February 19: Count the Kicks

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Please join us Friday morning to meet Kari Davis and learn more about her story and her mission. Kari Davis resides in Lexington, Ohio with her husband Marc, her busy 17 month old son Colton, and lots of pets. She works full time on night shift as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital and has been there for over fourteen years. Kari also works within her community to raise awareness about stillbirth, one of the least talked about pregnancy complications, and volunteers her time working as the Ohio Ambassador for a public health campaign called called Count the Kicks (countthekicks.org). Count the Kicks teaches expectant mothers the importance of monitoring and tracking their babies movements every day in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Kari became involved with Healthy Birthday (healthybirthday.org), the nonprofit organization behind the Count the Kicks campaign, after her daughter Harper was born still on March 5th, 2013.

Kari was honored as the winner of the 2014 PRISM Award for Compassion for her work within the community and was a nominee for the Health Care Worker of the Year in 2015 by the Ohio Hospital Association. Harper’s story is one of several featured on the Center for Disease Controls new stillbirth resource webpage

When Kari isn’t busy working or chasing after her son, she enjoys shopping for bargains, trolling the Internet for free samples and has a not so secret addiction to coupons and beauty subscription boxes. Kari and Marc are also very passionate about helping forlorn felines and have fostered and found great homes for over 26 stray cats over the years. Kari is currently six months pregnant with her third and final child and is trying not to eat too much ice cream, her favorite nutritious pregnancy snack. We are looking forward to meeting Kari this Friday and hope you come out to join us.

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February 5th: M2M Leadership team panel

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Come out on Friday morning and get to know your Mom2Mom leadership team better.  You will have the opportunity to ask them questions about themselves, motherhood, marriage, as well as, their heart for Mom2Mom and vision for the future of Mom2Mom.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Melissa Hanley is the founder and director of Mom2Mom.  Melissa graduated college in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Ministry.  She married her high school sweetheart that same year and had their first child in 2004.  Melissa moved to Batesville in 2011 as her husband began working in the family flooring business.  She began Mom2Mom in the fall of that year.  Melissa established a leadership and has since grown the Mom2Mom organization impacting over 500 women locally and helping establish two additional Mom2Mom chapters in other communities.  In addition to Mom2Mom, Melissa has experienced great success with her photography business.  Aside from her portrait photography, Melissa has traveled to several different states and outside the country to shoot weddings and capture incredible images.  Melissa’s latest achievement is having her artwork purchased by Hobby Lobby and sold in their stores nationwide.  Melissa lives in Batesville with her husband Patrick and their three beautiful children: Maddie, Jackson and Mason.

Tiffany Vanderpool, Care Coordinator, was born and raised in a small village in North Central Ohio. She lived around that area until her and her husband, Eric, moved to Batesville in 2008. She worked in the insurance industry with both individuals and employers for over 10 years. The last 5 years in the insurance industry she specialized in: marketing, home insurance, client reviews and banking. She has always had a passion for helping others. More recently she has been blessed to be able to stay at home with her 4 year old daughter, Presley. She finds this time of life the most challenging, but also the most rewarding! With these new changes in her life she knew she needed to remember to take care of herself too which is what led her to become a lifestyle and fitness coach in March. This has pushed her out of her comfort zone, but has been very rewarding as she helps others take back their lives and find a healthy lifestyle!

Emili Uden, Childcare Coordinator, is a Chicago native with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has been passionate about art since a young age and has taken several art courses including facilitating art experiences for young children. Emili is also on the Board of Directors for Kids Discovery Factory, and the Sunday School Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greensburg, IN. Her most rewarding job, however, is being a mother to two wonderful children (with the third one on the way) and a wife to her high school sweet heart and oldest friend.

Abby Coffey, Hospitality Coordinator, is a mom of four kids: ages two, five, six and eight. She and her husband Nate lived in California and Hawaii when he was serving in the Marine Corps. They have been living in Batesville for four years now.   Abby currently home-schools her girls and also works part time as the Children’s Director at the Community Church of Batesville.

Elizabeth Miller, Publicity Coordinator, was born in Batesville, Indiana, having only left for a short time to live in Charleston, South Carolina. She and her husband, Jeremy, live on their business property (Batesville Monument Company) and enjoy spending as much time together with their family as possible. Elizabeth is the mother of five children, Emma (7), Cora (6), George (4), Duke (2), and Huck (5 months). After Duke was born, she left her job as a second grade teacher at Batesville Primary School to be a full time mother and has never second guessed her decision. She began regularly attending Mom2Mom gatherings as soon as she started staying home to find the support she needed to learn how to succeed at her new and very challenging occupation. She is passionate about helping the M2M group grow and reach as many Batesville mothers as possible.

 

 

 

January 22nd: Teaching your kids financial responsibility with Walt Rosebrough

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Walt Rosebrough has been president and chief executive officer of STERIS and a member of its Board of Directors since October 1, 2007. STERIS is a leading provider of infection prevention and procedural products and services, focused primarily on healthcare, pharmaceutical and research and medical device companies.

During the course of his career, he has held leadership positions in most major business functions, including product and business development, manufacturing, finance, and marketing. He has led ventures that have ranged in scale from start-up operations with a few employees to billion dollar multinational businesses with thousands of employees.

Mr. Rosebrough has been an executive in the healthcare industry over 30 years, and CEO for over 25 years. He served as CEO of Support Systems International (SSI), a leading provider of equipment and services to relieve complications of immobility. After the merger of SSI and Hill-Rom, he was named CEO of Hill-Rom, a global leader in patient support systems, therapeutic products, and workflow information technology solutions (now Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.).

Mr. Rosebrough currently serves on the board of AdvaMed, Health Insights, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, and is nonexecutive chairman of Coastal Hydraulics, Inc. He is a member of the CCI Healthcare Executive Forum, a healthcare roundtable, and Chief Executives Organization. He has served on the boards of Joerns Corporation, The Center for Nursing Leadership, Spalding University and Margaret Mary Hospital.

Mr. Rosebrough holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Stanford University where he was a GM Fellow and Arjay Miller Scholar.

Most importantly, he is the father of two children, Ben Rosebrough and Elizabeth Miller, a grandfather to 6 (+ one on the way), and husband of 41 years to Carol Rosebrough.  Walt will be sharing with us some very creative ways that he taught his own children how to manage their money as they were growing up.  He has a wealth of knowledge and we are very fortunate to have him coming to share with us.  Feel free to invite your husband along to hear this one!

December 11th: Make art, not crafts

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Emili Uden is a Chicago native with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has been passionate about art since a young age and has taken several art courses including facilitating art experiences for young children. Emili is the Childcare coordinator for Mom2Mom, on the Board of Directors for Kids Discovery Factory, and the Sunday School Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greensburg, IN. Emili’s most rewarding job, however, is being a mother to two wonderful children and a wife to her high school sweet heart and oldest friend.

Join Emili Uden as we explore the benefits of making art at home with your kids. Learn about developmental benefits, art techniques you can try with your whole family, tips on keeping the mess to a minimum, and try 17 different projects- kid free- to build your confidence.

December 4th: Discussing ways to embrace differences with our kids

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Becky Rak was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She studied at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Becky married John Rak in 2004.  They have lived in Illinois, Wisconsin and currently have called Batesville home for the last 3 years. God blessed them with two beautiful children, Lilliana 6 years old and Lincoln 3 years old.

Currently Becky has learned to embrace her job as a stay at home mom.  She cherishes this time she has been given to spend with her children, but looks forward to a season in life in which she will return to the classroom. Becky is fiercely passionate about teaching special needs children. She also feels it is important to education the “others” (non-identified special needs people) in our society about how to understand, accept, and treat people who have special needs, handicaps, disabilities, differences, etc.

We hope that you’ll join us on December 4th as we discuss ways to embrace differences with our children. Becky will be discussing ways to begin and guide the conversation of understanding and accepting people with special needs with our children. Becky will also be sharing examples of literature and movies that can be helpful in discussing these differences with our children.

November 20th: Honoring Christ in your traditions

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Kristen Chakranarayan has been married to her college sweetheart, David, for 11 years and is the mama of five beautiful, spirited daughters—Ava, Maya, Jada, Kate, and Camdyn. The Chaks live in St.Leon, Indiana, where David pastors Cross Point Church.

After graduating from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biblical Studies, she taught preschool for five years and then became a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

Kristen is passionate about encouraging women to embrace their God-given uniqueness– personality, giftedness, experiences, their “story”– and to capitalize on their strengths in order to maximize the impact of their lives, for their families and the “circle” that God has placed around them.

Besides homeschooling her girls and doing exorbitant amounts of laundry, Kristen enjoys “treasure hunting” at yard sales and thrift stores, writing, and soul-stirring conversation with friends. If she had a million dollars, she would hire a private chef and never cook again. Ever.
Ever made it through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, only to look back and wonder if your family completely missed the Reason for the Season? Have you struggled, trying to strike a balance between granting everything on your child’s wish list and trying to teach them that it’s more blessed to give than to receive?  With some intentional planning and willingness to trade the “good” for the “best”, it’s possible to enjoy a rich, guilt-free holiday season that your family will cherish for years to come! Join us for a time of reflection and sharing ideas to help one another create lasting, meaningful traditions that reflect a Christ-centered heritage–not just at Christmas time, but for holidays and celebrations year round!

November 12th 6 pm: Teaching Kids how to deal with their emotions!

IMG_0020Sabrina Andonegui was born in Mexico City and lived in Mexico until moving to Batesville three years ago. She earned a degree in psychology from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. Sabrina worked in human resources in charge of recruitment, selection and employee development for eight years.

She then spent two years working with toddlers in early childhood development, helping them to enhance their intellectual, social and motor skills. Since moving to Batesville she has stayed at home with her two children, helping them adjust to life in the United States, and developing her fluency in the English language.

She also volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run and is on the board of directors for Kids Discovery Factory, an emerging children’s museum. Sabrina joined our M2M group a little over 3 years ago when we first started. She has been more than a blessing to our group. Always a positive influence and encourager amongst our group of Moms, she has truly set a great example!

As I sat down with Sabrina a couple of months ago to discuss this topic, I learned her personal story of how she dealt with exploring her own emotions as a child and how it has shaped her to be the woman she is today. Her personal experience birthed a passion to explore and learn more about human emotion and that is why she chose to study this field in her college days.

All of us have emotions, God created us that way! Sabrina wants to share with us how to help our kids identify these incredible emotions and how to use them in a healthy way in their lives. She has gathered so many useful and practical tools to share with us!

This is a special evening event from 6:00 – 8:00 on Thursday, November 12th.  We will be providing a soup and salad dinner during the event, so come relax and enjoy!  There will not be childcare provided for this event.