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.
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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.
Andrea Davis, Administrative Assistant
Andrea and her husband, Tyler, live in Peoria, Illinois with their five 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.
Koni Smith, Program 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.”
Sarah Monson, Content Director
Sarah and her husband live in Houston, TX, with their three kids, ages five, three, and one. She loves spending time outdoors, trying new foods, and hearing her baby laugh. Although she’s not athletic, Sarah thinks that if getting a carload of groceries to a second-story apartment or changing a wiggly toddler’s diaper 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 and studied English teaching at BYU. She taught eighth grade English before shifting her interest to editing and has worked as a freelance editor the past few years. Her favorite saying about motherhood? “The days are long, but the years are short!”
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. A 1980 graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Home and Family Development, Anna enjoys de-junking/organizing, walking, Zumba, and going to the beach. She co-authors a blog with her sister, called Mormon Mavens. It’s a food blog, for now, but will be growing soon. 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.
Megan Roxas, Final Editor
Megan and her husband live in Houston, TX, with their three energetic young children. Although she can’t remember the last time she made it through a day without a smudge on her shirt, the sweet sound of “I love you, Mama,” well makes up for sticky fingers and runny noses. When she isn’t tending to her children’s needs, Megan enjoys interior decorating, drawing portraits, and dancing ballet and modern.
Megan received a BA from Brigham Young University in English with a minor in editing. Her work has been published in LDS Living, Friend, and Liahona magazines. In addition she worked for two years at Imagine Learning, an education technology company, creating content for software that teaches English to second language learners. Megan has a special place in her heart for writing and editing for children. In order to better write children’s stories, you can often find her reading a book on child development; it fascinates her to understand how children’s minds work–how they see and process their world. But it is equally as common to find her pouring over parenting how-to books because, in reality, so much about her own children is still a mystery to her. It is with that ambition–to be the best mother she can be–that
Katie Carter, Final Editor
she is excited to be a part of the Power of Moms community and learn from you!
Lisa Hoelzer, Content Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Dawn Wessman, Instagram Manager
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.