Originally hailing from the Texas Panhandle, Andrea is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, having received an MBA and MEd as a Patriot. She owns a small craft supplies and handmade décor shop Black Swan Occasion and a business consultancy supporting passionate entrepreneurs Andrea Swanner Consulting & Business Services. She is a lover of 80s re-runs, historical fiction novels, and turkey and Swiss sandwiches. She lives in the best southwest area of North Texas and is a wife to Patrick, mom to a 22-year-old son, teenage triplet daughters, a little go-getter of a baby girl, and has three fur babies. You can find her most times between a glue gun and a grocery run or chatting up a stranger.
Jennifer ("Jenn") Fiske grew up in San Antonio as the only-child from a military family. She's lived in DFW for 10 years with her husband, and their family has grown to include their toddler son and a sweet puppy. Jenn is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master's in exercise and sports nutrition. She worked with FC Dallas for several seasons while also coaching gymnastics at WOGA Frisco. Jenn is a self-proclaimed bookworm who bakes when she's stressed. Jenn loves being active through strength training and yoga and exploring parks with her son.
Chrissy Trotter is an Air Force brat that got the travel bug early. After college, she worked for nearly 15 years as a commercial airline consultant. During that time, she took a travel sabbatical around the world with her husband, Bill, to visit 23 countries. To date, they have visited more than 45 countries and 46 States. They have an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son and enjoy taking them on road trips or internationally whenever possible.When she’s not traveling, Chrissy is a Fora travel advisor and enjoys planning luxury and bucket-list travel for her clients. Chrissy also has a travel site, Destined Globetrotter
Jessie Carrillo is a home organizer, stylist, and owner of A Charming Home. When she is not transforming homes across the metroplex, Jessie enjoys adventures and lazy days with her husband Abraham and two young daughters, Cora and Lucy. If she can steal a few moments alone, she likes doing crossword puzzles with a glass of wine, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, and listening to history podcasts.
Elisabeth has worked in various communications’ roles since 2012, largely writing and editing for women’s organizations and charities. In addition to her contributor role with Dallas Moms, she works for a local anti-trafficking nonprofit in the Dallas area. Originally from Illinois, she moved to Dallas in 2020. She has a bachelor of arts in political science and co-hosts the 10 Minute Hope Show podcast, which sheds light on encouraging stories from history and today.
Karen Liu Pang
Karen Liu Pang is a nonprofit and higher education advocate who has dedicated her life to advancing women through mentoring and leadership development. A first generation Taiwanese American, she grew up in Dallas as the youngest of six daughters. Karen is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with her J.D. from SMU. She lives in Las Colinas with her husband of more than 15 years, Roland, and model/actor/gamer son, Russell. Karen enjoys all things fashion, food, entertainment, celebrities, fast cars and superheroes. She was a body double for Jamie Chung (Blink) on the X-Men spinoff show, The Gifted.
KaShonna was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a proud graduate of LSU (the real Tigers). Being a mom, dancing, and football are three of her top passions. KaShonna is the local owner of DivaDance Irving Grapevine -- a dance fitness franchise dedicated to "cardio and community." She's also the team manager of her son's 8U select football league where she spends her weekends watching her little guy watching him train to the be the next first round draft pick! So on game days, you can find her cheering on both the Cowboys and the Saints! She's a member of Junior League of Dallas and is excited to join the staff at Dallas Moms.
Kathy is a native Texan who has lived in Carrollton since she was four. She holds a master's degree in counseling from SMU. After 13 years in public education, Kathy traded middle-school hallways for a small office in a private practice. She and her husband, Juan, are raising three children whose ages span from 21 to four years old. Following an autism diagnosis of their youngest son, Kathy has prioritized mental and physical health. Nothing prepares you for this news as a parent. Kathy credits her friends, family, faith, Trader Joe's, Orangetheory, and the occasional weekend getaway for keeping her fulfilled and sane.
Leslie graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she met her husband, Matt. After living in Chicago (and its suburbs) for 10 years, they relocated to DFW and have lived in Richardson since 2016. She is a stay-at-home mama to three boys (May 2014, February 2016, and October 2021), one girl (July 2018), and a crazy pup. She spends her free time running, reading, cooking, gardening, and adding projects to their home improvement list. You can catch her with a cup of coffee in her hands (or being reheated in her microwave) all day long. Follow along on Instagram @villa_villebartula.
Nicole was born and raised in South Carolina, went to college (where she got her BA in music) near Chattanooga, Tennessee, spent 14 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado, followed by six years in northeast Pennsylvania, and landed in Dallas in 2023. She and her husband, Doug, have three wildly amazing, outgoing, and energetic boys, ages 11, 9, and 3. In addition to exploring new places, getting outside, hanging with friends, chauffeuring her boys to soccer and other activities, and drinking lots of coffee.
Preeya is an alumna of Plano East Senior High School, Tulane University (Roll Wave!), and Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry. When she isn’t playing tooth sleuth and sculptor, she’s pursuing adventures with her daughter, son, and husband, tending to her garden (sunshine + food + love = growth for plants and family both!), or dumping all the pickled onions and cotija cheese she can find on some tacos. She is a creative at heart, with a love for clever wordplay and puzzles.
Quinn, the visionary behind Aidyn's Books, aims to boost family reading across the globe. When she's not chatting with authors on her children's book podcast, she's refining the E.N.G.A.G.E. Method at lively community read-alouds. A Rutgers alum from South Jersey, she's added her unique flair to Dallas for six years. You can find her park-hopping or unwinding in places where magical books and strong coffee combine. Connect with Quinn & learn to amp up storytime in your home by visiting Aidyn's Books.
Veda Arias was born and raised in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch area of Dallas and currently resides in her hometown with her husband and twin daughters. She earned her bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and her masters of science in mental health counseling from Texas Woman's University. Veda is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. After many years in community mental health, she opened her private practice in Dallas in 2017. Her professional website is L.V. Doubleday Counseling.Veda is first generation Guyanese-American and loves celebrating her Caribbean culture. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, gardening, exercising, and exploring new adventures.