Who We Are

Newsymom.com was founded in August 2016 by Michaela Madison.

“We have set out with a mission to change the world one mom at a time,” explained Michaela. “We believe that while many factors play a role in the society we all live in, we as parents are at the forefront of change.”

We encourage mothers to equip themselves with knowledge and awareness so we can all better prepare ourselves and our children to face whatever life throws at us. That mission is woven through every aspect of Newsymom LLC. 

The authors that make up the Newsymom.com writing staff are chosen to represent the readers Newsymom.com serves. Our authors come from all walks of life, backgrounds, parenting approaches, religions, ethnicities, and lifestyles. We strive to prove that despite differences, we can lean on and even learn from one another in a common goal to raise children that we hope will make positive contributions to the future.

Authors

Brittany Carman

Brittany Carman

Hi! I’m Brittany. My family consists of my fiancé, our 8-year-old son, Breken, and our giant dog, Charlie. As a family, we love doing simple things together like playing catch the backyard, fishing, and taking evening walks. My son loves to explore and get dirty, so you can often find us hiking and finding creeks to splash in.

I work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio as a Mentoring Specialist, and I love what I do because I get to interact with children on a daily basis. It is more than just a job to me because I get to see children finding their identities, accomplishing goals, and growing into amazing people. I am also a “Big” myself. I have a 12-year-old “Little Sister” who is incredibly smart and sassy, and she is one of my best friends.

Aside from working and being with my family, I love to read and write. When I have no other responsibilities, I am almost always in a bubble bath with a new book. I became interested in writing for Newsymom because becoming a mother changed my life in the best way, and I want to share my stories with others. I love that as mothers, we all have unique experiences, but we are all able to connect through our challenges, triumphs, and joys in parenthood.

Crystal Nelson

Crystal Nelson

Author

Crystal Nelson Bio

I am a mother of 4 grown children.4 grands. Yes, I know I don’t look like I have a 36-year-old and 4 grands yes, I do. Grateful for each and every experience of life I have had with raising them all. Sports, dance classes band all the running them to practices. Yes, there is life after children Yes you will make it.  They all left me with amazing memories. I love to sing and my youngest loved to say life is not a musical her way of saying stop making noise I like the quiet.  I was blessed to have homeschooled them all.  I’m in a new season in life single, empty nester and after 36 years of raising children since 18 excited for the New season on the horizon. This year I will turn 55 in December, I say a year of double grace, blessing and abundant favor.

I own my business Polished Pearls cleaning company.  It’s two-fold I encourage single moms and women Preparing them for healthy relationships. Teaching on subjects of codependency, orphan heart, grieving losses and how to let go and become a woman of excellence value their own voice and put into place boundaries that keep them safe to be themselves.

I lead a Hurting Moms group it’s a 10-week support group for women their children are making choices that are bringing the pain.  I have been a crisis pregnancy counselor as well as work with victims of human trafficking. My love for the broken and hurting has always brought hope to watch as God reversals Himself heals and restores them.

My desire is to lead Women to their identity before the fall of man. Who are they are there God breathed gifts and talent’s their uniqueness His DNA in them and how to walk in it free from FEAR.

Currently writing a book on the Eternal Bride.

If you are anywhere near me you will encounter the Love, Grace, Compassion, and Mercy of the Father.

Trust me we all do the best we can to raise our children I would only hope to encourage less cleaning more enjoying and lots of love.

May my life echo into eternity being a mom is one of my greatest joys and honor.

Relax there is always tomorrow.

P.S. I have stories yes funny one’s mom bring me home TRESemme….how I got Tiramisu out of that. Oh well, the mousse was cheaper I got a refund.

May we encourage each other to live brave and courageous.

 

Erin Maroon

Erin Maroon

Author

Hi! I’m Erin. It’s weird to talk about myself, but I’ll give it a shot.

I’m not outgoing. You’d probably never guess that because I’ve learned how to play well with others. But deep down, I’m an introvert. If it gets too loud or too crowded, I can’t wait to leave. However, I can be feisty. I tell it like it is, I don’t quit, and I expect nothing but the best of myself and others. I think that scrappiness has served me well quite well these last few years. (more on that later)

 In my free time (HA!) I’m usually singing. If there’s a wedding, National Anthem tryouts or karaoke, I’m there. My husband and I actually met at karaoke (the first time…that’s a story for another day).

 Tony and I call North Canton our home. We’ve been married for 12 years and have experienced more ups and downs than all the roller coasters on the planet. When I say we’ve literally been through hell and back, I’m not kidding. It’s been anything but perfect, but we’re perfect for each other. I’m eternally grateful for the man God gave me to love.

 We have two children, but only one of them lives with us. Our son AJ just turned 1! He’s the sweetest, cutest, most adorable child I’ve ever seen. He’s so much fun and makes us laugh literally every single day. Our daughter, Ashlie, would be 2 and a half. But she’s in Heaven already, because she was stillborn at 41 weeks and a day in October 2015. Not a day goes by I don’t wonder what it would be like to have her here, and I’m caught in the weird space of parenting after loss. Which is why, when Michaela asked me to be part of Newsymom, I knew I had to say yes. I hope to give a voice to those feelings and let other loss moms know they aren’t alone.

 In my professional life, I’m an Independent Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. I mentor and coach a unit of women and while running my own personal sales and team building business. I’m also the founder and CEO of Ashlie’s Embrace, the nonprofit organization we started in memory of our daughter. We provide CuddleCots to hospitals for parents to have more time to say goodbye after stillbirth or other infant loss.

 It’s funny I’m being led down this path again. I graduated from college with a degree in newspaper journalism and was an editor for a few years a while back. I thought I’d closed that chapter, but I’ve forgotten how much I loved to write.

Let’s dust it off…here goes! 🙂

(Photo Credit: Nicole DeHoff Photography)

Jenn Casper

Jenn Casper

Social Media Coordinator

I’m so excited to be here as an author for Newsymom!

Since I’m new around here, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself! My name is Jennifer Casper, but you can call me Jenn! I grew up in Massillon Ohio, and I still live here today. I’ve been married for 10 years to my dream guy, and we have 2 amazing children; 9-year-old Isabella, and 5-year-old Dawson!

In my free time (haha!), I enjoy reading, writing and spending time with my family! I’ll be writing about mom-related things…some will be funny and some will be serious, because oh what a roller coaster motherhood is!

I hope you’ll stick around!

Jess Doane

Jess Doane

Public Relations Manager

Who am I? Jess, the newly drafted stay at home mom who could use some “on the job training”, in the cleaning my house department. I am so excited to get started with Newsymom.com! I am also a procrastinator who started this biography over a month ago and trashed it because I didn’t like how the first 15 flowed together.

 

Who am I? Jess, the newly drafted stay at home mom who could use some “on the job training”, in the cleaning my house department. My husband and I have had 10 glorious years together<——This is sarcasm, one of my most endearing qualities, which I have undoubtedly passed onto our kids. I love being a mom.

 

So when Michaela asked me to join the Newsy Mom team, I was thrilled. I thought I have so much I could share; like the time our six-year-old convinced our nine-year-old to pee in the trashcan or when my two years old decided to give herself a yogurt facial.

 

Mostly, I want to be able to write relatable posts that make people laugh at those small little moments when I feel like I’m going to pull my hair out. I suppose those will be the moments that my kids talk about during the holidays in 20 years and everyone still laughs about.

 

Here is the rundown: Our oldest is nine – Kaden Dean and my husband and I have a six-year-old boy – Payton Alexander and a two-year-old girl – Presley Elizabeth. I am a stepmom to the oldest boy. I make that a point to be said, because I respect the fact that I am given the opportunity to be a parent to a life that I did not create. I think that is very important! Payton – he is one of a kind and the driving force behind most of my posts. The kid is hilarious and yeah, I am one of those moms who thinks most things their kids do is hilarious or interesting but there is also times where I tell them to go run around the house a few times because they’re driving me crazy. Presley is a wild child. She is destructive, sassy, and stubborn, but can also be the sweetest thing. Just last night she learned to climb out of her crib. She greeted me with her baby doll at 4 am to break the ice that she will now be letting herself out of bed. She also is the apple of her daddy’s eye.

 

Lastly, the more serious journey that I have been debating on sharing is, I am BRCA gene positive…You know like Angelina Jolie, only way less glamorous. In between baseball, diapers changes, kids schooling and being a wife, I am at doctors appointment every 3-6 months with these ticking time bombs of mine, known as breasts, getting smooshed, poked, and prodded.

 

My heart beats out of my chest every time the phone rings to tell me the results of my tests. I will get into that more one day but today…I want to say thank you to Michaela for opening the door for me to engage with readers in this crazy life that most of us call motherhood.

 

Happy Reading!

LeAnna Linard

LeAnna Linard

Author

Hello, I’m LeAnna!

 I am a 24-year-old, stay at home mama of 3 blue-eyed, curly-haired beautiful girls, all under 3 years old. Lola and Ava are our twin girls and Gloria Lea will be two this July.

We also are growing our family a bit more with another one currently baking in the oven, due in September of 2019! Eeek!

Aaron is my prince charming husband of almost 4 years and we are super excited and SO blessed to be living our dream of having a big family and sharing this crazy beautiful (& of course chaotic!) life together.   

I take piano lessons, I love to dance (ballet, contemporary), and I love being outside when it’s not cold. I also enjoy gardening, but that’s something new over the last couple years so still no green thumb. I have this crazy dream of being a birth photographer but I have never pursued it but maybe one day I will.

Our family is also a ministry family.

My husband is a pastor and we love the journey the Lord is taking us on, even with its hard days (sometimes weeks) with the Lord teaching us and challenging us- the blessings still far outweigh the struggles. I am excited to share more about being a mama, being a pastors wife, and most of all just a young woman sold out for Jesus trying to not lose sight of my calling and purpose to share Jesus with our children and to “go and preach the Gospel”.  

Michaela Madison

Michaela Madison

Founder, Executive Director

I am the mother of a smart, funny, gorgeous little girl named Remingtyn (nearly 2-years-old); I have a wonderful life partner who is by my side through thick and thin, Aaron, and I am a passionate journalist with a variety of experiences over the past decade in the industry.

 

When I had my daughter in May 2016, I began searching for a credible news organization that focused only on information directly affecting parents and kids.

 

I was hopeful for a resource that would represent a one-stop-shop for local news and information and events; state and national information and statistics; tips and advice for parents, activities, and milestones throughout development; and maybe even a little entertainment. I wanted the best of it all!

 

I found myself empty-handed and, so I was inspired to create the source I was searching for. Newsymom.com is truly a place where moms (and dads) can get it all. I am surrounded by a team that inspires me daily and lives by our mission wholeheartedly.

 

Newsymom.com has evolved from an idea of a mom on maternity leave to a powerhouse in the local news and information industry that is fueled by a mission to inform, educate and entertain mothers from all walks of life. We’ve created a team made up of the mothers just like those we hope to serve.

 

Those of all walks of life, diverse backgrounds, religions and even parenting approaches. We recognize and appreciate that despite our differences we can and should work together, learn from one another and even lean on each other when needed.

 

I hope you’ll find Newsymom.com as useful and fun as we intend for it to be!

Nicole Herrera

Nicole Herrera

Author

Greetings! I am so incredibly excited to be joining this team of thoughtful, passionate, and smart mothers as we grow our online community. I will do my best to add a unique perspective to the conversation and share my triumphs (sometimes), mistakes (always), and reflections (gotta learn from those mistakes!)

 

I am a mother of two mischievous, strong-willed, and impossibly gorgeous children, Mateo and Lucia. My husband, Peter, and I are striving to raise thoughtful, resilient, and kind people in a world that is simultaneously wondrous and cruel. The past year has been especially difficult for us, but we are resolved to do our part to make this world better by raising good human beings. Our guiding parenting principle is to teach them to be kind, find the good, and stand up for what is right, especially when it’s difficult.

 

Mateo and Lucia keep busy with sports year round. They both play soccer, basketball, and baseball and I coach most of their teams. Coaching is my joy and the court or field are my happy places; our teams become family and my players, my adopted kids.

 

Adjacent to and often overlapping with coaching, education is my life passion. I am a lifelong teacher and learner. I’ve been told that I begin most conversations with, “I recently read this article that said…” As a college professor, I am fortunate to meet impressive and inspiring people every semester. My students have shaped, stretched, and cultivated my world-view as they share their stories and experiences. As a writing teacher, I encourage them to be curious, thoughtful, and authentic.  I tell them that the most important question they can ask themselves is, “Could I be wrong?” We write to share our unique perspectives, but also to learn and invent new ideas. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to practice what I teach as I write for Newsymom.

 

My life is filled to the brim with mom duties, work responsibilities, practices, games, and line-ups, not to mention working on keeping a healthy marriage! It’s all a bit overwhelming at times, but most days I am full of gratitude for the opportunity to live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling with people who prove my mom right: my heart has no limit on its capacity to love and I will never stop learning.  Writing for Newsymom is an opportunity that I will relish and is a perfect compliment to the moving parts of my life: education, work, coaching, and, of course, motherhood.

 

 

(Nicole’s Photos-http://matthewjenkinsphotography.com/)
Nicole Host

Nicole Host

Author

My name is Nicole, and I’m a married mother of a 3-year-old dragon (son). I work full time at an infertility clinic as an Andrologist doing laboratory testing. I’m a huge sci-fi, true crime fan, who’s also into outdoor activities and sports. I love experiencing anything outside of my comfort zone and making people laugh.

Nikki Antonucci

Nikki Antonucci

Author

My name is Nikki. I am a single mom to a beautiful 7-year-old daughter named Charlie Grace. Our house is filled with homemade art, music, pets ( 2dogs, a cat, a bunny and a fish ), laughter, books, snacks, and science experiments.  When we aren’t being homebodies we like to travel. We are always looking for our next adventure.

Rachel Kinsey

Rachel Kinsey

Author

Rachel Kinsey is a military wife and a mother to her beautiful daughter Annabella, as well as two angel babies. She is a health and fitness nut and loves to stay busy. Between working at a gym, being a driving instructor, and Moming, she enjoys cooking and creating art. Rachel is huge into holidays and decorating, and celebrates any holiday you can think of! Her mottos are ‘To treat every day like a holiday’ and ‘Take time to enjoy the little things’.

Sarah & Lori

Sarah & Lori

Author Team

Lori Feeney is a freelance copywriter and also the Marketing Strategist for Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens. She has written for a wide variety of advertising clients throughout her 32-year career including Time Warner Cable, Goodyear, Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Ohio & Erie Canalway, and Southeast Georgia Health System. She currently writes for clients in Ohio, Georgia, and Florida. She is also the mother of Sarah Tausch, stepmother of three and grandmother of eight. She and her husband Jack live in Bolivar.

Sarah Tausch is the mother of three, ages 22, 19 and 14. She is a scheduler/planner for Wayne Dalton Overhead Door. Her eldest daughter Gabbi attends Kent State Stark and is majoring in Education, while daughter Alyssa is a Theatre major at the Kent State main campus. Her son Landon will be a freshman this year at Tusky Valley High School. She lives in Bolivar with Landon, their dog Loki and her fiancé, Alex.

Shaheedrah Strong

Shaheedrah Strong

Marketing Manager

Hey Everybody!

My name is Shaheedrah. I’m a wife and a mom of 4.

 

I work full time and after the work-day ends I put on my Wonder Woman suit and go to saving the world one meal and homework assignment at a time… HA!

 

No, but seriously as moms, I believe that we are a remnant of superheroes that truly save the world.

 

I hope and pray that when you read my posts that you can see my love for Jesus, my husband, and my amazing kids. I’m all about sharing the stories of our family that make us real. I add some encouraging thoughts and words that have gotten me through those tough day-even superheroes have hard days.

 

On those days it’s faith, hope, and love that gets me through. It may sound cliché, but faith is what my life is built on. I believe that God has a purpose for my life (and yours too) I approach each day with a heart full of hope and most importantly I lead with love!

 

All my stories, all my jokes, and all my tears begin and end with love.

 

I pray you are blessed by my transparency and my truths because at the end of the of the day we all need a little faith, hope, and love.

Tiffany Schweitzer

Tiffany Schweitzer

Author

My name is Tiff and I’m a 29-year-old married mama to three littles aged 6, 3 and 2. I am a full time neonatal intensive care nurse at Aultman Hospital. I enjoy reading and have recently become addicted to running. I find joy in my children and making others laugh.

Danielle Ridgeway

Danielle Ridgeway

Author

Hey everyone, I’m Danielle! I’m a single mom to Jensen and Mila, my angel and my rainbow. Jensen was stillborn in April 2016 and would be three years old. Mila is my energetic, sassy, and cute one-year-old that keeps me on my toes all day, every day. I work from home for my family’s business, sub during the school year, and am going back to school to be a teacher full time. We also have two cats, Leo and Poe.

When we’re not crazy busy, you can find me writing, reading, or binging something on Netflix. We love to go swimming during the summer and adventure to new places. I love to travel and hope to take Mila all over the world.

I’m happy to be able to share some of my experiences with how I honor Jensen and parenting Mila after loss.

Tiffany Skillern

Tiffany Skillern

Author

Tiffany graduated from Kent State University in 2006 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She is certified by the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Tiffany draws from both professional and personal experiences to guide her practices.  She has a son who struggles with sensory challenges and 2 children who experienced Colic and Reflux as babies.  These journeys have fueled her commitment to ensuring that families concerns are heard and addressed as a family unit, not just focused on the individual.  She is the author of the book: Relentless: A Parents’ Pursuit for Peace (available on Amazon.com), which addresses common concerns and challenges parents face during baby’s first year of life.

Tiffany has 12 years experience providing assessments and intervention in a variety of settings including hospitals/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, preschools, public school, and private companies whose focus is individuals with special needs.  She also has 6 years experience supervising graduate students in the Speech Pathology program and Speech Therapists in their clinical fellowship year of training.

Her expertise includes Autism Spectrum Disorder including intense behaviors, Sensory Based Feeding Challenges, Articulation and Language Disorders, Social and Life Skills Development and Routine Based Integration.  She believes early detection/intervention and Routine-Based Integration are vital for empowering families, maximizing the rate of skill development, and maintaining the level of gains achieved.

Tiffany is a mother of 5 children who enjoy learning, spending time with her husband and children, and engaging in new experiences.

Representatives

Demi Fowler

Demi Fowler

Photographer

Hi, I am Demi. I have been married to the love of my life since October 22, 2016. We have an amazing, adventurous, and handsome little boy as well as two boy pups: Newfoundland and Lasa-Poo. Together we enjoy exploring the outdoors,  playing at the park, and eating ice cream! As a photographer, I use my lens to create memories with friends and families. I take way to many photos of my son, but what mom doesn’t? Being a photographer has always been my dream. I hope that my son will one day realize that he too can follow his dreams. During my free time, I enjoy traveling to local vineyards/restaurants for wine and live music.

Jen Lytle

Jen Lytle

Photographer

Hi! My name is Jen and I live in Green, OH. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have a little one who is almost 10. I work full time and run a photography business. I’m my spare time I enjoy exercising and reading.

Rebecca Marchino

Rebecca Marchino

Consultant

I have a friend and we used to joke that one day we would write a book titled, “You can’t make this shit up!”

 

That’s basically how I feel about the life of a mom! If I had ever dreamed that my days would be filled with saying… “put your penis away,” “why is there chocolate milk on the shower ceiling,” “who pee’d in the bathtub,” them I might have re-thought becoming a mom!

 

Not really, but being a mother is definitely an adventure! I have three children; Delaney, who just turned sweet 16…(and whoever coined that phrase never had a hormonal teenage girl); Leland, who is seven years old; and Trevor, who is six years old.

 

I have a beautiful step-daughter who has made me a grandma three times over at the young old age of 45. Our family is a blend of his and hers, (our daughters)…and ours (‘our’ boys, who we adopted through foster care).

 

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and to help all of you realize that at the end of the day…you can’t make this shit up!!

Shellyn Leeper

Shellyn Leeper

Photographer

Hi, I am Shellyn. I am a mother of three amazing children. I have twin sons and a daughter. My children inspire me daily. They are my muse in all things creative. I truly enjoy being around them and find the world more remarkable when I see it through their eyes. I also find the amount of laundry they create to be overwhelming! I have been married to my husband for 14 years. We are in a constant state of remodeling our house, well, I am constantly planning what he can remodel. I have always loved the arts. I have a degree in theatre and was a dance minor. Recently my love of photography has become my greatest passion. I have a small photography business. I am a family and portrait photographer. I adore creating memories for families. I love to create images that will last through generations. Capturing childhood and the unique connections of each family is my favorite part of my job. When I am not chasing my children with my camera, I am most often drinking coffee or daydreaming about owning a farm where I have a beautiful pond.

Tamika Jones

Tamika Jones

Merchandise Manager

My name is Tamika and I am the mom of 3 beautiful girls. I have 15-year-old twins who I have shared custody with their father and a 3 year who I am a single mom to. 

I love to be with my family and friends and any time that I can love to go to Target. Love shopping………clothes & shoes are my favorite. I love to get dressed up but nothing beats a pair of Converse. I attend church and working on being a better me for myself and my girls. I also belong to an amazing group with an amazing group of women called Women By Choice. 

Being a mother is an amazing thing and I am so very blessed that my twins have an amazing father and other family. We co-parent well and I know my girls are better off for that reason. They see that mom and dad get along and has their best interest at heart. Now being a single mom to a toddler was a big change. But I think god for blessing me to be her mother. There are times when I just want to stay in bed and cry but I remember that I have to keep pushing. Being a single mom is all about your support system and boy is mine AMAZING. IT takes a village to raise a child.

I am so very thankful to be apart of this team. The amazing women I have met and will meet, no two of are alike and that’s why this group is so great. Looking forward to getting out into the communities and helping with whatever I can and sharing our stories so that parents remember that they are not alone.