Mommybites Boston Team
Melanie Gigante, President/Director of Advertising of Mommybites Boston
Melanie became the President/Owner of Mommybites Boston in 2015 after Rachael transitioned the business over to her. Melanie’s entrepreneurial spirit was fulfilled when she stumbled upon Mommybites Boston while searching for parenting resources. Melanie was seeking to connect to other parents while she and her husband raised their three kids away from their families who live in Puerto Rico and Denmark. Through Mommybites Boston, Melanie is able to pursue her passion of helping other parents facing the same day-to-day challenges of parenthood.
Melanie holds an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California and a BS in Marketing from Penn State University. She has spent her career working for companies like L’Oreal and Cartier in NYC and most recently TJX in Framingham. She has three boys Viggo, Noah and Aksel. When Melanie is not juggling the challenges of raising her boys and only girl, a Tiny Toy Poodle, she can be found at the gym working off her baby weight, practicing yoga or finding the best shopping deals. She loves fashion, beauty, learning from different cultures and anything French. Every now and then, she gets to escape the New England weather and enjoy the beaches of her home country, Puerto Rico.
Kathryn Allan, Nanny Board Development Manager
Kathryn Allan is responsible for helping to develop Mommybites’ nanny board by increasing awareness through local groups in the Boston area. She also tracks the growth of the board and fosters partnerships with local businesses to enhance visibility of the nanny board’s offerings. For the last nine years Kathryn has worked for a research firm which provides data to investors interested in socially responsible investing. Prior to that she received a Master’s from the University of Chicago. Originally from Virginia, Kathryn now lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and two children. She enjoys each of the four seasons that New England has to offer, trying new restaurants, fantasy soccer, and daydreaming about her next vacation.
Jennifer Rojas, Blog Editor, Social Media, & Operations Director
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 and social media. 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 Israel, where she enjoys being close to the sea and getting back into life’s natural rhythms. Please contact Jennifer if you’re interested in blogging for Mommybites Boston!
Edith Kilgallen, Events Manager
Edith Kilgallen comes to us with first-hand experience taking her two young children to our events and realizing how important they’ve been for her and her family. Her kids, Clare, 6, and Connor, 4, have enjoyed our holiday parties, painting classes, dance classes, and puppets shows, while Edith has made connections with other moms at Moms’ Nights Out and at daytime gatherings. As an Events Manager at Mommybites, she brings her enthusiasm, creativity, Boston background, and administrative skills to enliven our schedule of events and welcome new moms and kids into the mix. As a longtime Mommybites community member, she knows our audience, our sponsors, and our interests.
Edith was born and raised in Peru, and came to the U.S. in 2005, to be part of a country where women can live and work more freely. She’s got energy, great people skills, and loves a challenge. While raising her kids with her husband in the suburbs, she’s completing a business management degree. She’s worked at several high-end spas in marketing, as an esthetician, and a manager, and ran her own business for several years. She and her husband love visiting family in Ireland and Peru, and when she has time to herself at home, she enjoys coffee with friends and spinning classes.
Ashley Oliver, New Moms’ Support Groups Lead Instructor
As an assistant manager at Isis Parenting, Ashley discovered her love to work in an atmosphere where you can see both parents and children learn and grow. After witnessing the importance of community support for new moms, she was eager to become a new moms’ group instructor. As a mom to a wonderful 6 year old, she has a natural compassion for postnatal support. She is cross trained with our own Mommybites instructor Katherine Hudkins, participated in A New Moms Group Facilitator Training, and also works at the Little Lovage Club. She has a BA & MS from Lasell College, years of childcare experience, and has worked in the prenatal and postnatal industry since 2012. Her teaching style is genuine, positive, and has an open understanding to all that comes along with Parenting.
Rachael Fanopoulos, Mommybites Boston Founder
Rachael, a local girl originally from Peabody, MA, started Mommybites Boston in 2012 after moving from New York City to Arlington, MA. As an expectant and new mom, Rachael was a “regular” at Mommybites’ New York events. Mommybites’ events and online resources left a lasting impression on Rachael as being uniquely down to earth, non-judgmental and practical…something you don’t always find in Mommy-land! Realizing that there was opportunity here in Boston to support moms in the same way, she partnered with Mommybites to create Mommybites Boston.
Prior to launching Mommybites Boston, Rachael worked in various facets of marketing strategy and finance at Morgan Stanley, OppenheimerFunds, John Hancock & J. Walter Thompson. Rachael also consults in a strategic marketing capacity. Rachael holds her BS in Advertising from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and her MS in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
Mommybites Boston is a community offering in-person and online resources, support and education. We offer free parenting tele-classes, videos, mom-generated blogs and nanny board and in-person new mom lunches, seminars, the Mommybites’ Ultimate Mom’s Night Out and more! We connect moms to moms, moms to experts and moms to local parenting resources. The Mommybites Boston mission is to Empower Moms!