Club MomMe’s Birth Story

Rachel and Lane met while volunteering with Junior League of Chicago.  Their friendship really blossomed when they served on the same committee, and about half of the members became pregnant and were expecting within a few months of each other.  Throughout their pregnancies, Rachel and Lane formed a tight bond working out, shopping and planning for their babies, and sending long emails comparing pampers versus huggies and other pertinent mommy-to-be debates. 

They attended a number of baby preparatory seminars, workouts, expectant mom’s nights out (including some special nights in our third trimesters at all you can eat Churrascerias in the city) and bonding over trips to the burbs to stock up on baby gear.

Lane delivered her son four days before Rachel, and the idea for Club MomMe was born: a club to help women experience the transition from me to momme together, in a supportive, educational, fun and social atmosphere designed to build a community of expectant and new(er) moms.  Welcome to the Club!

 

Rachel Pitzel - Los Angeles Founding MomMe

A Los Angeles native, Rachel spent the last three years living with her husband in Chicago where she found an appreciation for city-living, walking everywhere, and even survived a few winters.  Rachel fell in love with the friendliness and community feeling that is so pervasive in Chicago, and she hopes to build a similar communal feeling between moms and moms-to-be in Los Angeles. 

A reformed attorney, Rachel loves cooking, researching the latest baby products, pilates, yoga and the beach.  In her spare time Rachel loves to travel with her husband, cook, get mani-pedis, read gossip mags or watch anything reality, and spend time volunteering with Junior League of Los Angeles.

Lane Gulotta - Chicago and Houston Founding MomMe

A New Orleans native, and a self-proclaimed organization and cookbook junkie, Lane lives in Houston with her husband, Joe, and two children Harrison and Libby. She is excited about their new adventure as a family of four in the Lone Star state. Her favorite MomMe outings with the family include walks through the neighborhood and trips to the zoo. On the rare occasion she has free time, she loves to spend it volunteering with the Junior League of Chicago or with a bottle of red wine and a great movie or book.

Samantha Diamond - Chicago Managing MomMe

Born in Rhode Island, Samantha has lived in Washington DC, Montreal, and NYC.  After teaching elementary school for 7 years in NYC, she moved to Chicago in the summer of 2011, with her husband Harris, and son, Riley.  She is currently expecting a daughter early this summer!  Her favorite things to do are going to and hosting playdates to help Riley expel as much energy as possible!  She has found a great community of friends and MomMes here!  A hardcore New England Patriots fan, she fights for Riley’s cheering rights with Harris; who is a major Jets fan…steer clear on football Sundays! 

Aubrye Foote - Orange County Founding MomMe

A definite Southern CA girl, Aubrye grew up in Upland and moved to Newport Beach 13 years ago. She and her husband Bill lived in Las Vegas for a few years before settling back into Newport. They have a beautiful little girl who is definitely the light of their life … along with their two french bulldogs.

Aubrye spent 15 years in the financial world of investor relations and after having her daughter decided that a close community with other moms, not to mention checking out all the hot products, was so much more fun! So she’s “transitioning” out of her previous world and diving head first into Club MomMe.  She is also the owner of Baby Boot Camp Huntington Beach & Newport Beach. When she has spare time, she loves cooking, traveling with her family, enjoying a glass of wine and of course Disneyland! She’s excited to build a close community with moms and moms-to-be in Orange County.

Alex Wolfe - LA Valley Founding MomMe 

Born and raised in the Valley, Alex is a proud MomMe of an energetic 3 year old boy, David and a sweet 1 year old girl, Eden. She is also the owner of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym in West Hills. Between chasing the kids around the gym and chasing the kids around the house, she still finds time to enjoy the finer things in life. In her spare time, Alex loves to cook, entertain, go wine tasting and shop for the latest and greatest baby/toddler products.

 

Allya Orlov - LA Valley Founding MomMe 

Originally born in Russia, Allya moved to Los Angeles when she was just 5 years old. Seeing as she was so young, she considers herself a true Valley girl! She met her main squeeze 9 years ago and had a scrumptious little girl, Victoria, a year ago. She is also the owner of Organic Life Wellness, a Health Coaching practice in Studio City. She loves cooking, yoga, and hiking. After the baby is asleep and all work is done, she enjoys the occasional glass of wine and indulges in her pinterest addiction.