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Meet Our Contributors

Meet Your Scottsdale Moms Blog Team

Angela Barako

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Co-Owner

Angela Barako has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 17 years with her husband, Tom and three daughters (plus two dog & two cats). Angela has enjoyed the last 6 years working and writing for Scottsdale Moms Blog, she is also excited to be the owner of SMB. She reads lots of books, is a big college football fan (Go Big Red and Sun Devils!), tries to keep up on scrap-booking, training for a half marathon, attempts to garden, and loves reality TV.

Jessica Becker

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Co-Owner

Jessica Becker has been living in the Valley of the Sun for nine years and very much enjoys missing out on the Iowa winters that she grew up in. She is the mother of three extremely energetic boys (4, 3 and 3 months) and wife to her wonderful husband of five years, Mark. She is a former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom and part time barre3 fitness instructor. She loves to spend time reading good books, running outside, iced lattes, trying out new healthy recipes for her family, and coming up with creative activities to keep her boys busy.

Andrea Alley

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Contributor

Andrea Alley has lived in Scottsdale since she was a toddler, so she is about as close to a native as you can get… without actually being one. Both times she moved to different Arizona towns were short-lived since she couldn’t wait to get back to the excitement and the beautiful desert in this city. She now lives within a two-mile radius from the home where she grew up in Arcadia and loves that she gets to raise her two daughters in the same neighborhoods where she climbed trees, hiked mountains, and made lifelong friends. Andrea is a Certified Health Coach and blogger at www.andreaalley.com where she serves mamas who have realized it’s time to make their health a priority not only for their future, but for their families, too. In addition, she has helped hundreds of small business owners find success using automation in her full time job as a Small Business Success Coach for Infusionsoft. Andrea loves being with her rad other half, Cody, and their two girls, usually hiking, checking out awesome restaurants, or crossfitting it up. She geeks out over all things health-related, local politics, racerback tanks with witty quotes on them, and helping other mamas become their best selves through self-care. 

Lindsay Alvey

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Contributor

Lindsay Alvey is a Midwest Gal now defrosting here in the Southwest. She and her family were relocated to Scottsdale in 2014 due to her Husband’s job, and they are loving desert life! Lindsay and her Husband have two children, a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. On the weekends, you can find their family hiking, or at Costco buying all the things. Prior to becoming a stay at home Mom, Lindsay worked in the SaaS industry implementing software. She enjoys traveling, baking, photography, and barre3 (to counteract all of the baking).

Kallie Burkett

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Kallie Burkett is a corporate event coordinator turned stay-at-home mom. Her life is just as busy now, however, coordinating the everyday events of motherhood. If she’s not taking her kiddos to a playdate, she can be found hiking, volunteering at her church, or spending time with her hubby, Ryan. She has two children: Justice, an outgoing energetic toddler, and Lincoln, his baby brother.

Lindsey Dempsey

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Lindsey Dempsey is a full time Mom, a blogger (www.mykidstourguide.wordpress.com) and Marketing consultant during nap time and after bedtime. Lindsey is a former U of A Wildcat and now lives in North Scottsdale with her husband Scott, their daughter Madeline and their dog Harley. Follow Lindsey’s daily findings on her Instagram – @mykidtourguide.

Jenny Donnell

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Jenny Donnell is an Ohio native who fled the cold winters and gray skies for sunny Arizona over 5 years ago. She is married to her husband of 9 amazing years, has two crazy kids (ages 3 and 1) and a Siberian Husky who loves the heat. Jenny recently became a full-time mama after spending 12 years working in IT consulting at a Big 4 accounting firm. Even though she’s left the world of spreadsheets and memos, she loves to write and spends her free time (do moms really have free time?) writing on her personal blog, thesensibleshopaholic.com. As a self-proclaimed sale shopper, she’s on a mission to find fashionable and trendy items for less. Jenny also loves working out with Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides, hiking, traveling, reality TV, wine and spending time with friends and family. You can follow Jenny on FacebookPinterest and Instagram.

Kate Eschbach

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Kate Eschbach writes a lifestyle legacy blog named Songs Kate Sang and is a professional photographer. She enjoys handwritten correspondence, and may break out into musical numbers at any time. She and her husband Brian have been married since 1999. They have four children – Julia, 15, Nate, 12, Riley, 5, and baby Mary Alice. She is a Texas girl and has lived in Arizona for 8 wonderful (and hot!) years. Kate writes from the heart about adoption and miscarriage. She is passionate about encouraging and serving others!

Renée Genetti

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Renée Genetti  From Chicago to Indiana, California to England, and California to Arizona, Renée and her husband Mike are excited to finally put down roots after 10 years of marriage and travel. A former teacher turned mommy, Renée spends her days introducing Luke (3 1/2) and Ryan (6 months) to passions like music, theater, travel and exploring. New to blogging, new to Arizona, and new to being a mom to two little boys, she is eager to share what she learns along the way.

Beth Grady

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After growing up in The Valley, Beth Grady took a brief 10-year hiatus to see what life was like in LA and NYC before returning to her home town of Scottsdale, 8 years ago, where she’s here to stay along with her husband and two vivacious girls, ages 3 and 6. Two years ago she traded her full-time gig in the corporate marketing world for a position as a stay-at-home mom who moonlights (literally) as a freelance marketing consultant. Now instead of sitting at a desk all day, Beth is chauffeuring, coloring with every Crayola imaginable, and hitting up library story times. Writing has helped her with this transition, along with barre workouts (her happy place), lots of iced coffee, and comfortable leggings.

Rochelle Heringer

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Rochelle Heringer and her family moved to Arizona in August 2015 from California. She instantly fell in love with the desert landscape and accessible hiking trails. She and her husband have three spectacular children ages 2, 5 and 6 years old that keep them busy and in shape. Before Rochelle became a full time stay at home mom she was a high school teacher. She enjoys cooking, hiking, exercising and dancing with her family.

Rebecca Hubanks

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Rebecca Hubanks is wife to Mikel, Mom to 3-yr-old Nolan and baby Landon, & Cuddler of mini-doxies Khaki & Scarlett. She’s an Oncology RN turned Full-Time Mama, Amazing Race Fanatic, Blue Bell Addict & Workout Enthusiast. As a Texas native, she braved 5 long Minnesota winters before moving to Phoenix in July(!) of 2013. Most notably, Rebecca is thankful to be Saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus – and More Awestruck every day by life’s little blessings as “Mom”

Marissa Jimenez

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Marissa Jimenez is an Arizona native who now lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris; two-year-old daughter, Evelyn, and newborn, Lettie. Technical writer by trade, she is excited to join SMB to chat and write about her new, fun adventures in mommyhood. She enjoys patio weather, anything accompanied by a musical number, and all things crafty.

Andrea Laughlin

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Andrea Laughlin is a California native and has lived in the Valley for almost two years. She’s a mommy to River, a very sweet and spicy toddler, and a wife to her hunky husband David. Together they enjoy renovating homes, traveling and spending time at home. In addition to being the feminine force at home, she’s also a yoga and barre fitness instructor. You can find Andrea teaching these fierce workouts at barre3 Scottsdale and Village Clubs at DC Ranch and Gainey.

Jennie Love

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Jennie Love is a native Phoenician turned Scottsdale-ite. Jennie and her wonderful husband Scott have two adorable little boys, Robert, the sweet & spunky “threenager,” and baby Weston, who is full of cuddles and smiles. As a family, they enjoy the Phx Zoo, riding the rails at the train park, and exploring hiking trails. Jennie is a yoga instructor at Modern Milk in Scottsdale and routinely subs at Moksha Yoga Phx. While indulging in all things beauty related, Jennie also loves cooking, wine, chocolate, and spending quality time with her family & friends. But her favorite pastime is to browse through Target all by herself.

Ashley Moore

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Ashley Moore a newbie to Scottsdale, was born near the beautiful mountains of Utah. Ashley obtained her degree at Weber State University, where she had a love at first sight meeting with her husband Scott. Scott’s career brought the couple, to Arizona in 2009. After facing multiple tragedies of a miscarriage, infertility, and a near death accident for Scott, the couple returned to Utah to be near family. In 2014 the pair returned to Arizona, but ventured further south, to Tucson. Around this time, they welcomed miracle boy/girl twins. Before the twins arrived, Ashley worked as a Child Life Specialist; advocating, educating, and playing alongside children and families in the pediatric areas of hospitals. Now Ashley fills her days chasing the toddler twinners, doing freelance graphic design, and illustration work at night. She also enjoys all things arts and crafts, ice cream, and audio books.

Kelli Northey

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Kelli Northey moved to Scottsdale six years ago, after marrying her college sweetheart in Wisconsin. They haven’t missed the cold, snowy winters yet! She is a mom to a sweet and silly two year old daughter who is always on the go. Their days are filled with fun toddler activities, ranging anywhere from library programs to splashing in their pool. Kelli loves being with family and friends. She enjoys volunteering, party planning, making paper crafts, trying new recipes, and going on family hikes. Kelli is new to blogging, but has loved reading the experience of other SMB contributors.

Rudri Bhatt Patel

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Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned freelancer writer. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the managing editor for The First Day and her work has appeared in The Washington PostBrain, ChildThe Huffington PostThe Review, ReviewRole Reboot, The Mid and elsewhere. You can also find her musings on her personal blog, Being Rudri.com. She is currently at work on a memoir that focuses on grief and life’s ordinary graces. She enjoys reading, writing and running. Rudri has lived in the Valley since 2009 with her husband and daughter (9). You can find Rudri on TwitterFacebookBeing Rudri.

Ann Seiden

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Ann Seiden is a native Arizonan who grew up in Scottsdale and Arcadia. After several years in Texas and California, she returned to her hometown and has lived in Arcadia for ten years with her husband Danny and their kids Witt (23 months) and Hope (10 months). Ann recently stepped away from her full-time corporate career in public affairs to stay home with her kiddos. With a background in communications for political and public policy organizations, she now scratches her professional itch by providing communications consulting and writing services for corporate and non-profit clients.

Sara Solem

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Sara Solem attended Arizona State University as an out-of-state student from Indiana. This is where she met her husband, Casey, a native of Scottsdale, and made Arizona her home. Sara worked in higher education while Casey finished medical school and then became a stay-at-home mom when their daughter, Grace, was born in 2013. They welcomed their second daughter, Audrey, in June 2016. Sara can be found playing princesses any day of the week, but she also enjoys baking, family walks, hand lettering, ASU football, backyard barbecues, and Indian food.

Lizette Virissimo

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Lizette is a 30 year old Arizona native who loves God, life, travel and nature. She is the mother of Vitor, a wildly sweet three year old boy, and a proud angel mama to his baby brother Julian. Since boot-strapping Bloom & Speak with her husband, she has slowly gone from being a work from home mama to a stay at home mama. When she is not looking after her son, she is hiking, doing pilates, blogging at Sweet Julian , chilling with the husband, or painting something. She always enjoys a good iced cup of cafe au lait or her husband’s special brew of buttered coffee to help her get through her very busy day. Follow her on Pinterest & Instagram.

Courtney Vitch

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Courtney Vitch grew up in Tucson, and after a brief stop in San Diego, settled in Phoenix to raise her daughter (3 years old). Her mantras are “Dream Bigger” and “Anything is possible”, which are applied daily to her life as a single mom, working part-time, and attending school full time. Courtney loves hanging out with friends and family, running, laughing, being outside, and curling up on the couch with her daughter and kittens at the end of a long day.

Beth Beyer Williams

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Beth is a stay at home Boy Mama to Hunter & Duke- the loves of her life! These days it seems they are non-stop busy busy BUSY! She was born in Chicago but grew up and still lives in North Scottsdale. For 16 years (before having her boys) she worked as TV News Producer/Reporter. Beth is blessed that she still gets to keep her foot in the door and freelance at the station every once in a while. Her and her hubby Scott try to plan some sort of “adventure” every weekend to get out & about with the boys whether in town or out, but must admit she loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a cozy blanket!

Stephanie Pletka

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Stephanie – As a Southern girl, who finds humor in the ordinary, I write topics pertaining to family adventure, living a life of intention and the importance of writing your own story. With 2 business, 4 kids and a need to create life’s “slow down” button, this Atlanta family hit the road for a life of adventure: running a tech company and educating kids, as we traveled to 45 states and 10 countries.  We recently moved to Scottsdale, AZ to explore the beauty of the West.  #SouthbySouthWest! For more stories, click spitupandheels.com.

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