Meet the BVTMB Team

Welcome to BurlingtonVT Moms Blog! We are so happy that you decided to check us out. We are passionate about encouraging Vermont moms to get out into the community and meet other incredible moms like themselves. Keep up to date through our FB page and come here to our blog to find information about what’s going on in the lives of moms like you. We’ll share tips with you about what to do with the kids around town, great places for date nights, healthy living and fitness, and much more. We don’t claim to know all the answers, but we’re here for you. We’re your mom cheerleaders, best virtual friends, and a place where judgment has no home. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and sit with us for a bit. It’s nice to meet you!

Amanda

Amanda

Writer

Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they were married over 12 years ago. Amanda holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and, over the last few years, has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom. She has a son (born in 2011) and a daughter (born in 2014). Now that her youngest is off to school, she’s re-entered the workforce as a elementary substitute teacher until she figures out what her next career move may be. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and knitting, going to Zumba class, and playing basketball and tennis.

Ashley

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Writer

Ashley was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in Colchester with her two children and husband. After getting married, she spent four years living outside DC to gain work and life experience, as well as perspective and a renewed love for her home state of Vermont. She is highly caffeinated and runs her own online reading tutoring business Your Reading Tutor and teaches ESOL online to students in China with VIPKID. She recently made the decision to homeschool and is loving the opportunity for a flexible learning environment for her kids. Her favorite things to do include making fairy houses with her kids, drinking coffee with her husband, and networking with other moms and entrepreneurs.

Ashley McClain

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Writer

Ashley was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Champlain College with degrees in Human Services and Healthcare Administration. She lives with her fiancé, Brandon, and 3 children, Britney, Hannah, and Kayden in Essex Junction. She is a mom to teens, and loves sharing her experiences parenting during this new phase of life. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, and visiting all the amazing local coffee shops. 

Brianna Yarnell

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Writer

Brianna and her husband are born and raised Vermonters. They currently reside in Essex, mere miles from the home Brianna grew up in. Brianna is a mother to 3 children who are 8 years apart in age. She obtained a trade degree in Automotive Technology and worked in the industry for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. Sports are a big part of her life, mainly hockey and soccer. Whether she’s playing, coaching, or cheering on her family, Brianna loves to be involved in sports. 

 

Brianne

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Writer

Brianne is a busy first-time mom and full-time marketing professional. After spending a couple of years in NY, she and her husband decided to settle back down in Vermont, where they both grew up and learned to love the great outdoors. She has a B.S. in Public Relations and has been writing in various forms for more than 20 years. In 2018, she founded Busy Btown, a website resource for easy things to do in Chittenden County. Each Tuesday, she posts a short list of upcoming weekend events and activities in the area. The rest of the time, you’ll find her writing, or running after her busy-body toddler. You can follow Busy Btown on Instagram, or Facebook.

 

Haley

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Halie

Halie

Writer

I’m a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style, and life. I currently reside on the eastern side of the state with my husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter.) I attended Colby-Sawyer College and Philadelphia University, then back to Colby-Sawyer where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. The running family joke is that I was on my own version of Amazing Race (selecting a college edition.) While I love to visit a city, I discovered I can’t live in one! I can best describe myself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, local craft beers, ice cream, HGTV, and basically anything that sparks joy! I’m also ridiculously comfortable in my own shoes (probably because I ditched heels!) You can find more about me on my blog,Our Small Life Home.

Julie

Julie

Writer

My husband, Mike, and I were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but we’ve recently relocated to Vermont! Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and we love the swimming, hiking, and skiing. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. I’ve spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, I’m a full-time stay-at-home-mom to my two crazy boys, Luke- 5 and Liam- 4. I enjoy reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with my kids and husband. You can follow our adventures on Instagram, @catch_us_in_VT.

Julie

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Writer

Julie, originally from Baltimore, MD, has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teenybopper in 3 John Waters’s films, a tap-dancing book on television, and a professional modern dancer. She moved to Vermont 12 years ago with her husband Dave and daughter Ella. She is on the dance faculty at the University of Vermont and part of Dance Tramp a collective of Vermont-based experimental dance artists. Currently, she maintains a blog about her unique parenting experience. Most importantly, she is mother to Ella the Great and Emanuel Blessing.

Katie

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Writer

Katie is a native Vermonter from Castleton who now lives in Saint Albans with her husband, toddler (as well as a soon-to-arrive newborn), and dog, in an 1895 cape house that they are DIY renovating. She has a BFA in photography and a Master’s degree in arts administration and is the director of Inclusive Arts Vermont. Katie’s passions in life are making sure all voices are heard, the arts, creemees, respectful parenting, and pie. In her free-time, she enjoys working on home renovations, photography, hand-lettering, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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.

Kerry

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Writer

Kerry is a licensed acupuncturist and mom of two boys in central Vermont.  She stays busy as the owner of Integrative Acupuncture, a wellness center with two locations in Montpelier and Williston, where she specializes in offering Chinese medicine for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and pediatrics. She has had the opportunity to travel internationally, by providing acupuncture on board cruise ships world wide, then returned home to Vermont to raise her two boys.  Kerry loves to play volleyball with her team- the Acu-Punks, hang out with her kids and generally try to surrender to the flow.

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. She is a co-founder of Complications Company, President of the Board – Volunteer at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, and Part-Time Faculty at Northern Vermont University-Johnson

Maddy

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Writer

Maddy Willwerth grew up in Sacramento CA and moved to Vermont for college. She couldn’t bare to leave. She now lives in Vergennes, VT with her husband and 2 daughters. Maddy works at her local library and has too many books. In the future, Maddy would like to grow as much food as she can herself but for now she grows over 300 heads of garlic and tries to use as many of the apples on her one apple tree before they rot on the lawn.

Mary Beth

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Writer

I am a Southern transplant to Vermont by way of California, where I taught middle school. These days, you can find me still working in education with a local college and as a playwright with the Burlington-based, Complications Company. I like to write about things that make me laugh, like how my eldest sometimes channels a 50 year-old British man when she speaks; everyday tragedies, like being the only person in the house who seems to know how to change a toilet paper roll; and things that keep me up late at night, like climate change, school shootings, and if I remembered to pay my car registration or not. I am a co-founder of Complications Company.

Mary Ellen

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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 Meredith Tested. Her favorite things to do include dancing with her daughters, gluten-free baking and cooking, challenging herself to “crazy” experiments like attempting a zero waste home, and enjoying all that Burlington has to offer.

Meredith

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Meredith Gordon is a stay at home mother of two from Shelburne, Vermont. When not making huge mistakes in parenting and marriage, you can find her around Burlington performing stand up and doing random weirdness on her Facebook page, “The Life and Times of Thelma Forbanks and Others.” She is beyond overjoyed to be a writer in the company of such amazing women.

Miki

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Writer

Miki 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. Miki is a divorced mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing son born in 2006 and a creative, talented daughter born in 2010. A few years back, she met and married the love of her life, and they (mostly) enjoy their adventures as a blended family together. Miki loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard. Miki holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and is thrilled to be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.

Monique

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Writer

I’m a native New Englander; I lived in Northern New Hampshire all my life until I moved to Saint Albans with my husband Jason in 2005. We’ve added two daughters to our family: Audrey in 2007, and Cloe in 2011. I graduated from the VTC nursing program in 2010, and have found my calling as the third-party reproduction coordinator at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. I speak French, English, and sarcasm fluently, and love reading, hiking, and spending time with my family.

Natanya

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Writer

Natanya Lara is an Energy Practitioner supporting both kids and adults to calm their minds and release stress and anxiety. She is certified in several Energy modalities, as well as being a certified Parenting Coach.

Natanya envisions a world in which each person understands their own energy and emotions, and takes responsibility for how they show up and affect those around them. It is her belief that by teaching these skills to children, we take one step closer to that reality.

Abbey

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Events Team

Abbey is a native Vermonter and single mom to two daughters, ages 4 and 8. She is a full-time study manager, part-time vet tech, and loves vintage pyrex, restoring furniture, and her pups. She has a contagious sense of humor and a determination to greet each day with gratitude, joy, and humor. 

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!

Luann

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Team Photographer

Luann is the BVTMB team photographer and owner of Luann Bailey Photography. She is the mom of two beautiful girls and wife to Ian who owns Vivid Coffee. Luann is an exceptionally talented local photographer who focuses on family and wedding photography. In her own words, “It is my mission as a photographer to help people tell their stories. I love stories – they define who we are. The joy of falling in love, the birth of a child, are examples of beautiful stories that become a part of us. It is at times impossible to express the extent to which these beautiful moments can impact our lives. It is my goal to help capture the beauty of your story through my photography.”