If you have never heard of Connecticut Children’s, the non-profit children’s hospital based in Hartford with specialty care centers in Fairfield and Danbury, it is a truly incredible resource. Robyn Matloff, pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor), and mom to two young girls, recently became their Medical Director of Physician Liaisons for Fairfield County, enabling her to work with local pediatricians, hospitals and practices to make sure they know all the amazing services that Connecticut Children’s is bringing to our backyard. Thrilled to no longer be commuting, Robyn loves days – or nights – at Compo, swears by Sharkey’s tropical hair oil, and would be a Disney Travel agent in a next life. She wishes she could have grown up in a community like this, and feels incredibly lucky for the “framily” she has found here. We are lucky she found us!
Katie is mom to two young boys, and is very excited to bring her experience as a registered dietician and wellness to her hometown, where she can help individuals and families looking to live a healthier lifestyle. After years in finance, she followed her passion for nutrition and wellness and spent time in NYC working with corporations on wellness in the workplace. Though Katie misses the city, and especially the Japanese handrolls from her favorite spot in Brooklyn, she and her family love being back! Katie is an organizer at heart, loves working with people, and is constantly coming up with creative ways to make eating more enjoyable for kids – and adults. We’re glad to have you back Katie!
Director of Westport’s NEW One River School of Art + Design (opening June 15th!), Alyson grew up in Westport, and moved back two days after having her second child (yes- straight from the hospital) into the house she grew up in! Alyson loved art, art history and education from a young age, and a Bedford Middle School trip to DC was a defining moment in her future as a museum educator. Alyson can make anyone belly laugh (without even trying), and it could be that her sense of humor came from her parents telling her and her sister that she arrived as the prize in the cereal box one day. =) She is honest, incredibly bright, passionate and loves ice cream and landscaping in her free time. The opportunity to bring art education to her own community felt like the chance of a lifetime, and she hopes everyone will come visit when they open!
In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness month, we wanted to share the story of a Westport Mom who is a brain tumor survivor, and recently published a book sharing her story. Titled “8-Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor” because the number 8 was the only thing she could see after her brain surgery, Nathalie details for her daughter life before her tumor, and the many challenges she faced after, including having to relearn how to read and write at age 35. Today, Nathalie loves time at the beach, margaritas at BarTaco and is grateful to the many friends who have been like family to her. Nathalie’s is a story of hope, resilience and persistence – and a reminder that we moms are often even stronger than we ever knew we needed to be!
While many know Nicole after her decade in Westport, many still may not know about the incredible organization, AWARE (Assisting Women though Action Resources and Education) for which she is the Director of Operations here in CT. AWARE selects new organizations each year to support, and their June 1st Annual Event (buy your tickets today!!) will support The Girl’s Club at the CT Institute for Refugees! Outside of her philanthropic efforts, Nicole loves family hikes at Lake Mohegan, cooking for friends (she has a degree in Culinary Arts!) and sleeping in on the rare occasion she can! Nicole swears by good mascara and the apps “Our Pact” (for monitoring family screen time) and “Cozi” (for staying organized). Like all of us, she is learning with her children and is excited by all that lies ahead!
For anyone at the Mother’s Day Celebration panel, the presence of Alisyn Camerota was a special treat. In addition to being incredibly smart, poised, and very skilled with a mic=), she is humble, funny, and not afraid to admit this parenting this is HARD! She shares with us here how she knew from age 15 she wanted to be a broadcast journalist. In addition to being the anchor of CNN’s morning show, New Day, she is mom to three here in Westport, and currently writing her memoir with a lot of focus on her love of 80s punk rock bands, a love she still has today. Alisyn is a true gem in this community, and we are lucky to have her.