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Meet the Contributors…

The EVM writing team features local, real moms, just like you! We’re not a group of influencers by trade, we’re just nextdoor moms who love the East Valley, and who love to keep it real, and overshare a little (in the best way possible). 


Ashley Lessard

Coffee order: Iced coffee with 5 pumps of vanilla and cream
Favorite EV restaurants: Grimaldis, Barros, Sushi Neko and Masa Sushi

Ashley is a Disney-loving momma with two toddlers, two rescue dogs and a hedgehog. She met her husband in second grade and they’ve been married for 5 years.

She can be found enjoying iced coffee year round, no matter the weather. As a small business owner herself, Ashley loves to support other small, local businesses. She’s always up for visiting a local pizza or sushi restaurant!


Britt Van Sickle

Coffee order: Iced vanilla chai tea with 2 pumps of hazelnut
Greatest challenge in motherhood thus far: Working from home with an infant and 2 older older kids doing virtual learning

Britt is a divorced mom of 3, living the co-parenting life. She’s an AZ native and actively engaged in the community, politics, local art and fashion and the 2nd Amendment. Britt is a shoe obsessed, self proclaimed fashionista, lover of all things bumblebee and history.

When I’m not finding new adventures with my kids, I’m volunteering with the Junior League of Phoenix training up fellow female leaders in the community.

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Emily Carden

Favorite EV date night activity: Happy hour at Postino
Best mom-advice received: Let the kid have a pacifier!

Emily relocated from Los Angeles in 2019 and now lives in Tempe with her husband and toddler son, Oskar. They are currently awaiting the newest addition to the family, due in April!

Emily is a laid-back, crunchy, boy-mom who loves to gather with girlfriends to drink wine and chat it up.

As a yoga teacher, doula and most recently, Beautycounter consultant, she’s into all things clean and sustainable living, alternative lifestyle and health and happiness. She lovse to read books, visit the spa and spend time cuddling with her furry and human babies.


Jessica Loken

Favorite EV date night activity: Dinner and drinks
Favorite EV Restaurants: Valle Luna and Joyride Taco House

Jessica is an East Valley Native and currently resides in Gilbert. Jessica met her husband in 2007 and have been married since 2009. They have twin boys who are 8 and a fur baby, Ruby.

Jessica has been a Pediatric Dental Assistant in the valley for over 19 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys working out, getting together with friends for dinner and taking trips as a family.


Kim Nothdurft

Coffee order: Vanilla latte, hot or iced depending on the weather
Favorite EV date night activity: Top Golf 

Kim is an Arizona Native who grew up in Mesa. She now lives in South Gilbert with her husband, Andrew an EMS worker, and their 5 children.

Kim’s oldest daughter, LilyAnna (18), suffers from a rare genetic disorder called CDD (CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder) that causes a multitude of disabilities. Additionally, Kim is Mom to Andi Jane(16), Oliver (12), Alfonso (5) and Isabella (4).

Kim works from home trying to juggle it all. More accurately she’s just dropping a lot of balls and laughing about it and posting it to her IG stories.


Kira Henning

Coffee order: Iced coffee with coconut milk
Favorite family tradition:The day after Thanksgiving. The whole family stays in PJs, makes soup, decorates and watches Christmas movies.

Kira is a busy working mama of 4 (3 chicks and a baby boy) and lives in NE Mesa. She and her husband are high school sweethearts and moved to Arizona from the Midwest.

Kira likes a good project, iced coffee, CrossFit and Yoga, gin, and Marshmallow Dream Bars. She dislikes the school pickup line, emptying the dishwasher, and mom shaming.


Lindsay Olivarez

Favorite EV date night activity: Brickyard for dinner and hanging out around downtown Chandler for drinks and a walk 
Greatest challenge in your career thus far: Deciding to leave it

Lindsay is a long-time East Valley mama, originally from the Northwest ‘Burbs of Chicago.

She is a former lawyer, now stay at home mom, adjunct instructor at a community college, and social media over-sharer whose goal is always to make other mamas laugh.

Her family includes her husband of 15ish years, their two daughters, Ellary and Emerson, and their two goldendoodles, Ruby and Brother.


Megan Lankford

Coffee order: Iced chai with coconut milk
Best mom-advice ever received: They won’t go to college still waking at night/un-potty trained/with a paci/etc.

Megan is originally from North Florida, but has called the East Valley her home since 2009. She has been married to the love of her life, Matt, for almost 9 years and they have one toddler, Jacob, who is 2.

Megan works as the accountant at a large church in Chandler. She serves on the Steering Committee for a local MOPS group and leads a small group Bible study at her house.

Lover of football naps, her mother’s Italian cooking, and laughing her butt off with friends and family, most days you can simply find Megan trying to make up this whole mom thing as she goes along, leaning on the wisdom and encouragement of her amazing tribe.

Our Resident Grandma Contributor…

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Ginger Fleishans

‘Grandma Guest Post’ author, Ginger Fleishans, has one ability that few others at EVMB has:  she can (correctly) answer most anything on a 60’s slang quiz.  Not that she’s studied the 60’s – she lived it:  she’s the Grandma. Today’s norms are often a mystery –changes in social behaviors, work protocol, and communication never fail to amaze, especially the wide range of talent displayed by today’s young moms. But one thing hasn’t changed:  we all agree that being a mom is one of the toughest jobs ever. And our babies are more precious than gold. 

With 33 years of marriage under her belt, Ginger believes that family is one’s strongest touchstone, worth preserving at all costs. Her family calls her a professional volunteer, she is active supporting her church and local school as a newsletter writer, fundraiser and social event planner. 

If you want to bribe her, just suggest the Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale or a glass of pinot grigio.