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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

Michelle, Owner

Michelle is the Owner and Editor of Fairfield County Moms Blog and Westchester County Moms Blog. She has spent her entire life in Fairfield County, growing up in Norwalk and now residing in Fairfield, CT. Michelle married her husband Chris in October of 2008. Before motherhood, she thought she was busy, but now life with her son Shane (March 2011), twins, Blake and Brynn (June 2013), Carl the French bulldog, and Hank the Black Lab; the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching at a CT public school. When she’s not doing laundry, creating lesson plans and picking up toys, Michelle enjoys hosting her book club, watching Bravo TV, eating dark chocolate and enjoying an extra large glass of wine. 

Amy H., Contributor

 
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.

Kris, Contributor & Book Club Facilitator

Kris 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. Kris 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 Kris 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, Kris likes to read, binge watch horrible romantic comedies on TV, bake, and go on road trips with her girls.

Fran, Contributor

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Fran was born, raised, married, and still lives in Mount Kisco, NY. She has 4 kids, including a teenage daughter, and two precious grandsons, whom she babysits a couple days a week. She also works part time as an accounting clerk, helps run her husband’s excavation business, and lastly aspires to one day finish writing her book. Despite her crazy, busy schedule, she cooks almost every night for her big family, and tries her best to keep up with the dishes! She truly believes spontaneity is the spice of life, and sometimes the very unexpected happens, but it’s usually all for the best. Enjoy her many tales of raising kids over the course of 20 years, what an amazing journey!

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
 
 

Angela, Contributor

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Angela is a native of Westchester. She chose Briarcliff Manor as her home after too many hurricanes in Florida and too many people in NYC. She’s mom to her two year old son, Blaise, who’s energy she simultaneously envies and fears. She shares a love of adult beverages with her husband Michael who, like her, is in the spirits industry. A self-proclaimed expert multi-tasker, you can find her on the Hudson line cramming podcasts, emails and breakfast while penciling in her eyebrows and trying not to spill coffee on her seat mate during her morning commute to the city. On her free time she struggles to choose between doing yoga, reading NY Times best-seller’s or watching all things Real Housewives: the latter usually wins out. In her 20s you could hear her asking when her life would begin – now in her 30s you’ll find her reveling in it – chaos and all. 
 

Joni, Contributor

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Joni 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 weight-loss 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.
 
 

Melissa, Contributor

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Melissa is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997. They currently live in Mount Kisco with their son Corey, who is in high school and daughter Mia, who is in middle school. 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 volunteered for Postpartum Progress, which was a peer-to-peer organization to support women with maternal mental illnesses, and is an active member of the Westchester Postpartum Support Group. Melissa initially became interested in writing to share her journey with Postpartum OCD, but has found that writing is newfound aspect of her life that she thoroughly enjoys. She was also a contributing writer with Suburban Misfit Mom. Melissa is also a featured writer in the book “A Dark Secret,” which is a compilation of 15 women sharing their stories of maternal mental illness from diagnosis to recovery. Melissa is excited to write with the Westchester County Moms Blog team and hopes that you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations of a born-n-raised city girl raising a teenage boy and tween daughter in Westchester.

Melinda, Contributor & Team Photographer

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Melinda is a native of the Hudson Valley and a New York City educator. She currently resides in Buchanan, NY with her fiancee and three year old daughter. Before moving to Buchanan, Melinda resided in Peekskill, New York where she met her fiancee. Melinda attended college in Newburgh, NY at Mount Saint Mary College, receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She also is a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer in the Hudson Valley capturing families, maternity, weddings, and branding for businesses.

Lelia, Sponsorship Coordinator & Contributor

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Lelia was raised in Queens, NY and moved to White Plains, NY as a teenager. She is the proud mother of three biological children and two bonus children. Shortly after her eldest child was born, she completed her Bachelor’s degree; majoring in Psychology. A couple of years later she went on to receive her Master’s in Human Resource Management. Lelia married her husband Eugene in 2015. After the birth of her second child, she made the transition from career woman and working mom to a stay-at-home mommy now juggling “two under two.” Recently she decided to test the waters as an entrepreneur and became the sole proprietor of How Many Hatz Coaching; promoting health and wellness while encouraging women to focus on their personal and developmental growth through transformational thinking. Lelia is a super picky eater, yet still considers herself a foodie. Among her hobbies is the joy of coupon clipping and finding free local family fun! Connect with her on instagram [@how_many_hatz] for daily inspiration, meal prep, get fit tips and more!

Jordana, Contributor

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Jordana lives in Bedford Hills, NY with her two favorite humans also known as her children, Kaylie (13) and Chase (11). She grew up all over the world, landed in the Washington D.C. area for a long stretch and 15 years ago wound up in Westchester, which she now proudly considers home. She’s a recovering attorney, now assistant to a private wealth advisor. She spends what little free alone time she has on her Peloton, watching reality and crime TV, and listening to a wide variety of music on her deck with a cocktail. She enjoys taking her kids for day trips into New York City, local restaurants in the Hudson Valley, beach vacations in Rhode Island, and the occasional amusement park. But she also loves just hanging out and relaxing with them at home. She loathes laundry, grocery shopping and vacuuming. Jordana’s favorite mottos to live by are don’t compare yourself to anyone else (especially when it comes to parenting), don’t be afraid to take chances or start over, always strive to be kind, and never take yourself too seriously. And if all else fails, have a good scream into your pillow, and go do something really nice for yourself, or better yet, somebody else.

Alla, Contributor

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Alla lives in Ardsley with her husband, two teenage girls, and a fluffy Havanese dog named Oliver. She is a camp director in Dobbs Ferry for the last 11 years which is her second career. Prior to this career change she was in finance for over 18 years. Alla enjoys cooking, travel, yoga, good wine, and reality TV. Her motto is, ‘I can learn to do anything and laugh at myself trying.’ Learning to live with teenagers and sending them off to college may be the biggest learning curve yet!

Professional photos courtesy of Melinda Anita Photography. To view Melinda’s work please visit www.melindanitaphotography.com.