Editorial Team

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MJ Tam  Creator of TheChicagoMoms.com / Editor of Chicagonista.com

MJ (@mjtam) started blogging in 1999 and has since been very active in the Social Media world. This mom of 3 is the Editor of Chicagonista.com – a site for Chicago’s active families, Lead Blogger of TheChicagoMoms.com and the Creator of City Connect Media, Inc. that owns and operates Chicagonista.com  and hoping to launch more city sites on her list: San Franista, SoCalista, and Miaminista. She also expanded Chicagonista by making room in January of 2010 by co-hosting Chicagonista LIVE!, an online talk show on Chicago-centric issues with Nancy Loo, Duong Sheahan, and Beth Rosen.

In 2007, MJ was one of the panelists at Google – Moms Know Tech and since then has spoken in many other blogging conferences. She was also listed in “75 Top Twitter Tips from Today’s Small Business Moms” found in American Express OPEN / Small Businesswebsite. Just recently, she instructed “Hands on Small Business” –Social Media class series with Microsoft Office Live and Kirtsy and you can even find her in the CRAVE Chicago Book – The Urban Girl’s Manifesto that listed 125 women you need to know. She is also a proud writing member of the Yahoo! Motherboard.

You can find her blogging at SugarMyBowl.com and tweets as @mjtam


Dwana De La Cerna – Managing Editor of TheChicagoMoms.com / Assistant Editor of Chicagonista.com

Dwana De La Cerna (@JustDwana twitter & Ig) authors “Healthier, Happier, You!”Houseonahill.org.

What began as a journal in 2007 is now a review site and opinionated forum that discusses just about any subject headlining in Social Media-land. An avid Twitterer, Dwana is also the Assistant Editor at Chicagonista.com and Social Media for ChicagonistaLIVE.

Dwana holds a Masters in Law Enforcement Administration coupled with 28+ years as a veteran criminal justice/law enforcement agent. She is mom to two grown sons and two dogs here in Chicago, Illinois.

As a Brand Ambassador for General Motors, Dwana has hosted several “Tweetup” social networking events at The Wildfire Restaurant Chicago/Schaumburg and has an ongoing relationship promoting Chevy Missions and all GM product.

Dwana has been a Social Influencer with Sprint Cell Phone Division via Blogher, Mrs.Prindables via MOMImpact, Madly In Love with Me campaign for Christine Arylo via MomRenewal, ABC-Daytime General Hospital for Twittermoms, Revamp Project via Chicagonista.com. She and MJ, along with Beth Rosen are now Sparkfete.com.