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from one Heart to Another

Meet Our Local Contributors

Becca Campbell is a Mechanicsville mom who claims Lousiana and Virginia as home. After graduating high school she moved to Baton Rouge, claiming to never return. A masters degree in Elementary Education, marriage, three years of teaching, and two daughters later…She is over the moon to be back in Virginia. Becca is proof that life has a funny way of changing you…especially when kids come around! She and her husband, Chad, experienced dating and falling in love for the first time together, and tied the knot one year after meeting. Together they have taken huge leaps of faith, including moving to Virginia. One of those leaps came as Becca traded in her Science centers and lesson plans for a career as a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She is passionate about helping families find healthy sleep. On the weekends you can catch Becca, her husband and two daughters exploring new parks and playgrounds or making a mean homemade pizza on a Sunday night.

 

Bunny Young is the proud mother of five year old Ryann Grace, whom her family affectionately calls “Rocky”.  She is also Chairwoman of Pawssible Service Dog Connection and the Founder & President of A Better Place Consulting. Her passion for supporting individual strategies for success in companies and teams has given her the chance to travel nationally to lead workshops and retreats, and to share her mission to help build a world where individuals love what they do, why they do it, and who they are.

Bunny is extremely grateful for the experience of motherhood after suffering four miscarriages prior to being blessed with Rocky and has been a volunteer with the March of Dimes since going into preterm labor at just 28 weeks. Bunny has lived in China and volunteered in Ecuador—experiences which were eye- opening and humbling for her.  She advocates for those who are differently abled: “Growing up with a heart condition, I understand what it is like to have a disability. Being able to empower others for independence and show my daughter that being different is beautiful and that she can do anything is the most important thing to me.” She enjoys spending time with her family including her service dog Goose, a 120 pound Great Dane. She volunteers with Dreamcatcher’s Therapeutic Riding, the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves as the Chair of Louisa Lead Share, an active member of TRIAD, serves on the Extraordinary Women’s Exchange Committee and a Member of the Hanover Council on Aging.

Colleen Nichols was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and became a Richmond transplant in 2012 when her husband’s job relocated them to the area. After growing up in Northern Virginia and attending college in Farmville, Virginia, Colleen is convinced that Richmond is the happy medium.
Colleen graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2010, married her college sweetheart the following year, and earned her M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling in 2013. In graduate school, Colleen was so Orange is the New Black and worked with male inmates (yes, in prison) but found her niche in the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) field here in Richmond.
After her first son was born in 2015, Colleen quit her job and is now in that weird work/stay-at-home-mom limbo. Colleen stays at home, but also owns a life coaching business and blog, both of which are geared towards empowering women and shining a light on the “real life” side of motherhood.
Colleen lives in Moseley, VA with her husband, 18-month old son, and their Great Dane, Penny all of which are anxiously awaiting baby boy #2 who is due in December. When she’s not writing or working (or pregnant), Colleen enjoys red wine, sushi, and yoga pants.

Erin Rice, a graduate from VCU and an RVA girl through and through, works full-time as a Preschool Director at Rainbow Station’s flagship school, where she gets to be a kid at heart and remind parents that we really have all been there. She and her husband, Rick, married in 2008 on the same beach where they fell in love. They have three wild children, Cooper (born 2010), Griffin (born 2016, and Avery Quinn (born 2016) and a boxer mutt, Fletch, who is the oldest puppy you will ever meet.
A self-proclaimed eternal optimist, she and her family enjoy living life and turning everything into an adventure. She loves trips to Target (alone at 8am), iced coffee, baking, cheering for her Rams, staying healthy, fresh air and introducing her kids to real music. Keep up with Erin on Instagram @1erinrice and at her personal blog http://rickanderin.blogspot.com

 

Holly Curell is an 8 year RVA resident. She and her husband, Ken planted roots here after growing up in Western Michigan and spending a two-year stint in New York City where she worked as an executive assistant. Though she is still actively trying to “just survive” the hot Virginia summers, she can’t imagine raising her young family anywhere else. Holly resides in the Westend and is mom to three children – Mia (7), Tristan (3.5) and Hurricane Harper (2.5). An active member of her church community, Holly serves on numerous committees and organizations. Living and dining in community with others is what brings her joy, and if she could live on cheese, bread and wine alone she would! She also enjoys bad reality TV, her two cats Nessie and Violet, preschool-level crafting and themed parties.
Holly also writes for her own blog – Holly at Nap Time. 

 

Kim Alley moved from Texas to Northern Virginia for work in 2010. Even though Snowpocalypse occurred less than 6 weeks later, she decided to stay…and questions that decision every time the thermometer drops below 35 degrees. She married John (a Richmond native) in 2013, moved to Richmond in 2014, and had Caroline in 2015. A full-time working mom at one of Richmond’s large corporations, Kim loves cooking, reading, quoting musicals, historical jokes, Texas Aggie football, and believes cheese should be its own food group. Kim, John, and Caroline live in the West End with their imperious fur-st child, Cardinal Richelieu, Chat (a tabby).

 

Lucretia Anderson is originally from the Washington, DC area.  She set off to earn a BFA in Theatre at West Virginia University in 1999 before following her star and her then boyfriend to New York City for a couple of years. Deciding that she rather enjoyed eating and green space, she moved back to DC and worked for a number of years as a Theatre Educator/Arts Administrator for various arts organizations. After 10 years of marriage, she moved to RVA in 2013 as a single mom to a pre-teen daughter Alana (11) and spirit-filled son Parker (7). She and the kids dove head first into new adventures in the River City and have fallen in absolute love with all of its charms, including her partner Danny. A lover of Shakespeare and all things literary, she is passionate about writing, teaching and yummy chocolate goodness (trust her, they all go hand in hand). On the weekends she can be found running around the city (literally, she is an avid, albeit slow, runner), attempting to maintain something that resembles an orderly home and finding something fun or interesting to get into with her family.