Meet Rachel Riegel, our August Mom of the Month! In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I live in Streetsboro with my husband, Joshua, and our almost 2 yr old, Eliza. We are expecting another little Riegel in February 2021! We also have a dog named Zoey and a cat named Hobbes who are best buddies.
Hometown: Mooresville, NC! I’ve been in Ohio for...more
If you asked me in February what I would be doing at the end of July, my answer would not have included, “Writing a blog about the challenging decisions regarding the return to school during a worldwide pandemic.” I’m fairly confident that none of us expected to be here. Yet, here we are, faced with what seems like a limitless collection of choices and decisions to make, and the “Mom-Guilt” associated with any of these options.
Tell us about your family: My husband Tom and I have been married for 8 years. It’s hard to believe that our family is now complete with three beautiful children. Lily is 5, Lincoln is 3 and Jacob is 1 year old. They all make my world go around and my life worth living. I can't believe how much I am blessed.
Current/previous career: I am a pediatric...more
My name is Olivia Potash. I am a 34 year old mother to our son, Omri, who we adopted from birth in 2018 in Columbus. Omri is 100% Somali. We have an open relationship with our son’s birth mother.
When we began our adoption process in 2016, we were required to complete a series of trainings. One exercise that we completed during our training always sticks out in my mind. We were given a dixie cup and a pile of various colored beads. We...more
Tell us about your family: I have been married to Nirav for 6 years and we have a lovely daughter Dhyana who will turn 2 in June.
Hometown: Mumbai, India. Nirav came for his masters at Cleveland State University in 2008 and has been in the States since then and I came here after our marriage.
Current/previous career: I am a Physical therapist by profession. Currently, I am a stay...more
My 2019 started out on a high as I checked an item off of my bucket list and ran the Disney World Marathon. My body completed this amazing feat, and then it felt as if it was failing me. I had a chemical pregnancy and quickly became pregnant again. I hit the 12 week mark to learn baby stopped growing at 8 weeks. I had a missed miscarriage and scheduled a D&C. I was diagnosed with a partial molar pregnancy, which happens in about 1...more
Meet Seasons Langham, our May Mom of the Month! In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I will be married to Kyle for 8 years this August. We have been together for 13 years. We have Auriana who is 5 and Nolan who is 3. We also have Urban, our St Bernard, who is 6 and Bella, our Cairn Terrier, and she is 13.
Charlotte Beers Plank
How are you doing, mama? We are in unprecedented times, in a world pandemic and in a time of uncertainty. Our focus has shifted to survival mode, and to what we can control, which is the present moment. What are we doing TODAY? How can I focus on TODAY? With daycares and schools closed, our children are home more than probably ever in their lives, and we are trying to cope. Whether you are juggling working your job from home or restricting...more
Meet Charlotte Beers Plank, our April Mom of the Month! In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I have been married to Aidan almost seven years, together for over 10! We have our sweet Charlie, who is 2.5, turning 3 this summer. We also have a snow-white cat, Lily, who is 6.5.
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut. I moved to Ohio in 2006 to attend...more
So, your kids are home, bored, asking for snacks approximately every 5 seconds and you, momma, have SO much work to do. What now?
Hi! My name is Dawn Bobinski and I am a mom to three crazy, fun, amazing little boys named Emmett (4.5), Wyatt (3) and Bennett (6 months). I have been a work at home mom now for 4.5 years teaching high school science virtually. I completely understand the struggle and blessing of working from home with kids....more
Meet Maryn Nevin, our March Mom of the Month! In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family:
I et my husband in 2011 when we were freshman at Case Western Reserve University. We got married in 2016 and had our daughter, Ellarose, in 2018. Now I’m 37 weeks along with our second child - should be coming any day now! We live in Aurora with our dog - Cora and our 2 cats - Simba...more
My name is Caitlin Lagnese, and I am wife to Mike and mother to Josie (6) and Matthew (3). I joined the FIT4MOM Hudson, Twinsburg & Solon community in the fall of 2019; it was nothing short of fate. For years prior I was secretly dealing with depression and PTSD stemming from a sexual assault. After two years of therapy and medical treatment, my therapist, pleased with my progress, suggested it was time to focus on incorporating fitness...more
Tell us about your family: I am married to Paul, we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in April this year. I am mum to 3 beautiful children, Annabelle 8, Samuel 6 and Thomas 2.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia. But we have lived in Hudson for a year now,
Current/previous career: I was an office and account manager back in Australia. I was on maternity leave when Paul was...more
Husbands of FIT4MOM HTS Members
Taking care of your mental and physical health can have a positive effect not just on you, but on your entire family. Here are some testimonials from husbands of FIT4MOM Hudson, Twinsburg & Solon members on how FIT4MOM has helped their wives.
"My wife and I moved here a little over a year ago and didn’t know anyone. With my job having so much travel, I was worried about my wife being able to stay healthy both mentally and...more
Meet Carrie Cooper, our Mom of the Month! This series features a different mom of our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: My husband, Andrew, and I have been married for 7 years and have two boys, Samuel (3) and Amos (1), and a husky named Max. We love being outside and traveling, and we are total nerds. If ever you want to discuss the newest sci-fi movie, fantasy novel, or play a board game, let us...more
Charlotte Beers Plank
Every single year, without fail, I get to the end of December and get sick. I push and push and push until Christmas is upon us, and then, inevitably, I end up sick in bed. Or if I’m not in bed, I’m not very pleasant to be around. Now that I have a kid of my own, I can’t check out around this time of year, and, really, I don’t want to miss out on anything! This year’s Christmas, with an almost 2.5-year-old, was the first time he really...more
Meet Sisily Strobridge, our Mom of the Month! Sisily is also one of our Stroller Strides instructors. This series features a different mom of our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I have been married to my husband Brian for 4 years. We have moved all over the US following his career and loving the adventure. We have 2 kids now; Bentley who is 3 and Aisley who is 2 months.
Charlotte Beers Plank
It’s November 1st. The last month before December. The last possible breath of fresh air before the relentless pressure of the holidays. The Halloween candy is now on the clearance shelves, and snow might be in the forecast soon. Jack-o-lanterns and ghosts are replaced with Christmas tree lights and Santas, and we start hurdling towards the holidays, with a short stop for a meal on Thanksgiving.
As a musician, I have always been...more
Meet Brooke Anderson, our Mom of the Month! This series features a different mom of our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: Hi! I’m Brooke and I live in Aurora with my husband Ryan, our sons August (2) and Mack (5 months), our two dogs Scout and Penny, and our rabbit Nuxy. We have too many animals in our house. Ryan is a software engineer/manager at Rovisys in Aurora, which means he often visits at lunch. I...more
Coach Emma, the music, and the famous chalk quotes kept my legs moving. I thought the Run Club Preview was just going to be a way to get out of yard work, but I started running and I didn’t stop. I was able to run the whole 20 minutes without stopping! Let’s be honest, I wasn’t breaking any records, but my feet were moving in more than a walk the entire time, and I didn’t feel like I was going to die. After the remarkable realization that I...more
Meet Nicole Gruszewski, our Mom of the Month! This series features a different mom of our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I have been married to my husband, Jeremy, for 6 years. We have 2 beautiful children, Avery (4) and Sadie (4 months), as well as 2 babies in heaven. We also have a cat (who thinks he’s a dog) named Boots.
Hometown: We live in Northfield, but my...more
Koreen Luckie, M.A.,CCC-SLP
It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about back to school. Some of us mothers from FIT4MOM have school age children, yet many of us have little ones who will continue to stay home. Therefore, it becomes our responsibility to be their 24-hour teacher. As a mother who is also a Speech Language Pathologist, I am constantly thinking about developmental norms and determining whether or not my child fits within his average range as...more
Meet Katie Keba, our September Mom of the Month! She is also our Marketing Manager. In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family:
I’ve been married to my husband Joe for four years, we have a three-year old son, Easton, a one-year old daughter, Claire, and I can’t forget about our one-and-a-half year old Goldendoodle pup, Kota.
Meet Jennifer Beaupre, our August Mom of the Month! In this series we feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I'm married to my wonderful husband Brandon and together we have 3 year old twin boys Tyler and Cruz.
Hometown: I am from Melbourne, Australia and moved here to Twinsburg, Ohio with my husband in 2015.
Current/previous career: Back in...more
Traveling can be overwhelming and trekking around with young children can be downright terrifying, but it is a skill that can be improved. With parents from Mexico and England, I was fortunate to fly internationally more times than most adults do by the time I was ten. I’ve learned a few tricks about how to fly. Travel is an opportunity to explore the world, learn something new about another culture, and ultimately learn something new about...more
Meet Sharon Kutz, our July Mom of the Month! This is a series that features a mom of our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: My husband, Jeff, and I have been married for almost 6 years. Our daughter, Zoey, is 15 months, and we also have a Schnoodle named Jameson.
Hometown: I was born in Toronto, but grew up in...more
Charlotte Beers Plank
“Postpartum depression? You don’t have that! That’s when you’re angry and you throw things.”
That’s what I heard when I first noticed things weren’t right.
“But your son survived! Just be happy!”
That’s what I kept telling myself. I was lucky.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders come in many forms and are often not what people assume. They also affect so many people, often silently. Did you know that 1 in 7 moms...more
Meet Jessie, our June Mom of the Month! This is a new series that will feature a mom in our Village each month.
Tell us about your family: I have 1 son Luke who will be 4 this month and 1 daughter Taryn who will be 2 in July with my husband Chris Hamed
Hometown: Kent, Ohio (Roosevelt high school alumni and a Kent State University Alumni
Meet Julie, our May Mom of the Month! We are starting a new series each month that will feature the moms of our Village. We thought we’d start with a spotlight on our fearless leader and franchise owner, Julie!
Tell us about your family: I have two sons, Samir - 3 years old, and Zayd - 12 months old, with my husband Omer.
Hometown: Butler, PA (about 1 hour north of...more
Charlotte Beers Plank
One of the biggest buzz words these days is “self-care”. Wait, society is encouraging us to incorporate self-care into our lives? Yes! But honestly, whenever I read an article stressing the importance of self-care, my immediate reaction is a bit of anxiety. I think to myself, “I really need to drink more water and try to get to bed earlier. And eat better. And move more. Oo, meditation - I should do that. And do something fun for myself.” And...more