Meet Our Founders

Sisters…Friends…Co-Founders

Tonya Jones

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Co-Founder of Colorado Springs Moms Blog

Tonya is the older sister!  She grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she majored in Health Promotion (the degree you choose when you know are meant to make an impact but you don’t know exactly how)  After graduating in 2003, her adventurous spirit lead her to pack up her little car and move to Colorado Springs.  Her heart was easily won by the beautiful landscape, the amazing weather, colorful Aspen trees, and the fabulous people in this city.

In 2008, she married her love and best friend, Ryan.  They added two amazing boys to the family…Landon (2009) and Kellan (2011).  After a rewarding career as a Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a sales representative for Pfizer, her heart desired more time with her boys.  In 2011, she became a work from home mom, focusing on her very busy boys full time and her health and wellness coaching business part time!  Her passion as a mom includes building legos, trips to the zoo, family hikes, fishing, and camping.  Her passion as a health coach is helping people see their potential, reach goals, and lead a healthy lifestyle.

In her spare time (what is that again??), she loves working out, running, and reading.  Her favorite things to do with her handsome hubby include riding bikes downtown Colorado Springs for date nights, hiking the incline, trying new (exotic) foods, spending time with great (adult) friends, and trying craft beers (inspired of course by her husband!).

To contact Tonya, email her at Tonya{at}coloradospringsmomsblog{dot}com

Tara Odendahl

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Co-Founder of Colorado Springs Moms Blog

Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, Tara attended Iowa Lakes Community College, where she majored in an Associates Degree of Nursing. After graduating in the spring of 2006, she relocated to Des Moines, Iowa to pursue her career and passion as a registered nurse on a neurology floor at Mercy Medical Center. In the fall of 2006, Tara married her handsome love, Steve. They added four sweet children to their family: Ryker {8}, Priya {6} and twin girls, Harper and Haven {3}.

In June 2014, with a leap of faith and decided heart, they relocated to Colorado Springs to raise their family in the beautiful state they now call home! After 8 years of working outside of the home, Tara chose to put her career as a registered nurse on hold to embrace the gift of time with her four children. Now a work-from-home mompreneur who is passionate about connecting community, Tara loves the life she now leads as a co-founder of Colorado Springs Moms Blog.

A love for all things outdoors, you can find her spending her summer months camping, hiking, & boating with family. Although finding balance is a challenge with 4 littles, Tara has learned to embrace the chaos and be grateful for a blessed & busy home. In her free time (ha!), she enjoys focusing on fitness and a healthy lifestyle, listening to country music, strolling the aisles at Target, spending time with family/friends, and traveling.

To contact Tara, email her at tara{at}coloradospringsmomsblog{dot}com

Photos generously provided by Margaret Koning Photography

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