J.C. Conklin is a writer, acupuncture student, yoga devotee and mom of three. She is a former Wall Street Journal Reporter. She writes women’s fiction under Random House and her last book, The Icing on the Cupcake, is in its fourth printing. J.C. and Laura often talked about what was missing for their children in the city while they walked around Lake Austin pushing strollers. What J.C. wanted was a place that had a sense of community and catered to the parents comfort in addition to the children’s happiness.
Laura Jacks is a mediator, former judge, rogue runner and mom of two. She comes from a family of child educators and experts. None of that prepared her for the seismic shift in lifestyle a baby brings. Where was the peer group? She knew she wanted a place to go to that didn’t feel like Gymboree where she could talk to other moms and her sons could play. She thought Austin could use a playgroup that has music, art and free play wrapped up in one morning. A place where moms can sit on couches and sip a latte while they talk and supervise play. Out of that desire Gorgeous Millie was created.
Whitney Winchester is a teacher and avid reader. After completing graduate school, working with children helped her to realize that her passion was in education. She has worked closely with children of all ages in different capacities. She strives to develop a creative and stimulating environment where all children will develop a lifelong love of learning.
Mr. Will (Dupuy) is a gifted children’s musician. He comes to Gorgeous Millie 3 times a week and engages the children in song and dance.
Allison Metz, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and Associate Director of the National Implementation Research Network and Scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allison specializes in the effective implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs in early childcare and education and child welfare settings that improve the well being of children. Allison currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their five year old daughter. She is the co-author, along with her mother, of the upcoming childrens book “Introducing Gorgeous Millie” and believes that all children should be encouraged to find their inner “gorgeousness”!