Meet The Greenville Mom Collective Writing Team!

Natalie Welanetz

Owner/Founder

Natalie is the Owner & Founder of Greenville Mom Collective. She has a background in healthcare sales & marketing. Natalie has lived in the upstate of SC for most of her life, exploring the country for six years during her husband’s service with the United States Navy. She & husband, Kris, are home in SC now and live in a tiny house with a yard full of mini farm animals. They are beginning the adoption process and are parents to one angel baby girl. Natalie is passionate about her community and believes strongly that all types of mothers should be recognized and supported.

Tiffany Burgess

Community Engagement Coordinator

Hey y'all! My name is Tiffany! I have been a Mom for almost 8 years now. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and two beautiful kids; a 7 year old boy, and a 19 month old girl. My family and I live in Liberty SC. I have had a full time job working as a surgical technologist in a dermatology office for over ten years now. My only hobby that I have right now is spending time with my husband and children. We love going on golf cart rides around the neighborhood, going for walks, and taking care of our chickens! My family is my entire life and that's the reason I have decided to join Greenville Mom Collective. I'm so excited to try new things and get the kids involved too! Let this journey begin!

Kerri Thomas

Contributor

Kerri is a hospice nurse and a mother to two children. She has a background in education and healthcare. Kerri has a Bachelors Degree in Education in addition to her nursing degree. Kerri has lived in the upstate her entire life. Kerri and her husband Brandon both work full time, while homeschooling their two children, Mallorie 11 and Hunter 9. Kerri enjoys going to the beach and being with her family. Kerri has four dogs ( 2 Saint Bernards, Lab/Great Pyrenees and a tea cup Chihuahua), 2 cats, turtle and fish.

Ashlee De Nooy

Contributor

Hi! I'm Dr. Ashlee De Nooy, PT. I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years and together we have 3 beautiful children and an adorable cocker spaniel named Zeke. About 3 1/2 years ago we moved to Greenville from Illinois to get a change of scenery. We absolutely love the weather, friends we've met, and exploring all that the Upstate has to offer! I am the owner of Body Works Women's Health and Wellness, a women's health clinic and Clinical Pilates studio that specializes in women with or wanting to prevent pelvic floor issues to optimize their health function. Between spending time with my family and on the business, I enjoy being outside, learning new things, baking, and cooking yummy food.

Brandi Fugate

Contributor

Hi friends! I am a proud mama to seven children, childbirth educator and labor doula and sometimes photographer. When I am not juggling all those hats I love being outdoors, especially the mountains. I grew up in the Upstate and am proud to call this amazing place home. I love date nights with my man in downtown Greenville, long soaks in my bath tub and a good Netflix documentary. I am so excited for Greenville Mom Collective and to be apart of this community.

Ashley Heringa

Contributor

Ashley Heringa is a certified personal trainer and coach, specializing in women. She is certified in Pregnancy and Postpartum and corrective exercise for moms. She owns Strength In Her Fitness. She is the mom of two kids, 5 and 2, and currently pregnant with number three, and the wife to a wonderful professor and musician. She loves running, weight lifting, muay thai, hiking and camping.

Navina Mehta

Contributor

Hi Moms! My name is Navina and I'm a mom to 2 little ones, wife to a wonderful husband, and Greenville's go-to Sleep Doctor! Like most working moms, I struggled with mom guilt (still do) and having a healthy work life balance. After a lot of soul searching and praying, I recently started my own private practice to allow more time with my family! You can now add momtrepreneur to my resume. When I'm not worrying if my kiddos have had a balanced meal or if my husband is going to get the correct brand of soap from Target- you can find me hiking on the weekends or attempting to make the perfect loaf of bread. My self care routine includes a black cup of coffee first thing in the morning before my children wake up and my Peloton! I hope to be your resource for all things health!

Jami Jo Studer

Contributor

I'm originally from Indiana, but made Greenville my home in 2010. I'm married to Wes, and we have two children, ages 7 and almost 10. I am a full time working mom (dentist by day, mommy by night). I love all things outdoors, and being with friends and family. I love to cook, and you will always find me with a cup of coffee in my hand! I most recently joined a rock band. I'm proud to be part of bringing women together with Greenville Mom Collective.

Jenn McDonald

Contributor

Mama to 5, wife to my dream man, & devoted lover of Jesus. I’ve spent the last 7 years pregnant or nursing a new babe all while growing & changing, every day becoming more passionate about encouraging fellow moms as we all navigate this wild adventure of motherhood. I believe through community & honest connection we can combat the loneliness that plagues so many women once they step into this new role. When not wrangling my 5 kids (ages 6.5, 5, 3, 2, & 1 month) you can find me leading my wellness community with Young Living, making Instagram reels, Cross Fitting, browsing Amazon, or eating Mexican food!

Heather Walley-Jimenez

Contributor

I am a born and raised Texas native, and moved from Austin to Greenville with my husband and two boys in 2017. After receiving my degree from UT, I went right back to school for my culinary degree, and now currently own and operate a local catering business. I love sharing the knowledge I've gained in almost 20 years in the food service industry, including cooking and baking techniques and time-saving recipes for families and busy parents!

Marci Masitto Cairns

Contributor

Hello. I've lived in this beautiful city for over twenty-five years. It's been so fun to see the transformation of Greenville go from dingy, dated, dead to clean, modern, and thriving. My four children were born and raised here. I have homeschooled and been a single mom for many years. My new chapter began in 2019 by launching my Airbnb, A Tranquil Space, and real estate businesses, The Collaborateur: All Things Home. This chapter is helping heal many broken places in me by building confidence, seeing my personal value and identity be shaped, and helping others in all areas of the home from real estate, design, and more. Sharing what the Upstate of South Carolina has to offer young professionals, growing families, retirees, and more gives me a lot of pride in our area. I enjoy renovating and redecorating, volunteering in the community in various ways, am an avid supporter of our arts community and local coffee shops, and enjoy being involved in my church and little neighborhood, Collaborating and community are a huge part of my heart. I've been asked to write a book so this is a chance to tiptoe towards putting thoughts and words to print and seeing where that leads. Women crave feeling understood and connected and I'm so thankful to be a tiny part of the Greenville Mom Collective.

Jill McAleer

Contributor

Jill is a nature, culture and adventure-loving homeschooling Mama. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Jill and her husband John have been calling Greenville, SC home since 2013. She is a mom of 4 kids ages 5, 3, 2 and 1. Jill is graduate of Concordia University where she received her BA in Community and Ethnic Studies. Her passions include writing, travel, cultural studies and experiences, music and wellness and these days, homeschooling her 5 year old and preschoolers, which has been her greatest, most rewarding and most challenging responsibility she’s ever had. Jill loves the beach, being outdoors and while she embraces an earthy and simple approach to living and parenting, she also appreciates a good designer handbag...or two! Jill works part-time as a worship leader at her church and is passionate about using every opportunity to grow and share her faith.

Stephanie Machacek

Contributor

Stephanie Machacek, M.S., CNS, is a clinical nutritionist and health coach. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science, an M.S. in Human Clinical Nutrition, and is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist through the American Nutrition Association. She has over 10 years of experience working with people of all ages and stages on how to make nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve their health.

Lauren Gratenstein

Contributor

Hello lovely people! I’m representing Union County! I am a S. Florida native, a Lipan Apache and homeschooling mother of two, a girl(6) and boy(9). My family moved here from Arizona and purchased our forever home, a 100+ year old restoration project, in 2012. I have B.A. in Interior Design, studied at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, then Accounting/Finance. I thought I retired for good after I had my son, but I guess that’s just not my style. My husband and I own Area8 Computer Consulting, LLC locally. I’m a medicine woman and artist of indigenous jewelry/crafts at the Union County Arts Council. Nature is my homegirl, and you’ll find me gardening, foraging, or searching for waterfalls. My oldest passions are books and cooking. I have a ridiculous amount of books, and an ever growing cookbook collection. I’m so grateful to be a contributor and serve this community.

MTurner

Contributor

Morgan is originally from Florida but happily relocated to the Upstate in 2016 with her husband. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, focusing on Health Education and Promotion and Health Disparities as well as a B.S. degree in American Sign Language / English Interpreting. She is a mother to twins and has two dogs; she enjoys working out and reading all the books she can get her hands on. She and her husband also enjoy exploring the Upstate area on the weekends and tackling DIY projects at home. Morgan is excited to join Greenville Mom Collective and help build a community that can support one another.

Mandie Kugler

Contributor

While people may see me and think of me as a spring chicken, I certainly don't feel that way. I offer advice from a lot of experience! I carry the titles of mom, wife, LEOW (law enforcement officer wife), foster mom, and Angel mom. We have had 4 beautiful children, lost our first child in 2014 and had our 4th child in 2020, and are now foster parents to 2 girls we hope to adopt! Recap: 5 kids under 6 years old, a husband with swing shifts and long hours, a small business owner, and here I am, writing to you!

Brenda Harper

Contributor

Brenda Harper is currently the Director of Special Education with Anderson School District Five in Anderson, SC. Prior to this, she worked as a school principal, director of charter schools and special education teacher. Her bachelors is in Special Education and her masters is in Educational Leadership and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Brenda's particular educational interests are supporting children with Autism and supporting struggling readers during their school years. She and her family relocated to the upstate five years ago and love the area. Brenda is the mother to one son who loves all things sports. Two of her favorite weekend activities are leading exercise classes and doing portrait photography.

Kayla Lazar

Contributor

Kayla is a happily married mom of one spunky girl with another baby girl on the way. She and her family reside in Piedmont, SC. She has a professional background in healthcare administration. When not working, she can be found aimlessly roaming the aisles at her local Target with her toddler sidekick.