ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.
KATE COVENY HOOD Producer– In 2008, Kate discovered the fast growing community of parenting blogs and decided to create her own humor site: The Big Piece of Cake. Shortly after leaving her full time job – and realizing that she’s not that funny – Kate began writing more about her life her life as an exiled city child turned suburban mother of three. Kate’s essays have been featured in anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum, as well as on Upworthy.com and The Washington Post On Parenting blog.
STEPHANIE STEARNS DULLI Director– Stephanie and her husband moved here 6 years ago to raise their family. Once she recovered from the culture shock of moving from LA to DC and leaving her career as an actress behind, she fell in love with the area and found other ways to be creative, discovering her voice through writing. Her works have been featured on The Washington Post Mamapedia, ScaryMommy , mom2summit and iVillage. She currently blogs at Stephanie Says, where you will find pop culture, fashion, photography and of course, confessional stories of how much of a dork she is at Motherhood. Stephanie is also an accomplished photographer, specializing in child portraiture, you can see her work her Facebook page.
JENNIFER ANDOS is the mother of two amazing children, Paris and Alex, wife of 17 years to her wonderful husband Steven, and the owner of Paperfish Creative, a graphic design agency. Jennifer is the oldest of four and is loyal to all things Chicago, having spent 40+ of her years living just Northwest of the city. Her husband’s job brought her out to Virginia. Having a digital job, she was able to bring it with her. Paperfish Creative, is the Home Based Business of the Year in Loudoun County, Virginia and it is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Jennifer has worked on B2B and B2C clients who range from sole proprietors to Fortune 100 companies and now she focuses on bringing her agency quality work to small businesses. Jennifer is also the leader of the Ashburn chapter of Femworking, a women’s mastermind group, member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and spends her free time volunteering for the PTA at her children’s schools. And on a really good day, she has time to work on one of the two books she is writing.
EJIMA BAKER-MORALES is an educator and artist. Her experiences growing up in Trinidad, going to school in Cuba and living in DC and NYC frequently find their way into her work. Her artistic and academic work focuses on the experiences of women, popular culture, race and sexuality. She has a BA in Africana Studies and Music from Barnard College, Columbia University, a MA in Ethnomusicology from CUNY, and a PhD in Anthropology from the New School University. When she is not teaching or performing, she is creating new works and enjoying being a mother and a partner.
LOU-ANN WATTLEY BELK spent the first two and half years of her life in Trinidad and the next 16 in Brooklyn, NY, sharing the experience of Caribbean immigrant families across the city. Today, her work as a Brand & Graphic Design Consultant brings the stories of small and single-owned businesses to life. At the heart of Lou-Ann’s work lies a conscious embrace of her roles as mother, designer, storyteller and curious soul. And balancing them all is a beautiful challenge. When she’s not creating, she’s, “enjoying this life I’ve been granted with my husband and daughter.” Lou-Ann’s family will welcome their second child this August.
HANNAH GRIECO is a mom and teacher in Arlington, Virginia. Mental health advocacy has become a personal mission, as her family has struggled with and pushed through significant challenges in the past few years. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity to share one moment on that journey.
JESSICA CLAIRE HANEY is the founder and publisher of Mindful Healthy Life, an an online lifestyle magazine for natural-minded parents in Metro DC. She is a blogger, freelance writer, editor and holistic business strategist. Jessica’s writing has appeared on Scary Mommy, the Huffington Post, Mothering.com and TheDCMoms.com and in the Washington Post, literary journals and four anthologies. She’s working on her first novel, a chapter of which appears in the Abundant Grace anthology of fiction by DC-area women writers. Her volunteer work includes advocating on a broad range of wellness issues in public schools, and she previously founded and led the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network. Jessica’s personal blog is Crunchy-Chewy Mama, and her professional site is JessicaClaireHaney.com. She has two children and lives in Northern Virginia.
TAYLOR HARRIS is a writer and stay-at-home mom living in Ashburn, VA. She once wrote a yearlong column for McSweeney’s about that time she and her husband returned to their alma mater and raised two toddlers in a dorm. That was the year Jesus came to UVA in the form of a dining hall buffet and saved her life. Her work has been featured in Narratively, The Toast, Babble, NPR, and other publications.
LOTTIE JOINER is the senior editor of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the NAACP, and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer. She is an award-winning journalist who covers race, social justice, civil rights and culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women and underserved communities. She has written for The Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Time.com, Essence magazine and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Lottie is a native of Jackson, Miss. While in college she hosted a daily jazz program and a popular Sunday Gospel show. She’s a certified Jazzercise instructor who loves music, museums and monuments. Lottie also enjoys Broadway plays, spas, long days and warm nights. Her dream is to live in a place where she can wear sundresses and sandals year-round.
LAPONDA KERSEY-SALISBURY is Co-founder of Code B.L.A.C.K. and former Co-president of the NPGC Chapter of Mocha Moms. She is a true southern belle from NC. Also an EEG Tech by trade but has a passion for writing, is an advocate for breastfeeding and natural birth, and an activist for all things right. She loves running outdoors, reading indoors, rainbows wherever, and science fiction (shout out to the Starship Enterprise!). LaPonda is here to represent for the geeky gals! Learn more about LaPonda on her blog, MAATMAMA.
RACHEL NUSBAUM is a partner, mom, daughter and sister who writes in pursuit of connection with herself and others. Sharing the journey of her son’s diagnosis of congenital heart disease on a national stage was the inspiration behind her creative business, Orchid Story. Her goal is to bring empowerment to women by illuminating their personal stories of struggle. You can find Rachel’s essays on her blog and Holstee and follow her on Instagram. Rachel has been a genetic counselor for many years and lives with her husband, kids, and 11 year old rescue dog in Vienna, VA.
NINA PARRISH is a teacher who has experienced the ups and downs and many “hats” involved in developing a successful education business that started at her kitchen table. Locally, you can find Nina’s writing on education and parenting topics on her blog The Learning Zone and in the Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine and blog. She also writes a parenting and education blog as a contributor for the Huffington Post where her writing has been featured on the Huffington Post Parents, Huffington Post Education, and Huffington Post UK Parents pages. Her work has also been featured recently on Mamalode and Scary Mommy. Nina lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
ALISON RASCHER heads a multi-generational household which includes 3 boys, a father-in-law, a husband and a dog (who’s also sorta a boy now). As the wife of a college baseball coach, she’s happy to say she finally understands the drop third strike rule and aspires to have a dugout phone in her kitchen, if that means she can reach her husband more easily. Alison likes to write reflections on motherhood, intergenerational exploits, and the world of boys at Ears Like an Elephant.by