If you looked the word “Champion” up in the dictionary, the definition should be Allison Walmark. If you know Allison, she’s an inspiration. If you don’t – within two minutes of talking to her – you will laugh, you will be amazed, and you will be inspired. After years as a Marketing Director for many well-known magazines, Allison has turned her attention to issues impacting her own family (namely Autism and breast cancer), and slowly but surely, changing the world for the better. Though Allison’s life has been devoted in recent years to Autism Awareness and the search for a cure, inspired by her son Ethan, she recently battled (and is a survivor of!) breast cancer, and will no doubt fight that fight next. In a next life, she may sleep a bit more and try acting, but for now she enjoys trips with her family (Disneyland and Atlantis being two favorites), watching her gymnast daughter and musician son perform, time with her friends, and dedicating her life to engendering positive change. Allison makes all of us want to be champions for those things that matter most in our worlds, and as her family picture spells out – LOVE – is what drives It all. So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, we want to honor her, and the many amazing moms (and women) we know – or will know – who are champions just like her!
Who would have thought an April Fool’s joke about a mom’s child turning pink after eating too many pink cupcakes would have turned into a children’s book series, TV show, and Broadway Musical? No one, including Victoria Kann, mom of two teenage girls, and the author of the 60+ beloved Pinkalicious books anyone and everyone with little girls knows and loves. Victoria moved to Westport 13 years ago, but grew up coming here as a kid! She loves writing, time with her family, gardening, and pets; in fact, growing up she had 2 cats and 13 kittens at one point, in addition to ducks, a rabbit, and a dog (at different times!). Victoria is often known for her silly sense of humor, and swears by blush and her sleep! Don’t miss an in-person reading of her newest book, Pinkalicious and the Amazing Sled Run at the Saugatuck StoryFest THIS Saturday at 11am! We are lucky to call this beloved author one of our own!
So many people in our community have a unique story about how their realtor helped them find that perfect house and how he/she really made them excited to call Westport home. Jeannette Floto is one of those special people who leaves a mark on all the families she helps. In addition to being hard-working, passion and incredibly talented at what she does, Jeannette is a very involved mom to three, adds tremendous positive energy to any room she walks into, and loves enjoying all of the different seasons in Fairfield County where she was born and raised. Jeannette had an unexpected open-heart surgery 2.5 years ago, and now truly views every day as a chance to help others, to teach kindness in her kids, and to enjoy her husband, who she only regrets not meeting earlier in life. She swears by the app Instacart and mascara, but most importantly, is enjoying this time in life with her family and bringing new people into this community she feels so lucky to call her home.
Meet Denise! Well known for her esteemed interior design firm, D2 Interieurs, Denise has built and designed many homes in Fairfield County, and is respected for her creativity, vision, and of course her laugh! Denise lives in Weston and is mom to two teenage boys, who she loves traveling with to adventurous places including Hong Kong and Costa Rica. Locally, she loves vintage store shopping, a good night with family or friends at Bar Taco, and in another life she would be the singer in a rock-n-roll band! Denise values integrity in her friends, believes being an advocate for your children is critical to their success, and is a pleasure to spend time with, personally and professionally. Her talent reaches beyond Fairfield County into NYC and beyond, and we are lucky to have her in our community.
For anyone who loves a good story about finding your career path accidentally, meet Deb! Deb (mom to 3 in Westport) became a dance teacher when she offered to assist with her daughter’s dance class years ago. Though her daughter shortly thereafter quit the class, she continued teaching, and never stopped! Deb is now a beloved teacher at The Spot Just Dance in Norwalk who has instilled the love of dance (ballet, hip hop and more) in many over the years. Deb loves nothing more than a round of mini golf with the family, followed by a trip to Saugatuck Sweets, wouldn’t have minded being a Rockstar in another life, and never ate a fresh vegetable before the age of 13! Fun Fact – She also makes over 100 kugels during the Jewish Holidays, and all proceeds from their sales go to a family in need! Deb is open and honest about the ongoing challenges of parenthood, and the value in letting others provide a helping hand! She is also an inspiration for all of us moms out there; just remember, you never know when that next stage in your journey may be just around the corner!!
If balancing it all is something you struggle with much like we do, Dermatologists and new business partners, Deanne Robinson and Ronnie Klein are two amazing moms to watch! With 8 kids among them, these two powerhouse mommas are launching their own practice (a lifelong dream!) – Modern Dermatology – right here in Westport this summer and their own skin care line Pure BioDerm. They both find the age of 3 the toughest as kids are figuring out that balance between toddler and big kids, value honesty in friends first and foremost, and love Bar Taco. In another life, Deanne would try out for the Rockettes and Ronnie would be a tour guide; she can’t wait to take her kids to Africa when they’re old enough! These two moms admit the balance isn’t easy, but take pride in not losing any kids yet! As moms, skin care feels more important than ever; we are lucky to have these moms here to look out for us, and can’t wait to visit Modern Dermatology in the coming weeks!