GET TO KNOW OUR FOUNDER

OLIVIA SHERIDAN

Olivia is a devoted single mother to three beautiful children, Elliot, Ethan, and Coralia. Olivia is a stay-at-home mother and homeschools her oldest child. Her family deeply values their Christian faith. Olivia’s personal journey as a mother of three and her past trauma experiences with five miscarriages, infertility, depression, postpartum depression, domestic abuse and anxiety are what lead her to create Postpartum Mamas.

Olivia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and working towards her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.

 

"With God all things are possible." Mathew 19:26

Olivia Sheridan

Proud Mama

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Co-Founder

JESSIE MELCHER

Jessie Melcher is first a daughter to the highest King, wife to her high school sweetheart and a mother to her 4 children, Natalie, Rosalie, Odin and Malakai. Her journey of motherhood she describes as “becoming.” She boldly shares that we as mothers haven’t “lost” ourselves; and going back isn’t the answer; rather embracing the new and letting motherhood refine and grow us.  

Jessie obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from The University of Washington in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her children; dreaming and adventuring with her husband and empowering others to chase their God given dreams and destiny

 

"Leave People Better"

Jessie Melcher

jessie.postpartummamas@gmail.com

jessie@postpartummamas.com

Vice President, Board of Directors

LINDA LEDESMA

Linda retired from the City of Carlsbad, California's Police Department after serving for twenty-seven years as the department's Coordinator of the Juvenile Justice Program for At-Risk Youth. She enjoyed  retirement and many wonderful memories as a full-time wife to her husband of forty-three years, who recently entered the floodgates of heaven in 2021. Al was her beloved soulmate, and positive role model to many and who she misses so dearly. Linda is a  mother, devoted grandmother, and friend. Linda has personally experienced heart-breaking loss in her lifetime and has since developed a strong faith-based passion for all things relating to young women faced with difficult decisions regarding life changing circumstances.

Linda has spent time working as a Counselor for the Carlsbad Police Department's GUIDE (Greater Understanding through Intervention, Diversion, and Education) Program, a Youth Counselor with Centro Youth Services in Oceanside, CA, a Counselor for the North County Chicano Federation, a Program Director for Carlsbad Boys Club, and a Teacher's Aide for Carlsbad Unified School District and Head Start Program. On top of her impressive resume, Linda has also served on multiple advisory boards including Carlsbad High School's Peer Advocates Program, Tri-City Hospital Community's Advisory Board, New Village Arts Theater, Man/Hermanitas North County, and Carlsbad YES (Youth Enrichment Services). With her many dedicated years of service, it is little wonder as to why she has been the recipient of both the Kiki Camarena Law Enforcement Award/Red Ribbon Week and the Carlsbad Police Department Civilian of the Year.

Linda met Olivia Sheridan as a teenager when she interviewed to serve as a member of the Peer Advocates Counseling Program for Joyce Kistler at Carlsbad High School. She was drawn to Olivia's willingness to help everyone and found that she exemplified high moral character, integrity, sensitivity, and strong leadership qualities. It is no surprise to her that Olivia is making great strides with Postpartum Mamas helping all mothers in their experiences and journeys through motherhood and Linda looks forward to being part of the journey.

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Board Member- Treasurer

PAIGE PATTERSON

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Paige is a resilient single mother to five beautiful children and has always had a passion for physical activity, motherhood, intimate friendships, encouragement and serving others. 

Having gone through very difficult life situations, she has always found solace in her faith which centered and allowed her to thrive in sports, close and nurturing relationships that were supportive and non-judgmental along with organizations that met her where she was in whatever life stage she encountered.

Through all of those provisions, she always recognized and desired to offer her gifts and passions to come alongside anyone who needed support and provide a safe and nurturing space for them to rest and be encouraged in, no matter what they were going through.

Paige feels that Postpartum Mamas is one of the few organizations that enables women, like herself, a single, working mother of five, to help and come alongside each other in an environment that fosters safety, trust, love, and hope in one of the most vulnerable times in one’s life, sacred motherhood. She finds exuberant joy to serve any and all that brave themselves to ask for friends and confidants during the most joyful and unraveling period of a woman’s journey. Paige has her Life Coaching Certification from the Certified Coach Life Institute and has coached and greatly improved the mental health of many woman and mothers with a variety of personal and relationship concerns within Postpartum Mamas and beyond. 

Director / Facilitator

LACEY MUND

laceymund.postpartummamas@gmail.com

lacey@postpartummamas.com

Lacey Mund is a military spouse and mom of six- three bonus children and three carbon copies. Before Lacey began pursuing a career in Real Estate, she worked professionally in healthcare. She was enrolled at Olympic College, focused on becoming a Lactation RN, up until the birth of her youngest son. She decided to stay home with her children during her husband's record breaking deployment as it coincided with the COVID-19 shut down. As she experienced life postpartum with her infant, older children, and deployed spouse during the pandemic- it became immensely clear she needed more support. That’s when she found Postpartum Mamas.

Many of Lacey's passions have evolved through motherhood, such as; breastfeeding, childbirth education and mental health. She became passionate about mental health through her own journey as she deeply struggled with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety after the birth of her second child in 2014. She attempted suicide and was later diagnosed with Bipolar II. The shame and isolation she felt during that time and years after is what has driven her to become a mental health advocate and candidly share her story. Her goal is to help put an end to the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

Lacey said, "I'm embracing the opportunity to help empower and care for mothers. This organization is a resource we need. It's already given many mamas hope and a sense of community. Navigating the journey to wellness is not always an exponential rise, sometimes it comes in waves. We need the tools to help us cope when the seas get rough. PPM is like a life raft when we feel like we're drowning. It not only gives mothers the support we need to keep us afloat, but helps us thrive."

Board of Directors

Charles Mund is a devoted husband, proud father/step-father of 6 and has a long professional career as an Active Duty Navy Chief Petty Officer with 16 years of service. His commendations range from 6 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Joint Armed Forces, and Military Volunteer Service medals. He has deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, multiple tours in the Kingdom of Bahrain and most recently an 11 month cruise on the USS Nimitz during the COVID-19 pandemic. He's held command titles in Helicopter, P-8A and CVN's for Command Managed Equal Opportunity, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advocation, and Suicide Prevention.

Charles is currently enrolled in Waldorf University seeking a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and has his A.S. in Administrative Management from Excelsior College and Joint Professional Military Education from the Naval War College. He's completed Military Apprenticeships in Computer Operations and Business Management while also being qualified as a Chemical, Biological and Radiological Training Specialist and as a Lean, Six Sigma Green Belt.

He's also seen successes in multiple roles outside of the Military as Chief Operating Officer of multiple companies. Personally he has seen the heartache of Postpartum depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations and what the lack of education and togetherness can bring to a family.

Charles comes to us as a valued Board Member whose expertise in company growth, expansion and leadership will be truly invaluable to the future of Postpartum Mamas.

Director / Facilitator

TABATHA SHEALY

Tabatha Shealy is a woman that wears many hats in life.  She is a devoted mama to her daughter Penelope, serves her country and state as an officer in the Air National Guard, and is the Government Programs Lead for Orbcomm.  She believes that through acknowledgment and consideration for the matresence experience, women can positively evolve into mothers and grow as whole members of society. She loves serving Postpartum Mamas and is an active member of a cross-country virtual group.