Meet Our Team of Portland Writers
Amber is wife to her elementary school crush and mother to three kiddos, ages 7, 5, and 2. Having recently moved to Portland from California, Amber is embracing her “new normal” as she navigates parks in the rain (bring a towel), the line outside Pip’s Donuts (it’s worth it), and where to find good Mexican food (still searching). As bio mom to her two oldest and adoptive mom to her youngest, special needs child, Amber understands and appreciates the importance of “me-time.” When she’s not wearing her “mom” hat and can get away for a couple of hours, Amber loves sipping on Chai while hunting mid-century treasures at local thrift and vintage shops. Though she enjoys planning family adventures exploring the PNW, Amber is just as happy on the couch, with her man and glass of wine, watching Parks and Rec re-runs. Keep up with Amber on Instagram and her personal blog: HerYesLegacy.com.Anna De Salvo is a mom, wife, speaker, and course creator for working moms. She helps working moms reclaim the hours so they have the energy to juggle it all. Her passion is helping other moms find the time to do the one thing that would make them feel amazing. As a working mom, she consistently is looking for ways to improve her time freedom, and happiness so she can show up for her family. You can find her at www.annadesalvo.com for tips, strategies, and recipes that are timesaving and family-friendly. If you are looking for the hours in the day to juggle it all, grab her time-saving system to stop feeling pulled in a million directions: bit.ly/timebacknowBrandee “The Bee” Sheldrake is a wife, mom to a preschooler and a kindergartener, rheumatoid arthritis warrior, and full-time commercial interior designer living in Camas, Washington. Meal planning and meal prep were the game changers which led to her 100-pound weight loss and freed up time so she could do more of what she wanted; enjoying the outdoors and playing with her kids. Follow her meal planning, meal prep, and weight loss journey at BusyAsTheBee.com.Heather lives, writes and raises children in sunny Bend. Her kids told her that her superpowers are cooking and comforting and if she was a flavor she would be sweet and sour. That pretty much sums her up. A longtime Oregonian, Heather grew up in Corvallis and went to college in Portland. She met a cute guy during a brief stint living in Phoenix and convinced him to leave the desert, get married on a Mexican beach and come back to SW Portland. They’ve been married for ten years and recently moved to Central Oregon. She loves the PNW and can’t imagine a better place to raise her 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Heather’s professional experience includes an MBA and several years of experience in business and nonprofit marketing. Currently she is a volunteer and consultant for local nonprofits. She believes in honest storytelling that builds empathy, connection and understanding. In her free time, Heather enjoys long books, short hikes, expensive pastries and cheap wine. You can read more of Heather’s writing at www.heather-mcpherson-writing.net.Hillary Bennett is a female empowerment and return-to-work coach. With her From Kids to Calling package, Hillary works with moms wanting to get back to work. Through this series women are empowered to identify where they are called and create an action plan to make their dreams a reality in an authentic and intentional way. Hillary also works with women going through major life transitions, is a public speaker, and consults with companies on female recruitment and retention strategies. Hillary is a certified coach through Coach Training World and a member of the International Coach Federation. She has her MBA from Seattle University and ten years of employee development experience at The Boeing Company, including building the company’s first return-to-work recruiting program, Return Flight. Learn more about Hillary at www.hillarybennett.com or reach out to her directly at [email protected]Jenelle is a single mama to two boys, ages 6 and 2.5, who owns her own business and does all the things, for everyone, all the time, just like you. Through her divorce, she embraced radical self-care and gratitude habits, which paved the way for a business supporting all the moms who put everyone else first. Empowered Massage Technique is an innovative bodywork modality that empowers moms to be strong and balanced in their bodies. As a licensed massage therapist (OR license #19101), Jenelle offers a unique experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, energized, relaxed, and in less pain and discomfort. Plus, she will leave you with tools for caring for your body at home. Find her at www.jenellewoodlief.com, on IG at @jenelle.woodlief, or on Facebook for more information.Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.Jessica is a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of The Wiggle Room, an indoor play space for all abilities in the Hollywood neighborhood. Jessica’s greatest passion is helping children and their families live a great life no matter what their abilities. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys walking in their NE Portland neighborhood, at the beach, or on their sailboat. Day dates, DIY projects that actually get completed, naps, and consignment shops also make her smile.Katie is an East Coast transplant, now fully embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. She grew up and attended university in North Carolina, where she met her future husband while pursuing her Biology degree. Her husband was attempting to finish a PhDin Materials Science, truly a Romeo and Juliet story if there ever was one. She spent her pre-children years working in a variety of genetics laboratories (her favorite subject) and is a self-proclaimed biology nerd. Seeing as she didn’t already have enough bodily fluid in her life, Katie is now a stay-at-home(ish) mom to a strong-willed toddler, a velcro baby, and a little dog named Mendel. Katie started writing after she sustained a rather traumatic injury before the birth of her second child. She now enjoys using her scientific background, experience with parenting, and stellar sense of humor to write pieces that inform, relate and entertain others. Her writing style is remarkably similar to her parenting style: If you take yourself too seriously, you’re going to have a bad time. Her personal blog is Raised on Love and Science. Come for the articles, but stay for the silly parenting memes. Katie also writes content for a variety of websites and businesses.Katie & her husband Brad moved to Portland from Chicago four years ago. After nights dreaming about how they would simplify their lives juggling jobs, commutes, and nannies, Brad got a call about an opportunity in Portland. Neither had ever been to the PNW, but one visit and they were sold. Now they spend their nights scheming how to get their family and friends to come west. Katie has a 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son as well as a 20-year-old stepdaughter who has celebrity status with the other two when she is home from college. She is a freelance advertising producer, blogger, and avid school volunteer constantly adjusting to find balance. When she isn’t shuttling kids to sports or navigating the college system, she can be found at one of Portland’s amazing coffee shops working, reading some YA fiction or out for a run up Mt. Tabor. You can follow Katie on Twitter and Instagram @iportlanded and read her occasional musings on her personal blog at Portlanded.net.Katie is a recent East Coast transplant from Maine, where she was born and raised. While trying to figure out how to create the life they wanted to live, Katie’s husband, David, was presented with a job opportunity in Portland. They decided to go for it and moved across the country with their two young children. Katie has previously worked as an occupational therapist in an early childhood setting, but with the move was presented with the opportunity to stay home with her kids and she took it! It has been an adventure switching to life as a full time stay-at-home mom to her five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. She spends her days exploring Portland’s playgrounds and coffee shops, looking for new vegetarian restaurants to check out, and trying to remember that slowing down is a good thing. Since arriving in Portland, she has begun making time for all of the things that have caught her interest over the years: yoga, cooking with local foods, experimenting with sustainable lifestyle choices, writing and getting outside in the always beautiful PNW.Kendra moved to Portland from the East Coast with her husband, Steve, and five-year-old daughter Karys in the summer of 2014. A middle school teacher for the last decade, Kendra now spends her days writing, training as a doula, making jewelry, and exploring Portland with Karys. You can find her blog at kendrakarysma.wordpress.com and her Etsy store at etsy.com/shop/kendrakarysma.Megan Barella, MS is a mom to a ten-year-old son and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Master Trainer. Through her community-based and online positive parenting programs, Megan helps families reclaim their birthrights to happy homes.Nadia loves people. Like most moms, Nadia has worn many hats personally and professionally: mom, recruiter, teacher, sales professional, daughter, sister and maid to name a fewHer true passion involves helping people by developing their personal and professional skills (or brand) so they can be successful in their career. To do this, she works as a full-time high school teacher striving to educate productive citizens in society while working summers supporting people of all ages with career development. She started writing to deal with the insecurities she felt as a mom navigating colicky diapers, poopy babies, constipated kids, messy houses and kids who won’t eat their vegetables. Now, she realizes everyone is figuring it out and it’s not so bad. She is most thankful for her parents who live five minutes away as free on-call babysitters (which comes with tons of unsolicited advice from grandma). In her free time (which barely exists), she loves to go to the park with her kids and loves Zumba.Nancy Casey is a family nurse practitioner and owner of Teen Health PDX in NE Portland. She specializes in the health of tweens, teens and young adults. She is passionate about talking to teens and their parents about the stuff no one feels comfortable talking about. She has three tweens and teens of her own that keep her on her toes and make her practice what she preaches every day. Because of this she eats more ice cream than she probably should and snuggles her dog more than he would probably like. She moved to Portland from Chicago 7 years ago and is still amazed at how many hills and mountains there are.Originally from the UK, Sam and her family recently arrived to Portland after 10 years of traveling the world and working internationally. In her former life (prior to becoming a mummy) she was a Midwife with Doctors Without Borders and feels blessed to have shared the journey of pregnancy and birth with incredible women around the world. Sam is a wife and mother to 4 little people, ages 5,4,2 and a brand new baby. Her family has just bought their first home and are excited to embark on a homestead life just outside the city, growing vegetables, working towards self sufficiency, enjoying time in nature and making trails in their forest. Sam is the author of Little Green Lives, a lifestyle blog which follows the journey of their family of 6 as they commit themselves to a greener way of life, a more minimalist existence, quality in their day-to-day, and embracing their natural world with bare feet and dirty hands. To connect with Sam visit her on her blog, Facebook and Instagram.Selena Maestas is healing hearts worldwide as the founder of the Love YOU More Project. An insightful life coach, she has helped hundreds of people over the last 12 years to heal the most important relationship: the one with themselves. Selena has a strong background in psychology which gives her an inquisitive lens and a library of experience towards effectively guiding people to make change in all areas of life. She has focused her work to help working women strengthen their confidence and proudly claim their space in the world. How? By teaching them how to get out of their own way!Wynter is a stay-at-home wife and mother with a tendency to over-commit. She lives in Forest Grove with her handsome hubby Jonathan and their three spicy kiddos, Chloe, Adaya, and Liam. Wynter is a writer, artist, a lover of stories, an avid gardener, binge-TV watcher, and chocolate-covered cherries addict. In addition to being the Managing Editor for PMB, she is also a professional, freelance editor. In 2012, she self-published her first book, The Secret Inside Me, a memoir about an unplanned pregnancy at twenty years-old and her journey to choosing adoption. She founded the Made to Mother Project in 2013 to encourage, support and inspire women all over the world by sharing their diverse stories of motherhood.