Meet our contributing writers

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Jenna Korf

Jenna Korf HeadshotJenna Korf is a Certified Stepfamily Foundation coach, an RCI Certified Relationship coach and co-author of the book, “Skirts At War: Beyond Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict.” She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and has been featured as a stepfamily expert on, and Jenna is also a Registered Nurse, a stepmom and a stepchild. To read more from Jenna or for one-on-one coaching visit her at


Angela Whitlock

Angela Whitlock is a Parenting Coach with a special interest in stepparents and teenagers. She is a registered Therapist with the EMDR UK and Ireland, BSCH and WIEBGE certified to deal with the effects of narcissistic behaviours and the lasting effect they can have on those growing up with narcissistic adults.  She coaches parents and teenagers and also mentors adults who are still feeling the effects of negative parenting from childhood. Visit for more information.


Ali Wilks

Ali Wilks HeadshotAli Wilks has a BA in Psychology and a MSc in Human Ecology specializing in Family Studies. She is also a certified Stepfamily Coach and the owner and founder of Step by Step Mom – a stepfamily/stepmom coaching business. Her other profession is with Children’s Services, since 1998, in Edmonton, Alberta. She is currently a trainer on Edmonton’s Caregiver Training Unit teaching classes on building skills, providing advocacy and support for foster, kinship and adoptive parents. These classes include building the essential skills in raising nonbiological children from the foster care system who present with special needs. Ali is a stepmother of 3 adult children (with a couple of grandkids too) and the birthmother of 2 beautiful girls. Visit for more information.


Erin Careless

Erin Childress PhotoErin Careless (PhD Cand., M.A.Ed.) works with stepmoms and stepcouples across Canada to provide coaching and support based on stepfamily and adult education research. Her PhD focuses on stepmom learning, and she is currently training with The Gottman Institute of family and relationship counselling. Erin and her husband Matt share their home with his two little ones – 9 year-old Oliver and 7 year-old Waverleigh. Visit for more information.


Brian Hauff

Photo of Brian and Nicole HauffBrian Hauff has been a step father to 3 amazingly talented kids for 13 years. He and his wife, Nicole married in 2003, had 2 children together and blended their family successfully. Brian works as an architect, managing higher education construction projects, designing houses, and master planning university campuses. His greater passion is to help step families understand their true identity so that they can be a positive force of change in the world. He and his wife have been featured in the Huffington Post and they mentor one on one with step families. More encouragement for step families can be found at


Chrysta Horwedel

Chrysta Profile PicChrysta Horwedel is a Certified Stepfamily Coach and stepmother of two. Her approach is holistic, supported by certifications as a health and ayurvedic wellness coach and yoga instructor. She enjoys music, writing, hiking, healthy food, wine, and travel. She lives with her family in Los Angeles. Connect with Chrysta at


Nicole DiLorenzo

Xandra Bio PhotoNicole DiLorenzo is an educator, mentor, wife, and stepmom of two girls. Her passion of teaching has spilled into the stepfamily dynamic, wanting to help others navigate their role. She runs a blog which helps her therapeutically deal with the many blessings and challenges within the stepfamily dynamic. She enjoys yoga, dog walks, riding motorcycles, vacations, and living a balanced life. Visit for more information. (Photo credit: Teri Fiske)


Linda Freeze

Linda Freeze Bio PhotoLinda Freeze is a wife, mom, stepmom, grandma and ex-wife.  Her journey of blending together a new family has proven itself challenging, enjoyable and ever changing.  Join her as she shares experiences of the struggles, joy, aggravation and blessings of this new lifestyle.  She enjoys cooking large meals, reading, travel and sailing with her husband.  She lives with her husband in the coastal town of Neotsu, Oregon.



Michelle Zunter

Michelle Zunter Bio PhotoOriginally a Vancouver Island native, Michelle now resides in California where she is an ex-corporate slave, writer, artist, mother, stepmother & wife. Join Michelle as she explores & stumbles through society, parenting, step-parenting, health, beauty, relationships & much more. Visit Michelle at The Pondering Nook site, as well as her Facebook & Twitter Pages.



Carrie Ellis-Berg

Carrie Ellis-Berg Bio PhotoCarrie Ellis-Berg has been an elementary school teacher for ten years. Together as a blended family, she and her husband have four children.  After realizing the need for children’s books on blending, she felt called to share fun and exciting stories that would help parents and children learn, grow, and adapt in their new family structure. She hopes that her stories will foster and strengthen relationships within the home. Visit Bell Pack Books for more information.


Kate Chapman

kate-chapman-headshotKate Chapman is a wife to Gabe, mom to Simon, Caden and Lottie, and stepmom to Sara, Amy and Jack. Her family lives on a suburban mini-farm with their mischievous French bulldog, Miller, six broody hens, three bunnies and a hamster. Kate spends her time recovering from her stint in corporate America, feeding and watering the children and livestock, and turning off lights in empty rooms. Visit Kate at as well as her Facebook and Twitter pages.