Meet Your Pittsburgh Team
Meghan Meabon is the Founder and Owner of Pittsburgh City Moms Blog. Born and raised in Pittsburgh also known as “The City of Neighborhoods.” She studied Education at Edinboro University where she also obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership.
She’s been married to her best friend and husband, Jeromie, for 10 years. Together they have been blessed with three beautiful children, son, Dylan 8 years old, daughter, Madison 6 years old and son, Jordan, 2 years old.
She enjoys watching the creative minds of her children as they participate in their extra activities. Favorite pastimes are cheering on the Pittsburgh Sports, relaxing on a beach and laughing with friends and family over a glass of red. Meghan is excited about meeting Pittsburgh Moms and connecting them to resources that will make their lives easier and more fun!
To contact Meghan, email her at Meghan (at) pittsburghmomsblog (dot) com
A Native of Pittsburgh, Carri is a Mom of three, and Aunt to many. She began writing as a child, but only pursued it as a career when she realized she was good at it. Her work is highlighted by her personal blogs, 411 in the 412 and The Invisible Plate, though she is also frequently featured on Steel City Mom. She has also written for PeKu Publications.
For the past twenty years, Carri has been a working mom. Her past 10 years have been in the stay-at-home capacity, during which she earned her college degree and built her own social media production business while working independently contracted projects among various industries. She is an active volunteer for a local animal rescue, and both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
When she isn’t busy creating something new, she babysits her nieces and takes lots of pictures, mostly as an effort to gather writing subject material, but ultimately to subliminally keep her from wanting more children of her own. She enjoys live music, art and entertainment, and living vicariously by connecting with new people and sharing experiences.
Community Events Manager
Jamie Welnick lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her two year old son (Pete), husband of 5 years (Mark) and rescue dog (Dot). She is the go-to person for events in the region, and loves to pack up her family on weekends to check out a new community event, free concert, family fun run or outdoor hike. When Jamie is not exploring a new part of Pittsburgh, she enjoys running, restoring furniture and time at the lake.
Her career experience includes management in corporate marketing, non-profit organizations, special events and media. These roles include Program and Events Manager at the Chamber of Commerce (in WI) and Marketing Director at Entercom Radio. In addition, she has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and is a strong advocate for early intervention programs in Pittsburgh.
With Pittsburgh Moms, she hopes to connect families, share information about community happenings, and inspire others to engage in one of the many activities Pittsburgh has to offer.
To find out about upcoming Pittsburgh events, click here.
To submit an event on the community calendar, click here.
Amanda Piacquadio lives in Castle Shannon, is married to Angelo, and has one handsome son named Lorenzo. Their son mostly gets complimented about how much he looks like Dad, but their is no denying he has her big, brown, beautiful eyes. Angelo and Amanda have been married for almost three years and their son will be two in August.
She graduated from Point Park University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Even though she works full-time as an Operations Analyst for a large retail bank, she is still searching for her dream job.
Amanda loves to spend most of her free time with her son. She loves watching him learn new things and loves his adventurous spirit. Most weekends are spent running errands, shopping, and play dates.
She hopes to one day inspire woman to believe in themselves, stand up for one another, and never take life to seriously.
Anny is a 32 years old mommy to two beautiful girls. Sofia is her sassy girly girl and Olivia is their 8 week old newborn who loves to be attached to mommy. Anny was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey with her family when she was 5. She has been a Jersey girl most of my life until two years ago when she moved with her husband to Pittsburgh, where he’s originally from. Anny has a career in human resources and was working as a Corporate Recruiter until March when she delivered Olivia.
Anny is now a stay at home for a bit until she figures out this work life balance while having two little ones. Anny loves living in Pittsburgh and exploring the city’s Latin culture. She also loves to write and blogging has always been something she has wanted
Brandee is originally from the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Brandee has been a resident of the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township for 16 yrs. Mother of three crazy kids, and wife of a gasp, Browns fan! Brandee is a Gymnastics coach and Adult fitness instructor at X-cel gymnastics.
Brandee has a passion for early childhood development, healthy living and exploring all that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer families, and adults of all ages.
Pittsburgh area native, Brittany is a mommy to her 3-year-old princess. She loves helping people and that drove her to find her passions in the fitness and beauty industry.
Brittany is a student during the week and a salon assistant on the weekends (for now!) She has always had a passion for writing, which led her here. When she’s not being a busy bee; she’s learning, writing, and making fun memories with her family.
Carissa Howard is a former litigator, Ivy League graduate, college athlete, wife, mom and writer. She grew up in the South Hills and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, living in Shadyside for several years. After six years on the West Coast, she moved back to Upper St. Clair with her husband and two kids in tow.
Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to questioning the usefulness of preschoolers playing organized sports to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. She’s also writing women’s fiction novels and seeking that elusive literary agent to represent her and her manuscripts. Carissa is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and blogs on her own personal site Shopping for Time. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.
Carol is a Yinzer from birth and wears many hats. She is a Classroom Assistant for Pittsburgh Public School’s Early Intervention Program, the owner/chief blogger at Steel City Mom, wife (10 years and going strong), mother (4-year-old and expecting in November 2016) and a woman who likes to help others.
Carol attended Pittsburgh Technical Institute and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she earned 2 Associate Degrees. She loves art and computers.
Carol enjoys cooking, blogging, crafts, helping others, children, church, football, t-ball, creating, and run on sentences. She is never grammatically correct or politically correct but she will give the shirt off of her back. Well if its warm enough outside.
DENISE LAROSA is the founder, host and CEO of Mom Talk with Denise LaRosa, LLC, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform mothers along their journey in motherhood. Denise utilizes her parenting experiences and background as an elementary educator to bring mothers invaluable information and resources on parenting through her podcast, blog and workshops.
A devoted wife and mother of two precious girls, Denise is also an elementary school teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance (Magna cum Laude) from Radford University in 2003 and graduated from Carlow University in 2008 with a Master of Education degree in elementary education.
Empty Shoes is Denise’s first children’s book. She plans to write many more for you to enjoy.
Learn more about Denise and stay connected at www.momtalkdenise.com
Jen is a mama to a spirited and beautiful 6-year-old girl. A Pittsburgher through and through, she met her husband Greg 20 years ago while watching the Clarks play at Nick’s Fat City. They currently live in North Huntingdon with our two crazy kitties, Sadie and Popsicle.
Born and raised in Western Pa., Jen is a former high school English teacher who left her career four years ago to stay home with her daughter. She now works from home as a freelance writer, contributing to numerous local, regional and national publications. Jen started her blog, One Committed Mama, in 2014 as a way to share her parenting escapades and connect with other moms. Prior to teaching, she worked in public relations and marketing for the health care and technology industries. Jen also is a self-described gadget geek and an enthusiastic natural light portrait photographer.
Music is a huge part of her family’s life. Jen and her husband have an acoustic guitar duo that, frustratingly, has been on hold as a result of my 2015 thyroid surgery and subsequent thyroid cancer diagnosis. Now on the mend physically, mentally and emotionally, she hopes to start playing local shows again soon. Their daughter is a budding musician in her own right; she sings, is actively involved in musical theater and has started learning to play the piano.
When they are not hanging out at home, Jen’s family loves to explore all that Pittsburgh has to offer. They enjoy spending time in the Strip, riding bikes on the GAP, and attending local concerts and festivals. She also enjoys buying books that she someday hopes to read, eating at Lulu’s Noodles, and rooting for the Pens.
Jen lives in Gibsonia, PA and is a wife and mom to three awesome kids, two of whom fall on varying degrees of the autism spectrum. As a result, she is a tireless advocate in the local autism community, with a specialty in dealing with service dogs.
Jen’s efforts in the autism community were recently recognized on a larger scale, as she was featured in the International Best Selling Trilogy Common Threads by Dr. Shellie Hipsky. She remains a loyal part of Dr. Hipsky’s Global Sisterhood Initiative, which educates, provides resources, and networking for women and girls internationally. Jen’s own book, The Happier Autism Family, is due out in 2017.
Karen Fancher is a “relapsed Pittsburgher.” Raised near Latrobe, PA, she studied pharmacy at Duquesne University but was lured away by the sunny skies of Florida shortly after graduation. She spent 10 years in Tampa, and during that time acquired an insightful daughter, a kindhearted son, a Midwestern husband and a spoiled cat (but not in that order). In 2010, the entire crowd relocated home to Pittsburgh.
Karen is currently a professor in Duquesne University’s School of Pharmacy, where she teaches oncology. When she’s not on an adventure with her family, you can find her cooking, reading or daydreaming about musical legend Sting.
Kathleen lives completely outnumbered in her house of testosterone with her husband and 3 sons, ages 8, 6, and 4. She is a former oncology social worker turned work-from-home online health and fitness coach. She is currently focused on bridging the gap between emotional and physical health while trying to find balance and practice daily gratitude (read more here – www.awakeningsfitness.com).
Kathleen considers her biggest accomplishment tucking her 3 boys safely into bed each night and anything on top of that is simply icing on the cake. Born and raised in Western PA, she went from small-town Westmoreland County living to braving the other side of the big, bad Squirrel Hill tunnel for college. A graduate of both Duquesne University (B.A. in Psychology) and Pitt (MSW), Kathleen has stayed local to Western PA, though she occasionally wonders why come December-February.
I am a wife of an amazing husband and mother of one (so far!) sweet, sweet, daughter. I have a passion for encouragement, fitness and motherhood. I was a member at FIT4MOM Atlanta prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. It was an integral part of my journey into motherhood. When we moved to Pittsburgh, I was so surprised and saddened to discover there was not a FIT4MOM location in the metro area. That is when it all fell into place – my passion for all the things that FIT4MOM stands for and the lackthereof in Pittsburgh made it all the clearer that starting www.southhills.fit4mom was a calling for me. I am so blessed and thankful to have the opportunity to help others in the way that my FIT4MOM experiences helped and shaped me, my daughter and my family.
Maggie Poole is a Texas native that ended up in Pittsburgh after meeting her husband while working in Disney. They became college sweethearts and got married directly after college where they both worked on the road in the oil and gas industry. She is now a mom of three, two boys and a girl and co-owns a personalized children clothing and gifts boutique.
Maggie’s kiddos keep her extremely busy and feels that she lives in a state of blessed chaos. Her journey in motherhood has exposed her to not only pregnancy but she also got to experience the blessing of adopting a true miracle. She is active member of her church and a local philanthropy women’s group that keeps her busy.
Her family loves to travel and she’s not afraid to pack up her kids for spare of the moment adventures!
Maya Henry, LCCE
Maya is the chief meal planner at Meals with Maya (mealswithmaya.com) where she helps busy moms who are stressed out about dinner time plan meals their whole family will love so they start enjoying mealtime again. She is also the City Design editor and a writer at NEXTpittsburgh, a Pittsburgh publication about the people driving change in our city and the innovative and cool things happening here.
Maya loves hiking and cycling, art and architecture, and cooking. She has a BA from Bard College in American Studies, an MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and is also a certified health coach and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Maya’s husband is an artist who creates custom miniatures of people’s homes and they live in East Liberty with their two sons ages four years and 6 months.
Melisa has 18 years experience working with individuals (infant through adult) with diverse abilities. She holds Pennsylvania teaching certifications in Secondary English Education and Family and Consumer Sciences, Pennsylvania Private Academic Certification, Pennsylvania Director Credential, Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature, post-baccalaureate coursework in Child Development, Education, Curriculum and Assessment, and a Master’s in Professional Writing.
As a Certified Instructor through the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System, registered Child Development Professional Development Specialist, and Child Health Advocate, Melisa provided professional development opportunities to educators.
In addition to home schooling her children, Melisa is an author, photographer, and illustrator of juvenile non-fiction and fiction. She enjoys touring historical sites, museums, and botanical gardens with her family.
Her job is 24-7; She is a mom, She is a wife, and She is a friend… Her name is Michelle!
Michelle writes from her experiences of having a toddler and an infant living in the Beaver County area near Pittsburgh, PA. Michelle went to college to become a teacher, got her Master’s in education; however, life moves fast and after getting married Michelle and her husband started a family. It has been a wonderful and rocky road but they have been having a blast so far!
Michelle grew up in Beaver Falls, PA then moved to Carnegie, PA with her husband and then back to be closer to home and they now live in Monaca, PA. Michelle met her husband in high school and they dated for 8 years before getting married. Then following the wedding they adopted their loving cat and had two beautiful children. Michelle’s daughter and little princess is now 2 years old and their son is 2 months old… but he is a BIG boy, you’d think he is 6 months old! They now live around family and their close friends and couldn’t be happier, and she knows they are happy to have them close by as well.
Michelle’s future seems quite bright as she hopes to eventually get back into a classroom and start teaching! One day Michelle and her husband would like to open a B&B. It is their dream and they hope to make it a reality some day! As of now, Michelle loves to read, research new things, watch videos/movies, play with the kids, hang out with friends and family, play board games, travel, and spend time with her husband. One day she hopes to write a book, create a children’s picture book, and be a Ted-Talks speaker. Michelle always likes to dream big!
Nicole is a Pittsburgh girl at heart and spent the first 29 years of her life living north of the city, but made a big move to the South Hills last year, just a week and a half before the birth of her daughter. A new house, a new side of the city, a new job for her husband, and a new baby were a lot of changes at once; Nicole decided to add to those changes by leaving her full time job as a virtual English Teacher to become a stay-at-home-mom. A year later she is more settled into life in the South Hills and life as a mom.
As someone who never thought they would leave the full-time work force Nicole eventually decided to become a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom. She now teaches Social Studies part-time for a virtual education company, and has become involved with Radiantly You as an Independent Wellness Guide.
Nicole describes her life as organized chaos, being the wife of a Police Officer life can be pretty sporadic, but she wouldn’t want it any other way! Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Ruger (the family’s energetic Black Lab); she also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, working out, taking walks in the local parks, traveling, checking out local businesses, and shopping. Often you will find Nicole in the kitchen dancing and singing (badly) while she cooks and entertains her daughter.
Nikki is a mom to 4 kids ages 5 through 16. She has enjoyed putting pen to paper since she was a little girl and seeing what words come together. She has lived in the same 5 mile radius of the Northside/ North Boroughs her whole life but has discovered a love of travel and has gotten over her fear of flying in just the past few years.
Since her oldest child started school over 10 years ago Nikki has devoted a lot of time to volunteering at both school and church but has recently learned the liberating word ‘No.’ Currently a SAHM,Nikki previously worked at the Carnegie Science Center for 13 years and sometimes thinks she’d like to go back to work. Sometimes.
When Nikki is not playing referee between her sons and daughters she can be found blasting music while working on her 1902 American Four-Square with her husband Tim, deciding which pair of glasses to wear from her collection or obsessing over her Fitbit and really,really good food simultaneously.
Priya Amin, mother of Ronin and Kirin, the inspiration behind the name ROKI, has made many leaps in her life. She moved across the country, away from her support system, to go back to school. She left her job at IBM and moved sight unseen to take her dream job at Nestle in a city she had never been to before. She then left her career 5 years later to be a stay at home mom with her then two-year-old son. She created her freelance consulting business on her own to keep her skills sharp. She also decided to go back to work after being home with her kids and freelancing for 3 years. In the past, she has been called an Ever Evolving Optimist.
Priya has and MBA and over 10 years of product/brand management, business development, consulting and entrepreneurial experience. She founded ROKI in 2014 as a one-on-one business consulting company helping small businesses and startups strategically grow. It has since evolved to become an inclusive, supportive community aimed at empowering moms to achieve the balance they are seeking in life.
Ruzella has been married to Keith for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to 8-month-old Malaya, and also babysits her 2-year-old nephew during the week.
Ruzella enjoys spending time with her husband, and watching her daughter learn and explore. She loves traveling, photography, reading, loom knitting, and driving. She started her blog, www.ruzella.com, to review products and document her new role as a mom.
Hello Pittsburgh moms!
My family moved to Pittsburgh for my husband’s medical training eleven years ago. We loved it so much, we decided to take a job here. I stay home with our five kids – one daughter and four boys. Yes, they are crazy. Yes, my life is chaotic. But it’s also lots of fun.
When I’m not driving my kids to music lessons or swim practice or trying to get my 3 year-old to sit on the potty, I do homework and write. I have almost completed a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Children’s Literature. I write books for children and am working on getting published. I also run Storytime at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley. Oh, and I draw pictures and tell funny stories about my kids on my blog: www.stefaniehohl.com.
But above all, I like to eat brownies. Out of the pan. Late at night.
Stefanie S. is a wife and SAHM to 4 children, living in Mars. Stefanie and her husband refer to their children as Phase One (Dylan-Age 11 and Alexandria-Age 9) and Phase Two (Liliana-Age 4 and Liam-Age 2). Phase Three is out of the question!
Stefanie’s family became a family blessed with Down syndrome when her youngest child had a surprise diagnosis after his birth. Although the family’s initial reaction was shock and fear, they quickly learned to embrace this beautiful journey and they now realize what the term “The Lucky Few” really means.
Stefanie spends her days wrangling chaos, but in her spare time she loves to embarrass her children by singing show tunes from her musical theater days, come up with messy projects to keep her children busy, chase her children around with her camera, visit her horse, do online volunteer work for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network and blog at Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too. Sleep is just a distant memory! Stefanie’s family can usually be found out and about in the Pittsburgh area with an extra kid (or 2 or 3) in tow. Stefanie embraces the chaos and feels blessed to be able to spend her days with her children!
A kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom who was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Arizona, Stephanie returned to Pittsburgh 9 years ago after meeting her husband online. Though she plans to return to the classroom one day, these days she happily spends her time being home with her blended family of 4 kids. She has a 16 year old son, a 12 year old stepdaughter, and 5 year old and 2 year old daughters. Daily life is hectic running the mom taxi between music, school, dance, other activities & events, and maintaining custody schedules. As a result, weekly date nights are essential for Stephanie and her husband. Lucky!
She has an affinity for Sharpies and good pens and fountain Cherry Coke and tends to overuse exclamation marks! She’s been a teacher, event planner, and even pursued a singing career in Nashville. She now finds herself in the throes of her nemesis, laundry, while making a million memories with her family. Stephanie lives in the North Hills and is active with the parent booster organization for the North Hills Fighting Indian Marching band where her son is a member. If you can’t find her at band function, you’ll find her helping out at the elementary school also. She loves taking photos of her kids, planning parties, singing, watching hockey or Netflix, reading, and spending time with her family.
She blogs at My Not So Little Guy & My Little Punky and Pippi Pies about their adventures of life in a blended family.
Tara is a native Pittsburger. She currently lives in the South Hills with her husband, their 3 year old daughter and 5 month old son. Tara is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Nursing. She have worked in pediatrics her entire career and there is no other nursing she would rather do! Tara graduated with a Masters of Nursing from Waynesburg University which lead her to her current role as a Clinical Nurse Educator.
In her free time Tara enjoys girls night outs with her best girlfriends, and spending time making memories with her family!
My name is Tauja and I am a 6ft tall (I will write about my height struggles lol) at home mom, work at home mom, entrepreneur and tries to do it all wife and mom of 3 children ages 19, 11 and 10!
My husband and I are born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and we reside in Moon Township. I graduated from Clairton high school and attended Penn State and business school. My husband graduated from Carrick high school and also attended Penn State. My passions are my family, I love interior design and finding new ways to organize every day items. I also like embarking upon home improvement projects. I am a former athlete and my children are also athletes but I like to consider them conservative athletes haha because we pick and choose what we commit to. My children are mostly homebodies and I am also.
You will see a variety of things from me, I have experience as a single mother, I struggle with thyroid issues so I will share my journey with that as I research ways to cope with this very overlooked condition. I already mentioned organizing and decorating, I will write about family life on one income and other life issues. I am a little quirky and it shows in my writing style. I am humble, authentic, genuine and everything I write comes from my heart. I tend to end my writing with “much love” this is an endearment from me (the writer) to you (the reader). Thank you for having me aboard.
Tricia is a mama to two bright and beautiful girls who keep her laughing every day. She is also the owner and head photographer at Viva Portraits (http://vivaportraitstudio.com). She has lived in Pittsburgh her whole life and met her husband while studying art at the University of Pittsburgh. Tricia has worn many professional hats including advertising sales, graphic design, and even veterinary technician. In 2010 after her first daughter was born she found her true calling in custom photography of babies, children and families, and never looked back.
When she’s not photographing clients or chasing her girls around with her camera Tricia can be found window shopping in the village in Sewickley, swimming away her stress at the gym, or hiding in the bathroom from her kids.