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Meet The St. Louis Mom Team!

Angela Baker, Senior Contributing Writer

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Angela Nelson Baker moved to the St Louis area for grad school 18 years ago and never looked back. Currently she lives in West St Louis County with her husband, two young daughters, a miniature schnauzer and two wily cats. Outside of working and #momlife, Angela enjoys politics, true crime podcasts, HIIT workouts, and drinking a cup of good coffee before it gets cold. Her passion is empowering working mothers and advocating for family-friendly policies in her workplace.

Anna Beck

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Anna Beck lives in University City with her three young children and husband. She is an attorney and journalist and maintains the blog, urbanapronblog.com. Anna loves visiting kid-friendly spots around the city and can also be found baking in her kitchen with her toddlers. She loves connecting with other moms around St. Louis and talking about motherhood, work-life balance, and healthy living.

Trynai Braselmen

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Trynai was born and raised in St. Louis and has graciously embraced her need to use GPS to get around daily, due to being born without any sense of direction. She lives in Unincorporated St. Louis County with her husband and two Jungle Explorers— of course, they proudly named themselves! She appreciates the natural landscapes, windy roads, and hidden gems that are tucked away, waiting to be explored, and for their stories to be told. Trynai is an early childhood educator turned homeschool mom and entrepreneur. She gains complete joy in serving families. Trynai loves to encourage moms and intentionally works to empower them. She aids them in creating deeper connections within their home and with their children. She’s extremely passionate about sharing ways to cultivate a child’s natural way of learning through individualized activities and morning invitations while using every day, budget-friendly materials. Trynai is also a homeschooling mom and shares her journey in hopes of creating a safe space for teachers and parents to nurture the joy of learning in small children. You can find her and the Jungle Explorers discovering all the family-friendly places that St. Louis has to offer! Everything from cafes to trails and libraries and museums. They will take their latest read-aloud anywhere and find a space to create memories on purpose.

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Kelly Glogovac, Senior Contributing Writer

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A St. Louis area transplant since 2006, Kelly now calls St. Charles home. Having spent her childhood moving around the Midwest and an adolescence in Orange County, California, she cringes anytime someone asks her what high school she went to because, well, it’s a long story how she got here from there (not really, but as an introvert, this type of life journey dialogue usually requires a two day recharge in solitude, and who has time for that? Because…mom life). When not working full time or hanging out with her husband and two kids, Kelly is jumping on the latest fitness bandwagon, eating ice cream, or going down the rabbit hole of reality TV news and following social media influencers.

Maria Goncalves, Senior Contributing Writer

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Maria Ines Goncalves is yet another Portuguese mom named Maria (like most of the women in Portugal), but now she is a Portuguese mom in the USA. Born in Portugal, Maria graduated with a degree in Political Science and believed she was not ready for motherhood, wanting to pursue her career and travel the world, although not wanting to live overseas. Guess what? She turned into a stay-at-home-mom of three (2007, 2010 and 2018) and moved to St. Louis due to her husband’s job in 2017. Changes are a pattern in her life and, when she’s not adjusting to another life change, she loves to dance, bake, photograph, sew, draw and paint with the kids. But mainly she loves to enjoy the beauty and craziness of motherhood, her real and most precious purpose in life.

Rita Gordon

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Rita Gordon is a mom, first and foremost, to two beautiful children, a boy (4) and girl (6), who are equal parts affectionate and headstrong. She is also a mom who is transitioning from being married to co-parenting with her childrens’ father. In her journey as a single mom, she has learned how to be intentional with the quality of time spent with her children, rather than focusing on the quantity of time. She hopes to remind women that they’re not alone, and that all women can do hard things, while continuously working on becoming their best selves. 

Rita is Ukrainian-born and proud, and grew up in Saint Louis. She works as an Early Intervention School Psychologist, and is passionate about advocating for students and being a voice for educational reform. When she’s not juggling her kids schedules, you can find her cheering for the STL Blues, keeping herself busy at Trader Joes taste-testing all the newest releases, spending an overwhelming amount of time on adventures with her furry bestie (her dog Fitzpatrick), being active outside, or time spent getting into shenanigans with her friends. 

Steph Hampton

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Originally from Wisconsin, Steph moved to St. Louis in 2015. She now resides in Creve Coeur with her husband, Mark, their three daughters (5, 3 & 1) and their silly dog. Steph taught elementary school for five years and became a stay-at-home mom when her first child was born. When the pandemic hit and the playgrounds were closed, she started taking her kids hiking on a different trail each day. Since then, their family has hiked on over 150 trails and visited over 175 parks around St. Louis and Missouri. Their family also loves to tent camp, canoe, and bike. Steph has a passion for exploring the outdoors, helping start a nature playgroup, and sharing adventure ideas & tips with others. When she is not hiking, she loves baking, reading, teaching Sunday School at her parish, and spending time with her family! You can follow along with their adventures on her Instagram blog @explorestlparks.

Rachel Hodges

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Rachel is originally from the Chicagoland area, but has grown deep Saint Louis roots over the last fifteen years. She married her high school sweetheart and they live in the Metro East with their three children and spunky puppy.  Rachel is the kind of Mom who loves watching her kids grow and learn new things, and also wishes time would slow down a bit.

Rachel and her husband love to travel together, dream together, and enjoy time with friends and family.  Rachel loves getting lost in a story and is always up for a book or podcast recommendation. She loves time outside, good questions, long conversations, and a good theme to plan a party or meal around.  

Rachel works as a Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist who provides counseling, parent coaching and equipping. She loves helping parents strengthen their relationships with their children, and helping parents understand their children through a developmental lens. Rachel believes we were all meant to be heard, feel known and be absolutely delighted in.

Christina Johans

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Christina Johans was born and raised right here in the Lou. She is a mom to Sophie & Cooper and a dog mama to Babe (frenchie), Luna (beagle) and Nash (lab). Within the past year she moved to Ballwin with her husband, Spencer. She is the “house manager” and a skincare enthusiast, selling her favorite products when she’s not busy chasing the littles around. Christina Is known for her passion for dogs, photography and friends and family would add “flipping homes” since this will be the third house they’ve lived in, in 4 years! Christina is excited to share what she’s learned so far as being a mom and her life here in the Lou. 

Jennifer Karrasch

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Jennifer is excited to be a part of this amazing community! She currently resides in Fenton with her husband, two sons (Evan, age 5, and Jay, age 3), and her diva cat named Katniss. She supports the vibrant St. Louis entrepreneurial community in her role as founder and owner of Flawless Bridal Co., an on-location Luxury Bridal Makeup + Hair team currently serving St. Louis, Missouri, and surrounding areas. As a proud St. Louis native, she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to raise her family and grow her business in this amazingly dynamic city. Come along with her as she shows you the ins and outs of being a mom who balances raising two sons and running her own business in St. Louis!

Abby Klosterhoff

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Caitlin Ladd

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Caitlin Ladd is mom to two boys, Harrison (2014) and Anderson (2019) and wife to George living in St. Charles, Mo. A St. Louis transplant who came to the area for college and never left, Caitlin is continuously busy exploring community philanthropic and cultural diversity efforts which has truly made St. Louis her hometown. As a working mom, she’s eager to discuss balance, embracing a full life in this mommin’ season and what it means to “have it all.” With that, she tries to layer in opportunities for self-care, sanity checks, some Shiraz and most importantly, SLEEP as a mom of two littles.

Amber Marshall

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Amber and her husband Justin, are navigating being first time parents in their late thirties, to their son Beckett (2019). When not baby wrangling, yelling don’t eat that or Googling how to deal with back pain, what is this rash, or is my baby teething, they are usually busy DIYing the renovations on their new home in the Metro East.

In her work life, Amber works in event sales/event management full time. In the tiny amount of free time she has you can find her perusing interior design blogs, researching clean beauty trends, exploring art fairs, antique stores, estate sales and creating her own adventures all over the city.

Candice Meyer

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Candice is a St. Louis native and loves exploring the amazing parks, museums, and restaurants that the city has to offer. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they have two children, Olivia and Ryan. Her passions include all things arts and crafts, planning special events, hiking trails sprinkled throughout the area, and documenting the beauty of everyday adventures with her family. In between shuffling her kids to school and various activities, you will likely find her drinking a cup of coffee, gathering ideas on Pinterest, researching destinations for their next family trip, listening to parenting podcasts, or dreaming up her next design project!

Angie Mitchell

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Wife. Mom. Educator. Explorer. Angelica is an L.A. born girl who embraces the slower rhythms of the Midwest. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from DePauw University and a master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She moved to St. Charles, Missouri, in June 2016 with her college sweetheart, Milton Mitchell, and her two children, Lea, 18, and Benji, 15. Her family sits in transition as her husband wraps up a season in ministry, her daughter enters her freshman year at Mizzou in the fall, and Ben begins his sophomore year at Westminster Christian Academy. Angelica loves people and has a heart for healthy connections and community. Her desire is to be a safe space for other women and to share the joys and complexities of this life journey.

Stephanie Enger-Moreland

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Stephanie is a native of St. Louis, born and raised. She attended college at Maryville University (BA) and Lindenwood University (MA).  Days are full as she divides her duties between her job as the Director of Volunteers & Special Events at a local food pantry and as wife to Chris, mom to a lively preschool-aged son, and “bonus” mom to two older daughters. If time allows, Stephanie devotes her time to various nonprofits who are dear to her heart. When she isn’t trying to figure out how to change the world, you can find her at home in Fenton catching up on all of her favorite Housewives or sitting back, watching the glorious chaos of home!

Katie Mueth, Senior Contributing Writer

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Katie is a Des Peres mom of two young boys, Trace (2014) and Henry (2016). Katie stays home with her boys most of the time but also spends a bit of time away as a high school lacrosse coach. Katie enjoys connecting with other moms to run, meet at parks, explore new restaurants, listen to live music and discuss books. Katie and her boys can be found enjoying many activities around St. Louis including the Science Center, Zoo, Magic House, Museum of Transportation, Urban Fort and Frisco Train Store, but what they enjoy most is just being outdoors. They have tried many of the parks around St. Louis City and county and also love hiking trails at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Powder Valley and Shaw Nature Reserve. Katie and her family love all that St. Louis has to offer for families of young children and can most often be found taking advantage of all of the many opportunities.

Michelle Parrinello-Cason, Senior Contributing Writer

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Michelle is a homeschooling mom of two (a nine-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy) who lives in South City with her husband, kids, two cats, and a dog. Her family loves reading, hiking, and art. She likes to write about education, work-life balance, and exploring all the wonderful experiences St. Louis has to offer.

Deepika Pujji

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Deepika Pujji is a St. Louis native (go Colts!).  After receiving her psychology and advertising degree from Boston University, she spent time working at digital ad agencies and Twitter.  In 2015, she received the promotion of a lifetime to full-time mama. Deepika lives in Frontenac with her husband and two children. 

Marlena Renner

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Marlena is mom to 6-year-old Joshua and has been married to her husband, Andy, for 10 years. They reside in Alton, Illinois where he is the head athletic trainer for Alton High School. Her parents both grew up in Kirkwood, and even though she spent most of her childhood in Montgomery City, MO, she had a feeling she would end up in St. Louis someday. She worked in minor league baseball after college, eventually landing for a season with the River City Rascals. She worked for the St. Louis Blues, Stifel Theatre, and Enterprise Center for 13 years before the pandemic stopped so many things. Today she is the email specialist for Caleres, which means shoes … all the shoes. 

Amy Sanders, Senior Contributing Writer

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Amy is in her thirties with three kids under the age of 8, so her kitchen is always stocked with coffee, wine, and goldfish. She works part-time, tries to keep up with her book club, and is fluent in sarcasm. She loves raising her family in St. Louis and couldn’t get by without her tribe (or Netflix).

Danielle Sawyer

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Danielle resides in O’Fallon with her husband Devon, two boys Harrison and Nolan, and three dogs! Danielle is a local Autism Teacher, who advocates for all abilities. Danielle and her son are both deaf/ hard of hearing— they’re a hearing aid/ cochlear implant household. Danielle’s hobbies include baking, riding four wheelers, exploring their property, sitting around a campfire, board games, and pinteresting crafts she most likely will never do! You can find The Sawyers at some of their favorite spots: Magic House, Big Joel’s Safari, and Indian Camp Creek!

Jamie Scaccia

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Jamie is a Des Peres mom and clinical psychologist with a specialization in child development and trauma. She is married with two little ones and is just entering the world of elementary school! While she has lived throughout the country, St. Louis has always been home and she is so grateful for the community here!  She also enjoys running, true crime, and baking for everyone!

Meg Smidt

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Meg Smidt is a confetti-throwing life and business coach, mother, grandmother, sister, devoted friend and love-spreader. She is super passionate about helping driven and compassionate women create balanced, joy-filled, intentional lives that they love (and that love them back). She spends her days strategizing with and encouraging women all over the world to be their very best. YourCoach Meg lives in Benton Park/ St Louis with her husband, one of her five adult kids and 2 silly dogs.

Connect with Meg on her websiteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Kate Stacy

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Kate was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She spent the next eight years on the East Coast serving in various government positions, where she met her husband, Adam. They were married in 2011, and following the birth of their boy/girl twins in 2014, they moved to St. Louis to be closer to family. In 2015 they welcomed a 3rd daughter who was born with a complex congenital heart defect and would need life-saving open heart surgery at 2 days old, 4-months-old, and again at 3-years-old. Today she works for The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation as the Outreach and Community Partnership Manager, helping heart families like her own and championing the future of pediatric heart care. She loves cold brew and chardonnay, is always listening to a podcast, and can often be seen walking the streets of Kirkwood with her very naughty Goldendoodle puppy.

Trisha Stanley

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Trisha is a science educator and mom to Aiden, Lily, and Elon. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for 20 years. Trisha taught high school science before staying home with her kids. Before she was a classroom teacher, she was in the informal science realm working as an education specialist at an aquarium and zoo. Trisha is the creator of Inspiration Laboratories, a blog dedicated to encouraging learning through creativity and play. Her passion is sharing science activities with parents and teachers and demonstrating how to do science with even the youngest learners. Trisha lives on the outskirts of St. Louis and enjoys spending time with her family exploring the city and everything outdoors. She’s currently working on a master’s degree in science education and trying to decide what to do once her youngest starts kindergarten next year. 

Haley Strebler

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Haley was born and raised in small town Kansas. She moved to St. Louis after graduating from the University of Kansas to attend graduate school at Lindenwood. Her 2 year plan to live in St. Louis turned in 12 when she met her husband. They were married on home plate at Busch Stadium in 2015 and are parents to two girls, Presley (4) and Piper (7 months), Haley stared her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer working at high schools all throughout St. Louis. After returning to nursing school she was a Trauma ICU nurse for 5 years before taking on her current role as the Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at a Level 1 Trauma Center. 
 
Outside of work Haley blogs about local food and businesses as part of the Yelp Elite Squad, volunteers for Make-A-Wish MoKan, and loves strength training and self care. Haley considers herself a “wrangler of tiny females”. She loves raising a strong willed preschooler who both challenges and amazes her. Haley loves living in St. Louis and feels it has so much to offer to inspire children and foster creativity. You can follow her at @mamastrebs.

Heather Tatman

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Heather Tatman is a born and raised St. Louis mom. She lives in South City In the Bevo Mill neighborhood with her hubby of 16 years and their 14-year-old son (they have a 20-year-old daughter away at college as well). Heather is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom thinking about a possible change in these areas (possibly). When she’s not cheering on her kid(s) at their sporting matches or any other sporting event of the day, and doing all the adult things in between, she’s enjoying one or more of her favorite hobbies: reading, organizing, beer/wine tasting, cooking and the list just goes on and on.

Mandi Tuhro

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Mandi is originally from a small town and moved to Saint Louis in 2015 for a new job and new love. She has lived in a few areas of Saint Louis including the Central West End/De Baliviere and Lindenwood Park areas but has found a place to call home in Webster Groves. She has been married to her husband Seth since 2017 and they had their first son, Walter in March 2020. She is being inducted into the “two under two” club in January 2022! Mandi works full time as a Nurse Practitioner. When she is not working, you can find her park hopping and trying to wrangle her son, brainstorming freezer meal ideas, mourning the loss of “The Office” from Netflix, or at Katie’s Pizza and Pasta in Rock Hill. Mandi is passionate about making Motherhood feel less lonely and encouraging community through vulnerability.

Rika Tyler

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Rika Tyler, a STL native is a mama to four wonderful boys, 2 of them being her bonus children; AJ (13), DJ (9), Paxton (9), and Santana (3). A soon-to-be wife to her fiance, T and currently resides in the North County area (Black Jack, MO). Rika is the statewide Director of an Organization for a Missouri Nonprofit and is navigating a blended family. As a young working mother, she loves to talk about the balance of motherhood and life. Her passion lies around youth and particularly gun violence and the mental health effects on minority children in the inner city from trauma-related experiences. In her spare time she enjoys traveling around the city with her family, working out, and having many forms of self-care.

Katie Vondera, Senior Contributing Writer

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Katie is a St. Louis native, coffee lover, and difference maker. She has a passion for teaching at-risk high schoolers how to find joy in reading and writing. She is a divorced mother of two incredibly strong girls who can be found watching The Voice, eating ice cream, and staying up late reading. Katie and her girls love exploring St. Louis-hiking and playing at local parks, getting away to Pere Marquette, breakfasting at Strange Donuts or The Barn, and learning at all of the museums.

Kelly Watson

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Kelly was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (GO BA!) where she graduated as a Tiger. Soon thereafter, she moved to Columbia, MO, and attended The University of Missouri-Columbia (a Tiger again!). She graduated in 2009 with her degree in Actuarial Science with an emphasis in Finance. While at Mizzou, she met her husband. Once they graduated, they moved back to St. Louis. They got married in St. Lucia in 2014 in front of all of their closest friends and family after being together for 5 years!  A couple of years later (2! To be exact!) they had their oldest son! During the pandemic they had their youngest son and feel their beautiful family is complete! Being a Mom is the most challenging and rewarding job! Kelly truly LOVES and adores her boys! They are blessings and her heart! After working super hard at her job for the past nine years (almost a decade whoohooo!), she attained her dream role! She is a Data Engineer specializing in Data Integration. What is that? …maybe one day she will talk about it! She loves her job- it’s super challenging!! She is not the biggest fan of being on-call once a month, but! Hey! Sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do! As mentioned earlier, Kelly loves St. Louis … she lives in Ballwin and adores her neighbors and neighborhood. Her family is the most important thing to her. They love doing everything together! They love taking their boys to parks, water parks (especially with summer! Whooo! )… pretty much any place that they can get all of that energy out!! They have energy for days … weeks … heck! She just needs 5% of it and she’d be set for the rest of her life!  She and her husband also find it important to have their alone time- they love dates! Thanks to her super supportive and loving MIL, they get to go on dates from time to time! They love trying new spots to eat (Brass Rail is a new favorite with the best martinis!), going to the movies and traveling! Katie’s looking forward to sharing her thoughts on a variety of topics and she is hoping you will be open to listening and maybe discussing!

Colleen Fitzsimmons-Wiviott

STL Mom {2021}
A native St. Louisan, Colleen lives in Northampton with her husband, Noah, her two year old son, Ezra, and rescue dog, Seamus. She has worked in museum and art education for the past ten years and is currently the resident art educator of Buzz Art Workshops at Honeycomb. She is passionate about helping children discover their own creative processes while building community through art. When she’s not lesson planning, teaching, or momming, you can find her baking treats for her family, visiting the farmers’ market, or checking out all the amazing art exhibitions and performances St. Louis has to offer. 

Katie Wollenberg, Senior Contributing Writer

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Katie is originally from the South County area of St. Louis. She’s lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Texas but has always considered the St. Louis area to be home. She now lives in a small town, Hoyleton, IL, about an hour east of St. Louis with her husband, Nate, daughter Zoe, and sons, Zach and Max. When she’s not chasing Zoe, Zach, and Max around, she enjoys hanging out with friends, having dance parties in the kitchen, sitting on her porch and sipping on some Diet Coke. Katie records a podcast called Blessed Mess Mom and has her own blog, ablessedmess.net.