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Tara Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Single Mom Strong. Inspired by her experience raising her own daughter as a single mom and motivated by her strong conviction that anything can be accomplished with effort and determination, she has dedicated herself to developing and leading the organization.
Tara began her career in property management, quickly advancing to travel the country as the company's Training Coordinator, then eventually a Regional Manager, at the age of twenty-five. She managed every type of property from mobile home parks to large, new-construction retail centers. Seeking a new challenge, she obtained her Real Estate Broker’s license and opened her own property management company as a single mother with a young daughter and a mortgage. She succeeded because she had to, she had her daughter to provide for, and because she believed she could. Concurrently, she became co-owner of an alarm company, and went on to operate one of the largest security dealerships in the nation for several years. Tara served in several capacities on the Board of Directors for the Rental Housing Association and went on to advise a major security alarm monitoring company through her position on their Dealer Council. After a prosperous 20-year career, she switched gears, listened to her heart and found her purpose, in Single Mom Strong and her work as a life coach.
Tara’s greatest achievement is raising her daughter on her own. It is by far the hardest, most rewarding thing she has ever done or will ever do. She believed early on, as a career woman and parent, that single mothers and their children have choices. Being a single parent, or the child of a single parent, does not diminish them. Tara chooses to believe the contrary… that being “single mom strong”, having grit and determination and refusing to lose, does not have to be detrimental at all.
Tara worked hard to give her daughter all of the opportunities every child deserves, along with the support of a caring, loving extended family “community”. It was through this experience that the concept of Single Mom Strong was born. “Believe and achieve” is her mantra, and goal setting and accountability are her tools.
In her “spare time”, Tara coaches women’s boot camps, runs half-marathons and continuously advances her education. Tara earned an Associate’s degree from Sierra College, by taking one class at a time and studying each night after she put Desiree’ to bed. She is currently attending University of Laverne, finalizing her studies in Business Management. Her daughter Desiree’ is now also attending college, studying kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Becky is driven by her desire to help others. Her genuine, enthusiastic personality is a gift to those around her. She has an amazing ability to always find the good in others and in all situations. Becky began working with children at the age of fourteen and went on to teach preschool for five years before becoming a nanny for 12 years. She currently works as an executive assistant, while still participating in the lives of the children she helped raise as a nanny, and looks forward to fostering a child in the near future.
Becky has been involved with Single Mom Strong since its inception, working with the children in our community. It is her desire to teach them to love what is unique about them and to watch them figure out who they are and how they fit into the world. Becky hopes to create an environment where kids can feel a sense of belonging, learn leadership skills, and enhance their social skills. She is excited to step into the Board President role as the organization expands its children's services in the coming year with the opening of the Empowerment Center.
A Northern California native, Becky loves the outdoors and can usually be found biking, paddle boarding, playing tennis,hiking, water skiing, or spending time with her horse. She also loves to travel, and has spent some time in France, Israel and Africa and six months visiting sites all across the U.S
Le Taunya Terrell has spent the past 10 years dedicated to establishing a nurturing foundation for children to inspire a life-long love of learning. Like others, Le Taunya has overcome much adversity. Being raised in a single-parent household that often relied on help of community resources and the support of friends and family, Le Taunya is passionate about making quality care and education accessible to everyone. Too often, people are unaware of what resources are available to them and children are subjected to poor quality care. It is Le Taunya’s mission to be a part of the solution to this problem and she wants to help bridge the gap for single/low/middle-income households. She hopes to empower families and communities to support our youth and is driven by her desire to contribute to children achieving their full potential.
In addition to advocating for quality care and education, Le Taunya wishes to instill a sense that mindfulness and the development of one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being is important for the future success of children. Le Taunya would like to share this philosophy with the “tiny humans” in her care by giving them tools to communicate and further express themselves. Her vision also includes a strong team community that supports the growth and development of students and their families by creating strong, bonded relationships and meaningful, educational experiences in a safe, home-like environment that places the interests and needs of the children at the forefront of our program. Le Taunya is overjoyed to be in a position to comfort and support families and create a quality education center that focuses on the best care practices for children.
Le Taunya is an avid reader and an outdoor enthusiast with a connection to nature’s gifts, taking every opportunity to explore, hike, kayak, golf, float, and camp.