Welcome to Vermont Moms

Vermont Moms is a trusted authority on parenting, motherhood, and all things Vermont.

We are an inclusive space for all parents and we hope that by sharing our opinions and experiences, we can offer real, genuine support and connection. Vermont Moms is a place where judgment has no home.

Vermont Moms is proud to collaborate with local and national businesses to promote products and services that make the parenting journey a little easier. We host amazing events, publish engaging articles, and connect moms with each other.

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and see what we have to share with you.

Meet our Owner

Jemima Talbot

Jemima is a feminist, a dedicated and adventurous home cook, a cut-throat Scrabble player, a Pilates enthusiast, and a single mom to her August 2010 firecracker daughter. Jemima loves live music, storytelling, playing outside- especially in the water, trying new restaurants, and pretending to be a pioneer. She has a Master's degree in Public Health and a professional background in sexual health and STDs. She is passionate about social justice, equity, and environmental justice, and is a member of her district's school board.

Jemima has been with Vermont Moms since 2015 and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging Vermont moms. She loves working in a mutually beneficial way with local and national businesses.


Meet Our Executive Team

Catherine Moller

Strategic Planner and Contributing Writer

Catherine is an avid learner, musical fanatic, and crafter extraordinaire.

Catherine has two kids (Liam, born in 2014, and Danica, 2011) and has been married to “Cowboy Bill” since August 2009.

She has a Master’s degree in Managing Innovation and IT and used to work for a Fortune 500 in Corporate America. After nearly a decade with that company, she left and opened her own clothing boutique, SidePony Boutique.

Catherine describes herself as driven, honest, and compassionate. She feels a unique kinship with goats.

Claire Hanover

Podcast Host, Community Moderator, and Contributing Writer

Claire is mom to her thrill-seeking, 2016-born prankster son, who always keeps her on her toes.

Her degree and professional background are in legal and administrative practices.

Claire splits her time between being the team mom, reading cheesy (and not so cheesy) romance books, trying to keep her plants alive, spoiling her dog, and enjoying anything outdoorsy.

You'll find Claire on two of our podcasts, Burning for Bridgerton and But the Book Was Better. She also admins two of the Vermont Moms’ Facebook groups.

Julie McNulty

Podcast Producer, Communications Director, and Senior Contributing Writer

Julie and her husband, Mike, were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but relocated to Vermont. Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and they love the swimming, hiking, and skiing.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. She spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, you can check out her content strategy and marketing business, Writes Well With Others.

Julie enjoys reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with her kids and husband.

Julie is the director, producer, and co-host on all of our podcasts.

Meet our Senior Contributing Writers

Vermont Moms Senior Contributing Writers are individuals who have contributed forty or more posts. These prolific writers are the backbone of Vermont Moms and we are proud to be able to feature their writing. 

Amanda Dall

Senior Contributing Writer

Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they were married in 2007.

Amanda holds a Masters’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and, over the last few years, has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom.

She has a son (born in 2011) and a daughter (born in 2014). Now that her youngest is off to school, she’s re-entered the workforce as an elementary substitute teacher until she figures out what her next career move may be. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and knitting, going to Zumba class, and playing basketball and tennis.

Ashley DiMercurio

Senior Contributing Writer

Ashley was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in South Carolina with her two children and husband. She recently made the decision to homeschool and is loving the opportunity for a flexible learning environment for her kids.

She is highly caffeinated and runs her own online reading tutoring business Your Reading Tutor.

Her favorite things to do include making fairy houses with her kids, drinking coffee with her husband, and networking with other moms and entrepreneurs.

Kayla Tornello

Senior Contributing Writer

Kayla is a stay-at-home mom and church pianist/organist.

Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Joseph, and her son, Andrew (2010) and daughter, Gianna (2011).

She has way too many hobbies, but her favorites include singing with the Vermont Choral Union, tap dancing, playing the piano, and participating in the wide world of theater both onstage and off.

Meet our Contributing Writers

Amanda Kelley Webb

Contributing Writer

Amanda is from Lake Placid, New York and now lives in Hinesburg with her husband and three children.

Amanda is a classically-trained chef who studied at L’Academie de Cuisine. She began her food career in the restaurant industry focusing on research, development, and training. After having her first son, she decided to shift gears and focus on food writing, recipe development, and freelancing.

She also attended the University of New Hampshire where she studied kinesiology, sport studies, and psychology.

In her free time, she loves to go out to eat with friends, run and ski with her dog, and attend her kids’ countless sporting events.

Andrea Parikh

Contributing Writer

Andrea moved from Connecticut to Vermont ten years ago after falling in love with a native Vermonter, and his beautiful home state, and has never looked back.

The former city girl now resides in a small mountain town with her amazing husband, two tiny bosses, and one equally imperious pup.

When she's not busy creating healthy(ish) treats for her family and friends, you can find her swimming, doing yoga, reading, or hiking. Andrea loves to connect people with other people by creating community-building events and hosting social gatherings. Getting outdoors is what keeps her sane, along with practicing mindfulness and jumping into ice-cold water.

AnneMarie Lavalette

Contributing Writer

Anne Marie Lavalette is a writer, feminist, and budding believer in synchronicities.

She holds her MFA in Creative Writing. She is currently working on a collection of personal essays.

She loves reading memoirs, swimming in rivers, campfires, iced tea, and hanging with her daughter.

Brianna Yarnell

Contributing Writer

Brianna and her husband are born and raised Vermonters. They currently reside in Essex, mere miles from the home where Brianna grew up.

Brianna is a mother to 3 children who are 8 years apart in age.

She obtained a trade degree in Automotive Technology and worked in the industry for many years before becoming a stay at home mom.

Sports, mainly hockey and soccer, are a big part of her life whether she's coaching, playing, or cheering on her family. She is the Essex Youth Hockey Association Girls Director.

Davida Murray

Contributing Writer

Davida is the owner/physical therapist of New Moon Physical Therapy and Wellness and co-director of Middlebury Chabad along with her husband.

With two organizations to run, she still considers her primary jobs to be a wife and mommy of her 3 little kids.

Davida's self care consists of running, pottery, reading, and baking.

When asked what her passions are, she will tell you: family, Judaism, and helping moms (and pretending to re-model her house on Pinterest while looking for barefoot shoes).

Deborah Sigel

Contributing Writer

Deb is a mechanical engineering consultant, STEM educator, artist, and parent. She is also the co-owner of The Vermont Idea Company.

Deb has designed parts of Mars Rovers, astronaut tools, underwater robots, and eye implants that enable the blind to see. She has years of experience teaching fun hands-on STEM workshops and camps focusing on fundamentals of engineering (often by destroying things) and empowering kids to build their own giant creative things with tools.

She currently teaches Arduino and Space Design courses to high school students at the Governor's Institute of Vermont.

As an artist, she loves learning new ways to make things and integrating those new skills into her art. She dabbles in illustration, woodworking, silversmithing, sculpture, fabric, food, and more.

In her free time, you can find her picking blueberries, inventing a new toy (like an interactive phone switchboard for her preschooler), or making kreplach and challah with her kids.

Kelli Hier Pike

Contributing Writer

A born and raised Vermonter, Kelli got her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, then joined the Vermont Air National Guard, where she met her husband. She got her Master’s Degree in Digital Forensic Science from Champlain College.

She and her husband bought a house in the woods with 30+ acres of land to raise their two kids (4 and 2), three dogs, two cats, six chickens, five goats, and three guinea hens.

Kelli stays home with her kids and pets while running her own wood crafting business, Tabor Ridge Designs, during nap-times. Kelli occasionally writes for her own blog, Calm Collected Mom, because we can all dream. She doesn’t always think of herself as a writer, but she often has conversations with people over similar life frustrations and wants everyone to know that they’re not alone. Life is full of irritations and annoyances, but Kelli thinks that we’ll get through it with a great story to tell afterward!

Kelly Dunklow

Contributing Writer

Kelly helps busy women heal their back pain at home without complicated exercise regimens to build a body and life they adore.

She's a mom to three happy little ones, including twins, and loves all things health and wellness.

Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Kelly moved to Vermont from Atlanta with her husband to open their chiropractic practice, Summit Chiropractic Center.

Her perfect day would be spent goofing around with her kids, watching Gilmore Girls, and eating chocolate with peanut butter at every meal.

Kerry Boyle

Contributing Writer

Kerry is a licensed acupuncturist and mom of two boys in central Vermont.

She stays busy as the owner of Integrative Acupuncture, a wellness center with two locations in Montpelier and Williston, where she specializes in offering Chinese medicine for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and pediatrics. She has had the opportunity to travel internationally, by providing acupuncture on board cruise ships world wide, then returned home to Vermont to raise her two boys.

Kerry loves to play volleyball with her team- the Acu-Punks, hang out with her kids and generally try to surrender to the flow.

Mario Trabulsy

Contributing Writer

Mario is a board-certified emergency medicine emergency physician with over 27 years experience in the field.

She has been a renowned and award-winning Educator at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, and University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

She is a fierce breast cancer survivor, lover and creator of joy, single mother of 3 young adult or teenage boys, a dear friend, advocate for, and mentor to many, an avid outdoor exercise enthusiast and single track mountain biker.

Meredith Bartolo Pappas

Contributing Writer

Meredith is originally from New Jersey but has been living in Vermont for decades.

She is a licensed teacher and reading specialist with almost twenty years of teaching experience. Her specialties are literacy, social-emotional development, and being silly.

She is also a children’s book enthusiast, artist, writer, and mom of two. She loves all things bookish, magical, and cozy.

Find her on Instagram @meredithinks and @storyadventureswithmeredith.

Miki Hazard Beach

Contributing Writer

Miki grew up in Florida and felt skeptical (to say the least) when her parents announced their move to Vermont during her freshman year of college. She moved away a few times to escape the cold, but once she had children, nowhere else felt like home.

Miki is a divorced mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing son born in 2006 and a creative, talented daughter born in 2010. A few years back, she met and married the love of her life, and they (mostly) enjoy their adventures as a blended family together.

Miki loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard.

Miki holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and is thrilled to be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.

Nathalie Boyle

Contributing Writer

Nathalie is a poet and writer. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College. Her poems have appeared in various literary magazines, including The Bohemyth and Matador Review.

She lives in Northwestern Vermont with her husband, son, and dog.

Meet our Events Team and Photographer

Abbey Dattilio

Events Team

Abbey is a native Vermonter and mom to two daughters, ages 7 and 12. She is a full-time study manager, part-time vet tech, and loves vintage pyrex, restoring furniture, and her husband.

She has a contagious sense of humor and a determination to greet each day with gratitude, joy, and humor.

Hillary Dubie


Hillary is a single mama to a wild non-binary 7 year old so she understands the chaos of everyday life and strives to capture raw and real moments in her photography.

She has always been passionate about photography, but it wasn't until becoming a mother that she realized just how important it is to not only document the biggest events in life, but to document the little things too.

Hillary has been a professional portrait photographer since 2010, when she graduated from The Hallmark Institute of Photography. She has been photographing families and weddings since 2007. More recently, Hillary was voted Vermont's Best Photographer in 2018, 2019 and 2022 by SevenDays readers.

You can find Hillary's work at Hillary Dubie Photography.

Meet Our Podcast Hosts

Chelsey Daly

Podcast Host

Chelsea is mom to 2 boys and a Golden Retriever.

She works full-time as a high school counselor.

She loves all things DIY, historical fiction, and anything health/fitness-related.

You can catch her beaching it in the summer and hibernating in the winter. She is a born and bred Jersey girl.

Chelsea is co-host on our Tell Me More... podcast.

Valerie Emmons

Podcast Host

Val has a 7 year old lovable boy and a 3 year old feisty baby girl.

She’s worked in the vending industry for almost 15 years with her Dad and recently her husband has become part owner in the company. They spend a lot of their days at the office together and even more time at home discussing the ins and outs of potato chips and cookies.

She lives in South Jersey surrounded by a lot of family.

They fill their weekends with parties for every occasion and snuggling watching Disney+.

In the very little free time she has, Val loves crafting, puzzling, and watching every new show that comes along!

Val is co-host on our Whose Kid Is That? podcast.