Christy Noll | Founder/Editor
Who am I and how did I come to be Editor at AlpharettaMoms.Org (AMO)? I grew up in Columbus, GA and also lived for a long period in Pittsburgh, PA. I love my Steelers and life-long friends I made in the ‘burgh but am a Southerner at heart. I graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Management and several years later from Duquesne University with an MBA. I started my professional career at Mellon Bank as a broker in their fixed-income department. After marrying my wonderful husband, Jim, we made our way south to Atlanta in 1999. We lived in Brookhaven where James was born and I worked for McDonald Investments continuing my fixed-income sales career. I liked sales and the competitive nature of the business, but especially enjoyed the relationships I built with clients. We moved to Alpharetta in 2004 and shortly thereafter I left the workforce to stay at home. Brendan was born a few years later and will be in kindergarten this year!
My husband found my “bus stop talk” interesting and noticed how moms are always asking each other for advice, what doctors to use, where we bought our purse or clothes, where the good sales are … He suggested I start a website to make our “women talk” virtual so we can obtain important information in one place. Women make the majority of household decisions so I thought it was essential to cater to women and obtain information we would want to have at our fingertips. We are busy with the kids, grocery shopping, cooking, working and we need a place to go to where we can find information in one place and not have to go multiple websites.
I am so fortunate to have met Layne Mitchell, our Creative Director. She has worked hard to make the site what it has become. Layne is the artist with a vision and the one who makes the site so attractive. She creates the ads, designs the web pages and without her we would not be where we are today. I am so thankful she came into my life. Read below about Layne!!
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta holds a special place in my heart. Look for events to participate in where we go to The Zone at Children’s and do fun crafts with the kids. I am a proud Children’s Mom to Mom Blogger and will do my best to relay important health information from Children’s.
So, whether you need the Fulton County lunch menu for this week, things to do with the kids, where your senior mother should live or what night your kids can eat free and more we hope you visit AMO. Please feel free to write comments or ask questions on the forum or to specific articles and contact us. We would love to hear from you – we want to ensure we are bringing you the information you want to read. Thank you!! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Picture taken by Molly Daichendt of Ecco Photography
Layne Mitchell | Creative Director
I love Mexican food, good design and spending time with good friends and family. It doesn’t matter what, but anything well designed attracts me. I dislike disorganization and poorly executed plans.
I’ve been wonderfully married for 18+ years to my best friend, Matt Mitchell. Matt’s terrific. He has a great since of humor, and always pushes me to do better. We were married in 1992, in S. Florida, two weeks after Hurricane Andrew. What a time that was! Thankfully, none of the locations for the wedding or reception were damaged, so the day went perfectly. Matt and I met and began dating our Senior year of high school, with both of us graduating from the University of Miami. Majoring in Architecture and Art History, Matt finished his 5-year degree in 1992 (four months before our wedding). Matt currently works for an Architectural firm here in Atlanta.
We have two children. Paris (13), and Meagan (11). They are both great kids and I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to be their mom. I truly believe they will each make an impact in society. I can’t wait to see how.
I am a graphic designer by profession. I earned by BFA in graphic design from the University of Miami in 1991. After becoming married, I began my career as a designer, working my way to becoming creative director of a small agency in Coconut Grove, FL. I worked on projects ranging from clients such as Travel Channel Latin-American to Jimmy Buffet and UNISA shoes. A high-paced, high-stressed job, I took a break to become a full-time mom when my son Paris was born in 1998. My daughter followed in 2000, and I continued my full-time mom career until 2005 when we moved to Alpharetta. With both kids being in school, I found myself yearning to get back to my creative roots. I began freelancing and kept myself busy with various projects, as well as volunteering at school, church and girl scouts. In 2007, I found myself with a new career as Preschool Director for Alpharetta First Baptist. A great job, being able to work with children and meeting new families. I made many friends and learned that moms are always looking to connect with one another. That position eventually led to my having the opportunity to be the Graphic Design Director for the church in 2009. I worked both positions for close to two years, each one growing and eventually demanding full-time attention. Not being able to keep up with the workload, family and remain sane, I had to make a choice. The winner was to stay with the creative side, being that was by background.
In April of 2011, I met Christy Noll, founder of AlpharettaMoms.Org. Christy came to my office, looking for some advice and insight in promoting her new site geared to help moms. I really liked the concept and thought it would be a great resource for women to connect and make their jobs as moms easier. I provided some design help, but continued to work until I stepped down from my position at the church in late June. I reconnected with Christy, and it was at that point she asked me to become part of AlpharettaMoms.Org. I have loved working with Christy and this site, and “giving birth” to what seems like my third child. I’ve helped create it from scratch, giving it personality and hopefully sending it out into the world to stand on its own. I hope you find our site helpful, informative and resourceful. Our goal is to make it part of your every day routine. I look forward to meeting many of you through this venture.