Meet the members of the Mommybites team:
Laura Deutsch, Mommybites Manhattan
Laura Deutsch is the co-founder of Mommybites and the original founder and creator of Babybites. Since first starting babybites in 2006 by handing out post cards to fellow moms on the streets of Manhattan, Laura has continued to use her business savvy, dedication and creativity to cultivate and grow Mommybites both nationally and in its flagship city of Manhattan. Prior to founding Mommybites, Laura worked as a middle school math teacher at The Dwight School in Manhattan.Laura holds her BA from Binghamton University and her MA in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. She currently resides in Summit, NJ with her husband, Brian, daughter, Ava, and son, Jacob.
Heather Ouida, Mommybites Manhattan
Heather Ouida co-founded Mommybites with business partner Laura Deutsch. She is responsible for managing, growing and overseeing Mommybites nationally as well their flagship city (previously known as babybites and kiddybites) of Manhattan. Heather’s favorite parts of her job include hosting “Mommybites Live” an educational talk show with parenting luminaries, writing her blog which varies between sappy, educational and downright snarky, interviewing parenting experts for Mommybites’ regular tele-class series and guest facilitating some of the Manhattan working moms support groups. Prior to co-founding Mommybites, Heather was a learning specialist where she taught in London for many years as well as at The Dalton School in Manhattan. Heather holds a BA in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, an MA in child development form Tufts University and acquired her learning specialist degree form York University in England. Heather currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, two boys, two fish and pet turtle. Heather’s hobbies include, hot yoga, Nutella eating, writing, Bravo watching, reading and sharing immature jokes with girl friends. To learn more about Heather’s mission to support follow-moms please click here.
Wendy Bradford, Director of Social Media
Wendy Bradford is responsible for the Mommybites Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts; she brings our community relevant parenting, health, and event information as well as writes for our national blog. Wendy has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is a published poet and has worked as a professional writer and editor for 20 years. Her experience includes positions in publishing, financial services, academia, and non-profits. Making a home in New York City, Wendy and her husband have boy/girl twins plus an older daughter. Find Wendy writing about marriage, family, and frailties at her own website Mama One to Three, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
Renee Sullivan, Director of Support and Education
Renee Sullivan, parent coach and Founding Director of babybites support groups, works with moms each week to create their own personal parenting plan that is right for them, while making sure that each mom gets the support, resources, and community they need for their parenting journey. Drawing from her experience as an birth coach and educator, she guides moms – new, seasoned and expectant through the never – ending array of decisions that come with having a child. Weekly sessions that are “nurturing, informative, and fun” and her “calm-laid back personality” has made her a “dynamic resource” to the parenting community since 2006. Renee’s positive, warm and enthusiastic personality relaxes and guides new and expectant moms to enjoy the journey and her personal attention to detail allows all parents that work with her to quickly get the resources they need to feel at ease to make informed and educated decisions. Before joining Mommybites, she narrowly escaped the trenches of Corporate America where she was a Senior Project Manager for The New York Times, Morgan Stanley and Pfizer. She lives in New York City and is the mom of one happy kindergartener.
Rebecca Dixon, Advertising & Sponsorship Director
Rebecca Dixon is responsible for securing advertising, marketing, and sponsorship opportunities for Mommybites’ website, events and all other aspects of the business. Prior to Mommybites, Rebecca co-founded BE Designs, a fashion design and marketing company. Rebecca also worked in media advertising at CBS Television, Turner Broadcasting and Carat USA for 8 years following her graduation from Vanderbilt University. While in media, she worked in various capacities securing and maintaining partnerships between television networks and their advertising clients. Rebecca lives with her husband and their daughter, Eva, in Soho. She is co-chair of the Brooklyn affiliate of Horizons, an educational enrichment program serving low-income public school students.
Jennifer Rojas, Blog Editor & Operations Manager
Jennifer Rojas is responsible for coordinating our bloggers and managing blog content to ensure that the Mommybites blog is an important and consistently relevant resource and outlet for moms who are in search of information to support them in their roles as parents. She also manages daily web site updates in order to keep our content fresh and pertinent for our community, as well as conducts day-to-day operations. Jennifer graduated from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) with an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She consults for organizations who need help in assessing their conflict and diversity issues in order to make the workplace more inclusive and welcoming for everyone. She honed her operational skills during her 10+ years of managing a global eLearning program, but has since escaped the corporate cubicle and currently resides in Netanya, Israel, where she enjoys being close to the sea and getting back into life’s natural rhythms.