The writing team at Co Springs Mom Collective is a powerhouse. Take a peek at their bios. These women make the world a better place every single day. Some are engineers, community leaders and professional writers. Others are teachers and stay-at-home moms. Their kiddos attend public schools, charter schools, private schools and home schools. The women on this writing team range from newly pregnant to seasoned mamas with grown children. But they all have a few things in common: They love being moms, they love Colorado Springs and they want to be a positive voice for motherhood by connecting moms to resources and to each other.
Your Co Springs Mom Collective Writing Team
Adrienne is a Colorado native and would not want to live anywhere else! She spends her days juggling the many demands of three sons, and her school-age daughter. When she is not busy deciphering the perplexing young boy brain, or trying to please her diva daughter, you will most likely find her nose in a book, or writing. She loves encouraging her fellow parents in their journey. Recently, started a new career as a Real Estate Broker with Colorado Home Finder Realty and is enjoying the ride. Finding great happy hour places with her husband, Shawn, is one of her joys, as is acting young and sometimes crazy with friends! She does not spend enough time outdoors and comes up with any excuse to put off cleaning her chaotic house. She is grateful for her completely imperfect life.Anna likes to think she’s rooted in the Wild, Wild West, as she was born in California and grew up in Colorado. She married a big-bearded Texan. Together they have a daughter and a son. She’s an easy crier, particularly when it comes to beautiful stories about people with a lot of heart, a lot of courage or a lot of character. Motherhood has affected her deeply. It has reinforced the importance of creating a life of intentionality and joy. She and her husband Chris love a good story, a good laugh, and a good song. You can find her on Instagram @annaclonts.Ashley 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; her husband has visited more. It seems they're passing the travel bug on to their two sons, who have spent hundreds of hours on planes, trains, ships and road trips. These rugged little boys can’t get enough. Camping, anyone?Managing Editor + Media RelationsCascia was born and raised in the Arizona heat. While receiving her Pre-Med degree at Hope International University in Southern California, a blonde, surfing, skateboarding boy stole her heart. Although they both dream of having their toes in the salty California waters; they now call Colorado home with their three children (ages 9, 6 and 5) and their adorable cat named Turtle. They are busy enjoying all the new adventures and crazy weather patterns that Colorado Springs has to offer. After 3 years as a SAHM, she is ready to get back out into the education world. Playing guitar, writing songs, and reading any and every parenting book helps keep her sane and happy! A good cup of coffee, a bubbly La Croix or a small glass of wine can usually be found in her hand! She is trying to live by the motto "I'd rather recover from failure than live with regret."Cory is a transplant from Minnesota. She currently lives with her husband of 7 years and their two beautiful girls; Kinley and Khyran. They have two dogs also; a Papillon named Raydar and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Jameson. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, volunteering, and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado. She is passionate about advocating for equal rights for those with disabilities, learning and teaching about motherhood from a wheelchair, and educating others on disability-life in general. As a family, they enjoy the outdoors, sporting events (specifically hockey and baseball), reading, eating out, and finding new adventures.Dana has lived in Colorado for the last 15 years. She met her husband, Ben, in Boulder and they made the move to Colorado Springs. Together, they are busy raising two children. Dana is the Director for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center, leading the staff’s efforts to provide the Rocky Mountain Region with technical support, training, guidance and information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is an active community volunteer, serving on several boards including the School District 11 Mill Levy Override Financial Oversight Committee. When she is not working, Dana enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains with her Vizsla, raising backyard chickens, and cheering on her Alma Mater's Michigan State Spartans!Danielle was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She married a handsome country boy from Idaho and together they moved out to Colorado for a new adventure. Ten years later, they have 3 children, ages 6, 4 and 16 months. Though she sometimes misses the beaches and the Italian bakeries back east, her daily view of snowcapped mountains and the piercing blue sky remind her that she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She reads cookbooks for fun and loves getting creative in the kitchen. A musician at heart, she can't walk by a grand piano without playing. Her favorite thing to do with her little ones is snuggle under a quilt with them and read through a fresh stack of library books. She hopes her life will reflect the things she values most- her faith, family and friends (both the flesh ones and the TV show).
Emily is a Colorado Springs native. Passionate about volunteering and community engagement, she serves on the board of Teen Court and works for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Her pre-teen daughter, Amelia, keeps her busy, challenged and entertained. Emily is a self-proclaimed nerd, who spends time reading, going to shows, playing games and exploring Colorado. She is obsessed with otters and soft pretzels and a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Emily hopes to inspire and inform other young, single mothers and to be a resource for parents in non-traditional families. She is a new aunt and you'd better believe she’s going by “Auntie Em.”Erica takes joy in calling Colorado Springs home. She delights in the many deer who visit her yard daily and the gorgeous hiking trails nearby. She and her husband are happily raising their blended family together, which definitely keeps them busy. With 5 children between the two of them (3 boys and 2 girls), they are almost, but not quite, The Brady Bunch. Erica received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing and uses her expertise as the Resources Coordinator for COSMB.Resources CoordinatorGretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has an eleven year old son who is into sports, especially football. Together, they are navigating the tween world of puberty and middle school. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. 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.
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. Hannah is passionate about empowering people, especially moms, to have confidence in who they are. She has loved utilizing the CrossFit gym she and her husband own as a vessel to enable people to pursue health in all facets of life. They have two young kids, Lucy and Lincoln. Hannah loves writing. She has always used that avenue to relax and discover. She is so excited for this opportunity to be a part of this incredible community!Jaimi is a “type A” person who often feels her life is a bit crazy and chaotic. (Two sets of boy/girl twins might have something to do with that.) But she is determined to look for the lovely and enjoyable moments in spite of the craziness and wants to encourage other moms along the way. Born and raised in the PNW, Jaimi and her family are new to the Springs. They enjoy exploring new places and hitting the road in their RV. She and her husband of 14 years are self-proclaimed coffee & wine snobs and often quote Parks & Rec in casual conversation. Jaimi enjoys living in the Pike’s Peak region and is excited to meet new mom friends!Jamie is a mom to boy-girl twins, living the schizophrenic life that is 50/50 custody. A PR professional with over 20 years in the field, she loves to write about family life, blending families, cultural life in Colorado Springs and issues of the day. A former Portland resident, Jamie is passionate about coffee, microbrews, local art, country music and cowboy boots (she has way too many).Jenny grew up near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, but is now firmly rooted in Colorado Springs with her husband and their daughter. She works in water engineering/water law and helps to ensure Colorado Springs residents have water for the next fifty years. When she finds spare time she loves lingering over good food with family and friends, being over ambitious with creative pursuits, playing piano, and reading.A native of Michigan, journalism grad of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and recent escapee of Florida, Julie made her plans to move to Colorado Springs nearly 30 years ago after repeatedly visiting her college roommate’s hometown to do her laundry. She succeeded in 2012, bringing her twin boys, four dogs, six cats, a horse and her husband in a cross-country trip that rivaled The Fast and The Furious. Her past work includes an eight-year stint as the Dining Editor and features writer for Tampa Bay Illustrated, numerous corporate writing gigs and a recent feature in Colorado Collective. In her free time, she forces her family to hike slot canyons in Utah.Katie is a Colorado native. She loves to travel, but seeing the "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" sign means she's home. She and her husband have been together since she was 15. Best friends, tackling parenting together. Norah, Jonah, Micah, & Maggie grow and stretch her everyday—literally. Katie is passionate for interior design, photography and anything pretty. There's always music playing in her home, or a good podcast. She's a sucker for a classic movie, and knows every part of "Sound of Music" by heart. This is her first year homeschooling her daughter, mainly to avoid learning how make cutesy lunches. Solid in her faith, she gives all the glory to God for any grace, kindness, or love in her life. Writing for the Colorado Springs Moms Blog has blessed her more ways than she can count, and she is proud to be a part of this tribe of mamas, creating community in her hometown!Senior WriterKaty Hartshorn has called Colorado Springs home for more than 30 years. She is mom to one 22 year old son and four "step" children that she loves as her own, ages 12-23. A UCCS graduate, Katy is the Marketing Coordinator for the Downtown Partnership and helps people rediscover the heart of our city through storytelling, blog posts and social media. When she’s not spending time with her five children and three dogs, she enjoys reading, podcasts and working out.Kellee is a small-town girl from Southwest Georgia. She is stepmom to five-year-old Zachary and will marry Zachary’s dad, Michael, in December. This stay-at-home-mom also has her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She hopes to one day 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.Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now calls Colorado Springs home. The oldest of five graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. She and her husband have two children. Kristal is an active member of the PTA. She also spends time working in local schools. She is passionate about connecting moms in our community. 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.Senior WriterOnce Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. Then life happened when she wasn’t looking. She married an Army guy. Three kids, 23 years, a few dogs, 7 homes and 2 continents later, she’s a single mom living in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and several schools. She managed volunteer organizations, 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 before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!Senior WriterRachel is a native Coloradoan, though originally from Glenwood Springs. She met her husband, Chris, in engineering school at Colorado State University, then followed him to his hometown of Colorado Springs. Together they have four beautiful children, Tommy (2011), Tazzy (2014) and Zach (2015) and Zinny (2018). Having a young and active family keeps Rachel on her toes. 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. This role helps keep her life in balance, bouncing from detailed and complex discussions about Colorado Water Law to the equally complex musings of her talkative children. When Rachel isn’t busy with work or kids, she enjoys visiting family, baking, photography, writing here and at her blog, and running a home crafting business.Senior WriterRebecca is a Colorado native. She graduated from the UC Boulder and West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a BA and MA in Psychology. Currently, she works for a local nonprofit, where she teaches low-income moms how to repair their credit and value themselves and their money. She is married to her Spartan-racing husband and mom to a son and a daughter. In her free time, you can find her cooking, reading and working out. She loves her network of friends and is a podcast addict.Senior WriterRochelle 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. Momming these super-sassy littles is her biggest adventure yet, and provides for some serious writing material. Rochelle works out of the home also, and has a diverse background in public relations, social work, student advising, youth ministry and pyrotechnics. She is presently finishing up her MBA and is juggling all of it fairly well for a person with little to no hand-eye-coordination. She is a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child and she is beyond grateful for hers.Sara lived in Colorado Springs until she attended the University of Northern Colorado. There, she earned her degree in Journalism and Political Science. Sara met her husband, Luke, while working at Wag N Wash. They started dating after Sara had graduated from college and Luke had joined the Air Force, eventually marrying in 2012. Luke was stationed in West Texas, where Sara started her career in local television. She did everything from running cameras to producing the 5 o'clock news. Sara’s daughter Cora was born in 2013 and when Luke’s Air Force enlistment ended two years later, they high-tailed it back to Colorado. Now, Sara lives near Old Colorado City and works in a local law firm's marketing department. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, biking, photography and playing with makeup (that’ll happen after working in television in Texas).
Team Engagement Leader
Tabitha is a writer, proud Noonday Ambassador, and self-proclaimed community gatherer. But before all of that, and never after, she’s a wife and mom to her family— Ethan, Nash, Glory, and Levi. Together, they dream big dreams and take huge risks. They feel most at home when they’re in the mountains, unplugged, and with coffee in hand (the parents — not the kids, of course). She stewards a Little Free Library that serves as a constant reminder of her mission in life — to be present where her feet are. Most often, that means you’ll find her pressing into the wild and glorious chaos of her home, loving her neighbors, and encouraging the people right in front of her. For her, life isn’t just a HAVE TO — it’s one big beautiful GET TO. To follow along, find her on IG here.
Community Engagement Leaders
Cory is a transplant from Minnesota. She currently lives with her husband of 7 years and their two beautiful girls; Kinley and Khyran. They have two dogs also; a Papillon named Raydar and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Jameson. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, volunteering, and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado. She is passionate about advocating for equal rights for those with disabilities, learning and teaching about motherhood from a wheelchair, and educating others on disability-life in general. As a family, they enjoy the outdoors, sporting events (specifically hockey and baseball), reading, eating out, and finding new adventures.