Contributors

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.


Aunt Bee Head Shot copyBrandi 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 freelance writer and 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. Looking for a few good words? Let her help you find them at TaralynCaudle.com.


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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 toddler and a preschooler, 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.


Katie DKatie Demirjian is a mom of 2 boys and a girl, a wife, and a banker by day. She loves all aspects of food: eating it, cooking it, and baking it! She is frugal, but likes to splurge occasionally. She resides in Madison with her brood, back from a recent 3 year stay in London.


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.


Isha Greene is an artist and stay-at-home mom of three, Army Spouse transplant most recently from Germany, now Huntsvillian. With her children in college, high school and middle school, and husband currently in South Korea, when Isha isn’t chauffeuring her children all over the Rocket City, she enjoys painting, writing, baking and socializing. She practices meditation, DIY projects, and doesn’t shy away from an occasional political or socioeconomic conversation.


Jennifer KellyJennifer Kelly grew up in the Birmingham area, but migrated to Huntsville for graduate school and put down roots after meeting her husband, Jamie. In addition to being a mom to her two boys, she is a tennis ninja, trivia nerd, freelance editor, and aspiring writer. Join her at TheSirBartonProject.com as she chronicles the writing of her first book.


Christa Landingham and her husband are Madison County natives and life-long residents. They have boy/girl twins and two Boston Terriers. As the Director of Sales for Rocket City Mom, Christa gets to dedicate her professional energy to the community. In her “free-time” she loves to garden, travel with her family, and comb local thrift stores.


Jenni McCartyJenni McCarty is a wife, mom of four, l’il bit granola, jean-wearer, iced coffee drinker, home schooler, more than just a little obsessed with photography, frustrated organizer (see “mom of four”) yet ironically logical, Pinterest addict and Facebook follower, sufferer of ADCD (attention deficit crafters disorder), displaced Alaskan. She opened Jenni M Photography in 2012 and she really enjoys blogging about her personal family adventures whenever she has a chance.


Shannan Malone picShannan Moore Malone squeezes in the time to write while taking care of the Buddy Man. As you might have guessed, she adores books but she also loves great movies, running, and is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a foodie. Though generally more on the quiet side, you can get her talking by mentioning living authentically, the importance of clarity and organization, and enjoying life, which she sporadically writes about on her blog and posts about on Instagram @shannanenjoyslife.


shannonmiller_headshotShannon Miller is a coffee-addicted designer and entrepreneur who has lived in Huntsville since childhood. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children, who keep them quite busy (and supremely entertained). When she’s not working full-time from home as the creative director for a small business consultancy, Shannon supports the Rocket City Mom team through the events calendar, seasonal guides and graphic design. Follow her adventures on Instagram @shannonemiller.


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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.


MandyPInyanMandy 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. She is the Youth Services Coordinator and Manager of Outreach Services at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library Extension and Outreach Department, where she can be seen driving a Rainbow Van or a Bookmobile in between gigs. Mom to a precocious elementary student, Adelyn and wife to a ruggedly handsome outdoorsman with an obsession with planting bamboo, Mandy finds enjoyment in painting, gardening and geeking out over various pop culture. A small menagerie of pets- dachshunds Matt Damon and Angel, kitty BB and Boston-Chihuahua-chupacabra mix Bailey just make the chaos complete.


Heather Phillips and her husband are high school sweethearts originally from Kentucky. Heather worked in the fields of public relations and marketing for over 13 years before becoming a stay at home mom to their two boys. Heather has enjoyed volunteer work her whole life and is active in the animal rescue community here in Madison County.


Benjamin ShapiroBenjamin Shapiro graduated from Washington College with a BA in Philosophy. He is a transplant to Huntsville from Baltimore, MD. Ben is a stay at home dad to two lovely daughters. He currently has a collection of poetry entitled “Dance of the Entwined Branches” available on Amazon, and you can visit more of his musings on his blog, The Other Ben Shapiro.


Bo150x150Lifelong 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.

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