Our Staff


Shannon M. Koehn
Executive Director


"As a single mother of a wonderful thirteen-year-old daughter, I can wholeheartedly relate to the mission and phenomenal work of MotherWoman. I have been extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by an outstanding “village” of support. This support has made all the difference in my life—both personally and professionally. When I recall the challenges life has afforded me, I am always reminded of the victories because of this support. For this very reason, I look forward to fostering support for others through the advancement of MotherWoman’s continued important work.”

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Annette Cycon, LICSW
Founder, MotherWoman
Director of Training

“When I became a mother I realized that all my professional experience did not prepare me for the massive change that motherhood made in every area of my life.

So I started to gather mothers together in groups to have facilitated conversations about the massive PERSONAL experience that motherhood is, from hope and anticipation to the dismantling of life as we knew it to the creation of a new SELF and what we  have heard many moms call “the new Normal”. I began to develop a support group model in which mothers felt safe enough to share what was really going on for them and which invited a diversity of mothers to find common ground and build community. That was the beginning of MotherWoman.”

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Liz Friedman, MFA
Program Director
Founder, Postpartum Support Initiati

“I want for my daughter what I want for ALL of us. That she will be heard when she speaks her own truths as a woman and, if she chooses, as a mother. MotherWoman is the place where we do this with each other and for each other. MotherWoman is the home where ALL mothers can speak our truths and make the changes we know are essential for ourselves, our children and our world.”

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Nadya Tkachenko 
Development and Marketing Coordinator


"I am inspired by a deep sense of community that MotherWoman helps create, a community in which a mother and her family are received with open arms, where they feel heard and supported. In this age of great mobility, many of us have left our ‘village,’ maintaining only a virtual relationship with our own family and old friends. If we are not separated by miles and oceans, then we may feel a cultural or a generational gap, which prevents us from relying on our old support systems.   MotherWoman gives me hope in that even in our highly mobile communities, a village can be built where mothers will feel accepted and understood by their peers, where they can speak freely about their worries without being judged, and where they can find trust and receive care from those whose mission is to help."

Kristel Applebee
Training Coordinator


“I believe mothers are a cultural barometer for a community’s sense of connectedness. MotherWoman is deeply committed to identifying paths that lead us toward a full experience of community, and the blocks that get in the way of that experience. This is what drew me to work with this team – the opportunity to engage in this way, with this level of accountability, is a gift. Working to support the telling of unheard stories, upholding the vision of a community, honoring the roots, her-stories and lives of mothers is what we have the opportunity to engage in each day at MotherWoman. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”

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Jayke Bouche
Tech-Savvy Admin Assistant

"MotherWoman fuels and inspires me because I strongly believe in a collaboration and balance between being an activist and self care; after all we are the activists who bring about change - what better way to do it than well rested and supported? MotherWoman deeply represents this philosophy for me, especially with the amazing work of our strong team of staff, board, and the community. If I ever had any fears about becoming a trans and queer parent, I know for certain that I have a welcoming support system here. I can only hope to offer this to my family and extended community."

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