About New York City Moms Blog & Our Contributors
New York City Mom's Blog is a collaborative group of women living or working in New York City. They wrestle strollers down subway stairs and struggle with taxi cabs on every corner. But whether they're parenting without backyards, extra storage space or carpools, or enjoying their recent escapes to the suburbs in spite of their horrific commutes, these moms are living proof that "the city never sleeps".
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Come and meet our fabulous New York City Moms Blog Contributors:.
Adelaide Morgan is the pen name of this mom who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. She blogs at oneofthosehorriblemoms.blogspot
Aimee Yoon is the proud mamma of three kids and lives on the UWS. By day she is the cofounder of a PR firm and is constantly dealing with the tugs of work/family/friends/dreams. Too often she fantasizes of running off to
St. Martin for a simpler life, but then realizes she would probably miss all the madness.
Aimee is hooked on exercise, gossip magazines, wine, chocolate chip cookies and karaoke. She hopes that one day she will get to sing the national anthem at a sporting event and that one of her kids will compete in the Olympics..
Anna W is living the good life with three kids under the age of eight and one husband over the age of thirty, a mere few miles north of New York City. She wishes she still lived in Manhattan, but the arrival of the third baby sent the family to the suburban wilds like many before them. When not complaining about how hard it is to find a good bagel in her small town or addressing other equally important issues, she spends her time trying to curb her children's candy and TV consumption. Anna also enjoys teaching her children about early '80s cultural icons, eBay, the joy of a good book and the many benefits of the occasional nap.
She blogs about all things mom at http://randomhandprints.blogspot.com.
Amy O. originally from Buffalo, settled in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn six years ago with her husband, Omer, and two kids, Jake and Fiona. Having worked previously as a McDonald's grill cook, lifeguard, campus police dispatcher, receptionist, waitress, concierge, stage actress, movie and TV extra, mad scientist, and production assistant, she is thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom. Amy and Omer are in the midst of a never-ending renovation of a brownstone that will either kill them or make them stronger, but right now it's leaning towards killing them (or them killing each other).
Amy watches too much TV, laughs at (and makes) inappropriate jokes, and secretly wishes to replace all of her friends' Veggie Booty with Cheetos. Someday she will finally arrange all of her photos into scrapbooks and learn how to knit more than scarves.
Andrea Stanley is a published writer whose work has appeared in SELF, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and various other publications.
During the course of this past year, she became an ex-suburbanite, trading in her white picket fence in the suburbs for a stoop in the city.
When Andrea isn't busy selling words by the pound, she can be found scouring the endless nooks of NYC, always on the hunt for a good book, a great glass of champagne and a fabulous pair of shoes, or two...or five. She shares her love of life in the city with her two loves, her husband, Greg, and itty bitty city tot, Connor.
Andrea also has a blog "Stories from the Stoop," at www.andrea-stanley.com.
Becca Levey grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn back in the days before Starbucks and Barnes and Noble set up shop. She attended both public and private schools in Brooklyn and has a myriad of opinions on the pros and cons of both. Becca graduated from the University of Michigan where she met her Midwestern husband and strong-armed him into moving to Manhattan where they have lived ever since. In her past life she was an aspiring actress and screenwriter and worked as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant. You can follow her adventures in NYC and travels further a field at www.beccarama.com. And check out her monthly parenting column at the Westside Independent. For a daily fix, follow her on twitter @beccasara.
Beth Feldman is the founder of Role Mommy, a website and event company dedicated to inspiring, entertaining and informing today's busy moms. Beth is also the co-author of the new laugh out loud book Peeing in Peace: Tales & Tips for Type A Moms (NK Publications, 2007). Beth was the vice president for the CBS Communications Group where she spearheaded publicity campaigns on behalf of several divisions of the company. She recently left CBS to launch BeyondPR - an entertainment public relations agency representing television projects, original programming for the web and best-selling authors.
Beth and her husband Darin live in New Rochelle, NY with their precocious, yet adorable kids Rebecca and Dylan, and their cat, Rudy, who sometimes suffers from Deli Cat reflux disorder.
Carolyn Edgar lives in Harlem with her 11-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son, and a cat of indeterminate age. During the day, Carolyn is a vice president and legal counsel for a leading global cosmetics company. At night, after kicking the kids and the cat out of her room, she writes about the adventures of being a single, full-time working mom in New York City.
Dagmar Bleasdale pursues her passions. Since moving from Germany to Los Angeles, she has studied acting, become the Valedictorian in college, got a degree in English from UCLA, started her own editing service (imPROOF), married her former yoga teacher at a castle overlooking the Hudson River, welcomed her son Landon exactly one year later, and moved to Katonah, New York.
Always unafraid to voice her opinions, she now has a slew of new ones about being a mom who also juggles a freelance editor career and her addiction to Twitter. Passionate about advocating breastfeeding and wanting to share information and resources with other moms, she started her blog -- Dagmar’s momsense. If she doesn’t edit other people’s manuscripts or run after her three-year-old, she writes about making sense of motherhood, natural birth, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, green and frugal living, and social media. Her hunky carpenter husband begs her to keep him out of it. Which she doesn’t.
Deb Feyerick is an award-winning CNN journalist who specializes in crime and terrorism. The best compliment she ever received was from her kindergartener who said, "You won trophies? You must be a good reporter. But you are a great mommy." Deb believes multi-tasking, especially for moms, should qualify as an official Olympic sport. Deb is really excited to be writing about her life as a Mom since it's such a perfect complement to her life as a journalist and she could not imagine being one without the other.
Debra Goldschmidt moved to New York with her husband in 2002 kicking and screaming all the way. They were only going to stay for a year but continue to reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with their toddler son.
In addition to being a mom, Debra is an award-winning television news producer and freelance writer with an expertise in health and medical news. She has worked for CNN, CBS News Productions, and WNBC. Her byline has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek,and The New York Daily News, among other publications. She is a certified EMT who volunteers for the Central Park Medical Unit in her spare time.
Debra holds a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Deborah Quinn has lived in New York for more than twenty years, which amazes her on an almost daily basis. She is, variously, an English professor, writer, blogger, wife, mother, and PTA Co-President. After twelve years in various Brooklyn neighborhoods, she moved into Manhattan, where she now lives near Union Square with two boys (4ish and 8ish), and a husband (latefortyish), two fish, several stickbugs (a science experiment run amok), and several thousand lego pieces.
Being the mother of boys means that she knows more Star Wars arcana than George Lucas; can speak fairly proficient Pokemon; and can find her way blindfolded to the wing of the Met devoted to knights, armor, and weapons - with occasional detours through the mummies. She also blogs at www.mannahattamamma.com
Eden Pontz is currently Executive Producer at CNN's New York Bureau in addition to her position of "Chief Mama"at home. An award-winning journalist, she's produced and reported both domestically (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York), and internationally (London, Paris, Germany, the Middle East). Sadly, she moved from London back to New York just before giving birth-totally nixing her daughter's chance for dual citizenship. She recently moved from Manhattan to what realtors refer to as "Manhattan East" Brooklyn --along with her husband and toddler daughter in order to allow their family to have a second room at home. She first came to New York for college even though her best friend's father warned her she was moving to "a den of iniquities". Eden is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School .
Esti Berkowitz is a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest who turned around one day and noticed she had three kids under three, had moved to New York City via Jerusalem, and had become an observant Jew.
After graduating from Stephen’s College she worked as a marketing executive in the big, bad corporate world of tech. At 33, she traded in her corporate card and studied at She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women in Israel . About a year after she returned, this time to NYC, she found herself under the Chuppah, and now, although she calls herself a SAHM, she has started a couple of widely followed blogs as well as engaged in various social media projects. Esti blogs about marriage, pregnancy, and parenting after 35 at www.primetimeparenting.com. Esti also blogs about her life as an observant Jew and her new found love for kosher food, eating matzah, and Shabbat at www.sheitelsandstrollers.wordpress.com.
Esti most recently launched Jewish Shmooz Network on blogtalkradio.com. She hosts her own radio show once a week and interviews Jewish entrepreneurs as well as mompreneurs. She also co-hosts Socialmediarap with Beth Rosen and is part of the Role Mommy Radio Network.
Holly Rosen Fink was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but she’s no southern belle. She moved to Manhattan after university and has never looked back. After 10 years, she and her husband moved to suburbia. She still craves city life and makes her way into NYC several times a week for a dose of culture.
Holly started her career in television, working at Lifetime, Nickelodeon and Oxygen Media. She has since moved into the publishing world and has handled big marketing projects ever since, now working as a consultant. She has two children, born 19 months apart and finds motherhood to be the biggest challenge she's ever faced. She’s married to an Englishman and marvels at the fact that she is the only member of her family who is not a United Kingdom citizen. Holly blogs about travel, theater, film, art, books, advocacy and more at http://theculturemomblog.blogspot.com .
Jayne Sosland lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Prior to being a SAHM, she worked in television and in web production and was a freelance writer. Now she writes, takes care of her kids and tries to keep all balls in the air--with moderate success. Still, she considers herself extremely lucky and wouldn't trade places with anyone --except, maybe herself in a parallel universe in which she is the same but has longer legs, never smoked cigarettes and has a handsome cabinet containing beautifully labeled folders and bins.
Jennifer M. is a stay at home mom to two wonderful, aggravating, lovable, infuriating little kids, Jonathan, 7, and Kayla, 2. She lives on Long Island with her husband Scott and said children. When she was little she wanted to be a dancer, veterinarian, lawyer, actor, singer and by the sixth grade was pretty much set on being a writer. So she went to school and got a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Hofstra University and after graduation became a manager for Old Navy. Way to use the degree! Go Jennifer! After a short stint at a day care for the duration of her first pregnancy she and her husband decided that it was best she stay home so the kids would get the best care possible and at least one of their parents would not miss the babies' most important milestones.
Seven years later, Jennifer still writes a little, in between potty training, homework, Cub Scouts, playdates and Tastefully Simple (shameless plug!)
Jennifer is reasonably new to "the blogosphere" having just started her own personal blog (Ramblings of a Semi-Conscious Mastermind Mommy) in December 2009, but she is thrilled to be a part of the NYC Mom's Blog. Being a Long Island mom, she is hoping to offer a slightly different perspective to this blog because she's not from "the city" nor does she spend a whole lot of time there. She hopes you'll enjoy her posts and not want to beat her up in a dark alley somewhere.
As food editor at Working Mother magazine Jennifer Perillo is living the part. What started as a hobby in her teens, became a career more than a decade ago. Perillo began Time to Eat, a personal chef company, in 1999 in NYC. After years of catering and features in Time Out New York, the Daily News and online at CNNfn, Perillo went on to work with world reknowned chefs Tom Colicchio and Alain Ducasse.
After the birth of her first daughter in 2003, Perillo transformed her love of food into a writing career. In addition to Working Mother, her work and original recipes have been featured in Parenting and Kiwi magazines. In between recipe testing and writing, Perillo is busy shuttling her five-year-old daughter to dance, piano and playdates. The PTA also keeps her quite busy —Perillo is on the executive board as co-chair of the Wellness Committee. For a peek at her recipes and to read more about her chronicles on parenting and motherhood check out her website and other blogs The Daily Juggle and The Mama Chronicles.
Perillo lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Jessica Ciosek lives in lower Manhattan with her family: a daughter who consistently astounds her Midwestern-bred mother with her street smarts and city savvy and a tow-headed boy who knocks Mom dead with his blue eyes and cherubic smile. She also harbors two cats though it is debatable who actually owns whom. Jess and her husband moved to New York in 1993 and intend to stay for the duration. Jess loves to write, walk, hang out with the kids and sleep among other things. She bakes at night so the kids can noâ¬â¢t help and she has successfully convinced her husband he is a better cook and therefore, should prepare all family dinners henceforth. Her goal in life is to laugh with abandon once everyday for the rest of her life and to revel in the goodness that is this life with children.
Judy Antell, a freelance writer, is the mother of three girls. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she shops for vegetarian food at the food coop, rides a bicycle and coaches rec soccer. She blogs at Veggie Mom.
After spending the majority of their lives in a small town in the Bay Area, Jessica Shyba and her husband transplanted to Manhattan in August of 2009 so that he could attend NYU Dental School. They quit their jobs, sold their cars and drove a U-Haul across country with everything they owned, including a goldfish. Now a stay at home mom, Jessica spends her days learning the ropes of living in New York City with a three year old son and 19 month old daughter. Armed with a double stroller and an iPhone, navigating the subways, bus lines, and preschool system is teaching her to be the aggressive city mama she never knew she had within her.
Determined to experience everything possible in the city that never sleeps, she decided to document her family's transition and adventures around New York City by starting a blog, Momma's Gone City. A closet foodie and fashionista, Manhattan is where this girl was born to live. Even if it's only four years.
When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying (what's left of) her children's babyhood and occasionally stealing away to share a glass of wine with her husband.
Karen is the mother of two sons, ages 4 years and 17 months. She moved to a tiny one bedroom in Battery Park City/Tribeca with the boys and her husband in August. Her first "welcome to the city" moment came just days after settling in the new location, when Karen realized that she had missed the boat on the preschool admissions circus by more than a year. Due to extreme luck and circumstances beyond the new-to-the-city mom's control, she was lucky to find an open spot for her son. Karen currently has a part time job as a freelancer at Conde Nast. On weekends, Karen enjoys seeing all the sights New York City has to offer, even if it means pushing around 65 pounds in a Phil&Ted's double stroller.
A seasoned public relations and marketing professional, Karen Amster-Young, has two decades of marketing, public relations and writing experience. In 1992 Karen founded Amster-Young Public Relations, Inc. (AYPR), an award-winning agency. In 2002, Karen sold the firm after having built the agency to $2M in billings. Highlights of her firm’s work include the award-winning launch of FIJI Water and ITO EN Teas®. The firm handled numerous projects and events for the American Cancer Society, the Hong Kong Tourist Association, prominent antique shows, restaurants and others. Karen was named one of the top “Forty PR Stars under Forty” by PR Week magazine and has been featured in numerous trade magazines.
Since 2003, Karen has been representing select clients as an independent public relations and marketing consultant. She is often called upon by companies looking for strategic counsel on product launches, particularly in the consumer food category and home/design. Last year her work on behalf of a top designer garnered significant press for his participation in the Hampton Designer Showhouse – one of the most esteemed design show houses in the country. Karen is also a freelance writer; her articles and columns have been published in numerous magazines, predominantly in the Hamptons, including The Hamptons and Dan’s Papers. For The Hamptons Karen rants and raves about a variety of topics; for Dan’s Papers and others she has interviewed celebrities, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs and athletes. Her complete background and samples of her work can be found at www.karenamsteryoung.com . She and a partner, Pamela Godwin, will launch their new blog, The 52 Weeks (coming soon!) in the coming months.
Karen’s career began as a communications executive at Citibank after completing the firm’s internship program – one of the most prestigious in the county. A few years later she joined Ketchum Public Relations in New York, one of the nation’s top ten public relations firms.
A once “top” tennis player, Karen still enjoys the game weekly and likes to kid herself that she can still play. She loves napping, casinos in the Caribbean, finding the perfect pair of jeans and good movies. Like many people, she is perpetually trying to tackle her constantly growing to-do lists. She admits to being embarrassingly addicted to court TV shows like Judge Judy and loves watching The Bachelor and American Idol with her daughter.
An avid entrepreneur, Karen is always passionately seeking exciting business opportunities – both personally and as a consultant. She lives with her husband, nine-year old daughter and their dog Lucy in Manhattan.
Kathie Horejsi lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. A
corporate relocation at the end of the dot-com boom brought the family
from Seattle to New York City just in time for 9/11. Born in Nebraska
and raised in Montana, she still stares like a tourist as she
chaperones her urban child around the city. Her husband's office is in
Rockefeller Center, her child attends an elementary school that can be
seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, and Kathie can be found on downtown
stages like La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the company of women
as part of Clowns Ex Machina. Her blog is clownmommy.com.
Kelcey Kintner has worked in the White House, spent years as a local TV reporter/anchor and earned a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She even lived in Montana where this city girl had to drive three hours just to find sushi. But nothing has ever kicked her bum like motherhood. It's exhausting. It's frustrating. It's strangely addictive.
This West Village mama has two young daughters (Dylan and Summer) and tries to suppress their endless zest for complete chaos, while finding time for her husband, Rick Folbaum (a Fox anchor), yoga and really bad television. Kelcey is the creator and editor-in-chief of the mama bird diaries, a smart, funny and always unpredictable take on motherhood. She is also a contributor (sharing all things kid related) for the entertaining site, Notes on a Party and the contact gal for Totspot, a private social network for tots and their parents.
Linda was born in Okinawa, Japan and lived there until age 7 when she moved to the United States. Sadly, her Japanese is non-existent except basic phrases. Because of her racial background (her mother was Japanese and her father was African-American) and her family's constant moving from city to city, Linda has developed a sense of adventure and love of travel. Ah, I forgot to mention, she is an Air Force brat, hence the constant moving from base to base.
Though Linda and her adopted daughter now in live in downtown Manhattan, she has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe and has lived in several exotic locales included Florence, Italy, Okinawa, Japan and Archamp, France where she attend Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management.
In 2008, Linda started www.newyorkcitysinglemom.com, a lifestyle website devoted to the concerns, challenges and triumphs of single moms in New York City. Prior to founding the site, Linda was a marketer for several Fortune 50 companies. Most recently, she worked in the financial services and like so many others, she was laid off in December 2008.
This kicked the website into overdrive. Now her devoted fans visit her site to read about her hectic life and her many diverse interests including pop culture, politics, shopping and financial matters. Her background lends an international flair to the eclectic and irreverent website which gains popularity and followers every month.
Linda is currently writing a book focused on her experience as an African American/Japanese single woman adopting a child on her own. She hopes to share her story with others and provide some humor, insight and a very new twist on traditional adoption.
Newyorkcitysinglemom.com has even begun hosting live events like First Mondays Cocktails where moms meet, network and relax.
Linda along with being a contributor at New York City Mom Blogs and managing her own site, is off looking for next career.
Marinka lives in NYC's West Village with her husband and two kids and, most recently, a cat. A kitten, really. Adorable. With razor sharp claws.
Marinka loves reading, blogging, movies, Real Housewives of New York, and oh yeah, spending time with her family.
Her blogs are Motherhood in NYC and Secret Spineless Whine.
Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman is a married mother of boy/girl twin tweens (say that 10 times fast) living on the Upper West Side.
A former Bar Mitzvah Band singer and television producer, she now spends most of her time writing. Nancy has been syndicated in the online editions of The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Charlotte Observer, among others. Her work has appeared in print in Brain,Child magazine and in the anthologies The Knitters Gift (Avalon Press 2005), The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater (Seal Press 2007) and See Mom Run (Plain White Press 2009).
Nancy is a compulsive knitter, an avid cook, a mediocre ballroom dancer, and a really bad athlete. She is a contributing blogger at Traveling Mom.com and she blogs about momming, aging, and her 20 year quest to lose the same ten pounds on her own blog From Hip to Housewife.
Pamela Weinberg is the co-author of City Baby, the best-selling NYC parenting guidebook. This indispensable resource for parents, written with Kelly Ashton, will be reprinted and updated in its fourth edition in the Fall, 2010. City Baby (citybabyny.com) has been called "The Bible for New York City Parents" and helps new and expectant parents navigate the city with their children. In addition to the New York edition, there are also editions for Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Pamela writes and blogs frequently on parenting related topics. Her work can be found on nycmomsblog.com, womanaroundtown.com, eyeslipsface.com and parentsinaction.org. In addition to her writing, Pamela speaks frequently on child-related topic at a variety of luncheons and seminars in the tri-state area. Pamela's presentations at the luncheons include 'Ten Great Things to Do with Your Baby in New York', Tips for Traveling with your Baby', and 'Best Infant Classes in New York'.
In 2008, Pamela started a business with a partner, Barri Waltcher called Mind Your Own Business Moms. MYOBMoms (MYOBMoms.com) is dedicated to helping Stay at Home Moms return to the workplace, and to keep their career skills alive while they are home with their children. Pamela and Barri speak frequently to mother's groups, lead workshops at NYU's School or Continuing Professional Studies as well as counsel clients one-on-one.
Pamela also has chaired and served on many committees at her children's school, including Community Service, Community Building and Grade Representative. Pamela serves on the board of Parents in Action New York City, an organization geared toward providing drug, alcohol and parenting information to the New York City Independent Schools.
A graduate of Brandeis University, mother of 16 and 13 year old, Pamela llives in New York with her family and their dog Roxy.
Rachel E. Ayers gave birth to her first child on February 1, 2010 - and can hardly believe that now she's a mama in the mother of all cities, New York. Growing up in Akron, OH and living in the same house for 18 years, she always assumed she'd do the whole marriage-and-children-thing there in the midwest.
But the call of the theatrical community moved her to NYC in 2002 - and she now lives in Queens with her incredible partner, Jon, and their beautiful baby girl, Grace. Rachel works as a General Manager for Roundabout Theatre Company, is a member of the Board of Directors for Jaradoa Theater, and is also on the springBOARD at her favorite non-profit theatre, The Vineyard.
She jots down her thoughts A Little Each Day on her own personal blog and also enjoys singing in the church choir, reading, writing, and looking at her daughter for hours on end.
Susan Weissman has been writing about family life with EXTREME food allergies ever since her son was born with them. When she’s not configuring nut, dairy, soy and seed-free meal plans, she is blogging at Peanuts In Eden, writing for The Huffington Post and working on her memoir “At Table For Four: Food, Allergies, and One Family’s Triumph” (Sterling Publishing March 2012.)
Before she began parenting and writing full time, Susan was middle and high school English teacher, a great training for next life. Susan and her husband are native New Yorkers and it’s hard for them to imagine bringing up their two children (age 7 and 11) anywhere else. It might be hectic, crowded and expensive at times, but it feels like home.
Tonya Vernooy is a freelance writer (see: definition of “broke” in Webster’s dictionary), Co-founder of the blog adhocmom.com (for women who think their options suck), and contributor to achildgrowsinbrooklyn.com.
Originally from Austin, Texas, she moved to the big apple to
become an art historian. Her specialization was biotechnology and contemporary
art. She is still obsessed with all things genetic and technology driven but
has given up being an art historian to be a part-time writer and full-time
mommy. She is currently at work on
a series of murder mysteries, as well as, writing daily about things probably
only she finds funny. Also, she
really likes kung-fu movies and Angela Lansbury, if only the two would join
Originally from Austin, Texas, she moved to the big apple to become an art historian. Her specialization was biotechnology and contemporary art. She is still obsessed with all things genetic and technology driven but has given up being an art historian to be a part-time writer and full-time mommy. She is currently at work on a series of murder mysteries, as well as, writing daily about things probably only she finds funny. Also, she really likes kung-fu movies and Angela Lansbury, if only the two would join forces…
Torie Black is the pen name of this new Irish arrival in Manhattan. Married to a Scot and Mum (sorry 'Mom' just isn't allowed) to an eight year old boy and a six year old girl she blogs about the ups and downs of Manhattan family life at her blog Manhattan for Better or Worse.
After growing up in Northern Ireland, she started her long lost career in London before moving her family to the suburbs in Hertfordshire. One day in January 2009 all her wishes come true when her husband announced he was being moved by his company to her favourite city. She packed and shipped her family to TriBeCa in a heart beat. In between grappling with new schools, new friends, mastering the cultural differences (let's just start with play dates!) and trying to restart her career, she gets her kicks at Soul Cycle, runs, plays piano, drinks too many cucumber martinis and eats Nutella straight out of the jar with a spoon.
Varda Steinhardt is a mother, a daughter, a wife and a writer. In her former life, B.C. (before children), she was a TV/video/media producer and also worked off-off-Broadway as a director and dramaturge helping writer/performance artists mold their one person shows. She used to travel around the country and the world, now she feels lucky if she makes it out of her neighborhood once a week. That neighborhood is Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where, as an older mother of twins, she feels quite at home. It’s also where she started out. She loves being an “urban mom” and thinks raising kids in the city is a wonderful thing. Her 7 year old twins are fraternal boys, and one of them is on the Autism Spectrum. This has opened up a whole new chapter in her life as an amateur sleuth: an educational and medical investigator constantly looking for ways to help her son unlock his amazing potential. Her philosophy as an “Autism Mom” echoes that of Temple Grandin’s mother: “Different, not less than.”She also has a very elderly mother who recently became a widow. The intensity at the end of her father's life, when the responsibilities of being a mother and care-giving daughter crashed together into a perfect storm is what begins her personal blog: The Squashed Bologna: a slice of life in the sandwich generation. The name is pretty self explanatory, she feels like the squashed meat in the middle, pretty much all the time. She is thrilled to be blogging with the other wonderful mother/writers at the NYC Moms Blog, and the 50-Something Moms Blog.
The Management Team:
PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CO-FOUNDER: Jill Asher is the co-founder of Silicon Valley Moms Group. The idea came to Jill over two years ago (March 2006) to start Silicon Valley Moms Blog, after she finished her one year "Presidency" of PAMP. After inviting friend after friend to join this "crazy idea" that moms would want to write about parenting experiences in their regional area, Jill has watched Silicon Valley Moms Group blossom into over nine collaborative blogging communities.
By far, her biggest challenge and greatest joy is motherhood. Jill and her husband are the proud parents of two elementary school aged daughters. Jill admits that she is NOT A PERFECT PARENT and fears her daughter's teenage years. Her girls can be heard running around the house screaming, "Mommy is blogging again!" and she needs to bribe from time to time them with treats. Is she allowed to admit that? On the bright side, Jill really digs living in Silicon Valley and tries her best to blend in, praying that no one will hear her "New Jersey accent". Unless, of course, she is royally upset.
Jill handles PR, Marketing, Business Development and outreach for this collaborative community.
Beth Blecherman (Chief Technology Mom) is a techie turned blogger mom who is in charge of blogging technology and development for the Silicon Valley Moms Group network. She also works on the outreach/development to obtain new bloggers and organizing events for the network. Beth started her career in application development, then system auditing and her last role was Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte. Beth's personal blog is on tips, tricks, and discussions about parents use of technology for their families (Techmamas). When not blogging, she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and tooling around other new online social networking sites...
PARTNER, SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Tekla S. Nee, a cofounder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, serves as editor-in-chief and CFO for the network of blogs. She has been writing about parenting for more than 25 years for magazines like Parenting, BabyTalk, Working Woman, Special Reports: Family, and Better Health and Living. She blogged for five years before there was such a word, writing a weekly column about about her life with three kids for the Palo Alto Daily News. She's published three books, The Mommy Rescue Guide First Year; The Mommy Zone: Tales from the Trenches of Parenthood; and The Everything Baby's First Year Book (also published in Russian and Chinese). And that's just in her spare time, during the day, she masquerades as a mild-mannered technology journalist working for a major metropolitan magazine.
PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Linsey Krolik joined the management team of Silicon Valley Moms Group as a Partner in October 2009, after serving as the company's lawyer, book club editor, and a contributing writer for Silicon Valley Moms Blog since July 2007. Linsey has been a technology, media, and business lawyer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the past ten years. Before operating her solo law practice, which she started shortly after the birth of her twins in 2004, Linsey was Corporate Counsel for ARM, Inc., a United Kingdom-based intellectual property company and worked for a variety of tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including Palm, Inc, OmniSky Corporation, and 3Com Corporation. Linsey holds a combination JD/MBA degree from Santa Clara University School of Law with a concentration in High Technology Law and in Marketing and has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 2002. She is the co-author of the book "Virtual Incorporation: A Lawyer's Guide to Forming Virtual Corporations," which was published by the American Bar Association in 2009. She is a speaker and teacher, having spoken at BlogHer'08 and taught at Solo Practice University and Outside the Cube. Linsey is very active in her community, sitting on the board of several local organizations as President and in other Board of Director roles. She is a twin mom (plus one more makes three kids aged 6 and under), a twin herself, and a cancer survivor. In addition to writing at Silicon Valley Moms Blog, she writes at her personal blog, Me Too You, and at her twins club's blog Mad About Multiples. Linsey handles business development, advertising and legal issues for SV Moms Group.