Meet Your Indianapolis Moms Blog Team
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.
Owner | Director of Sales and Advertising
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.
Contact Kait by email- [email protected]
Owner | Director of Community Relations
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.
Contact Nickie by email – [email protected]
Director of Marketing
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.
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
Vanessa is a proud Hoosier, currently residing in and raising her family on the north side of Indy in Westfield. She earned an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University. She built the majority of her career at an S&P 100 company in Indianapolis, and now works as an Account Manager for Real Estate Funds. Vanessa met her husband Ian in 2008, as well as his two beautiful daughters Audrey and Olivia, and the two quickly welcomed their daughter Lauren to the world in 2009. In August 2016 they will welcome their much anticipated first little boy to the family. When she’s not working full-time, her interests include working out on the Monon trail, reading, organizing, anything red velvet, spoiling her two cats Gilbert and Grady and traveling to Michigan as often as possible.
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.
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.
Andee grew up in Northwest Indiana and attended Ball State University. Following graduation, she moved to Indianapolis, where she met her husband, Jim. Andee taught high school English for nearly a decade before she and her husband welcomed their son, Preston, in the spring of 2013. She has a passion for writing, CrossFit, tutoring, laughing, traveling and maintaining genuine friendships. For more of her writing, you can visit her personal “Bookerella” blog at https://i5878.wordpress.com
Meranda lives in Fishers with her husband, Ryan, and their two kids under two, Calliope and Quincy, as well as their very needy adopted dog Dickens. A writer and editor by trade, she also owns a handmade craft business, <a href=”http://merandamakes.com”>Meranda Makes</a>, which specializes in accessories for babies, dogs and their people. Besides child-wrangling, her hobbies include reading non-fiction books and playing board games you’ve probably never heard of. She is an Ohioan by birth and Hoosier by choice.
Tiffany is an Indiana born and raised girl who loves the Colts, music, and concerts. Tiffany earned her Child Development Associate in Early Child Education and taught preschool-aged children for 13 years. She currently nannies for two children, one of whom has special needs. This new adventure has made her a stronger teacher, and has also helped to prepare her for motherhood. Tiffany met her perfect match in February of 2014, when she also met his 14-month-old-son. The three of them quickly grew to be inseparable, and on an amazing March night earlier this year, Tiffany gained a husband and a son. This also made her an army wife and her husband will be deployed later this summer. Their son suffers from severe food allergies, including everything from corn to chocolate and a myriad of other foods that one would normally stock in the pantry, so Tiffany makes all meals from scratch these days. In addition to working full-time, she volunteers with Best Buddies Indiana- a volunteer based program that creates one-on-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A native of Northwest Indiana, Molly lives in Indianapolis where her professional days are spent navigating the world of government and communications. Active in the community, Molly is a member of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network and Common Ground Church’s Multi-Ethnic Team. In 2014, Molly married Tim and became a stepmom to his two adorable, internationally adopted kids: Ana, age 9, and Yoseph, age 7. Molly blogs about her adventures as a new stepmom at StepMolly.com and facebook.com/StepMolly. Molly is a (very) amateur cycling enthusiast and is passionate about clean closets, Academy Award-nominated movies, and celebrating Christmas.
Lauren is a wife, mother and public relations professional. A born and raised Hoosier, she loves all things Indiana. After spending two years fighting the tourists in Orlando, Florida, Lauren returned home to this great state and now lives in Carmel. A self proclaimed “boy mom”, Lauren loves spending time with her little man Andrew and husband James. She is a sports lover, runner and avid traveler. Lauren considers motherhood her greatest adventure and loves that she gets to share her stories with IMB readers!
Tanya has been happily married for 24 years to her college sweetheart. Originally from Cincinnati, she has called the Indianapolis area home for the past 12 years. Tanya has six children (some biological, some through guardianship) ranging from 7th grade through college. She is very active in community theater and frequently volunteers working with children who have a variety of learning differences.
Katie is a 9th generation Hoosier who grew up in Carmel but is now raising her family on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. She and her husband Ben have two kiddos, Ellie and Micah, whom they homeschool, and a zoo of pets. She writes young adult historical fiction novels, and blogs about family history for kids at www.storybookancestor.org. She has a degree in Elementary Education, and loves to teach kids about history and family history – especially about her beloved Hoosier state. You can usually find her hiking, writing, reading, or geeking out over Star Wars with her family.