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Meet Our Team

Meet your Westchester County Moms Blog team. We’re local Westchester moms who are passionate about parenting, Westchester, and connecting other moms.

Meet Your Westchester County Moms Blog Team

Nicole Menzies, Owner and Founder

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Hello, Westchester! Nicole is a born and raised Westchester area girl. She grew up in Garrison, and now lives in Cortlandt Manor with her husband and two little guys, and most of her big, fat, Greek/Italian family.

 

Nicole attended Manhattanville College, where she met her hockey playing Canadian husband, Jordan (and where they got married four years later). After college, she taught English and social studies in the Bronx for a few years before moving to Canada. While in Canada, she was a professor for the University of Alberta and Grande Prairie College. Since moving back to Westchester last September, Nicole has been a stay-at-home mom to her two busy toddlers.

 

Nicole loves everything the Westchester County area has to offer, and is so excited to bring such a unique resource to fellow local moms. You can usually find her in the Dunkin Donuts drive thru, eating half-eaten chicken nugget scraps, sneaking in very bad reality TV binges, pinning things on Pinterest that she will never actually make, or trying to correctly pronounce dinosaur names.

 

You can reach Nicole at nicole{at}westchestercountymomsblog{dot}com.

Priscilla Young, Sponsorship Coordinator

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Priscilla is new to the job of “mom of two,” having just added a new addition to her family! Her girls are her pride and joy, McKenna (2) and Madeline (3 weeks old). She’s lived in the Hudson Valley her entire life and loves spending time with her fiancé, Henry and her two little girls. In addition to being a full time HR professional with the Highland Falls Fort Montgomery Central School District (also her alma mater), she works as a freelance Social Media Manager for everyone from small businesses to reality star celebrity talent. Her passions include being a Disney fanatic, yard sale-ing & thrifting and creating DIY masterpieces! She is honored to be apart of the Westchester Mom Blog and looks forward to many adventures with her new blog family.
 

Amy, Contributor

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Amy is a Hudson Valley native and educator working in New York City schools. From a young age, Amy has loved writing.  Amy is a breastfeeding, babywearing mama who is always looking for fun things to do with her toddler, especially outdoors.  Before moving to her current home in Westchester, Amy attended college on Long Island and then spent most of her 20s in Brooklyn and Queens. New York is truly home for her, and she’s thrilled to be living closer to her hometown of Garrison and her large extended family. As a mom, Amy believes in empowered parenting, and she’s passionate about raising her kid to be a partner in the fight for social justice.  Amy lives in Ossining with her husband, son, and pup. When she’s not working or trying to figure out nap time, Amy loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and relaxing with her family.

Arlene, Contributor

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Arlene equips moms with life rhythm tools and teachings to restore joy, sanity, and self – because when a mom can show up for her role from a place that’s full and vital – everyone wins.

Arlene is an experienced career woman, wife, and homeschooling mother of three. She began the journey into health and wellness over 20 years ago when she cured her own IBS after conventional medicine failed (not one doctor thought to ask about diet and lifestyle). Then, she became a mother and suffered from anxiety for the first time in her life when she became overwhelmed in her role. It wasn’t more information she needed, it was an application of smart and practical tools for living in a healthy life rhythm. So she built her tool kit to get back on track and started implementing new practices. Using experience as one of her greatest educator, combined with training, she helps moms restore, replenish, and revitalize their lives.

Arlene can be found at http://www.ArleneFigueroa.com.

Blanca, Contributor

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Blanca P. López is a mom of three children, ages 1, 2, and 13.  She was born in Lima, Peru and migrated to the United States at the age of 8.  Currently, she lives in the Village of Port Chester and works at a not for profit organization focusing on housing and community development.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy and Management from the New School University.  She was a Fellow of the New York Immigration and Social Justice Institute’s Immigrant Advocacy Fellowship Program, and was honored by The Business Council of Westchester as one of “Forty Under Forty Rising Stars” in 2011.  Ms. López is also the first Latina elected to office in the Villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, serving as Trustee for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free Board of Education. Blanca serves on several boards of not for profit organizations and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nonprofit Management Program at Manhattanville College;  a Commissioner of the Port Chester Housing Authority, and member of the Kiwanis Club of Port Chester/Rye Brook.  She likes to unwind by spending time with family and friends, read non-fiction books, and watch Netflix.

Brigid, Contributor

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Brigid spends her days working for a television network, and her nights sharing meals with her husband, Jeff, and chasing her son, Anthony (born September 2015). A New York native, she was raised in Suffolk County, went to college in The Bronx and now resides in New Rochelle. An aspiring philanthropist, she loves comedy podcasts, a good TV show to tweet about (@brigidlovestv) and long conversations with funny people.
 

Christina, Contributor

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Christina Halpin is a Mama of two rabble rousers, based out of Sleepy Hollow. Raised in Yonkers, Christina received her Masters in Media at The New School and completed her undergrad at Manhattanville College (where she was voted part of the “Loudest DJ” team on WMVL radio two years running.) A fan of discovering local eateries, homecooking and somewhat misguided home improvement projects, she works full-time in Ecommerce for Fullbeauty.com & has previously blogged for LoHud Food. She enjoys oversharing on the internet and listening to way more true crime podcasts than is probably reasonable. Also, with as much black as she wears (and the fact that she is a self-admitted a retired emo kid,) the irony of making her home in Westchester’s Halloween Town is not lost on her. Catch her on Instagram & Twitter @teenstered .
 

Coren, Contributor

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Coren Schwartz, LCSW, has been a Westchester resident for the past fifteen years. She shares her time in Westchester helping to raise her family and working as a psychotherapist. Her expertise focuses on adult relationships and parent/child issues. When not in her office working or driving her children to their after school activities, she can be found walking her 80 pound puppy on the beautiful local trails. To learn more about Coren Schwartz and her psychotherapy practice, visit her website at www.psychotherapyinwestchester.com
 

Daryl, Contributor

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Daryl lives with her husband and two small children in a house right on the border between Westchester and Fairfield counties. She can usually be found in the customer service line at Target in Mt. Kisco, returning socks her son hated “because they have that thing.” She used to enjoy reading books, travelling with her husband, staying up to date on current affairs, going our to restaurants, concerts, and Yankee games, and sleeping past 6AM on weekends. Now, she enjoys hiding in the laundry room, hiding in the garage, peeing with the door slightly ajar, looking under the couch for Air Rescue Chase, obsessively refreshing Twitter so she can find our what’s going on in the outside world beyond Adventure Bay, and writing Paw Patrol/ Bubble Guppies crossover fan fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @darylstrawberry.
 

EJ, Contributor

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EJ Flynn is a 12-year resident of Mamaroneck.  She is mom to a dynamic 9-year-old daughter Abigail who attends FE Bellows Elementary School.  She is celebrating her 10-year anniversary this month with her wonderful husband, lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, John Flynn.

EJ is a graduate of Mahopac High School and Dutchess Community College where she studied Communications and Media Arts.  She currently works as Community Manager at Carrworkplaces in Harrison, NY and Marketing Manager for Dr. Aki Shirakura Cosmetic Dentists in Armonk, NY.  And she runs her own marketing firm, In Like Flynn Marketing, in her “spare time”.

She is also an author of two published novels, Perspectives of the Heart and 12 Days and was recently picked as a finalist in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition.  She is currently working on 2 more novels, One Season which she plans to publish in December, and Footage, the one that caught James Patterson’s attention.

Lastly and most profoundly, EJ is a Stage 3 Breast Cancer survivor.  She battled through most of 2015 and into 2016, enduring a double mastectomy, 6 months of chemotherapy, 2 months of radiation and a full radical hysterectomy.  She still has more surgeries and a lifetime of monitoring but EJ is cancer free and despite it all you will never find her without a smile.

Her philosophy is to always be moving forward, in business and in life, with intelligence, intention and integrity.

She is thrilled to be joining Westchester County Mom’s Blog and bringing her experience and knowledge to our readers.

Ellen, Contributor

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Ellen has spent most of her life in Westchester, and currently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and three children. Ellen is a pastry chef, and the creator of Penny Lick Ice Cream Company. She documents the trials of running a small food business on her personal blog, commerceofcomestibles.wordpress.com.

Emily, Contributor

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Emily is a native Bronxite who relocated to Yonkers with her husband 6 years ago. Although she was a serious nerd in school, she hated writing papers. In fact, this was a major contributor in her choosing to major in math as an undergrad. Now, in addition to writing here, she also has her own blog at www.themultitaskingmomsite.net. It’s funny how things change. 
In addition to writing, Emily works full time in the insurance industry, is in graduate school (again majoring in math), teaches dance, and is mommy to a 3 year old boy and a baby girl (born May 2016). She met her hubby back in 2007 when they were both taking part in a community theater production of The Music Man. They were partnered as dancers and have been partnered ever since. They were engaged on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and had a Halloween themed wedding on that day in October 5 years ago when there was a giant snowstorm and then the next was beautiful. She is no longer bitter about this. 
Other things you might care to know: Emily has been dancing since she was 3 and has danced professionally for sports teams and dance companies. She was National Mrs. New York 2015. Her son has been singing songs from Sweeney Todd since the age of 2 and is currently expanding his Broadway repertoire. He wants to be a producer. Her daughter was diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism at 6 days old, but she has been on meds ever since and is doing great. Emily is an organizational wizard and a spreadsheet junkie. You can follow her on Instagram @themultimommy.

Ina, Contributor

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Ina is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University and a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist as recognized by the State of New York Education Department and holds a New York Department of Health Certificate in Food Protection. As a Mom and Registered Dietitian, Ina is passionate about good food and healthy living. Her philosophy on nutrition is science-based yet open and fun. Visit Ina at www.square-plate.com
 
 

Jen, Contributor

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Jen is three-year resident of Westchester County and a five-year resident of Mommyhood. She enjoys writing, reading, coffee, wine, Disney World, and traveling with her husband, five year old daughter, two year old son, and 13 month old tiny son. She used to teach high school English in the city, but she decided to give up that stress for the stress of being a SAHM. Her least favorite things to do are laundry and dishes, but those seem to be the two things she puts the most energy into, hoping that one day, someone will create a Roomba-like device that will gather, sort, pretreat, wash, dry, fold, and put away the now clean clothes that her children shed like snakeskin around the house. Aside from dishes and laundry, Jen also occupies her free moments traveling and writing for her blog Three Kids and A Car where she provides travel tips and stories she’s collected since she first started bringing her daughter with her while she traveled the world.

Jen, Contributor

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Jen lives in Ossining with her husband, two kids aged 16 and 7, and two crazy cats.  She works from home as a travel agent and healthy food blogger. Jen loves to cook, create new recipes and sneak as many super foods into her family meals as possible. She does as much yoga as time permits and hopes to one day learn how to use her fancy camera and improve her photography skills. You can follow Jen’s food blog at  http://www.sweetgreenkitchen.com.
 

Jennifer, Contributor

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A New Hampshire native, Jennifer has been living in the Greater New York City/Westchester County area most of her adult life. She is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College where she received her degree in Creative Writing, and her work has appeared in The Madras Mag, The Italics Mine blog and elsewhere. She and her husband Chris are parents to a vibrant three and a half year old daughter, and look forward to welcoming Baby Girl #2 this March.
 

Jillian, Contributor

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Jillian is the queen of procrastination, but always ends up finishing all of her tasks in a bit of a panic. Born and raised in Queens, NY she moved to Westchester just over 13 years ago. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she finally considered Westchester her home. A part time freelance makeup artist, and also a stay at home mom to a sassy stubborn 2 year old daughter. A good book, some wine, and her Playstation 4 keep her sane.
 
 

Johanna, Contributor

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Johanna was born in the south of France, raised in the Caribbean, and has been living in Westchester County for almost a decade. She is an adjunct English professor, blogger, and stay at home mama who loves to travel, do outdoorsy things, and be creative. Find Johanna at https://mamanaturelle.com/ .
 
 

Joni, Contributor

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Joni Manradge is a wife and a mommy to two littles and lives in lower Westchester County. She loves challenging her body and building the best life possible by focusing on her health and fitness. She loves to lift heavy weights, and loves SoulCycle. She is focused on her weightloss journey. She is also an amateur foodie (read LOVES to go to new and existing food establishments that serve fabulous food) and loves all things wine and champagne. She also loves the outdoors and to sit and listen to the water hit the beach.
 
 

Keveney, Contributor

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Keveney is originally from small town, Maine (300 people) but moved to Westchester (lots more people) for college. She then spent time in the Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, and back in Maine  before relocating to Yonkers. She is the single mom of an active and creative 5 (almost 6) year old boy, a College Counselor in the Bronx, and aspirant writer. In her free time (as if she has any) Keveney enjoys baking, going to museums, listening to live music, and online dating (at least 50% of them). She dreams of one day travelling the world with her son and writing about it. Until then, she is happily teaching, blogging, and momming! 
 
 

Kristen, Contributor

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Kristen is the proud mom of two wonderful, smart and sassy daughters (born in 2007 and 2011). Raising her kids as a single mom is a challenge and an adventure and she loves every minute of it. Kristen loves bringing up her girls in the same area of Westchester that she grew up in, having only moved a few miles from her childhood home.  A long time passion for working with children led Kristen to pursue a career in education and she has been an elementary school teacher in the Bronx for over a decade. Her teaching career has taught her that every day is a new experience and to “expect the unexpected.” If she can find any spare time between teaching and motherhood, Kristen likes to read, binge watch horrible romantic comedies on tv, bake, and go on road trips with her girls.
 
 

Leah, Contributor

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Leah, who lives in Ossining, NY, is mother to a toddler, a preschooler, and two middle schoolers. After a brief experiment with online dating, she and her then 4 ½ -year old Transformer-loving son met her match and his beautiful Tinkerbell adventure-loving 6-year old daughter. It wasn’t long before they blended and extended their family. In the last 6 years, Leah went from being a single mom, living in New York City, going to graduate school, and working full time to now being a stay at home mom of 4, living in Westchester, and working part time in the Bronx.  Today, she strives to keep her kids super busy with a wide variety and good balance of academic, social, and athletic activities while desperately managing her home and budget.
 

May, Contributor

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May Hwa-Jones was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens.  She interned at Rolling Stone Magazine and Elle Magazine in college, and was a freelance editorial assistant at Family Life Magazine.  With a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU and a Master’s Degree from Stanford University in Literature, May explored editorial life in NYC, but moved towards a teaching career instead, which led to a teaching certification in secondary education and the eventual achievement of a second Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver.   As a licensed clinical social worker, May has practiced psychotherapy for nearly seventeen years in multiple settings, from substance abuse clinics in hospitals to community mental health centers, finally finding her passion working with families in a school for severely emotionally disabled children in Westchester County.   She is married to a self-proclaimed red neck from Colorado and has three children, who are the beloved centers of chaos in her life.  Formerly a ballet dancer and musician for over 20 years, she now does Zumba to keep her joints from locking up and is an avid cheer-soccer-tae kwon do-music-art-dance mom.  Her husband regularly begs her to stop volunteering to run more activities, but she never listens to red necks.

Melissa, Contributor

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Melissa Jacobowitz is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997.   She and her husband currently live in Mount Kisco with their two children, Corey (12) and Mia (9).    Melissa spent many years working in Human Resources for a legal services organization in Manhattan.  She currently works for Bright Horizons as an Enrollment Counselor. 
 
Melissa is a two-time survivor of Postpartum OCD.  In order to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, she became a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress, which is a peer-to-peer organization to support women with maternal mental illnesses.  Melissa initially became interested in writing to just share her journey with Postpartum OCD, but has found that she hasn’t been able to put her pen down since!  She is a contributing writer with Suburban Misfit Mom and you can find her stories at http://suburbanmisfitmom.com/writer/melissa-jacobowitz/
 
Melissa is excited to join the Westchester County Moms Blog team and hopes that you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations as a mom of tweens growing up in Westchester.

Michele, Contributor

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Michele is a West Hartford, CT native now living in Lower Westchester with her husband and two daughters (Ages 2 & 10mos). Michele graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and immediately moved to the area after graduation to pursue a career in Hedge Fund Accounting. She is currently a stay home mom looking to now re-enter the workforce after taking 2 years off to raise her little ones. Michele enjoys exploring the outdoors and all that Westchester has to offer with her family. She also has a passion for writing/reading, traveling, eating and watching or playing any and all sports.

Nancy, Contributor

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 Nancy loves exploring all that Westchester and the Hudson Valley has to offer, from locally-farmed produce to seasonal events. She grew up in Putnam County and currently lives in Northern Westchester with her husband and two children: a 10 year old daughter and an 8 year old son.  Nancy’s a former special educator who, several years ago, traded a career in teaching to be a stay at home mom.  In her free time, she writes her own blog (NY Foodie Family), plays tennis and fills up the family scrapbooks with the constant addition of new memories.

Norma, Contributor

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Norma was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. Norma had a very successful career in retail management with Bloomingdales and Kenneth Cole. 
She moved to Westchester when she married. After giving birth to her boys she became obese. She saw a picture of herself and decided to make a permanent life style change. 
Today, Norma is a certified personal trainer through the American Fitness Association of America, runs marathon and Spartan Races. She’s creator and founder of Baby+MomFit Strength Training Class and winner Best of Westchester Editors Pick 2016. 
Her hobbies are trying new fitness activities with her friends and family, buying makeup, cutting up old T-shirts and having her “flex meal” once a week

Rachel, Contributor

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A Westchester native, Rachel is a lover of all things DIY, food, and Harry Potter. After graduating from Mercy College with a Masters in Education, she moved to Orlando in 2012 to teach, only to find there is no place like home. Rachel is the wife to one amazing Chef, Lucas, mommy to a beautiful baby girl, Lana, and a very handsome fur baby, Levi. When she is not juggling family and teaching, you can find her exploring all Westchester has to offer.
 
 
 

Professional photos courtesy of Eliza at Eliza’s Eye Family Photography. View Eliza’s work at www.elizaseye.com.