Meet Your Pittsburgh Team
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 12 years. Together they have been blessed with three beautiful children, son, Dylan 10 years old, daughter, Madison 7 years old and son, Jordan, 3 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
Director of Sales & Events Specialist
Carissa is a practicing attorney, 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 the South Hills with her husband and two kids.
Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. In addition managing sales and events with Pittsburgh Moms Blog, she’s also writing women’s fiction novels and representing companies, start-ups, and individuals in the patent and trademark space. Carissa is also a regular contributor on the Huffington Post. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.
Managing Editor & Community Events Coordinator
Carri, a Native of Pittsburgh, is a Mom of three, and Aunt to many and Wife to one very special guy. 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 has been 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.
Graphic and Design Specialist
Deidre is currently a wife, mom, and works from home while juggling two little ones, housework, and the ever elusive “me time”. Some of her favorite activities include thrifting/yard sales, couponing, arts and crafts, cooking, and entertaining. She lived in the South Hills for 4 years before packing up and moving to Beaver County in search of a big yard and less traffic. Deidre and her family love to visit the libraries for their special kids events.
Social Media Coordinator
Julia is a proud mom to 1-year-old Gabriel and 15-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.
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.
She is an aspiring writer who is now finally able to put pen to paper. Follow her writings, recipes and creations on wicklowwildflower.com or @wicklowwilflower on Facebook.
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.
Free time does eventually roll around for Amanda. That’s when you will find her trying new recipes, using a new home workout, golfing, going for coffee with a friend, watching movies, or scrolling Facebook (and not afraid to admit it).
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
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.
Ashli is a Fayette County native but made the leap to Allegheny County in 2013. She married a man named Jarred that she met randomly at a Toby Keith concert at KeyBank Pavilion. Seven years later, they have shared four blissful years of marriage and have welcomed three children into their homes; their oldest- a black rescue lab named Fiona, a sweet toddler boy named Collins, and a precious baby girl named Carmie.
Ashli and her clan live in the South Hills, but more importantly five short minutes to Target where she enjoys quiet weekend strolls through the aisles. Extra bonus points are added when she stumbles upon something she doesn’t need, but has to purchase because it has the red clearance sticker on it.
Ashli is currently working on obtaining her Master’s degree in STEM Education. Ashli is passionate about working with children, and is a fifth-grade teacher presently on maternity leave. Last January, Kristine Sorensen from KDKA interviewed Ashli because she was nominated as a top Peer Mentor for the students in her district. While away from the classroom this year to take care of her own sweet babies, she receives weekly FaceTime calls from former students that need a pep talk. Ashli’s goal in life is to change the lives of students that have ventured onto that wrong path in life, and do everything she can to get them back on the right one.
Bethany and her cast of characters live in the Beechview area of Pittsburgh. Her and her partner Casey rule over their kingdom that includes their 7 year old son, Jones, Herman the Bulldog, and their two chickens, Goldie Hen and Susan SarHendon. They are joined frequently by her 22 year old son, Kyle, and his one year son, Leo. For those of you following along, yes, that makes Bethany a grandmother.
Bethany is a public relations professional who has worked the gamut from higher ed, to nonprofit, to agency, to corporate, and is very happy to now be the Marketing Director for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She is thrilled to put her passion for all things Pittsburgh to work every dang day.
Bethany lends a hand to the family real estate business, helping to manage and promote their properties, including their tiny house that they airbnb. She is also the creator and organizer of Hell on Hills, the World’s Steepest 5K, Beechview’s only 5K, and the only 5K to include Canton Ave., the steepest street in the world.
This a family full of sports fanatics, and during Pirate season you can often find them at PNC Park. Bethany also enjoys live music, spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and drinking lots and lots of wine.
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, 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 mom of many hats. Fitness instructor by day, yet hairstylist at heart, she loves helping people feel beautiful inside and out. When she’s not playing with her princess, you can find her at the gym, working on her next project, or learning something new.
Carrie is a perfectly imperfect South Hills mom. She is head honcho of both Three One Photography and Rodan and Fields Skincare. She is an athlete, a pepperoni eating vegetarian, and an enthusiast of coffee, wine, polished nails, white eyelet anything, and kind-hearted people. She is a disciple of “please” and “thank you” and a girlfriend and partner to her police officer/firefighter boyfriend.
When Carrie is not writing, taking pictures, talking skincare, filling her Amazon cart with books she is too tired to read, raising little humans, loving ferociously, cleaning, or sleeping, she is figuring out how to do it all better tomorrow and thanking God for the big stuff, the little stuff, and everything in between.
Chelsea was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Hampton with her husband, one year old son, and three animals. As a Greek woman, she’s constantly questioned as to whether her blonde haired, blue eyed son is really hers (he is!). She spends her weekdays as a recruiter of nurses, a career that she shares with her husband. She loves being able to talk to caring, passionate nurses on a daily basis.
A fan of all creative pursuits, she spends her free time crocheting, writing, and dreaming up home improvement projects that never turn out quite the way she planned. She and her husband hate to sit at home, and spend all weekends out and about, even if it’s just a trip around the mall.
I’ve been called a lot of names in my 30 years of life, but the past 6 years it has mainly been “momma”. I’m a stay at home mom of a two, three, four, and six year old. Yes, that means I had four children in five years. Before my daughter was born I decided to be a “kit napper” with Thirty One Gifts, and almost 6 years later it’s been one of the best decisions of my life! This “bag thing”, as my husband calls it, has allowed me to stay home with our kids and the freedom to do extracurricular activities. Not to mention, I’ve met a lot of wonderful friends that I didn’t have 6 years ago. Moms need people too! We can’t pour into others if we haven’t filled our own cup. I’ve experienced many highs in my motherhood journey, that’s what we all look forward too!
Emily is a teacher of English/language arts and family and consumer science, currently stay at home mom. Raised on the eastern side of Pennsylvania but moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school with her husband.
Emily and her husband have been married for four years and enjoy traveling to different countries. She has almost two year identical twin boys, Xavier and Bruce. Her family enjoys eating and making new foods as well as standby family recipes, can be found at the farmers market on weekends, and exploring events and museums around the city.
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.
Jen F. lives in Gibsonia, PA and is a mom to three kids. After battling two school districts in seven years for her own autistic son, Jen started The Happier Autism Family, where she became an educational advocate, representing families at IEP and other meetings, and she also empowers parents via public speaking and social media, teaching about education law and what to expect when having special needs children in school. In her spare time, Jen can been seen running like crazy to hockey and dance practices, and posting as many pictures of cats she can find to Facebook.
Jesse De Hartwich
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.
Jessica Y. is a first time mommy! She is married to the love of her life, Jake, who was her first crush in 2nd grade. They have a baby girl, Lexii, who is 4 months old and their fur daughter, Uzi, who is an adorable Shepard/Lab mix. They currently reside in the Mars Area.
Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Special Education focusing in Autism. However, that degree is sitting pretty collecting dust as her passion is now with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Jessica is Pittsburgh’s Youngest Sales Director and 3x Free Car Achiever. She loves meeting new women (especially mommies) and sharing the opportunity Mary Kay has to offer. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom and loves every minute of it. She is so happy Lexii is being raised in an environment in which she is surrounded by strong, successful businesswomen daily instead of a daycare. She is also passionate about helping moms be able to be home with their kids and have a successful career at the same time. Jessica calls Lexii her little assistant, as they frequently have coffee dates, teach skincare, make deliveries and have makeup consultations. Her motto is “I have products that will change your face and an opportunity that will change your life.”
When Jessica needs a “mommy moment” she enjoys getting her nails done, sipping on Starbucks while strolling through the Target isles, extreme couponing and posting photos of her family on social media. You can follow Jessica’s family adventures on instagram @mrsyoungker14.
Jessica is excited to share her journey as a first time mom and momentrepreneur, plus being a great wife in the process. She hopes to inspire other mommas to be the best they can be and leave a legacy. Be sure to check out her Facebook page.
Jessie is a 30 year old mother of 3. Her and her husband were married in 2005, when she was just 18! Following their marriage they quickly filled their house with laughter in 2006 Alexander was born, then followed by Grace in 2008 and Mckenzie in 2010. In the early years of motherhood she decided her efforts were best spent at home. In 2016 , when McKenzie entered the public school system, Jessie returned to work as a full time nanny. While she finds both motherhood and being a nanny rewarding; she also enjoys the arts of cooking and photography.
Jessie was born in Pittsburgh, however she was raised mostly in coastal Virginia where her father was stationed in the Navy. They returned home to Pittsburgh when he retired in 1998.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Liz, who grew up in New Castle, PA, is the only female that resides in her family’s Cranberry
Township home. This boy mom actually enjoys being severely outnumbered by her husband Adam, their four year old Miles, and even her male dog and cat. She frequently claims that there are definite perks to being the “lady of the house”.
Liz studied Secondary Education/English at Clarion University where she also earned her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction. She puts her degrees to good use as a high school English teacher. Though it’s sometimes difficult to juggle her career and motherhood, she can’t imagine her life without either role.
When Liz isn’t teaching or relaxing with her guys at home, she can typically be found reading, working out, putting her Amazon Prime membership to good use, listening to 90’s hip hop, cooking, or planning her family’s next vacation.
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 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 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.
Megan is mom to a wild toddler boy, Finnian, and his older dog brother Teddy, with another baby on the way this fall. Originally from New Castle, PA, she’s lived in the North Hills of Pittsburgh for the past decade. She and her husband Dan met at IUP where she earned her journalism/public relations degree, which has served her well during her career in a variety of communications roles for the nonprofit and education sector. She currently works four days a week at the University of Pittsburgh in fundraising communications. In her spare time, Megan enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing, traveling, and fitness. She’s a pescetarian who loves to eat, have a cup of coffee, and (when she’s not pregnant) a glass of red wine.
Melissa is originally from a small town in Massachusetts, but so happy to be making her home in Pittsburgh with her husband and best friend, Brian. Their family includes a cranky old cat, a lovable hound dog, and two wild and sweet daughters, Everly and Alison.
Melissa began her career as an English major, but through some twists and turns, ended up right where she was supposed to be as a cardiac nurse. She loved nursing, but decided to switch things up again and become a stay at home Mom to her two awesome girls. She spends her days pretending to eat fake food, cleaning up the same messes she cleaned up the day before, and giving lots of hugs and kisses. It’s the best.
Melissa is so excited to be writing again, and can’t wait to connect with and learn from the Pittsburgh Moms Blog community!
Michelle is a 29-year-old mom of 2 precious babies, a 3-year-old girl, and a 1-year-old boy. They are constantly moving and their excitement and tenacity are what keeps their family going all. the. time. Loving every minute of it, Michelle and her husband Dave have fun hanging out with family and friends in the Beaver County area and throughout Pittsburgh. Previously working, going to school and living in the Pittsburgh area makes it so they have to visit frequently doing fun events and activities. Baseball games, theater, restaurants, and events bring these two in to make great memories! Michelle grew up in Beaver Falls and attended school for Secondary Education in Social Studies at Clarion University of PA and the Masters in Education program at the University of Pittsburgh. Michelle works from home for the time being but still pursues learning new things every day whether it be about her career or parenting, she is an avid reader and researcher! As a stay-at-home mom, she enjoys every moment with her kids. Now living in Beaver Falls again she gets to be around family and friends, living the dream!
Nicole Tanner Ging
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 in 2015, just a week and a half before the birth of her daughter, Reagan. 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.
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 just as life seemed to calm down Nicole and her Husband decided to keep things interesting. They welcomed a second child, a son (Tyler), into their crazy world in August 2017. Now, Nicole is learning how to be the mother to two little ones while maintaining her own identity. She hopes to continue to share her insight on life (and favorite things) with the readers of Pittsburgh Moms Blog and remind moms that we are all in this crazy journey together.
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.
A Pittsburgh native, Rachel has spent just enough time living in other places to know that her heart is in the Steel City. She is mom to three young kids, including a set of twins. Rounding out the Moody household is her husband and their senior dog (and first “baby”).
Rachel works full time in corporate communications, balancing her career with a family life that includes Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, dance, swimming, riding lessons and, of course, soccer. She looks forward to one day finding time to read more, cook things that aren’t frozen and learn how to use her DSLR camera in manual mode. Right now, though, she’ll settle for catching a non-kids’ TV show, take-out pizza and an IPA.
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!
Rebecca left home in the Pacific Northwest at 12 years old and was in various group settings and homeless for the remainder of her youth. At the age of 17 she became an advocate for homeless youth and served on her first Board of Directors which established Seattle’s first homeless youth shelter, shortly after that she came out as Queer. Despite having a 9th grade education went on to attend University on scholarship, graduated, was accepted to Law School but chose not to attend. After a 17 year career in policy, advocacy and social activist movements she married a Canadian and had a small litter of children in a short period of time. After 9 years in Canada she fled with her children due to domestic violence arriving in Pittsburgh with three children and three suitcases. She now raises her gender-variant children with a platonic partner and co-parent in Brookline.
She changed careers and has become the COO of an extremely innovative company based in Pittsburgh. Throughout all of these life experiences writing and performance was a constant lifeline for her, she has toured nationally performing her poetry and represented Pittsburgh in National Poetry Slam competition, co-written feature length plays and helped found a Queer Writing school in Seattle, WA. While in Pittsburgh she produced queer cabarets with a collective called Steel Queer N’at as well as produced K’vetch an open-mic for spoken work and is now exhilarated to merge all these parts into the team at Pittsburgh Mom’s Blog.
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.
A resident of Penn Township, Pa, Sam Westerlund is a public educator, writer, coach and entrepreneur who co-founded Pace Success Coaching, a training and mentoring company based in the Pittsburgh area. She is also a wife and mother of two young boys, age 4 and 3, with one more on the way due in July, and stepmother to boys in their twenties. Her work commitments and “modern family” keep her very busy, but in her spare time, she is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, with an affinity for personal development books, a recreational golfer and traveler. Her passion is sharing authentically and openly with others about the joys and struggles of motherhood and helping people find freedom through realization of their personal and professional goals.
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 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!
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 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!