About Boston Mamas
Christine Koh, Founder & Editor
Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned writer, editor, designer, consultant, and impassioned conversationalist. She spent a decade in academia – during which time she was awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to fund her Ph.D. research at Queen’s University and joint-appointment postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. She was about to become a professor when she decided to hang up her academic spurs in favor of more flexible and independent ventures. Christine is the founder and editor of Boston Mamas, a stylish resource portal for families in Boston and beyond, and created the graphic design firm Posh Peacock. Christine also is digital strategist at Women Online/The Mission List, a freelance writer and editor, writes the column Minimalist Mama, and pens a personal blog – Pop Discourse – where she gives voice to her fascination with pop culture, the intellectually interesting or absurd, Boston life, and parenthood. Her first book -- Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less -- with Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks was published March 2013.
Christine is a regular on the speaking circuit (e.g., BlogHer, Mom 2.0, BlissDom, Alt Summit, Massachusetts Conference for Women) and has been featured in Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, National Public Radio, ABC News, Metro Boston, FOX 25 Boston, and other fine media outlets; she has been named to Babble.com’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers, Top 50 Twitter Moms, and Top 30 Parenting Listserv lists. Her design work has been featured in Cookie, Brides, Pregnancy & Newborn, Daily Candy, and more. She lives in the Boston area with her husband Jonathan and daughters Laurel and Violet. She tweets about it all at @bostonmamas.
[Learn more about Christine by visiting the Press Section.]
Kris-Ann, Editorial Assistant
After 12 or so years in the Boston area, Kris-Ann now lives in central Connecticut with all her boys-- husband, 2 sons (Max and Bennett) and one eccentric bulldog named Walter. Kris-Ann spends her days working on Internal Communications for a child care company and her nights overseeing homework, therapy time, dinner, book reading and bed time all the while dreaming of becoming a successful blogger. Kris-Ann blames Pinterest for fueling her desire to lead a simpler life where she sews, has chickens in the yard and homemade bread on the table. In actuality she has two broken sewing machines, a flock of wild turkeys and is lucky if there is a loaf of bread to make lunches at all. Her writing can be seen as Progressive Mom on Mom to Mom as well as sporadically at The Amazing Races and she was formerly the Special Needs Tuesday contributor for CT Working Moms.
Amy Cody, Contributing Writer
For the past six years, Amy has served as the Manager of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’s Let's Be Honest! parent education program (see our review). She was a PPLM community health educator for three years prior, developing and teaching comprehensive sexuality education to middle and high school students, youth in DSS and DYS care, and parent groups and professionals who work with youth. Amy also has worked as a field supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students at Wheelock College, an elementary school teacher, and an environmental sciences teacher at the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Amy has served as a PTO President for her children’s elementary, middle and high schools and on the board of The Cambridge School of Weston, an independent secondary day and boarding school. She volunteers for The Second Step, a transitional program for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Amy enjoys playing doubles tennis very loudly, is learning to hit a golf ball more than 5 feet, and is a fledgling bird watcher. She and her husband enjoy the company of their 25-year-old son and a 23-year-old daughter whenever possible.
Carole Arsenault, Contributing Writer
Carole Arsenault handles babies like nobody’s business. Formerly of Newborn Nurses and currently the founder of Boston Baby Nurses, Carole is a certified childbirth educator and board certified lactation consultant who has worked at the Brigham, St. Elizabeth’s, and Caritas, and has helped many new parents survive the “boot camp” phase with a new baby at home.
Carole provides content on pregnancy and postpartum topics; she lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children.
Debbie, Contributing Writer
When Debbie and her husband adopted two preschoolers from Russia, her life became surprising. Previously, she'd done only the usual boring things: researching Chinese phonetics, counseling pregnant teens, teaching writing, testing software. These days, she's writing a book about her experiences with a medical project in the Brazilian Amazon, where she learned enough Portuguese to run a field pharmacy. She’s also training to teach English as a foreign language because she suffers from the delusion that she doesn’t have enough to do. She likes to kayak, snowshoe, volunteer at her CSA farm, and learn musical instruments. She blogs about adoption at Two Adopt Two.
Hillary, Contributing Writer
A born and bred Floridian who made her way to Boston via New York, Hillary can never get enough of the changing seasons. That doesn’t mean she is super outdoorsy. In fact, when she was applying for her job as Internet Marketing Manager at Mass Audubon in early 2010, her husband jokingly pointed out that she may need to spend time outside. Not letting this deter her, Hillary got the job and wears her “new-to-nature” badge in pride.
One of the best parts about the job is learning about all the wonders of nature (birds, bugs, and beyond) and then sharing what she learns with her two daughters, Abigail (born in 2008) and Sydney (2011). Prior to joining Mass Audubon and the world on Internet Marketing, Hillary was a magazine editor, first at Travel + Leisure and then at Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul (now called Whole Living). She has also written for Boston magazine, the Boston Globe, Dwell, Concierge.com, New York Times T Travel, and Town & County Travel.
Jennifer, Contributing Writer
Born and raised in Southern Maine Jennifer left vacationland and moved to Boston 14 years ago. She currently resides on Boston's North Shore with her husband Joel and their boy/girl twins Liam and Brielle who are almost six years old. A part-time stay at home mom Jennifer works part-time in community health for a suburban Boston community hospital. A member of the North Shore Mothers of Multiples she also volunteers as a district reporter for the National Organization Mothers of Twins Club national magazine, The Notebook.
Jennifer's love of writing started in elementary school and she has found renewed inspiration since becoming a mom. Although not cool enough to have her own blog she has instead filled the inboxes of friends over the years with her humourous tales and informative rants. Her short list of favorites includes spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, yoga, music, cleaning (yes you read that right!) and dancing in her family room with her kids. Her one regret so far is that she did not take home economics in high school. She can see how that might have been useful to her now! And she firmly believes that if raising twins was an Olympic sport she and her husband definately would be deserving of a medal....okay maybe just a silver... no one is perfect!
Jennifer, Contributing Writer
A Southerner by birth, Jennifer made her way north via Philly and NYC, married a Yankee, and landed in Beantown for good in 1995. As a former advertising/marketing/publishing corporate raider, she’s now a stay-at-home-mom, writer and fitness dance instructor. She blogs about all things “Girlhood. Momhood. Lifehood” on her blog, HeyGirlMommaGo.
For herself, Jen strives to enjoy the crazy blur that is life with her young kids (a 3rd grader "Sweetie Boy" who aspires to be the next George Lucas and a 1st grader, "Blondie" who lives for playdates and disco ball dance parties on the back porch) and for her fellow Boston mamas, she wants to share cool finds that are fun and serve to recharge, whether it’s a venue for a night on the town with the girls, where to find funky tees and cool jewels, or even a great new soundtrack to keep groovin’ in the minivan.
Jennifer lives in a ‘burb outside of Boston and is not so good in the kitchen but LOVES to help her friends organize their closets.
Judy, Contributing Writer
Judy is a Boston native with a passion for helping children achieve their full potential across multiple domains. With a bachelor's and master's in Developmental Psychology from Cornell and Harvard respectively, Judy has a strong background in infant and child development, family dynamics, life stages, and interpersonal relationships. A full-time working mom, she has worked for the past eight years in the world of private philanthropy (on the grantmaking side) for several Boston-area family foundations dedicated to supporting research and improving opportunities for differently-abled children and adults.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Judy lives with her husband and sweet little baby boy in the ‘burbs of Boston with no intentions of ever leaving the area. When she's not spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys international travel, writing, bargain shopping, running, playing soccer, trying new restaurants, relaxing on the beaches of Cape Cod, and “cooking” (someday she hopes to be able to remove the quotes). Judy blogs about all things meaningful to a girl in her thirties on her blog, TalkingThirty.
Jules, Contributing Writer
Jules started out after college as an assistant in the catering industry and eventually founded her own catering business before changing course and earning her MSW. Not too shortly thereafter, though, the lure of the kitchen called again, and she returned to professional cooking, food styling, and freelance writing/editing for premiere food magazines in New York City. Jules now resides in the Boston area -- she is a mother of two, licensed clinical social worker, trainer at Get in Shape for Women in Westford, avid runner, and owner of a small home-based catering business, In The Kitchen Catering & Food Delivery.
Kate, Contributing Writer
Kate, a Boston lifer, is mama to a fabulous 6 year old daughter. She spends her working hours as an urban planner solving the pedestrian and transportation quandaries of Massachusetts (no small feat!), and her evenings and weekends hanging with her friends and family, scoring killer retail finds, and absorbing an unbelievable amount of printed matter. We totally love that someone so smart (really, you have no idea how many "real" books this woman reads and how many different graduate degree programs she has passed on!) also digs kicking up her heels with a juicy celebrity gossip mag.
Katy, Contributing Writer
Katy is a Massachusetts native and lifelong environmentalist. Growing up, she spent long hours in the woods and wetlands near her house cultivating a deep appreciation of nature and wildlife. She turned this fascination into a career, first as an environmental teacher and naturalist. Growing more interested in the effect of business on the environment, Katy worked as an environmental consultant and later a researcher on socially responsible investing, helping conscientious investors to find world-changing progressive companies and avoid corporations pushing profits above people. Katy is currently taking a hiatus from the working world to be a mom to two young boys and rediscover all of the exciting and magical fun she had as a child. Katy is an avid reader, adventurous cook, experimental gardener, and slightly lapsed crafter. She spends as much time as possible outside, and works hard to maintain her disguise as a responsible adult. Katy and her husband live with their boys outside of Boston.
Lindsey, Contributing Writer
Lindsey is a daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend, and writer. She is also a runner, a sometime yogi, a disillusioned MBA, a reformed nail biter, and a proud natural redhead. She struggles daily to find a coherent sense of self in there! She works as a headhunter by day and hangs out with her 7 and 9 year olds the rest of the time. She also writes daily at A Design So Vast.
Lindsey was born in Cambridge and it has always been home, despite the fact that her family moved back and forth across the Atlantic throughout her childhood. She has been back for 10 years and lives a mile from the house she was born in.
Miriam, Contributing Writer
Miriam is a work-at-home mom interested in home décor, sustainable living and creative expression; the latter of which she indulges in as many art forms as possible, including writing for Musings, the design blog for FLOR. She runs her own small business, LimoncelloSTYLE, LLC, designing and producing custom invitations and announcements. Miriam was an early generation contributor to Weddingbee.com under the handle Mrs. Corn and her personal blog, Other Pieces of Me, has been featured on the Martha Stewart show. Miriam lives in Roslindale with her husband, Davis, their preschool-aged son, Garrison, new baby Clarinda, a kitty named J.P. and some resident dust bunnies.
Paige, Contributing Writer
Paige is a project-starting, jewelry-adoring, showtune-singing, iced coffee-addicted Boston mama of two sons, ages 6 and 8. By day, she is a public relations pro; by night, she cultivates her creative passions for writing, style, and all things home-related. She's the author of two blogs: Mudroom Boston, where she shares tips and ideas about how to mix great design with real life; and Make More, Buy Less, where she chronicles the search for her inner cheapskate.
Paige grew up in the 'burbs of Boston, and after a brief stint in New York, she and her husband returned home to start their family. When she's not working or writing, she spends time devouring shelter magazines, trolling Pinterest, and training for the 10K she hopes to run someday.
Priya, Contributing Writer
Although a native of the Boston area, Priya spent eight years of her life in Los Angeles where she attended law school, met her husband, Pete, began her career as a corporate attorney, and had her daughter, Kimya. Before Kimya was old enough to get used to the weather (or become a Lakers fan), Priya and Pete decided to relocate back to Boston so that Priya could pursue a new job and the family could enjoy a (very marginally) improved cost of living. Upon touching down in Boston, Priya realized that she was pregnant again and soon welcomed her son, Sahil, into the world. Priya now works as a full-time attorney while Pete, a former attorney himself, stays home with the kids. In the alternate universe where Priya has free time, she enjoys following Boston sports teams, going to open houses in places where she could see herself living, and taking photos of her two (under-two) kids who always happen to be doing adorable things.
Rene, Contributing Writer
Rene is a Boston-area native and freelance writer living in Andover, Massachusetts, with her husband and two young children. You can check out what Rene is trying not to buy at www.mightygoods.com.