The SMS Founding Team
Emily is a writer, speaker, Certified Naked Mind Coach. She Recovers Designated Coach, and a member of the long term recovery community. Sober since January 2, 2017, she has appeared on media outlets including The Doctors, Parade, Today Parents, and USA Today, discussing how to end the shame and stigma of mental health and substance abuse. Emily is the author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty & Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life, and a contributor in Addiction Diaries: Stories of Darkness, Hope, And All That Falls In Between. She resides in Seattle with her husband and their five children.
Celeste is a public figure who writes about all things parenting. She’s written for The Washington Post and Today Show, to name just a few. Celeste's writing resonates with mothers everywhere, and she speaks with a candor and honesty that is unusual in this world of filters. In 2018, Celeste openly spoke about her struggles with alcohol and announced her commitment to becoming a sober mom. Her piece about a play date that went sideways when another mom started serving mimosas has reached over 14 million people. Celeste lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two boys.
Jen is a writer, speaker, trauma educator, and the founder of Resurrektion of Me, a community for people healing from trauma and addiction. She is the author of the book, Shape of a Woman. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, familial abuse, addiction, the prison system, and spending the majority of her adult life experiencing homelessness, she has dedicated herself to helping others heal their lives. Her incredible story and triumphant recovery has been shared worldwide in publications including The Mirror, LAD Bible, The Sun, The Daily Mail. She is a mom to two incredible children and lives is beautiful Southern California.
Jessica is a Writer, Certified HeartMath Resilience Recovery Coach, Speaker and new Mom. As a comedic actress, Jessica has appeared on Comedy Central’s MADtv, Robot Chicken, Jamie Foxx Sketch Comedy Show, Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, and NBC’s Medical Investigations. A few years into her acting career she spiraled into a non-functioning alcoholic. Turning her life around in Jan 2014, she made it her mission to help others struggling with addiction. Her harrowing journey has since been published in news outlets across the globe: The Daily Mail, Fox News, Yahoo, The Sun, The Mirror, LAD Bible, Pop culture, Blast, and Newsweek.
Michelle is an author and founder of Recovery is the New Black, a digital community for moms in recovery. As a wife and working mother of two, she fell into the "mommy juice" drinking culture. Michelle found a way out and has been in recovery from alcohol abuse since 2016. As a certified addiction and mental health counselor, she provides services to other moms who are seeking supportive alternatives to a boozy culture that tells us alcohol is an accessory to motherhood. Michelle has 20 years of experience in the field of addiction medicine and behavioral health treatment.
"SMS has been such a vital part of my recovery. It's a wonderful community that reminds me that I'm not alone through other women's stories and is a place to share my own."
"When I got pregnant, I was worried that belonging to a mom group meant I'd be forced. to navigate mommy wine culture. I'm so grateful this group exists. I feel supported as a mom to be and a sober woman!"