Meet the fellow moms (and dads) who add their stories, wisdom, and ideas here. You can read about Jennifer and Stephenie, the main voices on the blog, here and if you are a local mom or dad and are interested in lending your voice to Rocket City Mom, click here.Brandi Burgess A.K.A. ‘Aunt Bee’ is a Birmingham native, who is married to the love of her life. She and her husband helped run her parents’ successful business for 8 years before spreading their wings and setting out on their own. They moved to Huntsville in 2012 where she is a stay at home mom to their 2 kids. She has a passion for cooking and trying new recipes, and she blogs her family’s dinners and weekly meal plans over at Aunt Bees Recipes. Taralyn Caudle is a Huntsville native who returned to her hometown to raise her beautiful and energetic daughter, Gabby. When she’s not nurturing the talents of her budding artist, she can be found on the hunt for good food, good music, or a good deal on a pair of shoes. Practically possessed by politics, purple, and Prince, she loves alliteration (obviously) and has been known to quote music lyrics in everyday conversation, from Hall & Oates to Kanye West. Her current philosophy on life: a little bit of sarcasm and a whole lot of laughter never hurt anybody. You can follow Taralyn on Twitter @spelwmn.
Sam Chow was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. A 5th grade field trip to Space Camp started his lifelong love of technology and engineering. He juggled working in Huntsville while studying for his engineering degree at Mississippi State and moved here full-time in 2001. He and his lovely wife Connie were married in 2006 and currently have a 3 year-old boy, a dog, and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys training and watching mixed martial arts, watching old foreign films, reading, and video gaming. Karen Gann had a marketing communications career in high tech before taking a sharp turn into stay-at-home-momdom and homeschooling. She grew up in the Tennessee Valley, lives in Huntsville, and is wife to the wittiest man alive, mother to two head-strong and independent girls (they’re adorable, really), and human caregiver to Gomez the dog. Addictions include Facebook, Pinterest, NYC’s Radio Lab, coffee, and politics (not necessarily in that order but sometimes all at the same time). She’s a foodie, too. Benita Hampel blogs about home & life organization over at The Wizehouse. A former engineer, she’s blessed to be a WAHM, wife, and aspiring entrepreneur. She’s a lover of DIY, the DE-cluttered life, sewing for her girls, and creating systems which bring ease & energy to on-the-go family living! You can see more of her home organization tips on Pinterest and by following her on Twitter. Kim Holmes is a mom of three who has been writing online at www.misszoot.com for almost a decade. She falls down a lot and can often be found with stains on her shirt and mismatched shoes. In other words, Kim does not want you to mistake her for someone glamorous. You can follow her on Twitter (@misszoot) where you can catch her talking about the various TV shows she pretends she doesn’t watch. Christa Landingham and her husband are Madison County natives and life-long residents. They have 8-year-old twins and a fat Boston Terrier. As a sales and marketing representative for Rocket City Mom and a full-time realtor, Christa gets to dedicate her professional energy to the community. In her “free-time” she is active with PTA, loves to hike and travel with her family, and can frequently be found picking up things off the side of the road and combing thrift stores. Wrangler of Rocket Scientists, Sarah Lena; has been beguiling hearts at The Anvil Tree; for over ten years now. Mom and StepMom to the masses, she proclaims herself Defender of Underdogs Everywhere as well as The Queen of Snark. You can also follow her on Twitter at @SarahLena. Shannon Miller is a coffee-addicted freelance writer, editor and designer who has lived in Huntsville since the age of 7. She and her husband are the proud (yet exhausted) parents of Georgia and Ryland. Shannon blogs at Crafty in Alabama.
The mom of two rambunctious redheads, Meg Nester is a Chicago area native and wannabe crafter extraordinaire. When she’s not tending to her boys or training for triathlons, you can find her in the garage wielding her beloved power tools or firing up a kiln full of enamel jewelry. Mandy Pinyan is a passionate book love from an early age, where being busted for bringing Stephen King to school (a book, not the guy) led to much reading by flashlight. She turned out okay. By day she is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library Extension and Outreach Department and at night she is on mom duty for a precocious preschooler and wife to a ruggedly handsome outdoorsman. Add in two dachshunds, Matt Damon and Angel, and the chaos level is complete. Heather Phillips is a stay-at-home mom to an active preschooler named Dax. She moved to Alabama after marrying her high school sweetheart and best friend, Jake. Heather worked in the fields of public relations and marketing for 13 years and has been recognized for her volunteer work with several nonprofit organizations.
Stephanie Robertson was born and raised in rural south Alabama. She escaped L.A. in 1994, after college graduation. Stephanie met her best bud/hubby at a single’s group at church, and they have now been married for 15 wonderful years. Before having their daughter in 2004, Stephanie worked as a technical writer/editor. Since then, she is busy with wife-life and mommy-hood, freelance writing/editing, tutoring Asian students in English, and starting a blog about “Life and Culture with a Little Alabama Twist” at www.thewritesteph.com.
Lifelong Alabamian Bo Williams has been a professional writer since 1994, a husband since 1997, and a father since 2001. His favorite diversions include polemics, University of Alabama football, Asian cuisines, and breezily pretending the ’80s never ended. He is hurt and confused by excessive seriousness, the imminent loss of “literally,” and carrot raisin salad. Bo is thankful for God’s grace. Keep up with Bo at BoWilliams.com.
Dad, hubby and irritator of students and school boards alike, Russell Winn is committed to ensuring that the Huntsville City Schools provide access to the educational support system for every student. When he’s not enforcing grammar rules or arguing the ethical minutia of Kant’s deontology, he spends his time loving his kids, reading anything by Stephen King or Christopher Moore, and attempting to speak truth to power on behalf of special needs kids. You may follow his rants at www.geekpalaver.com or on twitter at @russwinn.