Meet A Mom
This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Lake Forest mom of two wee ones and the program director of Gorton Community Center, Libby Johnson.
This amazing mom founded a powerful local organization days after the July 4th tragedy.
A self described “Navy Brat”, Hillary Bolke put down roots in Libertyville five years ago and has never looked back. “There are so many amenities of a big town,” Hillary muses, “but it has that small town vibe too.” A wife, mother, and reading enthusiast, Hillary is putting her passion into practice by volunteering with Lake County literacy nonprofit, Reading Power, Inc. Making a difference is in Hillary’s DNA. Learn more about how you can join Hillary and get involved with Reading Power here: https://readingpowerinc.org/tutors
Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington are offering resources that other moms of older children are desperately in need of.
Who is “Mama Monkey”? Read more about Sarah, the founder of Pediatric Interactions. As a speech therapist, she enjoyed helping families and has grown a team which can extend beyond one person’s reach. Her experience of having a premature baby provided her a view “from the other side” as a parent. Her continued passion to serve her community has allowed her to make many connections and help many local families.
Meet Two Sisters – Two Moms & Entrepreneurs! Tara Croft Baker and Mandi Croft Petoskey are business owners, moms, sisters, and it goes without saying, best friends. And they do everything together, from running marathons, to raising their kids, to planning trips to the dog park. And in between meetings and carpools, they talk on the phone at least twice a day. They grew up in Lincolnshire and went to Stevenson High School!
Tara owns her law firm, Trust – Estate Planning for New Families, which provides wills, trusts, and other estate planning services to young families (www.estateplanningfornewfamilies.com) ; Mandi’s practice, Neuro Educational Specialists, is a team of school and clinical psychologists who partner with families and school districts to provide comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations for children (www.neuroeds.com).
And they run their practices while raising their kids to be more like siblings than cousins. Tara’s kids are 11, 9, 6 and 6 and Mandi’s daughter is 2 – and, of course, they each have a dog. Needless to say, family get-togethers are not quiet!
This entrepreneurial crew is anything but boring and these sisters provide essential services to our communities.
Every mom has roles to juggle. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. This immigrant mom reveals how she could not have gotten this far without the help and support of the friends she’s made and the community she now calls home.
Meet Sarah Hellenbrand: owner of the new fitness studio, Studio Elevate Fit! Sarah and her family have been Libertyville residents since 2009 and love the MainStreet businesses and small town feel of the community. When it came to choosing a location for Sarah’s business, Libertyville was a must! You can find the new studio in Redtop Plaza as it opens January 15th! Visit www.studioelevatefit.com for more information!
Meet our latest Libertyville Area Mom. Mother of four, small business owner and founder of The Super Jake Foundation, Ann.
I hope you enjoy learning about Jennifer, a local Wife and Mom who originally is from Indiana. Her husband grew up near here and they enjoyed living in Gurnee and now love to reside in Libertyville with their two boys. A love of event planning was born during Jennifer’s time working at Hyatt Hotels. She now owns her own event planning company, M3 Events! She loves supporting other local businesses like Maison Chic, How Impressive, Libbyville, Bootery Boutique, Salt of the Earty and her Northwestern Mutual financial planner. They love to enjoy dinner out in Libertyville as a family and on date night to Mickey Finn’s, Shakou, Tavern, Milwalky Taco, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Dairy Dream and more. Jen has a big heart and is involved with the Super Jake Foundation, a local pediatric cancer foundation. Read our article to learn about this local Mom, her appreciation for this supportive community and heartwarming advice!