Moomah the Magazine

When Moomah was founded several years ago, our hope was that all our ventures would continue to grow and evolve along with us while remaining interesting and inspiring to others. Moomah Café was the first. A neighborhood sanctuary for sleep-deprived parents to connect with their kids in inspiring ways. Families loved it. Our team, however, spent our days huddled in the bowels of the café…vitamin-D deprived and sweating over food costs and employee management. In an attempt to reach a wider audience, have more time for creative pursuits, and grow back stress-related hair loss, we created Moomah the Magazine.

Initially Moomah the Magazine’s mission was to inspire connection between parents and children and to remind us to connect with ourselves. However, some of us are no longer deep in the trenches of dirty diapers, sleepless nights and bleeding nipples. Our kids are becoming more and more interested in the world around them and we’re finding more time to explore it ourselves!

We’re excited to announce that Moomah the Magazine is launching the Make Nice Mission with the goal of inspiring connection between our kids and ourselves with the world around us. We will feature great organizations and stories about people that are truly working to make the world a better place, accompanied by the same great crafts and activities we’ve always brought you. We’d like you and your kids to join us in helping some, or one of them, with some really easy things you can do at home or in your community. We know you don’t have a lot of time. We promise to make it easy and fun.

There sure is a lot of Nice out there.

{ Moomah the Magazine Correspondents }

Tracey Stewart

Tracey Stewart
Editor-in-Chief

Tracey is the creator and Editor in Chief of Moomah the Magazine, and Vice President of The Portrait Project, a non-profit organization that connects children around the world through shared art projects and studies. She volunteers as a design consultant for numerous non-profits, has written for Huffington Post and Parenting Magazine, and resides in New York City with her husband, two children and three dogs.

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Lisel Ashlock

Lisel Ashlock
Creative Director

Lisel Ashlock is the Creative Director of Moomah the Magazine, and an accomplished illustrator & designer. We love to peer over her shoulder as she creates beauty for the site. Sure she has carpal tunnel syndrome…but dammit we love pretty things. As far as we know, she is not a mom yet, but that doesn’t keep us from harassing her daily about how she absolutely has to, and simultaneously should never become a mother. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and sweet cat whose name we still can’t pronounce. 

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Rachel Filler

Rachel Filler
Managing Editor

Rachel is an Australian born educator and Managing Editor of Moomah the Magazine. She moved to New York City to gain inspiration for her work and investigate new ways of making children's education fun, creative and engaging. We don’t know what she’s saying half the time with her exotic Australian accent, but it always sounds so good (...what the heck is Fairy Floss?). Besides managing the magazine, she also manages our collective A.D.D “Ladies, come back…I’m over here.”

{ Free-Agent Correspondents }

Dr. Anne Marie Albano

Dr. Anne Marie Albano is the Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). I am thrilled to call Dr. Albano, Anne Marie, as she is now my very good friend and mentor. I would tell you more about her, but I don’t want diminish her street cred as a renowned and respected doctor. Oh, but I have stories! 
Learn more about CUCARD >>
Click here for Anne Marie's Website >>

Danielle Ash

Danielle is an Emmy-Award winning animator and educator. She’s adorable, sweet, patient and has an air of other worldliness about her. She received her MFA in experimental animation at CalArts and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She enjoys contemplating the universe while playing her saw. View Danielle's work >>

Lindsey Ashlock

Lindsey works hard to do things other than her job as a High School English teacher. While she does take a certain pleasure in reading hours of student essays about Fahrenheit 451, sometimes she needs a break. That’s when she tackles amateur photography endeavors, summer runs on the lake, antique buying and writing & editing for Moomah the Magazine. Additionally, Lindsey stays busy developing a line of custom linen aprons & homewares, Pioneer (stay tuned!). 

Monique Gibson

Right now Tracey Stewart is working very hard to be Monique Gibson's best friend (sadly for Tracey, Monique is working very hard to be Maggie Rose's best friend). She is an enchanting combination of height, auburn hair, exotic looks and an accent that originates from the Appalachian Mountains. She is an interior designer extraordinaire and the founder of The Portrait Project: a non-profit that connects children around the world through the arts. Learn more about The Portrait Project >>

Dr. Matthew Goldfine

Matthew Goldfine, Ph.D. is a faculty member and senior psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). His clinical expertise lies in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Goldfine also specializes in early childhood intervention, with extensive experience working with parents to address common issues in young children. In addition to Moomah, Dr.Goldfine has been featured in media pieces for Oprah.com, The Associated Press, and CJAD radio. Click Here for more information on Dr. Goldfine >>

Kimberly Graham

Moomah veteran, Kimberly Jason is the kind of woman that even powerful women want to be bossed around by. She loves to scoop up chaos, throw it over her shoulder and get the job done. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her documentary filmmaker and photographer husband, Brock and their two fun and incredibly rambunctious kids (ages 6 and 3). She teaches natural childbirth and had her last baby in a bathtub at home. Ironically, she cries like a baby if she has to get a shot. 

Kim Korson

Kim Korson is one of our favorite female writers. She’s funny as sh&t!!!! Before we start to read her submissions we tease each other that it’s time to don our adult diapers. She says she’s mortified that her bio pic is one of her wearing sunglasses but that's what happens when you are the family photographer; you have to wait for someone else to take a pic on a random vacation. She recently packed up her urban, briefly suburban family, and moved to Southern Vermont. She is mostly hard at work chronicling her experience.

Aida Naba Koski

Don't be fooled by her skinny bod. This girl loves food and loves to bring the joy of food to others. A master of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and South American cuisines, for over 15 years Aida worked for some of New York’s top restaurants, including Le Bernardin, The Lobster Club, Gotham Bar & Grill and Laundry Restaurant. Mother of twins, she is an established private chef with a gift for variety, gourmet and home-style cooking. Aida says, “I love what I do and do what I love”. Amen sista!
 Click here for Aida's Website >>

Doan Ly

Doan Ly is the lead floral designer for Sprout Home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with the sleep-weary eyes to prove it. Her obsession with flowers began in college in Northern California where she helped herself to all the amazing variety of flowers her campus grounds offered. Her room was always filled with foliage until it was rudely pointed out that she was breaking the law. She's happy to now be lawfully employed in flowers.
View Doan's Flower Arranging Toolbox >>

Rachel McGinn

Philadelphia raised, Rachel spent some time living in NYC, working as Fashion Editor for J.Crew, before returning to her hometown to raise her kids and develop her love of photography. A freelance lifestyle photographer and Creative Director of online magazine Grays Lane, we are thrilled to have Rachel as our expert on all things photography. View Rachel's website >>

Michelle Murré

Michelle is a travel curator extraordinaire. She and her husband, Roderick co-founded Azurine a luxury travel firm based in San Francisco with stints in Paris and the Napa Valley. They journey across the globe sourcing the most authentic experiences for their clientele because, well, somebody’s got to do it… 
Click Here to learn more about Azurine Travel >>

Maggie Rose

Maggie loves art, music and her dog Barkly. She is constantly coming up with new art projects that we find enchantingly creative and fun. Maggie is an endless resource for Moomah the Magazine. If we're being honest, she's our number one source for ideas, inspiration and project management! Did I mention she's got some mean dance moves?

Nate Thomas

Nate loves animation, video games and dining out. He enjoys playing the guitar, writing songs, and singing his own tunes. Despite his young age, he is our most trusted advisor on all things technology related. Whether it's fixing the remote, acquiring a wifi signal, or giving us a boys perspective, Nate is our go-to-guy.

Dr. Sandra Pimentel

Dr. Sandra Pimentel is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). In addition to her expertise in anxiety and behavioral issues in children and adolescents, she specializes in talking about her love for her large Portuguese family and being from New Jersey. 
Click Here to learn more about Dr. Sandra Pimentel >>

Dr. Aliza Pressman

Aliza Pressman is the co-founder of Seedlings Group. She is on the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. She teaches pediatric residents child-development and parent education and runs parenting groups for at-risk mothers... blah blah blah, she’s very impressive (you can read more about that on her website). Learn more about Seedlings Group >>

Dr. Joanna Robin

Dr. Joanna Robin is a Clinical Psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and Co-founder of Westchester Anxiety Treatment. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults. When not working, Joanna tries to take her own advice in raising her two daughters. Learn more about CUCARD >>

Wendy Weiner

Having gardened at home while raising her children, Wendy gained the experience and knowledge she needed to take it on the road once her boys had grown. Noticing a niche in the gardening world for a garden mentor, Wendy started a vegetable gardening service called The Front Yard Farmer, which really did happen in her front yard. View The Front Yard Farmer >>

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