The Fairfield County Mom contributor team at Waveny Park

Meet Your Fairfield County Mom Team

Michelle

Michelle :: Owner & Editor

Michelle is the Owner and Editor of Fairfield County Mom and Westchester County Mom. She has spent her entire life in Fairfield County, growing up in Norwalk and now residing in Fairfield, CT. Michelle married her husband, Chris, in October 2008. Before motherhood, she thought she was busy, but now life with her son Shane (March 2011), twins, Blake and Brynn (June 2013), Hank the Lab, and Bruce the Frenchie; the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching third grade at a local public school. When she’s not making lists, chauffeuring the kids, and doing laundry, Michelle enjoys standing along the sidelines cheering on her kids, lounging with a good book, eating dark chocolate, and sipping on some tequila.

Elisabeth

Elisabeth :: Sponsorship Coordinator & Contributor

Elisabeth is a mom of three daughters (2010, 2013, and 2016) who lives in Fairfield with her husband, Andrew. She grew up in Litchfield County and moved to Fairfield in 2014. Elisabeth was previously an elementary school teacher but now teaches part-time at a local preschool. She also is the Sponsorship Coordinator for Fairfield County Mom and enjoys working with local businesses. She loves to bake and cook, go to the beach with her family, jam out to country music, and drink cocktails with friends!
Aarika

Aarika :: Social Media Coordinator & Senior Contributor

Aarika lives in Trumbull with her husband, two daughters (2013 and 2015), and son (2020). Originally from Ulster County, NY, she fell in love with her husband at a UConn football game when she told him he had nice biceps, and the rest is history. Outside of work and motherhood, she enjoys eating good food, sharing a drink with friends, summer days spent at Pinewood Lake or on vacation in Cape Cod, and mindlessly streaming too many shows with her husband. Her favorite time of day is the early morning before her kids wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

Maria F.

Maria F. :: Senior Contributor

Maria F. is a high school English teacher who naturally finds herself reflecting upon the routine and randomness that accompany each day as a working mommy. She relies upon humor and some sort of chocolate or frozen treat as survival tactics. She and her husband live in East Norwalk with their three kids, Abbie (2012), Charlie (2014), and Phoebe (2018). You can find Maria F. driving in her beloved dream car, a minivan, listening to audiobooks during her commute, or playing DJ and climate controller when she’s shuttling her kids around town. Forever a sorority girl and Ohio State Buckeye, she will (almost) always choose socializing over chilling on the couch.
Caroline

Caroline :: Senior Contributor

Caroline is a mom of four, D born in 2011 (a son who left us at 3-years-old after significant medical issues), H born in 2013 (daughter), and A & M born in 2016 (twin daughters). Originally from Westchester, she and her husband settled in Wilton in 2010. She became a stay-at-home mom after D was born. She serves on the board of STAR Inc. and is also very involved with the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, where she stayed for almost three months. She enjoys reading, tennis, cooking, baking, and grocery shopping!
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Daria :: Senior Contributor

Daria lives in Norwalk with her husband, son (2015), and daughter (2017). She grew up in Connecticut (Hartford County) but spent most of her adult life in New York City and traveling the world until moving back to Connecticut with her husband when they started their family. Daria juggles two young kids and a full-time international career. When she’s not spending time with her family or working, she’s daydreaming about where she’ll travel next.
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Kate S. :: Senior Contributor

Kate S. is a mom at home in Fairfield with her 4 kids (2 girls and 2 boys) and one puppy. Kate’s sister introduced her to Chris, whom she married in 2010. They welcomed their first daughter in 2012, a son in 2014, another daughter in 2016, another boy in 2018, and finally a puppy in 2021. Kate and Chris’s parenting motto would probably be, “Just take them with you.” As a family, they enjoy activities like skiing, kayaking, and hiking by taking turns teaching the older kids or strapping babies into backpacks. Kate can be found out and about exploring with her kids, volunteering at their schools, or laughing with other moms at the beautiful chaos of life with children.

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Charity :: Senior Contributor

Charity is a newly-single mom of three with a son born in 2012 and identical twin daughters born in 2017. She lives in Monroe and has been writing for Fairfield County Mom since 2019. Charity is a full-time speech-language pathologist, working with patients all across the lifespan. She is also an intuitive medium. In her life before children, Charity was a professional stage manager, working in theatres throughout Fairfield County. Charity is passionate about her family, career, ballet (which she began at 39 years old!), musical theatre, and her amazingly-supportive friends as she begins a new chapter in her life. She firmly believes that you are never too old to stay stuck in a situation that is causing you pain. You can follow her on Instagram at @charityferris.
Lauren

Lauren :: Senior Contributor

Lauren is a full-time working mom to Madelyn (2012) and Amelia (2016). Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lauren and her husband Scott moved to Fairfield County in 2008. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” in her spare time you can find Lauren in her favorite corner of the couch, binge-watching whatever “everyone’s” watching.
Marissa

Marissa :: Contributor

Marissa lives in Southport with her husband and her energetic little boy (2016). After growing up in Connecticut, she recently moved back to Fairfield County after spending most of her adult life living in New York. Marissa is a full-time working mom. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, traveling, and binge-watching a new series as a way to unwind.
Jamie

Jamie :: Contributor

Jamie is a mom to a daughter (2014) and boy/girl twins (2016). She was born and raised in Westchester County, NY and together with her husband (married in 2011), made Danbury, CT their hometown. Jamie is a real estate agent with William Raveis Real Estate. In the present day, more than ever before, “home” is an essential and safe place in an ever-changing world. Helping clients achieve their homeownership goals, searching for the home that’s “just right,” or helping them move on from a home that no longer serves them drives Jamie in her real estate career. Home for Jamie is Northern Fairfield County, and she never gets tired of spending time in the community with her family, visiting her favorite parks, and exploring local shops and restaurants. Jamie can be found on the Peloton leaderboard at 6:30 every morning, which fuels her long days of work and momming. Morning workouts are as athletic as she gets, and her favorite thing is tucking her children in at night and catching up on whatever show she is streaming. As much as she loves staying in, she doesn’t pass up a night out with her childhood girlfriends or a date night with her hubby. 

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Melissa :: Contributor

Melissa was born and raised in Fairfield County. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband and their three children. She spends most of her free time driving her children to various activities and making sure they are living the dream! She does make time for solo Starbucks and Target runs because self-care is important! You can also find her on Instagram @the_storied_mind, where she creates posts in the hopes of helping others and breaking the stigma for people to reach out for help regarding their mental health.
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Leanne :: Contributor

Leanne is a high school English teacher with a Master’s degree in Special Education who was born, raised, and still lives in Stratford, CT. She married her husband, Chris, in 2012, and they have 3 children; Myles (2013), Nora (2015), and Bryce (2017). Leanne and her family love to keep a busy schedule, and weekends are spent at the kids’ sporting events, dance classes, or with friends. When time allows, she loves to catch up with friends, watch anything on Bravo and write about her hectic life as a mom of 3!

Jenna

Jenna :: Contributor

Jenna Addison is a full-time working mom to two rowdy toddlers. Originally from Guilford, CT, she eventually made her way down the shoreline to settle in Fairfield County with her husband. In the little spare time she has, Jenna enjoys true crime podcasts and working out.

Janice

Janice :: Contributor

Janice is an at-home mom in Monroe with her three kids (’05, ’08, ’11) and numerous pets, including two dogs, a snake, a leopard gecko, and a hamster. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Justin, for over 20 years. When her oldest child came out as transgender in 2020, Janice found her voice, becoming involved in volunteer work and advocating for children in her community. Janice is a nature buff who prefers to be outdoors and frequently drags her children skiing, hiking, and tortures them with the beach. She writes about her adventures and passion for style on her blog, Momma Wanderer.

Jackie

Jackie :: Contributor

Jackie lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children (2013, 2016, 2019). She is the author of several novels that encourage tween and teen girls to listen to their inner voice, from saving the family fishing business in On the Line to following a passion for crafting in Salted Carmel Dreams and exposing a friend’s hurtful social media platform in Populatti. She is currently working on a new children’s book series and a novel on new motherhood. She also shares her own motherhood experiences on her Instagram @jnbwrite. When not writing, you can find Jackie and her family enjoying Fairfield’s beautiful coastline, where they love fishing, swimming, and sailing.

Rachel

Rachel. :: Contributor

Rachel lives in Bethel, CT with her husband, daughters (2007, 2009), and son (2011). She is a portrait photographer and has owned her business, Forty Seven Moments Photography (47moments.com), for 16 years. When she isn’t photographing or driving her children around to all of their activities, she daydreams about her next adventure. She loves spending time outdoors, whether in the mountains, on the beach, or in her own backyard. She enjoys traveling, spending quality time with her family, and connecting with friends both old and new.

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Maria O. :: Contributor

Maria is a mother of three (Cecilia, Ileana, and Xavier) and a part-time adoption attorney. She was born and raised in Indiana and met her husband, Raul, in college in Ohio. They moved to Boston for graduate school and then to New York City. After having their first daughter, Cecilia, they moved to Greenwich where they still reside today. Maria enjoys running, tennis, travel, and spending time with her family.

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Gina. :: Contributor

Gina is a licensed clinical social worker and photographer in Fairfield County. Gina is also a single mother by choice (SMBC) and aims to support women who are just beginning their journey to motherhood; however it may look. Gina lives in Fairfield County with her daughter and cat Fluffy (aka, sister cat). In her “free” time, Gina enjoys reading, catching up with friends, and spending time in nature.

Nancy

Nancy :: Contributor

Nancy is a mom of three girls (2016, 2018, and 2022) and lives in Trumbull with her husband Tom, daughters, and black lab Norman. Originally from Farmington, CT, Nancy met her husband while living in Baltimore after college. In 2014 Nancy moved back to her home state of Connecticut, living in West Hartford, Norwalk, and finally settling in Trumbull. Nancy is a full-time high school teacher who loves to make the most of her time outside the classroom. Cape Cod, family dinners, and a fresh manicure are some of Nancy’s favorite things.

Melissa

Melissa :: Contributor

Melissa is a proud mom to two boys (2009 and 2013) and a wife who embraces the mess and chaos that goes along with being a working parent. When not volunteering in her kids’ activities, she can be found coaching basketball, traveling, reading, and spending time with her humongous family and amazing friends. Her greatest personal indulgence is live music, having been to over 50 concerts. She dreams of obtaining her pilot’s license one day.

Lindsay

Lindsay :: Contributor

Lindsay, a newly-single mom, lives in Trumbull with her three crazy kids (girl – 2016, and boy-girl twins – 2020) and Harley, their Shih Tzu in her twilight years. Originally from the windy city of Chicago, Lindsay came out East in 2018 and has finally accepted it as her home. With a strong background in the hospitality industry, Lindsay decided to make a career change post-pandemic and is now in sales for assisted living communities. Outside of spending time with her young children and family, Lindsay enjoys volunteering for her children’s schools, meeting new friends, and trying new restaurants.
Cindy

Cindy :: Contributor

Cindy lives in Trumbull with her husband, two active little boys (2014 and 2017), and an equally active Jack Russell. Born and raised in New Jersey, Cindy went to college out west (CU Boulder) and met her husband while living in Hoboken and working in NYC. She started in corporate fashion, left after eight years to pursue her acting career, and also worked in social media for a nonprofit. She is now a full-time mom, a member of the Wellness Committee at her sons’ school, and enjoys reading and attending book club each month. She loves moving her body, especially anything active with her boys, and quieting her mind with tapping and meditation.
Vanessa

Vanessa :: Contributor

Born and raised in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, Vanessa moved to the Bronx, NY after college, where she met her husband and gradually migrated north together. Now they reside in Newtown, CT with their three children; two sons (2013 & 2019), a daughter (2016), and two dogs – Gracie (2022 lab mix) and Penny (2022 pitbull mix), and Bella (a 14-year-old Persian cat). By day she’s a school administrator; by morning/night, she’s a taxi for her kids’ activities. In her “free time,” she enjoys being in her pool or hiking with her family, listening to 80s/90s hip-hop, watching the Bills game, and sharing sarcastic mom memes with friends.
Alison

Alison :: Contributor

Alison lives in Trumbull with her husband, dog Hazel and two daughters (2011 and 2015).   Although Alison grew up in the warmth of Ft. Myers, FL, she returned to New York immediately after graduating college. During her nearly ten years in Manhattan, Alison built a career in advertising and an amazing network of lifelong friends. She met her husband and was married there as well. When it was time for more space, they moved up the line to Stamford and then settled in Trumbull ten years ago. Some of Alison’s favorite things are traveling, finding adventures, reading, and staying connected to family and friends.

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Adriana :: Contributor

Adriana was born and raised in Arizona as one of six children. She moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a lifelong dream, and while she remains a fan, Norwalk became her favorite place to hang her hat and her forever home. After over a decade of corporate experience, she dedicates herself to her passions of art, urban farming, fashion, and the jewelry trade. She volunteers as an advocate for children’s rights and sits on the board of an organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s education and leadership. She and her husband share a commitment to travel and adventure, the pursuit of a perfect meal, and making sure their two kids have a global worldview.

Liz

Liz :: Contributor

Liz lives in Fairfield, CT, with her husband of 27 years, her bulldog Otis and enjoys weekend visits from her daughters, ages 18 and 21. Liz holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, is a board-certified Nutrition Specialist, and is a licensed dietitian-nutritionist in Connecticut. As a breast cancer survivor, Liz is passionate about the role nutrition and lifestyle can play in preventing and treating chronic disease and has recently launched her private nutrition practice, A Little Healthier. Liz believes that even the smallest change to one’s diet and lifestyle can impact health in a meaningful way and that everyone can be “A Little Healthier.” Liz spends her free time in the kitchen cooking and developing (mostly) healthy recipes, taking long walks, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Liz loves a good movie, a great meal, an even greater dessert, and an excellent margarita! 

Gloria

Gloria :: Contributor

Gloria lives in Fairfield with her husband, Frank, and their four children, Frank (2011), Sofia (2013), Nico (2019), John (2021), and their two rescue pups, Nala and Ellie. Originally from New York, she settled in Connecticut shortly after college and has been a Corporate Recruiter for many years. Helping people along on their career journey is one of the things she is most passionate about, and working for a company she loves but from home is the icing on the cake. When she’s not hustling kids from one field to another or cheering them on loudly, she enjoys true crime documentaries, karaoke, spiked seltzers, and good company. She and her husband can be found tearing up a dance floor if there’s one around or trying to make the other laugh until they cry.

Jen

Jen :: Contributor

Jen is a wife, mom, and professional Sex & Relationship Coach. She has been married six years to her husband Keivon and has an overly attached French Bulldog named Charlie and 4-year-old boy/girl twins. She survives on iced coffee and sarcasm. In her private coaching practice, Jennifer Melville Coaching LLC, she helps couples transform from tired, detached, and overwhelmed to connected, supportive, and passionate sexual partners. Her programs are designed to meet her client’s specific needs and desires. She teaches her clients simple, tangible, and consistent strategies to help their relationships grow and thrive in the bedroom and beyond.
Jessica Brown

Jessica :: Contributor

Jessica lives in Ridgefield, CT, with her husband, daughters (2010, 2012), and son (2014). She is a sought-after newborn photographer with JW Brown Photography, a small business she started in 2018. She’s a Michigan native, a road tripper, an audiobook reader, a coffee drinker, and a not-so-great skier. She and her husband make international travel with their family of five an annual priority and have learned how to fit it into their life and budget.
Dani

Dani :: Contributor

Dani is a wife to Stephen and mom to three kids, Haley, Emma, and Austin, as well as 20 animals ranging from dogs and cats to a pig and a bunny to reptiles! She is a Fairfield County girl born and raised in Westport. She and her husband were high school sweethearts, and they moved to Trumbull ten years ago and feel at home. They are a Disney-obsessed household and animal lovers with every fiber of their beings. Her kids are creative, funny, and very caring children. While they thrive on chaos, they know how to kick back, relax, and have a good time! Dani and her husband are self-employed business owners in the service industry and are always very busy but blessed in every way!

Contributor Lindsay

Lindsay :: Contributor

Lindsay is a first-time mom to daughter Kamila (2021), married her (almost) high school sweetheart, Dan, in 2015 (although they started dating in 2005!), and lives with their two crazy dogs, a chihuahua (Chico) and a pittie (Dallas) in Norwalk. She is also a business owner in partnership with her sister in the retail environment. She loves to vacation in Sebago Lake, ME, where she spent most of her childhood summers, and is excited for her daughter to have the same experience. She loves to be outdoors, taking the dogs off leash, cooking, and spending time with friends to decompress from this crazy mom life!
Sarah

Sarah :: Contributor

Sarah is a CT transplant who settled into an antique house in Redding, which she’s firmly convinced is the real-life Stars Hollow. She stays (extremely!) busy being the mom of a son (2011) and daughter (2015), laughing with her hilarious husband, working in corporate marketing with the world’s best team, embroidering flowers on tote bags, hydrating, and knitting things to keep her warm on the lacrosse sidelines. She also sits on the board of the Connecticut PTA and volunteers her time to make her quirky little town better.
Kierra

Kierra :: Contributor

Kierra is a devoted mom of two children residing in Bridgeport, CT. Originally from New Haven, CT, she earned her community health worker certification from Housatonic Community College in 2019. Kierra is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in special education from Liberty University online. Alongside her studies, She recently established K&A Cleaning Services, a cleaning business specializing in families and children with special needs. Her services ensure cleanliness and promote improved air quality and a safe environment. Her passion for family, friends, and church is evident, and she finds joy in spending time with her elderly grandmother in a nursing home. Kierra’s warm smile, hospitality, and encouraging words reflect her love for making people laugh and supporting them. She also serves on the Malta House board, exemplifying her dedication to helping others. Above all, Kierra strives to set a positive example for her children while continually aiding those around her.
Amber

Amber :: Contributor

Amber is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Trumbull with her husband, Kevin, and two very active boys. After moving from Queens, she can’t imagine living anywhere else. As a homeschooling mom and habitual list-maker, she’s learning to savor a slower pace of life, and making memories along the way, even if it means not getting everything done.
Fairfield County mom team.
Fairfield County Mom Executive Team.

A huge thank you to Lydia Patry of Three Anchors Photography for taking our beautiful team photos and headshots. 

Three Anchors Photography specializes in family portraits, maternity, fresh 48/newborns, weddings, and more! To Lydia, photography is about being authentic, minimalistic, and capturing those “natural moments” that light up your soul. With over 10 years of experience, she feels it is important to create a familiarity with her clients that is the right balance of personal and professional. She enjoys creating a “no pressure” vibe at her sessions. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of going with the flow. Her goal is to capture your family in the rawest and organic moments of authenticity, with a few posed shots to create the perfect balance. As a family photographer, it is a top priority of Lydia to remain incredibly flexible, with the ability to adjust to her client’s busy schedules. She offers various affordable packages that cater to each family’s needs, including digital images at no extra cost!Three Anchors Photography