Naperville resident Melisa Wells is the author of “Chicken in the Car and the Car Won’t Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens and Teens.” She’s a partner at Social RevUp, and she blogs at Suburban Scrawl. And she’s the first woman to be featured in this space to mention “The Cosby Show” when talking about her parenting style.
Moms to Know
Rachel Engelhardt is one of the leaders for the Push for the Path project. The multi-use path in question is about 2.7 miles long, but it will link up to many miles of other paths and trails in northern Illinois, and volunteers like Engelhardt hope it could lead to a renaissance for downtown Yorkville.
When Leslie Lindsay’s daughter was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech five years ago, Lindsay threw herself into learning as much as possible about the neurologically-based motor-speech disorder.
All of us who live near the Fox River know what a jewel it is for our communities. Our latest Go West Mom You Should Know is part of a group trying — as she puts it — to create a “family-friendly, environmentally-friendly and fiscally responsible riverfront for North Aurora.
Beth Feller joined the Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation as a way to make new friends in the area and to become more involved in the community. Just four years later, she became the president of the non-profit philanthropic group.
Our latest Go West Mom You Should Know is Jackie Olson of North Aurora. Olson, 42, is an occupational therapist with three sons. She also has a 6-year-old daughter with autism who is the inspiration for Haley’s Playground, an organization that provides sensory and motor stimulation classes for children and young adults with disabilities and seeks to improve their quality of life through play, exercise and health education while interacting with friends, families and peers.