Meet the Volunteers of BWI Rock-West!

Our chapter is quickly growing and expanding! Currently we have 2 meetings a month in Westchester County, 3 meetings a month in Rockland County (including 1 pop up) and we recently added a meeting to Dutchess County! It takes a lot of team work to keep all these meetings running smoothly. We rely on a group of volunteers that range from executive positions such as President, to Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBE) all the way down to Chapter Support Volunteers (CSV) who help during meetings and behind the scenes keeping our chapter’s paperwork up to date.

If you have been to a meeting some of these faces may seem familiar, and that’s awesome! If you haven’t been to a meeting yet, this may help you get an idea of who you will find at each meeting and what they can help you with. We love meeting new caregivers and we hope to see you soon!

Caryn Schajer
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President

Most likely to be seen at meetings east of the Hudson River

Caryn is a SAHM and our current chapter president. Caryn also volunteers at the national level as North Chapter Management Coordinator. Outside of BWI, Caryn is a CPST (child passenger safety technician) and volunteers on her local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault hotlines. Caryn loves to travel, hike, cook, and family time with her husband Michael and son Maxwell.

 

Haley Cloughessy
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VP of Administration

Haley has twin 2 year old boys who she still wears pretty regularly and often together. Haley learned about babywearing when she knew they were going to be premature and saw articles on the benefits of skin to skin. Haley was so stir crazy after a terrible pregnancy that she strapped them on and went for their first hike at 7 weeks. Haley and her boys are now over 450 miles and while the boys are doing more themselves, she still regularly wears all 50 pounds of them. Haley has been a VBE in Westchester for two years and can be found at both meetings. Haley works on our International Babywearing Week and outreach events.

Amy Lamm Haskell
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VP of Education

Amy is an educator and soon to be parent to two sweet babies. Amy began her babywearing journey while pregnant by learning to use her moby wrap on her 18 pound dog. Amy now wears her son primarily while hiking, walking the dog, and running errands. Amy’s favorite carrier is a woven wrap but her son prefers a buckle carrier these days. She’s looking forward to wrapping a new baby in the spring. Amy is likely to be seen at Westchester meetings.

Mich Conway
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VP of Library Services

Mich is a Brit living in New York and has been a VBE with BWI RockWest since March 2015. Mich has been wearing her 3 year old son since birth and and recently welcomed a second son in December, who she loves to wear as well.
Usually Mich is rocking an SSC, but you can’t beat some wrap or ring sling snuggles with a new baby.
Mich likes zombies, octopus, Harry Potter and hiking. When she’s not babywearing, she’s sewing!

 

Melita Love
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Volunteer Babywearing Educator

Melita started attending meetings when her little guy was 6 weeks old. It became a daily necessity fast, helped Melita and baby to be calmer and explore the world more. Melia learned so much at meetings and eventually became a CSV. Now Melita is a VBE and honored to help other mom’s through their babywearing journey. Melta’s guy is now a toddler and they love hiking and back carries whenever they can. Melita is a part time accountant and a mostly at home mom loving this stage of life.

 

 

Leah O’Donnell
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Volunteer Babywearing Educator

Leah learned about babywearing shortly after giving birth to her first child. She found that it was the only way to soothe her daughter during the dreaded “witching hour” and was hooked. Now that her children are 2 and 5 she doesn’t wear them as often but loves helping new parent’s learn how to wear their own ba-bies. She attends the Westchester weekday meeting.

Rachel Parks
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Volunteer Babywearing Educator

Rachel moved to the area a little over a year ago with her four children. She has been a VBE for five years and wearing her ba-bies since 2007. Rachel helps with weekday meetings in Rock-land and meetings in NYC. Rachel loves wraps and her first wrap (a Wrapsody Breeze Lalita) is still her favorite. Though Rachel is down to mostly wearing one baby at a time these days, she spent her early babywearing years tandem wearing her two old-est who were 11 months apart. (Whew! What a whirlwind that was.) Babywearing has been an integral part of Rachel’s life and she’s honored to help with such a great group of babywearers. Rachel spend most of the rest of her time homeschooling her kids, ages 9, 8, 5 and 1 year, and trying to keep up with life.

 

Emmy Chang
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Emmy is a CSV. She was mid-dissertation when she got hitched and the now-toddler happened but swears she’ll get back to it eventually. She most often attends Rockland weekend meetings.

 

 

Lizz Gaffney

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Chapter Support Volunteer

Lizz works part time as a social media marketing manager for a defensive driving company. She tries to make the Westchester meeting as often as possible.She likes to wear her 2 yr old as often as she’ll allow and is looking forward to learning more babywearing techniques when she has her 2nd baby in June.

 

Rosemary Fernandez
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Rosemary Fernandez is a mom of three kids under three (no twins!) and credits babywearing for getting through her days. When the kids allow her free time, you can find her running her LuLaRoe business, reading, or writing.

 

Serena Flood
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Serena knew she wanted to babywear while she was still pregnant, but it was her parents who bought her first carrier when her son was about 6 weeks old. Her son suffered from reflux so baby wearing was a god send. Serena mastered an SSC on her own, but failed miserably with a ring sling. Enter BWI Rock-West…Serena found an amazing support system of volunteers willing to help her learn new baby wearing skills. Serena still wears her almost 2 year old who she enjoys hiking with as often as possible. Serena can sometimes be found at Rockland or Westchester meetings.

Natasha Heff
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Natasha has a 3 yo daughter and 21 month old son. Natasha started baby wearing with her second because she had a 21 month old little who she needed to keep up with. Definitely saved her life! Natasha helps during the Croton Westchester meeting with the little ones, the child wrangler.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Huerta
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Amanda is the mom to nine month old Hailey. She is most likely to been seen at Monday Rockland meetings. Baby wearing helps her to be able to go grocery shopping and be out and about. She is a CSV and hopes to help this group continue to help other families. She recently discovered that back carrying is amazing and can’t wait to see where her baby wearing journey takes her.

Lauren Northey
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Lauren, a hippie at heart, is a live music lover, adventurer, first time momma and babywearer. This chewy momma discovered babywearing while pregnant and how wonderful, fun, supportive and stylish a wrapped belly can be. Her squish, born in April 2016, is now along for the ride (literally) on this incredibly special journey. Besides babywearing, this Boston University grad, fuels her passions professionally by sharing her love for travel, essential oils, all natural body products and shakelogy with friends and clients at northeymassage.com. In addition to the closeness and independence, Lauren is also grateful for all of her new babywearing friendships. She hopes to share this incredible experience with other new mommas and caregivers along the way.

Morgan Salvatori

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Chapter Support Volunteer

Morgan is a cloth diapering, clothesline-using, breastfeeding , Baby carrying, barefoot gardening , baby food making , type of gal. In other words she *is* a dirty hippy. Growing exhausted after years of slaving over a hot stove professionally, Morgan switched gears an d became a corporate trainer for Whole Foods Market. With a new baby on board she has stepped back to a part time position where she deals in the world of supplements and body care . In whatever free time that leaves her, she enjoys fly fishing, conquering diy home improvements and creating new baby food concoctions.

Kassandra Reichle

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Chapter Support Volunteer

Kassandra is a first time mama to a wild 10 month old named Aleksa (Born April 2016). She discovered the correct way to baby wear through Waddle & Swaddle and has continued to learn so many new things through baby wearing international. She is from Orange County and hopes to become a baby wearing educator and start her own chapter. Kassandra and Aleksa both love being outside and active.

Rachel Patterson
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Mom to one 9-month old munchkin, Rachel is a newly minted CSV who started attending babywearing meetings thanks to her high-school friend (*cough*Amy*cough*) and she quickly got hooked! She can be found most often at the Beacon meetings.
Initially quick to dismiss anything other than a SSC, she has fallen down the rabbit hole and now loves trying all the different types of carries. Her current favorite carrier for all their hiking adventures is a meh dai, and she loves trying different carriers with her new woven wrap!
When not outside with her little guy, Rachel can be found working part-time as a veterinary technician at a small animal hospital.

Cate Marousek
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Chapter Support Volunteer

Cate is a full time mom, wife and police officer! She loves cookies, beards, and anything Harry Potter! Cate is a mom to one and would not have survived without babywearing. Most of time her stroller can be found in her coat closet! You can usually find Cate out and about with a SSC and in those early days her go to was a ring sling! In the very small amount of spare time she has she enjoys spending time with her family, taking the occasional trip to Disney World and she can usually be found at the Beacon meeting or the weekday Westchester meeting!

 

 

Corey Mass

Chapter Support Volunteer

Corey became interested in babywearing while pregnant as a way to manage walking the dog, grocery shopping, etc. But when her daughter was born, it became clear she preferred to be held all day and babywearing became essential! She started out with a ssc but now enjoys trying all different types of carriers. She usually attends the Rockland weekday meetings.

 

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