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Moms are the greatest resource for other Moms. Its through other Moms that we get the BEST scoop. Knowing that we have asked some very tapped-in Moms to help us out. Our Moms are selected by neighborhood, interests and expertise…check them out!

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LAURA NIX GERSON   | See All Posts By This Author

Laura launched MomAngeles because when her daughter was little, she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. Little did she know it would lead to what is today MomAngeles.  A transplant from the South by way of Atlanta, she is constantly discovering new things about this city as she and her husband and daughter have truly taken to the CA lifestyle. Her passion for all things LA fuel this site. In a previous life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is.

A Business Development and Marketing Executive she has launched numerous start-ups and advised countless small and large businesses, helping companies grow audiences, expand their marketing reach and attain new clients. Laura is also a co-founder of ,  a career resource for women. Laura blogs about career resources at Hello Métier and is also a contributing writer with Modern Mom and Babble and formerly with CBS Local Los Angeles and Hollywood Hot Moms.  To submit something for editorial consideration (no events – use  Submit an Event) email her at laura AT momangeles.com.  Follow her @lauranixgerson.

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barbi appelquistBARBI APPELQUIST | See All Posts By This Author

Barbi Appelquist  is a former California State Senate Candidate for Senate District 26, and is active in local and regional political organizations to increase the number of women running for office, including EmergeCA and the National Women’s Political Caucus.  Professionally, she has extensive experience in legal analysis, business development, and community organizing. She has worked as a technology consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a corporate lawyer with Glaser Weil & Shapiro, and as a nonprofit and community development lawyer with Public Counsel. She is also a two-time cancer survivor and a vocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act. In her spare time, Barbi trains for half-marathons while raising funds for various cancer-related charities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Camp Kesem, and LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand. She serves on the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Advisory Council and is an active voice in the community advocating on behalf of women and girls everywhere.

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Stephanie Abrams is a former CBS reporter and anchor in local and national broadcasts, with 18 years experience in broadcast journalism. Her most recent television news work was at CBS in Los Angeles where she became known for her on-the-scene work in breaking news situations and for her feature and exclusive stories. Following her work in television Abrams spearheaded the first social media outreach and team development for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As the second largest school district in the country she was responsible for communicating district news to 65,000 employees and nearly one million students and their families. She became known for bridging the gap between hundreds of offices and stakeholders within the LAUSD by building and training a team across the District committed to transparency and engagement through various social media sites. She also developed a weekly news update broadcast on YouTube and PBS called @LASchools. Abrams now runs her own PR firm sharing inspiring stories she finds within the Los Angeles area. She seeks out corporations with a calling to serve the community, and has a dedicated division for charities and nonprofits. She calls it Give Back PR because after so many years covering hard and breaking news, this is her way of giving back more positive news to the media and community. Watch the GiveBackPR videos on our site and You Tube page or visit them online at www.GiveBackPR.com.

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Kristin CruzKRISTIN CRUZ | See All Posts by This Author | See Podcasts See WebSeries 

For more than 10 years, Kristin Cruz has devoted her energy to passionately advocating for women in media. She is the co-founder of Moms in Media, a Radio & TV Host (KOST 103.5 Morning Show, iHeartRadio and Moms in Media), certified baby-planner, infertility spokesperson, IVF Mom and a power connector. She hosts video series “Best of LA with Kristin and Laura” for MomAngeles alongside fellow TV & radio personality Laura Nickerson. Kristin is also a native Angeleno, a mother of two and wife to Fireman Matt. Her sunny disposition and never say never attitude make following Kristin in her journeys a ton of fun! You can follow her personal adventures on her site KristinCruz.me To stay up to date on what’s going on with Kristin follow her on twitter @kristincruz.

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nickerson-headshotLAURA NICKERSON | See All Posts by This Author | See Podcasts See WebSeries 

Laura Nickerson has worked as an On-Camera Host/Reporter and Radio Personality for KCET, CTV, MomAngeles, KHTS, KFI, KTLK, TV Guide, HBO, SM16, Dance Channel TV, Broad Topics TV and Radio, Clear Channel Inc, and NBC/Universal. She hosts the weekly television show “The Buzz” for CTV and the podcast and video series “Best of LA with Kristin and Laura” for MomAngeles alongside fellow radio personality Kristin Cruz.Laura recently launched a humorous new series called The MomBuster where she “busts” or “loves” products and ideas for parents. In her copious free time, she also works as an on-camera consultant for The Randy Lane Company, a personal branding and media consulting firm and she does theatre and movie reviews for MomAngeles. Of all of the things Laura has accomplished, she says trying to get two kids to nap at the same time has been the most difficult. To stay up to date on what’s going on with Laura follow her on twitter @nickerberger or follow her on LauraNickerson.com.

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rona headshotRONA NIX See All Posts By This Author

With over 15 years in TV and film production, Rona Nix has worked with some of the most recognizable brands (Coca-Cola, US Army, AirTran, FOX, CBS, DISNEY), Academy Award nominees (Alcon Entertainment) and with notable leaders in business and entertainment (Sara Blakely, founder SPANX; Susan and Graham Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash + Young; and Metta World Peace, former Los Angeles Laker). She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, as an actress on both stage and screen, and continues to write about her experiences in faith and fundraising for women’s and children’s initiatives in developing regions of Africa. When not developing new projects, she can usually be found having living room dance parties with her 9 year old niece. Follow her @ronanix.

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Galite’s passion for health and wellness drive her daily activities and family decisions. An advocate for better nutrition, clean living and environmental awareness, Galite constantly fights for healthier lives in her community and the world at large. A consummate networker, ask Galite if she knows someone who can do this one specific thing and inevitably she will have met someone at some event that does. She’s also a mom of  three which keeps her very well-connected in the mom community. Follow her @galite.

 

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cigal shahamDR. CIGAL SHAHAM | See All Posts By This Author

Dr. Cigal Shaham was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a wonderful, supportive husband and amazing son, who teaches her something new every day. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and currently works as a pediatrician at Roxbury Pediatrics in Beverly Hills. Dr. Shaham received her B.A. in IDS Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before obtaining her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Dr Shaham received the Pediatric Residency Leadership Award after completing her Residency in Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, where she was also the American Academy of Pediatrics Delegate. In addition to seeing patients, she is active in the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, sits on the Health Advisory Board for Early Head Start, gives talks to pre-school mom groups, and blogs at www.mommedicine.blogspot.com

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CHRISTINA SIMON | See All Posts By This Author

Christina Simon is the co-author of Beyond the Brochure the quintessential guide to Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in urban planning from U.C.L.A. She is a former vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, a global public relations firm. Christina was born and raised in L.A.. She currently lives with her husband, Barry Perlstein, and their two children in Coldwater Canyon. Beyond The Brochure has been featured on NPR, Los Angeles Magazine,The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Parent, KCBS-2, The Pasadena Sun, Mom.me, Macaroni Kid Santa Monica, Mommy Poppins, and numerous other publications. Since 2010, Christina has written this award-winning blog, along with her co-authors and guest contributors.

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Angie Stewart GokaANGIE STEWART GOKA | See All Posts By This Author

Angie Stewart Goka is grateful mother of 2 children, who continues to seek and take the road less traveled. She is an entrepreneur, a fitness motivator and “awesome life cultivator” who paints the nation in colors of “only you can stop you,” “yes you can,” and “there is no better time than now to begin.” She is a former yoga naysayer who has since created Runner’s Yoga 90210 taught across the country and has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Her 4-Week Road to Awesome plan includes daily workouts – done anywhere, anytime – daily delectable meal plans and recipes, support, private group encouragement and daily strategies for overcoming obstacles, creating time into one’s day and some serious goal crushing. A-MA-ZING. Just try to shake Angie with odds or adversity you may encounter. She will help you see the “real you,” your gifts and your ability to rise above it all. You can get her recipes and insight into a better you on her site www.angiestewartfitness.com or tune in to her posts and videos on MomAngeles.

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laura-stotland-linked-inLAURA STOTLAND | See All Posts By This Author

Laura is the Founder of South Bay Mommies & Daddies site and Facebook group with more than 4,000 active members. A Marketing, Digital and Social Media Strategist with an extensive background in media, digital, and entertainment marketing; including the proven track record to increasing revenue, creation and execution of strategic marketing plans, and managing talent and teams; gained her experience working with The Walt Disney Company, Clear Channel Radio (now iHeart Media) and The Alliance for Women in Media. Additionally, Laura has worked in social media, advancing the public awareness through the Pancreatic Cancer Network. Above all, Laura is poised to aid businesses grow successfully in development and execution of strategic marketing plans that tap into current and future trends through traditional marketing channels, strategic use of influencer marketing, and a variety of digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  Follow her @LauraStotland.

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