Authentic. Engaging. Approachable. That’s what we stand for at aMomKnowsBest.com and that’s what you’ll find when you visit our site…honest dialogue between women–and men–about parenting & putting your best face forward.
Below are the people who make it all possible. Women who “get it.”
Elizabeth Atalay is a full time loving wife, and devoted mother to her four children. Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, she holds a B.A. in Communications, and M.A. in Documentary Filmmaking & Anthropology. She is a former model, and producer, who worked on feature films, TV commercials, and TV Series in Boston and New York City. Between productions Elizabeth spent a collective two and a half years backpacking around the world to 50 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe pursuing her passion for Anthropology, ethnographic film and photography. Since turning forty she has completed four sprint triathlons, and enjoys oil painting and writing when not wielding a spatula in one hand while tying someone’s shoe with the other.
Laura Fuentes is a homemade lunch enthusiast. Made in Spain and raised on Tapas; she brings aMomKnowsBest creative, fun, convenient ways to feed our kids wholesome little lunches. Her kid-friendly recipes are easy to follow even for stiletto wearing mommies who might need a map around the kitchen. After earning her bachelors in Global Economic Relations from University of the Pacific, Laura drove herself from the San Francisco Bay Area to New Orleans, where she earned her MBA. In grad school, she fell in love with a Southern Man and the rest, as they say, is history. This mom of two picky eaters, who gave up her corporate job to raise a family, can be found singing along in the car with the kids, at the park, on Twitter and always drinking a good Café au Lait. Laura writes about motherhood, deadlines, green living, nutritious food and everything in between on her blog, SuperGlueMom. She’s cooked up a new company focused on feeding our children uncomplicated good food: MOMables™.
Jessica Grady is a published author and speech pathologist specializing in Neuro-Rehabilitation. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford with her B.S., and attained her Master’s of Science from Arizona State University in1997. After working at Barrow Neurological Institute for several years, she went on to start her own practice, where she works with teens and adults that suffer from brain injuries or other neurological disorders. More importantly, she is a mom of two boys who are 8 and 6; and the wife of her husband, Mike, of 11 years. Her other interests include cooking, where she has been featured several times on The Valley Dish, a Phoenix cooking show, reading, and running. In fact, she really likes running, having competed in 8 marathons, 2 ultras and 6 triathlons as well as dozens of other races. Qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon was a highlight!
A passion for wine and an entrepreneurial spirit led Jessica Granatiero to establish the boutique wine and spirits shop called The Savory Grape. Her extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe lend inspiration to the design and management of the unique retail operation which has received recognition by The Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, Rhode Island Monthly Magazine and Providence Business News. Jessica received the “Top 40 Under 40” award by Providence Business News which honors the region’s most successful people. In 2010, she was chosen as the only Rhode Island delegate to attend the exclusive wine industry Oregon Pinot Camp, a three-day hands on experience working with Oregon’s winemakers and vineyard owners. Jessica not only loves being an entrepreneur, her other true passions are being mom to 3 year old Sienna, two step-children Gabrielle and Dante and wife to business partner and best friend Nino. Jessica is a regular editorial contributor on wine to East Greenwich Magazine and East Greenwich Patch. She holds a BA in Communications, Magna Cum Laude, and a MA in Psychology. She has completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
Carrie Humphreys is a wife of 18 years to a great guy she met the first day of college! They’ve grown up together, continually learning as they raise their 2 young teenagers, Madison and Derek. She grew up in south and relocated to the New England area in the fall of 2008…bringing her career and gradually building clients. Making women feel great in their clothes is a wonderful perk of her job. For over 6 ½ years, she’s been a consultant for a women’s line of clothing based in California and loves it. There is nothing like a great new pair of jeans or a flattering top to lift your spirits and make you feel more than ‘just a mom’!
On most days Katie Humphreys can be found in front of her washing machine, steering wheel, kitchen sink, or computer. With 4 elementary school kids, their active sports lives, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 fish and 8 chickens, Katie keeps up with her life at a trot. Katie received her MAEd at Hunter College in NYC in ESL with the intention of having the same school schedule as her children one day. That day may come soon, but in the meantime, Katie loves assisting her friend Carrie Humphreys (another contributor here) at CAbi clothing home shows. Participating in two book clubs, squeezing in some skiing or yoga, and dining with friends make the crazier days more palatable, and help keep this mom centered and grateful for life’s bounty.
Carla Izzard is navigating life‘s pathways as a single mom of a fabulous 11-year-old son. With one marriage in the rear-view mirror and the teenage years rapidly approaching, this 40ish mom feels like the best is yet to come. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Carla received her Bachelors Degree from Roger Williams University and works full-time as a paralegal. In her free time she can be found running her son back and forth between school activities and karate practices and pounding the pavement as she sets her sites on competing in her first marathon this summer. Carla is also slowly trying to develop her personalized poetry business. Her work was featured by former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani when he placed her tribute to the September 11th victims on the “Missing Victims Wall” in New York City.
As a childbirth educator at Women &Infants’ Hospital, Melissa Moroni helps parents-to-be prepare their spaces and lives for the changes babies bring. Melissa is passionate about all things baby from pregnancy to childbirth to breastfeeding and parenting. Melissa earned her BA degree in English and BS degree in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island. She enjoys learning more and keeping current about the ever-changing field. When not helping new parents, Melissa can be found chasing a golf ball or running with (or after) her four great children.
Joanna Stepka is from St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Public Relations. Shortly after graduation, her career in the pharmaceutical industry relocated her to Rhode Island, where she met her husband. Six years later, she is the busy mom of a toddler, an oversized Yorkie named Rex and a new baby due in October. She and her husband can be found attending either Boston College or University of Florida sporting events. Their son attended three football and two basketball games before his first birthday. Sports isn’t just a hobby for their family, it’s a lifestyle. Joanna enjoys playing tennis, anything to do with the Florida Gators and all things technology related. She works from home for her family’s business and writes on her blog, Baby Gators Den.
Katrina Sutherland is still searching for her Happily Ever After, but this single New York City lady knows her Mr. Right is out there…. somewhere, fingers crossed! When not searching for her Prince Charming (riding in on a white horse is not necessary but an added bonus) Katrina enjoys running, going to the movies, seeing Broadway shows, pub crawls, traveling, spending time with her friends and sending fun stuff to her 10 nieces and nephews all the way in Arizona! Tia Trina, as she is known to the littles, makes sure to send NYC stuff to the kids so they don’t forget where she is. Monday through Friday, Katrina can be found on the trading desk in her office playing with her calculator. Before attempting to be a wanna be “Money Honey,” Katrina use to work in the News Biz producing a variety of newscasts. With life pretty much complete, Miss Sutherland is just waiting for
her future hubby and the pitter patter of little feet… sigh!
Maureen Umehara is married and has two sweet daughters. She has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapy as well as a B.A. in Art. She currently works part-time as a counselor and Expressive Therapist. She also is the founder and director of Women’s Club SWANS, a social club and networking group for women in and around RI. Additionally, Maureen is on the Tiverton- Little Compton Patch Mom’s Council and writes mom related articles for the Tiverton Patch. Maureen loves thought provoking conversations and anything that helps to connect and inspire women. Through writing for aMomKnowsBest she hopes to to share some thoughts, ask some questions and participate in some inspired discussions about, with and for moms.
Kristin Wheeler is a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful children, who spends most her days volunteering to help at her kids’ schools and running her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. In her “life before kids,” she was an elementary and middle school teacher for eight years, with a focus in technology. Kristin grew up outside D.C., and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s in Middle School Education, both at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Kristin also worked as a leader for Weight Watchers for over two years, and as a seamstress while in college. She has moved around for her husband’s education and jobs (VA, OK, CA, IL, and RI). Her husband is currently a tenured professor at the University of Rhode Island. Kristin has traveled to Japan twice on Educational Scholarships, as well to England, Italy, and Spain. She enjoys reading, exercising, playing golf, wine tasting, playing with her kids, and having fun with friends.