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“We are not a single voice, a single perspective, a single experience. We are the collective voice of motherhood.” 

Meet Your Indianapolis Moms Contributors

Andee Bookmyer

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Senior Writer

Andee is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Certified Stress Management Coach who grew up in Northwest Indiana and attended Ball State University. She taught high school English for several years before becoming a mommy to Preston, who is now 7. She has a passion for writing, CrossFit, laughing and helping others. For more of her writing, you can visit her personal “Bookerella” blog at https://i5878.wordpress.com.

 

Bailey Streicher

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Senior Writer

A self-proclaimed “Hot Mess Mom”, Bailey is enjoying her whirlwind life in Brownsburg with her husband, three kids under 7, and a wild goldendoodle. She’s a proud IU graduate, former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, and now taking on her greatest adventure of all, motherhood. When she’s not chasing her kids, she’s likely to be found squeezing in a run or enjoying a good old Netflix binge. Bailey strives to write about real life as a mom: the good, the bad, and the sticky. You can find more tales of her chaos on her blog, Keeper of the Crumbs.

DeAndrea Beaven

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Senior Writer

DeAndrea is Midwest blazed, grazed and raised. She resides in Broad Ripple with her husband, Steve, daughter, Weslie Vivian, and Stephen Eric Beaven III (aka Trey). DeAndrea is a 2000 graduate of Pike High School and 2004 graduate of Indiana State University with a Degree in Communications Studies and Marketing. She works full time at Harrison College as a Senior Enrollment Specialist. In her spare time, along with blogging, DeAndrea volunteers at the Center for Leadership Development mentoring young girls. Her hobbies include, reading, shopping and being a pop culture enthusiast.


Kristi Howard-Shultz

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Senior Writer

Kristi grew up in Danville, Indiana where she met her childhood sweetheart and now husband Elliott. After years of living apart including graduate school in New York City and military tours abroad, they resettled and started a family in Indianapolis. Together, they are raising two bright and busy boys—Henry and George. She is a proud extrovert who is genuinely curious about people and enjoys making new friends. She is a social worker by training and has enjoyed a 15 year career in non-profit. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading memoirs, doing yoga, playing with her boys and listening to her husband, the funniest person she knows.

Lauren Schregardus

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Senior Writer

Lauren is a wife, mother and public relations professional. A born and raised Hoosier, she loves all things Indiana. After spending two years fighting the tourists in Orlando, Florida, Lauren returned home to this great state and now lives in Carmel. Lauren loves spending time with her family, Andrew, Madison and husband James. She is a sports lover, runner and avid traveler. Lauren considers motherhood her greatest adventure and loves that she gets to share her stories with IM readers.

Sarah Becker

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Senior Writer 

Sarah grew up a small town Indiana girl, now living in the midtown area. She is a wife, mama to two little dudes, and a full-time teacher on the westside of Indianapolis. Before having her sons, Sarah and her husband took a small break away from Indianapolis to live in England for a couple of years while traveling around Europe. She loves spending quality time with her family outside, as well as her three favorite stress relievers: running, cooking, and reading.


Janelle McDonald

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Senior Writer

Janelle is a transplant Hoosier after moving to Indy in 2005 from the Pacific Northwest. She currently lives in Greenwood with her husband Ryan, their two kiddos Brice & Blake (who are 10 months and a day apart!) and their three rescue pups. Janelle is a 6th grade teacher by day, speaks fluent sarcasm and is a self-professed chaos coordinator. Her husband is also a teacher and together, they enjoy traveling, checking out the local festival scene and spending time outdoors. She has been writing for Indianapolis moms for almost four years and truly enjoys being a member of such a phenomenal mama group.

Paige Vauter

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Senior Writer

Paige is a wife, mom, and technology professional. She is a central Indiana native and now resides in Westfield with her husband George, son Lucas, and daughter Madelyn. She runs on (decaf) chai lattes and to do lists, and lives for cold weather, good books, and attempting to organize the chaos of this beautiful thing called motherhood. While not behind a computer working or writing, she and her husband can often be found outside, walking their two dogs or chasing their two sweet kiddos.


Aileen Wise Lee

Aileen W

Aileen is a native New Yorker who has now spent more than half her life as a Hoosier. She is a mom to four children- the “bigs” Ava (14) and Noah (12) and the “Littles” Ben (almost 10) and Vivian (8). She is married to Chris, a guy she met in a bar almost 20 years ago. A dog named Jack and a bearded dragon named Spike round out their family.  Aileen works part time as a pediatric nurse in a private practice in Carmel. Her kids like to think their dad is a top secret government agent but he’s really a computer engineer. Her life is loud and crazy and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Aileen enjoys taking her crew on adventures both around home and across the country. She loves  strong coffee, good food, working out, and spending time with my circle of best friends.

Alicia Noneman

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Amanda is a solo mama to Mira Joey and founder of The Cocktails & Chemo Foundation, a group focused on caring for caregivers in honor of her late husband, Joe. Amanda is a sushi eater, lip gloss lover, blog writer and podcast host.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Urbanksi

Amy U

Amy is the mom to three little girls- ages six and under. Born in small town Indiana, she has been a Hoosier her entire life and frequently threatens to change that- but probably never will. When not playing Barbies, she enjoys coffee, brunch, working out and silence- but the kind of silence that isn’t followed by a disaster like a flooding sink or nail polish in the carpet. She speaks fluent sarcasm and can dig in to anything Pop Culture related.

 

 

 


Anne Beal

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Anne is a an ambitious free spirit with a passion to interact with moms from all walks of the journey. In addition to teaching full time, she is a mental health and postpartum depression advocate with the initiation of Partum Pals in 2018 as a community and social media space to instill knowledge and awareness to parents finding themselves in need of support, central to Indy. Outside of the “mom life,” she is also known to host trivia events around Indy restaurant establishments and area school philanthropies. Nothing keeps her busier, however, than her toddler son and dog named Whitney Houston. Although, she does love everything from an outdoor concert, to the Hoosiers and Colts, to working out with friends. She is excited to begin this adventure with Indianapolis Moms!

Brynna Blodgett

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Originally from central Illinois, Brynna moved to Indy in 2008 to take a job with the NCAA. Since then, she’s added wife, breast cancer survivor and mom to her resume. She married her husband Case in September 2015, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, and gave birth to their miracle baby girl Siena in 2019. Her family is rounded out by two loveable but mischievous dogs, Wrigley and Ivy. In her free time, Brynna loves to host parties for family and friends, travel the world, run 5Ks with girlfriends, cook/bake, read and volunteer with the local non-profit Noble.

 

 

 

Chandler Billups

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Chandler is born and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in Brownsburg with her husband, Brett, their daughter, Elyse (Ellie), and their son, Preston. Chandler graduated from IUPUI with a degree in pyschology and recently completed her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She currently works as an Associate Registrar at an online college. When she has freetime you can find her reading, in the kitchen baking, or shopping.

 

 

 

 

 


Emily LeFors

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As a part-time English teacher and a full-time mother, Emily lives on the northside of Indianapolis with her husband, Jeff, and their four-year-old daughter, Everette. Though they attended Butler University together, Emily and her husband did not officially meet until their early thirties. Once he popped the question, though, it was a whirlwind 12 months of moving in together, getting married, and finding out they were pregnant. During her free moments, Emily loves watching dramas on CBS, listening to audiobooks, and traveling near and far. Good punctuation and grammar also make her smile.

 

 

Emily Roark

Emily R Team Page

Emily is a wife and stay-at-home/work-from-home mama to a kindergartener, preschooler and toddler. When she’s not filling milk cups, singing nursery rhymes or sweeping up Cheerios off of the floor, Emily works as a freelance editor and writer. During her alone time, she enjoys working out, baking, and binge watching her favorite TV shows.

Erin Lapota

Erin L Team Page

Erin is a Hoosier girl that loves all things Indy. She lives in Fountain Square with her husband Michael, sons Clark and Fletcher, and fur baby Murphy. When she grows up she wants to be a backup dancer for Lizzo, but until that time, she works as a Relationship Manager for a large human resources management software company. Erin is a beer connoisseur, she never turns down a carb, and Kacey Musgraves is always on repeat on her Spotify.


Jen O'Rourke

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Jen is a licensed psychotherapist, play therapist, and parent educator practicing in Zionsville. After spending 13 years in California she is slowly acclimating to suburban life. She loves exploiring Indianapolis parks and trails with her husband and 2 children. When not with the kids, she loves coffee, mediation, and audiobooks.

 

 

 

Kate Pierle

Kate Team Page

Kate is a born and bred Hoosier who has never strayed far from the southside. She and her husband have the privilege of raising their two little boys on acreage family owned for generations. She is a second grade teacher and is consistently figuring out how to balance the “teacher gig” with the “mom gig”. When she isn’t busy wrangling toddlers she enjoys reading, writing, date nights and watching her boys play on the land their Daddy grew up on. She is passionate about writing freely about her experiences, and hopes that she can help remind Mamas that they are not alone in this beautifully complicated job of being a Mama.

Kaylee Hardwick

Kaylee Team Page

Kaylee is a wife to Cody and boy mom to Lewis, Sheamus, and Odin. She has been a central Indiana girl her whole life, currently residing in Avon with her family and bullmastiff Buckley. Kaylee was a teacher for 7 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She’s a lover of bookstores, comfort TV, good food and beer, naptime workouts, vacation planning, and treating everyday like Christmas while navigating this messy and wonderful life.

 

 


Kelly Sutter

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Kelly has lived in Indiana all her life and loves being a Hoosier. She met her husband Aaron during her first day of college and the rest is history. She is the mom of a five year old boy and two year old girl. Kelly recently left the corporate marketing world after 15+ years to pursue her passion of owning her own marketing firm, Wild Flamingo Marketing. She is passionate about helping businesses based here in Indianapolis grow with the right mix of strategy, branding, social media, website, and email marketing. She loves Indiana basketball, spending time outside, local restaurants, concerts, craft beer, and traveling.

Katy Gentry McCord

Katy G

Katy is a licensed teacher and a master’s level special educator K-12. Katy is also an accomplished actor, speaker, and studio vocalist with roles spanning theaters in the midwest and Carnegie Hall. After teaching special education for eight years, she is now a stay at home mom who really doesn’t stay at home. She is a speaker and worship team leader at St. Lukes Methodist Church in Indianapolis and on staff with SpeakIndy, LLC. She and her husband became licensed foster parents in 2015 and met, fell in love, and adopted their son who is now 4. They also have a two year-old daughter. Katy’s passions include politics, dismantling racism, cake, writing, educating herself on trauma and the Autism Spectrum, tacos, deep conversations, and bargain shopping in used clothing and resale shops. 

Krysten Schmidt

Krysten Team Page

Krysten is a marketing professional with a passion for all things creative by day and a “let’s see how much we can cram into 4 hours” wife and mom by night. Growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, Krysten moved to Indy with her beloved dog, Ellie, after college. Go, IU! Now a resident of Fishers, she can often be found exploring new (to her) parks and restaurants or dreaming of the days where taking the time to go golfing with her husband, Tony, was a thing; experiencing the wonderfully exhausting and surprisingly sticky world as mom of a toddler (Avery) and new crewmember (Maddie); or traveling around the tri-state area to visit friends and family. Krysten was part handy-woman, part detective in her past life, and would never turn down a tray of nachos.


Lindsey Cornett

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Lindsey Cornett is a loud talker, iced coffee drinker, and lover of the written word who lives in downtown Indianapolis with her scientist husband and three young kids. In both writing and life, she explores the intersections of faith, family, creativity, and freedom from perfectionism. She’s out there providing hope and solidarity to any other women who find themselves afraid to make mistakes. If her kids aren’t demanding to be held, she’s probably carrying a pen, a book, or a coffee. You can find her on Instagram @lindseycornett.

Liz Wertz

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Liz lives in downtown Indianapolis with her husband, daughter, black lab and small flock of chickens. She splits her time being home with her threenager  and working part-time at a local nonprofit leading environmental education. Liz loves to advocate for equity and inclusion within Indy, grow veggies, go out for dinner/drinks, Pin a million recipes that she’ll never make and binge watch all things BravoTV.

Marianne Holsinger

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Marianne is originally a small town Indiana girl, but has been living in Indianapolis since attending Butler University (go Bulldogs!). Marianne and her husband, Jordan, are high-school sweethearts, and their family has now grown to include two children (Axel & Campbell) and two fur babies. Marianne is a Pharmaceutical Marketer by day and is openly addicted to Target, iced coffee, HGTV, & Amazon Prime.


Megan Federer

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If Megan were a Bravo housewife her tagline would be, “Might be dead inside, but I’m the life of the party.” Raised on a farm, but always knew she belonged in the city. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism, she married the love her life and they lived happily ever after, until they didn’t. Enter brain cancer and the widowhood at the age of 32. Four years later she’s living her best, Option B life, and raising her daughter, Emme, in Broad Ripple. She loves Brandon Flowers, crystals, Bravo, Nordstrom, and Starbucks. Not necessarily in that order. When she’s not working or writing for Indianapolis Moms, she’s saying all the things you wish you could, on her own blog, Blonde Is the New Widow.

Laura Littlejohn

Laura Team Page

Melissa is a southerner who has made Indiana her home. She is mom to Nolan, a spunky five year old little girl, as well as soon-to-be-wife. Just this year, Melissa started Nolan James. A shopping experience for women and men. Melissa loves to be with her family and friends, work on building Nolan James, and running for sanity. You can always find her at home with her standing laundry date on Friday’s except when she has a festival to attend.

Miranda Tworek

Miranda Team Page

Miranda is a first time mom to 1-year-old Avett. She works full time as a social worker and admits that this professional work influences her parenting style and blog content greatly! Especially because her husband is a social worker as well. Miranda and her family live on the near south side of Indianapolis in the fixer upper they have recently gutted and renovated. Miranda was born and raised, for the most part, in Indianapolis and in her free time you can find her with her family trying a new Indy brewery or restaurant, or showing Avett one of the many great things about Indianapolis as a city! Miranda also enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, swimming, writing, and sharing every experience with her family.


Megan Montague

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Megan is a lifelong Hoosier who lives in a Midtown “zoo” that includes her husband James, sons Harrison and Rory, two dogs Izzo and Wyatt, 6 chickens and usually at least one foster dog. She’s driven by her heart for helping others and has spent the last decade working in fundraising and community impact. Outside of her full time job, she serves as President of a local dog rescue and volunteers as a canine-assisted therapy team alongside her dog. Megan and her husband also own a real estate investment company. Always up for an adventure, she loves to travel, restoring their century-old home, crime dramas and learning about wine! She loves sharing her unfiltered take on motherhood and life with the Indianapolis Moms community.

Molly Childs

Molly Team Page

Molly is a Navy brat who has called Indianapolis home since 2010. She is a wife and mom to Theodore, Harrison and Felicity. She likes long walks down the aisles of craft stores, perusing Pinterest for her next DIY project and her Kindle. She is a stay at home mom and a reluctant suburbanite with a mini van that has an “I’m still cool” sticker.

 

Roleen Demmings

Roleen-Demmings

Roleen is an elementary school teacher and a fitness instructor. She created Baddie Cardio, an intense workout series, powered by popular hio-hop, latin and reggae music. Roleen resides on the westside of Indianapolis with her husband, Antoine and their three children, Reya, Maxwell and Aria. She enjoys hosting epic themed parties composing educational songs and fanatically shopping for lipstick at MAC. You can visit her website www.fitnessbaddie.com and follow her on all social media outlets to keep up with her fun adventures.


Sarah Harker

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Sierra is a wife and mom passionate about telling stories to inspire and encourage others. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she and her family now call Fishers home. After years of “balancing” life as a working mom, she decided to take a career pause to intentionally focus on her family. When she’s not chasing her little ones, she enjoys a hot cup of tea, reading, listening to podcasts, documentaries, yoga, and walks with friends.

Sierra Sullivan

Sierra Team Page

Sierra is a wife and mom passionate about telling stories to inspire and encourage others. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she and her family now call Fishers home. After years of “balancing” life as a working mom, she decided to take a career pause to intentionally focus on her family. When she’s not chasing her little ones, she enjoys a hot cup of tea, reading, listening to podcasts, documentaries, yoga, and walks with friends.

Tori Hart

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Tara is a wife to Chris and mama to Lauryn, 7 and Joshua, 2. She left her job in July 2019 as a church office administrator, and started in the front office of her daughters elementary school so she could enjoy more time with her littles. When Tara isn’t chasing kids or picking – up the house, you can find her crafting with her cricut or enjoying a good book and glass of wine.

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