CafeMom meets the emotional and practical needs of every mom with an honest, gritty, funny, wise, practical and uplifting spirit that mirrors motherhood itself. Our stories satisfy a demand: to laugh, to connect, to commiserate, or to get smart advice you've never heard before. We lift up the voices of all moms, and make them feel confident, hopeful and understood. Like a good friend, we just make life better.

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Our Team

Kate Ward
EVP, Editorial
I lead the editorial teams at CafeMom. When I'm not working, I can be found hanging out with my two girls at home in Massachusetts. I enjoy drinking coffee, reading the entire internet before 9am, practicing yoga, and yelling at people on Twitter.
Courtenay Smith
I've spent 20 years writing and editing for women at brands like Woman's Day, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Reader's Digest. But CafeMom is the only place where every moment I spend with my 2-year-old informs what I read and write, and I love it.
Sheri Reed
Managing Editor
Hi there. I'm Sheri -- Managing Editor at CafeMom, as well as a writer and amateur photographer. I live in Northern California where I also work, watch birds, bite my nails, and raise two boys with my husband.
Rachel Swalin
Social Media Director
I'm Rachel - CafeMom's social media guru. Originally from Pittsburgh, I've been a resident New Yorker since graduating college in Ohio (go Bobcats!!!). The only thing I love more than a clicky headline and viral meme are manatees. And cats.
Ashley Austrew
Senior Editor, Parenting
I'm Ashley, and I'm a senior editor at CafeMom. I'm originally from Dallas, TX, but currently living in the Midwest. When I'm not in my office, I love kickboxing, Netflix binges, reading great books, and spending time with my two quirky kids.
Lauren Gordon
Senior Editor, Lifestyle/Entertainment
I'm a music and book obsessed nerd who loves writing about body positivity, inspirational people, and food. I have an intense amount of Philly pride and can often be found on my couch in Jersey crafting.
Mary Hawkins
Senior Editor, Audience Development
I'm a single mom of a cool dude and a pint-sized pup. When I'm not working, you can find me in a yoga studio or on an airplane. Travel is my boo. I live in a small town, but belong in the city or by the coast.
Jenny Erikson
Entertainment Editor
I'm a single mom of three girls in Southern California. When I'm not stalking celebrities online, you can find me at the beach, at a wine bar, or off making general merriment with my kids.
Elena Mauer
Content Lab Editor
By day, I edit special sections of CafeMom, which partially includes many brainstorm sessions. (Total dream job.) By night, I'm a soccer chauffeur, adjunct professor, wannabe gym rat, interior design fan girl, bedtime story reader, and kitchen singer.
Tanvier Peart
Entertainment Editor
I'm a Baltimore gal, wife, and work-from-home mama of two who now calls western New York home. When I'm not writing, you can catch me at my MMA training center, church, Target, or pinching my husband's butt (not in that order).
Jordyn Smith
Reporter, Parenting
I'm a writer, editor, and lover of all things pop culture. A southern city girl, when I'm not working I can be found daydreaming about the beach, hoarding liquid lipsticks, and spending time with my little family.
Lauren Levy
Senior Reporter
I'm a senior reporter at CafeMom. I'm originally from Washington, DC and when I'm not scouting viral stories, I'm running through NYC training for my next race, binging on reality TV and Netflix, or exploring the world one Instagram-worthy dessert at a time.
Jamie Snider
Copy Chief
I worked in book publishing for several years, and I'm delighted to be part of the CafeMom team now. I'm still always open for a good book rec, though. I can often be found quoting classic Simpsons episodes and trying to plan another trip to the UK.
Kelsey Fink
Video Editor
I'm a videographer by day, super nerd by night. If I'm not working on an animated side project, you'll find me watching Real Housewives with my cat or trying to motivate myself to go on a run. Originally from Washington, D.C., but New York feels like it's always been my home.
Leah Cooper
Assistant Video/Photo Editor
After spending most of my 20s city hopping along the east coast, I have finally settled in New York. When I'm not making video and photo content for CafeMom, I'm working on my own art, scouring the internet for a good bargain, or catching up on my favorite reality shows.
Kayla Boyd
Reporter, Lifestyle/Entertainment
Just your typical coffee-addicted, social media-obsessed millennial. I love to write about body positivity, fashion, and beauty. I also enjoy watching Netflix, collecting sneakers, and taking way too many photos. I'm a Detroit native, living it up in NYC.