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Owner & Chief Curator

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Amy McConnell

Kids: Maverick, 2
Local ‘hood: Northeast Mesa 
Coffee Order: Venti iced coffee, no classic, with cream
Greatest challenge in your career thus far: Accepting that as a mom, woman and business owner, we can have it all, just not at the same time.

 

Amy spent 10+ years in the corporate PR agency world before having her son and becoming owner + chief curator of East Valley Moms.

On this little slice of the Internet, she aims to create a more connected, joyful parenting experience by sharing hacks, resources and building a community of local moms living across Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe and Queen Creek.

As a mom, she prefers art projects to building train sets, is currently exploring preschool co-op options and finding how much easier it is to parent outside in nature than inside four walls.

On Instagram, Amy’s favorite parenting resources include Read Aloud Revival, Poetry Tea Time and Tinkergarden.

Site Manager

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Cara Lespron

Kids: Braylin, 7 and Joel, 6
Local ‘hood: Old Town Scottsdale
Coffee Order: Iced triple espresso with 2 pumps vanilla and half and half
Best Mom-Advice You’ve Been Given: Choose your battles.

 

Cara is a thirty-something, second-generation Arizona Native. She grew up in NE Mesa and still has a deep love for the East Valley. She moved around the state a bit before planting roots in Old Town Scottsdale with her family.

Cara started writing for East Valley Moms in 2018 as a way to reconnect with the East Valley after living in Tucson for a few years. She took the position as Editor in early 2020 and added Site Manager to her resume in September 2020. In Summer 2022, she returned to the office and is getting reacquainted with full-time, working-mom life.

In her free time, Cara can be found at Barre3 or continuing her search for the best margarita in town.

Managing Editor & Partnership Coordinator

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Ashley Lessard

Kids: Charlotte, 5 and John, 3

Local ‘hood: Queen Creek
Coffee Order: Vanilla or Coconut Iced Coffee with Cream

Favorite family tradition: Monthly family hikes!

 

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 6 years.

She can be found enjoying iced coffee year round, no matter the weather. In a perfect world she is at Disneyland at least 4 times a year, and absolutely loves the rain.

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!

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Co-Founders Lisa Glowacka & Michelle Alexander

In the spring of 2013 East Valley Moms Blog co-founders, Lisa Glowacka and Michelle Alexander embarked on one of their greatest adventures, launching East Valley Moms Blog into the local community. For seven years, they grew the community that we know today as East Valley Moms, and we are so grateful for their enterprising spirit! In summer 2020, the duo sold East Valley Moms to Amy McConnell, our present day owner and chief curator.