Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I am from Cleveland and have lived here my whole life. I went to Ohio State and returned to Cleveland after I graduated.
I have two kids. My son, Alec will be 24 in November and my daughter, Carly is 22.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I love Charles Bronson movies. My grandmother used to take me to the movies when I was young and we saw everything together…even Charles Bronson.
Anyone you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
There are many people I would like to thank who have helped me over the years…and continue to do so. My parents, siblings and dearest friends have all stepped in at one time or another with advice, support, their time and humor! One thing I know is it really does take a village.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
My kids are older now and being together as a family is definitely my favorite thing. They are both in Cleveland and just spending time together at home, going to a movie or dinner is right up there for me. When they were younger, we had many traditions that we looked forward to such as annual Cedar Point trips with friends, Roscoe Village over the winter holidays, the Geauga County Fair and Conneaut Lake Park to name a few.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I am the owner of Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center. The center has been in operation since 2013 and is located in Beachwood, Ohio. Partners, as we affectionately refer to the center, is a holistic wellness center offering services for women and men. Being a small business owner is both amazing and challenging. I love my center and coming to work each day. I have the good fortune to have an amazing group of professional, talented, experienced and dedicated practitioners and instructors who I work with and collaborate at the center. We share a commitment to our work and to the center clients and are offering incredible and meaningful programming and holistic services. We feel like a family! I also feel fortunate for the many wonderful people, I now consider friends, who are center clients. It is quite humbling. Over the years, I have begun to think of Partners as a wellness community. While one of my goals is to “get the word out” and make more people familiar with Partners, we will never lose the at-home and personal feeling the center conveys.
What has your experience been in this community so far and how do you think it will influence your business going forward?
My experience in the community has been positive. Wellness has become a buzz word recently and as long as we continue to offer excellent services with experienced professionals, we will earn people’s business and respect. My background, prior to starting Partners, is in non-profit work. A passion of mine is working with people in need and under-served communities. It is important to me to collaborate with community organizations, when I can, to stay involved in the community and continue to make a difference in people’s lives. I am excited about the prospects for my business going forward. As we grow, we will continue to touch people’s lives both at the center and in the community. For everyone who is reading this, and not been to the center, I’m excited to offer you discounts! Just mention clevelandeastsidemoms.com and you’re all set!
other meet-a-mom features
This week’s Meet a Mom is Mona Shah, owner of Color Me Mine at Pinecrest!! Find out all about this amazing pottery painting studio that’s a hit with everyone!!
Father’s Day is this weekend and we wanted to introduce to you Andrew from Class 101! Hear what he has to say about being prepared for College Admissions!
Meet Jennifer Woda from Sing & Swing, music classes for infants and children all over Cleveland’s East Side!