Meet The St. Louis Mom Team!
Ashley Atkins is a newish mom to St. Louis. Moving here at the end of 2018, she’s still learning what is to be a St. Louisan. From the foods to the dialect, this Chicago native has a completely different view of STL. Currently she resides in University City, with her hubby (collage sweetheart) and 3 kids under the ages 5. Ashley works full time at a local University. Aside from work, she loves adventure and family time. She has a passion for maternal health and wellness. You can follow her at @momyandmoon.
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.
Kristi, a small-town IL farm girl, finally feels she can call St. Louis “home” after 8 years. She and her husband Dan have two boys – Carson (6) and Harrison (3), who happens to be rocking an extra chromosome. A former Parkway teacher, Kristi now stays home with her boys and leads a local MOPS group. A ripple of life changes quickly taught her that adapting and pivoting is the name of the game: starting over in a new state, full-time working mom to stay-at-home mom, battling PPD, navigating Down syndrome and Autism diagnoses, and most recently walking the painful road of grief after the loss of her brother. Her faith roots have been her lifeline, and she always seeks to be a voice of truth, compassion and hope, especially in the messy. She is passionate about advocating for individuals with special needs, sharing encouragement through the roller coaster of life, and supporting moms in overall health and wholeness so they can show up just as they are in every season of motherhood.
Rashida is a proud St. Louis native and mom of Dominic and Parker. She lives in Kirkwood with her husband Ben and works full time as an account manager at a local advertising agency. She is a motherless mom who blogs about how the loss of her mom affects her own journey at themotherlessmomblog.com. Rashida’s passions include maternal mental health and helping others navigate their grief journeys. When she’s not working, blogging or momming, she can be found exploring new cocktail recipes, attempting to work out or binge watching every show Bravo has ever made.
Stephanie is a wife, homeschooling mother of 4-year-old Osila, sister, daughter, devoted auntie, blogger, entrepreneur, artist, coach and encourager. She has a background in leadership, communications, social services and education. She serves breastfeeding families in the St. Louis are as an accredited Leader with La Leche League of Greater St. Louis. This southern-bred mama carries about 20 hats on any given day, but tries her best not to wear more than 3 at once!
Erin Chambers Gooch
Erin was born, raised and attended college locally in St. Louis (Fontbonne University Graduate). She is a wife to Craig, a bonus mom to Chloe (21) and a mom to Teddy (5). She resides in Town & Country. Erin’s world was turned upside down when she learned her son,Teddy, was born with a common form of Dwarfism, called Achondroplasia. After a few months of struggling with her son’s diagnosis, she reluctantly jumped into the special needs world. It’s a challenging and different world, but she is realizing more and more each day that it has just as much, if not more, beauty inside of it. Erin is passionate about helping parents teach their kids about different disabilities. She believes raising kind hearted kids starts in their homes. When she is not carting Teddy back and forth to school, therapies, activities and numerous doctors visits, she enjoys exercising, walks with her friends and drinking a cocktail while finally watching The Today Show at 9:00pm before bed.
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 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.
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.
Meghan was born and raised in North Carolina but has lived all over the US. She is by default a professional packer after spending 6 years relocating her family multiple times a year for her husband’s professional baseball career. They now call O’Fallon, MO home where her husband was born and raised. They have two daughters and one angel baby girl. She is a dentist by day and a small shop owner by night, running her handmade jewelry business, SoLayne Designs, and blog. You can learn more about her on her personal blog www.cirquedusolayne.com.
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.
Hi y’all! I am a full-time working mom of 2 beautiful girls, 8 year old Eleanor and 3 year old Violet. I have been married to my husband for 10 years, going on 11. I am not just a regular mom, I have the privilege of being a medical mama for my 3 year old. I am a lover of coffee, wine, tacos, margaritas, chocolate, Chris Stapleton and so many other things I can’t even begin to list them all. Outside of my family, my main passion in life is connecting with other medical mamas and supporting them throughout their journey. In addition, we do all we can to support our local hospital (Mercy Children’s) and our non-local hospital (Cincinnati Children’s) through toy drives and supply drives for Ronald McDonald House.
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 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 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.
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 grew up in St. Charles, and now resides in Florissant with her husband Devon, and son Harrison (age 2). Danielle is an Autism Teacher. Like the majority of her family, Danielle is deaf and hard of hearing, due to genetics. She has one cochlear implant (2018). Danielle’s hobbies include cooking/baking, riding four wheelers, sitting around a campfire, and crafting, when she has time! You can find Danielle and Harrison at some of their favorite spots: Magic House, Purina Farms, and Grant’s Farm.
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!
Vannah Shaw was born and raised in the City of St. Louis. She graduated from Metro High School (to answer that question) and then left for several years to pursue an education in journalism from the University of Missouri and then law in Virginia. She returned to be close to family. She is a wife, a mother to her two young children and shares a home with her aging mother. She is apart of the “sandwich generation,” a term used to describe adults who care for children and parents at the same time. She currently works part-time, so that she can be full-time with family, while finding time to serve her community through volunteering and fundraising.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Natalie is a single, working, foster mom, currently to two little boys (4 & 6). When she’s not working, chauffeuring kids to all the things, and dishing out 10,000 meals and snacks per day, she enjoys running and reading!
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.