Meet The Bloggers

Amy DelaneyAmy Delaney - Read Amy's blogs.

Amy Delaney is a country girl at heart, having grown up in a small town in western Louisiana. After graduating from college, Amy moved to Baton Rouge for work. She met a boy and the rest is history. Now, nearly 20 years later, the two are raising their two sons together. The parenthood adventure began with several trips overseas to meet and bring home their internationally adopted children and continues today with the day-to-day activities of a family of four. Amy loves to talk about adoption and how it has changed her family’s life. She also loves M&Ms, a good book, Halloween and hiking. As a “boy mom,” life is full of action, noise and lots of energy. Amy wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

 

Cheryl BrodnaxCheryl Brodnax - Read Cheryl's blogs.

Cheryl is a bit of an American mutt, having been raised in several states before settling in Baton Rouge in 1992 to attend LSU. Since then, she has planted roots outside of her native Florida and childhood homes in Texas to call Louisiana home. At LSU, Cheryl completed degrees in zoology, oceanography, and business which were used fulfilling a 20-year career as a marine biologist working on restoring Louisiana’s wetlands. Most recently, Cheryl completed another masters in mental health counseling and is living a second career as a counselor. She enjoys working with children, teens, and families to help work through life’s challenges. Cheryl is married to a great guy and they’re raising two teen boys. As a family, they eat up LSU sports, and love to travel together. When not working with families, Cheryl plays tennis and can be caught flying over town as a recreational pilot. Cheryl joins the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine blogging team out of her love to write and hope to benefit others with lessons learned in counseling.

 

Joy Holden

Joy Holden - Read Joy's blogs.

Whether she is teaching ninth graders how to write, twelfth graders how to write better, or writing herself, Joy Holden loves all things connected to reading and writing. She currently teaches at Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, but she has also taught at other schools in the area and even written for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. Joy spends much of her time with her husband of 13 years and her 2 brilliant and rambunctious boys, ages 5 and 8. A voracious reader, Joy also keeps track of every book she reads on her book review blog. When not reading or writing, Joy enjoys cooking, watching cooking shows, dancing around her kitchen, and watching dancing shows. Her favorite type of day is one spent wandering around New Orleans with her husband, eating great food, and listening to street performers. She is passionate about telling stories that need to be heard, and she hopes her writing will connect with Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s readers in a lasting way. 

 

Kelly Carmena

Kelly Carmena - Read Kelly's blogs.

When not working miracles as a criminal defense attorney, Kelly Carmena uses her free time to mommy two amazing kiddos and play wife to her doubly amazing husband. After graduating from LSU in 2004 with a BA in English Literature and a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies, Kelly took a leap of faith and attended Southern University Law Center where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2009. Determined to save the world from injustice, she began her career as a defense attorney with the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defender’s Office until 2015, at which time she was offered the opportunity to return to Southern University Law Center as an Assistant Professor, overseeing the Criminal Law Clinic. In her spare time, she attends to the needs of her children and husband. From juggling doctor appointments; homework; playing chauffeur to and from dance, gymnastics, and scouts; and dinner…we can’t forget dinner (who knew kids had to be fed!)…Kelly is determined to find time for herself through running, cycling, swimming, and basically torturing herself at the gym.

 

Mari Walker

Mari Walker - Read Mari's blogs.

Mari Walker writes the Community and Education sections for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, so she’s always on the lookout for great stories happening in our schools and the greater Baton Rouge area. Mari (pronounced like Mary) also mines her own life for stories as a #BRParents blogger. Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, Mari and her husband moved to Baton Rouge in 2010 for his job as a math professor at LSU, and their daughters were born in 2011 and 2016. As a work-from-home mom, Mari can also be found volunteering for her girls’ schools, her church and others, primarily with website and social media management, graphic design, and writing. She has degrees in journalism from Oklahoma State University (bachelor’s) and the University of Maryland (master’s). Mari loves screen time almost as much as her daughters, and she loves 90s music and strong women role models.

 

Toby ComeauxToby Comeaux - Read Toby's blogs.

Born in Lafayette but raised in Baton Rouge, Toby Comeaux has a deep love of the BR area and enjoys spending time with his family; all things LSU; and anything dealing with food, reading, and health. Having worked as an executive and HR professional in Louisiana state government for the past 13 years, Toby has attempted to master the delicate balance of career and family with his wife, Amy, and their three children, ages 5, 9, and 11. Spending time with family is important, but so is the focus on individual self-development and growth as well as sustaining and nurturing a marriage. Toby is always on the lookout for new and creative ways to channel his energy into these efforts. As part of his writing, Toby hopes to share the things that have proved successful for the Comeauxs and maybe a few things that did not work so well in an attempt to help busy and over-scheduled parents deal with the grind of modern day parenting. Usually reading three to four books at a time, Toby regularly spends time at the library and bookstores with his family, along with routine visits to local coffee shops. Through his writing, Toby is looking to share his family’s experiences, successes, and challenges as they share their lives together. Commonly referred to as the “Crazy Comeauxs” by their friends and family, Toby knows his family’s stories and experiences will provide entertainment and encouragement for his readers as well as more than a few laughs. 

 

Tommie LoftinTommie Loftin - Read Tommie's blogs.

For over a decade, Tommie Jean Loftin has worked as a paraprofessional in the education system. She has worked with children of all ages, and she considers herself a champion of students. Tommie has not only spent school hours working with children to help them master their subjects, but she has also volunteered her own time after school to offer tutoring for students who have fallen behind, no matter the reason. In addition to all of her school kids, Tommie has two kids of her own, a 12-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. It is partially because of her desire to spend more time with her own children that she has started to pursue freelance blogging, writing, and editing full time. (The other part driving her pursuit to work from home is her lifelong love of writing and editing.) Tommie is a feminist who believes in equality for all, and she regularly fights to remove the stigma from both mental illness and living LGBTQ+. Furthermore, she believes in equal education for all–no matter a student’s location, financial situation, sexual orientation, gender orientation, or race. In her spare time, she enjoys playing games with her kids, reading books, and cycling.

 

 

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