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Meet the New Perfect Parents

Meet some of the moms and dads (all real, of course!) who shared their stories, insight and expertise in Good Enough Is the New Perfect.

 

My NameCathy Calhoun My NameJen Canter
My NameKimberly Fulcher My NameKimberly Holstein
My NameJulianne Lagerstrom My NameJanet Leach
My NameMeta Levin My NameMolly Morse Limmer
My NameAlexis Neely My NameNoelle McWard
My NamePatrick McWard My NameRebecca Molloy
My NameLinda Morse My NameJennifer Pate
My NameRachel Swarns My NameAlison Gaudet
My NameEllen Seidman My NameShawnna Snodgrass
My NameLisa Tannenbaum My NameDanielle G. Van Ess
My NameArpana Vidyarthi My NameNikki Williams
My NameTom Williams My NameElizabeth Windsor
My NameAllison Worthington My NameAmy Lupold Bair
My NameGena Gerard My NameManini Madia

CATHY CALHOUN, public relations executive

Cathy Calhoun

Cathy Calhoun is the president of Weber Shandwick North America.  She oversees operations for 20 Weber Shandwick offices across the U.S. and Canada.

Cathy has extensive experience in branding as well as category marketing.  She has led some of the largest integrated marketing programs in the country including the got milk?/Milk Mustache campaign as well as traditional and social media campaigns for Unilever, Harley-Davidson and Mars, Inc.

The Public Relations Society of America named Cathy Chicago’s PR Professional of the Year in 2008. She was chosen as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Forty Under Forty” and was named one of the “Forty PR Stars Under Forty” by PR Week magazine.  Under her leadership the Chicago office of Weber Shandwick was named one of the best places to work in the city by both Chicago Magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has received numerous awards for the public relations programs she has overseen.

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JEN CANTER, pediatrician and and toy-company entrepreneur

Jen Canter

Jen Canter

Dr. Jennifer Canter, a.k.a .“Dr. Jen,” is a pediatrician, mom of two sets of twins, parenting expert and an inventor/entrepreneur.

Board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics, Jen has been directing the clinical and academic programs related to Child Abuse Pediatrics in Westchester County, New York, since 2002.  She has an active academic, clinical and research career in the area of Child Abuse Pediatrics and is considered a leading expert in the areas of child/adolescent sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, child fatalities, and distinguishing accidental injury from abuse.

On a lighter note, Jen invented the U-Play Mat® in 2008.  Within two years, the Dr. Jen® brand has blossomed into a social media phenomenon and led to several exciting corporate partnerships, including a multifaceted license with Sassy Baby (NYSE: KID).  With one patent pending and six registered trademarks, the seeds of the Dr. Jen brand are poised to take root and introduce a unique approach to achieving a rich family life filled with laughter, fun, and personal and professional success.  Jen’s practical yet humorous approach to life has attracted over 20,000 Twitter followers as well as a wide range of press coverage, including the American Medical News, Cool Mom Picks®, WorkingMother.com, Disney Radio, Pregnancy & Newborn, Kodak’s blog and AOL’s ParentDish.

There’s still time for healthy cooking, family hikes and lots of laughter rolling around with her four little ones and husband, Wade.

To view a video clip featuring Jen, click here:

KIMBERLY FULCHER, entrepreneur and executive

Kim Fulcher

Kim Fulcher

Kim Fulcher is an entrepreneur, executive, author, speaker, and professional coach. She has attained national recognition as an expert in personal and professional development. Kim is a highly sought after speaker and media personality. She is a frequent guest of television and radio, and her expert advice has been featured in magazines such as Time, Fitness, Family Circle, Seventeen, and First for Women.

She is the author of Remodel Your Reality: Seven Steps to Rebalance Your Life and Reclaim Your Passion and the founder and CEO of Compass, a personal development company committed to improving the lives of women. Founded in 2007, Compass is the parent company for MyLifeCompass.com, a new online community and life coaching resource.

KIMBERLY OSTER HOLSTEIN, entrepreneur and executive

Kim Holstein

Kim Holstein

As President, CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer of Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, Kim Holstein ensures that her passion for pretzels makes a difference in the world.  A woman-owned and run company, Kim & Scott’s all-natural, nut-free, stuffed soft pretzels are sold nationwide in the frozen grocery aisles of Whole Foods, Super Target, Kroger, Jewel, Walmart and Costco.

Kim’s commitment to the company’s mission to nurture, love and feed the stomachs, spirits and souls of the world community that keeps her churning out “Pretzels with a Purpose.”  When Kim and Scott, her business partner and husband, started the company in 1995, they vowed that good must come from every pretzel baked.  Pretzels with a Purpose has them donating time, dollars and pretzels to organizations making a difference in the world community.

In September 2009, Kim was named the Women’s Business Development Center of Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year and, in March 2010, she was recognized with a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Star Award.  In December 2011, Kim was honored as a Woman to Watch by Jewish Women International.

JULIANNE LAGERSTROM, entrepreneur

Julianne Lagerstrom

Julianne Lagerstrom

Julianne Lagerstrom is a national vice president with a network marketing company that sells skin-care and wellness products. She lives in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, with her husband and their three children.

JANET LEACH, journalism professor and former newspaper editor/executive

Jan Leach

Jan Leach

Jan Leach is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. She teaches media ethics, newswriting, copy editing and other courses and is director of Kent’s Media Law Center for Ethics and Access. She is an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Before joining the faculty at Kent, Jan was editor and vice president of the Akron Beacon Journal for five years, managing editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, and she held editing and reporting positions at newspapers in Ohio and Arizona. Jan’s research interests include journalism ethics, online media ethics and teaching. Jan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in media ethics from Kent State University.

She is on the boards of three community organizations in Akron, all of which focus on children’s issues. Jan is married and has three daughters.

META LEVIN, freelance journalist

Meta Levin

Meta Levin

Meta Levin is a freelance journalist who somehow landed in Lake Bluff, Illinois, after reinventing herself on each stop during a 20-year corporate gypsy odyssey, thanks to her husband’s career.

 

For various jobs and freelance assignments, she gained skills she never imagined having. These include: flying sailplanes, teaching breastfeeding classes and counseling nursing mothers, navigating the world of cybersecurity, feigning interest in plant-eating bugs, and becoming conversant in the ins and outs of acoustic ceilings.

She is married and has two grown children, neither of whom decided to follow in her journalistic footsteps.

MOLLY MORSE LIMMER, auctioneer and antique art expert

Molly Morse Limmer

Molly Morse Limmer

Molly Morse Limmer loves to quote Mimi’s aria from La Boheme: “Ed e mio svago far gigli e rose,” which means, “And my past time is making lilies and roses.”   It has also been Molly’s passion to make lilies and roses, or, in her case, one Lily (a daughter born in 2005) and one Rosey (a daughter born in 2003).

Molly’s other passion, her love for the ancient world, she shares with her husband, Rabbi Seth Limmer, who holds a Ph.D. in Rabbinic Interpretation of the Bible.  Molly spends her days as the Head of the Antiquities Department at Christie’s auction house in New York City, appraising, authenticating and researching ancient works of art from the Classical world, Egypt and the Near East.  She travels internationally to coordinate and promote two sales of Antiquities each year in New York.  Molly also serves in the prestigious role of Christie’s auctioneer, raising the gavel for dozens of sales a year, including the world-record sale of a Cycladic marble reclining female figure for $16,800,000 in December 2010.

Molly grew up in New York City and currently resides with Seth, Rosey, Lily, and their dog, Stella, in Armonk, New York.

To view a video clip featuring Molly, click here:

ALEXIS MARTIN NEELY, lawyer and entrepreneur

Alexis Neeley

Alexis Neeley

Alexis Neely has built two million-dollar businesses, published a bestselling book, and appeared on many of the top television shows as a legal expert, all while raising two kids and diving into the path of awakening. Today, she is a truth-telling lawyer and evolutionary strategist who consults with entrepreneurs on how to build sustainable, make-a-difference businesses around who they are and how they want to serve through her ground-breaking Money Map technology and her LIFT Foundation System.

Follow Alexis on Twitter and receive four free gifts that will guide you to build a sustainable, profitable, entrepreneurial business around who you are and what you love to do at http://www.EyesWideOpenLife.com.

NOELLE MCWARD, psychotherapist

Noelle McWard

Noelle McWard

Noelle McWard is the mother of two children and is grateful to be a full-time mom while enjoying a part-time career as a psychotherapist in private practice,.

She is a mental health expert to immigration lawyers and their clients, and an adjunct instructor at Loyola University in their Graduate School of Social Work.

She lives in Chicago.

PATRICK MCWARD, executive coach and professional speaker

Patrick McWard

Patrick McWard

Patrick McWard has his own speaking and executive coaching practice in Chicago. He lives with his wonderful wife, Noelle, and his two lovely children, Kayla, 12, and Connor, 10.

 

REBECCA MOLLOY, counter-terrorism researcher

Rebecca Molloy

Rebecca Molloy

Rebecca Molloy, mother of four, grew up in Israel and served in the Israeli military during the first Gulf War. She holds a masters degree and Ph.D in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies from New York University and taught Arabic as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University and Queens College (SUNY).

Research interests and expertise involve medieval Arabic linguistic theory, Islamic legal reasoning, and Qur’anic exegesis.  Rebecca was an FBI fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, and continues to instruct as an independent consultant with the Center’s external education division for their regional Joint Terrorism Task Force training. She designed the curriculum for the Center’s Arabic Familiarization course, Arabic Name Analysis and Phraseology.
Rebecca has been involved in Combating Terrorism Center projects since 2005, including Gaining the Initiative project (2008), the Salafi Ideology Project (Militant Ideology Atlas 2005-06), and Jihadi ideology; Currently she is the lead researcher on the Center’s Islamic Imagery Project.

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LINDA MORSE, entrepreneur and former executive

Linda Morse

Linda Morse looks at her working life as being divided into three separate but interrelated “incarnations.” From the mid-1960′s to the mid-1970′s, she was a university administrator during a period of rapid change, first at Princeton and then at Columbia, as these schools became coed. Being one of the first professional women at each of these universities presented lots of opportunities and challenges. She is most proud of putting into place Princeton’s first maternity leave policy, which became the model for maternity policies all over the country.

In the mid-1970s, Linda moved to a “software start-up”, although it wasn’t called that then. Over the next 25 years, she was part of the leadership team that built the “start-up” into a publicly traded billion-dollar company. When the dot.com craze took off in the late 1990′s, Linda left to join a start-up dot com and served as CEO for a short period of time to sell it to a large multinational corporation.

Soon after the millennium, as she was turning 60, she decided to “retire” and fulfill her life-long dream of owning a knitting store. So, nine years ago, she opened String in New York City. String quickly become the go-to destination for high-end yarns and high fashion hand knitting designs. She wrote also wrote a book, Luxury Knitting.

Linda has been married to Ed Morse for close to 46 years. They have two children, Mike Morse, and Molly Morse Limmer, two wonderful children-in-laws, Dimitra Papagianni and Seth Limmer, and most important, five incredible grandchildren, Rosey, Eleana, Lily, Yannis, and Vasilis.

JENNIFER PATE, webseries co-host and co-executive producer, former casting director

Jennifer Pate

Jennifer Pate

Jennifer Pate produces and hosts the award winning web show, Jen and Barb, Mom Life.  The show is a five-minute syndicated interactive web-series … since that’s all Moms have time for!   The talk/reality show hybrid that gives practical insight and perspective on modern motherhood.

Jennifer has been married for 10 years to Jonas Pate, a writer and director for TV and film.  They have two children; Cooper, 8, and Lilah, 7.  They live in Los Angeles, but Jennifer grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, (a northern suburb of Chicago).  After attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, she danced professionally (from a year on the famed cruise ship the QE2 to the national touring company of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat).

After realizing that she wanted to be able to walk when she was older, she shifted gears and became a casting director for TV and film.  She was a partner in the casting company Colloff, Fishman (her maiden name) and Britt Casting (some credits include the hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel). After spending five years as a stay-at-home mom (didn’t see that coming, but those kids will sure change your perspective), Jen and Barb created their show and are now doing the usual juggling act of working and motherhood.  Jennifer also enjoys yoga, reading, and playing with her children.

RACHEL SWARNS, author and newspaper reporter

Rachel Swarns

Rachel Swarns

Rachel L. Swarns, a Washington correspondent for the New York Times, is currently working on a book about Michelle Obama’s family tree. Since she joined The Times in 1995, she has covered an array of subjects, including domestic policy and national politics, most recently with a focus on First Lady Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House. She has reported from Russia and Cuba and served as Johannesburg bureau chief for The Times, reporting on the turmoil in Zimbabwe, the challenges of racial reconciliation in South Africa and the civil war in Angola.

Before joining The Times, she worked for The Miami Herald, where she was part of a Pulitzer-prize winning team that documented the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and at The St. Petersburg Times. Rachel studied Spanish and African/Caribbean studies at Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her master’s degree, with first-class honors, in international relations at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She is married to Henri Cauvin, a reporter at The Washington Post, and lives in Washington, D.C. with their two children.

ALISON GAUDET, attending physician in the Main Line Health System

Alison Gaudet

Alison Gaudet

A native of Wallingford, PA and graduate of Strathaven High School, Alison Gaudet earned her B.A. in chemistry (with distinction) from Cornell University and graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She practiced in Pittsburgh for three years before joining Providence Pediatrics in 2006. Alison is board certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is an attending physician in the Main Line Health System. She considers herself fortunate to be a part-time physician, part-time stay-at-home mom to daughters Caroline and Julia. In her spare time (what little there is of it), she enjoys playing tennis, reading and traveling with her husband.

 

ELLEN SEIDMAN, Freelance Writer and Editor

Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman writes Love That Max, a blog about raising kids with special needs who kick butt. In 2010, it ranked #20 in Babble’s list of Top 50 Mom Blogs. Also, her kids Max and Sabrina ranked her #1 grilled-cheese maker. A longtime magazine editor, Ellen is very adept at grasping pencils. She’s held senior positions at Redbook, Good Housekeeping, SELF, Teen People (RIP!) and Glamour, where she helped relaunch Glamour.com and hired the majority of the site’s bloggers. She has done projects for Martha Stewart Living, American Baby and In Style. Currently, she is a contributor at Redbook, a columnist for Mom Blog Magazine and (coming soon!) a blogger for USA Today. One of her essays is featured in the anthology The Elephant In The Playroom. In her spare time, she likes to breathe.

 

SHAWNNA SNODGRASS, senior hospital manager

Shawnna Snodgrass

Shawnna Durand Snodgrass lives in Loveland, Colorado with her husband and three children. Holding a nursing doctorate, Shawnna initially struggled to find work/life balance in a demanding medical field after she became a mom. Luckily, her story has a happy ending! She currently works as the senior house manager at a local hospital, striking a great balance both at work and at home. Today (as she approaches her 40th birthday), she is loving motherhood more than ever before. When she’s not working or hanging out with her family, she enjoys kickboxing and yoga.

 

LISA TANNENBAUM, Human Resources Consultant and Certified Yoga Instructor

Lisa Tannenbaum

Lisa Tannenbaum

Lisa Tannenbaum: Lisa Tannenbaum is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute. She recently left the corporate world and her role as a Senior Manager in Talent at Deloitte Consulting to establish an independent HR consulting firm, Best Practices in HR, LLC. She has over 15 years of experience in the recruiting and human resource departments of global, complex companies. As a generalist, Lisa enjoys practicing in all areas of human resources but she a passion for partnering with employers to deal with unique employee relation situations to help them create a resolution. When not focusing on her HR career, Lisa enjoys traveling, hiking, practicing and teaching yoga, and spending time with her husband and two wonderful sons.

 

DANIELLE G. VAN ESS, Attorney and Owner of DGVE Law

Danielle G. Van Ess

Danielle G. Van Ess is busy helping people add to, protect, and move their families ® through her dedicated home-office-based solo practice. That is, when she’s not busy managing and growing her practice, with her husband and their three young children, or trying to enjoy time with other family or friends. She aspires to someday return to the glory days of sleeping in late on weekends, shopping offline, reading novels just for fun, sitting still for more than 2 minutes at the beach in summer, skiing with her husband in winter, or any of those other things she totally took for granted pre-parenthood. She and her lawyer-husband live in Hingham, Mass. with their three children.

 

ARPANA VIDYARTHI, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

Arpana Vidyarthi

Arpana Vidyarthi

Arpana Vidyarthi, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a local and national leader in the arenas of quality and safety, graduate medical education, and leadership development.

 

Arpana enjoys cooking and eating (and therefore san Francisco is a great place to live), international travel (which she does with her kids and recommends the Lonely Planet Guide To Traveling with Children), and Scuba Diving (which she hasn’t done since she has been a mom, but hopes to get back to). In general, she values time with her family –including her children and her parents — and also cherishes the few moments she can catch or schedule for herself—to read the paper or even get to a spa here and there!

NIKKI ADCOCK WILLIAMS, legal writing professor teaching at Georgia State University College of Law

Nikki Williams

Nikki Williams

Nikki Adcock Williams is originally from Madisonville, KY and will always remain a Kentuckian at heart. She grew up in a house of teachers and has always been surrounded by books. Majoring in psychology, she graduated in 1998 from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, the same college attended by Cassius Clay, Stephen Austin, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harland and her mother, Charlotte Adcock.
Nikki, who decided to become a lawyer in the seventh grade and has always wanted to be a writer (just like her father), graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001. She began her legal career in a large law firm and practiced corporate bankruptcy law before she left big firm life in 2007 to stay home with her two children. Nikki met her husband, Thomas Williams, while in law school. They now live south of Atlanta and are parents to two beautiful children, Anna (6) and Liam (3). Nikki has now combined two of her interests and is now a legal writing professor teaching at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA.

 

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TOM WILLIAMS, Assistant District Attorney in metro Atlanta

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Tom Williams was born and raised in the Suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from Xavier University in 1992. He was a youth advocate and mentor in inner-city Baltimore before attending University of Kentucky School of Law. He is currently an Assistant District Attorney in metro Atlanta. In addition to trial duties, he speaks on juvenile justice policy and delinquency law. Tom and his wife, Nikki, have two children.

 

ELIZABETH WINDSOR, Employment Attorney

Elizabeth Windsor

Elizabeth Windsor

Elizabeth Windsor is an employment attorney working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a large international law firm known for its employment practice. She graduated from Kenyon College in 1998, where she was an Art History major, and from Boston University School of Law in 2003. In 2004, following a federal clerkship, she and her husband moved to the town where she grew up, Mt. Lebanon, PA, and are raising their two young sons there. Elizabeth is on the board of the Center for Theater Arts, a performing arts school for children that she (and Hollee!) attended as children. She also volunteers her professional services with Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Pittsburgh. She enjoys running, skiing and interior design.

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ALLISON WORTHINGTON, Social Media Entreprenuer

Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington is the founder and publisher of Blissfully Domestic women’s magazine, one of the most trusted women’s destinations online. Blissfully Domestic magazine proudly promotes original content from talented women from around the world.

She is the Co-Founder of the wildly successful BlissDom Conference. The BlissDom Conference has been a sold out event three years in a row. Blissdom was developed to help women connect, learn and develop their blogs and their businesses. BlissDom strives to give the right brands the ability to connect with these influencers in a welcoming environment to build relationships and communication between both sides. In October 2010, BlissDom went international. BlissDom Canada, hosted in Toronto, was Canada’s first Social Media conference for Women. The sold-out conference was opened with a keynote from Scott Stratten and sponsored by GM Canada, Roots and Intel. BlissDom Canada will continue to be hosted in Toronto each year in the Fall.

Alli is a dynamic consultant and strategist who specializes in advising social media strategy, personal branding, developing promotional campaigns and advising best practices for blogger outreach.

AlliWorthington.com is where Alli shares her daily best of the web, her love of photography and business advice.

Alli is a member of Intel’s social media advisory board.

Her creativity is only hindered by a lack of clones and need for sleep.

Alli and her husband have five sons and live outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Connect with her on Twitter @AlliWorthington and Facebook.

AMY LUPOLD BAIR, founder, Resourceful Mommy Media

Amy Lupold Bair

Amy Lupold Bair

 

Amy Lupold Bair, blogger, social media marketer, and mom, is the founder of Resourceful Mommy Media. In 2008, Amy burst onto the social media scene inventing the Twitter Party – a hashtagged social event with panelists and a conversational theme catering to the needs of clients ranging from e-commerce start-ups to nationally recognized trusted brands. Developing from her own successful relationships with public relations firms and companies, Amy developed a network for fellow bloggers in early 2009. The Global Influence Network has grown to include nearly 1,000 social media savvy bloggers. Utilizing her proximity to the nation’s capital, Amy continues to work with powerful Washington, DC firms to implement public service and socially responsible campaigns and events.

A former English teacher and a writer at heart, Amy continues to blog on her personal site, ResourcefulMommy.com. Here you will find the heart of a mother, the voice of an author, and the feedback of a savvy and enthusiastic consumer with a home to run and two fabulous children to raise…all while developing a flourishing business. You can hear more of what Amy has to say in MOMeo Magazine and on the DC Metro Moms blog where she is a contributor as well as at Lifetime Moms where Amy is a Parenting Channel leader. If you would like just a small dose of Amy, she is always available in 140 characters or less at @ResourcefulMom on Twitter. Amy and her husband live in Olney, Maryland with their two young children.

GENA GERARD, Entrpreneur and Policy Consultant

Gena Gerard

Gena Gerard

Twin Cities resident Gena Gerard, a native of northern California, launched Yoga Bella in 2010 after seeing a need in her own community for a small-scale neighborhood yoga studio. Prior to this endeavor, she founded and directed Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA), a community mediation nonprofit that continues to serve inner-city neighborhoods in Minneapolis. She and her husband have two children.

 

MANINI MADIA, executive director of Global Makeup Marketing at the Estee Lauder Companies

Manini is executive director of Global Makeup Marketing at the Estee Lauder Companies. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

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