Brittany Dobslaf & Melissa Ackerman

Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area?

Brittany & Melissa both grew up in Buffalo Grove.  After going off to college and some other post college ventures, life would find them today in Highland Park and Glencoe respectively.

Do you have child(ren)? Age(s)

Melissa is mom to 3 amazing boys, 7, 4, and 15 months!  Brittany is mom to two kiddos; a 4 year old little boy and a 16 month old girl.

What are your favorite things to do in the area with and without your kids? Family friendly restaurant? Date night?

Chicago is home to so many amazing sports teams with die-hard fans. It is fun to take your kids to sporting events and make them fans at a young age!

As far as a date night:

“We love to try one of the hot new restaurants in the city with an early reservation and then be back in bed at a reasonable hour to watch a show together.” -Melissa

“We love to go for Mexican!  Mexican food and Margaritas!  Perfect night!.” -Brittany

 Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor or in the corporate world? Please share!

Melissa Ackerman, is the President of Produce Alliance and Brittany Dobslaf, is the Director of Client Services of Produce Alliance.  Produce Alliance specializes in providing fresh produce category management services including procurement, national distribution, information services, and food safety assurance to food service clients across North America, Canada, the Caribbean and beyond.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another Mom?

“Most of what you need to know is already inside you.” -Melissa

“It is ok and completely normal to cry!”- Brittany


What is next for you?

The Chaotic Commute started as a simple idea between Melissa (Melshenker) Ackerman, and Brittany Dobslaf, each looking for others that understood and shared the delicate balancing act, of being a working mom.  Our goal is for The Chaotic Commute to support working moms through shared experiences, ups and downs, and the daily grind. We want it to be a platform and an alliance to help working moms through the tough times, to celebrate the good times, and to remind them that perseverance, determination, and grit will propel them in both their personal and professional lives. It is a place where as a working mom you will find you are not alone, rather you are surrounded by a community of strong women, just like you, who are navigating this chaotic commute together.

We can be found at www.chaoticcommute.com

Instagram:  @thechaoticcommute

Facebook:  @thechaoticcommute

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