We’re a small but powerful group of dynamic individuals that are dedicated to supporting a widespread network of amazing volunteer chapter leaders, members, and individuals interested in natural health and parenting. We are honored to have each and every one of them involved in our organization and thank them for their hard work and unflagging enthusiasm. We hope you have an opportunity to interact with each one of them through your involvement in HMN!

Our founder

Nancy Peplinsky

Nancy Peplinsky

Founder
Motherhood was a truly transformative journey for me, one that was filled with so much learning and joy, but also loneliness. Finding other moms who shared some of my passions for natural and holistic living enriched my life in so many ways and drove me to create the Holistic Moms Network to bring that value to the lives of so many others. I have spent my life in non-profit organizations, service, and educational environments and believe deeply in the power of community and living your life to leave a positive impact on the world. During and after the completion of my graduate education (two MAs and one PhD), I have focused my energy on gender issues and empowering women. Holistic Moms inspires me by showing how interpersonal connections can truly change the world, generation to generation.

Our team

Andria Kyriakides Somers

Andria Kyriakides Somers

Executive Director

The Holistic Moms Network entered my life in 2012 when my oldest daughter was born. I found out about the organization and became a member. Doing so was a life-changing moment for me, and HMN became a central aspect of my mothering journey. I joined the national team in November of 2012 and my role evolved to Executive Director in 2017. After receiving my BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, I worked in a variety of fields, including post-production, event planning, music education and multiple non-profit organizations. Parenting has been my most transformative experience thus far and HMN inspires me every day on this journey, with all that its volunteers, members, and advocates give as far as support, knowledge, ideas and, most importantly, community.
Jennifer Oh

Jennifer Oh

Director of Chapter Development, Volunteer Coordinator, and Support Leader
I began as a fashion designer in NYC, graduating from Parsons School of Design. During that time, I started a small non-profit group, and ran a program at the Brooklyn Library, which taught me to become aware of the needs of our community. After a decade, I made a switch and worked for a martial arts company, in various roles. While there I met many holistically minded people, where there were discussions on bettering our body, minds, and soul. All of this culminated in me becoming passionate about being as holistic as possible. I became a member when my son was born and received so much knowledge, and support that I was able to confidently raise my children the way I felt comfortable. I have often said that HMN has made me a better mother. I became a Certified Nutrition Consultant, am a chapter co-leader, and also homeschool my children. Now that my kids are older, I have become even more passionate about HMN, as it is one of the few organizations that truly grows with our children.
Lisa Lennon

Lisa Lennon

Social Media Manager and Support Leader

I love volunteering and always have. Becoming a mother meant a new focus-volunteering as a chapter leader for the Holistic Moms Network, and learning more about natural living. The Holistic Moms Network has changed my life. I have learned so much about myself and holistic living, all while connecting with other parents who want a safer and more environmentally sound future for our children. In April of 2017, HMN became a source for professional growth as well, offering me the chance to become the Social Media Manager. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and in the past, I practiced as an Elementary School Counselor. Currently, I work part-time as an office administrator for a financial advisor, in addition to my work and volunteer time for HMN.
Hannah Lablans

Hannah Lablans

Finance Coordinator
While I grew up in a pretty holistic household I lost my way when I became an adult. What led me back to holistic living was a severe sinus infection during my pregnancy. After some struggles a friend recommended raw crushed garlic and you can say the rest is basically history. My background is in auditing and accounting and I’ve worked in both public and private industry, but none of it was nearly as rewarding as being a mother and I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I started meeting more like-minded people and eventually becoming close friends with another mom, an HMN member, and she knew that HMN was looking for someone with my experience. To say that joining HMN changed my life would be an understatement. I have found my tribe, not only because of the approach to raising children, but how the world is seen as a whole, and how we can impact change for the better.
Lauren Swern

Lauren Swern

Chapter Website Coordinator
I live with a bulldog I adopted from Long Island Bulldog Rescue who has a slew of health issues, an adopted former feral cat, and the love of my life, my husband Gene, in Sussex County, NJ. I became interested in nutrition, yoga, and nature while searching for ways to live long-term with an autoimmune disease called celiac disease. I joined the national team in September of 2014 preparing membership mailings, updating the membership database, assisting with national conference administration, online auction posting, updating chapter events, and other administrative tasks. It’s because of the support and guidance of HMN staff and chapter members that I can continue my journey. A holistic lifestyle has helped me achieve a better quality of life.
Aimee Wood

Aimee Wood

Volunteer Support Leader and Administrative Assistant
I live in West Hartford, Connecticut with my husband, son, and two daughters, and have a BA in psychology and MS in Nutrition. I am also an Usui Reiki Master and have certifications in neurolinguistic programming and wellness coaching. Currently, I work as a virtual assistant, affiliate marketer, and researcher for wellness companies, in addition to my contribution to HMN. I’m passionate about nutrition, natural healing and energy work. Holistic Moms inspires me with its ability to unite moms on common ground that would have otherwise not met. The friendships I have made through HMN have been my most cherished.
Karen Armas Landau

Karen Armas Landau

Trustee
When I had my first son, none of my friends or family close by had children, my husband grew up in a different country and culture, and my parents, of course, are from a different time; I found myself following my own path – similar, but different, from what we all had experienced. When I found the Holistic Moms Network, I was blown away by the feeling I got – even though it was the first meeting of my county’s chapter! Friendly, caring, sharing, supportive and understanding. I have learned a lot from this group, and felt more comfortable being my true self. About 14 years later – these women and children and families, and the ones that joined us along the way, are still friends and great resources. Holistic Moms inspires me by showing me the power each of us has – including myself! – when connected with others.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a working board, where each member participates and shares their knowledge, talents, and skills. We are always seeking volunteers interested in serving on our Board of Directors, or those wishing to participate in a working group. Candidates must be passionate about our mission and purpose. We seek individuals with a range of experience, both professional and personal. Each board member plays an important role in our organization and with their help, we aim to continue to create natural-minded local communities across the country. We are honored these individuals are also passionate about advocating for the holistic community.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a board member email admin@holisticmoms.org. If you would like to fill out our board member application you can do so at https://www.holisticmoms.org/board-member-app/

Barbara Arango

Barbara Arango is an Executive Director with WJ Weiser & Associates in Schaumburg, IL, where she manages multiple physician specialty organizations. In this role, she contributes to strategic planning, business process improvement, and cross-functional team leadership. Barbara earned her MBA focused in Management/Strategy, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She resides in Palatine, IL, with her husband of 25 years, three children, and two dogs.

Barbara has always strived to live holistically and even founded an eco-friendly car cleaning company to combine her dream of owning her own business with her passion for green living. She is thrilled to continue her holistic journey as a member of the Holistic Moms Network.

Dr. Henele

Dr. Henele is the Founder of, and Executive Community Director for, the Energetic Health Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from SCNM, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA, is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by the NANP, and has over 20 years of teaching and clinical experience helping people understand how to care for their amazing body by unlocking the healing potential of Natural Medicines. He is an Ordained Minister for all denominations and has been additionally certified as a Yoga Teacher, Clinical Massage Therapist, Human Anatomy & Physiology Teacher, as well as American Kenpo Teacher. He is the 1st Naturopathic Doctor to regularly teach at a major university in the US, where he headed up a program at Arizona State University on Stress Management. Upon graduating from UCLA, he was hired by a major aerospace company to be a primary database developer for the International Space Station Program. He also holds educational copyrights on over 150 published works regarding Natural Medicine, Vaccine Education, The Best Uses for Medical Cannabis, Cellular Detoxification, Release Point Therapy Clinical Massage and Holistic Nutrition. And he likes wearing flip-flops while hanging out with trees, doggies and good people with a lot of love in their hearts while listening to love music with a lot of soul.

Michael Connolly

Mike Connolly brings over 35 years of experience in the international corporate finance spectrum having served in a leadership position over a broad array of disciplines including: treasury operations, financial risk hedging strategies, liquidity management, insurance programs, corporate tax matters, consumer credit, and retirements benefits plans.

Prior to his retirement, Mike had been VP-Treasurer at jeweler Tiffany & Co. for 19 years, during their period of significant vertical and geographical growth.  He has been an active member and advocate of the Association for Financial Professionals, having served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Mike has also been named among Global Finance Magazine’s Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management.

Mike and his wife, Mary, live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  They have four grown children and three granddaughters.

Naomi Cabral

Naomi Cabral is a mother who is passionate about holistic health and building community. She resides in the small mountain town of Nevada City, California where she is the development director at Interfaith Food Ministry, a non-profit dedicated to addressing food insecurity in Western Nevada County, by providing healthy and whole supplemental food to families in need. As development director, she enjoys fundraising, marketing, and grant writing to further the goals of the organization that improves the lives of the community she’s part of. After living many years in San Francisco, Naomi decided to follow her dream of moving to a small town mountain life. With a background in fine arts and marketing, she worked as creative director for an arts and crafts start-up and as the curator to a large scale maker event in Nevada City, before she had her daughter. Having her daughter changed her perspective to life in many ways, which led to Naomi embracing a more holistic and spiritual practice of vegetarianism and daily meditation, including the healing practice of reiki as a third-level reiki master. In her free time, Naomi teaches therapeutic art to women and mothers escaping domestic violence. Naomi believes that good health begins in the heart and spirit of one and advocates that by following a holistic way of life, we can heal ourselves without the use of pharmaceutical intervention.

Our Advisory Board

The Holistic Moms Network’s Advisory Board is an exciting group of professionals sharing their passion for holistic living and parenting and partnering with HMN to make a difference. We are honored to have them on our Advisory Board and encourage you to share in their wisdom, knowledge, and experience!  All of our Advisory Board members volunteer their time, passion, and wisdom to our non-profit community and are not compensated for their support.

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for portraying Bette Midler as a child in “Beaches” as well as her subsequent lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom “Blossom.” Bialik most recently appeared regularly on the #1 comedy in America, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, a role for which she has been a four-time nominee for an Emmy and two-time winner of the Critics’ Choice Award. She will star in an upcoming multi-camera sitcom, “Call Me Kat,” airing on FOX in Fall 2020.

Bialik earned a B.S. from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, also from UCLA, in 2007. Her book about Attachment Parenting, Beyond the Sling, was published in March 2012 (Simon and Schuster). Her vegan cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table, was published by Da Capo Press in Spring of 2014. Bialik also has two New York Times bestsellers with Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular (Philomel Books 2017) and Boying Up: How to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant (Philomel Books 2018).

Peggy O’Mara

Peggy O’Mara was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995 she founded mothering.com and was its editor-in-chief until 2012. Peggy’s books include Natural Family Living, Having a Baby Naturally, and A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League, International.
She is the recipient of the La Leche League, International 2001 Alumnae Association award, the International Peace Prayer Day 2002 Woman of Peace award, the National Vaccine Information Center 2009 Courage in Journalism award, the Holistic Moms Network 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, and five Maggie Awards for public service journalism from the Western Publishing Association.

Currently, Peggy manages the Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort Facebook Page for Earth Mama and works with the Yiya Vi Kagindi Doula Project of Tewa Women United.

She is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Best for Babes, Holistic Moms Network, Infant Massage USA, Intact America, and Oak Meadow. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of three. Peggy has lived in Santa Fe, NM for 33 years. For more information visit Peggy’s website at peggyomara.com.

Barbara Loe Fisher

Barbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. For the past three decades, she has led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. She has researched, analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world’s leading non-medical, consumer advocacy experts on the subject

She is co-author of the seminal book DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1985) and author of The Consumer’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines(1997); Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic (2008) and Reforming Vaccine Policy & Law: A Guide (2014) and The Emerging Risks of Live Virus and Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding and Transmission (2014). She is a video commentator for the NVIC Newsletter and Mercola Newsletter and a blogger at www.VaccineAwakening.blogspot.com. Her long public record of vaccine safety and informed consent advocacy was featured in the 2011 award winning film documentary THE GREATER GOOD. For more information visit NVIC.org

Dana Ullman

Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana also created an e-course How to Use a Homeopathic Medicine Kit which integrates 80 short videos (averaging 15 minutes) with his famous ebook that is a continually growing resource to 300+ clinical studies published in peer-review medical journals testing homeopathic medicines. This ebook combines the descriptions of these studies with practical clinical information on how to use homeopathic medicines for 100+ common ailments. This ebook is entitled Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine, and it is an invaluable resource. Dana has been certified in classical homeopathy by the leading organization in the U.S. for professional homeopaths.

He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America’s leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.

Dana writes a regular column for the wildly popular website, www.huffingtonpost.com. For more information visit homeopathic.com.