Meet the Jacksonville mom contributors
Jacksonville mom writers
Allie never would have guessed that she’d be calling Jacksonville, Florida home, but here she is! A midwest native, she’s lived in Indiana, New York City, Jax, Chicago and has now returned to the First Coast with her family—husband Jonny, two toddlers, Adair & Fitz, and an ageless cockapoo. Her professional history and range of passions is as all-over the map as her home bases. With degrees in musical theatre and journalism, Allie has worked both as Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleader (go ROAR!) and, most recently, a senior content strategist. She loves being a mom more than anything in the world (even wine) and is excited to be sharing the ups and downs of her journey with you.
Christie Pettus is a full time working wife and mother living her suburban cul de sac dream in Orange Park, Fl. She is Mom to two awesome teenagers, McKenzie and Ethan, who have come to accept that certain parts of their lives will be blogged about, so they should act accordingly. As graduates of the University of Florida, her and her husband Ryan can be found rooting on their alma mater every chance they get including the more obscure sports. LaCrosse anyone? When she’s not judging her kids’ questionable teenage choices, she can be found hiding in a room buried in a good book or writing, editing, and dreaming about being a full-time author.
Jena is a stay-at-home working mom, a wife to her adoring husband Paul, and mom to energetic and hilarious little girls, Isla Grace, Hannah, and Naomi. Being a dancer, cheerleader and gymnast in her youth, Jena has always been athletic but it wasn’t until after college when her real love for exercise began. Three years after graduating from college a friend convinced her to sign up for her first 15k and the next thing she knew she was running past Jack Sparrow in her first marathon at Walt Disney World! Jena recently became certified to teach group fitness. She hopes to “pump” other moms up with fitness tips, trends and information to keep them going strong no matter what motherhood throws their way!
Originally an ATLien, Katie Jones has lived in Jacksonville since 2009 with her super handy husband and their high-strung mutt dog, Maybelle. Katie is a momma of two girls – sweet princess Lila joined the party in April 2015, and little sister (a.k.a. the no limit solider) Lennox made her debut in June 2017. When Katie is not celebrating her love of sarcasm and humor, or writing posts for her design and lifestyle blog, she’s busy designing interiors as her full-time job in the residential construction field, or tackling DIY renovation projects of her own. See above: “handy husband.” She loves the camaraderie of Jacksonville Mom and is thrilled to be part of a community where we can laugh and figure this whole life and motherhood thing out together!
Boy mom. Household CEO. Corporate leader. Outdoor lover. Social seeker. Sun worshipper. Curious traveler. Champagne enthusiast. These words describe Kerry Schicker. Kerry has always had a passion for writing. Her 20-year career has grown through some form of writing including TV news reporting and producing, magazine publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, blogging and my current day job doing HR and employee communications for a Fortune 300 FinTech company. She is thankful that Jacksonville has such a supportive community for moms, and can’t imagine raising my two boys anywhere else.
Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency. She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André’s devoted wife and mother to 2-year-old daughter Audrey, baby boy Mason and her fur baby. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from FSCJ. Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family. In her spare time, yoga, listening to podcasts or audiobooks, and online shopping. Earlier this year she started a personal blog. You can follow her at 5spicemomma.com.
Sashaying from the rainbow state of Hawaii, NaTasha currently resides in Jacksonville with her awesome husband and two beautiful island souvenirs (kids). As a ministry leader, doctoral candidate and homeschooling mama, NaTasha enjoys the freelance lifestyle, styling clients and blogging on DIY style. She has organized fashion shows and style workshops for a variety of large organizations. NaTasha also assists with marketing and brand development for small businesses and training & development for APA subdivisions. When she’s not glued to her screen for one thing or another, she is likely teaching Bible study, bumming at the beach with her littles or planning small events for friends.
Cassy Fiano is a Jacksonville native and mom to four kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, and she is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Clara, born in 2015, who is doing everything she can to keep up with her brothers and sister. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jaguars.
Jacksonville University alumna, Corinna Hoffman is a professional family and baby photographer working at her studio located in Riverside. A native of the Philippines, she moved to America at age 10 and has lived everywhere from New York, to Kansas, to Washington, and now calls Florida her home. She is a Yankee fan married to a Red Sox fan by choice. Corinna and her husband, Robert, are both passionate about their baseball teams just as much as they are with the Jacksonville Jaguars! They have been married for almost 11 years now, and she is a mom to a cool and gregarious young toddler, whom she affectionately calls, “Little Lincoln.”
Kacey Roache is a Jacksonville native who lives in Ponte Vedra with her husband, TJ, and her three kids, Lucy, Lucas and Lola. Kacey graduated from Florida State University (Go Noles!) with a degree in interior design. She currently is a Realtor with Team Young & Volen at Ponte Vedra Club Realty. She is passionate about the arts and arts education and serves on the board of Art with a Heart in Healthcare and the Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation for the Arts as well as the PTO at her kids' school. In her spare time you might find her channeling her inner Serena Williams on the tennis court, performing in an occasional community theater musical, or enjoying the beach with her friends and family.
Kathy is a Georgia girl who followed her surfer husband Chuck to the beaches of Jacksonville where she became mom to twins Sophie and Will, Lainey, and baby Henry! Stay at home mom and avid volunteer, Kathy truly believes in teaching her children to embrace the community, to depend on each other, and to serve one another. Kathy served for a decade in the Junior League of Jax, serves on the executive board of the PTA where her children attend school, and is very active in her church, Neptune Baptist. Kathy has learned so much in her career as a software consultant for Oracle, but is always amazed at the skills she has acquired as a mom and community volunteer.
Kristen grew up in the Midwest and loves that she can now wear flip-flops all year long! She is the mom of football fanatic Zach, clever and crafty Kayte, and the wild and crazy Quinn. Kristen loves being a SAHM, as long as that does not involve staying at home much- she is always on the move and a big kid herself! She stays busy volunteering with her kid’s school, being involved in the MOM’s Club, and staying active with her neighborhood. Working in human resources as a recruiter for 10 years developed her love for being involved and meeting new people. During downtime, she enjoys DIY projects, live music, date nights, dancing, hanging out with girlfriends, running on the beach and laying in her hammock.
Meg is a working mom of two and avid community volunteer. She has worked in corporate communications and media relations for more than 15 years, for a Fortunate 500 company as well as a non-profit. She took some time off to enjoy life as a stay at home mom after the birth of her first child in 2008. Her sweet, introverted daughter, was excited to welcome her baby brother in 2013, and boy/girl twins in 2016. Meg finds being an “office mama” a constant balancing act and never-ending challenge but enjoys the opportunities it offers her for personal growth. A Virginia girl at heart, she loves Florida’s warm weather, the great quality of life Jacksonville offers her family.
Cheryl Leddy is both a mom and a C.P.A. in her native Jacksonville, FL. Upon graduating from the University of Florida, her love for Jacksonville brought her back to the First Coast where she began her career and her family. She and her husband have three curly-haired children, Nate, Evelyn, and Whit, whom she adores, but who constantly keep her on her toes! Cheryl is fortunate to be able to work as a C.P.A. at Farmand, Farmand, and Farmand, P.A. while also being home with her children. Her favorite parts about living in Jacksonville are the great family and kid-friendly activities, the proximity to the beach, as well as the short drive to Gainesville, where she can keep up with the Florida Gators (her first true love)!
Jeanine J. Ferguson is a Fort Lauderdale native who enjoys the beach life. After her husband’s career brought them to Jacksonville in 2003, she quickly fell in love with the beauty and charm of the First Coast. The joy of Jeanine’s life is being mom to two fun-loving, inquisitive boys, Cleveland IV (2009) and Jackson (2012). Passionate about all things fashion, including “New With Tags” finds and what she refers to as “Smart Style,” she’s also an avid DIYer and photographer. Jeanine is a proud Gator, receiving her undergraduate, masters, and specialist degrees from the University of Florida. Jeanine also owns a Women’s Online Clothing Boutique, Fourth & Jack, affectionately named after her sons.
Kaitlyn is loving life as a girl mom with twin four-year-olds and a one-year-old. She has been standing by her man through undergrad, med school, and now residency (and is a little worn out). She is loving Jacksonville and this new chapter of life. Kaitlyn was the head of PR for a startup company in Utah before switching over to Video Production where she got pretty good at making software seem interesting and kind of fun—even though it’s really not. After taking a break from the professional world to “hang with her three best girlfriends”, she is now on a path to self-discovery. One thing she has discovered is that she really likes cake. Kaitlyn makes lovely cakes and has just started to sell them and teach cake decorating. Check out her cakes on Instagram @kaitybaked.
Kelsey is a Jacksonville, Florida, native, enjoying life with her wonderful husband, Matthew, and their adorable children, Noah, Sophia, and Lincoln. She is a nutritionist that completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at UNF. Prior to becoming a stay-home-mama, she worked as a community outreach coordinator, where she taught people about the benefits of holistic health. Kelsey enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, online shopping, and having date nights at local restaurants. She is notorious for snapping pictures of any dish that looks delicious, and she shares her food photography, fun recipes and mom life posts on her blog, KelseyCassman.com.
Lindsay grew up on Hilton Head SC before heading to FSU. She met her wonderful wife in Jacksonville before they headed to Chicago together where Lindsay worked as an investment analyst. After deciding six winters in the Midwest were plenty they moved back to Jacksonville, new baby girl in tow, in 2013. A second daughter joined their estrogen-filled household in 2014, completing their family. Lindsay works as a digital servicing strategy analyst for a large financial corporation while momming it up with her two active girls. She is also the co-director and co-founder of both Parenting with Pride North Florida and Jacksonville LGBT Families, two organizations that develop and deliver programming and activities for LGBTQIA+ families.
Meredith Fitts Loudenback is “just a small town girl” from South Carolina who moved to Jacksonville in 1995 after graduating from Clemson University. Meredith and her husband enjoyed living in London and Boston for several years before choosing to relocate back to Jacksonville. After working in commercial banking (5 years) and medical sales (10 years), she now enjoys being a stay-at-home mom to her son, Matthew, and supportive wife to her husband, Scott. Meredith is passionate about travel, fitness, entertaining, books, beauty and style. In her free time, Meredith also enjoys triathlon, being involved in PTA, all things shopping, cooking, family bike rides that end with ice cream and a good cocktail shared with girlfriends.
Jacksonville mom 'mombassadors'
Becky Walters went from an Air Force brat to a Navy wife! Her love of travel and wine is shared with her husband of 4 years. She is a former elementary school teacher turned SAHM to a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. Even though she has moved all over the world she considers herself a Texas girl. On the rare occasion she had a few minutes to herself, you can find her enjoying a good episode of Real Housewives or working on a craft project. Becky is a Mombassador for the JMB Military Community Group.
Brittainy is a native to Jacksonville. She graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 2001 and went on to continue her education at FSCJ. She received my Pharmacy technician license in 2005 and worked as a pharmacy technician for 12 years. Brittany started her career at Osteen's Pharmacy, then moved on to Hospice, then Smart Pharmacy. This past year she and her husband decided that it would be best if I stayed home. She is now a stay at home mom, and it was the best decision she ever made. Brittainy enjoys doing many activities with my children and volunteering at their school. She loves to cook, sew, read, and work on different crafts. Brittainy is also a health and wellness advocate and enjoy working out and introducing healthy new food ideas to my family.
Native Floridian right here. The beach is my happy place. I met my amazing husband while in college at North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) We have two little girls and I stay home with them. We are huge Disney World fans and decided to become annual passholders. Additionally, I own two businesses, am a proud Mombassador for #JacksonvilleMom and I coach gymnastics at the YMCA. I am passionate about meeting new Moms and helping them to connect with our amazing #JacksonvilleMom community.