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Meet the Flagstaff Mom Collective Contributor Team
Being a Midwest Nebraska girl at heart, my husband and I planted our roots in Flagstaff in August of 2016. Life has not stopped since our move to Arizona with welcoming two kids within a year! When I’m not directing chaos and watching endless amounts of Paw Patrol I put on my “owner hat” running a Marketing and Graphic design company Flip Marketing. Balancing the work and mom life has been a struggle but I thrive on chaos!
Brit Koch originally from Tulsa, OK. landed in Flagstaff in 2012 after a series of 26 countries. From Europe to the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia the mountains of Arizona captured her heart and Flagstaff was an easy move. She has been known to be a number of things: Long-distance cycling enthusiast, Tea aficionado, Hiking, and Camping devotee, former Montessori Teacher, Road-trip Lover, DIY-er, Personal Chef (just kidding but she LOVES cooking). She met and fell in love with her Husband Brandon who is a rare breed, the Flagstaff native. They have a wonderful bright and sunny 2-year-old Hazel Jean.
Christine Davis lives in Flagstaff with her husband, son, and adventure dog. They like to go on easy hikes, eat lots of local burgers, and have fun in the sun and snow. She holds an MFA from Northern Arizona University, where she currently serves as an instructor in the English department. Her work can be found in Crack the Spine, Four Ties Lit Review, Atlantis Magazine, and Sanctuary Literary Journal.
Christina Rankin was born and raised in Flagstaff, but her family had a 10 year adventure in central PA. Wife to a wonderful husband, together they have four children, three daughters and one son. She has rheumatoid arthritis, but is determined to not let the RA have her. Christina is active in her church and community with a heart for kids. Christina graduated from NAU in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Ed and has worked with kids at a daycare in Pennsylvania. When the fair comes around, you can find her in the Home Ec building as the superintendent and during the Christmas season she is an elf at the North Pole, in her free time she is an avid crocheter, likes hiking, and loves spending time with her family.
Courtney Ludwig is sassy, smart, and sarcastic. She is also a single mom to twin boys, Sammy and Jayson. This family of 3 moved to Flagstaff, AZ in August 2010 when the boys were 6 months old. Courtney first moved to Arizona in 2000 but was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL (Go Cubs Go!)
Courtney is a suicide survivor of her own attempts, and the loss of the twins’ father. She writes about her mental health diagnoses honestly and shares her struggles at http://cocoandtwins.com
Danika Danker is a native of south-central Wisconsin and south-central Pennsylvania. She has a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania and works in admin at BASIS Flagstaff. She moved to Flagstaff in 2013 to join her true love, who proposed to her at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She loves telling people about how she met her husband at “boy scout camp,” or Philmont Scout Ranch, a 220 square-mile national high-adventure/backpacking camp of the Boy Scouts of America. Danika is very new to being a mom, but processes her experience through reading, writing, and shared experience. The Danker family enjoys camping, hiking, canyoneering, eating green chiles and spending time with their two golden retrievers, Cimarron and Taos. Both Danika and David have been to all 50 states and are starting over with baby E.
Born and raised in NJ, Heather left with fire on her heels to attend ASU in Tempe, AZ in 1995, where she obtained a degree in art history while minoring in both anthropology and French. While at ASU she met her husband Jake and began their loud, crazy, fun-filled life together. She’s a full-time product strategist for a fortune 5 healthcare company and chairs the fundraising and marketing committee for Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, and most importantly, a very hands-on and fun mom to two wild boys Zane, age 11 and Van, age 6. They’ve made Flagstaff their forever home since 2010 and Is actively involved in our mountain community, lives for live music, good food, and wine, reading books about real-life people, and a lover of the outdoors.
Heather moved to Flagstaff AZ with her family in March 2012. Moving across the country from NC was definitely an adventure with five kids in tow, but totally worth it. Heather is a business entrepreneur, having recently launched a local aromatherapy-focused cleaning company. She is also a freelance writer, published author, and doula with a special interest in helping postpartum moms through those tricky first few weeks. Some of her favorite fun things include hiking with her kids and dog Boo Radley, M&M’s of all flavors, dark beer, and pizza. Most of all, Heather is passionate about setting an example for her kids on how to live with courage and commitment to a life that is rich with joy and love.
Jessie Luckey lives in Flagstaff, AZ with her husband, daughter, dogs and chickens. Previously a teacher for 6 years, Jessie is now awaiting a new calling. Jessie loves Jesus and being outside.
Jill is the mother of five high school and college-age daughters and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years. A full-time working mother and pastor’s wife, Jill enjoys teaching Bible study, playing pickle ball and trying new restaurants as well as serving women as a cabi stylist. Her family moved to Flagstaff from Chicagoland.
I am a Flagstaff local from toddlerhood. I went to FALA for high school and graduated from NAU with a BA in Secondary English Education. I married my high school sweetheart, and together we’re raising 2 young kiddos while working full time. My wife has recently come out as transgender, so we are on a wonderful journey of LGBTQ+ parenting and education. I have a passion for social justice, equality, storytelling, and birth support. I work with Flagstaff Doulas as a birth doula and I occasionally photograph births as well. I dance and perform with Canyon Movement Company, a modern dance company, several times a year. I enjoy listening to podcasts while I learn to crochet and sip my locally brewed coffee with a hefty helping of cream.
Kristin Kauffman is a Wyoming native that found her way to the mountains of Flagstaff after attending undergraduate studies at Arizona State University and spending time training for Ironman Triathlon and swimming with sharks in Kailua Hawaii. She is a Sr. Lead Compliance & Regulation Investigator for a major healthcare company and an alumnus of Northern Arizona University where she earned her MPA. Kristin met and married her husband Dave in Flagstaff and they have a spunky and silly young son, Dash who absolutely lives up to his name.
Sylvia was born and raised in Mauritius Island which is a small tropical island located in the Indian Ocean. At 18 years old she moved to Ottawa, Canada to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management. After completing her degree, Sylvia decided to continued to live in Ottawa where she worked for a national bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counseling profession in Canada. In the summer of 2012, she decided to visit the United States for the first time. Having binged watched Sex and the City before visiting; she decided that New York would be the perfect place for her 3-day getaway. During her short time in New York, she met her husband on a sightseeing tour of the City. Shortly after they got married and Sylvia made the move to Flagstaff, Arizona where her daughter was born. While caring for her newborn daughter, she completed her master’s degree online in Health Care Administration. Although, she will always be an island girl at heart, she learned to love life at high altitude and made the mountain town of Flagstaff her home since 2014. Sylvia is an avid reader, tea drinker, traveler and cruise-goer. Her passion for writing and her wanderlust lead her to venture into blogging. You can follow her adventurers around the world with her family on her website entitled The Cruising Dodo
Hello, I’m Leslie! My husband and I moved our family to Flagstaff two years ago from the Midwest. We are enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery Northern Arizona has to offer while raising our four children. Toddler boys and one year old boy/girl twins to be exact, and yeah, we are busy! I enjoy exercise, photography, the great outdoors and the company of other mamas.
Molly Parafiniuk is a mother of two toddler girls who is lucky enough to spend her days with them. A business owner of a party princess company, Molly loves all things Disney, Star Wars, and kid-friendly content. Quarantine has recently developed an obsession with all things bread making and you can find her on any given day kneading a new dough.
Originally from Minneapolis, Sarah landed in Flagstaff in 2009 by way of Connecticut, Brooklyn, NY and Madison, WI. She works as a public interest attorney and lives with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Sienna is a born and raised Flagstaff local and 24-year-old mama to one spunky toddler. She is an avid outdoor adventurer and passionate about books, art, sewing, eco-friendly living and all things local.
Tiffany is a digital marketer & front-end web developer living in Flagstaff, AZ with her husband and daughter. When she’s not staring at a computer screen or chasing around a toddler, you can find her watching hockey, rock climbing, spending time outdoors, enjoying an iced green tea with two raw sugars or slowly working on renovating their home.
Helena stumbled across Flagstaff Moms Blog a year after relocating her family to Flagstaff (a place they had dreamed of living) from the valley of the sun for a job opportunity. Not only did she find an amazing site to connect more to the community and other moms, but became part of the Executive Team as the Sales Coordinator.
Helena is a mom of 5 in a blended family, meeting her husband at a BBQ and becoming fast friends hanging out with their kiddos (each having a boy & girl) that were the same age. 18 ½ years later, they can say they have survived the teen years four times and one day before their 10th anniversary found out they were expecting the little guy they never thought they would have, as Helena had been diagnosed with PCOS years earlier. The once Brady Bunch became His, Mine & Ours, sending out 2 high school graduation announcements and birth announcement months apart. Helena can fully say, “Cherish every moment” as it seems the older kids grew up in a blink of an eye. She loves the moments when the family can all be together and especially watching Aiden (youngest) with his older siblings; brothers 26 & 25 and sisters 21 who have fully embraced having a little brother & completely spoil him.
Helena juggles being a mom & wife with her career in higher education, finishing her degree at NAU and being a member of the FMB Exec team. When she finds the time she enjoys reading, writing and LOVES baking and gift-giving.