Welcome to Vermont Mom
Vermont Mom is a Vermont-focused business that gives a voice to local moms and builds community. We work with local businesses to promote products and services that are a logical fit for our following, host amazing events, publish engaging local content, and connect moms with each other. We’re your cheerleaders, best virtual friends, and a place where judgment has no home. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and sit with us for a bit. If you want to know Vermont, check out Vermont Mom!
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Meet our Senior Contributing Writers
Amanda DallSenior Contributing Writer
Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they were married in 2007. Amanda holds a Masters’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and, over the last few years, has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom. She has a son (born in 2011) and a daughter (born in 2014). Now that her youngest is off to school, she’s re-entered the workforce as an elementary substitute teacher until she figures out what her next career move may be. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and knitting, going to Zumba class, and playing basketball and tennis.
Ashley DiMercurioSenior Contributing Writer
Ashley was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in Colchester with her two children and husband. After getting married, she spent four years living outside DC to gain work and life experience, as well as perspective and a renewed love for her home state of Vermont. She is highly caffeinated and runs her own online reading tutoring business Your Reading Tutor and teaches ESOL online to students in China with VIPKID. She recently made the decision to homeschool and is loving the opportunity for a flexible learning environment for her kids. Her favorite things to do include making fairy houses with her kids, drinking coffee with her husband, and networking with other moms and entrepreneurs.
Halie ManleySenior Contributing Writer
Halie is a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style, and life. She currently resides on the eastern side of the state with her husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter.) She graduated from Colby-Sawyer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. While she loves to visit cities, she discovered that she can’t live in one! She best describes herself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, tea, local craft beers, ice cream, HGTV, and basically anything that sparks joy! She is ridiculously comfortable in her own shoes (probably because she ditched heels!) You can find more about her on her blog, My Small Home Life.
Julie McNultySenior Contributing Writer
Julie and her husband, Mike, were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but recently relocated to Vermont. Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and they love the swimming, hiking, and skiing. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. She spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, she’s a part-time work from home/full-time homeschooling mom to her crazy boys, Luke- 7 and Liam- 6. Julie enjoys reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with her kids and husband. You can follow her adventures on Instagram, @ur_basic_mom and you can check out her content strategy and marketing business, Writes Well With Others.
Kayla TornelloSenior Contributing Writer
Kayla is a stay-at-home mom and church pianist/organist. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Joseph, and her son Andrew (2010) and daughter Gianna (2011). She has way too many hobbies, but her favorites include singing with the Vermont Choral Union, tap dancing, playing the piano, and participating in the wide world of theater both onstage and off.
Mary Beth McNultySenior Contributing Writer
Mary Beth is a Southern transplant to Vermont by way of California, where she taught middle school. These days, you can find Mary Beth still working in education with a local college and as a playwright with the Burlington-based, Complications Company. She likes to write about things that make her laugh, like how her eldest sometimes channels a 50-year-old British man when she speaks; everyday tragedies, like being the only person in the house who seems to know how to change a toilet paper roll; and things that keep her up late at night, like climate change, school shootings, pandemics, and if she remembered to pay her car registration or not. She is a co-founder of Complications Company.
Meredith Bay-TyackSenior Contributing Writer
Meredith lives in a cozy house in Winooski with her husband, toddler, baby, and dog. She grew up in southern Vermont but lived in several cities and states across the country (most recently, Chicago) before coming back to the Green Mountains. She works in communications/public relations and on her blog Meredith Tested. Her favorite things to do include dancing with her daughters, gluten-free baking and cooking, challenging herself to “crazy” experiments like attempting a zero waste home, and enjoying all that Burlington has to offer.
Meredith GordonSenior Contributing Writer
Meredith Gordon is a stay-at-home mother of two from Shelburne, Vermont. When not making huge mistakes in parenting and marriage, you can find her around Burlington performing stand-up and making super cool creations at DeepCutCreations. She is beyond overjoyed to be a writer in the company of such amazing women.
Meet our Contributing Writers
Barb DevineContributing Writer
Barb is originally from Schenectady, New York and has made Vermont her home for the past 20 years. She currently resides in South Burlington with her husband and their teenage son. She has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Public Communications. She has held a variety of account and brand management roles in Boston and in Vermont. She currently works at Seventh Generation. An avid outdoor enthusiast, in her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and skiing – anything that gets her moving. She’s also a passionate reader and always appreciates a good book recommendation.
Brianna YarnellContributing Writer
Brianna and her husband are born and raised Vermonters. They currently reside in Essex, mere miles from the home Brianna grew up in. Brianna is a mother to 3 children who are 8 years apart in age. She obtained a trade degree in Automotive Technology and worked in the industry for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. Sports are a big part of her life, mainly hockey and soccer. She is the Essex Youth Hockey Association Girls Director. And whether she’s playing, coaching, or cheering on her family, Brianna loves to be involved in sports.
Danielle KentContributing Writer
Danielle graduated with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011 and has worked in a variety of settings. She is a multipassionate SLP, dedicated to equipping and empowering parents and professionals to support problem solving and communication. Each experience has led her to this current path of encouraging individuals/teams to pursue alignment, more fulfilled connections, and having more fun in their day to day life personal and professional endeavors. You can find Danielle and listen to her podcast, The Aligned Professional, at Danielle Kent.
Davida MurrayContributing Writer
Davida is the owner/physical therapist of New Moon Physical Therapy and Wellness and co-director of Middlebury Chabad along with her husband. With two organizations to run, she still considers her primary jobs to be a wife and mommy of her 3 little kids. Davida's self care consists of running, pottery, reading, and baking. When asked what her passions are, she will tell you: family, Judaism, and helping moms (and pretending to re-model her house on Pinterest while looking for barefoot shoes).
Haley ParizoContributing Writer
Haley is a pediatric nurse and a professionally trained labor and postpartum doula. She owns her own business, Vermont Doula Company, and coordinates the Volunteer Labor Doula Program at The University of Vermont Medical Center. Her lifelong passion for all things birth and babies was amplified further when she became a mother herself. She is now the proud parent of two crazy littles who keep her on her toes. Haley grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and now resides in Grand Isle, VT. She lives with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a dog. For day-to-day sanity and survival she listens to endless podcasts and audiobooks and constantly re-organizes her home. She and her family enjoy camping, boating, and a yearly travel adventure to somewhere warm.
Julie GarwoodContributing Writer
Julie is a mom of 2, wife, traveler, and aspiring minimalist. She has over 10 years of experience as a youth development leader, working in various nonprofit organizations with children aged 0-18. She loves to create and curate practical resources for all ages, including activities for her own family. Her writing focuses on the values of mindfulness, intentionality, and authenticity, hoping to build a community of Moms, alongside her, who are trying to figure it all out. Check her out at Commomity.
Julie Peoples-ClarkContributing Writer
Julie, originally from Baltimore, MD, has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teenybopper in 3 John Waters’s films, a tap-dancing book on television, and a professional modern dancer. She moved to Vermont 12 years ago with her husband Dave and daughter Ella. She is on the dance faculty at the University of Vermont and part of Dance Tramp a collective of Vermont-based experimental dance artists. Currently, she maintains a blog about her unique parenting experience. Most importantly, she is mother to Ella the Great and Emanuel Blessing.
Karen StewartContributing Writer
Karen grew up in the hills of Northeast Tennessee in the heart of Appalachia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Masters of Public Health in Community Health and she is a trained massage therapist. Her public health career was spent working for universities, the federal government, and the Vermont state government. To keep it interesting (and flexible), she is now working as an office manager for a friend’s company and provides public health consulting and grant writing on the side. Karen enjoys writing personal essays, poetry, and blog posts for Vermont Mom. She and her husband have a son and daughter who keep them VERY busy. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, sleeping, and catching up with friends on Zoom.
Katie MIllerContributing Writer
Katie is a native Vermonter from Castleton currently living in Saint Albans with her husband, and two children. She works as the director of Inclusive Arts Vermont . She also shares writing and short videos on her Instagram account (@mrs.katiemiller) focused on encouraging fellow parents to feel like they're enough just the way they are. In her free time, she enjoys making art, trash reality television, and working on her new podcast, Cold Brew Salute.
Kelli Hier PikeContributing Writer
A born and raised Vermonter, Kelli got her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, then joined the Vermont Air National Guard, where she met her husband. After that, she got her Master’s Degree in Digital Forensic Science from Champlain College. She and her husband and bought a house in the woods with 30+ acres of land to raise their two kids (4 and 2), three dogs, two cats, six chickens, five goats, and three guinea hens. Kelli stays home with her kids and pets while running her own wood crafting business, Tabor Ridge Designs, during nap-times. Kelli occasionally writes for her own mom blog, Calm Collected Mom, because we can all dream. She doesn’t always think of herself as a writer, but she often has conversations with people over similar life frustrations and wants everyone to know that they’re not alone. Life is full of irritations and annoyances, but Kelli thinks that we’ll get through it with a great story to tell afterward!
Kerry BoyleContributing Writer
Kerry is a licensed acupuncturist and mom of two boys in central Vermont. She stays busy as the owner of Integrative Acupuncture, a wellness center with two locations in Montpelier and Williston, where she specializes in offering Chinese medicine for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and pediatrics. She has had the opportunity to travel internationally, by providing acupuncture on board cruise ships world wide, then returned home to Vermont to raise her two boys. Kerry loves to play volleyball with her team- the Acu-Punks, hang out with her kids and generally try to surrender to the flow.
Mario TrabulsyContributing Writer
Mario Trabulsy, MD is a board-certified emergency medicine emergency physician with over 27 years experience in the field. She has been a renowned and award-winning Educator at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, and University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a fierce breast cancer survivor, lover and creator of joy, single mother of 3 young adult or teenage boys, a dear friend, advocate for, and mentor to many, an avid outdoor exercise enthusiast and single track mountain biker.
Miki Hazard BeachContributing Writer
Miki grew up in Florida and felt skeptical (to say the least) when her parents announced their move to Vermont during her freshman year of college. She moved away a few times to escape the cold, but once she had children, nowhere else felt like home. Miki is a divorced mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing son born in 2006 and a creative, talented daughter born in 2010. A few years back, she met and married the love of her life, and they (mostly) enjoy their adventures as a blended family together. Miki loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard. Miki holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and is thrilled to be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.
Mary Ellen BoisvertContributing Writer
Mary Ellen is a talented home cook and artist. She uses her skills to create unique recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy enough for a busy mom to prepare. She and her family are avid homesteaders and appreciate every beautiful moment nature shows them.
Nan PatrickContributing Writer
Nan grew up in Glens Falls, New York, and attended Boston University. She thought of herself as ”very urban” until she realized she enjoyed being a big fish in a small pond. At the very “mature” age of 23, she moved to Burlington, Vermont to open an eponymous women’s clothing store. That was a 27-year run and a wonderful experience. Her store was a place where women felt like they mattered. During that time, Nan married her husband, Ken, became a stepmom, became a mom, and started a second business as a sales director with Mary Kay. Now her kids are grown, and she has a 16-year-old granddaughter… what? How did THAT happen so quickly? Nan’s life is good. She figured out how to make money, save money, and enjoy what she earned. She loves to travel, spend time with her friends and family, take ballet and yoga, go on fun walks with her dog, and is an avid skier who loves to ski the bumps!
Natanya LaraContributing Writer
Natanya Lara is an Energy Practitioner supporting both kids and adults to calm their minds and release stress and anxiety. She is certified in several Energy modalities, as well as being a certified Parenting Coach. Natanya envisions a world in which each person understands their own energy and emotions, and takes responsibility for how they show up and affect those around them. It is her belief that by teaching these skills to children, we take one step closer to that reality.
Vicky Parra TebbettsContributing Writer
Originally from Connecticut, Vicky lived on a farm in Cabot for 22 years before recently moving to South Burlington seeking greater opportunity in high school education. She is a mom to a teen boy and girl, and a Goldendoodle who grew up to look more like a poodle. A reticent soccer mom and former lawyer who owns her own marketing and communications business, she spends most of her work time playing with words. She mourns the demise of the serial comma. Don’t ask her if she passed the bar exam (she did) and why she doesn’t have her own website if she writes them for others (she’s been working on her own site for about six years). She’s outside every day, and you may find her sitting in the sun in January, wrapped in blankets. Swinger of birches and lover of all things Vermont, she hikes, paddles, cooks gluten-free and vegan food, reads meaningless novels, and is a recent Pilates convert. She loves to visit her happy place any time of year in Ogunquit, Maine.
Meet our Events Team and Photographer
Abbey DattilioEvents Team
Abbey is a native Vermonter and mom to two daughters, ages 4 and 8. She is a full-time study manager, part-time vet tech, and loves vintage pyrex, restoring furniture, and her pups. She has a contagious sense of humor and a determination to greet each day with gratitude, joy, and humor.
Leah MacCarthy PenceEvents Team
Leah moved back to her home town in Jericho Vermont after grad school in Boston in 2006. She’s so thankful that she did because it was then that she started working at Howard Center for Human Services where she met her husband. She feels so lucky and honored to be mom to her two daughters. Along with being a mom, she loves meeting other moms and reading and writing about the adventures of parenthood!
Luann is the Vermont Mom team photographer and owner of Luann Bailey Photography. She is the mom of two beautiful girls and wife to Ian who owns Vivid Coffee. Luann is an exceptionally talented local photographer who focuses on family and wedding photography. In her own words, “It is my mission as a photographer to help people tell their stories. I love stories – they define who we are. The joy of falling in love, the birth of a child, are examples of beautiful stories that become a part of us. It is at times impossible to express the extent to which these beautiful moments can impact our lives. It is my goal to help capture the beauty of your story through my photography.”