Lara DiPaola is the Director of Partner Relations for TravelingMom.com and also serves as Director of Marketing for a D.C. -based national daily deal site. Receiving her first award for writing at the tender age of 9, Lara has had a lifelong passion for the written word. Spending her early 20s living in a small town in southern Spain sparked an unquenchable wanderlust.
Joining the TravelingMom team has brought these two passions together for Lara. She is a mom of four, who carves out as much time as she can for her writing which includes penning the “10 Best Washington DC” series for Travel Media Group at USA Today, her personal blog Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom, writing for TravelingMom as “Deals Traveling Mom” and hitting the road as a contributor at SheBuysCars.com.
Deb is the full-time Director of Operations for TravelingMom and has 10 years of previous experience as a City Planner, Zoning Administrator and Geographic Information Systems Analyst. With a passion for gadgets, apps and all things ‘techy’, Deb writes as Technology TravelingMom and has also blogged since 2007, first as Mom of 3 Girls - and more recently at her product review/lifestyle/ parenting blog, Just a mom’s take on things...
With 3 school-age daughters, Deb's life is filled with sparkles and lots of drama, but she finds the time to also serve on the Board of Directors for her local AYSO soccer region and to travel as much as she can.
Karin Sheets is Director of Technology for TravelingMom. She develops and implements web strategy, oversees website design, SEO, technology and functionality. A Seattle native, she has worked in technology and web development for 17 years on wide variety of projects for the government and medium to large companies nationwide.
A married mom of two, including one daughter with profound special needs, Karin writes as Special Needs TravelingMom, encouraging all families to travel and live the adventure of life. She also writes for her own blog, SpecialNeedsTravelMom.com and has contributed to a number of websites, including Snowmamas.com.
Elena Sonnino is the director of Internal Relations at TravelingMom, facilitating best practices and network engagement, and she also writes about living the dolce vita while traveling as Ciao Traveling Mom. She uses her 12 years of teaching and educational leadership experience to foster self-sufficiency and empower others to make every moment matter at LiveDoGrow.com and JustBeEnough.com.
Elena has been published on the Huffington Post, Technorati, BlogHer, and Savvy Source. She was a member of the 2012 DC Listen to Your Mother cast, is on the Blogger Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society, and is a Shot@Life Champion and UNFoundation Social Good fellow.
Teresa Shaw is Web Content Director for TravelingMom, where she leads and manages a team of section editors to ensure that original, quality content is posted daily. She also blogs as Working TravelingMom.
Teresa is a Michigan-based journalist with more than 15 years of professional experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and journalism, and has been published in various print publications and websites, including Prevention, AnnArbor.com, and Homewood Suites' Suite Living website.