On-Line Power Moms Expo

Find out how stay-at-home moms reinvented their lives

In Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, stay-at-home and work-from-home moms share their stories about making choices and building their lives. Many of our contributors have forged new careers and founded businesses that enable them to be at home with their kids. For anyone struggling with their choices or wanting to learn more about how to build their own family-friendly careers, I encourage you to read about these women, see what they’ve done and contact them! The list is organized by the type of work and then alphabetically. A complete list of contributor biographies can be found in the back of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.

Also, please visit chickensoup.com to read more about Power Moms and other Chicken Soup for the Soul books!

Women (and men) Authors

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, is a naturopathic physician. She graduated from Bastyr University, the nation’s leading academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She has published over 200 articles on healthy living and self-care and is currently writing a book about children’s nutrition. Visit her website at www.kimberlybeauchamp.com.

Elise Chidley received her Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1995. She has worked as a journalist, college lecturer, and public relations manager. Her first novel, Your Roots Are Showing, was published in October 2008. Please visit her website, www.elisechidley.com.

Billy Cuchens’ wife became a stay-at-home mom in 2006 when they adopted their son. She was then promoted to a second child the following year when they adopted their daughter. To read more of his humorous essays about his life, please go to goggycoffee.blogspot.com or e-mail him at billycuchens@yahoo.com.

Danielle Ganek is an author, whose first novel, Lulu Meets God And Doubts Him, has been translated into several languages, including Romanian. The New York Times said she had a “savvy satirical eye,” and she was selected for Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program in 2007. www.danielleganek.com

Jane Green is the author of ten best-selling novels, including Jemina J., Second Chance, and The Beach House. Jane is a recent winner of a Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Fiction Award and a native Londoner. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ian Warburg, and their blended family of five children. Visit her blog at www.janegreen.com.

Jill Kargman is the author of Momzillas and The Ex- Mrs. Hedgefund. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children and can be cyber-visited at www.jillkargman.com.

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels. Her latest novel, Handle With Care, will be released March 2009. She lives in Hanover, NH, with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com.

Moms in Media

Elizabeth Aldrich, mother of three, an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, writer, and public speaker, is the founder and publisher of ForHerInformation.com, an information source for conscious-minded women. She has produced and hosted her own PBS television series, For Her Information, and the Seattle radio show, A Balanced Life. Contact her at Beth@RestoringEssence.com or www.RestoringEssence.com and www.ForHerInformation.com.

Jillian Barberie-Reynolds is co-host of the Fox morning show Good Day LA, and has also appeared on television shows and in films. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology. Jillian and husband Grant Reynolds have a beautiful daughter, Ruby Raven. Visit her at www.askjillian.com.

Lisa Bradshaw is a mother, a cancer survivor, an entrepreneur and a widow. She hosts The Life with Lisa Show, a radio talk show. Lisa is writing her second book, Just Earth. Her mission is learning, enlightening and laughing through her writing and The Life with Lisa Show. www.lifewithlisabradshaw.com

Melora Hardin is an actress, wife and mother of two young daughters. She currently stars in The Office, and has appeared in numerous movies, including Absolute Power and 27 Dresses. She also stars in Hannah Montana: The Movie and 17 Again. She recently made her directorial debut with the independent feature You (www.youthefilm.com). Visit her at www.melora.com.

Robin Kall received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Binghamton in 1985. Married that same year, she has been living in Rhode Island with her husband and two children and dog. Robin’s radio show Reading With Robin (www.readingwithrobin.com) brings together her love of books and love of talk!

Kimmie Rose Zapf is a wife and mother of five. She hosts CBS Radio’s InnerViews with Kimmie and Steve, and is the author of several books including Wake Up Your Intuition. A recent N.D.E. inspired her to reach out to people through lectures to help them embrace the stillness within. For more information visit her website at www.kimmierose.com or www.theblessyouproject.com.

Women Entrepreneurs

Julie Cole L.L.B, M.A, B.A, is the co-founder of Mabel’s Labels Inc. (www.mabel.ca) and the busy but proud mother of five small children. She can be reached at julie@mabel.ca and her blog can be found at www.blog.mabel.ca.

Victoria Colligan is the Founder and CEO of Ladies Who Launch and is co-author of Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle. She has been featured on The Today Show and in The New York Times, among other media outlets. She holds a JD/MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Brown University. www.ladieswholaunch.com

Elizabeth Garrett divides her time as Director of Domestic Affairs for her home in New Canaan, CT, and as Executive National Vice President in qualification with Arbonne International. Elizabeth’s passions are her family and educating people about health and wellness and home-based businesses. Contact her at elizabethgarrett@myarbonne.com.

Tracy Higginbotham has been promoting women entrepreneurship since 1996. Her passion for creating stronger economic connections between women entrepreneurs led to the creation of her company, Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success) in 2005. She is dedicated to her husband, two sons, and women entrepreneurs. Contact Tracy at www.womenties.com.

Liz Lange founded Liz Lange Maternity. Her secondary line, Liz Lange for Target, is Target’s exclusive maternity line. Her book, Liz Lange’s Maternity Style: How to Look Fabulous During the Most Fashion-Challenged Time, will be followed by The Fourth Trimester. Lange is a member of the Committee of 200 and a board member of Fertile Hope. She lives in New York with husband, Jeffrey Lange, and children, Gus and Alice.

Britt Menzies is the creator and spirit behind StinkyKids™ (www.stinkykids.com). Inspired by her own two beautiful “StinkyKids,” Britt’s passion is to make StinkyKids a trusted brand. Britt is also an active volunteer with Books, Bears and Bonnets, Inc. (www.booksbearsbonnets.org) to which StinkyKids donates a portion of its profits.

Lisa Tener is proud mother of two boys. As a book coach, she helps people to successfully write and publish their books. She serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s publishing course. She loves to dance and read with her sons. Her websites are www.LisaTener.com and www.how-to-write-a-book.com.

Women Bloggers

Heather B. Armstrong, has won numerous awards for her widely read blog, dooce®, including a Lifetime Achievement award in 2008. Heather was named in Forbes’ “The Web Celeb 25,” and has been profiled in several national newspapers and business magazines. She has appeared on numerous national television news shows.

Barbara Curtis lives with her husband, Tripp, and the last five of their twelve children in Bluemont, Virginia. Barbara is also a prolific writer with nine books and 900 articles to her credit. She blogs daily at www.mommyteachme.net.

Erin Barrette Goodman is a law-of-attraction-inspired writer, workshop facilitator, yoga teacher and mother of two. She is the founder of the Rhode Island Birth Network, which promotes empowered decision-making during the childbearing years. Visit her blog (www.eringoodman.com/blog) to explore her joyful — and honest — daily musings.

Amy Hudock, Ph.D., Founding Co-Editor of LiteraryMama.com, is a single mom who teaches English in South Carolina. She is the co-editor of Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined and American Women Prose Writers, 1820-1870. Her work has appeared in Mama Ph.D., Cup of Comfort, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Single State of the Union. Check out her websites: singlemotheringsouthernstyle.blogspot.com, www.literarymama.com, www.amyhudock.com.

Kaye Khalsa is a mom of 2 teenage boys.  Dedicated to inspiring others, she owns and operates Franklin Yoga and Wellness, co-founded a rain forest preserve project in Costa Rica and a non-profit agency dedicated to Earth Preservation and Human Relief.  She is currently working on her first book. You can read her blog kayekhalsa.wordpress.com or visit, www.rainforestpreserve.com or www.franklinyoga.com.

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a “Luzianna” mother of four and freelance writer specializing in article and humorous essays on motherhood. Her collection, Mom, You’re Not Going to WRITE About This, Are You? is currently in search of a publisher. Visit her blog at blog.nola.com/faith/mimi_greenwood_knight, or contact her at djknight@airmail.net.

Heather Pemberton Levy loves raising her two young children in southeastern Connecticut but sometimes misses life in the corporate fast lane as a former vice president, magazine editor, and technology journalist. She captures the joys, frustrations and lessons of parenting in her blog, Mommy Truths, at www.mommytruths.blogspot.com.

Renee Sklarew, mother of two girls, writes a monthly column on families for Northern Virginia Magazine (www.northernvirginiamag.com) and her blog, DCwritermom.com. A former PTA President, she teaches newspaper writing. Her twelve-year-old daughter received her heart transplant in August 2000, and remains healthy and active.

Mama to six exuberant children, Ann Voskamp home educates, farms 600 acres with her husband, and, on the fringe hours, writes a column for the San Antonio Beacon. She writes of the sacred in the common at her daily blog www.aholyexperience.com.

Sue Wilkey graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Communications. She is currently a freelance writer, mother of three and author of the blog Happy Meals and Happy Hour. (www.happymealsandhappyhour.blogspot.com).

Women in Non-Profits

Farley Boyle received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications on a full athletic and academic scholarship from Jacksonville University in 1993. Upon graduating, she pursued a lucrative modeling career for fifteen years and is now a full-time mother and wife and Founding Director of C.H.A.S.E. for Life (CPR-Heimlich-Awareness-Safety-Education). Please visit chaseforlife.org where you can download information for free!

Victoria Hoffmann Marsh grew up in New York City, and received a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1986. She resides in Connecticut with husband Patrick, son Ian, and daughter Delaney. To contribute to the Sean Robert Marsh Pediatric Heart Foundation: PO Box 4820, Stamford, CT 06907, pvmarsh@optonline.net.

Cover Photographer

For twenty years Susan Morrow has been photographing professionally, from distinctive corporate and literary headshots to her renowned family portraiture. She has published Lovies and The Next Station to Heaven. Susan contributes her gift to many groups including Figure Skating of Harlem and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. www.susanmorrow.com.


Tom Swick is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and in Playboy Magazine, as well as on the cover of the CD Rapture of the Deep by Deep Purple, and in publications of the San Francisco Symphony and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Tom at tomswick@hotmail.com.