MEET THE CO SPRINGS MOM COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTOR TEAM
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Acsa moved to Colorado Springs in 2020. She excitedly opened her own home-based Montessori preschool this last summer. Acsa loves teaching and social media and has met so many amazing people and worked with some awesome brands these last few years. In her spare time, Acsa enjoys cooking, baking, photography, and crafting with her kids.
Ashley H.MANAGING EDITOR + MEDIA RELATIONS
Ashley H. is managing editor for Co Springs Mom Collective and one of two content creators for City Mom Collective. This longtime reporter and writer has worked for various newspapers, magazines and wire services, including about a decade at The Associated Press. When time allows, she takes on projects through her freelance business: www.seasonedscribe.com. She and her family spend most of their free time and money traveling. Ashley has visited more than 40 countries.
Desiree has lived in Colorado Springs for 7 years with her husband and their two little girls Alivia and Autumn. She currently works as a Web Designer at Compassion International here in the Springs. In her spare time she is a blogger at Adore & Delight, a content creator on her Instagram as well as a homeschooling mama. She enjoys getting outdoors and exploring the beauty that is Colorado whenever she can. She also loves Jesus, a good book and a strong cup of coffee.
KelleeSENIOR WRITER + RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Kellee is a small-town girl from Southwest Georgia. She is married to software engineer, Michael, and is mom to 6-year-old son, Zachary, and baby girl, Karalee. She is a stay-at-home-mom, but also has her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and hopes to one day be able to return to a career in the school system, helping students become more independent. Kellee enjoys spending time with her family, baking, board games, playing tennis, traveling, being outside, and volunteering as a high school ministry leader at her church.
Rachel is a native Coloradoan, though originally from the Western Slope. She followed her husband Chris to his hometown of Colorado Springs after having met in engineering school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Together they have four beautiful children, Tommy, Tazzy, Zach and Zinny. Though Rachel loves her most important role as Mommy most, she also works full time outside the home as a Water Resources Engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources.
Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math.
Brenda is from Mexico City and moved to the Springs in the late 90’s, She graduated from Adams State University with a Mass Communications degree and is currently working for the Governor’s Office of Information and Technology as a Marketing Communications Manager. Brenda is passionate about the eclectic and diverse growth of COS and she’s a huge supporter of small businesses. Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Jiah and Ellie, exploring the local beer and food scene, and taking care of her many, many, many house plants.
Rochelle is a desert-rat from Arizona who kept moving north until she hit Colorado Springs; good luck getting her to leave now. She wasted no time snagging her husband under the pretense of athleticism and outdoorsy-ness. Among other things, eleven years of marriage has yielded two beautiful daughters, Harper and Quinn. Rochelle works out of the home also, and has a diverse background in public relations, social work, student advising, youth ministry and pyrotechnics.
Katie is a Colorado Native, only knowing CO as home. She loves to travel though, but seeing the "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" sign will always be her favorite thing to come home to. She met her CO Native husband when she was 14, & they have been together since she was 15. They are best friends, tackling parenting their kids together: Norah, Jonah, Micah & Maggie. Katie is passionate for interior design, photography, and anything pretty. There's always music playing in her home, or a good podcast.
Paras is an Iranian American, born in Tehran and raised in Texas. She is now pleased to call Colorado home. She is the mother of two rambunctious boys, a wife to an equally rambunctious husband (genetics!) and a pediatrician. Paras attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and went on to complete her pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center. In her spare time, Paras enjoys hiking, embroidery and is an aspiring yogi.
Christa is a wife, mother, military spouse, and an educator.
Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
JenWRITER + EVENT DAY COORDINATOR
Jennifer or Jen and her wonderful husband Bret and two boys, Xander and Torin have just moved to Colorado Springs. They love the hiking, playing at myriad parks, and lack of mosquitos. Jen finished her BA and Master's Degree in History at UCCS. Her extended family lives in the Springs, and she is very happy to be back for dry weather and crazy lightning. Currently, she teaches history online at Southern New Hampshire University. When not teaching or playing with littles, Jennifer loves to read anything from scifi to mysteries, hiking, writing, and gaming.
EricaOWNER + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Erica is the proud Owner and Executive Director of COSMC. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing, Erica has been working in online media since 2008. Erica has a passion for serving others, something which led her family to begin fostering several years ago. She has welcomed her heart and home to several children in Colorado Springs. Her role of mom is one she is most proud of. She and her husband have a beautiful blended family of seven.