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.
Beth is a Colorado Blogger & Photographer, Colorado Springs Native, wife to Bruce, girl mama to Hilde Joy & Millie Bea, 7 wing 6, ENFJ, Believer, and Disney connoisseur!
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.
Hannah is originally from Texas but she grew up here in Colorado. She was raised on the magic of Disney, the value of reading, the whimsy of imagination and the power of community. She is passionate about empowering people, especially moms to have confidence in who they are and who they are created to be. She has loved utilizing the CrossFit gym her husband and her own as a vessel to enable people to pursue health in all facets of life. They have two kids, Lucy who is almost 3 and Lincoln who is 7 months old.
Jenn is a lifestyle influencer, plus size model, girl mom to 3 and Believer in Christ. When she’s not online, you can find her renovating her 90’s track home or in a pilates class. This California native has been living in Colorado Springs for 7 years now and isn’t going anywhere!
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.
Although her Kansas roots and upbringing are strong, Megan has proudly called Colorado Springs home since the winter of 2008 when she and her husband returned after serving for two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Eastern Europe. Her roles in life include wife, mother, friend, and teacher, and she feels honored by each of these hats she gets to wear. Megan looks forward to spending time with friends, working in her garden, or indulging her introverted side by relaxing with a good book on her porch with a hot cup of coffee.
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.
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.
Erin is a military spouse who has lived in so many places that she can have a house fully unpacked with pictures on the wall in under one week. She is the mom of two wonderfully unique girls who are growing up incredibly fast. Erin and her husband Jake have been together for close to 20 years and as a result, are starting to read each others minds. She feels the most at home near the mountains and loves everything that they have to offer.
Ime Lopez is a transplant to Colorado Springs from the urban jungle of New York City. She is the doting mother to two funny and lively youngsters who keep her guessing and reaching for that box of hair color. Ime has practiced public interest law for nearly two decades, specializing in housing and education rights, making good, necessary trouble along the way. When she isn't trying to right the world's wrongs, she can be found enjoying 70s jams and world music, watching some good Nollywood or crunching on ice from Chick-fil-A.
Katherine is originally from Miami, FL and is of Nicaraguan heritage. She has been in Colorado Springs since 2003 when military duties called her father and family to town. Katherine is proud to have graduated with her BA & MA degrees from UCCS; a first in her family! Having met her husband while serving at church, Katherine and Nathan were married in 2017. In June 2020, they welcomed sweet Jaxon Isaac. She loves being outdoors, thrifting, and loves a good laugh. She can also be heard regularly speaking Spanish as she is bilingual and is teaching Jaxon her native language.
Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. With kids in school full time, Kristal is an active member of the PTA, and spends time working in local schools. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family.
Melisa is an enthusiastic wife to her husband of 10 years and homeschool mama to four curious children. Her roots are in the PNW and she currently resides in Colorado Springs, where she soaks up all the sunshine and snow. She loves all things beautiful—but most of all Jesus and all the wonderful people created by God! When she's not sweeping up crumbs and juggling school lessons, she likes to spend an afternoon to herself going to the spa, wandering Anthropologie for inspiration, creating something handmade and eating yummy food in a gorgeous outdoor space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.