Meet the MommaStrong Team

Jennifer Swanner

Jennifer Swanner joined MommaStrong in July of 2018 as the MommaStrong Store Manager. Jennifer manages all the equipment and merchandise for MommaStrong as well as assisting with events. She brings 12 years of experience with intimates and wardrobe consulting. Jennifer has over a decade of experience in buying domestically and internationally, in addition to retail management. She specializes in personal styling with a special interest in the power of well-fitting intimates. She uses her knowledge and experience to make people feel their best.

Monique Cortes, LCSW-S

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Monique Cortes, LCSW-S is a therapist and clinical social worker in Houston, TX. Her practice is focused in community mental health, where she can be a voice for her community’s most marginalized individuals, specifically, those with severe and persistent mental illness. She is passionate about promoting mental wellness and reducing the stigma of seeking support for mental health issues. She is an advocate for social and racial justice issues. She is the mother of a sassy 4 year old daughter and will be welcoming another into the world any day now!

Annie Keilman, LCSW

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Annie Keilman, LCSW is a therapist and clinical social worker based in Oakland, California. Social justice, client self-determination, hope and humor are fundamental to her practice, which focuses on new and expectant parents, individuals working in caring professions, and those impacted by a family member or loved one with mental illness. She credits MommaStrong and Fuel for the glutes and energy needed to wrangle her two small children.

Nicole Taylor Irwin, PhD

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Nicole Taylor Irwin, PhD (she/her) is a licensed psychologist who has worked with families in the NICU, women hospitalized with complications during their pregnancies, and families dealing with infertility, loss, and reproductive difficulties. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Her research and clinical interests have been in feminist psychology, women’s health, psychosocial oncology, perinatal mental health and infusing social justice in supervision and training.

Courtney Wyckoff, CPT, CES

Courtney Wyckoff (she/her) is the Founder of MommaStrong. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, with 16 years experience in the field of fitness, nutrition, and injury prevention/treatment. She has been working exclusively with pre- and postnatal women for the last 9 years, which has allowed her the opportunity to see how seldom women get the sort of support and information they need to truly re-integrate their core, nervous system, and biomechanical performance after childbirth. Her programs for core rehabilitation have been featured in Shape magazine, NPR, Parents magazine, and are vetted by leading physical therapists in this field.

Sicily Dickenson

Sicily Dickenson (she/her) joined MommaStrong as CEO in April 2018. Sicily brings more than 15 years experience as a senior marketing and business executive. Sicily is the mother of two girls, who brings herself to the mat for MommaStrong every day (well almost every day). She met Courtney as her post-partum physical issues forced her to have two hip replacements. MommaStrong has completely changed the way she thinks about physical and mental strength and how she thinks about her body.

Carolyn Lighty

Carolyn (she/her) is an insightful and intelligent marketing leader with a 20+ year track record. She has transformed brands that make a difference in the lives of others. She's a single-mother with 2 sons, and has juggled work/life balance while in pursuit of being strong physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to achieve and maintain success.

Stephanie Dillon, PT, DPT, WCS

Stephanie Dillon (she/her) joined the team in March 2020 as the MommaStrong Physical Therapist (PT) Advisor. She has been a PT since 2007, and holds a board certification in pelvic/women’s health physical therapy. Additionally, she has a strong background in orthopedics, having also held an orthopedic board certification for 10 years. She is passionate about helping everyone, regardless of age or gender identity, learn how to improve their own pelvic floor & pelvic health-related issues. She is the mother of two young children, who somehow simultaneously make her crazy and also fill her life with joy.

Jya Plavin, MPH, CPT, CPPC

Jya Plavin (she/they) joined MommaStrong in March 2020 as Director of Impact & Community, and is MommaStrong’s Lead Certified Trainer. Jya holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Pre- and Postnatal coach. After a difficult birth and transition to parenthood led her to the transformative magic of MommaStrong, Jya became passionate about perinatal health justice and supporting people who give birth through accessible, evidence-based fitness and wellness guidance.

Shawn Broussard

Shawn Broussard joined the MommaStrong team in November of 2018 as the Member Services expert. A former project manager, Shawn had been a stay at home mom of two for many years when MommaStrong approached her with the opportunity to become a part of the team, while still allowing her to make the carpool circuit. Shawn is very passionate about making sure the MommaStrong community is well cared.

Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes (she/her) joined MommaStrong in March of 2020 as the Video and Web Content Assistant. She has a Bachelor’s degree in corporate communications with a speciality in video production. After having her daughter, she transitioned into staying at home and running her own videography and photography business for four years until joining MommaStrong. After a rough and long postpartum period, Kim became passionate about helping other mothers navigate the rough waters. She sees this position as the perfect marriage of her skills and passion.

Katie Jackman

Katie (she/her) is a results-oriented leader and “people” executive, passionate about driving change and innovation by motivating and aligning teams. Katie is the mother of two boys who has been in constant pursuit of physical and mental health most of her life. When she discovered MommaStrong, so many things finally came together for her! She only wishes that it had been a resource for her during her Momma-To-Be and New Momma years.

Sarah Lowen

Sarah Lowen (she/her) joined MommaStrong in September 2020 as the Content Manager. She has a master’s degree in Linguistics and has designed courses and training for international students in the United States. She is committed to education for all, and fitness education is a part of that. After having her daughter, MommaStrong was there to help her navigate new waters and she is grateful to be a part of a team providing such a necessary product and community for parents and caregivers everywhere.

Zarina Shah

Zarina Shah (she/her) joined the MommaStrong team in November of 2018 as our Creative Director and Graphic Designer. She makes sure all things MommaStrong are on-brand and attractive. She is the mother of 2 boys and is is grateful to be part of the MommaStrong team and proud to support such an inspiring brand.

Jennifer Swanner

Jennifer Swanner joined MommaStrong in July of 2018 as the MommaStrong Store Manager. Jennifer manages all the equipment and merchandise for MommaStrong as well as assisting with events. She has over a decade of experience in buying domestically and internationally, in addition to retail management. She uses her knowledge and experience to make people feel their best.

The MommaStrong Dietitians

Safiyya Suleman, RD

Safiyya Suleman is a Registered Dietitian, mom, and foodie. She prides herself in being an anti-diet advocate because diet culture definitely has played some tricks on her. She is a third culture kid which has taught her to master the art of communication and relationship management. She looks forward to supporting FUEL members in their journey to body acceptance and food freedom.

Theresa Moutafis, RD, IBCLC

Theresa Moutafis, RD, IBCLC and diabetes educator and has been a MommaStrong member for a year and a half, which has been a game-changer for her. Her journey with body kindness started in graduate school when she wanted to become a dietitian to help people lose weight. But after learning about intuitive eating and doing some self-exploration, a million and a half-light bulbs went off in her head. She changed the way she looked at food and dieting and diet culture, and she is still changing and exploring, and loves to help others do the same and explore what works for them.

Monique Cortes, LCSW-S

Monique Cortes, LCSW-S is a therapist and clinical social worker in Houston, TX. Her practice is focused in community mental health, where she can be a voice for her community’s most marginalized individuals, specifically, those with severe and persistent mental illness. She is passionate about promoting mental wellness and reducing the stigma of seeking support for mental health issues. She is an advocate for social and racial justice issues.

Annie Keilman, LCSW

Annie Keilman, LCSW is a therapist and clinical social worker based in Oakland, California. Social justice, client self-determination, hope and humor are fundamental to her practice, which focuses on new and expectant parents, individuals working in caring professions, and those impacted by a family member or loved one with mental illness. She credits MommaStrong and Fuel for the glutes and energy needed to wrangle her two small children.

Nicole Taylor Irwin, PhD

Nicole Taylor Irwin, PhD (she/her) is a licensed psychologist who has worked with families in the NICU, women hospitalized with complications during their pregnancies, and families dealing with infertility, loss, and reproductive difficulties. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Her research and clinical interests have been in feminist psychology, women’s health, psychosocial oncology, perinatal mental health and infusing social justice in supervision and training.