Working Moms Against Guilt is powered by these wonderful women, from different places, backgrounds, family situations and work lives. Get to know the ladies who write for this working mom blog and feel free to connect.
Angela, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has lived in sunny Southern California since she was 4 years old. Besides studying English in college, Angela has ghostwritten several projects over the last five years. She is now the mother of two wonderful (don’t we all think our kids are totally wonderful?) kids, ages 15 and 2.
Even though life seems a bit hectic at times she still has the need to find the time to visit her family back in Cincinnati regularly because of her family-oriented nature. On the other hand, with two kids and practically being a single mother, she has difficulty finding time for her hobbies: reading, reading, and more reading. (She is probably “allowed” about 20 minutes a few nights a week right before bedtime.)
While her kids are a handful (aren’t all kids?), Angela finds that they inspire her to be a better person, and teach her things along the way. Throughout her journey she looks forward to sharing her stories with you and hopes to help you through the guilt here at WMAG.
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Sara Bennett Wealer
Sara is an author, copywriter and live event producer who blogs when she’s not working on a new novel or spending time with her two children. Sara started her career as a newspaper reporter, covering everything from city council to arts and entertainment. She went on to design theme parks and work on the websites of major consumer brands before taking her current position as a scriptwriter and producer for an experiential marketing firm.
Sara’s first novel for young adults, RIVAL, was released in February 2011 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. Sara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
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Jennifer lives in the amazing state of Montana where she currently works for the Department of Child and Family Services. Although the safety and well-being of others is a high priority for her, she is working on finding balance as a working mother.
Jennifer has two young children and a great husband who is supportive and likes to do the dishes. Jennifer enjoys the summer months in Montana with her family by attending the local farmer’s market and any local downtown event. A goal for her each year is to get out in the community more and to spend more time in nature. This goal is rarely met but hey, nobody’s perfect.
Jennifer has worked in many different organizations over the years including Family Planning and Head Start. She has found that young children and their families are a passion of hers and she tries to make her work at DPHHS meaningful. Jennifer serves on the County Health Center board and is an active member of the Best Beginning Council in her area.
Being creative is one of the few outlets that Jennifer has at the moment and she enjoys giving away her jewelry pieces to close friends. During the dark and cold winter months in Montana, Jennifer can be found crocheting brightly colored hats for children and friends. Pinterest and SongPop are addictions that Jennifer cannot deny.
Jennifer stumbled across Working Moms Against Guilt after the birth of her second child and found the website to ease the stress of parenting. She is very honored to be included with such an inspirational group of women.
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Kristi is the mama of a deliciously mischievous 13-month-old girl, P. She is also a wife and full-time preschool psychologist. Kristi earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Ursinus College, and her master of arts degree and post-master’s certification in school psychology from Towson University.
When she is not working, you may find Kristi engaged in rousing games of peek-a-boo, exploring local playgrounds, or watching terrible reality television (especially those Real Housewives of Orange County). While Kristi loves the idea of yoga and Pilates, she doesn’t actually enjoy the practice of yoga, or Pilates. She prefers exercising her mind, by reading (about child development and social issues), and beating her husband in Scrabble. Kristi has always felt torn between a steady, predictable career, and a creative, less predictable one. By writing for Working Moms Against Guilt, she hopes to channel some of her creative energy. Kristi and her husband are Pennsylvania transplants who currently reside in a suburb of Washington, D.C.
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Terry is a single, traveling, career mom of one little boy and one little dog. She grew up and currently resides in the beach town of Pensacola, FL.
She attended the University of West Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her first job out of college was as a high school teacher, and later transitioned to corporate America. She created her current position as a Supply Chain Management consultant for a Fortune 20 company. During the day, and many nights, you can find her on planes, trains, and automobiles throughout the US. She works remotely from home, but travels about 75% of her work time.
When the roller bag gets put away for the weekend, the mom takes over. Terry and her son love to spend time cooking, taking pictures, exploring the beach, playing old school Super Mario on the Wii, riding bikes, building wooden train tracks, and singing songs. She and her son’s dad have an amazing co-parenting relationship and take pride in knowing that they can both be wonderful, involved parents (and friends!) despite not living under the same roof. During her few non-traveling, free days a month, you can find her at the beach with friends, exploring Downtown Pensacola, blogging, or cooking and organizing a friend’s pantry.
She is also an advocate for Epilepsy Awareness. Terry was diagnosed at age nine with Epilepsy. She had seizures as a child, but experienced 19 years seizure-free until 2011. While at 30,000 feet in an airplane, she suffered her first seizure of her adult years. She is actively involved in her local Epilepsy Society to help bring awareness to the condition.
Terry’s personal blog is Wheels Up Mama, where she shares recipes, stories, travel, career and kid things.
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Joni is a 40-something-year-old mother of two very energetic boys, 5 and 2.5, and has been married for 8 years to the man of her dreams. She and her husband share a devotion to a balanced, healthy family life, career and marriage and maintaining a loving, fun environment for their boys.
Joni started her journey in small, rural town in central Pennsylvania, the youngest of four children. Growing up in a poor family and community influenced her to dream of becoming a successful business manager. After putting herself through college, she hit the job market as the dotcom and IT boom hit. She landed a job as an software analyst and went with it! Ten years later she moved to the DC Metro area to pursue a career opportunity and met her future husband 5 months later.
For work, she is a Business Analyst for a dog-friendly software company that supports Federal Government customers, which sounds very boring but there is truly never a dull moment when dealing with programmers, the federal government and poodles and Chihuahuas!
For fun, she enjoys exercise (mostly running but is doing her first triathlon sprint this year), the outdoors, and gardening and is a self-proclaimed “armchair” psychologist. She believes in balance in all things, especially work/life, and strives to live a healthy, Earth-friendly life. Her sense of humor, balance and “let’s keep it real” approach to life has kept her (mostly) sane throughout her life and especially the toddler years.
Joni became interested in WMAG during her transition to parenthood and working mom status. She hopes to be able to support new and seasoned moms by sharing her stories, having a laugh or two along the way and hopefully learning a bit herself!
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Angela went to Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy. After briefly working in politics, she decided to attend law school. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2005.
She worked as an Assistant Prosecutor for almost five years until 2010, when she made the switch to the private sector and began working at a Detroit area law firm. She loves being a lawyer, mainly because she gets paid to write, argue and find evidence to support the fact that she is right.
Angela lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan with her husband and two daughters, who were born in 2008 and 2010. She spends her nights and weekends trying to keep her house clean, the laundry done, and cram in s many meaningful experiences as possible with her family. She is moderately obsessed with books and British TV shows.
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Tela is a working mom with a son, O, who was born in July 2006.
Dana became a mom later in life, blessed with her son, Joey, when she was 37, and her daughter, Charlee, at 39. A born-and-bred New Yorker, she transplanted to Connecticut upon the birth of Joey in 2010. This fall will mark year 13 teaching students who have shuffled in and out of her eighth grade classroom in Westchester County, NY. When asked how in the world she can teach middle schoolers, she says, “they make me laugh every day,” or “maybe I’m just as immature as they are!”
She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham and a master’s degree from Pace University, her husband’s alma mater. They met at a conference for English teachers, and to family and friends’ delight or disgust, they spend summers together entertaining, indulging and now parenting. Dana has relished her second stint of maternity leave, but will return to school in the fall and resume the juggling act of mommy, wife, teacher, etc. Aside from being passionate about her family and career, Dana also loves to swap stories, share knowledge and absorb any help she can get from working moms!
Connect with Dana: Dferraro712@gmail.com
Monica is a working mom who lives in Buffalo, NY, and has one daughter, Lydia, who is 11 months. She has a fantastic husband, Rob, who has encouraged and supported her through the tough transition into working mommy-hood. Her passion is to empower other women who choose to work after having kids and to bring attention to the antiquated policies that plague working mothers in the United States.
Monica has worked at a Fortune 100 tech company since she was 20 years old. She started while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in legal studies with the intention of going to law school. She ultimately decided to achieve her MBA and is currently a Program Manager supporting federal and state programs in the IT world. She enjoys taking time off to have mommy & me days with her daughter and spending quiet nights watching late night TV with her husband to unwind from a long day.
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Becky has been a single mother of four since 1998. Her children, ranging from 13 to 25 years old, have been her focus while meeting all the challenges that come with being a working mom. She is currently an IT Manager Consultant for Sogeti.
While raising her children and working full-time, Becky completed her college education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management and two master’s degrees – one in Project Management and the other in Business Administration. She began writing as a guest blogger for WMAG back in 2009, and joined as a regular contributor in 2011.
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Kathy has earned wages as a working cowboy, writer, reporter, housekeeper and media consultant. However, her most challenging (and rewarding) calling, earns her no salary. Her roles as mother, wife, amateur veterinarian, novice fence mender, and enthusiastic chainsaw operator fill her heart, time and life. She currently works full time as a home health and hospice marketer. Previous professional careers include member services liaison for Oklahoma’s rural electric cooperatives and television news reporter in Sin City (Las Vegas).
Holsonbake married her high school sweetheart after the pair was reunited 14 years after they first fell in love. They live on a small acreage in Slaughterville, OK, with their 19-year-old daughter, Kelsey; 8-year-old son, Levi; an ancient horse (Samson is 35), 25 chickens, 4 cats, one 3-legged dog named Xena, a leopard gecko, numerous fish and a host of wildlife that drops by regularly.
Sara is a single, working mama with a degree in Communications from Indiana University strapped to her hip. She is still searching for a career that allows her to harness her creative prowess, while supporting her family. Until then, she spends her days crunching numbers for Ashland Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, and using her house, kid, fiance and friends as guinea pigs for her pent up creativity, crafty projects and mostly edible recipes. Sara is enamored with her incredibly active, impulsive, creative, hilarious, smarty-farty, 1st grade son, “B”. When she’s not at Target, Container Store or on Pinterest, she can be found riding scooters in the cul-de-sac, watching cartoons in the basement fort or looking for ways to make life just a smidge easier.
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Born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia, Aroona moved to United States when she was 15 years old for high school. She went college in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she met her husband. They moved to Buffalo, NY, where he got his PhD and she got an MBA and they moved back to Erie for their jobs. She works as an Administrative Coordinator at a medical college, while her husband is a professor at the same college. He recently became a medical student while also maintaining his teaching responsibilities.
Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Aroona struggled with infertility. But with a little bit of luck and lots of prayers (and some help from doctors), she now has a beautiful little 15-month-old daughter.
Overcoming her battle with infertility and giving birth to her daughter is the greatest triumph of her life. The war is not over, however, as she hopes to one day add another little one to her family. She is a wife, a daughter, a sister, but above all a mother who loves her daughter – her miracle – more than words can describe.
Aroona hopes to receive and give support to all mothers as well as bring awareness to infertility. She brings with her stories of her past, a cultural perspective, and her new adventures in life!
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Cara was part of the original WMAG crew. Cara contributed to the blog until stepping down in 2009 to pursue her work as a freelance copywriter and to manage a household of hooligans. She likes spending time on creative projects and hobbies.
Although she’s no Martha Stewart, she does consider herself somewhat crafty. Check out her website, Cara Reeves Creative.
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Lauren sometimes admits that she is a lawyer, but she mostly likes to talk about being a wife to her college sweetheart and a mother to two amazing little boys, born in 2009 and 2012. She has often considered leaving the oh-so-glamorous legal life for the Washington Ballet for all of the times the men in her life keep her on her toes.
She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University (Ohio) and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she is happy to be back in her home state, living in a suburb of Washington, DC.
Though her actual career provides her with plenty of opportunities to write, she is thrilled to have the chance to share her musings on motherhood with WMAG readers. She is a (really big) closet geek who loves to research, so she encourages readers to reach out to her with topic ideas.
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Reine is a copywriter, mommy, wife and self-proclaimed “geek.” When she’s not working and spending time with her family, she enjoys blogging, working on her books and studying film. Reine started her career as a writer while in college when she became an entertainment contributor for a humor blog. She went on to work as a copywriter and content strategist for several well-known companies before becoming a senior copywriter with the internal creative studio of an international hotel group. She has two children, both under the age of 4.
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Casey is a copywriter/COO in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She is married to Jason and they have a four year old son, two year old boy/girl twins, a cat, a dog, and six chickens.
She works with her father and husband in their family business which makes her relationships with them complicated–in a good way.
Her goal is to live guilt free for 24 hours and to help others feel good about being good enough through humor and honesty.
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Sydney works as a development engineer in the middle of southern nowhere. She lives and works with her best friend of six years–-an amazing man who is helping her raise their 2-year-old daughter and pursue their careers. She is expecting her second child in September.
Stephanie lives in the sunny south, in an area of Florida most consider one of the happiest places on earth. She splits her time between a gig in higher education, lots of crazy hobbies, and her family: husband Mr. Handsome, their new daughter Peachy, and a rescue pug named Meatball.
Stephanie is an avid music fanatic and contributing blogger at the music blog Blinded by Sound. She’s also constantly crafting, usually drinking wine, and forever challenging the boundaries of the statement necklace.
New to the working mom world, and…well…the mom world in general, Stephanie is still fighting the guilt monster almost daily. She tries really hard to not carry working mom guilt, but when she does she carries it in a pretty fabulous handbag.
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Susan Wenner Jackson
Susan Wenner Jackson started Working Moms Against Guilt in 2006 with three of her working-mom friends in Cincinnati. She’s been a writer as long as she can remember (1980?), and a blogger and mom since 2006. She lives in West Chester, Ohio (a northern suburb of Cincinnati), with her husband, Jerry, and two children (ages 7 and 4).
Susan earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Miami University. She’s VP of Content Partnerships for Ahalogy, a Cincinnati-based startup that’s helping the world’s top brands win on Pinterest. Susan contributes to the Family Friendly Cincinnati blog.
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