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Meet Our MentorMamas

MentorMamas are a group of mothers who are ambassadors for SocialMama. These women are influencers, experts, bloggers, professionals, business owners, and most importantly, MOMS who understand what mamas in their communities need. MentorMamas live on the SocialMama App, engaging with moms all over the country with motherly advice, mentorship, and friendship. 

Interested in joining our tribe?

Magen Pastor

Magen Pastor is an experienced business marketing executive, passionate about connecting individuals together for a shared purpose. As she says, "I believe connecting is the ability to create a bridge of inspiration from one person to the next." Magen is an Lgbt+ mom to middle school-aged twin girls currently residing in both Denver and Houston.

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Heather Sholl

Heather Sholl is a social entrepreneur who believes in building communities that connect. Her biggest priority with work and family is providing an open, judgment-free space where people feel safe being themselves and having The Most Fun. Heather hosts conversations, workouts, podcasts, and events for women curious about understanding the world around them. She is a creative, free-spirited, and type A mama who is equal parts Mother Theresa and Mother Trucker ;).

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Ana Rojas Bastidas

Ana is originally from Bogota, Colombia and is Founder/CEO of a startup called Orolait, a line of breastfeeding-friendly swimwear. When not working on the business, she talks body positivity for mamas as PowerToPrevail. Ana does all of this while raising three incredible kids with her husband in Houston.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Business | Business IG & Facebook

Amanda Vlastas

Amanda is the founder of West University Moms, a website and blog part of The Local Moms Network, a one-stop-shop platform for Houston resources and activities. After a 10-year stretch of globetrotting, Amanda settled in Houston to start a family. She quickly fell in love with the city and through her website and blog work, she has become a great local resource for family life in Houston. Amanda highlights local moms on her website in weekly spotlights called "Meet a Mom".

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Nina Gutierrez-Garcia

Nina Gutierrez-Garcia is a mom who clearly doesn’t sleep. She is a mom to a busy 6 year-old, a health physicist, a small business owner (a modern children’s clothing store, THE TOT COMMODITY) and is extremely active in her community. She’s mostly known for her creative,  close-knit, snarky and hilarious family that she shares with the world through personal and business social media accounts. Her motto as a human is, laugh as hard as you can, love with everything you’ve got and only take it seriously if you absolutely have to.

 

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Luisa Ferdnanda Nadarajah

Luisa Fernanda has a beautiful son named Kris. She is a 34 year-old fashion design student, philanthropist, and MFAH award winner. In 2015, while making up-cycled car parts and bike tubes dresses, she had a breakthrough and was exhibited at the MFAH, Houston Public Library, and other venues throughout the city. She is leaving her mark by creating sustainable fashion!  Her passion is not only to make avant-garde recycled designs, but also to embrace them with an impactful message. Luisa also runs a nonprofit to improve life for Peruvian children called Piruw.

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Jessica Brassington

Jessica Brassington is a wife, mom, and entrepreneur constantly seeking new ways to incorporate less processed beauty, food, and health into her hectic schedule. After losing herself in motherhood she chose to take a new outlook on life, discover her body, and bring her sexy back. When she's not fitting in her fitness, spending time with the fam, or Ubering around her kiddos she is the host of Naked Talk with Jess podcast where she shares candid conversations about shedding shame around our bodies and sex from a holistic perspective. 

Instagram | Facebook | Website

Jaclynn Taylor Moss

Jaclynn has developed a huge social media presence and reputation for compassion, outreach, and marketing insight. She created successful Facebook groups in the Houston area for moms to share information, get advice, and engage in robust conversation, most notably the Woodlands Mom’s and Woodlands Voice groups. Jaclynn loves helping aspiring businesses - from hair salons to clothing to food. Her daughter, Emma Claire, is also a very accomplished paid model, and Jaclynn has developed professional photography, makeup, and photo styling skills.

Facebook | Business | Woodlands Moms | Woodlands Voice

Anna McKay

Anna McKay has been a career transition and leadership development coach since 2008. She is the proud mama of two kind-hearted and strong willed girls! After years as an expat in China and the Philippines, Anna returned to the US to live in Houston and started Parents Pivot, a business that coaches stay-at-home-parents returning to paid work. Anna offers online workshops, in-person training, return to work programs, and 1x1 & group coaching. The workshops and coaching are ideal for anyone who has taken a career pause for any amount of time and no matter the reason.

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Sarah Diehl

After seeing her first episode of Gilmore Girls, Sarah had been obsessed with the idea of becoming a girl mom. Now, she has Audrey and Serenity! Sarah lives in a beautiful and quirky small town on a lake with her dogs, cats, and her husband, Chase. She is a photographer in her spare time because she loves showcasing the world in a different way, something she finds enlightening and inspiring.

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Holliann Barry

Holliann Barry is a military wife currently stationed in San Francisco. She has a culinary degree and is passionate about food and health. Holliann recently enrolled into another nutrition program that will focus on pregnancy, postpartum and baby nutrition. She recently launched an Instagram page to help mamas make healthy choices, learn recipes and guild them on how to make homemade baby food.

Instagram | Facebook

Julie Stryker

Julie Stryker is a licensed professional counselor born and raised in Houston.  She is a proud mama to two young, growing boys. She is a therapist with Catalyst Counseling because she is passionate about working with women going through big life transitions – new job, baby, partner, living arrangements, loss, etc.  She enjoys helping women find clarity, move forward with life, get un-stuck, and strive for deeper connections in their world and relationships.

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Lisa Sugarman

Lisa Sugarman lives just north of Boston, MA, where she writes about parenting today’s GenZ kids in a perfectly imperfect world. She writes the nationally syndicated opinion column It Is What It Is, and is also the author of How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It—Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today's Gen Z Kids, Untying Parent Anxiety: 18 Myths That Have You in Knots—And How to Get Free, and LIFE: It Is What It Is, available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at select bookstores everywhere. You can read and discuss all her columns and books at lisasugarman.com. Or, find them on Grown & Flown, Thrive Global, TODAY.com, LittleThings, MommingHubb, More Content Now, Wickedlocal, Care.com.

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Arrica Afton

Arrica is a single mama of two. After experiencing motherhood at such a young age, she learned that her greatest triumphs could come through tragedy. It has been her passion to empower and support females, mamas, and those less fortunate. Arrica loves trying to live as holistic and green as possible, even extending those core beliefs into her own fashion business called Cece & Tame. She designs modest wear from recycled textiles and styles for busy mamas, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and other retail brands. As an American/Latina/Muslim/business woman, Arrica is also passionate about shining a light on what society thinks the “average Muslim woman” is and should be.

Instagram | Facebook | Business | Business IG & Facebook

Shannah Quinn

Shannah Quinn was born and raised in Kansas but has been a Houstonian for 15 years. Mom to two busy kiddos, and self-described, “Facilitator of Friendships”. Co-owner and manager of the Social Graces Social Club in Downtown Houston, Shannah works to network with and form deeper connections and friendships with like-minded, kind, fun Houstonians.  Locally, she hosts at least two events a month for members, including cocktail parties, business development workshops, family events and volunteer/ give back opportunities.

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Arushi Garg

Arushi is a marketing strategist who had her first baby in May 2016. She runs The Snazzy Mommy blog and Instagram, where she shares fashion, photography, sports, board games, baking and of course motherhood. The Snazzy Mom provides moms with knowledge gleaned through her experiences, ideas and recommendations to stay stylish, have fun and live life to the fullest as a new mom! Arushi has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, FOX26, and KHOU 11.

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Crystal Duffy

Crystal Duffy is a native Houstonian, author, and high school English teacher. She’s also the Mother of three little girls including a set of twins. She is the author of Twin to Twin: from High Risk Pregnancy to Happy Family and teaches an Expectant Twins Parents class through Twiniversity. She enjoys traveling, running and reading on the beach.

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Jennifer Perez Medina

Jennifer Perez Medina is a University of Houston graduate with 12 years of communications, copywriting and media experience, a background in news writing, editing and public relations. She founded The Socially Connected, a consulting firm that focuses on strategic content for creatives and implements services such as social media strategy, content creation for social media platforms, and influencer and event marketing for women-owned businesses. Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include salsa dancing, attending her kids’ sporting events, crafting DIYs for her home and attending Houston events. 

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Kaylee Baggerly

Kaylee Baggerly is a manager at a big consulting firm where I help clients manage change during strategic initiatives. She owns a #workingmom focused influencer blog, coaching, and consulting business called Balancing By Design. Kaylee helps moms prepare their resumes and search for jobs for returning back to work after baby. She even consults mama businesses on how to launch and grow!

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Dr. Elizabeth Hentschel

Elizabeth Hentschel, Ph.D. is a psychologist and founder of The Parenting Well, a practice designed especially for parents. She specializes in working with people who want to feel more present in their daily lives and thrive, for themselves and their families. To meet the needs of her clients, she uses video conferencing and can work with people across the state of Texas. Dr. Elizabeth is a native Houstonian who loves spending time with her husband, two sons, and two puppies.

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Amanda Olson VanderStelt

Amanda is the blogger behind Houston New Moms, a teacher, traveler and a mom of four boys. She is a snack-eating, book-reading, Lego-creating, baby-wearing mama, who loves supporting other moms on this crazy but amazing journey! Being a new mom is tough, and Amanda is all about making sure mom have each other’s backs. If you’re going through something in motherhood, she's probably been through it too and would love to chat!

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Emily Franics McAdams

Emily is interested in helping mamas out there who are wanting to workout while pregnant, struggling with postpartum weight loss and those who think they might be suffering from postpartum depression/anxiety. She has two daughters, 4 and 2 years-old, and to say she was unprepared for becoming a mama is the biggest understatement of 2015. Emily suffered from severe postpartum anxiety and it took her months to figure out what helped. She currently owns Paper Street Crossfit in Houston and a boutique DIY craft store called AR Workshop Pearland, TX. She would like to thank the Social Mama App for allowing a venue to bring mamas together to help each other out!

Crossfit Website | Crossfit IG | AR Workshop Website & IG

Barbie Atkinson

Barbie Atkinson is a bilingual psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor. Her philosophy is inspiring change in honoring autonomy while enhancing strengths. She founded Catalyst Counseling to offer men and women a chance to really feel seen, heard and ask them questions they hadn't considered before. She is not your Mama’s therapist! Her One-Size-Can't-Possibly-Fit-All approach is refreshingly human and personal. Women navigating life transitions, including the wild new world of momming, is a passion of hers and of her therapists.

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