Aimee Cruz, CEO
Aimee Cruz, is a visionary thinker, connector and dreamer. She has been leading Moms on Maternity, as CEO, since founding it in early 2017, Prior to founding Moms on Maternity, Aimee served as a Sr. Manager at Deloitte. She worked with Fortune 500 clients in the areas of Risk Consulting, Innovation Consulting and Strategy Consulting for over 12 years. Aimee is Mom to two little boys. They reside in beautiful San Diego, CA, and enjoy laughing, dancing, spending time in nature and learning.
Ali Glinsky, MOM Educator
Moms on Maternity Educator, Ali Glinsky has a passion for parenting. She has a BA from University of Arizona in Communications, Sociology and Spanish. As a New Parent Educator she plans to support parents through all the transitions that comes with having a new baby. Previously, she ran and grew a family business that caters to the most pampered pooches in LA. She loves catching up with friends, traveling and talking shop about all things kids. She lives in Cupertino with her two children and husband.
Ciara Cook, Partnership Director
Ciara Cook, Partnership Director, is a Pacific Northwest mother of two young boys, and being a mom is her passion. Helping women navigate the selfless journey of motherhood, while connecting mompreneurs in the community, is something she enjoys doing daily. Ciara has spent the last several years volunteering in classrooms, substitute teaching, and coaching youth sports. She is an avid skier, loves exploring nature with her family, strives to learn new things, and has a passion for photography and music. Ciara is always willing to share her knowledge with anyone who may benefit. Being part of the MOM team is an exciting way to inspire women everywhere to exceed their unbridled potential.
Shannon Handy Grassi, Moms on Maternity Community Storyteller
Shannon Handy Grassi is a mom of two girls, born April of 2017, and December of 2019. She works full-time as a news reporter at CBS (KFMB) in San Diego. During her free time, she loves adventuring outdoors with her family, meeting a girlfriend for a drink, or sweating it out in a workout class. Her parenting philosophy is one of constant growth…..don’t be afraid to try new things in an effort to find out what works best for your family, whether it’s with meals, travel, discipline, etc. Also, make sure to make time for yourself! Shannon is a huge believer in leaning on other moms for advice and companionship. She hopes that by sharing their stories, you’ll benefit from it too!
Kacey Wehr, Mental Health & Wellness Specialist
Kacey Wehr is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with degrees in Child Development, Psychology, and Marriage & Family Therapy. She has six years experience providing therapy, psychoeducation, developing trainings and workshops, leading support groups, and has over seven years experience in Education having taught Early Education for preschoolers, High School, and Undergraduate Psychology. She has extensive training and experience in Trauma Informed Care, Crisis Intervention, Grief & Bereavement, Complex Trauma, Child Development, and is a Certified Crisis Counselor for victims of relationship abuse/violence and sexual exploitation. She has devoted the majority of her therapeutic experience to working with and empowering young adults, new parents, couples, and families with complex trauma history. She believes in integrating holistic health approaches in her work and attained a Certification as a Wellness Clinician which enables her to utilize aromatherapy in her mental health support. She also is trained in acupressure for labor and has assisted in the labors and births of several of her closest friends as they brought their littles ones into the world. In her free time she enjoys singing, all things crafty, watching movies with her daughter, nesting and home decorating, cooking and eating yummy foods, and traveling the world with her husband (so far they have been to 27 countries and over 40 cities around the globe!). She is here to help other mothers navigate the crazy journey that is parenthood, relationships, challenges with mental health, sex and intimacy, and walk this journey with you, sharing her experience and expertise.
Kerry Schnackenberg, Moms on Maternity Retreats Leader
Kerry Schnackenberg is a Natural Health Consultant certified 500 RYT, 200 E-RYT, Ayurvedic Life Style Coach, Meditation Teacher and Raindrop Massage Therapist. Prior to her training in natural health modalities she earned a BA in Psychology, graduating magna cum laude from Southwestern College. Her career background includes numerous production credits in television, film and live theatre. For the last 10 years she has coordinated an area wide Art Festival, working as producer, performer and president of the board, while also owning a yoga studio, teaching in the elementary and raising her 3 children. As retreat coordinator she’s looking forward to nurturing others; sharing her experience to help mother’s rest, relax and recharge while connecting to spirit.
Cintia Tavares, Moms on Maternity Meditation Leader
Cintia Tavares has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for over 10 years. Her first specialization was prenatal yoga at the studio, YogaWell, in San Diego, CA. She completed her 200hYTT at CorePowerYoga and following that moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she worked in a center, called “Bella Gestante.” This studio was a place for only pregnant women. Cintia went on to gain specializations as a Doula, in Baby & Mom Yoga and Kids Yoga. For her kids classes she loves to use animals as references for movement. She has certifications in Meditation and Reiki. In 2012, she went to Rishikesh, India to volunteer and teach Kids Yoga after school. While in India, she took part of a YTT at the Ashram she was residing in. Once she got back to the California, she designed, led and coordinated a number of workshops on the following topics: Ayurveda, AcroYoga, lyengar, Raw Food, Natural Cosmetics, Bioenergy, Chakras and AyurYoga. She currently teaches at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center, where she coordinates the Prenatal and Regular YTT. She mentors the new teachers and helps practitioners find release and freedom through Yoga. Her goal is to help people ensure they can comfortably and competently move their bodies and minds throughout their life.
Kelly Dalrymple, MOM Doula Program Leader
Kelly is a DONA certified Birth Doula and a Yoga instructor specializing in the perinatal period. Kelly studied Kinesiology in college, worked as a personal trainer specializing in progressive bodyweight training, and continued her education of the body at Equinox Fitness Academy. A fascination with and deeper understanding of the physical body led her to grow more curious about the mind and the spirit, inspiring her to travel to Bali to complete her Yoga Teacher Training with Zuna Yoga. Kelly continued to expand her understanding of the human condition, studying under Oprah’s very own spiritual mentor and life coach, Martha Beck, to become an intuitive life + wellness coach. On her pursuit to pull all of the pieces of her trainings together she had a realization that childbirth is the ultimate expression of the human body, mind and spirit; and she became obsessed. Kelly went on to complete her Birth Doula training at Bini Birth in Los Angeles and is currently working on her CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator Course) through UCSD. Kelly’s goal in the space is to educate and empower women about their reproductive health, rights and power. She currently teaches Vinyasa, Restorative/Yin, and Prenatal specific classes and workshops at Sojourn Healing Collective in San Diego.
Jan Mackie, Founder of Bambino&i
Jan Mackie, founder of Bambino&i has a passion for infant massage after experiencing first-hand the benefits that this beautiful connection brings for both parent and child. Prior to founding Bambino&i, she worked as an Environmental Consultant, specialising in acoustics and vibration. She and her family live in Yorkshire, England having moved down from Scotland for her husband’s work as an Assistant Professor in Law. As a family, they love playing sports, hikes in the countryside, yoga and travelling the world.
Alyssa Jean Klazek, Yoga Teacher
Alyssa Jean has been teaching yoga for 10 years, prenatal yoga for 5 years and has been a certified doula for 4 years. Yoga and Motherhood are tightly interwoven for her - it was meditation and later the asana practice that brought her comfort during such a rapid period of change into motherhood. Since then she has been dedicated to supporting families through her love of music and yoga. She currently teaches prenatal, mom and baby, toddler yoga classes, and sing-along music classes in person and online at doyogawithme.com, and is also apart of the doula program at Pacific Rim College, providing yoga as a labour and delivery tool. She believes that community is of utmost importance, including parenthood, and she believes in the healing power of playfulness for ourselves and our little ones.
Fiji McAlpine, Yoga Teacher
Fiji McAlpine (RYT500) (BA, Education) has been teaching yoga for 18 years and now leads retreats and yoga teacher training in Canada, U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Portugal. She is one of the founding instructors on doyogawithme.com, a global online yoga resource and community with the mission of making yoga accessible to everyone. After becoming pregnant with her first child in 2013, Fiji completed a Prenatal Certification Course, which helped her shift her own practice during pregnancy. Fiji lives the principles of yoga in her own life, bringing them into every vinyasa and prenatal class that she teaches, and continues to share the journey to birth with a supportive community online.
Sarah-Jane Steele, Yoga Teacher
Sarah-Jane is a RYT500 yoga teacher with 15 years experience, and 10 years as a prenatal yoga teacher. She is also a certified doula, breastfeeding educator and currently training to become a primary care midwife. She has led many yoga for pregnancy workshops over the years and has dedicated much of her life to helping women feel comfortable as they progress toward giving birth. Her fundamental tenant as a prenatal educator is to emphasize a strong physical and mental connection with a support system, to enhance their pregnancy journey. Sarah-Jane also specializes in post-natal care, helping women with diastasis recti as well as post caesarean physical conditioning, and has her undergraduate degree in Journalism. You can follow her on online at www.doyogawithme.
Anca Teuca, Web Developer
Anca Teuca is an experienced web developer with a passion for learning and has extended experience in architecting and developing web-based and native rich interface applications for mobile and desktop devices. During her free time, she loves to go outside for hiking, roller skating and also to go kayaking with her husband. She is about to become a Mom and she is very excited about that and ready to discover what the challenges are of this new stage of her life.
Bambino&i provides expert online tuition in infant massage. During the course you will learn everything you need to know to safely massage your baby and how to help relieve common ailments such as colic, gas and teething. This ancient art has such profound emotional and physical benefits for your baby’s development. It aids bonding & attachment; improves baby’s sleep patterns; relieves baby’s pain & discomfort from ailments such as gas, constipation, growing pains and teething; improves weight gain; strengthens baby’s primary systems; and the list goes on. It also has so many benefits for parents! In addition to our online course, we also provide beautiful massage products which make a perfect treat for yourself or gift for a new Mom or Dad. Our products include our super-soft bamboo towelling massage mat, the bumbino – a product to make diaper free-time less messy😉 and specially curated baby massage kits. Check out our website to learn more!https://www.bambinoandi.co.uk
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