Passionate About Pittsburgh
and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Team

Meet Your Pittsburgh Team

Meghan Meabon

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PMB Founder

Meghan 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

Carri Finkbeiner

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Managing Editor

Carri, a Native of Pittsburgh, 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.

Carissa Howard

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Sales & Events Manager

Carissa 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.

 

Tricia Nicolas

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Photographer & Graphics Editor 

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.

 

Jamie Welnick

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Community Events Manager

Jamie 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

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Amanda 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 women to believe in themselves, stand up for one another, and never take life too seriously.

Anny Bezilla

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Anny is a 32 year 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
to do!

Ashley Dolar

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Ashley’s heart may be in Ohio, but she is happy to have called many different places home. She married her high school sweetheart and graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from John Carroll University—both in May 2009. Since then, she moved across the country several times as an Army wife. Along the way, she welcomed curly-haired cutie Ava, who turns one this spring. Now she lives in the Cranberry area of Pittsburgh with her husband and baby girl. 

Ashley also found adventure in her career as a middle school language arts teacher. She experienced laughter and joy every day with her genuinely delightful students, even though they were often unpredictable and sometimes especially spirited.

This proved to be excellent training for Ashley’s current job of stay-at-home-mom to a curious and vivacious toddler. Together, they enjoy reading touch-and-feel books, taking long walks that usually end at the neighborhood playground, and running one errand at a time.

As a new blogger, she hopes to bring warmth, thoughtfulness, and humor to the lives of her readers, and she looks forward to exploring the friendly city of Pittsburgh with her family.

Brandee Rentz

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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 years. 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.

Brittany Allen

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Brittany, a Pittsburgh area native, is a mommy to her 4-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.

Denise LaRosa

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Denise 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

Frances Scher

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Frances is a wife, mother of middle school age boys, and a community volunteer. She works as a clinical laboratory scientist by day and moonlights as a blogger. She spends her free time decorating her home, reading or listening to a good book, finding new things to try, attempting to organize, and making lists to help keep everything on track. While she has a good life, there is always room for improvement. 

Frances is a recent transplant to Pittsburgh currently residing in the South Hills. Although it’s been a journey to get here… since getting married she has lived in five houses and four states… Frances is glad to be back in the mountains and near her home state of West Virginia. Since they are newcomers here, her family loves to be local tourist checking out all the cool things that Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer.

 

Heather Holtschlag

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Heather is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer and public relations specialist. She is the wife of an incredibly smart and talented business owner and the mother of two boys who light up her days with their vivacious personalities and ear-to-ear smiles.

After nearly 15 years as a fulltime healthcare public relations specialist (and the birth of her sons), Heather launched Healthy Fit PR, a business dedicated to meeting the promotional needs of health and wellness clients. Through Healthy Fit PR, Heather works with clients to develop strategic public relations plans that incorporates a variety of communications tools, including website content, newsletters, media relations campaigns and social media marketing.

An avid exercise enthusiast, Heather often practices what her clients preach and can be found at the gym most mornings, either running, taking an exercise class or strength training.

You can read more about Heather and view writing samples at www.HealthyFitPR.com.

Hillary Lewis

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Hillary is a new first time mom to a baby girl, Ava.  She was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, and still lives north of the city with her husband, daughter, and two totally out of control dogs.  She attended Cal U and studied Journalism, but shortly after graduating discovered a passion for kiddos with special needs and attended Florida Tech for a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  
 
Hillary enjoys impulse shopping for things she doesn’t need, cooking, crafting, writing, spending time with family, and traveling to places warmer than Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Brozak

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Jen B. 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.

Jennifer Forsyth

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Jen F. 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.

Jesse De Hartwich

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Jesse, originally from outside of Philadelphia, moved to Pittsburgh three years ago and now lives in the South Hills. She is married to her adorably nerdy husband whom she met in junior high and together they have a one-year-old daughter, Riley, and a second baby on the way in June 2017. A writer by schooling and profession, Jesse graduated from Susquehanna University and has worked as a copywriter/editor for several major retailers. She now stays home with her daughter but continues to write for herself, both fiction and her own blog (www.WanderlustRunning.com).

In addition to writing, Jesse is an avid runner and will race anything from the mile to the marathon. She loves to travel, read, be outside, and enjoy a good latte. As a newbie mom, Jesse is just beginning her parenting journey and is excited for all the adventures to come with her growing family.

Julia Germeyer

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Julia is a proud mom to five-month-old Gabriel and 14-year-old Nathan. She and her husband live in the South Hills with their two boys and two rescue cats. Julia is a lifelong writer, having “published” her first novella at the young age of eight. It was a handwritten, self-illustrated ten-page account of a parrot, but we all start somewhere. Currently, Julia freelances in writing, communications, and marketing and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. She has an MBA from Point Park University and a Bachelor’s from Pitt. She’s an advocate for shelter pets and has a passion for learning and education, in whatever form they take. In their spare time, Julia and her family enjoy exploring the outdoors, going to wineries, creating new traditions, traveling (there’s a lot on the list yet), house projects, and Nathan’s soccer games.

Karen Fancher

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Karen 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 Petulla

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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.

Katie Stern

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Katie is a wife and mom of two boys, Lucas and Toby. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Marketing & Communications. Their second son, Toby, was born in May of 2016 and died suddenly in August from SIDS, at 12 weeks and 5 days old. Through this loss, they have founded The Little Fox | Toby’s Foundation with the hopes of bringing joy, laughter, and lots of smiles to families within the Pittsburgh community, while working to spread awareness about child-loss and the lives of grieving parents. 

Katie is currently the Director of Marketing for A. Martini & Co., and General Contracting and Construction Management Firm. She has been heavily involved with juvenile diabetes research, because she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2. Currently, Katie sits on the Executive Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association, Pittsburgh Chapter and is part of the planning committee for Step Out: Pittsburgh each year. While in the throes of motherhood, Katie is also active throughout the week with exercise routines, Paw Patrol and PJ Masks episodes, blogging at Our Happy Place & Co., a lifestyle blog she started in 2013, and working with her husband, Dan, on the mission of The Little Fox.

Lanae Lumsden

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Lanae is lifelong Pittsburgh resident with a brief stint in Ohio for her high school and middle school years.  Most of her life she lived in Wilkinsburg but recently became a resident of the north boroughs.  

Lanae holds an Associates’ Degree in fashion merchandising and a Bachelor’s Degree in business management.  After college, Lanae, entered the insurance and financial services industry by becoming a licensed agent and a claims specialist. Lanae also is an advocate for cloth diapering and baby wearing.  Through her website drybabies.org she offers information and sources offering cloth diapering to all women and families in need.  

With two boys and 3 girls ranging in ages from 18- 2 most of her time is spent traveling to ballet lessons, band practice, and cello lessons.  Also, two of her children are special needs and require various appointments and therapy.  When there is time left, she enjoys writing, sewing and cooking.  She is currently finishing up her first novel with more already in the works. With a love for travel, Lanae and her family have been to 5 different Caribbean islands and 2 countries in South America.  So, look to hear more about the organized chaos that is traveling with 5 kids.

Lauren Kail

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A Message from Lauren K.

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.

Lauren Warden-Rodgers

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Lauren W. grew up in Pittsburgh and spent 15 years exploring the rest of the country before recently returning. She and her wife live in Bellevue with their son and geriatric dog. Lauren has a colorful employment history and has worked as: an academic advisor for engineering students, a traveling jewelry salesperson, a Gymboree teacher, an Air Force officer, a tree climber, and a line worker at a car wash, to name a few. She enjoys fumbling through her current gig as a full time mom and part-time writer/editor for Civitas, a small community development consulting firm.

Since moving back, Lauren has enjoyed rediscovering everything that Pittsburgh has to offer. Her favorite spots in the city are currently: Phipps Conservatory, Frick Park, Bayne Park, and any indoor play place that isn’t completely overrun on a cold winter day. Lauren thinks and writes a lot about queer parenting and getting kids outside. 

Lindsey Lynch

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Lindsey was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She met her husband, Andrew, on her 16th birthday.  A graduate of Elon University, she currently works part time as a tax consultant.  She loves traveling and spent a year living in Costa Rica with her husband. They currently reside in Hampton Township with their two boys Jackson (June 2014) and Owen (June 2016), and love taking their boys on traveling adventures.

Besides traveling, Lindsey enjoys starting her mornings with a Starbucks chai tea latte, yoga, boxing, getting a massage when she can, margaritas, and having dance parties to Katy Perry with her boys.  You can follow along with Lindsey’s family adventures on Instagram at @llynch41.

Marissa Sherrill

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A Message from Marissa

I’m Marissa, a 33 year young dreamer. I get to be married to Jesse Sherrill and together, we get to parent Zoey, Madeleine and Eleanor Alice. I’m dog mom to Tessa. So many spirited females under one roof! 

I wear athletic socks in every shoe. I believe adventure is a wonderful thing. I enjoy real talk and truth telling.

I’m originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, but relocated many times throughout childhood and eventually ended up in Pittsburgh as an adult to pursue nursing. I’m a proud graduate of Shadyside School of Nursing. While I love my profession and enjoyed a few years working in an acute care setting, I’ve shifted my focus over the years to adjust to our growing family. I continue to work outside of the home part time in a private duty position, providing nursing care for clients in their homes. Now I am committed to impacting health care by helping change the nutritional habits of one person at a time and sharing a healthy active lifestyle as a personal wellness coach.

I reside in Jeannette with my family and I am passionate about being a good neighbor and making an impact in my community. I love to dance, run, sing, practice yoga, read and pray. I’m so grateful to be here and share  life together here with you. 

Maggie Poole

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Maggie 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!

Mary Yohannan

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Mary lives in the Baldwin-Whitehall area of Pittsburgh.  She moved to Pittsburgh over 2 years ago with her husband and 2 beautiful children.  Mary owns her own travel agency Life is Better Traveling™, LLC which has helped hundreds of families take amazing vacations to Disney®, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, and all over Europe.  She is also the founder of the Travel Agent School Supporting Learning and Education™ or T.A.S.S.L.E, which has the How to Become a SUCCESSFUL Travel Agent program™, a one-stop, all-inclusive program for someone who wants to become a Successful Travel Agent.  Mary earned the distinguished honor of the Certified Travel Associate (CTA) through the Travel Institute in 2016, and has several other travel and tourism certifications.

Mary has traveled to over 20 countries on 3 continents, but it wasn’t until she had children did she learn that traveling with little ones is a completely different, and sometimes challenging, traveling experience.  Mary’s authentic passion for travel and traveling with her children has given her extensive knowledge on the best tips, tricks, and hacks to keep kids calm, entertained, and well-behaved while traveling.  She posts a variety of travel tips and tricks on her highly coveted, High Content Life is Better Traveling website, but she has a lot of great advice on traveling with kids that she can’t wait to share with all those amazing Pittsburgh Moms. 

Michelle Walter

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Michelle is a mother of 2 beautiful children, a little girl (age 3) and a little boy (age 1). As a stay at home mom she enjoys the time spent helping her kids learn new things; from doing crafts and playing there is so much to see and do with two little ones! She also enjoys working with students at various schools throughout Beaver County as a substitute teacher. Michelle has a bachelor’s and masters in secondary education in the social studies field. One day she hopes to continue her education and work with special needs students. When she is not at home with her children or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Dave. They enjoy going on dates around Pittsburgh and the beaver county area and getting a chance to experience new and exciting places and things to eat! They also enjoy traveling to Erie, Pa and Tionesta, Pa for trips as a family or with friends. Plus, They hope to travel back to San Diego, Ca and around Ireland, their favorite vacation destinations. One day she and her husband hope to own their own Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the northeast.

Nicole Tanner Ging

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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.

Priya Amin

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Priya, 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 an 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.

Raeanne Fryer

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Raeanne is happiest elbow-deep in garden dirt and surrounded by the smells of summer. She is married to a tree climbing carpenter and is the mama to a sweet baby girl she calls “lady bird” and a furry baby named Bisou. She lives in a little A-frame in the middle of the woods just outside of the city. 

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Raeanne did a six year stint in Northern Virginia before packing up and heading home – her family is her greatest treasure. 

Raeanne has a deep urging to slow down and to live a simpler life. A creative at heart, you’ll often find Raeanne creating, exploring, experiencing and sharing. Her yearning for more creativity is what led her to start her blog “The Name is Rae”, and how she ended up here. 

As a lover of Pittsburgh and a new mom, Raeanne is looking forward to opening her heart to the Pittsburgh Mom community!

Ryan Mahoney

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Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh. She was born and raised, and still lives in Beechview with her husband, Casey, their soon-to-be 5 year old son, Gabriel and their two dogs, Nigel and Dexter. 

She’s a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School System and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her early career years were spent in the non-profit sector as a post-secondary counselor for at risk youth. She later transitioned to working closely with grants management and technical assistance training. For the last 10 years she’s worked as a Technical Communication Specialist focusing on interface instruction, user experience, and user guidance for several software products.

When she’s not fulfilling the responsibilities of her day job, Ryan can be found listening to and obsessing over David Bowie – and passing that obsession on to her son. She enjoys buying craft supplies with the best of intentions that never actually become a craft, unless you consider piles of craft supplies a craft. She’s recently started knitting again after a six year hiatus which is a source of relaxation and frustration – somehow at the same time. 

Ryan enjoys reading, picking through thrift stores and flea markets, movies, music, and exploring all of the great places Pittsburgh has to offer families.

Sarah Knight

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Sarah is a mother of five children, wife of her college sweetheart and companion to her numerous household pets, as well as a resident of the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  She holds two degrees from Duquesne University: A Master’s in English Literature and BS in Business Management.

Growing up as an only child, Sarah has faced many challenges raising a large family. Raising children (the youngest being highly energetic twin 4 year olds) has provided many lessons in parenting, patience and life. She is an aspiring writer who is now finally able to put pen to paper, as her kiddos are a little bit older. As a stay at home mom, living on a single income, Sarah is always finding new ways to keep the family on a budget.

She is an avid runner, and has run five half marathons and will be running the Pittsburgh half this May.  She loves learning new things, whether experimenting with cooking, making home decor or gardening.

Stefanie Hohl

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A Message from Stefanie H.

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 Settlemire

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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!

Stephanie Ali

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Stephanie A. is married to a boy she met in 5th grade and the mother of two awesome kids, Evi and Eli. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, with a degree in Communications and Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Education. Stephanie is an elementary school counselor, so essentially, is surrounded by children for most of her day.

She loves warm weather, going on adventures with her family, walking on trails, and having a “free day” with no plans! Stephanie loves to write and still enjoys a pretty notebook and a favorite pen rather than a computer. 

Stephanie Ivanusic

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Stephanie I. is 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 Work

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Tara is a native Pittsburgher. 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!

Tauja Gordon

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A Message from Tauja

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.