Steering Committee

Emily McHenry
Coordinator

Family - My husband Patrick in an RN, we've been married 6 years now, and we have a 4 yr old daughter Charlotte and an 18 month old daughter Alice!

What did you do before  you had kids? I was an RN working in large teaching hospitals; most of my experience was in short-stay and oncology units. My husband and I were travel nurses together until we decided to put down roots in the Seattle area and I became a full-time mama!

When do you feel like a great Mom? When I manage to put aside my "to do" list and choose to simply be with my girls. I am a classic putterer, but it's always amazing to me what a difference it makes when I am mentally present/engaged with them and not just physically providing for their needs.

What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? Alone time is magical, and I LOVE to read if given the chance. I'm also in an evening smallgroup of amazing women that I literally couldn't do without. 

What church do you call home? Bethany Northeast - we've been there since 2014 and immediately felt connected to the community and their mission

What is your favorite part about MOPS? The relationships with other moms, hands down. I love looking around the room and knowing we're all in this season of raising our children together. The support we can offer each other simply by showing up and saying "yes, that totally happens to me too" is priceless.

Jennifer Buker

Table Leader Coordinator


Family - My husband Daniel (married for 13 years), 6 year old daughter Alaina, 4 year old son Caleb, and 2 year old daughter Madeline.


What did you do before you had kids? I was a public school 5th grade teader for 7 years with the Bellevue School District.


When do you feel like a great Mom? When I am playing with and spending time with my kids, rather than doing dishes is when I feel like a real hero. This fills my heart like nothing else. Time is so fleeting.


What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? Having alone time where I take off my "mommy hat" and just simply be still and quiet really fills me up. Reading and going for walks is so wonderful. Recently, I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Chicago without kids for four days and it was amazing how refreshed I felt upon arriving home. 


What church do you call home? I attend Bethany North.


What is your favorite part about MOPS? I love being able to sit, take a deep breath and enjoy a delightful breakfast that I didn't have to cook. Being able to talk with moms about whatever is on my heart is truly a gift. 


Janelle Logan

Speaker Coordinator


Family - My husband Nick is an I.T. consultant, our active boys are Jerome (5, with the climbing skills of Spider Man), Theo (3, who will tell you a 20 minute story about his dream of cheese), and Jack (1, giver of excellent hugs and practicer of screams)


What did you do before you had kids? I was an interior designer for Starbucks stores in Western Europe and the Middle East (located in Seattle). Before that I worked designing museum exhibits and theatrical things.


When do you feel like a great Mom? When I get the kids outside to explore their world, and remember to bring a change of clothes and a snack. Seeing the excitement and curiosity, and bringing them to some of my favorite places, makes me feel like I'm doing something right.


What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? I try to spend time with just my husband, to help remember why I wanted this job in the first place. It also helps me remember my identity over than "Mom". 


What church do you call home? Calvary Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace. I love how full of grace they are, and how welcoming.


What is your favorite part about MOPS? I love the moments when we an identify with each other's struggles, and come together for support. Knowing that our children are not the only crazy ones and that we have company during the hard times. Also, hot breakfasts that I don't have to prepare.



Beth Bills

Publicity & Advertising


Family - My husband Mike is an engineer at Boeing and we have one son, David (who we call Taavi) who is almost 3 yrs old.


What did you do before you had kids? I worked as a research coordinator at the University of Washington's Kidney Research Institute. I also read for fun & loved sleeping in.


When do you feel like a great Mom? When I can help my son  navigate and identify his big emotions. It's something we are both working on together!


What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? Snuggles from my bud, working out at the Y, play dates with other moms & talking to my mom on the phone. I also love being outside in nature!


What church do you call home? St. Luke's Catholic Parish in Shoreline


What is your favorite part about MOPS? Meeting new mom friends, and learning from and supporting each other. And the hot breakfast!


Lindsey Hingston
Special Events

Family - My husband Dave and I have been married for 9 years. Jocelyn is 2-1/2 years old and Carter is 6 months old.

What did you do before you had kids? Slept in on weekends, made late night Dairy Queen runs and had absolutely no clue how awesome puppies, airplaces and garbage trucks were! I was also an interior designer and sold wood signs on Etsy.

When do you feel like a great Mom? When we have a fun day of exploring and park playing. I also love receiving big, purposeful hugs and sweet smiles directed at me. Just the best.

What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? I enjoy getting lost in a good book and am always up for a DIY craft project for my house. I have a wonderful group of girl friends. Getting together for play dates or girls night out always fills me up. Time spent with Dave just the two of us is also super important to me.

Whhat church do you call home? Bethany North

What is your favorite part about MOPS? Can I say everything?? I love having the opportunity every week to come and drop Jocelynn off and have some time with other ladies who have walked or are walking the path I am walking.



Kira Day

Hospitality


Family - I'm Kira, my husband is Kris, we have a two year old named Seamus, and Baby Day is due at the end of February.


What did you do before you had kids? I am a doula and a pastor. I am still in the process of being ordained in the Lutheran church (ELCA). I also have been an English teacher abroad and a professional harpist.


When do you feel like a great Mom? I feel like a great mom when I am present with my son and present with myself. When I an be aware of my own feelings and self, then I can be more present, compassionate, and hold better boundaries for my son. I also feel like a great mom when my son asks for more kale at the dinner table.


What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your "Mom tank" full? I keep my "Mom Tank" full by participating in things that make me feel like myself and not just someone's momma. For me that is preaching occasionally, taking care of new mommas, drinking tea in the afternoons, listening to On Being, and reading aloud with my husband.


What church do you call home? My husband and I currently call two churches home: Church of the Beloved in Edmonds and Vineyard Community Church in Shoreline.


What is your favorite part about MOPS? My favorite thing about MOPS is having time to connect with other moms without chasing after little ones at the same time...and breakfast.




Katie Santiago

Registration & Finance


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Jordan Conrad

MOPPETS Coordinator


Family - I live with my roommates Michelle and Carly, and Carly's hedgehog, Harriet.


What are you currently doing?  I am currently working at Bethany Community Church North as the Associate Director of Kid's Ministry, and as an assistant teacher at Montessori Garden.


When do you feel like a great caretaker? I feel like a great caretaker when I have those little moments of connection with a kid. I see a lot of kids every week, and just like with any other relationships, they're built by millions of tow minute conversations. Being able to have those small conversations with individual kids within the responsibility of being in charge of a large group of kids at once gives me joy. I know that I am doing a good job when I am able to pause long enough to invest in each kid individually, rather than only ever interacting wit the kids as one large group.


What do you do (or how do you like) to keep your tank full? My favorite ways to refill my tank include working out (I've been an avid CrossFitter for a year now), reading, and sketching.


What are you most looking forward to with MOPS this year? I am most looking forward to getting to experience a MOPS that is made up of women and families from all over the community, and not just the church I'm a part of. It's always a wonderful experiences to see God's people being the church together, and I am excited to have the opportunity to engage with my new community (I just moved to Shoreline from U-district) in such a profound way.



Marcie Setala

Mentor Mom Lead


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