Barista Kids

Barista Kids is a joint venture with Baristanet.

Baristanet was born in May 2004 and soon after emerged as a leader in both hyperlocal blogging and citizen journalism. Debbie Galant and Liz George, co-owners and editors of Baristanet, have created a true online community, and Barista Kids is a proud partner.

Barista Kids' mission: To make life a little easier and a lot more fun for parents in Baristaville.

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Kristen Kemp
Founding Editor

Kristen Kemp created this parenting site in August 2008 because she was new to town, and she was so not in the know. She longed for a resource to find out about preschools, pools and other parents. She wanted a website that could be the city-minded suburban family's one-stop shop for all kid- and parent-related news. She's a longtime freelance writer for Glamour, Cosmo, Self, Seventeen, and many others. She's the author of seven teen novels for Scholastic, and she is currently writing a book called Redemption for Random House (March 2011). She and her husband are raising twin girls and a little boy in Montclair.


Georgette Gilmore

Georgette fell in love with Montclair while majoring in art at Montclair State University. She settled here 10 years ago with her husband and they had two very adorable daughters-The Gilmore Girls. Georgette started as an ad salesperson for Barista Kids and worked her way up to Events Editor. In less than a year, she became co-owner of the site along with Kristen and took over as the Barista Kid boss and tour de force. She can also be found over at Baristanet writing about "grown-up" news. (

brian Brian Glaser is a writer, editor, husband, dad, Maplewood-to-NYC commuter, and regular contributor to Baristanet and Barista kids.
lisa Lisa Davies is a lover of fresh, local food - the basis of all the recipes she prepares. She is Barista Kid's contributor to What's for dinner? and writes about feeding her family and sharing those recipes on her blog. She is from a long-line of European foodies.
christina Christina Gillham, a former editor at Newsweek, is a writer, editor and mom of two.

kristin wald Kristin Wald is a bossy know-it-all, mainly due to being the eldest of three sisters all her life and a teacher for more than a decade. Her children and husband allow her to believe she is the boss of them. Kristin is discovering the ins-and-outs of the Montclair area while still adjusting to being in a car far too often. She blogs for herself, and she writes for Barista Kids.
jenn Jenn Schiffer is Baristanet's web developer and queen of the Internet. You can follow her on Twitter (@jennschiffer) and email her at if something here is broken. She typed this in the third-person point of view because everyone else did.
anna Anna Sandleris a mom and writer living happily ever after in the land of disco fries and jug handles with her charming husband and three delightful kids. She contributes regularly to Barista Kids and also blogs about motherhood and mayhem at

amanda Amanda Zadroga is Baristanet's billing manager. When not having fun with spreadsheets, she is a food blogger and pastry chef-to-be in Jersey City.
chanda Chanda Hall is an artist and freelance photographer who moved to Montclair from Brooklyn three years ago and never looked back. She loves Baristaville for its beauty, its diversity and its dynamic citizens. A mom to two daughters, she loves to photograph kids being kids, which she gets to do often as a regular contributor to Barista Kids..
randi Randi Mazzella is a freelance writer and mother of three. She primarily writes about parenting issues and her own crazy family for Barista Kids and several other publications like NJ Family Magazine. When she is not writing about kids, she is hanging out with her kids - driving them somewhere, doing their laundry or making them something to eat. She also spins, runs and watches way too much reality tv..

melissa Melissa Klurman is an award-winning travel journalist and Montclair mom who writes about families and family travel for Family Fun, Parents, and Working Mother among others. Her favorite travel experiences include her son, who’s a student at Hillside Elementary School, and her husband, who always seems to be wearing a belt through security. Together they’ve explored family fun spots ranging from the Crayola Factory to beaches of Maui. In Montclair, they can be found doing “important research” at frozen dessert spots all around town.
kuae Kuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states dedicated to supporting stay at home mothers of color. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years experience in the print, broadcast and online media, and a former television producer. She has been married for 21 years to her husband Ted, a multimedia business owner, and they live in Montclair, N.J. with their three children, ages 10, 13 and 16, a dwarf African frog and a guinea pig.
emily Emily Klein is a writer, wife and mother of two young daughters. When she is not with her girls, she spends her time writing about them. She has essays scheduled for publication on Literary Mama and in The Healing Muse and an anthology about moms of children with special needs (title TBD). She is also on a quest to find the most decadent chocolate cake... ever. Cake recommendations are welcome.

lauren Lauren Glasse is a senior at Montclair High School and enjoys writing, especially about high school news and related topics. As a sophomore, Lauren founded a student-oriented blog, The Bull at MHS, to cover issues concerning Montclair High students and was the Spotlight Editor for the MHS Mountaineer this past year. Lauren is also the Co-President of Sisters on the Runway, a popular club that benefits local victims of domestic violence through various fundraising and awareness events and an annual fashion show. She is an avid reader, enjoys painting and playing tennis.
jen Jen Lange is the mother of two confident and courageous girls that inspire her work. She designs and illustrates for various childrens’ websites/authors. When she is not in front of her computer you can find her in the classroom teaching graphic design as well as STEM enrichment classes. She hopes to inspire creativity and promote empowerment through hands on exploration.