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 contributing 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 Contributor Team
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 RelationsElizabeth 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!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!Erica has worn many hats since joining Co Springs Mom Collective in 2017. She first came on as Contributor, then joined the Executive Team as Advertising Manager and is now the proud Owner and Executive Director. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing, Erica has been working in online media since 2008 and loves its ability to create enriching connections and community.OwnerGretchen 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.Senior Writer
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!Ime Lopez is a lover of good, good things – God, people, kids, music, humor, culture, bold colors, spicy food, migration history, and nature. She is a mama bear to two delightful youngins and has lived in Colorado Springs for five years. Ime earned her undergraduate degree from City University of New York, Lehman College, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is a late-blooming mountain admirer with a city-girl vibe.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!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 WriterKellee 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 WriterParas 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 San Antonio. Her special interests include childhood advocacy, healthcare education, and she absolutely loves working with new parents. After having children of her own, she quickly realized that raising kiddos was not as straightforward as many pediatric medical texts or parenting books might imply! She has found it extremely fulfilling to navigate the challenging, yet rewarding world of being a working mom alongside her patients and peers. In her spare time, Paras enjoys hiking, embroidery and is an aspiring yogi on the journey to attaining and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.Rachel 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 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.