by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Super Moms

For moms and dedicated volunteers Nicole Mikles and Wendy Guscette, Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s Moms & Tots program is a source of camaraderie, support, fun, and adventure. “When you’re a new mom, you can feel a little overwhelmed and really need a support group. When I first joined Moms & Tots I felt very welcomed and I appreciated all the moms who graciously opened their homes. When I was voted on as chair my goal was to help moms make lasting relationships while cultivating friendships for their children through fun and enriching activities,” revealed Nicole.

Wendy and Nicole plan weekly activities for the group, such as behind-the-scenes access at the Birch Aquarium, fire station tours, holiday-themed parties at member’s homes and trips to the music institute. “We try to find a new way every week to connect our little ones to our beautiful community. We also focus on connecting with each other as moms and friends through Moms Night Out get-togethers and various charity events,” explained Wendy.

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Nicole and Wendy met through Moms & Tots and feel fortunate to now be partners in leading this dynamic group of mothers and children. Nicole is originally from Houston, TX, and moved to San Diego 18 years ago to attend the University of San Diego. She and her husband have three children: Branson, MacKenzie, and Rushton. In addition to serving as the chair of Moms & Tots, Nicole is a part of the Rady Children’s Hospital RSF Auxiliary. “I also support Miracle Babies, Angels Foster Network, and Voices for Children. I love supporting causes that provide assistance for women, children, and families,” said Nicole.

Wendy is also dedicated to giving back to the community and has tutored at-risk children and led fundraising programs for the American Heart Association. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and “followed the sun” to San Diego after completing her degree. Wendy and her husband have two daughters: Sophia and Charlotte. “Pre-kids, our favorite thing to do was to travel off the beaten path. With little ones, we are sticking closer to home for the time being,” related Wendy.

Nicole and Wendy encourage local moms with small children to contact the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center for more information about the Moms & Tots playgroup. “We always love having new moms and children join our group,” stated these two super moms.


 

volunteers_wendyMeet Wendy

Name: Wendy Guscette
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Volunteer Affiliation: Co-Chair for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s Moms & Tots Playgroup
Occupation: Mom
Family: Husband – Jim; Daughters – Sophia (4) and Charlotte (3)
Hobbies: Travel, photography, yoga, music, and really good food
Favorite Local Spots: The library, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, local parks, the farmers market


volunteers_nicoleMeet Nicole

Name: Andrea Nicole Mikles
Community: The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant
Volunteer Affilation: Co-Chair for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s Moms & Tots Playgroup
Occupation: Mom
Family: Husband – Todd; Sons – Branson (6) and Rushton (1); Daughter – MacKenzie (4)
Hobbies: Spend time with family, play tennis, golf, travel, craft, paint, interior-design, and anything creative
Favorite Local Spots: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the Rancho Santa Fe golf club, the Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe golf club, Delicias restaurant, the Community Center