Meet Our Team
Karen Malone Wright - President & Executive Editor
I’m a by-chance NotMom, meaning that although I expected and wanted be a mother for years, I confess that by the time my health became a factor, age and ambivalence had been in play for years. I launched this website in 2011 to be the welcoming online resource that I couldn’t find for myself.
Sites for childfree-by-choice or pre-adoptive adults didn’t fit me, and infertility websites often felt too melancholy, or designed for women still trying to conceive. The NotMom.com embraces all women without children, including their diverse lifestories about “how” and “why”.
In May 2012, The NotMom.com won a $5,000 second-place prize from Bad Girl Ventures, an Ohio business development program for entrepreneurial women. Biggest high to date? In August 2012, I was invited to speak about NotMoms and overlooked online audiences at BlogHer ’12/New York, the world’s largest conference for women in social media.
My professional background is public communications in corporate and nonprofit settings in health care, philanthropy, print, and broadcast media. After working in Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI, and Cleveland, OH, in 2000, I started my own consulting business, ODYSSEY Creative Communications. ODYSSEY serves its clients with contemporary marketing strategies emphasizing social and new online tools. I also give high-energy presentations on topics related to my two passions, modern communications and women without children.
My northeast Ohio household includes my husband, Andrew. I made him known to readers only as HubbyMine, until he outed himself in July with a pic of our wedding day and his very own post, One Husband’s Story. We share our home with Charlie, who I believe is the World’s Smartest Cat.
Laura LaVoie – Writer
I’m a professional writer living in the mountains of North Carolina in a 120 square-foot house with my husband, Matt, and our hairless cat, Piglet.
I spent nearly 15 years in the temporary staffing industry before deciding to become a full-time writer and blogger. I’ve been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture, which touches on the degree I earned in Anthropology from Western Michigan University.
The Zulu Orphan Alliance is where I volunteer time and the skills I’ve learned building my own small house to build a shelter for orphans and other vulnerable children living near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In general, I’m happiest living simple, brewing and drinking craft beer, and enjoying pop culture.