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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 fail, is not 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 loves to speak to women's groups and organizations supporting disadvantaged communities on topics like confidence, overcoming childhood trauma and more. She leads free goal setting workshops for high schools, colleges and young women's groups and for "fun" loves to runs half-marathons. A life-long learner, Tara continuously advances her education. She 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 Southern Nerw Hampshire University, finalizing her studies in Business Management. Tara is a member of Learship Sacramento's 2019 graduating class and was recognized in 2020 by the Sacramento Business Journal as a "Woman Who Means Business".
Meghan Huber is the Economic Development and Communications Manager for the City of Citrus Heights. In her role, Meghan has the unique opportunity to support the City by expanding and attracting businesses and community services while increasing the City’s visibility within the region. In addition to leading economic development, Meghan oversees the City’s communications strategy to effectively tell Citrus Heights’ story and increase community pride and engagement.
One of the stories Meghan is most proud of in Citrus Heights is Single Mom Strong! She joined the SMS Board of Directors in 2019 with a goal to affect positive change and support families in the community.
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.