FIT4MOM Dupage County - Mom of the Month Blog

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Meet Jean! Jean found FIT4MOM through a Google search and after taking the leap to try a Body Back class, she knew it was just what she needed! Since then, she has completely transformed her lifestyle and her body through multiple Body Back sessions. She is a wonderful example of health and strength to other mamas but also to her kiddos who join her in our Stroller classes as well. We are so glad you found our community of like-minded mamas, Jean!

  • Hometown: Wheaton, IL
  • Tell Us about your family: Kevin (who was a friend of a friend) snuck me into Lollapalooza in 2009. We started dating shortly after and have been together ever since. We have been married for 4 years. We have a 3 year old son Walter and 22 month old daughter Mabel and live in Lombard.
  • Current/Previous Career: I have an accounting degree from the University of Illinois (I-L-L……). I worked in public accounting for 2 years at Deloitte and then 7 years at McDonald’s in the corporate accounting department. Although, I was “loving it” at...
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Meet Kate! Kate found us when her youngest was 9 months old and we have loved seeing her and her two boys at Saturday Stroller Strides ever since! Body Back has changed this mama's health and time; while she may be a multitasking genius, she has made time to care for herself a priority and everyone has noticed. She has a sweet and calming presence with a beautiful smile. We are so happy to have Kate as part of Our Village!

  • Hometown: I was born in Oak Park and my family moved around the Midwest a couple times during childhood, but I consider Naperville my hometown – we moved back when I was in 5th grade.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: I am the queen in a household of all boys: my super-supportive husband, Tim; Easton, 4 years old, and Sawyer, 18 months. Even our French bulldog, Bruno, is a boy!
  • Current/Previous career: I work as the communications manager for a small non-profit membership association for emergency physicians. At my office, if the project “communicates” something, it’s generally my...
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Meet Haley! Haley is a momma of two little ladies that found our FIT4MOM village on bedrest in the hospital. Haley is one of the strongest mamas we know and love how she jumped right into our classes and village of mamas. She has a huge smile, positive attitude, and welcoming spirit. We are so happy you found our community of mamas Haley!

  • Hometown: I was born and raised in Deer River, Minnesota; located 100 miles south of the Canadian border with a population of 900 people.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My handsome and handy husband, Joel, and our amazing two daughters, Everly (30 months) and Vivian (4 months).
  • Current/Previous career: I work for a privately held real estate developer and manage luxury rental apartments. I specialize in opening new construction buildings, from working with the architecture and design teams, to hiring and training the building staff, to leasing the units, and to providing exceptional customer service to the residents who call the building...
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Meet our June mom of the month - Anna Vriesma. Anna has been a member of Our Village since June 2015. If you've met Anna in a class you will know she has a very soft-spoken, kind, and gentle spirit. She is a mama that cares for others and will go out of her way to make someone else's day. She's rocked our Body Back program, Stroller Strides and now Fit4Baby!!! Congratulations Anna! We are so happy you found us. You've touched the lives of so many mamas with your beautiful smile. Xoxo

  • Hometown - Naperville, Illinois
  • Tell us about who is in your family - I am married to an amazing, attentive, sensitive, intelligent man - Todd. We have a silly, quiet, intuitive son - Beckett. AND, another little Baby Vriesema arriving October!
  • Current/Previous career - I am the Digital Marketing Manager for Whole Foods Market’s Midwest Region…basically I spend all day on social media
  • What was your childhood ambition? - My childhood (tween/teen) ambition was to be the punk rock queen behind the...
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This month we are honored to have Brynn as our MOM of the month. Brynn has been a member of Our Village for almost a year. She found FIT4MOM on her maternity leave with her second child and hasn't stopped attending classes since. She went back to work full time and promptly joined our Body Back program. She's always smiling in classes, has a wonderful attitude and will pick you up whenever you are down. She has a heart of gold and we are so lucky she found us!

  • Hometown: Villa Park, IL
  • Family: My handsome hubby of 9 years, Kent plus our kiddos Cole (4), Reese (1) and our sweet pup Harley (9)
  • Current career: Benefits Analyst at ALDI Corporate (I mostly work on long term, strategic projects)
  • Childhood ambition: I wanted to be a Marine Biologist because in my head that meant I would swim with dolphins all day. Obviously there is much more to that gig than 10 year old me was aware of so I decided to pursue a different path.
  • What does motherhood mean to you? Motherhood means you never get to shower or pee alone, it takes you an hour to get...
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We are so excited to introduce Asya Boshnakov as our March Mom of the Month! Asya has been a member of Our Village since August 2016. Asya has been a dedicated Stroller Barre mama since she began classes last summer with her sweet little man Blago and has since added some Stroller Strides classes to the mix as well. She just recently started her first session of Body Back and dove in head first. Asya is a different mom than when she joined us less than a year ago; she is healthier, stronger, and happier. Her dedication to her health, fitness, and family is always evident. We are so proud of her and love having Asya in all of our classes. We're so happy to have you in Our Village, Asya! Congratulations!

  • Hometown: I was born in Bulgaria which is a small country in Eastern Europe located right above Turkey and Greece.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: Georgi is my husband, he is also Bulgarian (and we met here :) Yana is our daughter she is 8 years old and is a very smart, spunky full of life sweetheart. Her little brother is Blago and he is almost 14 mo. and...
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We are so excited to introduce Lindsey Driscoll as our February Mom of the Month! Lindsey has been a member of Our Village since February 2016. Lindsey is dedicated to attending Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes 3 times a week every week without fail where her adorable son Trevor always warms our hearts with his giggle. Lindsey also shows us her dedication and focus as she began attending Body Back Boost classes recently as well. Always a smiling and friendly face, Lindsey has become a big part of Our Village. We're so happy to have you in Our Village, Lindsey! Congratulations!

  • Hometown: Mokena, IL
  • Tell us about who is in your family: Myself, my husband Andy and 15 month old Trevor.
  • Current/Previous career: I am a financial advisor. I love that I am able to work with families to help them reach their financial goals. I am also able to set my own hours which allows me to have a full time career and stay at home part time with Trevor.
  • Childhood ambition? Honestly, it was to be a mom. :) Ever since I can remember I have been babysitting...
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We are so excited to introduce Mara Sventeckis as our January Mom of the Month! Mara has been a member of Our Village since July of 2015. After more than a year of Stroller Strides, Mara made the leap to Body Back, and saw amazing results. Her determination and focus are evident in every workout. You can find her most days at Wheaton Stroller Strides, surrounded by her happy, spunky, and smily boys, Peter and Martin. We're so happy to have you in Our Village Mara! Congratulations!

  • Hometown: I grew up in Lombard and have lived in Warrenville for the last 5 years.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Erik and I have been married the last 10 years and we have 2 year old twin boys Peter and Martin.
  • Current/Previous career: I worked 14 years as middle school special education teacher. I am currently a full time home manager – a wife, teacher, parent, and adventure planner for my sons.
  • What was your childhood ambition? My childhood ambition was to be a singer. I sang in the school and church choir as well as performed on stage with my...
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We're excited to announce our newest mom of the month - Corinne! Corinne found FIT4MOM Glen Ellyn / Wheaton when she was moving to Wheaton. She jumped right into our 8 week Body Back transformation session. She decided shortly after joining Body Back to try Stroller Strides with her daughter Madelyn. Madelyn loves her buddies in class is always the first one to start singing the smile song at the end of class. Congrats Corinne! We are so happy and thankful that you found us!

  • Hometown: I grew up in Wayne, IL.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband, Mike, my 2 and a half year old daughter, Madelyn, and my soon-to-be son due in March 2017.
  • Current/Previous career: Up until this school year, I have been a teacher. This year I am taking time off to be with Madelyn and the new baby due in March. I am still doing some occasional subbing this year as well.
  • What was your childhood ambition? I have always wanted to be a teacher.
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Hometown: I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan but spent most of my childhood in Brookfield, Illinois.

Tell us about who is in your family: My husband, Jon (or “the cop” as I typically refer to him), and I have been married almost 5 years, and we adopted our son, Lucas, in August of 2014 when he was 5 weeks old. We also have a dog, two cats, and three chickens at home.

Current/Previous Career: I have worked for Kellogg’s for almost 12 years and am currently the Director of Business Planning for our Morning Foods division, which basically means I lead a team of people who are responsible for promotional event planning for cereal and Pop Tarts.

What was your childhood ambition? I always said I wanted to be a “rock and roll veterinarian,” which in my head was a veterinarian by day and lead singer in a rock band by night. However, around age 8 I realized that being a veterinarian sometimes involved euthanizing animals, which terrified me…but even more importantly, I realized that I can’t carry a...

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Our November Mom of the Month is Michelle Farmer. Michelle has been a FIT4MOM Glen Ellyn / Wheaton client for 8 months. She joined our classes after being referred by a friend when her youngest daughter was about 3 months old. She rocks our our classes with a positive attitude a commitment to being a healthy mom. She loves showing her kiddos what it means to be happy and fit too! Congrats Michelle! We are so happy you're part of Our Village.

  • Hometown: Park Ridge, IL​
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My little family is husband (Jason), three kiddos (Danny-8, Emma-6, Charlotte-1!)​ and our dog (Cooper, a mini-golden doodle)
  • Current/Previous career: I am a project manager/process improvement specialist at PwC (very exciting!) ​
  • What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be a doctor (which I obviously am not). :)
  • What does motherhood mean to you? This is a hard one! Motherhood is the single hardest thing I've ever done in my life. It is...
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We're so excited to introduce our September MOM of the Month - Caitlin Massa. Caitlin recently moved to Glen Ellyn from the city and jumped right into our workouts at 6 weeks post partum. She has recently accepted the job of Playgroup Captain in Glen Ellyn too! She always has a HUGE smile on her face and welcomes every mom at our classes. She's a gem and we're lucky to have her! Congrats Caitlin!

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN but currently reside in Glen Ellyn
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband, Mike, and daughter Madison aka "Maddie" (9 months)
  • Current/Previous career: I just recently ended my corporate career at the Four Seasons Chicago where I have worked as a Corporate Sales Manager for 8 years to stay home with Maddie. It has been the must fulfilling decision to be able to be with her every day and watch her grow and change.
  • What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be a professional soccer player. I played travel soccer and...
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We are so excited to announce our August MOM of the month - Lisa Hyland. Lisa has been a member of Our Village for over a year. She's taken our Stroller Strides class, 2 Body Back sessions and our running club. She's overcome injuries this year and has found a source of inner strength as she navigates taking care of herself and two busy little boys. She's always prepared for classes with a big smile and positive attitude. Congrats Lisa and thank you for being part of our community!

  • Hometown: I am originally from New York but we moved a lot when I was young. I attended five grade schools, moving from Long Island to Buffalo to Boston to Miami before spending most of my childhood in Naperville.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My house has me outnumbered, I am a #boymom! I have been married to Billy for twelve years. Our 3.5 year old Aidan is as carefree and active as they come. Owen is 16 months and a total life force.
  • Current/Previous career: Pre-kids I worked in sales and marketing for retailers...
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Meet our July Mom of the Month- Briana! Briana has been with our group throughout her entire motherhood journey- she started taking Fit4Baby classes when pregnant, moved into Stroller Strides when her beautiful daughter was born, and has kicked it into higher gear this year in Body Back! We love her gorgeous smile, her warm heart and her passion for motherhood. Her commitment to being her very best self, the very best mom, and the very best friend to the other moms in Our Village is inspirational. Thank you, Briana, for your awesome example of strength for motherhood and for sharing your loving heart with us!

  • Hometown: Lombard, Illinois
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Ryan, my beautiful little girl Francesca a,k.a. Frankie who just turned 15 months, and our dog Hunter.
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We are so excited to announce Laura as our MOM of the Month for June! Laura joined our FIT4MOM franchise 2 years ago this month. She's been an active member of our Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and now Fit4Baby classes. Her son, Elliot, sings the smile song with us after every class and has formed strong friendships with his Stroller buddies. :) We can't wait to welcome baby #2 into Our Village soon!

  • Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Joey, son Elliot who just turned 3, and baby #2 will be arriving in July
  • Current/Previous career: I'm a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • What was your childhood ambition? When I was little I wanted to be a preschool teacher, but discovered nursing in high school and knew it was for me
  • What does motherhood mean to you? Motherhood means everything. I always wanted to be a mom. It is by far the hardest yet most rewarding thing I've ever...
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We are thrilled to announce Kristin Hildebrand as our May Mom of the Month! Kristin and Kate joined Our Village in February of 2016. Both of the Hildebrand ladies have beautiful smiles and a positive attitude. Kristin is always introducing herself to new moms and truly is a light in our classes. She began with Stroller Strides then added in Stroller Barre to her routine and also our latest running club! We're so thankful that you found us Kristin! Congratulations!

  • Hometown: I currently live in Glen Ellyn but was raised in Austin, Texas.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband, Christian, and daughter Kate (13 months).
  • Current/Previous career: I am a pediatric occupational therapist
  • What was your childhood ambition? Growing up, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I would always play school with my imaginary students.
  • What does motherhood mean to you? I feel like I am still learning what motherhood means to me. Each day is a new adventure...
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We are thrilled to announce Leslie Ungson as our April Mom of the Month! Hard-working, spunky, and determined, Leslie has been a Body Back client since the start of this year. She took a very brave step and signed up for the program on her own- never having met the instructor or her classmates. On the first night of our physical assessments, she struggled and barely got through the exercises. By the end of our 8-week session, she not only ROCKED her assessments straight through, she did it with confidence, strength and a room full of new friends. Her determination, willingness to try something new, and desire to be the very BEST version of herself is an inspiration to Our Village. Not only is she back for a second round of Body Back, she continues to push herself outside her comfort zone and has joined our new FIT4MOM Running Club! Congratulations, Leslie, we are so proud of you!

  • Hometown: I live in Carol Stream but I was born and raised in Palatine.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Raymond, daughter Agatha – 6...
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We are so excited to announce our latest Mom of the Month - Sally Belter! Sally started attending Stroller Strides in Glen Ellyn in October of 2015 with her daughter Ellie. No matter what is going on in her life - Sally always has a smile on. She is welcoming and friendly to all of the moms in classes. She truly lights up a room! Recently Sally joined our Lombard Body Back session. She gives 110% at her workouts and has goals of being a healthy example for her daughter. We're so glad you found us Sally!

  • Hometown: Hinsdale, Illinois.
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Matt and I welcomed our daughter Ellie last August. We can't believe she is already seven months old! We also have a two-year-old Welsh Springer Spaniel named Otto.
  • Current/Previous career: I am a high school Spanish teacher. (I am on maternity leave this school year.) Prior to being a mom, I was also an assistant girls' swim coach at my school.
  • What was your childhood ambition: I always wanted to be a...
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We are so excited to honor Ashley Grice as our MOM Of the Month! Ashley has been a member of our Village since summer of 2015 when she began attending Stroller Strides with her two adorable sons, Caleb and Daniel. Her warm smile, compassionate heart, and passion for health & wellness instantly connected her to our other moms. Now we can't imagine our classes without her!

Since joining our Stroller Strides group, she has also started taking Stroller Barre and Body Back BOOST. We are SO proud of how hard she works in class and her dedication to her own health! Congratulations, Ashley!

  • Hometown: Wheaton, IL My family still lives here in Wheaton, and this allows me and my three siblings to have dinner...
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Please join us in congratulating our December Mom of the Month, Emily! Emily has been sweating, singing and smiling in Stroller Strides since July 2014. Mom to 2 year old Ellie, we love Emily's amazing energy, positivity and hard work. We are even more excited to have Emily in all our Strides classes these days as she is expecting Baby #2 in April. Emily has used our classes to stay fit, keep in touch with mom friends, and help that little peanut grow stronger and healthier through exercise. We are so proud of her and her commitment to healthy living. Her beautiful smile and passion for wellness is contagious and we can't imagine our Village without her. Congrats, Emily!

  • Hometown: Port Washington, NY
  • Family: Husband: Justin, daughter: Ellie, age 2, dog: Brooklyn, age 6 (my first baby!) and we are expecting our new bundle on April 3, 2016!
  • Current/Previous career: I currently blog and handle all of the fitness assessments/updates on exercise prescriptions for all clients at Kb Fitness Solutions, Inc....
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Powerful, strong, fun loving, and carefree are the words that come to mind when we think of Megan Millner! Megan just finished up our fall 2015 session of Body Back. She lost over 12 pounds in our program. She is always smiling! Her attitude towards life and motherhood is so much fun. She has fulfilled her childhood ambition too. We are so thankful to have you in Our Village Megan!

  • Hometown- I was born and grew up in Belleville, Il (near St. Louis). I moved to Chicago four years ago and now live in Lombard.
  • Tell us about who is in your family- My husband John and I had our first baby, Grayson, in June. I have one brother, Ryan, who recently moved to Dekalb to attend NIU. My mom still lives in Belleville and makes a trip to Lombard a couple times a month to visit because she just can't get enough of baby Gray. My dad lost his year long battle with cancer last November shortly after we found out we were expecting.
  • Current/Previous career- Before having Grayson I was a high school special education teacher. I am currently staying at home. Yay!
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"Inspiring, friendly, dedicated, and positive" are what comes to mind when our FIT4MOM village thinks of Jessica. She joined our franchise at our very first grand opening in May of 2014. Jessica had her third baby in December of 2014. As a busy mom of 3 children, Jessica still makes time to workout. She schedules kids classes and programs around Stroller Strides and is a dedicated member of Our Village. She is a light to other moms in class with her beautiful smile. We are so thankful to have you as part of our community Jessica!

  • Hometown: Middleton, WI
  • Tell us about who is in your family My husband Chris, Eleanor age 5, Charlie almost 3, and Jed 8 months.
  • Current career: Stella and Dot stylist, Previous career: Manager of Consumer Insights and Analytics at Coty Beauty (A Cosmetics and Fragrance Company)
  • What was your childhood ambition: To be a Laker girl like Paula Abdul and later to be a teacher like my dad.
  • What does motherhood mean to you? Having a piece of your heart walking around outside your body. Unconditional love....
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Meet our MOM of the month - Stacey Barrow!

"Hard working, inspiring to her daughter, supportive, motivated, and caring" were the words used by the FIT4MOM GE Wheaton instructor team when nominating Stacey. Stacey joined our village in spring of 2015 and has told us many times she wishes she would have found us sooner! She gives 110% to every single class she attends and is such an inspiration to her 2 year old daughter Emmie. While Stacey doesn't drive to class currently, she still makes it to at least 3 classes per week, our weekly playgroup, and our Mom's Nights Out. She is truly an AMAZING mom, friend, and member of our village. We are thankful to have her! Congratulations Stacey!

Hometown: Shotton Colliery, United Kingdom

Family: I have a Grandad called Sam, Mam & Dad called Bill & Janice. My sister is called Samantha is married to Gary and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Leah & Erin. My husband is Ian that I call Barra & our amazing little girl Emmie!

Previous Career:...

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Meet Cassie Amann our MOM of the month!

Cassie was nominated to be our MOM of the month this month by our instructor team for many reasons. Cassie joined our village of moms earlier this year and has been a tremendous inspiration to those around her. While on her maternity leave with her second son, she has been attending Stroller Strides classes in Wheaton and has joined our Body Back program. Cassie gives 110% effort in every single class she attends. She has a positive attitude and always has a smile on her face. We are so thankful she found us! If you haven't met her yet, look for her at a class soon!

Hometown: Round Lake, IL

Family: My fiance, Josh - 2 sons Myles (7) and Lincoln (4 months), our white boxer, Macey

Current Career: Elementary school teacher

Childhood Ambition: I wanted to be a mommy

Motherhood means to me... It is a selfless love and care for the most important people in my life... and I love every second of it!

Furthest you have been away from home: Australia! I did 6 weeks of student teaching and 4 weeks of...

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