Adria is a former political assistant, who met and fell in love with her husband in Washington, DC. (It was his laugh that lured her in.) They moved back home to Connecticut to raise their family, well because she’s Italian and family is everything to her. Adria credits her two daughters, Gabriella and Francesca, for inspiring her and teaching her that sometimes less is truly more, and buying cupcakes instead of always making them is perfectly fine. She recently went back to work full-time as a fundraiser for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and enjoys juggling mom-wife-family-work-pto duties. She loves her husband’s laugh, her crazy Italian family, her girlfriends and red wine, and can often be found ironing (it calms her down) and making gift baskets into the wee hours of the night. (Just ask her husband.) Her mantra: being kind and making a difference in this world are what truly matters. (That and a good bottle of red wine.)
Anissa was a proud and blissful “boy mom” until her third child, a daughter, was born and totally flipped the script. She savors any free time she finds during which she enjoys relishing in the delight that is a pedicure, vacationing in the Outer Banks, dining with her extended family at their weekly Sunday dinner, reading bestselling children’s books, and volunteering with the Junior League of Hartford. Anissa's favorite parts of being a mom are: getting to know her children as individuals, seeing the world through their eyes, and bedtime.
Living fifteen minutes from the insurance capital of the world, it is no surprise that Anissa has spent her career in the financial services industry; however, she sincerely misses the summers she spent throughout college working at Nordstrom (and the discount!)
Colleen lives in Berlin with her husband, two toddlers (Lucy, 3 and John- John almost 2) and her rescue pit, Russel. She's an English teacher to 100s of sophomores a year, a lover of exercise and (if ever a free minute) reality t.v. She loves to read and she loves the beach, both at the same time would be a miracle. Ten months out of the year she is in full-blown teacher/mommy mode, but the gears turn off for two months in the summer. She loves to teach, but lives for the summer with her happy, non-stop kids. She also writes about her adventures with her best friend on teachmehow2mommy.blogspot.com
Elise and her wife live in Newington. After becoming foster parents in December 2009, they’ve developed a much greater appreciation for drinking. Kidding, mostly. In April 2012 they were overjoyed to have the opportunity to adopt their 3 wonderful foster children ages 6, 2 ½, and 19 months. Despite racking up mega loans to study school and child psychology for a million years, Elise works full time in the insurance industry. Not to worry though, her children – thoughtful things that they are – make sure she has ample opportunity to put her schooling to work on a daily basis. In her free time – ha!, yeah right.
A Connecticut girl through and through, Emily has lived in four CT counties and currently resides in Norwalk with her husband and baby daughter. Life has taken her on a strange journey from Economics major at Smith to PhD candidate (and likely ABD lifer) at UConn to school psychologist at a large public high school. Aside from spending time with family and counseling adolescents, Emily enjoys playing the piano, watching HGTV, and soaking in all things figure skating. Although she hardly considers herself an expert at any aspect of child rearing, Emily is looking to simply share her experiences with other moms who are also stumbling through this journey.
Felicia lives in Colchester with her husband and five children, born in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2014. Why have twins after 3 young children? Probably because she’s an overachiever….and it runs in the family. Felicia is an attorney who works at a Hartford firm primarily focused on Family Law. She worked full time until her pregnancy with the twins, which led to a much needed sabbatical with five children ages five and under. Recently she found the rare unicorn of working part time from home. Having failed to find more hours in a day, she has found comfort and humor in CTWM, and cannot help but chime in from time to time.
Gena is a pastry chef and first time mom. She earned her MBA from Simmons College, is a proud Connecticut Culinary Institute alumna and is a Husky for life. She likes to be prepared at all times and have all the answers, and then she became a mom. When she is not at work, she can be found restoring her 100-year-old house with her husband, chasing her toddler through the construction zone, or scouring antique shops or curbsides for that perfect find.
Holly worked in business and educational fields before going to law school in 2000. In October 2011, Holly lost her job and spent 10 months of unemployment as a full-time, stay-at-home mom while sneaking in some soul-searching. After working as a lawyer in the private and corporate worlds, now she's working for Yale supporting the research initiatives by the medical school.
Outside of work, Holly is trying to find a reasonable work-life balance that includes work success while trying to get back into a normal home-life schedule. As those pieces are coming together, Holly is hoping to commit to a healthier lifestyle for herself and the entire family. Holly also is developing a new sense of self-awareness as she is committing to meditating and trying to practice mindfulness in a world of chaos.
She lives in Danbury with her wife, Lois, and their two spirited and energetic sons, Andrew (9) and Dylan (6).
With a degree in advertising from the University of Florida, Jenn began her career in sales and media buying. She served as President for the Ad Club of CT while pregnant with her first child. After spending seven years working in traffic and operations at a Hartford area brand transformation firm, she transitioned to working in internal communication at a Fortune 500 insurance company. After the birth of her first daughter, Jenn completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training. She is a founding member of a book club that’s been meeting since 2005 and is Chair of the Family Association at her daughters' school. She lives east of the river with her high school sweetheart and their two daughters born in 2010 and 2013.
Jenna lives East of the River with her husband, 8 year old son who wants to play for the Mets and 5 year old daughter with a unique sense of style. She is an avid reader and a morning bootcamp devotee. She is challenged by both her work at a small law firm and her energetic young family. Sadly, after many years of hoping that Jenna would have a daughter just like her, her mother suffers from advanced dementia and is unable to appreciate the irony.
Jessica has lived in CT her whole life. She works full time as an Engineering Technician at an aerospace company and full time as a mother of two boys. She is a typical, frazzled 30-something working mother trying to successfully manage a career, motherhood, and a household. If anyone knows the secret to this success, please fill her in. Her greatest joy in life is her two boys, Jackson and Justus. They have taught her more than she ever imagined about who she is as a human being and as a woman. In her free time....ha-ha, that's funny.
Jillian lives with her husband, son and daughter in West Hartford, CT. She has worked for a variety of organizations advocating on behalf of women's rights and equality. She currently serves as Chair of Connecticut's Trafficking in Persons Council and is the Director of Health Professional Outreach at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jillian is a feminist, mother, wife, daughter, friend, sister, and social worker who is happy to be a part of a community of hardworking moms!
Karen Mickley-Gomez is a nurse, yoga teacher, Francophile, and cocker spaniel rescue advocate. She works for a therapeutic foster care program in New Haven, and lives in Easton, Connecticut with her husband, stepdaugher Lilia, son Timotéo, and an ever-evolving group of adopted and foster dogs.
Originally from New Jersey, Kate moved to Connecticut with her husband about seven years ago. She works full time at a marketing communications agency as a public relations specialist. Kate and Colin have three children, four-year old daughter Bailey and identical twin 19 month old boys Gavin and Spencer. Several months ago the family was also told that Gavin was diagnosed with infantile quadriplegic cerebral palsy. When not spending time with her kids or at work, Kate loves working out, cooking and reading. Although it has been noted on more than one occasion that sarcasm is her true passion.
Mary Elizabeth Smith, also known as M.E., is a New Haven native who left Connecticut as soon as she could, and swore she would never live there again. One marriage, one child, a newly acquired nationality and one separation later, she came home, and found that New Haven was exactly where she wanted to be. She is currently working at an immigrant rights organization in a job that she loves, probably too much, or else she'd be getting more sleep (and probably more money!). She is the proud single mom of a very energetic and rebellious 4 year old, Inti, who can often be seen picking up a megaphone and chanting, "no justice, no peace!" M.E. enjoys dancing, reading, going for long walks and dreaming of all the time she wished she had to do these things.
Melanie Dunn tries her best to raise a family and nurture a marriage while working as a special education attorney, representing parents of children with disabilities. Her two daughters, a preschooler and a toddler, were born at home two years apart, and breastfed into toddlerhood. She is a mompreneur who loves discussing the intersection of the practice of law with the practice of parenting. Melanie also geeks out over difficult questions of gender roles, employment discrimination, and the challenges faced by parents in the workplace and in the public schools. She is a crunchy mom advocate for attachment parenting who nonetheless dresses up for work everyday.
Melissa has been writing for CT Working Moms since it launched in 2011. She is the mother to an adventurous toddler and is expecting her second child in May. She lives in Hartford County with her husband and their overly protective German Shepherd. Melissa has been working in field of public relations/communications since 2006. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her family and friends, decorating and of course partaking in some retail therapy.
Melissa is also CT Working Mom's publicist and enjoys feeding her "media bug" of generating local and national press coverage for the CTWM community.
Melissa and her husband Matt have two kids, Abby and Jake. Abby was diagnosed with Down syndrome the day she was born and has been a rockstar ever since. Jake's been diagnosed with several ear infections, a dangerously contagious smile, and way too much boyish energy. Melissa works writing corporate things for a big company. She's also a lil addicted to Candy Crush.
Michelle is the founder of CTWorkingMoms.com. She lives in New London County with her daughter Lillian. She believes in equality, kindness and compassion and tries to let those beliefs guide her daily life.
Nicole is a foster mom to a wonderful 15 year old boy. She enjoys spending time with her foster son as well as with the rest of her family. Nicole teaches kindergarten in a small town, and is very passionate about her career. She has a dog, cat, and two guinea pigs, and is a huge animal lover. Nicole is passionate about volunteering and has volunteered at a school in Africa and built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala. She is a big believer in the idea that every person is important, and loves to make others happy in any way possible.
Sara is the manager of CT Working Moms and lives in Fairfield County with her husband and three daughters. She is currently a speech-language pathologist working with middle and high school students in a New Haven County school district and is passionate about all things related to educational technology—especially how it can benefit students with disabilities. She and her daughters often end their busy days with a dance party in their kitchen since they all agree that music makes them happiest.
I am a rockin' mom to two awesome kiddos, and my husband and I have spent the past fifteen years on one adventure after another. Some expected -- like our little family -- and some not, like the years I spent in and out of a wheelchair and bopping around on walking canes. I enjoy writing about current events and reflections on past mishaps and merriment.
Shawna is the mother extraordinaire (or okayish mom, depending on the day) of two young girls, Edie and Emmeline. Though she works from home as an urban planner and graphic designer, she actually WORKS from home, with little time for chores. Shawna's discovered a new species of laundry since the birth of her second daughter: Unfolded Laundry Mountain. In her free time, she trains for road races, seeks kid-friendly adventures, blogs, and once in a while, cooks a decent meal. Shawna is teaching her daughters knock-off Rihanna dance moves.
Wilder is a wife, mother, friend, professional woman who lives in Glastonbury with her two sons and husband. Wilder is a Dean of Students at a high school and also an independent consultant for Beautycounter. The struggle to balance motherhood and life is real. She is constantly having random thoughts running through her head about woman and mom things, and has found writing about it to be empowering.