Nominated for the last two years as the top parenting website in Memphis & the Mid-South,
the Memphis Mom Co. is written by moms, for moms.
We know parenting is amazing. We also know it’s tiring, messy, and sometimes downright frustrating.
And that’s why we love our team! These ladies bring you honest (and often humorous) stories about raising kids.
They represent almost every neighborhood in our beautiful city and
when you look at them, we hope you’ll see yourself too.
Meet Our Executive Team
Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June 2016. She is wife to Brad, who is a pediatrician in the ER at LeBonheur. Together, they have three children: Cooper (August 2010), Semmes (March 2013), and Katherine Cobb (September 2016). Cooper has a disability, so she is constantly balancing being a special needs mom and a typical mom. She lives with her family in Central Gardens, where she spends her days wrangling children and trying to limit screen time. She loves vacations, book clubs, dinners with friends, and a hoppy IPA at the end of the day. She hates kids’ TV shows, people who park in handicap spots when they aren’t handicapped, and tomatoes.
Originally from near Pittsburgh PA, Lori moved to Memphis almost 10 years ago. She has a passion for working with special needs children as an ABA therapist and also teaches swim lessons out of her own pool each summer. Lori is married to college sweetheart, Ryan, an archaeology professor at the University of Memphis. Together they have five great kids: Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), Paige (April 2014), and Gwen (July 2019). Lori loves Jesus, lattes, and grocery shopping alone. She’s not a fan of getting up early in the morning!
Meet Our Contributor Team
A native Memphian who did a 5-year stint in Knoxville for undergrad+grad school, Kathryn loves Memphis. Being a Memphian by birth and by choice, she takes any opportunity she can to share her favorite spots with anyone who will listen. Kathryn is married to her high school sweetheart, a fellow VOLS graduate who is in his residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a (relatively) new mom to Ruthie, born January 2015. After being team #midtownismemphis for (almost) her whole life, Kathryn traded in bunaglows and original hardwood for closet space and access to Target. She’s adjusting to being an East Memphis mom, but luckily still makes it to all her favorite Midtown spots. Being a mom is the hardest but best thing she’s ever done.
Jocelyn is a #VeryAsian wife, mom, friend, and school social worker who moved to Memphis in 2015. Jocelyn and her husband welcomed Charlotte (2018) to their family and are in awe of how fun and crazy it is to raise a little human. When she’s not working, she can be found in fuzzy socks doing a puzzle, enjoying alone time at a coffee shop, scouring Target’s Dollar Spot for things she definitely doesn’t need, and cheering on the Memphis Grizzlies.
Anna Claire is a native Alabamian who now calls Memphis home, along with her husband, Nate; Caleb (December 2018); and two pups, Milo and Libby. She’s a proud Auburn University alumna with a B.A. in journalism (War Eagle!) who has worked for a variety of B2B/B2C magazine publishers and a corporate content marketing team, before becoming an East Memphis SAHM. Her son is her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment, and she is so thankful to spend her days keeping up with him. She’s a self-proclaimed word nerd who loves a good em dash — when used properly. She enjoys iced coffees, late-summer days at the beach, and quality time spent with family and friends. She’s never met a stranger, so don’t hesitate to say hi if you see her around town!
Angela has Memphis running through her veins. Born and raised here, she loves traveling but Memphis is always home. There is no other city like it. Angela is the mom of three amazingly unique girls: Jordan (June 2003), Carmen (January 2009), and Norah (June 2014). Jordan has Autism and is a talented artist; Carmen is the entertainer that loves dancing and competitive cheering (yes, she is a cheer mom!), and Norah has Down Syndrome and is full of sass. Besides being a full-time mom and a full-time employee, she is also a full-time advocate for her girls with special needs. Her mottos for life are: with God all things are possible, every day is a new day to be grateful, and live to love and love to smile.
Kanesha Morrison is a wife to Chris of 11 years and mother of 7 with one in heaven. Becoming a mother at 18 having and having three children by the age 21, she was determined to not be a statistic. She’s a woman of passion and can become border-line obsessive when she focuses in on her goals to empower women to know they are worthy of all the dreams and goals they have! In her free time she loves reading, cooking, and exploring the great town of Memphis. Kanesha resides in Olive Branch, MS.
Gina spent most of her formative years in Collierville, left for college and graduate school, returned to Memphis in 2012, and has been here ever since. She is a genetic counselor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she assists families in better understanding genetic contributions to childhood cancer. She and her husband live in Midtown Memphis and have a daughter (April 2018) and a son (January 2020). In her spare time, Ginaenjoys listening to too many podcasts, reading, trying new skin care products, and finding her next Netflix binge.
Yasmin is a Southern newbie. Raised in the United Arab Emirates to a Californian mom and Syrian dad, she is a typical third culture kid (but avocado hummus is still blasphemy). She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.Sc. in CIS in 2001, spent eleven years in the corporate world, and escaped before the nylons were permanently grafted into her skin. Yasmin is a mom to two (Jul 2012, Sep 2014) and wife to one (Mar 1981). She knows a little about a lot, is a founding member of the Institute for Overanalysis Paralysis, and is addicted to reading reviews and sharing awesome finds. She enjoys building IKEA furniture, pilates and barre classes, following cookbooks, and taking things apart.
Patricia is a Memphis native and LOVES Memphis to her core. She is the mom of 4 kids, Aiden (June 2008), Elliott and Elijah (January 2012), and Eve (November (2013). *Please ignore the lack of an age gap between the twins and Eve…things happen. Patricia is the wife of a tall, dark, and handsome man, Anthony. She graduate from the University of Memphis in 2007 and 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Arts in Teaching. She earned her Library Endorsement from the University of Knoxville (hooray for online education.) Patricia is a school librarian and a blog writer,. She loves to read, write, read, cook, read, run, read, travel, read, and hang out with Memphis. Yes, you read that right, she likes to hang out with the entire city. Life has dealt Patricia a series of highs, lows, and “why-me” moments, but you will never catch her without a smile in eyes, ignited from her soul within.
Originally from Kansas City, Kristin met her husband, a Seattle native, in Germany. The military brought them to Memphis, and they chose to stay after transitioning to Reserve duty. While it is hard to be away from family, they love this city so much that they bought a house in Midtown where they are raising three crazy kids, E (May 2013), L (January 2016), and E (November 2019). Kristin considers herself to be primarily a stay-at-home mom, but she occasionally escapes the shenanigans to teach college-level writing classes. If she had any spare time, she’d spend it curled up with a good book in a blissful state of hygge. Her family is happiest when on an adventure, especially camping, riding bikes, or enjoying all Memphis has to offer.
Originally from Tupelo, MS, family and friends have dubbed Niki an honorary Memphian. She loves all of Memphis except Collierville, because of a speeding ticket that one time. Mom to Aria and Hayes and wife of 5 years, but high school sweethearts for 13 years. As a Memphis Realtor, you may spot her placing a “For Sale/Sold” sign in your neighbor’s yard. She also works as the Creative Director and Social Media Manager for downtown lifestyle boutique, Stock & Belle. Wait, there’s more! She also directs and styles photo sessions for local photographer, Jarvis Hughes. She is an advocate for self-love, equality, healthy eats, mother nature, and the 4-hour work day. If you’re wanting to get more personal with Niki, visit her personal blog www.ikinb.com.
Erin grew up just outside of Nashville, but has been in the Memphis area since 2009. She’s a former middle school language arts teacher turned C.O.O. of her home (according to her husband). She’s Mama to Liv (2013), who loves soccer and Will (2017) who loves dinosaurs, and wife to Chris, her college sweetheart. Between volunteering herself to be part of any and everything you can think of (face palm), driving Liv to zillions of therapies, and keeping Will from destroying everything, life is busy. Erin loves the beach, a good IPA, Disney World, and anything Harry Potter related (she ships Dramione!). She hates high heels, rude people that stare at cute kids in wheelchairs, and bad tippers.
Sabrina is not a Memphis native, but 901 is definitely her home. She works in accounting at one of Memphis’ top engineering firms. She has four kiddos: BP (2009), JP (2010), CP (2013), and IP (2014). She loves Jesus and the 49ers! If the Powes aren’t on the ball field, you’ll likely run into them at the Memphis Zoo or CMOM! She has been fostering for 4 years and has a passion for helping kids. Her favorite color is orange and she can quote any Disney movie you throw at her.
Originally from the Netherlands, Vivian moved to Memphis in 2011. She received a full athletic scholarship to combine her studies with athletics, throwing shot put, discus, and hammer for the University of Memphis. Vivian graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Leisure Management in 2014 and a Master’s in Communication in 2016. After graduating, she started working in education and became a Physical Education Teacher in 2017. She taught at a private school for 3 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to a sweet little girl, Nora (September 2019). Vivian met her husband Travis at the University of Memphis, hit it off in Europe, and married on a leap year (February 29, 2016). Together they own a quadplex in the Binghampton community. Vivian loves traveling and exploring new places with her husband and child. She enjoys hanging out with her fellow international friends, trying new exercise classes, and being creative by coloring, painting, or writing.
Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (1991), she has lived most of her life in Memphis since. She is a stay at home with two children, Melody (June 2016) and Juan (May 2018). They keep her on her toes. She has been married since 2015 to a wonderful man who is hard working and a loving father and husband. She is a great listener who loves food, trying new dishes, and anything outdoors.
Supreeya is originally from California but moved to Memphis in 2019 due to her Memphian husband. She was born in India, grew up in England, and moved to the US more than 20 years ago. In retrospect, she has gained much by living in different countries and cities and was excited to call Memphis her home. She lives here with her husband and darling boy. She is an Interventional Cardiologist who strives to provide exemplary patient care that focuses on treating various diseases as well as disease prevention. While she is busy treating patients with heart attacks, decreasing their risk factors for heart disease, and empowering her patients, she also enjoys spending time with her precious boy, husband, and family and friends. Supreeya enjoys writing and has contributed to Huffington post, Thrive Global, as well as to medical platforms. Now that she has finally discovered what a joy motherhood is, she plans on basking in it completely. She can’t wait to continue exploring motherhood and put her thoughts to paper.
Kathryn is a former pediatric ER nurse of 15 years turned SAHM to 4 kids: Grayson (2008), twins Kendall and Keller (2012), and Walker (2017). She homeschools the younger 3 kids and enjoys CrossFit, running, and any physical activity that will help “burn off the crazy.” She and her husband are active in their church and she loves traveling with her family to East Tennessee whenever possible.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Jennifer has always had a passion for writing and is thrilled to join the MMC team. She is the Director of Theatre Arts at a private school in Memphis, holding a B.F.A from Auburn University and M.A.T. from Harding University. Before returning to Memphis in 2007, she toured as a professional actor for several years. Jennifer resides in East Memphis with her husband Brian, daughter Audrey (2018), and their two dogs Harper and Laya. She loves the ocean, traveling, reading, eating local, and being outside.
Colleen is new to Memphis (February 2020), but has fallen in love with the area already. She has been married to her husband Ryan since 2015 and they have 2 children; Addison (2016) and Orin (2018). They also have 3 dogs and a Crested Gecko. Colleen was born and raised in Massachusetts, went to college in Florida (go CANES!), and lived in New Mexico before her husband’s job brought the family to Tennessee. She is so excited to be living somewhere green again; the desert was not her thing! Before she had kids Colleen worked in veterinary medicine. She became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child and started a dog training business shortly after, focusing on family dogs. Colleen runs on way too much black coffee, loves a good book, baking, and driving fast cars.
Sarah Townsend Leach is a fundraising, communications, and leadership professional living in East Memphis and working with clients around the country. Sarah grew up in Nashville and has lived in quite a few places, but thanks to visiting grandparents in East Memphis throughout her childhood and attending Rhodes College in Midtown, this has always been a second (and now a primary!) home. Sarah and her husband John met through both of their work in the Episcopal Church in 2015, and she is a mom to Poppy (June 2018) and Ann Townsend (October 2019). Sarah loves exploring, being outside, yoga, and crafting (all of which she has no time for now that she is a toddler mom).
Kaila Matthews is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, wife, mother of 2, 8 year educator, and owner of WhatTheDoula, LLC. As a certified Doula, she increases awareness amongst women about maternal healthcare but targets minority women and their unique birthing experience through Birth, Postpartum, and Lactation support. She is a certified yoga instructor and uses her knowledge of movement and breath to help birthing people relax and meet pain in a manageable way. Kaila enjoys mentoring local college students, making hairbows and custom shirts, taking local dance classes, and cooking new recipes for herself and others to enjoy.
Christie is a native Memphian who loves all things parenting! Her love of being a mom absolutely stems from being the 14th child of 16 children and having been raised and grounded in love and family values. Christie enjoys reading romance novels, writing when she feels that her voice can’t be heard, watching movies, and spending quality time with Jan, her best friend and husband of 14 years. She enjoys regaling others about their love at first sight meeting on Beale Street and dating 9 years before saying “I do!” Christie and Jan, a Navy Veteran, have three sons all of whom attend University Schools: Jason (January 2011), Nicholas (March 2009), Thomas (March 2008) and a bonus daughter Taylor (March 2003) who lives in Alabama. Christie stays busy! She is a 23 year veteran educator who is passionate about the students that she teaches at the University of Memphis Campus School. She also owns and operates “2EDUCATE!” contracting out her services to train teachers in early childhood and school age organizations to love what they do!