If authenticity, passion, and humor are three qualities you value in a person – and friend – Sara Deren is a superstar not to be missed. In addition to being a Westport mom of 3, owner of two sleep-away camps in Maine, Manitou (for boys) and Camp Somerset (for girls), Sara runs Experience Camps, an incredible non-profit which provides a FREE sleep-away camp experience to children who have lost a parent or sibling. In her spare time, she loves bike rides at Sherwood Island, donuts, and swears by the Hair Genies Peppermint hair spray! After being laid off from her job in Finance 9 months pregnant with her first, life gave her the chance to find the “superpower” she believes everyone has and often just needs to find, and led her down the path where she is today.
New-ish to Westport, Stacie is a mom (and entrepreneur!) not to be missed. In addition to being an actor, singer and songwriter who has performed on Broadway for nearly a decade, most notably as Glinda in Wicked, she is also a teacher, arts advocate, and mom to two curious and creative daughters. She is also most recently the co-writer of the children’s album Harmonize, and creator of the Harmonize Kidz arts enrichment program which uses her music to teach social and emotional learning to elementary students. Stacie will sing original songs from her album at a not to be missed family concert to benefit Sandy Hook Promise on May 19th in Newtown. In her free time, Stacie loves hip-hop, craves a perpetually hot cup of coffee, and wishes she never stopped taking piano lessons. Welcome to Westport Stacie; we are so glad you are here!
If the notion “Carry Love with you” resonates in any way, Melissa Levy is a mom you should know! She is the designer and mom behind Devon Woodhill, a unique and truly special line of fine jewelry, whose signature piece is a locket designed to hold pictures of those you love most so you can always carry them with you. In addition to being a go-getter entrepreneur who five years ago finally followed her love for jewelry – and lockets – to launch her business, she is a mom of three who loves a night at the movies followed by dinner with her family, Long Beach walks with her husband and dog Sparky, and reading into the early hours of the morning, while the rest of the world is asleep. She shares how she coped with the more challenging years – and moments – by being honest about them with friends and family who constantly supported her! With Mother’s Day around the corner, and Melissa’s newest line of letter necklaces recently launched, we thought It seemed only appropriate you kick off this month thinking about YOU.
As we finish winter sports, and are on the brink of the spring season, Audrey Paul is a name many parents ought to know. In addition to being a Westport mom of two, Audrey is a pediatric ER doctor, the Medical Director at Westport Urgent Care, and founded Heads Up Westport Concussion Center (now Advanced Concussion Solutions) to provide up-to-date care for kids and young adults with concussions. Audrey surprisingly (or not!) raises chickens, loves Mac ‘n cheese, and relies on Waze to keep her heading in the right direction most of the time. She loves Westport, and only wishes she moved here sooner; for anyone who knows Audrey, it’s very likely that they do too! In reality, everyone can and should sleep a little better knowing we have Audrey and her incredible practice in town when it comes to the world of competitive sports in 06880.
If you enjoy late night trips to Dairy Queen as much as the rest of us, you’ll love our newest mom Keri Levitt! Prior to moving to Westport, Keri spent many years running her own fashion and lifestyle PR firm in the city, working closely with brands like Ralph Lauren, Fendi, and helping with the launch of UPPABaby! When her kids were little, she moved her business here to spend more time with them, and has recently launched Keri Levitt Events, where she can bring her love of and expertise in branding, design and production together with her creative flair for elevating everyday entertaining. She is a force to be reckoned with on the ping pong table, lives for Instagram, and doesn’t leave the house without a little Amber Oil on! She is creative, kind, and down to earth, and whether you need help planning a birthday party, bat-mitzvah, wedding, or anything in between down the line, Keri is one not to miss!
Those who say Europe just does it better may have had It right with this one! Enter Melissa and Jessica, founders of The Parent Collective, a new approach to prenatal classes in Westport (and newly launching in Greenwich)! These classes provide information for expecting & new parents and provide a way to meet people going through the same thing that live locally! Both Melissa and Jessica took these classes in London when they were pregnant, and decided we should all have access to them too! In addition to being entrepreneurial, driven, and crazy smart, they are hilarious, authentic, and as real about parenting – and it’s challenges – as It gets. Melissa loves Bar Taco and the Pearl (her sweet tooth is a major weakness!), and Jessica loves Sakura, loathes public speaking, and is embarrassed to admit how much she loved Disney World! Thank you both for all you are doing to help us Mums out there!