Dana grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University, where she met her husband, Max. Following graduation, they moved to Chicago and then Madison, WI, where they welcomed their son, Theodore a.k.a. Teddy, in October of 2011, before settling back in Indianapolis. In January of 2016 they had their daughter, Marlowe. Dana is a former science teacher and children’s and family yoga instructor. She has a passion for health, education, fashion, donuts, and all things mom. In her free time she enjoys exploring all that Indy has to offer with her family.
Kait is a small town, Indiana girl who knew she was destined for the Big(ger) City when she grew up. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education, she found her love and passion as a second grade teacher in Indianapolis, where she has been teaching for nine years. Kait is the mom to three sweet littles, Cohen, Lola and Remy, and a teenage step-daughter. When she isn’t busy attempting to play Super Mom, she enjoys running, fashion, iced coffee and spending time with her family. Kait and her husband Kurtis reside in Westfield where they are raising their young family. You can catch up with her wild journey through motherhood on her blog, High Heels and Mommy Ordeals.
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Nickie is a PhD student at IUPUI, studying Urban Education. She taught special education for ten years across the United States, including Cincinnati, New York City, and Houston, as well as overseas on Ramstein Air Force Base before landing in Indianapolis where she lives in Mapleton-Fall Creek with her husband, Clay, and three funny, independent, quirky kids: Charlie, Ivy, and Emery. She is passionate about paving pathways toward equity in Indianapolis in the small spaces she occupies, starting with her children and the amazing people she gets to work with through IMB. She hopes that IMB can be representative of each of Indy’s neighborhoods and the moms who live there, and ultimately believes in the power of truth-telling, the importance of voice, and elevating the untold (and unheard) story. She is so proud to be a part of an organization that can connect small, locally-owned businesses with moms who will be excited to learn about their product and services.
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Samantha is a native of small-town Southern Indiana who loves exploring the Circle City with her husband and their daughters, Kate (October 2011) and Isla (December 2015). After finishing a degree in Professional Writing at Purdue, Sam made her way to the greater Indianapolis area where she learned to embrace the lack of hills and abundance of interstate. After an 8-year career in business development and marketing, she’s taken a step back from the corporate world to focus on her own business – GrayGirl Designs – where she designs invitations, stationary, and business materials and offers marketing services, graphic design, and résumé writing. When she’s not trying to balance family and her business, she enjoys (in no particular order): Jazzercize, yoga, crafting, horseback riding, way too much coffee, and hiking. Sam is also a melanoma survivor and a passionate advocate of skin cancer and sun safety education and awareness
Tanya has been happily married for 21 years to her college sweetheart. Originally from Cincinnati, she has called the Indianapolis area home for the past 10 years. Tanya has six children (some biological, some through guardianship) ranging from 4th grade through college. While her degree is in Psychology, she has combined that with her love of theater to be a Drama Teacher working primarily with children who have learning differences.
Lauren is an Indianapolis-based writer who lives in Broad Ripple with her husband, Jeff, and their persnickety Miniature Schnauzer, Sydney. In April 2015, a tiny, adorable human will join the family. In addition to contributing to Indianapolis Moms Blog, Lauren is a member of the Indianapolis chapter of Women Writing for a Change, a national organization aimed at nourishing and celebrating female voices. Lauren writes about everything from running, craft beer and cooking to marriage, family relationships and motherhood.
Joi is a Believer, wife, mother, entrepreneur, and artisan, who has a passion for educating and empowering women holistically. Using family and women’s health as a focus, Joi has built an all natural soap business and doula practice to serve the needs of her core audience. She lives on Indy’s Eastside with her husband and 3 ( and a half) children. An Indianapolis native, Joi is excited to share her life experience and wisdom with the Indianapolis Moms Blog family.
Tara grew up in Jasper, IN, graduated from Indiana University with a degree in psychology and moved to Indianapolis where she met her husband, John. Over the years, Tara worked from sun up to sun down, racing toward professional burnout before realizing that there had to be another way. The chaos was maddening. She hired a career consultant in 2011 that told her she would be an excellent entrepreneur. Within the year and with the help of that career consultant, she started her own company, Simply Helpful. Tara’s goal with Simply Helpful is to reduce stress and minimize chaos for others in their businesses and organizations. In 2013, Tara and John had their first son, Jack and in April of January of 2016, Tara and John welcomed a second son, Wesley to the family. Tara has found the work/life balance she was craving for all of those years and loves helping others discover ways to ease their crazy. For the last 10 years, John and Tara have lived on the east side of Indianapolis in the neighborhood of Irvington, which is not just a community; it’s a state of mind.
Nikki (@NikTrojanowski) is a wife, mom, communications professional, freelance writer and former journalist, among other things. Nikki became “mama” in the fall of 2015 when she and her husband Corey welcomed Deacon. A Ball State University graduate and hometown Hoosier, Nikki absolutely loves Indy and has been asked by strangers if she is employed by the city (she is not). Nikki is navigating motherhood through trial and error, and with the help of Google, fellow moms and wine.
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