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.


Board

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!

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!

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.

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.

Nikki Antonucci

Nikki Antonucci

Social Media/Partnerships Manager

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.

Authors

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/)
Veronica Day

Veronica Day

Author

Hi, I am Veronica Day! I’m a happily married mother of five grown children and “Granny” to ten grandchildren, ages 3-17.  My husband, Adrian, our golden retriever Talon and our cat Sassy (T-Tat) live modestly in a small Village in Central, Ohio.  We are blessed beyond belief as my mother is still with us and Adrian’s parents are still with us! Our life is complete but sometimes described like Abbott & Castello’s “Who’s On First?”  I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Tracy Yantzer

Tracy Yantzer

Author

My name is Tracy Yantzer and I am overly excited to be a writer for Newsymom!

My husband Nathan and I have been married for 4 years and have a wonderful, brave and ridiculously cute son, Asher. We live with my husband’s parents and our two dogs, Norman and Sophie. Chaotic? We just call it home!

I am a huge Jesus fan so you may see that reflected in my writing as He is a big part of my life!

I am a born and raised Canton, Ohio gal; a graduate of GlenOak High School and University of Akron. I hold a bachelors degree in public relations and a professional communication certificate. I’m also a certified personal trainer. To say I like to stay busy is an understatement!

Thanks for reading, friends.

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”.  

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.

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.

Brittany Carman

Brittany Carman

Author

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.

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.

Shanon Elkins

Shanon Elkins

Author
I love missions work! I help out with our missions team at church and went on my first missions trip last year to Haiti. Once you go on one trip you don’t want to stop! I’m going to Ecuador this fall. I love that I can share this with my husband too. He has been to Honduras twice now. I’m teaching my children to give back when they can. I love the big hearts that they have developed. I also teach Sunday school at our church.
In my free time, usually, when the kids are sleeping, I like to spend time on me. I think it’s very important to take the time for yourself so then, in turn, you can be the best mom you can be. Personal development, self-affirmations, daily reflections, bible time, journaling and workouts are some of the daily routines I try to accomplish.
One last fun tidbit. I am obsessed with the Hallmark movie channel! I know they are all pretty much the same but I just can’t help it. Christmas movies and lovey-dovey movies all year round… I’ll take it!
I am so excited to be joining the Newsymom team! Such a great community where moms can just be moms and share happy times along with the messy times. Because let’s be honest there are plenty of those! Looking forward to sharing with all you beautiful mommas.
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.

Laurie Katusin

Laurie Katusin

Author

Hello!  I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to become an author for Newsymom.

My name is Laurie Katusin, and I have three kids; 13-year-old Tristan, and 7-year-olds, Chloe and Keira.  Life is always busy and challenging, and I find I learn more and more every day.

For many years I was a high school teacher and librarian, and I loved every minute of it.  Teenagers have a special place in my heart. Recently, life has changed my journey, and I find myself on a new path.  I’m here to share and grow, and hopefully, connect with some of you. Motherhood has its challenges, and I certainly know I have learned so much from the openness and kindness of other moms.

I love reading (did the librarian position give me away?), Starbucks, chocolate, watching Netflix with my kids, a nice glass of red, and spending time with my dogs.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments you might have.  I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Danelle German

Danelle German

Author

My name is Danelle mother of two. I am a counselor, working full time, going to school and trying to be the best mom I can be. I was born and raised in Ohio.  My journey into the mother of two threw me a few curve balls and scary moments, but I’m here today and looking forward to sharing my unique story with you!

I love Newsymom and was excited to join the team because I love the fellowship that women have with each other in this group and I can’t wait to engage in it too.

Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins

Author
This is Sarah- People, Running, Jesus, and all things colorful. I grew up in Perú, South America and identify as a Peruvian at heart. My husband served in the Navy for nine years and is now in the reserves. I love words and friends; it’s so cool this is a place to combine both! So, let’s be friends!
We have two kids ages two and one.
My favorite thing about being a mom is the unconditional love given and received.
My least favorite thing: the unwritten rule that I have to share my food, especially the ice cream!
My advice would be: God is perfect so we don’t have to be! Embrace the chaos. It’s ok to be human.

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.

Jenn Casper

Jenn Casper

Representative

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!

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.

Amy Weisbrod

Amy Weisbrod

Representative
Amy was born and raised in Canton, Ohio and wanted to bring the store she spent hours into her hometown for you. Working full-time, developing a side hustle and being a mom to two beautiful pre-teen and teenage children has her busy, but Toulou provides her the energy she needs working into the wee hours of the night after the children are settling in for bed.
Working primarily in the nonprofit sector for the last two decades, Amy has ventured into something different—Toulou Foundry & Goods is a premiere, unique jewelry store offering sterling silver, natural gemstone jewelry from around the world.  Amy has traveled far to procure the best and most talented artists to offer you genuine, quality, gorgeous I might add, jewelry.  Her passion for jewelry started at a young age making beaded necklaces and bracelets as a teenager. She would spend so much time at booths with sterling silver jewelry that her mother and friends would yell “Come on, Amy, its time to go”.
Check out her store online at www.shoptoulou.com and remember this is still a new, developing business and unfortunately not all her inventory is up online yet.  However, if you are a touch-and-feel sort of shopper, she offers private shopping and group parties in her private showroom as requested.  In addition, she is traveling all over Northeast Ohio this year to “flea” markets and festivals —Canton, of course, but also Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland into Lakeside and beyond.  Check out the market schedule at the bottom of her home page.  The goal is a brick-and-mortar commingling this stunning jewelry with the same quality and trendy clothing, clean beauty and more.