom. The other half of the day she runs an after-school program. She enjoys spending time outside in the sun, but not really in nature. She is a wanna-be workout out fanatic and a sometimes Paleo eater, and is addicted to sugar and binge watching reality tv shows.

Meredith

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Writer

Meredith lives in a cozy house in Winooski with her husband, toddler, baby, and dog. She grew up in southern Vermont but lived in several cities and states across the country (most recently, Chicago) before coming back to the Green Mountains. She works in communications/public relations and on her blog MeredithTested.com. Her favorite things to do include dancing with her daughter, gluten-free baking and cooking, challenging herself to “crazy” experiments like attempting a zero waste home, and enjoying all that Burlington has to offer.

Michelle

Michelle

Writer

Michelle was born and raised in Vermont, went to college in Upstate New York, and spent some time abroad in Europe. After graduating, she worked as a newspaper journalist in her college town and met her now husband, Matt. Michelle moved him back to her home state of Vermont and has since turned him into a faithful Vermonter. She gave up her journalism gig for a career in marketing and truly loves what she does. She has a 17-month-old son, Reggie; he’s a budding conversationalist, avid basketball fan, and has recently taken a keen interest in snakes – much to her horror. In her free time, Michelle relives her glory days playing field hockey and enjoys all things health and fitness. She’s a make-up junkie, wine aficionado, and career mom just trying to figure it all out.

Miki

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Writer

Megan grew up in Florida and felt skeptical (to say the least) when her parents announced their move to Vermont during her freshman year of college. She moved away a few times to escape the cold, but once she had children, nowhere else felt like home. Megan is a divorced Mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing 11-year-old son and a creative, talented 7-year-old daughter. She recently married the love of her life, and are settling in as a blended family. Megan loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard. Megan holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and is thrilled to (finally!) be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.

Monique

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Writer

Monique (“Mo”) grew up in northern New Hampshire and moved to Vermont in 2005 with her husband Jason. She lives in Saint Albans with Jason, their two daughters, Audrey (March 2007) and Cloe (April 2011), their fraidy cat Tamale and guinea pig Lily. Mo works full time as a nurse at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. In her spare time (HA!), Mo loves to go run and hike with her family, and is a voracious reader and movie nerd.

Nicole

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Writer

Nicole was born in California and moved to Vermont when she was two and considers herself a native Vermonter. She is married to one heck of a guy,  Kelvin, who deals with all her crazy shenanigans and almost always goes along with her off the wall ideas. They live in Jericho with their two daughters, Munashe age 9, and Kuziva age 5. In life before kids, Nicole worked in the non-profit sector in public schools with children and families. These days you can find her chauffeuring, playing, cooking, gardening, attempting to run, cleaning or spending time with family and friends. Family time is key, and they strive to have as much play time as possible. Traveling, skiing, hiking, swimming, and eating maple creemees are some of their favorite activities. Personally, Nicole loves setting goals, writing lists, reading, gardening, organizing and dreaming of far off lands.

Rey

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Writer

A city girl at heart, Rey moved to Vermont in 2005 and now can’t imagine calling any other place home. Born and half raised in Iran (she moved here when she was 12), Rey moved a lot before making Vermont home. She lives in Essex with her amazing multi-cultural and multi-racial family. Her little family consists of her wonderful Canadian husband, her strong, smart and beautiful little girl, Zara (June 2010), and their sweet chocolate lab. Rey works for the State of Vermont as a Housing Program Officer and owns Tala, Taste of Persia, specializing in delicious Persian sweet treats. She is a reluctant runner, loves to entertain and shop. Her passions are social justice and politics and travel.

Sarah

Sarah

Writer

Sarah was born and raised in Enfield, Connecticut, but her home is now in Fairfax, Vermont. She is a high school physical education teacher, wife, and mother of two. Sarah’s older son, who she lovingly refers to as Mr. Mischief, is six and on the autism spectrum. Her younger child is two and is developing neurotypically. Her true passion is connecting with special needs parents and spreading autism awareness with some humor mixed in. You can follow all of their adventures on Sarah’s blog Raising Mr. Mischief.  

Sarah

Sarah

Writer

Sara is a single mom to two sweet little girls.

Tara

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Writer

Originally from New Jersey, Tara’s family would frequent VT for ski vacations and always saw the green mountains as a second home. When she and her husband Jake were ready to settle down they quickly found Burlington to be the perfect home. They have been in VT since 2008 and now have 2 wonderful, spirited, and busy boys (Wyatt – 4, Zayne – 2) and an absolutely insane puppy, Ike. Tara telecommutes from her home in Williston and is on a constant quest to balance being a full-time executive with the demands of being mommy. Her family loves Burlington and all the area has to offer through community, health, fun, and local and sustainable living.