The Life of a Single Mom staff is committed to serving with excellence, integrity, and compassion. Meet the team.
Jennifer Maggio is the founder of The Life of a Single Mom. She is an author/speaker and international single parent advocate. As a former single mom, she has written several single parenting books and has been featured in several hundred media venues as a national single parenting expert. She has more than a decade of corporate leadership experience, including her position as the assistant Vice President of HSBC Bank overseeing more than $55mm in accounts. She attended Copiah Lincoln College maintaining 4.0 GPA. She is an 11-time Circle of Excellence Award Recipient and was named a 2017 Top 10 Most Influential Leader in America by Dr. John Maxwell. Jennifer serves as the Chief Executive Officer and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Melissa Bailey is the Operations Manager for The Life of a Single Mom. With over 20 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, business development, contract management, and team leadership, Melissa is a critical part of the team. She is goal-oriented with analytical abilities that ensure the day-to-day of the organization operate efficiently. Her long-term visionary thinking gives way to strategies that will continue to expand the reach of our organization. A member of the executive management team, Melissa brings her 20+ years of single motherhood experience to the table each day, giving her unique perspective, passion, and compassion for the challenges single mothers are facing. Her success in the corporate field has included such honors as Top Regional Producing Originator and Top Producer at previous employers. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Ashton Maggio was a part of The Life of a Single Mom family before it even existed! The daughter of a former single mom and our founder, Jennifer Maggio, gives Ashton that same unbridled passion to see single mothers live a life of freedom, joy, and purpose. Ashton is currently a senior at Louisiana State University, majoring in Business Management with a minor in social work. Currently serving as Community Relations Specialist for the organization, her expertise in project management, volunteer recruitment, and back-end church relations has proven to be a real asset to the team. A former Miss Jr. Teen Louisiana, Ashton has a heart to serve at-risk children and to give fatherless children a voice.
Kedra Deggins is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Visual Arts. She went on to pursue her second Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University and graduated in May 2017. Kedra remained in the top 7.5% of her classes at both ULL and LSU. She began working with The Life of a Single Mom through a class project with LSU, where her primary goal was to develop ways to continue the growth of TLSM through appropriate branding and strategy. Building on the work done for the project, paired with her background in advertising, she has continued to bring creativity, world class graphic design, and management of social media, website, and print branding to the team.
Natalie Vining is a Community Resource Developer with The Life of a Single Mom. Her duties include grant research and writing, as well as project management of Single Mom University. She brings more than a decade of single parenting experience to the TLSM staff. Natalie graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University where she majored in General Studies and secured her Bachelor of Arts. She was also a Division I college athlete. Her previous work experience includes focus in early learning & childhood development, admissions & operations, and schedule coordination. She began volunteerism with a focus on single mother’s issues in early 2016. She has also focused on personal training & physical fitness, since 2011 and possesses a passion to ensure single mothers are “whole”, healing from past trauma and becoming successful in all areas.
Jeanie Pizzalato is the Accounting Manager for The Life of a Single Mom. She processes payroll, data retention, accounts payable & receivable, and front-end reception duties. A single mother of two children, Jeanie understands the challenges a single mother faces. She joined the TLSM team as a volunteer in 2014, prior to full-time employment. Prior work experience includes extensive knowledge of Quickbooks, payroll processing, multi-line phone system, data entry, customer service, and retail management. During her time on the team, she has been an integral part of the planning and implementation of the annual fundraiser and national single mother’s conference.