Meet Our Executive Team

Meet The Colorado Springs Moms Blog Executive Team

We are passionate about our community and our jobs, but more than anything, about our families.  We would love to hear from you and will answer emails Monday through Friday, but will focus on family time on the weekends.  If you reach out over the weekend, we’ll be happy to ping you back on Monday – Thanks!

Tonya, Co-Founder | Development Director


Tonya 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!).



Tara, Co-Founder | Executive Lead


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.

Erica, Advertising Coordinator


Erica grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, after moving there with her family at the age of nine from a small town in Connecticut. Her first marriage to an Airman brought her to Colorado Springs in 2005, and this beautiful city has been her home ever since. While her first marriage didn’t work out, it did give her three of the most incredible gifts ever, her children Audrey, Isaiah and Christian. Erica was blessed with another chance at love and married her husband, Brandon, in the fall of 2012. He brought two children, Devin and Averi, into the mix making them a family of 7. They like to joke that they are almost the Brady Bunch.

Erica received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing and enjoys helping small businesses with their social media marketing. One of her favorite jobs was her role as a managing editor and virtual assistant for a top mom blog, which afforded her unique opportunities such as interviewing celebrities at movie premieres and attending media summits for fortune 500 companies. When not busy being mom to her troop of 5, Erica can be found volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, leading worship at her home church, and plucking away at her guitar that she is determined to learn how to play this year. For additional glimpses into her life, you can follow Erica on Instagram

Chelsea, Special Project Coordinator

Chelsea was born and raised in Colorado Springs. While most grew up with sports like soccer or basketball, Chelsea was an Irish dancer for almost 14 years. It is Irish dance that introduced Chelsea to her husband, Joe. She was lucky to also be introduced to a number of different Celtic festivals in Colorado which became helpful when Chelsea and Joe started the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival in Colorado Springs. Since beginning the festival, Joe and Chelsea got married in March of 2014 and grew their family in February of 2015 when their daughter, Ainsley, was born.

Chelsea attended UCCS where she received her Business degree. Following graduation she went to work for the March of Dimes as their Southern Colorado Development Specialist. She was excited to use her love of event planning and fundraising to benefit an organization and mission that she is passionate about. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys anything that means spending time with her husband, daughter and their dog, Elle. 

Tabitha, Managing Editor | Social Media Manager


Mom to a one year old and pregnant with another, Tabitha is a hard core decaf coffee drinker and sometimes nap taker who has lived all over the Unites States, but fortunately landed in Colorado. Her current aspirations are actually finishing an entire book and going to the bathroom without the assistance of her toddler. In her spare time, Tabitha is inspired by a variety of blogs and Pinterest. She can spend hours antiquing and crafting, with the hopes of turning her house into a home. Often that just means rearranging the furniture in the house, just one more time.

Ten years ago, Tabitha somehow met the man of her dreams in the aisles of Wal-Mart and life changed forever. No warranty necessary. He challenges her to be wild and adventurous, but mostly to not take herself too seriously. Together they camp, climb fourteeners, and sit in their backyard by a roaring fire. They’re known to debate theology, talk philosophy, and taking one from Seinfeld – joke about nothing. Relationships and community are also very important to Tabitha. She cultivates her love for people in her part-time School Counseling job where she has been helping students emotionally and socially for over four years.  

In 2014, Tabitha started blogging as another way to connect with others. Her blog, Tabitha Panariso, is a space where you can find her writing on faith, community, motherhood, and daily life. You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, and of course, Pinterest.

Kristal, Community Engagement Manager


Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz.  Kristal has worked in summer camps and after school programs. She and her husband are the proud parents of a seven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.  After years of renting, they recently purchased their first house in Briargate. Kristal is an active member of her local MOMS Club chapter and PTA board.  In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family. 

Ashley, Writing Coach


Ashley is a wife, mom to two zany little boys and former reporter. She has moved a couple of dozen times through the Midwest, California and Hawaii. She lived in Monument and Colorado Springs for a few years growing up and, having always had family in the area, visited at least once a year since moving away. In 2013, she and her own family made Colorado Springs their permanent home, built a house and settled down. They LOVE Colorado and plan to stay! 

Ashley has reported, written and edited for The Associated Press, Bloomberg News and other newspapers and magazines. These days, she volunteers at her kids’ school library, paints glass, works out when her boys are at swim lessons and sneaks up to the loft to read when she has a rare free moment. Before meeting her husband, travel was her true love. Fortunately, it was his, as well. Between them, they have visited more than 50 countries. Their sons (4 and 7) have the travel bug, too. They have spent hundreds of hours on planes, trains, ships and road trips – these rugged little boys can’t get enough. They consider themselves lucky to live in Colorado, where countless camping trips and other adventures await them. Ashley is honored to contribute to Colorado Springs Moms Blog because if we all help each other, life is better. 

Dana, Event Coordinator

Dana is a full-time third grade teacher by day, event-planning fool by night, and a world-class mama of two beautiful girls. She and her husband Kyle have been married for nearly five years, and surprisingly, they are both Colorado Springs natives.

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.A. in sociology, Dana enjoys studying how people interact with others and their environments. She loves enriching conversations at coffee shops, downtown walks with her husband and their golden retriever, and dancing like a Disney princess with her daughters.

Dana knew she was in love with event planning as soon as she dipped her toes into her first gig as the producer of a short film in 2010. From arranging daily schedules to booking filming locations, to diving into post-production, she got a rush out of every detail. It’s the joy of seeing the challenges and unpredictability through to the final product that she finds invigorating. With the way things are for her right now, her talent is on display every day, living this plate- spinning kind of life as a mom, wife, teacher, and event planner!


Laura, Event Coordinator

Laura Forbes

Laura grew up in Minnesota and first moved to Colorado for college, attending the University of Denver for both undergrad and grad school. Her love for the outdoors and just about everything else lead her to major in Geography with minors in Art, Business, and Environmental Science. She went on to get her Masters in Education, with an emphasis in aesthetics and art education. With a deep love for her home state, she had every intention of moving back to Minnesota after college; it didn’t cross her 18-year-old mind that she might meet the love of their life in college! Laura met her husband Jon, who grew up in Colorado Springs, during their freshman writing class. Jon moved back home after college, and Laura stayed an extra year at DU to get her Masters Degree. Within one month during the summer of 2014, Laura graduated, relocated to Colorado Springs, started a new job as a K-2 art teacher, and married her best friend. 

Now as an extroverted stay-at-home mom to her six-month old daughter, Laura seeks any opportunity she can to spend time with others and stay connected with what is happening around town. When she isn’t hanging out with her family or friends, she can be found painting, crafting, or perusing Instagram for creative inspiration. Some of her favorite ways to enjoy the Colorado sunshine include golfing, snowboarding, and walking her 100-pound Labradoodle. Laura and her husband live in a 1920’s home downtown, where they love exploring new restaurants, stores, and coffee shops. She is passionate about seeing Colorado Springs thrive, and believes that the foundation for this goal is rooted in connecting people and organizations. Laura is excited for the opportunity to carry out this passion as an event coordinator for the COSMB, and can’t wait to play a part in the continued growth of community in our city. 

Photos generously provided by Whitney Elliott Photography

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