Welcome to another edition of Main Street Moms on the Move!  Our Moms on the Move series is all about Moms who make a difference.  The difference they are making can be in their own lives, their children’s lives, or the lives of others.  If you know a mom who you would like to nominate, please email me at Rachel@triadmomsonmain.com.  And don’t forget to nominate moms for our Mother of the Year contest as well!  Read more about it here.  I hope you enjoy reading about the local moms below!

Nicole Donoghue

Nicole Donoghue is Declan’s mom. She and her family live in Kernersville and she works full-time as an advertising account executive. But what most don’t know about her is that just seven months ago in September 2010, Nicole lost her only son, at the age of two, due to a rare immune genetic disorder. For those that know her, they say they  have found her inspirational. Nicole’s courage and her poise, during this time of overwhelming grief, gave them s a new set of standards with which to conduct themselves. Nicole is driven to making her son’s life count and to honor and parent his memory with all that she can give.

Along with her husband, Rich, Nicole began the Declan Donoghue Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates Declan and his spirit of play by providing funding to improve and create playgrounds throughout the Triad. You can read more about the foundation at http://declansfoundation.bbnow.org/.  Be sure to read his butterfly story, which will absolutely touch your heart.  Declan’s Dash, the foundation’s inaugural fund raising event, a 5K Run/Walk, will be held on May 7, 2011 at Triad Park at 8:30am. You can register for the dash here.  Even if you are not able to race, we would love for you to come out and support Declan’s Foundation.  The first park to be a beneficiary of the Declan Donoghue Foundation is Harmon Park in Kernersville, NC. Declan’s first playground is planned to be completed in his memory by September 2011.

Melissa Jackson

Melissa and her husband have known one another for 21 years and have been married for eleven. They have two children: Maurissa(9) and Myles(7).  They also have two, red-eared slider turtles. They recently moved back to Forsyth County after living in Wayne County, NC for seven years. Melissa and her husband are both teachers for WSFCS. Melissa teaches ESL at Kennedy Learning Center part-time. One of the biggest misconceptions about teaching ESL is that you have to speak Spanish. There are more than 90 languages spoken by WSFCS students. Melissa was fortunate enough to live in Spain as a college student, but is not fluent in Spanish. This has not stopped her from educating many young children in our area who do not speak English as their first language.   She is passionate about helping people and about education.  She worked for the Children’s Developmental Services Agency as a Service Coordinator and was also a Program Coordinator for at-risk students for Communities in Schools.

Teaching middle school students can be challenging, but the key for Melissa has been being transparent with the students. She claims that when they realize that teachers are humans and are not perfect, the walls begin to come down. She believes that building relationships is one of the most important aspects to teaching.  Melissa is also finishing a Master’s in Reading.  In addition, she has a very cool job of doing voice overs and has completed myriad recordings for local businesses!

She loves to tell funny stories, which led her to start blogging in 2006. She blogs about her dysfunctional parenting!   She has always wanted to be a writer and one day soon, hope to get her first book published and have it made into a movie!  I would love for you to check out Melissa’s blog at www.dathrillisgone.blogspot.com and leave her some comment love!  Her posts are hilarious and will definitely leave you with a smile.

Kacey Myers

Kacey Myers, of Kernersville NC, wears many hats. As a true “Mom on the Move”, Kacey can usually be found with a measuring tape and box full of paints, a car full of kids, and something chocolate!   As a professional Interior Designer and Decorative Accessory Sales Consultant, small business means big business. Whether the project is a residential paint consultation, restaurant renovation or space planning of a corporate facility, Kacey takes great pride in addressing a client’s life, vision and needs.  In the years since beginning her professional design career, Kacey has been called “the versatile go-to” for all things design.  Kacey obtained her BS degree in Interior Design from Western Carolina. Then in 2003, with first-hand experience in the areas of Architectural Design, Cabinetry and Custom Interiors, Kacey found herself running her own design company, cultivating a marriage and raising a growing family. Kacey Myers Interior Design has since been awarded, and completed, many contracts along the East Coast states.  From work with Fortune 500 Companies, to work with New Homeowners. Every project, for Kacey, is regarded as a great opportunity to produce that “wow, thank you” moment.

Personally, a firm believer in giving back the community, Kacey is very active in civic and volunteer organizations. She volunteers time and design services to many worthy agencies and non-profit groups. Professionally, as an Allied Member of ASID, Kacey continues her education and remains at the forefront of the design community by assisting the local Chapter and attending numerous design events yearly. Kacey has been the Host and Guest Speaker at many design seminars and workshops and has offered Career Counseling to school-age children.

Want in on Kacey’s designer style, great tips & beautiful accessories for your home too?   You can shop from her Willow House store anytime at http://kmisdesign.willowhouse.com.  Kacey continues to practice in all aspects of design with creative panache. She thrives through her love of nature and color and the anticipation of upcoming design endeavors.
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Thanks to our Moms on the Move for participating!  We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Wait until you see all the events from which to choose in the Triad this weekend!  Check out our events calendar here!

* Reminder – you have two days left to register for our Chartreuse Product giveaway!  Register here.