Meet Our Team
Karen Malone Wright - Executive Editor & Founding Voice
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”. Each woman sees herself and defines herself in her own way – I want this site to feel like family when she gets here.
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. 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. The ongoing high comes from new, direct connections I’m making every week with NotMoms around the world.
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 2013 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.
Faye Davenport – Writer, Small Batch Kitchen
As a single woman I was a NotMom by choice. As a married woman I became a NotMom by chance. When I was single, I spent time as a Big Sister and as a mentor, and during my marriage I was a summer stepmother to my now-ex’s children. There weren’t children in my immediate or local family…no opportunity to be “the good aunt”. And, I spent a long time feeling the childless void.
After more than 35 years as a TV producer/director and manager in Washington, D.C., life has relocated me to my hometown outside Philadelphia. Opportunities abound on this new leg of the journey…I’m honing my skills in hands-on video and photography, dipping my toes into E-Bay sales, reconnecting with friends and family, pursuing my baking passion and finding ways to share my spiritual gift of hospitality. Oh…and enjoying the guilty pleasures of Pinterest! I’m a cheerleader for TheNotMom.com and serve on its Advisory Board.
Samantha Pollack, CHC, CPT – Writer, Wellness for One (or Two)
My official title is Certified Holistic Health Coach. (I’m also a Certified Personal Trainer with about 10 years’ experience.) I write recipes almost every day and enjoy a passionate, somewhat obsessive relationship with good food (especially olives). I believe that humans are meant to eat Real Food – unprocessed, the way it comes in nature. If you do that, you don’t have to worry about the latest study or trend, or whether you ate too many calories today. (I believe in NOT counting calories).
In 2010, I left a stress-inducing career in Boston for the fresh air and mountains of Asheville, NC (there might have been a man involved as well).I created my new business, Insider Wellness, for the ‘rest of us’: childfree adults who work weird hours and sometimes eat toast for dinner. I shared my story with TheNotMom.com in the November 2013 Blogger Profile.
INTERESTED IN WRITING A GUEST POST?
- Please send us an email introducing yourself. Are you a NotMom? A Mom? A man? Explain your guest blog idea and include your blog URL, if you have one.
- Keep in mind that just as childlessness doesn’t define a woman, many diverse interests appeal to NotMoms, and you can write about any of them: Cooking and dining, fashion and beauty, exercise and health, relationships and faith. Ideally, you’ll share something of your own journey that might be of interest to a broad audience.
- Once we’ve agreed about the direction of your submission, you’ll send it in by the established deadline as a Word document, 500-1,200 words. Include a short bio (80 words or less) with no more than two links to other sites. If possible, please send a headshot photo, too.
- Guest posts should be well written, spell-checked and fitting the tone of The NotMom.com (positive, earnest and without F bombs). Don’t be afraid of bullets and proper punctuation. Your post should feature no more than three outbound links.
- If you are not an established blogger, you will need to submit your completed post and bio for review with no guarantee of publication.
- Approved writers will receive a final edited copy of their post with an estimate run date. TheNotMom.com reserves the right to reject content we believe to be negative, discriminatory or in conflict with our standards and brand. We will not link to certain websites (i.e., gambling, pharmaceutical sales, etc.) as we see fit. We reserve the right to reschedule publication as needed.
Your post will be circulated through The NotMom.com social media channels, and you will be expected to do the same through your own online accounts. We’ll work together to get as many women as possible excited about reading your story!