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, considered a subject matter expert on single motherhood. As a former single mom, she has written 4 single parenting books and has been featured in several hundred media venues as a national single parenting expert, including The New York Times, Dr. James Dobson radio, CBN, Daystar Television, and more. 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. For more information, visit HERE.
Melissa Lawson is the Programs & Funds Development 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.
Kedra Deggins oversees Branding & Communications. She 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 her work with The Life of a Single Mom through a volunteer 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, diligence, compassion, and structure to our team through our print collateral, media relations, social media platforms, and grahpic design.
Natalie Vining is a Community Resource Developer & Grant Writer. 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. Natalie also serves in a dual role as manager for Americorps VISTAs.
Jennifer Cook is the Accounting Manager for The Life of a Single Mom. She processes payroll, handles data retention, accounts payable & receivable, and front-end reception duties. A former single mother for many years, Jennifer understands the challenges well. She joined the TLSM team as a volunteer in 2012, 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. She is a graduate of River Parishes College.
Candice Smith Carr is the Project Manager for our Single Mom University program. She has been a single mom to a teenage boy for over 14 years and brings lots of hands-on experience to our TLSM organization. Candice earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in nutrition from Southeastern Louisiana University. She received an Alternate Teaching Certification and has extensive classroom teaching experience in East Baton Rouge Parish School System for over 10 years. She is also a health coach working for various health and wellness corporations across the country. Candice has a passion for single moms and understands the challenges they face daily. She has an empathetic heart for enriching their lives by sharing the knowledge she has gained through her real-world experience and education.
Hazel Domangue is the current Project Coordinator assisting with our Single Moms Across America platform and Funds Development through Americorps Vista program. Hazel holds a Masters of Science in Journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has an extensive background in public service, including 16 years in the nonprofit sector and government relations. She has served through the Peace Corps in Zambia and Lesotho in Southern Africa, along with multiple years with Americorps. Her experience includes grant writing, project management, event planning, funds procurement, and client relations.
Becca Robicheaux works with Funds Development and Project Coordination. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education. She has several years of experience in the classroom teaching both special education and regular education in the Livingston Parish School System. She has continued her education while teaching, receiving an extended certification in middle school math education. Becca’s professional and work experience has lended itself to key leadership roles, including helping to coordinate schedules for students with special needs. Beyond her robust education experience, her skills include data collection and analyzation, event coordination & planning, organization, creativity, and both oral and written communication. An active member of her community, Becca has served in her local church on the worship team and with college students. She has a desire to see single moms walk in healing and freedom after watching her own mom experience single motherhood.
Ashton Maggio currently serves as Community Relations Specialist for the organization. The daughter of a former single mom and our founder, Jennifer Maggio, Ashton has that same unbridled passion to see single mothers live a life of freedom, joy, and purpose. Ashton is a graduate of Louisiana State University Business Management. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work. Her expertise includes project management, event planning, volunteer recruitment, case management, and back-end church relations, which has proven to be a real asset to the team. Ashton has a heart to serve at-risk children and to give fatherless children a voice, holding extensive experience in ABA therapy for autistic children. Her professional experience includes volunteer-driven program management, data entry & retention, community outreach, bank account analysis, and customer relations.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of highly-knowledgeable, diverse leaders who bring a variety of skill sets. Our Board works together to further the vision of TLSM. Our board members are volunteers who serve a two-year term with a minimum of quarterly frequency to provide oversight and accountability for the staff of The Life of a Single Mom.
Board of Directors:
Kellie Duhon, Board President
Suzanne Rouvalis, Vice President
Ben Lemann, Treasurer
Lisa Oliver, Secretary
National Advisory Council
Our National Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders, visionaries, and big-idea thinkers who can provide insight into the growth and development of our organization.
Dorothy Johnson Newton is an educated, professional woman and the single mother of two sons. Author of Silent Tears—A True Story of Betrayal, Abuse, Recovery and Victory, Dorothy shares her personal story of domestic violence inside a celebrity marriage with a former NFL standout. She is a regular guest of Joni Lamb on Daystar’s Table Talk and is a speaker at Christian conferences and women’s events nationwide. Her passion for helping others live a life filled with purpose and joy propels her to point people to freedom through the power of forgiveness. Dorothy is an instructor with Single Mom University, a former healthcare administrator, and current women’s pastor at Gateway Church. For more information, visit HERE.