The team and individual head shots by Stacey at Dream Photography Studio.
Katie and her husband have called North Phoenix home since 2009. Katie is fully embracing boy mom life, as the mother to an energetic 3 year old who is known to introduce himself by saying “Hi, my name is Colton, I have fast shoes.” In her spare time you will find Katie searching out the best deals for anything and everything or trying out new apps, software, and products that will increase her efficiency so she has more time to partake in her favorite activities: relaxing with her boys, taking power naps, and learning new skills! As someone who loves school and plans to be a lifelong learner Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies: Business & Marketing Education from Central Washington University in 2008 and then continued her studies at the University of Arizona where she obtained her Master’s in Higher Education with an emphasis in Access & Success in 2010. While working at ITT Technical Institute Katie was able to earn her MBA in 2012. She is an educational professional with almost 10 years experience in Career and Technical Education and Higher Education. She is passionate about assisting individuals in gaining success through access to education and career opportunities.
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Nikki is an Arizona native who is married to her best friend. She is a a newly second time mama of two handsome little boys, Jacob and her newbie, Owen. When not embracing mom life, Nikki puts her nursing degree to good use. Nursing has provided her with an amazing community of mom friends and plenty of playmates for her little guys. She comes from a big family and is thrilled to have been able to add to her clan. Favorite pastimes include cruising the local farmers markets and yoga classes, coffee dates with her hubby, and of course, spending time with her boys.
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Lauren is the proud mom of two spunky little boys, wife and business owner. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, is a marketing communications professional and owner of Auriga Marketing. While she was born in Phoenix, she grew up in Temecula, California and moved back to attend Xavier College Preparatory. After high school she ventured to Denver for college (and skiing) and then on to Honolulu a couple years after graduating. She and her husband returned to Arizona in 2012 and made Central Phoenix their home. They love to travel and experience different cultures, having a deep appreciation for a warm beach and sand between their toes. When she isn’t chasing after two boys or playing with their overly energetic dogs, she can be found working on a home DIY project, trying out a new recipe or planning their next family adventure. Oh, and she is also a firm believer that chocolate should be its own food group!
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Molly, a professional writer and editor with 17 years of experience, has been obsessed with the written word since she learned to hold a pen. From interviewing longtime U.S. Senator John McCain to eating lavish eight-course meals in the name of research, she covers topics across the board and tackles each one with passion and enthusiasm (especially the food-related ones!) Molly and her husband of 14 years have two children, Jimmy and Saylor. Together they cook, eat, travel, play and try to make the most of every single day. While teetering between being relentlessly exhausted and tirelessly energetic, Molly’s life motto is “lead with love.” Follow her on Instagram (@azgypsymama) for food and travel pics, plus random quotes that range from inspirational to the occasional whiskey-fueled enlightenment.
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Adrienne is originally from Toronto, Canada. She moved to the United States for school where she earned her degree in sociology and her Social Service Worker license. She has lived in several states, most recently in San Antonio, TX before moving to North Phoenix last year. She loves adventures and is always looking for something fun or new to try. Snorkeling, zip lining, rock climbing, hiking and exploring new places are high on her list. When she is home she loves to plan, organize, craft and connect with others. She is married to the love of her life, and is the mother of 3. One angel (who passed away from HLHS as an infant), one elementary aged daughter who also loves adventures, and a preschooler who was born with a congenital heart defect but is one of the happiest kids around. She is excited to get to know the area and find fun and adventure here.
Brianna is a 20-something stay-at-home mama to twin boys, Liam and Noah, and a crazy yellow lab, Zoey. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Spencer. Although a piece of her heart will always lie within her Midwestern roots, her family currently resides in sunny (and prickly) Phoenix. Prior to spending her days in leggings and messy buns, she was a high school English teacher to some pretty awesome kiddos. Staying at home with her boys is one of her favorite seasons in life thus far and she is excited to share it with you! Aside from being a stay-at-home mama her passions include hiking, indulging in anything that contains chocolate, reading a good book, photography, interior design and organizing, drinking hot coffee with cream, and brunching. Sit back and relax, enjoy reading her triumphs mixed with the best days of motherhood. We are a tribe as moms and this is motherhood uncensored.
Erin is a native of California currently residing in Peoria, AZ with her husband, James, and their two adorable and exhausting kiddos. Being a stay-at-home-mom for the last four years has taught Erin that raising kids is the most wonderful job in the world, and that spending some time away from those kids is the most glorious thing a mother can do for herself. In her extremely rare alone time she enjoys reading, eating massive amounts of chocolate chip cookies, and not playing Barbies.
Jamie Dana, MC, LPC, is the founder and clinical director of Elevate Counseling, where she helps teens and adults overcome mental roadblocks and achieve their goals to live an elevated life. Mental Health Specialties include research-based interventions to address stress and anxiety,parenting, adolescent development, trauma, self-esteem, eating issues and struggles of the gifted and high-achieving population.
For more information about her techniques, services and additional resources to help you succeed, check her out at www.elevatecounselingaz.com or follow her on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM. You can also contact her to schedule an initial appointment today.
Jessica was born in Denver but grew up in Arizona. She now lives in Chandler with her beautiful son Paul who is 3, her newborn son Finn, a silly pit bull Armani, and an amazing husband Ryan. They have been married 2 and a half years but have known each other since middle school. She went to Arizona State University and was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in Mesa Public Schools. She loves to play dodgeball. Yep, dodgeball. It started out as just a fun recreational league but have started to train and travel to tournaments around the country.
Sara is a food lover, mama of two, wife to her best friend and crafter at heart. Born in Mexico City, she grew up surrounded by food. Cooking is in her DNA. After graduating from culinary school in her hometown, she had a once in a lifetime opportunity to transfer to Arizona for work in the hotel industry. Little did she know she would meet the love of her life on her first day of work. They are proud parents of two bilingual toddlers. She loves cooking for family and friends. When she is not in the kitchen, she is probably making arts and crafts with her kids or binge watching Netflix with her hubby.