Meet Our Team: Founder

“I have walked this same path that most of these women are walking through…and I continue to walk it. I am no different from the women I am trying to help…but God laid this ministry on my heart and I am letting him use me. Through my struggles, I turned to God and He was my rock. My faith not only grew but is what I relied on to get through those tough times. I want to encourage single moms to lean on Him as that rock and show them the difference it can make in their lives…like it did in mine.”  Photo Credit:  Dee Albers Photography

“I have walked this same path that most of these women are walking through…and I continue to walk it. I am no different from the women I am trying to help…but God laid this ministry on my heart and I am letting him use me. Through my struggles, I turned to God and He was my rock. My faith not only grew but is what I relied on to get through those tough times. I want to encourage single moms to lean on Him as that rock and show them the difference it can make in their lives…like it did in mine.” Photo Credit: Dee Albers Photography

Hello Beautiful People!  This is the last week for introducing everyone to our Leadership Team. These women are important to the success of SingleMomzRock and this last one is the reason we are all here. Please give her a warm welcome and thank you.  The final on the team to be introduced is Janelle Reed, Founder of SingleMomzRock. 

SingleMomzRock founder, Janelle Reed, comes from a small town in Southwest Missouri. She married her high school sweetheart, but after 12 years of marriage was faced with a divorce and being a full-time single mom of two daughters. Throughout this life change and the many struggles she faced, God laid on her heart the need for encouragement and support through different resources for other single moms.

Janelle’s vision for SingleMomzRock is to provide encouragement and support through all seasons of a single mom’s journey. There are several goals of this ministry: Partner with local programs/resources to share with single parents so they are aware of the different resources available to them for whatever their need may be at the time, to bring single parents together by creating more events in our area specifically designed for them, and to bring encouragement to them by having an avenue of support readily available to them.

Janelle currently resides in Ozark with her two daughters, ages 11 and 13, who are both involved with club volleyball and keep her very busy in tournament season. Janelle will graduate with her Bachelor's in Business Management Degree from Evangel University in May, 2018, this is an accomplishment that she is very proud of and can't wait to achieve!  

She recently accepted her dream job on the Development team at Victory Mission, where she is able to continue her passion in outreach and she also brought SingleMomzRock with her and is able to create events for both organizations. She currently sits on the Advisory Board at the Springfield News-Leader and is also a member of ROSIE, which helps support, assist and serve as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders in the Springfield region. She is very active in her community and volunteers with several different area non-profits.

She is the co-founder of Empowered for Life, along with Central Assembly, which was a mentor based program to help single mom's get out of poverty and stay out of poverty. She was a previous member of the Poverty Collaborative of Springfield, MO and Jr. League of Springfield. Janelle was the recipient of The Gift of Time award in 2015 presented by the City of Springfield and was nominated for the Most Influential Women award from Springfield Business Journal in 2015 and 2016. 

Please contact Janelle at janelle@singlemomzrock.com

Meet Our Team: Director of Hospitality

Hello Beautiful People! For the next few weeks I will be introducing everyone to our Leadership Team. These women are important to the success of SingleMomzRock. Please give them a warm welcome.  The sixth on the team to be introduced is Amy Reaka, Director of Hospitality in SingleMomzRock. 

Amy pictured with husband Timmy and their childern. With photo credit to  Delores Albers Photograpy

Amy pictured with husband Timmy and their childern. With photo credit to Delores Albers Photograpy

Amy Reaka, SingleMomzRock Director of Hospitality, lives happily and blessed in Ozark with her four amazing children and her new husband Timmy, who is an avid fisherman.  She works full time and is an active member at Second Baptist Church in Springfield.  Her children are very active in sports; softball and soccer for the moment.

She grew up in Pierce City, Mo. and graduated high school from there. They spent a few years living in the greater St. Louis area before moving back to Southwest Missouri. When they returned to Southwest Mo., Amy became a stay at home mom for her children and to care for her mother full time. 

In 2012 her marriage of nearly 10 years ended in divorce.  After having stayed at home for years, she now had to scrambled to find a stable full time job while getting the kids settled into a new home, a new town, and a new life.

Only by the precious grace of God, and with the loving help and support of her family, they were able to make it through several difficult and trying years.

Please contact Amy at amyreaka@singlemomzrock.com

Meet Our Team: Director of Barry and Lawrence County

"I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT SHOWING PEOPLE THERE IS STILL GOODNESS AND LOVE IN THE WORLD. I HAVE MANY LOVES IN THIS LIFE BUT MY NUMBER ONE IS GOD. HE HAS LED ME DOWN THIS PATH of SHARING MY STORY OF BEING A SINGLE MOM WITH OTHERS, AND HELPING MOMS SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH the community. I STAND FOR LOVE, EDUCATION, AND SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE INJUSTICES IN THE WORLD. I STILL BELIEVE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO BE AND YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO START OVER. I BELIEVE EVEN WHEN YOUR JOURNEY DOESN’T WORK OUT THE WAY YOU LIKE it, it is not the end yet."

"I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT SHOWING PEOPLE THERE IS STILL GOODNESS AND LOVE IN THE WORLD. I HAVE MANY LOVES IN THIS LIFE BUT MY NUMBER ONE IS GOD. HE HAS LED ME DOWN THIS PATH of SHARING MY STORY OF BEING A SINGLE MOM WITH OTHERS, AND HELPING MOMS SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH the community. I STAND FOR LOVE, EDUCATION, AND SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE INJUSTICES IN THE WORLD. I STILL BELIEVE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO BE AND YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO START OVER. I BELIEVE EVEN WHEN YOUR JOURNEY DOESN’T WORK OUT THE WAY YOU LIKE it, it is not the end yet."

Hello Beautiful People! For the next few weeks I will be introducing everyone to our Leadership Team. These women are important to the success of SingleMomzRock. Please give them a warm welcome.  The fourth on the team to be introduced is Chari Schoen, Director of Barry and Lawrence County SingleMomzRock as well as, the Website and Blog Admin. 

Chari Schoen was raised outside of a small town in Southwest Missouri that will always hold a special place in her heart. She has always had a passion for education and this passion led her to get an Associates of Science degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. She moved to Missouri State University to continue her education and received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. She enjoys teaching others and learning in the classroom. She currently is fond of taking online classes and teaches herself other languages. Chari has had a variety of career paths, however, her current valuable career is working in the software industry for a local company. She is always excited to assist customers in finding the best solutions for their needs. Throughout life she has many challenges being a single mother, and she was happy to find a group of woman for support and encouragement. 

Chari is currently the Website and Blog Admin for SingleMomzRock. She is also the Director for the Barry/Lawrence County SingleMomzRock in Mount Vernon, MO. She loves to put her editing and writing skills to use in this organization.  She has only been a member of SingleMomzRock for roughly two years, however brings a valuable level of expertise with her due to her work background and education. Chari owns her own blog VestigeSpirit.com and does freelance writing. She enjoys time at museums and to travel with her daughter. She loves to listen to other’s stories and especially those of single mothers. She is involved at her church and enjoys getting to spend quality time with her daughter and family. 

Please contact Chari at charischoen@singlemomzrock.com