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Our Mission

The purpose of Mother Boost is to provide separated, divorced, and single mothers financial and emotional support as they go through challenging transitions to their family structure. This support includes financial assistance for holiday gifts, diapers, and formula, and initial consultations with family law attorneys. Mother Boost is committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for separated, divorced, and single mothers. Those who would like to interact and support one another can do so via the Facebook group, Separated, Divorced, and Single Moms of Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

Board of Directors


Hope Hanner-Bailey, Executive Director, launched Mother Boost to continue her work serving separated, divorced, and single moms as they go through difficult family transitions. She is an organizational psychologist who conducts support groups for single moms. Hope also founded an online community for single moms to lend support and resources to one another. She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (1998) from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2006) from Old Dominion University. Hope is a mother of two teenaged boys and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. 


Alexis Brown is the Wellness and Culture Program Manager for National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) . Prior to joining NARA, Alexis served at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a Personnel Research Psychologist. She conducts research and provides guidance on programs that support Federal employees in maintaining a healthy work-life existence. Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (1992) from Hampton University, a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology (1996), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Psychology (1999). She completed the Certified Professional Coach Program at the International Coach Academy. Dr. Brown lives with her family in Laurel, Maryland.


Heather Fuentes is a passionate advocate with over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit professional and attorney. She spent a decade developing a global antitrust practice and a robust pro bono portfolio supporting children with disabilities, immigrants and others, for which she was honored by the New York State Bar. Today Heather is focused on serving people and communities in need, and projects that address systemic challenges and accelerate change. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law, the mother of two boys, and an avid reader and cook.


Kara Peralta is an avid supporter of organizations that provide resources and help to mothers in need.  By day, Kara works for the Federal government supporting corporate business operations activities, and has over 20 years of project management and leadership experience in both the Federal government and the private sector. 
She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and her M.S. in Government Information Leadership from National Defense University.  Kara is a divorced mother of two and resides in Arlington, Virginia. 

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