Meet Your Boston Team
Managing EditorAshley is a Virginia native who moved to Boston — sight unseen — for a library science graduate degree she’s never exactly used. Within a year, she met her husband, a nerdy but handsome health economist. They planted roots in Brighton, had their first child (now almost three years old), and are looking forward to baby number two making its arrival this fall. Ashley spends her days building Duplo fire stations, freelance writing and editing, swimming at Walden Pond, and binge eating dark chocolate in the pantry when her kid has his back turned.Caitlin is Massachusetts townie, having moved only a half mile away from her childhood home in the suburbs after getting married. She met her husband Patrick during their freshman year of high school, though it was definitely not love at first sight (for either of them). The sparks flew four years later, after a couple other significant others reconnecting after a year away at college. She has been married since fall of 2009 and became a mom to one tiny tornado of a boy in July 2014. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from Assumption College as Master's degrees in School Counseling and Teaching Students with Severe Special Needs from Assumption and Fitchburg State. Despite solemnly swearing she'd never become a teacher, that's exactly what she did and currently works as a teacher for students with special needs ages 18-22, as well as advising her school's Best Buddies chapter. She comes from a loud, close-knit family and holds very strong opinions on ridiculous things, but tries to surround herself with people who appreciate her for it., or at least despite of it. Loves: Coffee, Diet Coke, random snuggles from her preschooler, Dairy Queen blizzards brought home for her by her husband. Hates: Inspirational Instagram pictures, traffic, folding laundry, random temper tantrums from her preschooler.Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children under 11 years old, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their Boston Terrier and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn’t have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day.At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.comAfter an illustrious career in politics (including stints on Capital Hill and on a Presidential campaign) and then reinsurance (yeah, that was a career change…), Emily decided to once again make a bold move and stay at home after her first daughter was born. Daughter number two came shortly thereafter. Daughter number three made her debut in July 2017 and it became an official girl tribe!The Fahle girls keep super busy and active with exploring our beloved town of Scituate and all that Boston and the South Shore has to offer! Emily is currently experiencing getting along with an infant that believes Mom is a Holstein, a preschooler that is smarter than her, and a two year old that has drama in her veins. She never knew coffee and wine would be such an essential part of her day.Gina grew up one exit outside of Boston in a typical Italian American family where no one has a volume knob, everyone has Catholic guilt and most gatherings require you to scream over one another. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biology from Merrimack College and masters degree from George Washington University. She currently works in clinical research in the quest to cure cancer at a pharmaceutical company in Cambridge. She met her husband at a wedding shortly after starting college and despite not wanting a boyfriend, he wooed her with his sarcasm and obsession for good music (he is also an excellent cook). After 19 years (10 married), countless live music concerts, traveling to various parts of the world, running many road (and mountain) races, and in general having a lot of fun, they decided they wanted to share their adventures with a homemade team. They welcomed Emma in June of 2014 and Isla in February 2016. Now the entire family is along for the ride. Loves: good music (especially live), running, clean eating, water, ice cream, pizza, candy, summer, being a mom and watching my girls grow, craft beer, good wine, real friends, my family, vacations/travel. Dislikes: commuting to Cambridge from the ‘burbs, drivers who do not use their blinkers, country music, humidity (mostly due to what it does to my hair), snow (except for skiing in the mountains), my kids growing up too fast!Heather was born and raised in New Hampshire and moved to Boston after graduating from college. She met her husband Adam there, got engaged and was married there! They made Boston home until 2 kids came into the picture and now resides in the Metrowest ‘burbs. Her son J is 4 years old and her daughter M is 2 years old. She works part time as a Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia nurse. When she isn’t spending time with her family she enjoys working out, spending time at the beach and shopping.Jacquelyn (Jakki) is a Texas native who made the Greater Boston area her home several years ago. Jakki is the founder of Social Betty, a social media management and consulting agency, and runs the company with her husband, Chris. She loves the flexibility that being self-employed gives her, and truly appreciates that she is able to attend mid-day school events for her children, Caleb (11), and Kennedy (6). A lover of the written word, music, and makeup, Jakki enjoys a good book, concerts at small venues, and discount shopping. Though life is busy for her family (overcommitting to extracurricular activities regularly), Jakki and her husband make it a point to get to the city and enjoy a ride on the T, a craft beer, and dinner at Legal Harborside or Boston Burger Co.- both with the kids and without.Jenny is a crass and pushy (read = sweet) native New Yorker who has always had a penchant for New England, after attending Brandeis for 4 years, but especially so after meeting her husband Barry, who also happened to live in Boston. After marrying, and creating 3 awesome daughters – ages, 11, 8 and 6 – she and her husband moved to Needham and love it there! Jenny is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Mindful Eating Instructor and Wellness blogger. She loves writing about how Mom’s can navigate and prioritize their health and positive body image after having children. When she’s not trying to figure out how the heck to parent a tween, She can be found blogging at the Huffington Post, (healthy living section) and on her site www.jennyedencoaching.com. Heck yes! – mindfulness, kettlebells, body acceptance, yoga, traveling the word and eating decadent and unctuous (vegetarian) food. No way, man! – arthritis at 40, allergies to anything, animal cruelty, waiting in line.A Maine native, Jessie migrated down the coast to Boston after college, and it’s been home ever since. In this great city, Jessie met her husband, graduated law school, played in numerous basketball leagues, worked as a travel copywriter, ran the marathon, dabbled in real estate sales, and most recently, is developing a website for people looking to move within Greater Boston. (Stay tuned!) But of all these great adventures, she most loves the one she’s on now: stay-at-home-mom to three energetic and hilarious daughters. Jessie, her husband, and their trio of little ladies live in Brookline.Kat grew up in Western New York doing toe loops in footie pajamas in her kitchen and watching the Buffalo Bills lose Super Bowls. She moved to Boston to earn a graduate degree in education. While working towards her Master’s and establishing her higher education administration career, she blogged about her love of sports for fun. Somehow, someway, that blogging turned into a part-time writing career, including a five year stint writing for the Boston Herald where she got to cover a whole bunch of events and athletes she could have only dreamed of. In 2016, Kat had her first child. When she’s not busy figuring out what sport her son will try first, she works full-time at a university and covers sports when she can. Loves: coffee, cats and 1990s NFL quarterbacks. Dislikes: chewing gum, high shelves and baby pajamas that snap instead of zipper.Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.Katie grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania before heading to college in the Philadelphia area. She earned a degree in Accounting but after a very brief stint in public accounting, she tossed her Judy’s Tenkey and joined a service program teaching 2nd grade in Washington, D.C. She fell in love with teaching and never looked back. She taught everything from 2nd grade to high school seniors during her 9-year teaching career. Katie met her now-husband during her early teaching days but it wasn’t until a few years later while they were catching up over a cup of coffee in Baltimore that they realized it was something more than friendship. The math teacher (Katie) and the Physicist (her husband) were engaged on the Most Epic Pi Day of Our Lifetime (3-14- 15) and were married a year later. They moved to Boston in 2016 when her husband accepted a job in Longwood. Katie taught nearby in Mission Hill until May 2017 when she stepped out of the classroom to stay home with her favorite student yet: her 10-month- old son. She works part-time at a Pregnancy Center near their home in Brighton. She loves coffee, baking gluten-free (out of necessity, not preference) treats that actually taste good, writing about food allergies, and running (when it’s actually warm in Boston).Krystal is a Massachusetts native, who grew up in the burbs and is now loving the city life in Roslindale with her husband and 2 boys (3 and 1.) She and her husband met 8 years ago downtown working at a restaurant together, and since then, their love of restaurants has kept their date nights exciting, trying out the latest places. Learning Spanish has been something Krystal has loved to do ever since middle school and that has become her passion as a Spanish teacher in Boston, wife to a Salvadoran, and mother raising her children bilingual. Loves: family, friends, playing with her kids, a comfy hoodie on the beach when the sun goes down, nachos, baking, ABC Family movies, Christmas time. Not so much: loud music, putting away laundry, terrible threes (whoever said it was twos, was wrong), and black pepper.Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With two kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her. Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, and American history, and movies. Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.Lindsay Goldberg is a working mom who then comes home and works there, too. She loves finding quick, healthy recipes to make for her family and lives for her Sunday Yogalates class. She is in constant awe of her toddler and her own ability to barely, just barely, stay sane. Likes : books, family dance parties, morning snuggles, and drinking coffee when it’s still hot (not that that ever happens at home) Dislikes : recipes with more than 10 ingredients or 10 steps, winter, and deadlinesLinette Bullock, founder of BosYogi, is a yoga instructor from Boston, MA. She began teaching to help make yoga accessible to all communities and to use her platform to advocate for diversity in the fitness industry. She enjoys writing about Health and Wellness within the family and encourages others to live their best lives! She is mom to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter who lost her battle to cerebral cancer in 2009 and a 9-year-old daughter/mini yogi who is also passionate about fitness. Linette is an Executive Assistant by day and Yoga Instructor by night. She is happiest when she is with her family and pursuing her passions.Lynzi and her husband Stephen moved to Boston in the beginning of 2015 and are completely in love with the Boston Area. They have 2 sweetie pie little girls: 2 years and 3 months old, respectively. Born and raised in Arizona, Lynzi feels that she now has the ultimate authority to decide which is worse: the “dry heat” or “humid heat.” The answer is most definitely “dry heat.” Lynzi loves to guestimate amounts when cooking and pouring the laundry soap, but believes in being exact when mentally calculating the most direct walking route (which sometimes means ignoring “Do Not Walk On Grass” signs.) Lynzi reads books over people’s shoulders on the plane, dances to the music in her head, and lives to make people smile. She is an active pursuer of free food, and you can always find her skulking in the ice cream aisle, waiting for Ben and Jerry’s to go on sale.Megan is a Massachusetts native who lives in the MetroWest area with her husband, son (born in 2014), twin daughters (born in 2016) and bulldog (born in 2006). Her family is active, and they love being outdoors and checking out local activities throughout Massachusetts and New England. For over 10 years, Megan has worked in the adoption field. This work has taken her all over the world, introduced her to many amazing people of all ages and given her a passion for helping families come together. Megan also teaches yoga and loves all things related to the practice. She teaches adults, teenagers with special needs and babies. When spare time presents itself, Megan enjoys cycling, yoga, boxing, hiking, gardening, cooking and baking. She loves traveling and planning trips, whether it’s a big trip across the world or a weekend getaway at her family’s little cottage on the Cape.Megan is a mom of two daughters (ages 3 and 1) and lives with her family in Stoneham, MA. Her love for New England began 10 years ago when she moved from her hometown of Syracuse, NY to pursue her masters degree at Emerson College. Boston holds a special place in her heart as the city she met and married her husband, adopted their beloved rescue dog, and welcomed two beautiful daughters. Outside of her crazy mom world, Megan runs an independent consulting business for Thirty-One Gifts. Loves: Family, friends, lazy yellow labs, being a mom of girls, theme parties, holidays, fall in New England, picture taking, pinteresting, Target (alone), Amazon prime, pizza & dessert, coffee mornings, beach days, wine nights. Could do Without: Winter, snow (besides at Christmas), being late, toddler tantrums, traffic.Meghan was born and raised on the South Shore and attended college in Boston. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Charleston, SC and Groton, CT where he served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Military life was an adventure, and after 6 crazy years of service (and two babies later!), the pair decided to move *home* to the South Shore and put down some roots. Meghan is a proud work-at-home mom and divides her time between homemaking and taking care of her two boys, born in 2013 and 2015, and working for her family’s small business based in Plymouth, MA. Yes please!: iced coffee, crafts with the kids, date night, wine & a fabulous cheese board, getting a great deal on something, crossing things off of a to-do list, updating and decorating our fixer upper, planning parties, a pen that writes really smoothly, supporting our Military and their families, taking pictures, big family cook-outs, the Patriots, and giving gifts. Aw heck no!: mushrooms, mean people, GERMS, paying full price for anything, being stuck indoors, and friends who chronically cancel plans.Canadian by birth, Nancy is originally from Calgary, at the base of the rocky mountains. Before kids she travelled the world, living in exotic locals such as the British Virgin Islands, Paris and Montreal. She also enjoyed reading the New York Times in a leisurely fashion, while sipping a latte, every Sunday morning. Nancy’s current role is that of ‘house manager’ and ‘primary care giver’ to two perfect little children: Finnegan (4) and Greta (2). Most days are spent playing, cleaning, running and slaying dragons. The Sunday Times now takes a week to read. Likes: Road trips (even with the kids!), bookstores, good food, good wine, Jack Russell terriers (one day…), Vespa Scooters, walking, watching my kids sleep, hip hop. Dislikes: plants which are under my care that die, no manners, missing a good sale, over-consumption, reality tv, Donald Trump.Rachel was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Boston a few years ago. She is loving living in Cambridge with her two-year-old son Dylan, husband Matt, and cat Bubba. Rachel was a primary school teacher for 8 years but recently decided to stay at home with her adorable and rambunctious son. She believes being a parent is the hardest and most rewarding job in the world and loves connecting with other moms through writing. Likes: independent coffee shops, dining al fresco, fall in New England, napping toddlers, trashy reality shows, Broadway show tunes Dislikes: Nor'easters, scary movies, being on your phone while dining out, waking up when it's still dark out.Rachel is a native of the West Coast and didn’t know that her straight hair could frizz until she made the move East! After earning a Master of Environmental Management from Yale, she moved to Boston for a job opportunity and, on her first Saturday night in the city, met the man who would become her husband. They married in 2012 and are learning more every day about how to be parents to daughters Annabel (2013) and Eleanor (2016). Rachel and her family recently relocated from Charlestown to the Metrowest suburbs and are enjoying their yard, but dislike shoveling snow from their driveway. Rachel currently works as an energy and environmental consultant, and wore Birkenstocks before they were trendy. Likes: her family, her in-laws, cooking ambitious meals and leaving the dishes for someone else, hiking, running, yoga, climbing mountains, reading books, farmers’ markets and her CSA, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, the sound of her daughters’ laughter, and coffee Dislikes: running out of milk, New England winters, diaper rash, wastefulness, cell phones at the dinner tableRanessa is a mom of two, a six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. She grew up in Charlestown and now lives 15 minutes North of Boston with her kids, husband Pete, and pug Suki. She has her Masters Degree in Elementary Education, and she taught third grade for many years. She is working on getting certified as a Reading Specialist. She’s also a consultant for a company called Pure Haven Essentials which provides wonderful non-toxic products, check it out at www.purehaven.com/Ranessa. Her Loves: writing, reading, cheesy reality TV, yoga, dancing, chocolate, hanging with friends and family, and spring in Boston. She Could Do Without: long winters, whining, centipedes, and uncomfortable jeans.Shirley Anne was born and raised in a very small town on the North-West of Puerto Rico, to a very Conservative/Christian family. While in Puerto Rico, Shirley completed a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work and pursued full-time work. In 2009, she met the man who is now blessed to be called her husband (haha). 2010 was one of the best years of her life as she gave birth to her oldest son. In 2011 she decided to move to Massachusetts (where her brother lived) to pursue better job opportunities and worked for a Masshealth Plan as a Social Services Coordinator. She moved to North Carolina from 2014 to 2016 and worked as a Department of Social Services Social Worker, and had her second (and last) son in 2015. She returned to Massachusetts as her husband became a Veteran of the Marines Corps and she was offered a job with her previous employer (plus she just didn’t like North Carolina). In December 2017 she was laid off from her Full-Time job and she decided to fulfill her dreams of working with women and mothers through her business in photography full-time. Likes: Shirley enjoys talking about Birth, Motherhood Woes, Green/Natural Beauty and her kiddos. She is a lover of coffee, chocolate, social media and taking pictures of her kiddos. Fitness and healthy eating would be ideal for her but she never makes time for it (she is actually super lazy! Ha!). Dislikes: Shirley really dislikes lies, when her husband is in the bathroom (the only bathroom, OMG!), sleeping less than 5 hours, missing the morning coffee and not being able to see her mom every day (she lives in Puerto Rico).Born and raised in the south, Tam made her way up to Boston courtesy of marriage :). She had a fast paced and demanding job in health care operations that required a lot of travel. That travel led her to meet her husband, who is from Boston, and four years and one daughter later, Brookline is home. A typical day for Tam has now become a mix of tech talk with her husband, working on her business aspirations (more to come!), re-vamping her mom style, and trying to remove “washable” paint in the playroom (it’s not washable, people!). Yes, please: women’s empowerment, athleisure, farmers markets, indian food, the word y’all Uh, no thanks: wearing shoes in the house, wadded up paper towels (gross!), antagonizers,“Let it go” from Frozen. All. day. Long.Timika was born and raised in Massachusetts. She grew up in the South End of Boston, attended school in Brookline, and eventually lived in Dorchester prior to college. After leaving the north to attend The University of Virginia, she realized she missed Boston, and she eventually found her way back to a small suburban town on the south shore. She is married to Ryan, and together they have three of the nicest, funniest kids you’d ever meet. Timika embraces the term “Jack of All Trades”. She is literally interested in the most eclectic bunch of subjects. She loves planning activities with her children, she is a certified lactation counselor, a school nurse, she owns a lice clinic in Medford, she has completed a marathon (and has plans to do one more), and she (currently) enjoys learning to paint and computer code.
Raised in the South, Victoria lives in Norwood with her college sweetheart, son (2010), and daughter (2016). In Victoria’s previous career, she worked as a lawyer, specializing in alternative dispute resolution practice and training. Victoria is happy to announce that she has overcome her goal to MAKE ALL THE THINGS and given into her love of bag designing and creation to form Subversive Textiles, LLC! When she isn’t working, you’ll usually find Victoria attempting to satisfy her introverted self’s desire to sit cozily inside, devouring media, while crafting. Her outdoorsy, extroverted family makes sure she doesn’t get too comfortable by regularly expressing their need to be outside and doing things, preferably with other people. Given that her entire family is filled with strong-willed individuals who consider the word “No” as an invitation to begin negotiating, there’s never a dull moment (despite what her son says).