The Executive Team
Meghan is the Founder and Owner of Pittsburgh City Moms Blog. Born and raised in Pittsburgh also known as “The City of Neighborhoods.” She studied Education at Edinboro University where she also obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership. She’s been married to her best friend and husband, Jeromie, for 15 years. Together they have been blessed with three beautiful children, son, Dylan 12 years old, daughter, Madison 9 years old and son, Jordan, 5 years old. She enjoys watching the creative minds of her children as they participate in their extra activities. Favorite pastimes are cheering on the Pittsburgh Sports, relaxing on a beach and laughing with friends and family over a glass of red. Meghan is excited about meeting Pittsburgh Moms and connecting them to resources that will make their lives easier and more fun! To contact Meghan, email her at Meghan (at) pittsburghmomsblog (dot) com
Carri, a Native of Pittsburgh, is a Mom of three, and Aunt to many and Wife to one very special guy. She began writing as a child, but only pursued it as a career when she realized she was good at it. For the past twenty-three years, Carri has been a working mom. Her past 13 years have been in the stay-at-home capacity, during which she earned her college degree and built her own social media production business while working independently contracted projects among various industries. When she isn’t busy creating something new, she babysits her nieces and takes lots of pictures, mostly as an effort to gather writing subject material, but ultimately to subliminally keep her from wanting more children of her own. She enjoys live music, art and entertainment, and living vicariously by connecting with new people and sharing experiences.
Liz, who grew up in New Castle, PA, is the only female that resides in her family’s Cranberry Township home. This boy mom actually enjoys being severely outnumbered by her husband Adam, their four year old Miles, and even her male dog and cat. She frequently claims that there are definite perks to being the “lady of the house”.
Liz studied Secondary Education/English at Clarion University where she also earned her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction. She puts her degrees to good use as a high school English teacher. Though it’s sometimes difficult to juggle her career and motherhood, she can’t imagine her life without either role.
When Liz isn’t teaching or relaxing with her guys at home, she can typically be found reading, working out, putting her Amazon Prime membership to good use, listening to 90’s hip hop, cooking, or planning her family’s next vacation.
Brittany is a Wellness Coach with specialties in Holistic Weightloss and Yoga. When she is not playing with her daughter or creating short YouTube videos for Busy Moms, she is empowering and educating others about wellness. Brittany is a 250 Hour Yoga Instructor and enjoys helping people feel better about themselves inside and out with her Online Yoga Studio: 9 to 5 Yogi.
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Amanda is a 32-year-old Pittsburgh native who ventured from living along the Allegheny River as a child to crossing the rivers and now living along the Monongahela River with her husband (Tom) and two boys (T.J. age 5 & Joey age 1). She is a Journalism graduate of Point Park University (2008) and has been working as a Marketing/Business Development professional in the Engineering Industry since. “Family First” is the Mihailoff motto so Amanda likes to focus on providing fun experiences and (too many) toys for the kids all while supporting her husband’s dream of coaching high school football. Between a full-time career, kids’ and their activities and homework, and Tom’s full plate, Amanda is always on the go but with a smile and laughter. Life gets crazy but it’s the journey through it that matters! Free time does eventually roll around for Amanda. That’s when you will find her trying new recipes, using a new home workout, golfing, going for coffee with a friend, watching movies, or scrolling Facebook (and not afraid to admit it).
Amanda is a new Washington County resident. She and her husband just bought their first home together in the North Strabane area. They are parents to a handsome little man named Lorenzo who will be 6 in August. His smile and energy lights up a room. He just may be the next Pittsburgh Penguin star! She graduated from Point Park University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Even though her full-time job does not relate to her degree, she is still able to get her creativity out by contributing to Pittsburgh Moms Blog. It has always been her dream to share her own experiences with the world. Amanda is a working mom who is always struggling to balance life. Marriage, motherhood, friendship, and work all very important to her. Trying to maintain a work-life balance is key to her happiness. She hopes to one day inspire women to believe in themselves, stand up for one another, and never take life too seriously.
Chelsea was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Hampton with her 2 sons, and three animals. As a Greek woman, she’s constantly questioned as to whether her blonde haired, blue eyed son is really hers (he is!). She spends her weekdays as a recruiter of nurses. She loves being able to talk to caring, passionate nurses on a daily basis. A fan of all creative pursuits, she spends her free time crocheting, writing, and dreaming up home improvement projects that never turn out quite the way she planned. She and her husband hate to sit at home, and spend all weekends out and about, even if it’s just a trip around the mall.
Meet Liz! I’ve been called a lot of names in my 30 years of life, but the past 6 years it has mainly been “momma”. I’m a stay at home mom of a two, three, four, and six year old. Yes, that means I had four children in five years. Before my daughter was born I decided to be a “kit napper” with Thirty One Gifts, and almost 6 years later it’s been one of the best decisions of my life! This “bag thing”, as my husband calls it, has allowed me to stay home with our kids and the freedom to do extracurricular activities. Not to mention, I’ve met a lot of wonderful friends that I didn’t have 6 years ago. Moms need people too! We can’t pour into others if we haven’t filled our own cup. I’ve experienced many highs in my motherhood journey, that’s what we all look forward to! I’ve also experienced some significant lows. Having a miscarriage was one that I wasn’t sure I would be able to overcome. Thankfully, I did and here I am, 7 years later with four beautiful babies to share my successes, failures and things my kids do that no one would believe if it wasn’t written down.
Jesse De Hartwich
Jesse, originally from outside of Philadelphia, moved to Pittsburgh three years ago and now lives in the South Hills. She is married to her adorably nerdy husband whom she met in junior high and together they have a one-year-old daughter, Riley, and a second baby on the way in June 2017. A writer by schooling and profession, Jesse graduated from Susquehanna University and has worked as a copywriter/editor for several major retailers. She now stays home with her daughter but continues to write for herself, both fiction and her own blog (www.WanderlustRunning.com). In addition to writing, Jesse is an avid runner and will race anything from the mile to the marathon. She loves to travel, read, be outside, and enjoy a good latte. As a newbie mom, Jesse is just beginning her parenting journey and is excited for all the adventures to come with her growing family.
Jessie is a 30 year old mother of 3. Her and her husband were married in 2005, when she was just 18! Following their marriage they quickly filled their house with laughter in 2006 Alexander was born, then followed by Grace in 2008 and Mckenzie in 2010. In the early years of motherhood she decided her efforts were best spent at home. In 2016 , when McKenzie entered the public school system, Jessie returned to work as a full time nanny. While she finds both motherhood and being a nanny rewarding; she also enjoys the arts of cooking and photography. Jessie was born in Pittsburgh, however she was raised mostly in coastal Virginia where her father was stationed in the Navy. They returned home to Pittsburgh when he retired in 1998.
Julia is a proud mom to 1-year-old Gabriel and 15-year-old Nathan. She and her husband live in the South Hills with their two boys and two rescue cats. Julia is a lifelong writer, having “published” her first novella at the young age of eight. It was a handwritten, self-illustrated ten-page account of a parrot, but we all start somewhere. Currently, Julia freelances in writing, communications, and marketing and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. She has an MBA from Point Park University and a Bachelor’s from Pitt. She’s an advocate for shelter pets and has a passion for learning and education, in whatever form they take. In their spare time, Julia and her family enjoy exploring the outdoors, going to wineries, creating new traditions, traveling (there’s a lot on the list yet), house projects, and Nathan’s soccer games.
Katie is currently a resident of Shaler Township, Katie works as an artist for the company Yaymaker, spreading creative joy around the Pittsburgh Area. Katie is married to her best friend Kevin (10 years and going strong) and together they have 2 amazing girls. Mackenzie 10, and Penelope 4. Katie takes pride in her family being Pittsburgh Penguin fans, and enjoys going to games with her husband and children. During her free time, you can catch Katie in her garden, or at the park with her girls. As a new blogger, Katie hopes to show some of the realism of mom life, offer some candid advice, and maybe a laugh or two, to brighten your day.
Katie is a wife and mom of three boys, Lucas, Zeke and Toby. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Marketing & Communications. Their second son, Toby, was born in May of 2016 and died suddenly in August from SIDS, at 12 weeks and 5 days old. Through this loss, they have founded The Little Fox | Toby’s Foundation with the hopes of bringing joy, laughter, and lots of smiles to families within the Pittsburgh community, while working to spread awareness about child-loss and the lives of grieving parents.
Lanae is lifelong Pittsburgh resident with a brief stint in Ohio for her high school and middle school years. Most of her life she lived in Wilkinsburg but recently became a resident of the north boroughs. Lanae holds an Associates’ Degree in fashion merchandising and a Bachelor’s Degree in business management. After college, Lanae, entered the insurance and financial services industry by becoming a licensed agent and a claims specialist. Recently she was elected to the position of School Director for the Northgate School District. With two children on the spectrum support and understanding of Neurodiveristy is a message she strives to spread. Lanae also is an advocate for cloth diapering and baby wearing. With two boys and three girls ranging in ages from 21- 5 most of her time is spent traveling to ballet lessons and other after school activities. When there is time left, she enjoys writing, sewing and cooking. She is currently finishing up her first novel with more already in the works. With a love for travel, Lanae and her family have been to several different Caribbean islands and 2 countries in Central America. So, look to hear more about the organized chaos that is traveling with 5 kids.
Maggie is a Texas native that ended up in Pittsburgh after meeting her husband while working in Disney. They became college sweethearts and got married directly after college where they both worked on the road in the oil and gas industry. She is now a mom of three, two boys and a girl and co-owns a personalized children clothing and gifts boutique. Maggie’s kiddos keep her extremely busy and feels that she lives in a state of blessed chaos. Her journey in motherhood has exposed her to not only pregnancy but she also got to experience the blessing of adopting a true miracle. She is active member of her church and a local philanthropy women’s group that keeps her busy. Her family loves to travel and she’s not afraid to pack up her kids for spare of the moment adventures!
Marie, a native of Pittsburgh, is a career Nanny with over 10 years of experience. She is currently working for a wonderful family in Fox Chapel. She is a 2007 Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Writing. She is 34 and currently resides in the South Hills. Marie spends her days creating various activities for her “nanny kids” that range from messy crafts to educational games. She feels very passionately that children learn best through play. She loves being silly with her nanny kids and appreciates every day knowing she has the greatest job in the world! She makes a point to explore the city of Pittsburgh with her nanny kids and utilize its wonderful resources, Throughout the year, she will travel to museums, landmarks, playgrounds, and tourist attractions. She feels the kids should know and appreciate where they live. Plus, Pittsburgh is an amazing city with a complex history and continual metamorphosis. Marie is currently working on her first children’s book, a fictional collection of short stories, and a curriculum for other nannies and stay at home moms. She’s also a quarterly contributor for Nanny Magazine. Marie is Dog Mom to her corgi, Butters. She loves coffee, The Simpsons, and jamming to early 2000’s pop music. She is a proud aunt to her adorable 3-year-old niece. She may not have any children of her own, however, she has many “nieces and nephews” now that her friends are having children.
Mary lives in the Baldwin-Whitehall area of Pittsburgh. She moved to Pittsburgh over 2 years ago with her husband and 2 beautiful children. Mary owns her own travel agency Life is Better Traveling™, LLC which has helped hundreds of families take amazing vacations to Disney®, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, and all over Europe. She is also the founder of the Travel Agent School Supporting Learning and Education™ or T.A.S.S.L.E, which has the How to Become a SUCCESSFUL Travel Agent program™, a one-stop, all-inclusive program for someone who wants to become a Successful Travel Agent. Mary earned the distinguished honor of the Certified Travel Associate (CTA) through the Travel Institute in 2016, and has several other travel and tourism certifications.
Megan is mom to two little ones, Finnian and Greer, and their fur brother Teddy. Originally from New Castle, PA, she’s lived in the North Hills of Pittsburgh for more than a decade. She and her husband Dan met at IUP where she earned her journalism/public relations degree, which has served her well during her career in a variety of communications roles for the nonprofit and education sector. She currently works at the University of Pittsburgh in fundraising communications. In her spare time, Megan enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing, traveling, and fitness. She’s a pescatarian who loves to eat, enjoy a good a cup of coffee, and a glass of red wine.
Nicole Tanner Ging
Nicole is a Pittsburgh girl at heart and loves everything black and gold, she’s been married to her husband for 8 years and they have 2 children: a sassy and strong-willed 4-year-old and a super energetic 2-year-old. Nicole spent most of her life (29 years) living north of the city, but moved south of the city just 10 days before the birth her daughter, Reagan. A lot has changed in the past few years…Nicole left her full-time job as a virtual English teacher after Reagan was born to become a stay-at-home-mom, worked part-time as an independent contractor, welcomed her son, Tyler into the world, and made it back to the full-time work force in 2018. Nicole now works as full-time virtual Social Studies teacher. As full-time work-at-home/stay-at-home mom, she describes her life as organized chaos. To add to the chaos, Nicole’s husband of 8 years is a Police Officer; Nicole and her husband can’t seem to settle without big changes in recent years and will be moving back north of the city in 2019 (due to a department change for her husband). Nicole is excited to move closer to family and old friends and settle into a new home. She looks forward to sharing her insight on life with two little ones, while still maintaining her own identity with the readers of Pittsburgh Moms Collective; she also hopes to remind all moms that we are in this crazy journey together.
Pamela doesn’t mind her laugh lines. After 15 years in professional photography, 4 interesting kids, and a very supportive partner, she has recently rediscovered international travel and cannot wait to share this rekindled passion with her children. She uses her camera as a way to process the world- a tool to read and share stories. She also experiments with watercolors and, of course, words. Currently living in McCandless, Pamela is a strong advocate for bathroom privacy and enjoys long, slow walks through the grocery store by herself.
Ryan Mahoney LaRocco
Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh. She was born and raised, and still lives in Beechview with her husband, Casey, their son, Gabriel and dog Dexter. She’s a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School System and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her early career years were spent in the non-profit sector as a post-secondary counselor for at risk youth. She later transitioned to working closely with grants management and technical assistance training. For the last 13 years she’s worked as a Technical Communication Specialist focusing on interface instruction, user experience, and user guidance for several software products. When she’s not fulfilling the responsibilities of her day job, Ryan can be found listening to and obsessing over David Bowie – and passing that obsession on to her son. She enjoys buying craft supplies with the best of intentions that never actually become a craft, unless you consider piles of craft supplies a craft. She’s recently started knitting again after a six year hiatus which is a source of relaxation and frustration – somehow at the same time. Ryan enjoys reading, picking through thrift stores and flea markets, movies, music, and exploring all of the great places Pittsburgh has to offer families.
A resident of Penn Township, Pa, Sam is a public educator, writer, coach and entrepreneur who co-founded Pace Success Coaching, a training and mentoring company based in the Pittsburgh area. She is also a wife and mother of two young boys, age 4 and 3, with one more on the way due in July, and stepmother to boys in their twenties. Her work commitments and “modern family” keep her very busy, but in her spare time, she is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, with an affinity for personal development books, a recreational golfer and traveler. Her passion is sharing authentically and openly with others about the joys and struggles of motherhood and helping people find freedom through realization of their personal and professional goals.
Stefanie S. is a wife and SAHM to 4 children, living in Mars. Stefanie and her husband refer to their children as Phase One (Dylan-Age 11 and Alexandria-Age 9) and Phase Two (Liliana-Age 4 and Liam-Age 2). Phase Three is out of the question! Stefanie’s family became a family blessed with Down syndrome when her youngest child had a surprise diagnosis after his birth. Although the family’s initial reaction was shock and fear, they quickly learned to embrace this beautiful journey and they now realize what the term “The Lucky Few” really means. Stefanie spends her days wrangling chaos, but in her spare time she loves to embarrass her children by singing show tunes from her musical theater days, come up with messy projects to keep her children busy, chase her children around with her camera, visit her horse, do online volunteer work for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network and blog at Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too. Sleep is just a distant memory! Stefanie’s family can usually be found out and about in the Pittsburgh area with an extra kid (or 2 or 3) in tow. Stefanie embraces the chaos and feels blessed to be able to spend her days with her children!
Tara is a native Pittsburgher. She currently lives in the South Hills with her husband, their 3 year old daughter and 5 month old son. Tara is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Nursing. She have worked in pediatrics her entire career and there is no other nursing she would rather do! Tara graduated with a Masters of Nursing from Waynesburg University which lead her to her current role as a Clinical Nurse Educator. In her free time Tara enjoys girls night outs with her best girlfriends, and spending time making memories with her family!
Teresa G is a work at home mom of three boys, ages 3, 4, and 2 months. She has been happily married to her husband Gus for 7 years. She and her family currently reside in the Slippery Rock area, where she has been a longtime resident. Teresa has bachelor’s degrees in both Dance and Professional writing from Slippery Rock University. She has worked in many different fields over the years – dance teacher, aerobics instructor, swim teacher, and most recently, documentation specialist and content manager for a local software company. Currently, she works for The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy, and as a freelance writing professional and content manager for a variety of clients in several different industries. Teresa and her family spend much of their time outdoors, being active, and you can often find them in their “Little Boat” on Lake Arthur, or in the “Big Bass Boat” at Lake Erie. In her spare time, Teresa loves to practice yoga, run, and read anything she can get her hands on.