Meet your Westchester County Mom team. We’re local Westchester moms who are passionate about parenting, Westchester, and connecting other moms.

Meet Your Westchester County Mom Team

Michelle, Owner

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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 of 2008. Before motherhood, she thought she was busy, but now life with her son Shane (March 2011), twins, Blake and Brynn (June 2013), Carl the French bulldog, and Hank the Black Lab; the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching at a CT public school. When she’s not doing laundry, creating lesson plans and picking up toys, Michelle enjoys hosting her book club, watching Bravo TV, eating dark chocolate and enjoying an extra large glass of wine. 

Lelia, Sponsorship Coordinator & Contributor

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Lelia was raised in Queens, NY and moved to White Plains, NY as a teenager. She is the proud mother of three biological children and two bonus children. After the birth of her second child, she made the transition from career woman and working mom to a stay-at-home mommy juggling “two under two.” She founded How Many Hatz Coaching with a passion for promoting self-care and encouraging other women to continue pursuing their personal and professional goals. Connect with Lelia on Instagram at @how_many_hatz to join her as she navigates finding mom/life balance!
 

Kris, Book Club Facilitator & Senior Contributor

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Kris is the proud mom of two wonderful, smart, and sassy daughters (born in 2007 and 2011). Raising her kids as a single mom is a challenge and an adventure and she loves every minute of it. Kris loves bringing up her girls in the same area of Westchester that she grew up in, having only moved a few miles from her childhood home. A long time passion for working with children led Kris to pursue a career in education and she has been an elementary school teacher in the Bronx for over a decade. Her teaching career has taught her that every day is a new experience and to “expect the unexpected.” If she can find any spare time between teaching and motherhood, Kris likes to read, binge watch horrible romantic comedies on TV, bake, and go on road trips with her girls.

Fran, Contributor

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Fran was born, raised, married, and still lives in Mount Kisco, NY. She has 4 kids, including a teenage daughter, and two precious grandsons, whom she babysits a couple days a week. She also works part time as an accounting clerk, helps run her husband’s excavation business, and lastly aspires to one day finish writing her book. Despite her crazy, busy schedule, she cooks almost every night for her big family, and tries her best to keep up with the dishes! She truly believes spontaneity is the spice of life, and sometimes the very unexpected happens, but it’s usually all for the best. Enjoy her many tales of raising kids over the course of 20 years, what an amazing journey!

Angela, Contributor

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Angela is a native of Westchester. She chose Briarcliff Manor as her home after too many hurricanes in Florida and too many people in NYC. She’s mom to her two year old son, Blaise, who’s energy she simultaneously envies and fears. She shares a love of adult beverages with her husband Michael who, like her, is in the spirits industry. A self-proclaimed expert multi-tasker, you can find her on the Hudson line cramming podcasts, emails and breakfast while penciling in her eyebrows and trying not to spill coffee on her seat mate during her morning commute to the city. On her free time she struggles to choose between doing yoga, reading NY Times best-seller’s or watching all things Real Housewives: the latter usually wins out. In her 20s you could hear her asking when her life would begin – now in her 30s you’ll find her reveling in it – chaos and all. 
 

Melissa, Event Coordinator & Senior Contributor

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Melissa is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997. She and her husband live in Mount Kisco with their son Corey (2004) and daughter Mia (2007). Melissa spent many years working in Human Resources and currently works in enrollment and marketing for a child care organization. Melissa is a two-time survivor of Postpartum OCD. She initially became interested in writing to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders but has discovered that writing is a newfound aspect of her life that she thoroughly enjoys. Melissa is excited to write with the Westchester County Mom team and hopes you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations of a born-n-raised city girl raising teenagers growing up here in Westchester.

Alla, Contributor

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Alla lives in Ardsley with her husband, two teenage girls, and a fluffy Havanese dog named Oliver. She is a camp director in Dobbs Ferry for the last 11 years which is her second career. Prior to this career change she was in finance for over 18 years. Alla enjoys cooking, travel, yoga, good wine, and reality TV. Her motto is, ‘I can learn to do anything and laugh at myself trying.’ Learning to live with teenagers and sending them off to college may be the biggest learning curve yet!

Stacey, Contributor

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Stacey is a native New Yorker, who moved to Westchester a few years ago to raise her family. She is mommy to the dynamic duo of Alexander (7) & Max (5), and wife of Edan. After a long career in public relations and marketing, she left the corporate world to be closer to home and is now working full time as a realtor, helping families find their perfect place to call home in Westchester. In her free time, Stacey enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family and friends exploring all the great activities, events, and restaurants Westchester has to offer!

Jessica, Contributor

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Jessica was born and raised in Northern Westchester. She now resides in Bedford Corners with her husband David and three children, Talia (2013), Wyatt (2015), and Ethan (2017). After over 15 years working in corporate communications, Jessica left her full-time job in June 2019 to become a communications consultant and stay-at-home mom. When she’s not drowning in toys, laundry, and dirty dishes, Jessica enjoys exercising, reading, entertaining friends and family, and cooking healthy meals.

Ruth, Contributor

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Ruth Berkowitz lives in Scarsdale with her husband and two girls (born in 2005 and 2009), a Havanese named Scout (a Corona puppy), and beta fish, Lilly. During the day, Ruth works in marketing at a health insurance start-up. By night, when she’s not driving her kids around, she plays tennis and mah jongg, volunteers for various organizations, and updates the family calendar. She immensely enjoys sitting in front of the TV with chamomile tea, an ice cream sundae, and a chewy cookie in hand.
 

Shira, Contributor

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The mom of two children who are now in their twenties, Shira is the CEO and founder of Discovery Village, a premier childcare center and preschool in Tarrytown, N.Y. Known for her expertise in educational leadership, project-based learning, and character education, Shira is co-author of the book The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness. She served for twenty years as an elementary school principal of schools throughout New Jersey, Westchester, and New York City. Shira holds a Ph.D. in Education and serves as an adjunct faculty member and dissertation advisor for doctoral students at Northeastern University’s graduate school of education.

Marcia, Contributor

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Marcia is a Mexican woman, wife, and mom of a boy and a girl, who has been recently relocated to the USA due to her husband’s job. Together they have been living abroad since 2011 and expect to continue doing so in the future since they love traveling, making friends, learning new cultures, and exploring the world. She is a former elementary school teacher who is certified in TESOL and has many interests not only including education, multiculturalism, and bilingualism. She enjoys working on crafts with her children and as a hobby, she loves crocheting, painting, cooking, and baking, for which she is also certified. 

Ali, Contributor

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Ali lives in Goldens Bridge, NY with her four teenage daughters and her husband Brian. After moving around a bit as a child, she spent her teen years in Westchester County, moved to NYC for college, and returned to Westchester fifteen years ago. Prior to having the girls, she was an English teacher, and on the side always enjoyed writing with the hope to one day publish a poetry book. In her free time, Ali enjoys going on long runs, browsing independent bookstores, catching up with friends while drinking a Chai latte or cocktail, and can often be found making Tik-Toks with the girls! She also has to be a responsible adult, so she is in a constant state of doing laundry, cooking, policing arguments, driving to and from activities, and trying her best to be the kind of mom her girls will admire, even on her worst days. Ali is excited to share with you the joys and hardships of motherhood with an open heart.

Lauren, Contributor

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Lauren Schwarzfeld was born and raised in Yorktown, and aside from college in Boston and a few months living in New York City, she has spent her entire life in Westchester. She has lived in Mt Kisco with her husband Karl since 2006, where they have three kids, Mia (2008), Jacob (2009), Abigail (2012), and two dogs, Edna (a four-year-old beagle) and Felix (a one-year-old pitbull-lab mix). Lauren is a writer, coach, and leader in community engagement. She helps women rediscover their strengths, passion, and confidence to reclaim their spot in their life and step outside the box of perceived expectations. Her goal is for women to create a future that is authentically and unapologetically their own. As the Executive Vice President of Operations at (914) Cares, a local non-profit, she combines her business background with a passion for volunteer work and desire to care for the community around her. Connect with Lauren on Facebook or through her website!

Bena, Contributor

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Bena is a wife and mom to a little girl born in July 2017, with another baby on the way in 2021. She and her husband randomly ended up living in New Rochelle when they fell in love with the downtown area, which had the best of two worlds, walking distance to parks, coffee shops, great restaurants, and a short drive away from great hikes and nature. Since then, they have moved next door to Pelham, which is an adorable little town itself. Mostly Bena is trying to figure out how to do this mom thing while also working a full-time job. After a few years of the juggling act, she feels a little more confident, but there are new challenges every day. When she is not momming, she is usually lawyering, working out, cooking, running errands, or somewhere out exploring nature and the world (pre-covid, of course)!

Erin, Contributor

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Erin is the mother of one sweet, rambunctious toddler and wife to a talented chef. Professionally, she is a former special educator and preschool teacher and is currently a cognitive neuroscience researcher and Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Science in Education with specializations in neuroscience, cognitive development, and neurodiversity/autism. She holds master’s degrees in cognitive science and neuroscience in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in special education (with an additional concentration in elementary education and a minor in English) and early childhood education. As a chef’s wife, food is a huge part of her family culture, and she enjoys both cooking and baking. Some of her other hobbies include hiking, traveling, jogging, meditation, animal rescue, playing piano and guitar, crafting, reading, and of course, writing. You can follow her parenting journey and pick up tips on great kids activities on her website www.themindfullyscientificmama.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts.

Paola, Photographer

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Paola a lifestyle/personal brand photographer based out of Connecticut and Westchester County. She helps successful entrepreneurs bring their brands to life through her lens, making them feel confident in front of and behind the camera. Paola loves doing events and enjoys capturing candid moments. She absolutely loves working with people, especially women. She creates strategic, joyful lifestyle shoots showcasing their expertise and telling their story.

Professional photos courtesy of Paola Kaoud Photography. To view Paola’s work please visit www.paolakaoud.com/graphy.com.