Lynda Lantz

MMC Managing Editor Lynda Lantz

Executive Team Member
& Managing Editor

Lynda Lantz is originally from Côte d’Ivoire, where she lived until the age of 7 when her family moved to Northern VA. She graduated with a degree in music from George Mason University and went on to work with Cru at four universities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was living in PA when she met her husband, Steve, on eHarmony and moved to Miami in 2011 just a few days after their wedding. Shortly before becoming a SAHM, she was employed as an adoption caseworker and worked part-time with Cru at UM, and later Johnson & Wales University. Since then, she’s been heavily involved in BSF and MOPS. She loves working with Miami Mom Collective and introducing people to this city she’s come to call home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Connect with Lynda @mybalantzedlife on Instagram.

Becky Salgado

MMC Business Development Manager Becky Salgado

Executive Team Member
& Business Development Manager

Becky was born-and-raised in Miami where she resides with her husband, their two kids, and their poodle. She is an equal opportunity dessert consumer, Redsox fan, avid reader and pun lover, who listens to Elvis and enjoys long walks down the aisles at Target. She could live off Kraft mac n cheese, prefers coffee over cocktails, and loves a good sale. Though “mama” is her favorite title, Becky also enjoys serving as Miami Mom Collective’s Business Development Manager and has a background in marketing and journalism. Becky loves motherhood and is thrilled to be part of this online mom community. For all things fun and festive, follow her at @beckysalgado_.

Valerie Barbosa

Valerie Barbosa Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Executive Team Member
& Spanish Editor

Valerie is a Venezuelan-American communications professional and full-time working mom of two. She moved to Miami to study and build a career, and while doing so, ended up building a beautiful family with her Brazilian husband. Inspired in her learning experiences as a wife and mom with a career and a ministry, she created Familia with Purpose, a multicultural parenting blog that reflects her trilingual family and their faith in Christ at the center of their lives to find wisdom, strength, joy and purpose. Valerie is passionate about writing to encourage and inspire families. Follow Valerie on Instagram @familiawithpurpose.

Illiett Ojeda

Meet Our Contributors Illiett Ojeda

Executive Team Member
& Event Coordinator

Meet Illiett! Known to walk to the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees – as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through intentional vision board sessions, wellness retreats, DIYs, and fitness guidance.  She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life. 

Jessica Socarras

MMC Contributor & Events Team Coordinator Jessica Socarras

Contributor & Event Coordinator

Jessica is a mom, wife, and Realtor®. A Miami native, whose variety of life experiences has molded her into the giving and passionate person she is today. Jessica and her husband have been married for 4 years and are currently navigating the turbulent waters of 2 boys under the age of 2. Becoming a mom has inspired her search for a community of strong, encouraging mothers and a willingness to support others on the same journey balancing family and entrepreneurship. Follow along @jessyourmiamirealtor on Instagram.

Vanessa Molina Santamaria

Vanessa Santamaria Bits and Pieces Media Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Founding Contributor

Vanessa is a writer, editor, creative director and project manager who is passionate about bringing stories to life with words, photography and design. In addition to managing several travel publications, she enjoys working on brand marketing strategies and launching print and digital products. A University of Miami graduate, Vanessa has worked as an investigative reporter, managing editor and marketing manager. After working with notable brands such as Target, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine, she was named director of editorial and design at a custom publishing company. She’s also a mentor and a speaker at national media conferences. But her most treasured role is being a mom to Grace and Gianna. Vanessa loves to travel and go on adventures with her husband and their two little girls. Follow her on Instagram @BitsAndPiecesMedia

Adita Yrizarry-Lang

Adita Lang Miami Moms Blog

Founding Contributor 

Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a SuperPower aficionado and mother of 2. Her “Journey” started as a fitness instructor 30+ years ago. Since then, she expanded her endeavors, from a biomechanics and resistance training expert to nutritional guru, mind-body coach, author of SuperPowers, A Busy Woman’s Guide to Health and Happiness and SuperPowers of the Family Kitchen, and women’s advocate for healthy living.  Adita holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition, is a Lv3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the Chek Institute, and has been accredited by several health organizations. She has trained thousands of fitness professionals worldwide and often speaks at schools, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations on the benefits of quality foods, longevity, and amazing health.

Adita’s mission…encourage individuals to live Inspired. She wants to bring out the challenges and offer solutions to make SuperPowers shine and life thrive on! Visit AditaLang.com, to join her for recipes and more.

Alejandra Escalante

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Team Photographer

Alejandra is professional family photographer and mother of 2 daughters. She was born into the warm embrace of Mexico, where family connections and memories are truly revered. As she grew up, her father took countless pictures of her and my two sisters with his always ready camera. To this day, those childhood memories are framed on the wall of her parents’ home. As time passed, she discovered she had a passion for photography and began to tell her family story through her own lens.

Holly Farver

Holly Farver Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

Holly has built her life around the value of family first. She is a native of Miami and has lived between Hialeah and Cooper City over the years. She is happily married to her husband of 36 years. They have two adult children that are both married with a child each. Pouring into the next generation is a passion she and her husband share as they both work in local public schools. Entering the season of being a Mimi has been exciting and she loves the giggles of toddler grandchildren. Holly’s faith is very important to her and she enjoys serving her community through the local ministries led by her children. Holly also loves music, reading, traveling, and sweet tea. Her heart is to share with other moms that the role of motherhood can be hard, but she is living proof of the great rewards to come. You are welcome to follow her journey of faith and family @hollefarv on Instagram.

Dianna Hill

Meet Our Contributors Dianna Hill

Contributor & Events Team

My name is Dianna Maria Hill. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida but went away to college in Alabama where I met my husband.  I am a military wife and mom of two. I have a daughter, Jessie (4) and a son, Spencer (1).  I am a labor and delivery nurse at Baptist Hospital and I absolutely love my job!  I truly believe that traveling is good for the soul. My passions include watching  football, eating pizza, and being out on the water.  

Janelle Fuente

Meet Our Contributors Janelle Fuente

Contributor

Meet Janelle, a native Miamian, lively personality with contagious kindness and a lover of early morning quiet moments with a hot cup of dark coffee. She’s an advocate of pressing pause on the daily hustle to enjoy the life and the people right in front of us. After building a career she adored in hospitality and marketing, she made some hard career moves once she became a momma. She’s now growing daily on the entrepreneur journey, creating a life she’s able to savor. She invites you along as she shares her favorite hospitality and small business finds across Miami and as she shares self-care knowledge, tips and tricks… not to mention her natural boosts of encouragement for other women! She chases hard after serving her community through her work and leaving something of worth behind for the next generation. She’s a wife to husband, Gio, and momma to sweet little Liv. You’re invited to hang out with them @janelle_fuente on Instagram!

Sandra Jacquemin

Meet Our Contributors Sandra Jacquemin

Contributor & Events Team

Sandra was originally born and raised in Miami attributing her upbringing to be of Brazilian influence from her mom and French by her father, so soccer, food, and a lust for life are her love languages (besides the 4 languages she is fluent in). After graduating from Gulliver, she pursued a degree in elementary education in college and then earned her bachelor’s with double majors in marketing and international business from FIU. While finishing up her university studies, she opened her marketing agency working with a vast roster of global brands for 15 years. Fast forwarding, she and her husband Julio (aka ‘Marine’), a former U.S. Marine, are first-time parents to son Marcelo. They currently reside in Pinecrest. She is still in marketing, balances life as a new mom, and will soon be launching a new business with her husband. Sandra joined Miami Mom Collective to encourage and empower other moms by sharing her entrepreneurial experience, Disney adventures, and journey transitioning to a nontoxic life.

Rachelle Haime

Meet Our Contributors Rachelle Haime

Contributor

Rachelle is a public relations manager turned SAHM. She was born in Miami but spent most of her life moving between Florida and Colombia, finally moving back to Florida in 2017 with her husband and 2 kids. Her experience with postpartum depression inspired her to become a maternal mental health advocate, and she started The Plentiful Cup blog and social media accounts because no mom should feel alone or unsupported. Rachelle shares her story in hopes that other women will feel more comfortable speaking up, asking for help, and practicing self-care to support their mental health. Moms gladly do everything for our families, but then what happens to us? She wants moms to know that taking care of themselves is just as important as taking care of their families and that they shouldn’t feel guilty about practicing self-care. We cannot fill anyone’s cup if ours is empty!

Bella Behar

MMC Contributor Bella Behar

Contributor & Events Team

Isabella “Bella” Behar is a working mom with an MBA and a background in education. She absolutely loves her tropical home of choice, Miami, and its eclectic neighborhoods. In her past-time she used to blog and write about Miami’s well-known sites as well as its hidden gems. Her whole life changed when her son David was born in May 2018. She felt reborn in her role as a mom so she started redirecting her blogging and social media activities to focus on her life as a parent and became deeply involved in Miami’s mom community. She spent her free time going to mom events, mommy and me classes, and other family friendly activities where she met a lot of like-minded mom bloggers and “mom-influencers.” She is more than excited to join Miami Moms Blog. Connect with Bella on Instagram @isabelita305.

Ana-Sofia Navarrete DuLaney

Meet Our Contributors Ana-Sofia Navarrete DuLaney

Contributor

Ana-Sofia is a Miami native that chose to never leave her hometown.  She attended FIU and is an attorney that graduated from the University of Miami School of Law.  Ana-Sofia finally became more than friends with her childhood neighbor after more than 10 years, and now they are happily married! She was a proud dog mom before she became a human mom, and after the birth of their now two-year-old son, Ana-Sofia has been lucky enough to work from home.  She loves traveling with her husband and son but also loves staying home curled up on the couch.  An avid Dave Matthews fan, Ana-Sofia is also a grammar freak, Harry Potter obsessed, Heat and UM cheering, and gardening loving mama that hopes she’s doing right by her son while trying to reduce her ecological footprint.  Follow her on Instagram as she tries to live each day fully @TheAnaMachine.

Diana Garcia

Diana Garcia

Contributor & Events Team

Diana Llanso Garcia is a Miami native who is currently living down south in Homestead! She’s a stepmommy of a teenager and mom of 2. Did she mention they’re all girls? Her poor husband, even their family dogs are girls. She is currently a full-time claims adjuster for homeowner claims. She went to school abroad for college although she is not currently practicing what she went to school for. She loves spending time with her girls and her husband exploring new things in their city. Starbucks and Target runs are a definition of a good time in this household! One thing for sure is their house runs on faith, love, and coffee! Follow her on Instagram @Diana.Garcia_16

Jennifer Espino de Sera

Meet Our Contributors Jennifer Espino de Sera

Events Team

Jennifer Espino de Sera is a disciplined business professional with a strong logistics and strategic planning background specializing in the automotive industry.  Originally from New York, Jennifer moved to Miami at the age of eight and later pursued the art of Flamenco dancing, among other artistic expressions. She received her degree in psychology, and subsequently her MBA at Florida International University where she met her best friend and husband, Julio.  They have two amazing and curious little boys: Julio IV (5) and Joshua (3). Jennifer loves enjoying what Miami has to offer by exploring local parks, Zoo Miami, the myriad museums in South Florida, as well as live music events. God comes first in Jennifer’s life, and that of her family; a message that she aspires to bring to the lives of all of those around her.

Luisa Loynaz

Meet Our Contributors Luisa Loynaz

Events Team

Luisa is a born and raised Miami girl, but don’t let that fool you, there’s some country in this momma! Some of her favorite childhood memories include spending time on her stepfather’s ranch, learning how to ride horses, shoot up some targets, and play a mean game of pool! She studied education at MDC & FIU, but found a new path in life. Currently, she spends her days as a SAHM raising her two beautiful girls, helping run the family DJ/lighting/photobooth/special effects business, and trying to be a better wife, daughter and mother every day. She met her husband in 2008 on Facebook when he would promote his DJ clubbing days and would never step foot in a club. They’ve been married for 7 years and have two beautiful girls, Emma Sophia and Everly Grace. She looks forward to working and helping the Miami Moms Blog community any way she can.

Candice Carricarte

Meet Our Contributors Candice Carricarte

Contributor

Candice teaches female business-owners how to get unstuck while focusing on what brings joy and income. She’s been in marketing and business development for over 20 years and blogging has been a creative outlet for the last 2 years. She’s passionate about encouraging mothers to believe that they are not defined by their accomplishments but they are fully worthy of receiving abundant blessings in life. Originally from a military family who settled in small-town North Alabama, she learned that happiness is a choice, regardless of where you call home. She’s lived in Miami for 12 years and resides with her husband and four young children. Prior to motherhood, Candice was a triathlete and still enjoys an active lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and traveling; she’s overly enthusiastic about many things in life, not the least of which is avocado and sparkling water 🙂 Follow her on Instagram @candicecarricarte.

Amanda Bond

Meet Our Contributors Amanda Bond

Events Team

Amanda grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania as an athlete with a passion for health and fitness. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 2004 and a master’s in elementary education from the University of Miami in 2006. Amanda quickly fell in love with the beautiful city of Miami and has since resided with her husband Craig, daughter Jayda, and son Terrence. Amanda and her family enjoy traveling, cruising to new places, and living an active lifestyle. Prior to growing her loving family, Amanda worked as an elementary teacher and swim instructor. With a passion to continue in the field of health and fitness, Amanda is now a certified coach for The FASTer Way and a Zyia Active rep. She has taken her love of education from the classroom, to the online community where she empowers women to feel confident and be the healthiest version of themselves. Follow her on Instagram @fitfam.mom2.

Zoe Costa

MMC Contributor Zoe Costa

Contributor & Events Team

Dr. Costa is a military spouse who is currently stationed in Miami, FL.  Her husband serves Active Duty in the the Coast Guard.  Together they have two beautiful girls who are 6 and 3 yrs old.  Moving every 3-4yrs made it challenging to pursue her career as a chiropractor, due to her husband’s job. Together, they made the difficult decision to pause her career until both of her girls were in school.  Dr. Costa had the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of the human body teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level when stationed in Long Island, NY.  Since moving to The Sunshine State, she has dedicated and focused her time to raising her daughters while working part-time as an online health and fitness coach.  Dr. Costa continues to educate her clients on how to live healthy and fulfilling lives through proper nutrition and fitness.  Follow along with her @survivalofthefittish_mom on Instagram.

Meli Rentas

Meet Our Contributors Meli Rentas

Events Team

Meli Rentas is a Miami-raised girl with Cuban-American parents. She was born in Fort Worth Texas were her dad was attending Southwestern Theological Seminary. After her dad completed seminary, Meli’s family moved back to Miami when she was four years old. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in mental health counseling from Florida International University. She is also a state-certified school and guidance counselor and exceptional student educator. She has worked as a teacher, youth and adult counselor, and loves to help and serve families. After marrying and having her first son, Meli decided to stay home and dedicate herself to this new role as a mom. Throughout the past five years, she has both witnessed and experienced the real mental and emotional hardships of motherhood. It is her desire to encourage and equip mothers with all she’s learned both in mental health and as a mom on navigating this role with joy, love, and peace.

Krystal Giraldo

MMC Contributor Krystal Giraldo

Contributor

Krystal Giraldo works full-time and is a momma to one rambunctious toddler and step-momma to one thriving pre-teen. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology has really allowed her to excel at work and at home in the role of mom and stepmom. She has lived in Miami all her life (although born in New Jersey, her Puerto Rican mom and Colombian dad moved her here to Miami just shy of 3 months old). She met the love of her life online (like a true millennial) and has embraced all life changes with good books and cafecitos. She tends to overwork and overthink which is what makes her so relatable to other moms. She is also an exceptional planner which helped her land the position as coordinator in the Domestic Violence Unit for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Krystal enjoys traveling, attending community events, eating sushi and trying all the red wines. This momma strives to continue strengthening and growing her village through her family and friends, both local and out of state. And cannot wait to connect more with her virtual tribe within the Miami Moms Blog community.

Minerva Roca

Meet Our Contributors Minerva Roca

Contributor

Minnie is an outgoing, sweet, caring, and trustworthy 30-year-old Miami native of Cuban nationality. I am a mommy of 3, an 11-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old girl. I am a special needs mom. I love everything having to do with self-improvement for the mind-body and spirit. I have struggled with, and currently have, depression and anxiety. I am book smart, love school and learning, and have managed to finish my associate’s degree, finish a certification in event and wedding planning, and am finishing my bachelor’s degree in human resources and marketing. I have used my knowledge in marketing to build my Instagram, @imperfectlyminnie, am currently launching my own blog, ImperfectlyMinnie.com to help other women and moms, and might look into YouTube in the future. I love to travel and dance and you can usually find me at therapy with the kids, at school, or at my grandpa’s house.

Ivetsy Fernandez

Meet Our Contributors Ivetsy Fernandez Miami Moms Blog

Events Team

Ivetsy Fernandez a single, full-time working mom to a beautiful 7-year-old baby girl named Sophia. She was born in “Quisqueya la Bella,” Dominican Republic and her parents flew her to New York City from a very young age where she was raised with her two siblings. She moved to Miami in 2016 looking for better opportunities, and fell in love with the city and its warm weather! You can follow Sophia and Ivetsy’s adventures on Instagram @Lovelylife_Rose

Monica Auslander Moreno

Headshot Monica Auslander Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is the founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of 11 registered dietitians who work with pediatrics and adults. She is the dietitian for the Miami Marlins and is the visiting dietitian specialist at Ocean Reef Resort and Club. Before opening her practice, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida and earned her Master’s of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University. Monica has spoken at national conferences and delivered hundreds of presentations, been featured in various print and media publications, and maintains membership within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, Integrative Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Collegiate and Professionals Sports Dietitians Association, and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. She has been a member of the Junior League of Miami since 2011, is the Diversity Liaison for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is a past co-chair and current board member of Jewish Community Services of South Florida’s Young Alliance. She recently won the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman in Healthcare of the Year award. Follow her on Instagram @eatlikemonica.

Daniela Muir

Meet Our Contributors Daniela Muir

Contributor & Events Team

Daniela is a first time mama to a precious 1 year old baby boy, Oscar. She was born in Ecuador, but was been raised in Miami. She met her husband in law school in South Carolina, and after graduation they moved down to Miami– even though he didn’t speak a word of Spanish! They are creating their own Ecuadorian-American traditions for their family, navigating meshing cultures and trying to establish a bilingual household. Daniela lives in Doral with her husband, her son, and their 1-year-old puppy. Crazy enough, their son and their dog are only 1 month apart. As an attorney, it has been interesting navigating the working mom ropes. She is lucky to be able to work from home some days, which has made all the difference. Daniela enjoys cooking, baking, traveling with her family, and dancing it out in the living room with her son after a long day. She is always interested in finding healthier ways to enjoy food, trying to run a cleaner household, and simplifying the never-ending mom list. All while running after a very energetic toddler! Follow along on @danielasmuir to get a glimpse into their family!  

Kristin Parke

Kristin Parke Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

As a native, Kristin loves living in South Florida with her husband and miracle daughter. As an Enneagram 7, she enjoys being spontaneous and is fueled by being with others and a good coffee! Her Type-A personality enjoys a good checklist which is helping a lot these days as she embraces the beautiful chaos of being a new mom! She enjoys exploring new finds in her city, seeing the sun and palm trees every day, and experiencing the vast amount of beautiful cultures and activities in South Florida with family and friends! A SAHWM, Kristin holds an MBA in international business and works in PR & marketing for a national nonprofit. She has experience working for a pregnancy resource center and in development for foster children and unaccompanied children. Kristin likes to keep it real in a culture of counterfeit and considers community not just nice but necessary. She believes we are all uniquely designed with amazing gifts and enjoys encouraging women to fully utilize those gifts! Follow and connect with her at @kristinparke.  

Dina Garcia

Dina Garcia Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

After healing her relationship with food and reversing her pre-diabetes, Dina Garcia has developed a true passion for helping others live the happy, healthy lives they deserve, free from preoccupations with food and body image. As a dietitian-nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and founder of Vida Nutrition and Conscious Living, she is all about helping her clients ditch diets, build a healthy relationship with food, and find practical solutions that make healthy eating DO-able. She’s constantly juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship but enjoys the flexibility that being her own boss provides her family. Dina has been featured on CBS Miami and in Bustle, Self, Women’s Health, Livestrong, Thrillest, Simple Most, Business News Daily, and more. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics in 2005 at Ball State University, then her supervised practice in 2006 at California State University, Fresno. You can follow Dina on IG and FB.

Jacqueline Jebian Garcia

Jacqueline Jebian Garcia Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

Jacqui is an old soul and finds joy in all things vintage. If she could live in this VW van while singing old tunes with her guitar, she would! She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from FAU and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from FlU. Through singing, she grew an interest in the relationship between music, language, and the brain. She is passionate about combining music and creativity into her multi-sensory approach in order to improve overall use of functional communication skills in a more hands-on way. She is even more passionate about her amazing husband of 8 years and their two children, Joshua and Jovi. She is a wife and a mama before being an SLP. She is honest and transparent about all things motherhood, marriage, and mental health. She sparks her creativity frequently through singing, music, painting, and DIY as her therapeutic outlet (aside from psychotherapy). She invites you to follow along @diyspeechiemommy on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy to experience her journey of DIY, speech therapy, motherhood, and everything else life brings that falls in between. 

Kristina Fiorentino

Kristina Fiorentino Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

Kristina is a Miami native. Together with her husband Julian, they have three children five and under – Isaac, Olive, and Eloise. Within the last few years, they have embraced “rural living” in Miami. They live on a farm in the Redlands where Kristina runs a hands-on educational program inviting school groups and members of the community to their homestead in order to learn about and enjoy a morning on the farm. She is a former teacher, a life-long learner, and wears many hats – most recently beekeeper. Kristina is big on engaging with the local community; after all, it takes a village! Follow Kristina and her adventures on Instagram @kristinafiorentino and @thelittlefarmmiami.

Katrina Fraga-Torres

Katrina Fraga-Torres

Contributor

Katrina is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom/aunt and entrepreneur. After 7 years in education, she decided to leave the classroom and dedicate herself to her two children and her twin sisters’ babies. Going from the working world to being home completely changed her life and her perspective on motherhood. She started a blog page called Mom of 2 Without a Clue and followed it with a podcast by the same name. Miami is her hometown, and she is surrounded by her loud, loving, amazing Cuban family. She hopes that through her podcasts and blogs she can connect to other moms about all stages of motherhood, relationships, and life. It is important to share the highs and lows, so moms never feel alone in their journey. Katrina is also the owner of TyLu Jewels, a jewelry business inspired by and dedicated to her 2 two greatest treasures. Follow her on Instagram @momof2withoutaclue @tylujewels.

Jaselyn Herrera

MMC Events Team Member Jaselyn Herrera

Events Team

Jaselyn (Jazzy to her friends) is a Cuban-American quality assurance manager by day and a full-time problem solver around the clock! She was voted most unusual in high school and was president of her school’s gay and straight alliance club. Her household consists of a hardcore plumber, a toddler teenager, one mighty pug, and a feisty bearded dragon named Betty.

When she’s not working hard on enriching her career path, Jaselyn can be found enjoying South Florida in all its glory, from its delectable cuisine to its many year-round outdoor activities. Accompanied by her adventurous toddler, Mr. Mason, and her sometimes reluctant but accepting partner, Jasmanny, to experience new things, since Ren fests are always a must!

A true Aries at heart, she is determined, courageous, against negativity, quick-witted, direct while having a caring outlook on the world, and slightly intimidating at times in the best way. Jaselyn is never afraid to help anyone in need or fight for a good cause while keeping a sense of professionalism and humor.

Jacquelyn Palmer

Jacquelyn Palmer

Events Team

Jacqui was born in Colorado and raised in Michigan. She spent half of her life in Michigan and then moved back to Colorado for college to spend the other half of her life. She was previously a flight attendant where she met her husband (that’s its own story haha), and then moved down here to South Florida to be a full-time mom! She has been living in Homestead for almost six years now. She’s a military wife and a mother of a sweet little five-year-old, named Elaina. When she and Elaina are not at the zoo or exploring somewhere new, she really enjoys baking and doing makeup! She currently works and bakes for Heritage Market, a farmers market out in the Redlands. She also sells makeup on the side for a company called Younique. Although she enjoys staying busy, cuddling up with her little and two kitties on the couch watching a movie is one of her favorite activities. Also, anything including food, she’s in! Follow her on Instagram to see some of the fun makeup art she does and also meet her little family! @JacquiFaye

Jeany Vega

Jeany Vega

Events Team

Jeany was born and raised in Miami. She presently resides in West Kendall with her husband, 11-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter, and their 2 fur babies. Along with being a full-time mom she also runs her company, DuElite MPR and DuElite Productions. Additionally, she works as an executive manager. She loves being involved in the community and is always looking for amazing resources and products for moms and kids. Another joy of hers is helping parents find fun things to do/places to go with kids. Reading is a passion of hers as is traveling, crafting, and photography. 

Natasha Arias

Natasha Arias Contributor

Contributor

Natasha was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is a proud UPS wife to a very hardworking husband. She is a proud mom of 3 magnificent kids: Nicole (23), Kaytlin (20), and Steven (17). She loves spending time with her family and going on vacation… who doesn’t?!  She owns a small business called Limitless Tee Co. It started off as a hobby but took off into what it is today. She’s also on Etsy.  She has had the business since 2019. 

A fun fact about her is she’s a huge I Love Lucy fan and collector, as well as a funko pop collector. She loves curling up on the couch with her husband and playing video games till late hours. She’s also a devoted fan of the New England Patriots and looks forward to football season. Life threw her a curveball when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2012, so she believes in living life to the fullest. She’s a firm believer that “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does,” and that’s something she has instilled in her kids. Follow her on IG @limitlesscouple305.

Rachel Santos Solano

MMC Contributor Rachel Santos Solano

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Rachel is a Cuban-American full-time working professional, wife, and first-time mother that was born and raised in Miami. She resides with her college sweetheart and Costa Rican husband of 7 years and her 9-month-old daughter. Her degree in mass communications/journalism along with her passion for writing and photography was what ultimately led her to start her very own lifestyle blog, The Cultured Local, and social media accounts which she now runs as a side hustle aside from her corporate job. When she isn’t working full-time or on her side hustle, she loves exploring her city and enjoys spending quality time with her family which includes finding fun and unique things to do together like attending a local festival or event. Rachel is currently embracing and finding happiness, joy, and fulfillment in being a first-time mother even with its challenging days and it has led her to become passionate about motherhood and parenting. Not only does she enjoy attending events put together by women, but she also loves getting to meet new people, especially mothers in the local community. Her desire is to develop lasting friendships and a support system during her new motherhood journey and to get involved in the community. It is for that reason along with her new passion for all things related to motherhood that essentially motivated her to become a Miami Mom Collective contributor! To connect and follow Rachel on her adventures and motherhood journey check out her Instagram page @culturedlocal.

Morgan Petek

Morgan Petek

Contributor

Morgan is originally from Atlanta but has since called NYC, London, Nashville, Stockholm, Marbella, Chennai, and now Miami home. She and her Swedish partner, Erik, relocated to Brickell in 2021 and welcomed their adorable little girl, Monroe Britthea, that June. Morgan has two Masters degrees, one from The London School of Economics in Global Health and Community Development and the other from Vanderbilt University in Nursing. Her career and life have always been focused on caring for others and “giving back.” She has worked as a director for a program supporting immigrant and refugee youth and as a palliative and hospice nurse practitioner. Morgan has served on multiple non-profit boards and actively volunteers with animal rescues around the world. Her other great love is travel, and she has been to 32 countries (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe). She and Erik love exploring different places and cultures through food, drink, adventure, and deep human connections, and they have already started to instill this love of travel and others in Monroe. They are creating their own Swedish-American traditions and raising Monroe in a bilingual household (trilingual once she starts school!). Morgan looks forward to connecting with other Miami moms and forming new friendships. For more on Morgan’s journey in motherhood and Miami, travel pics with her (incredibly cute!) baby, and charity work, follow her @morganpetekniemann.

Daniella Trujillo

Daniella Trujillo

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Daniella Trujillo, of Colombian descent, was born and lived in Norwalk, CT until the age of 5, then raised in Tampa, FL. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, graduating as a first-generation college student, with a B.A. in communication sciences and disorders. In 2014, she was led to Miami, where she attended Florida International University to obtain her M.S. degree in speech-language pathology. Over the last few years, she has dedicated herself to the field of speech-language pathology, working in a variety of settings as a bilingual pediatric therapist, and most recently, with adults. Currently, she works via telehealth. Daniella married her Miami-native husband in 2018, and they welcomed their miracle baby boy in June 2021. She is a woman of faith who enjoys drinking cafecito and exploring So Flo’! She feels grateful to join MMC and build lasting relationships. Connect with her on Instagram at @lalatinaspeechie

Chyna Moc

Chyna Moc

Contributor

Chyna Moc (pronounced China, like the country) is so excited to be part of the Miami Mom Collective community. She is a wife, mother of 3, and a nurse practitioner who specializes in women’s health and wellness. Her professional background in obstetrics and gynecology has fueled her passion for encouraging and empowering women and other moms. She and her family value health and fitness and enjoy spending time together exploring our fabulous hometown of Miami. She has valued community her whole life and looks forward to connecting with others through such an inspiring platform and group of women. You can follow her on IG @chynamoc_fnp.

Cecilia Diaz Candelas

Cecilia Diaz

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Cecilia is a poet and soil lover that fell in love with a puritan engineer. She finds herself homeschooling as an unexpected pandemic incident and loves it so far. Her husband is a pastor at Iglesia La Travesía which, by God’s sense of humor, also means she is a pastor’s wife. She is trained as an agronomist specialized on tree physiology and organic farms management and currently helps cacao producers run agroforestry practices on their farms. She holds a hopeful ambition to build urban food supply systems with hyperlocal producers and a Classical Christian school in Puerto Rico. Potajera is her local foodscaping business/platform to provide related products and services like worm compost, ornamental superfood plants, soil science and ‘foodscaping’ courses and consultancy.

Jessica Morales

Jessica Morales

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Jessica loves learning new things and is always working to grow. A busy stay-at-home mom who finds joy in the simple things in life. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and lives by the saying that her abuela would always tell her, Siempre pa’lante. Jessica and her family love spending their time at the beach. One of her favorite memories with her partner Taj is when they woke up early to watch the sunrise at the beach (they obviously stopped for Starbucks first). She loves self-help, including the two books she recommends: Atomic Habits and Manifest Now. She believes that to be the best mom and partner she needs to take care of herself, mind, body, and soul. Sometimes it simply means a solo Target run or a glass of red wine. Jessica is so excited to be a part of Miami Mom Collective and connect with other moms. Follow her on Instagram @_jessvera.

Andrea Abraham

Andrea Abraham

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Andrea grew up in Miami with Trinidadian and Guyanese parents and thoroughly enjoyed growing up around the vast cultures found in this great city. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in accounting and international business, she returned to Miami to pursue her career. After ten years in Miami, she moved to Los Angeles and then to New York City to continue her role as a certified public accountant in the alternative fund space. Twelve years later, she returned to Miami with her husband and two young daughters. After twenty years of working as an accountant, she has transitioned to a client relations role at the asset management company she currently works at. During this time, she has become passionate about supporting other working moms and helping new parents with their transition back to work once parental leave ends.  She joined Miami Mom Collective to empower other moms to strive for their career goals while still enjoying motherhood. Along with her career and motherhood, she still enjoys traveling, spa days, and spending time with friends. She is encouraging moms to redefine what “having it all” is and to live on their own terms!

Grettel Martinez

Grettel Martinez

Contributor

Grettel is a Cuban native, wife, and mother of 3 girls. She moved to Miami at the age of 15 and studied undergraduate psychology at Florida International University. She then pursued a doctorate in clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University, with a concentration in child psychology. Grettel is a child psychologist specializing in assessment of childhood disorders. She created Healthy Minds Psychology out of her passion to serve children. The practice has a growing team of mental health professionals dedicated to serving and helping a growing South Florida community. Follow Grettel and her team on Instagram at @psyhealthyminds

Charmaine Rappaport

MMC Events Team Member Charmaine Rappaport

Events Team

Charmaine is a Baltimore native who became a Miami Mom in 2015 when she moved down shortly after she graduated college and became pregnant with her first daughter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations with concentrations in marketing and speech communications. Charmaine reached out to Cierra and the Miami Mom Collective team while she was a stay-at-home mom to her first daughter. She realized that she needed an outlet to fellowship with other like-minded moms. Charmaine enjoys traveling, keeping active, and exploring local family-friendly spots with her husband Matthew and their three (sometimes five) kids ranging from ages 10 to 1 year old. Charmaine works at a non-profit and strives to find ways to give back to a community that she feels has given so much to her family. Follow her on Instagram @MrsCharmaineRappaport.

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