Power of Moms started small and co-founders, April and Saren, could take care of what needed to be done during their kids’ nap times. But it’s grown into something much larger, more far-reaching, and meaningful than April and Saren could have imagined. Many wonderful moms have stepped forward to help in this cause of empowering and inspiring mothers and Power of Moms is now run by a board of 30 volunteer moms who handle different aspects of the website as well as April and Saren who continue to direct this organization.
Following is information on all the moms who help run Power of Moms:
Saren Eyre Loosli, Executive Director
Saren and her husband, Jared, had five kids in five years, which wasn’t exactly planned. In fact, Saren has learned that very little about motherhood (or life in general) goes exactly as planned! Despite her control-freakish nature, she’s learning to exemplify her name more (Saren comes from the word “serendipity” which means “when, through sagacity, one finds something better than what one planned for”).
After growing up all over the place (Washington DC, London, Salt Lake City, Mexico, Japan, Boston), Saren graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard, spent 18 months doing service work in Eastern Europe, and conducted regional conferences for educators and designed curriculum for schools and preschools. While motherhood is now her primary pursuit, she also runs some programs at her kids’ school and operates a little preschool curriculum company (The Joy School Company) as well as Power of Moms. Yes, she’s a girl who has trouble saying “no.” She often struggles with balance but finds joy (and stress!) in being involved in many pursuits that help her make contributions to the larger world as well as her little world at home.
When she’s not trying to answer five different needs and questions at once, Saren loves reading, writing, and running as well as traveling, hiking and biking with her family. The Loosli family lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, then in St. George, UT for a few years and now Ogden, UT is their home.
April Perry, Executive Director
April Perry is a Co-Director here at Power of Moms and Co-Host of Power of Moms Radio. Her husband, Eric, and her children, Alia, Grace, Ethan, and Spencer, are her very best friends, and while she absolutely loves the work she does within this community, she knows that the time she spends with them is what matters most. April loves reading, writing, organizing, napping, and dancing in the kitchen with her family. She is the creator of the “Mind Organization for Moms” program, Co-Author of “Deliberate Motherhood” and “Motherhood Realized,” and a blogger at Power of a Family.
Website Logistics and Content Management
Rachel Nielson, Motherhood Matters Blog Director
Rachel loves chocolate chip cookies, birthday surprises, and a handsome man named Ryan. She taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to their son, Noah Atticus, who was born in August of 2011. His little sister, Sally Grace, arrived in July of 2014. Rachel and Ryan consider both of their babies to be miracles, as Noah is adopted and Sally was conceived through IVF.
Rachel calls herself an “obsessive chronicler” because she spends most of her free moments journaling, sorting family photographs, or writing on her personal blog about motherhood, infertility, adoption, eating disorders, and her ridiculously cute children. She feels compelled to capture the details of her little ones’ lives, and she finds it extremely satisfying when she can express in words the deepest feelings of her heart.
Writing regularly for Power of Moms gives Rachel the opportunity to review many of the lessons that she is learning in the school of motherhood–a school which challenges, stretches, and blesses her every single day. She is also our liaison with the Deseret News, managing our content on their Motherhood Matters blog. This opportunity gives her the chance to read other women’s writings about motherhood, and she has learned so much from these insightful, inspiring mothers.
Catherine Arveseth, Motherhood Matters Author
Five children in four years, including two sets of twins, was a surprising life twist for Catherine after wading through years of infertility. Managing life with five children so close in age has been a challenge but she and her husband, Doug, see their family explosion as a miracle, a dream come true. Catherine has a degree in exercise physiology, a minor in creative writing, and writes for several publications including Power of Moms, Segullah, and Meridian Magazine. She finds a busy family life most rewarding when she focuses on relationships, laughing easily, and cultivating gratitude. Motherhood has turned her into a night owl, simply to preserve a sense of self and sanity (and keep the laundry moving). When not washing something or someone, she loves running the local canyon, reading, writing, and makes a mean dish of homemade mac and cheese. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and blogs at Wild and Precious.
Koni Smith, Communications Manager and Administrative Assistant
Koni and her family of an amazing husband and five boys and one girl have lived “from sea to shining sea” – California, Virginia, and now Utah. She misses the green and beauty of the East, but has learned to be content wherever she is. Koni’s favorite part of being a mom is hearing her kids laugh. Having a 3 year old helps balance out the craziness and stress of having three teenagers in the house. Koni’s highlight of the week is reading the weekly email from her oldest son who is spending 2 years in Thailand. What is different about being a mother than what she thought as a child? “I realize now that my mom knew WAY more than I ever gave her credit for.” Koni is our Communications Manager: she either responds to the “Contact Us” emails, or figures out whom they go to. She’s also an assistant to April and Saren. She does whatever they ask her to do!
Sarah Monson, Content Director
Sarah and her husband, Brent, live in Houston, TX, with their 1-year-old son. She loves spending time outdoors, trying new foods (especially exotic chocolates), and tickling her toddler. Although not very coordinated or athletic, Sarah thinks that if getting a carload of groceries to a second-story apartment, changing dirty diapers, or cooking dinner with a toddler underfoot were Olympic events, she would do fairly well. She also knows some of her best competitors would be you!
Sarah grew up in West Los Angeles, served as a missionary in Durban, South Africa, and earned a B.A. from BYU in English teaching. She has taught 8th grade, worked as a technical writer for a web-based company, and is currently the resident editor/writing tutor for her extended family. Reading, writing, and discussing have always fueled her brain, and right now she actually has time to do these things because her son still takes two naps a day. (Keep it up, Kiddo!) She contributes to a blog about teaching in the home and loves being part of the Power of Moms community.
Elsje Denison, Author Liaison, Content Editor
“How do you say that?” Elsje (Elsha), named after her Dutch mother, lives by the creed, “Life is what you make it.” Never fully satisfied unless all the plates are spinning, she enjoys being involved and busy. Her number one credential is her amazing best friend and husband, Jay. After meeting in a small town two-year college, they embarked on a lifetime adventure. Their greatest accomplishments are three busy boys. Always a teacher at heart, she enjoys educating as a mother as well as a preschool music teacher and in her vocal performance studio.
Her family claims the Wasatch Mountains of Utah as home. Although she has recently come to the realization and acceptance that she fails at being a domestic diva, she is secure in her love of travel, running, hiking, writing, reading, gardening, and basking in the sunshine.
Anna Jenkins, Publications Director, Gift Coordinator
Anna is our resident grandma, with three grandsons (so far, but stay tuned for eventual updates) and two amazing married daughters. Anna and her husband love calling North Carolina home. A part-time job managing the local performing arts center box office keeps her occupied part of the time, when she isn‘t doing her Power of Moms work–which isn‘t really work! She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of her local Smart Start Partnership, helping provide resources for families to help their kids, ages Birth to 5, be prepared for Kindergarten. Serving in her church’s women’s auxiliary has been a great blessing as she helps train and be a resource to local leaders to bless the lives of the women in their congregations. A 1980 graduate from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Home and Family Development, Anna also enjoys de-junking/organizing, and going to the beach. She is a regular contributor on a recipe blog that she and two of her sisters started. You can follow them at Mormon Mavens. Her involvement with Power of Moms has helped her to realize it is not too late to live deliberately as she strives to become an awesome “Neena” to her grandkids and strengthen her relationships with her daughters as she shares what she is learning from our site. She says, “I really wish I could have had access to this incredible resource and support system when I was a young mom, but I am glad I can share it with my girls now!”
Julie Finlayson, Graphic Designer
Julie and her husband have been married since 1991 and have five children whom they have home-schooled since, well, forever. A native Southerner, Julie convinced her Southern California husband to settle down in her hometown in North Carolina. Suffering from a sometimes annoying, sometimes helpful case of ADD, Julie enjoys a variety of hobbies: gardening, cake decorating, model trains, cooking, recipe blogging, daydreaming about being able to play the fiddle someday, singing (alone…in the car), collecting pins on Pinterest (the one who dies with the most pins wins, right?), photography, reading, crafting, sewing, napping, dancing (alone…when no one is looking), and graphic design. She has enjoyed her recent creative work with Power of Moms as it has allowed her to spend time on another hobby, playing around in Photoshop to create images for the Power of Moms website and Pinterest account.
Julie graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in family science. She has volunteered many times to help organizations with graphics needs and to serve as webmaster. Someday, Julie hopes to complete a few items from her bucket list including visiting Greece, successfully mastering the yoga crane pose, and flying first class.
Becky Fawcett, Content Editor
When Becky became a mom in August of 2012, people began asking her what her hobbies were. She struggled to know how to answer this question because she had spent the last ten years of her life studying writing and editing and then working in that field. During that time she hadn’t learned to crochet or scrapbook or any of the other typical hobbies. She had been writing and editing.
After a few months of being a mother and trying to answer that question, she realized that her interests hadn’t changed: she still likes to write and edit. As an editor for Power of Moms, Becky has found an outlet for this passion that to others seems more like dreadful homework than a hobby!
Becky grew up running free in the mountains of southwestern Colorado, but now lives in a small community outside of Tooele, Utah with her husband Corlan. She enjoys watching her baby grow, making and eating cookies, and being outdoors—all other hobbies of hers!
Amanda Lewis, Content Editor
She received a B.A. in English Language and a minor in editing from BYU and worked full-time as an editor before “retiring” to stay home with her kids. Motherhood is definitely her most challenging adventure yet, but also the most stimulating and rewarding! She loves getting energy and ideas from the Power of Moms community.
Aubrey Degn, Content Editor
Aubrey lives with her husband and two children in a small town in Utah. A native Texan, she is still trying to adjust to the idea of winter lasting approximately six months, or so it seems. Aubrey graduated with a B.S. in sports medicine, which she now uses to fix “owies” and to live vicariously through her husband, who is a firefighter/paramedic. She also served a mission for her church in Chile and taught Spanish for a while after she returned. Before having her son, Aubrey worked for several years in student services for a university distance learning program. She has quickly learned that most of her tried-and-true tactics for calming frantic students do not translate to the world of two-year-old tantrums.
Aubrey loves being a mother even though it has been her most challenging adventure yet. She loves to read, play pretend and be outside with her children. They have taught her to notice and appreciate the small things and to laugh more. In her free time, Aubrey likes to read voraciously, play the piano, exercise, and ride horses. She blogs at Read Listen Love.
Katie Carter, Content Editor
Cathryn Matheson, Content Editor
Rachelle Price, Photography Specialist
Rachelle lives in northern California with her husband and five children, ages 10, 8, 6 (twins), and 2. Rachelle is grateful for her bachelor’s degree in marriage, family and human development, as it has come in handy, but still wishes kids came with an instruction manual! She has had a photography business, but is not currently shooting. Rather, she’s enjoying her little ones while they are still at home.
Her favorite part of being a mom is the occasional, precious moments of serious connection with her kids. Whether it’s a lengthy conversation or giving a sincere compliment, those moments when your child looks in your eyes and you know you’ve connected are the best!
She has a passion for traditions and rituals that bind families together and identify who we are. Rachelle loves a good project, a thought-provoking book, and being with friends and family. She also enjoys reading, running, entertaining, traveling, and digital scrap booking. Her love of families and photography make her a perfect fit for our Picture Stories and Spotlight Manager.
Christy Elder, Radio Show and Video Editor
Christy and her husband, Leif, are both Utah natives and currently have four GREAT, albeit rambunctious, children. Christy got her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in elementary education and taught fourth and sixth grade before switching careers to become a stay at home mom. She thinks teaching school was the easier of the two careers! Christy is in love with too many things, including (but not limited to): her husband, music, organizing, treats, projects, her computer, reading, being outside, and spending time with her family and friends. She firmly believes in God and thinks that family, prayer, naptimes, and chocolate chips were part of the plan for survival on earth. She has always thought that education is imperative and feels like Power of Moms provides that needed education and support for mothers! Christy LOVES being the podcast and video editor for Power of Moms and hopes you can’t notice her splicing errors. If you do, feel free to email her, but kindly enclose a bag of chocolate chips.
Jessee Stewart, Radio Show Transcript Editor
Public Relations and Marketing
Mary Jenkins, Facebook and Google+ Manager, Book Summaries Manager
Mary graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She lives in Southern California with her husband John and their two children, Margaret (8) and Nathaniel (5).
Mary tries to be an advocate for her children, both of whom are uniquely wonderful and also on the autism spectrum. She loves playing with her children and planning fun family outings. While she tries to keep a good routine and schedule going to help her children, sometimes the most fun they have is on a spontaneous family bike ride or game night.
Having moved ten times in the last nine years, Mary is enjoying the adventures that come with exploring new places. She loves serving with Power of Moms as their Facebook/Google+ Manager and Book Summaries Manager. You can read more about her journey at A Mighty Tower.
Emily Barton, Twitter Manager
Emily and her husband and their three kids currently reside in Southern California, never quite knowing where the next adventure will take them. Emily is a full-time mom and part-time professional photographer. She loves using her photography skills to capture those little moments and precious time that goes all too quickly.
She graduated from BYU with a degree in psychology but tries not to diagnosis her friends and family too much. She worked for the Division of Child and Family Services before “retiring” to be a mom. She believes in working hard and playing hard, all with a glass-half full perspective. Her family’s motto is “Work Hard. Play Hard. Love All Day Long”. She truly believes in the power of love and laughter in the home and wants her home to be a place her kids are always happy to be.
Emily shares her journey through life, her photography and crafts and projects through her blog Emmy Mom–One Day at a Time. She loves the ideas and friendships she has developed through blogging and now through her association with Power of Moms.
Heather Hosac, Pinterest Manager
Heather Hosac graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature. She lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband Nate and their four children- Sam (14), Josh (12), Ava (9) and Sophie (6)- as well as one horse, two sheep and five hens. Fresh eggs, fruit trees, and traveling to someplace that she has never been are a few of her favorite things. Heather manages the Power of Moms Pinterest boards.
Jennifer Brimhall, Giveaway Manager
Jennifer Brimhall secretly wants to be a female hybrid of David McCullough and Malcolm Gladwell when she is all grown up. She has a B.A. in history with a minor in political science from Brigham Young University. Homeschooling her 5 children keeps her days busy and her home messy. She is a fan of all things dark chocolate, is constantly learning and is forever grateful that she found Power of Moms–as are her husband and children! She enjoys being able to be the Power of Moms “Santa Claus,” giving away programs and helping to spread their wonderful message and insights.
Candi Kidd, Instagram Manager
Amber Gillette, Learning Circles Director
Amber has four children, ranging in age from 7 to 2. She and her family live in southern Utah. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and spent four exciting years as a transportation planner for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee. Amber wasn’t sure she would ever have another job that could top this experience, until she became a mom and realized this new “career path” was the most rewarding, fun, and challenging experience of her life.
Most of Amber’s time is spent playing with her children and taking care of their many different needs. Amber loves to squeeze in some time for playing the piano, reading, sewing and doing digital scrapbooking. After becoming a mom, she discovered several other hidden passions, including photography and teaching.
She and her family love outdoor activities and have learned to appreciate the adventures that come up with little ones in tow (at least some of them). Amber’s favorite quote is taped to her computer: “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow will not wait while you do the work.”
JaNae Messick, Mind Organization for Moms Team Manager
JaNae is a professional mother of 4 little ladies–Hayley, Maya, Alice, and Audrey. She and her husband, Ryan, say they have specialized in girls! They have learned to endure high-pitched squealing and to enjoy constant crafting. They can often be found clapping for impromptu dance performances, brushing tangled hair, and riding the roller coaster of tears and feelings or giggles and pure joy!
Passionate about organizing, JaNae loves developing, tweaking and perfecting family systems that simplify life and accomplish the goal of raising competent, responsible children. Sharing and analyzing family functioning ideas with other moms is her preferred park-bench conversation.
JaNae found Mind Organization for Moms several years ago and became passionate about how it can change the lives of frustrated, multitasking moms! JaNae now manages the M.O.M. team: a group of organizing-gurus that support this awesome program. She enjoys developing content from her real-life experiences as she learns how to maintain a relaxed and present mind in the midst of busy days!
Kristine Jones, Mind Organization for Moms Team Member, Friends Manager
Kristine and her husband are the parents of five children ages 10 to 1. She has lived most of her life in the Midwest and currently resides there now. While pregnant with her first child, she was pursuing a degree in microbiology and vowed to use latex gloves with each diaper change. Not many diapers and messes later, the glove idea had to be thrown out the window. She has since had ample opportunities to build a healthy immune system.
After her three-year-old daughter told her, “I want to be a mom. I want to be in a rush,” Kristine is attempting to slow down and enjoy her children each day a bit more, which means she is trying harder to get her housework done withher children and be more productive when she has a quiet moment. Each of her children are growing and learning so fast and she does not want to miss any of it! She cannot help but wish, however, that she could hit the pause button for a month to get caught up on projects and read a few books.
Julia Jacobsen, Mind Organization for Moms Team Member
Julia and her husband, Erik, are parents to five children, four girls and one boy. They live in Palo Alto, California. Julia grew up in Southern California until her father’s full-time church assignment took her family to Boise, Idaho, and then Salt Lake City, Utah. Studying English and political science along with Spanish, French, and Finnish in college were highlights, as well as six months in London and Europe studying and traveling. Eighteen months in Finland rounded out her college years, where she spent her time doing service and teaching about her church while learning the little-known and complicated Finnish language.
Being a mother was always Julia’s greatest dream. Along with the joys are the daily challenges of raising children and finding happiness and balance. Most of her time is spent as a mom, but she also helps her husband with the financial side of his graphic design business. She enjoys teaching piano to her children and their cousins. Reading, hiking in the hills, traveling, engaging conversation with friends, and rooting for her children’s soccer and baseball teams and the San Francisco Giants are some of Julia’s favorite things.
Chantol Sego, Book Editor, Mind Organization for Moms Coach
Chantol married her high school sweetheart in 1998. They have two daughters, ages 12 and 15, and live in Western Washington. She has her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Puget Sound and works full-time in the finance industry. In addition to her full-time job, she co-owns Something New, LLC, a wedding and event planning business, with her dear friend.
Even with a full schedule, family definitely comes first. Being able to involve her kids in volunteer projects, teaching them about business and planning and attending all of their many sporting events is why having a flexible career is wonderful. Their family goal is to simplify and move into the country where things can slow down.
For Power of Moms, Chantol is a Mind Organization for Moms coach and Book Editor…giving as much time as she can to help this wonderful organization is a favorite thing to fill in the “free time” that she doesn’t always find.
Danielle Porter, Mind Organization for Moms Coach
Danielle is the lucky wife to Brandon and the busy momma to their four girls ages 8, 6, 3 and 1. She loves being a part of Power of Moms because it gives her tools, ideas, and motivation for her very dynamic and ever changing career of motherhood. While she isn’t professional anything she has become very good at distracting toddlers before the meltdown, making popsicles, listening to both sides of the story, playing i-spy and story games, and toting children all over town (and still smiles when people give an “all girls!” comment). She lives for date nights, weekly planning reviews, reading to her girls, and daily quiet time- all recharging and filling times that give her the energy to get through the struggles and chaos that fall between. She loves to be outside with her family, taking neighborhood walks, bike rides, swimming, finding new parks, and loves the zoo probably more than her girls. A day feels complete if she gets some reading in and she is passionate about writing and record keeping- mostly collecting and organizing pictures and documenting daily experiences. Mothering is the most challenging period of life she has ever experienced and yet has been more rewarding than she can express. She remembers pre- family life, but can’t imagine living that now that she is here. Even on the hardest days she is so grateful that she chose to be a mother (and that Brandon chose her!) and learns the most when she views the day through her children’s eyes.
Andrea Davis, Mind Organization for Moms Team Member
Andrea and her husband, Tyler, live in Peoria, Illinois with their four children. She is a small town Idaho girl whose perfect day would include a horse ride in the mountains followed by a hamburger at the local drive-in. She loves the outdoors and has a hard time being a disciplined housekeeper in the summertime. The bike or her running shoes are always demanding some attention.
Andrea was a missionary for her church in the Dominican Republic and learned to love the Spanish language and the Dominican people. While not currently a teacher, Andrea has taught both junior high and university courses and strives to be a teacher in her home daily.
Andrea’s kitchen frequently smells like fresh bread simply because she likes good food! She also loves dates with her husband, looking at the stars, chocolate, adventures with her family, gardening, and a good book.
Andrea believes in the difference a mother can make; not only in the lives of her children, but in those around her. She loves Power of Moms for bringing us all together to make a difference.
Melanie Velasquez, Mind Organization for Moms Team Member
Melanie is a Seattle girl at heart, but currently claims the amazing Washington D.C. area as her home. She and her loving husband, Matt, are a rare blind date success story. Together they have four children – Chelsea, Lucy, Ethan, and James. Melanie has always been fascinated with family dynamics, how to create successful family relationships, and the role of the family in society. This lead her to study and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. Although they never imagined they would, Melanie and her husband homeschool their children and have found Washington D.C. to be the most amazing city to educate them in.
With such a busy family, learning how to organize has been essential. She has loved being a part of Mind Organization for Moms and loves sharing it with others. Melanie enjoys cooking, reading, preserving memories, serving in her church, talking with friends, rainy days, and a good cup of hot chocolate. Most of all she loves being with the people she loves the most – the people in her family.
Dawn Wessman, Bloom Game Manager, Content Editor
Dawn Lammers Wessman is a truly happy and somewhat drousy mother of five small children; she and her family live in Boston, MA. As a certified personal trainer she teaches cycle, yoga, pilates, bootcamp and weight lifting classes. Dawn manages the Bloom Game for Power of Moms, writing the weekly motivational emails that accompany the effective goal setting game. She produced workout videos such as Wedding Body Pilates, and currently chases her littles, writes and is a public speaker. She recently wrote a chaper for the book, Do Not Attempt in Heels: Mission Stories and Advice from Sisters Who Have Been There, recounting the physical struggles of an LDS mission to Russia. She writes about her search for meaning in motherhood on her personal blog Dawn Blogs and her fitness findings at Courage Zone. She loves to hold her children closely, laugh daily and do her age in push-ups.
Megan Stewart, Mind Organization for Moms Team Member
Megan is the mother of three boys ages 4, 3 and 5 months. She and her husband, Wes, currently reside in Eagle Mountain, Utah. A full-time stay-at-home mommy, Megan also sells jewelry part-time. She loves to rock climb and bike as often as she can. She enjoys anything domestic—from decorating to knitting to gardening to cooking—but her greatest joy is her family. Not only does she have her little youngsters to raise, she is the oldest of seven children, five of whom still live at home with mom, four the same ages as her own kids. She never dreamed she’d be mothering alongside her own mother, but she feels so blessed and lucky to soak in the wisdom and love from her own mother, who lives close by, every day. She has a passion for teaching and playing with and cuddling her kids and siblings, and is excited to be on the Power of Moms team so she can draw ideas from women and moms everywhere.
Our Advisory Board
In addition to the great women above who take care of our day-to-day operations, we’ve got a great group of people who offer us advice and ideas.
Here’s a little information on our Advisory Board Members:
Richard and Linda Eyre: Parents of nine children; authors of best-selling parenting books; world-renowned speakers and consultants; founders of valuesparenting.com
Kelly King Anderson: Mother of four; founder of StartUpPrincess.com. Expert in launching and marketing women-owned businesses
Jared Loosli: Father of five; husband of a Power of Moms co-director, cheerful and immensely capable web developer for all his wife’s (neverending) projects; business owner; MIT Engineer
Eric Perry: Father of four; husband of a Power of Moms co-director; sounding board and supporter for his wife; Harvard MBA