The Richmondmom.com Team

We’d like to highlight the many creative minds that comprise Richmondmom.com. Our blog has grown considerably in the last four years since its inception, from a few thousand annual visitors to 100,000+, and we couldn’t continue to grow without this amazing team.

 

 

Kate Hall – Guru of the Gods!

 

 

 

Rhonda Day

Rhonda is the mother of two adult daughters who are both married and have children of their own. That makes her the grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren – and our only grandmother on staff. She spent 25 years in corporate healthcare as Vice President of Operations managing national delivery of prenatal and child development, chronic disease management, 24 hour nurse triage, and weight management programs. After taking early retirement, her lifelong passion of writing became a reality and she ventured into the world of online and offline freelance writing and content development.  She is the Content Manager for Richmondmom and contributes her expertise as both a mom and grandmother – while sorting out the many opportunities for our valuable advertisers.

 

Jeb Hoge

Jeb is currently our only male writer on staff and he brings incredible humor to us through his articles and experiences as a dad. Jeb Hoge is a Richmond dad and writer who periodically shares his love of his kids with RichmondMom.com. He writes about the funny side and the lessons learned of raising three young boys in today’s world.

 

 

 

 

Alex Iwashyna

Alex blogs at Late Enough about life, parenting, marriage, zombies, culture, religion and her inability to wake up in the morning and not hate everyone. She also runs a collaborative review site called This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff (because she does). Feel free to find her on Facebook or @L8enough on Twitter. But don’t call. She uses her phone to manage those accounts while avoiding real human interaction.

 

 

 

Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones graduated with a BA in English from Virginia Tech, and has worked in the marketing field since 1997. She is a single mom with 3 kids. Currently she works part-time for an organic baby/toddler food company HappyFamilyBrands and part-time for Harvesthomes4heroes, which finds affordable housing for our Community Service Heroes: fire-fighters, police officers, teachers, nurses and our military personnel in the Greater Richmond area. Catherine finds both her jobs rewarding. In her free time (ha,ha) she enjoys reading, writing/blogging, organic gardening, and playing sports. Happy Family on Facebook and locally at Happy Family Richmond HappyBabyFood on Twitter and Happy Mama on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Lage

The exultant mom of elementary school-aged boy/girl twins, Darren and Sarah, Cheryl Lage is a loving wife to her dreamy husband Scott, a part-time post-producer at the Martin Agency, a freelance writer and the author of the bestselling book, Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year (Taylor Trade, c. 2006). Feel free to read their family exploits at Twinfatuation.com . And you’ll love her exploits right here on Richmondmom.com.

 

Meghan Mack

Meghan Mack is a mother of three wonderfully energetic children who test and challenge her on a daily basis. Her mission is simple: To share her struggles and successes with other mom’s out there so they know that they are not alone in this quest to raise children.  She also hopes to make them laugh, reminding everyone (including herself) to not take everything so seriously.  The mantra that Meghan lives by “There is no room for judgment” especially when your three year old thinks it’s cool to dress himself.

 

 

 

Katie Mardigian

Katie is a freelance writer living in the West End with her husband and three young girls. She finds the joys and insanity of keeping up with three rowdy and hilarious kids provide constant inspiration for her articles. Before becoming a stay at home mom and sometimes-writer, Katie worked as a project manager, a realtor, and program coordinator of an international egg donor program.  After those unique experiences, the only thing Katie knows for sure is that she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. So, for now, she writes and is very grateful to be a part of the amazing group of writers and readers who make Richmondmom.com such a wonderful, supportive place to share in the sometimes overwhelming experience of parenthood.

 

 

 

 

Lisa McGhan

Native Richmonder, Lisa McGhan is a full time stay at home mother of four. She has been married to her soul mate for nearly 12 years. She is the founder and President of Childrens-Heart-Foundation-Virginia-Chapter and works to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease. Her new-found love is distance running. When not on the computer or in the mom-van, she can often be found pounding the pavement and inspiring hundreds of Richmond moms to stay healthy and fit!

 

Rachel Reynolds

Rachel balances her time as an educational consultant for Commonwealth Autism Service, Executive Director and Co-founder of CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation, and writing on her personal blog. Her first book, Four Seasons for Charlotte, is a memoir chronicling her daughter’s battle with cancer, and it will be published in Spring 2012 by Palari Publishing.

 

 

Kristy Roy

After 8 long years of college, Kristy graduated from VCU with a degree in human resources management — not to mention a nice student loan. She worked in the HR field for about a year and now spends her days with her two boys who keep her employed 24/7! Kristy creates great articles with first-hand insights into the life of a true Richmondmom.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Semp

After spending most of her youth living in a variety of countries, Kate Lavelle Semp settled in Richmond, VA where she married and stays at home with her five children (five kids in six years kind of craziness). In late 2008, after months of her husband being under-employed and Kate feeling incredibly removed from the working world, she decided to look for opportunities to get ‘caught up’ but have the flexibility to work from home. Kate reached out to a variety of mom and parenting sites about becoming a writer. Few, if any, paid at first — but Kate kept approaching sites and went back to some of her old passions of graphic design and site development to build on her skills.  In Spring of 2009 Kate Semp met Kate Hall. Kate Semp could feel Kate Hall’s passion for Richmondmom.com and wanted to be a part of the site. After working on Richmondmom for years, Kate has been able to branch out helping small non-profits and local women owned businesses find appropriate social media tools and platforms for their business, rethink their sites for mobile moms and have a better understand of digital marketing.

 

Lisa Ann Setchel

Lisa is a mother of two, autism warrior, chapter leader for TACA Virginia, owner of Freeze Frame Photobooth and Marketing Director for VA Photobooths and More. During school hours she advocates for seniors as a service coordinators at a low-income senior facility. Lisa Ann writes an autism blog and searches for new ways to ‘go green’ while being emphatically organic. She is a social media lover and still slightly stuck in the 80’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Sherif

A professional “trailing spouse” and mother of two, Suzanne has lived in several different countries. Her fifth corporate relocation (yes count ’em, five!) brought her family to Richmond VA in the summer of 2011, and she is really excited about exploring all of the possibilities that Richmond has to offer! Also, she in not moving again. Really. She means it!

 

 

 

 

Lia Tremblay

Lia lives in Colonial Heights with her husband, Patrick, and their son, Joe. Lia works from home as a freelance writer and editor, completing projects for a variety of clients. In her free time, she loves to read, see independent films and try new restaurants. Lia has learned a lot about parenthood, especially in the special-needs world, and is happy to support other women on the same path. Her poignant and frank articles on the challenges and joys of being the mother to a special needs child provide humor and education for everyone. Visit her online to learn more.