Oct 06 2009
A former Wall Street executive, My Mom Knows Best, Inc. founder Josephine Geraci has always been a problem solver. Her extensive professional experience includes senior level marketing positions at top financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch and Pershing. She was instrumental in helping to establish Lionheart Research, Inc., one of the industry’s first “boutique” firms, which specialized in aerospace and defense equity research. Josephine was also the founder of The Jerry Cantwell Brain Tumor Foundation and raised $100,000 for brain cancer research.
Like many women, Josephine put her “professional” career on hold after the birth of her first child and turned her attention to being a full-time mother. Three kids later, Josephine found herself dismayed by a lack of information about protecting kids from germs in public places.
So, translating her business skills into her job as a stay-at-home mother, Josephine began to work on a product that would protect children from potentially harmful microorganisms that lurk in public places. The idea for “gLovies®” was born, and My Mom Knows Best, Inc. was formed.
In the years that followed, Josephine refined her product, lining it with plastic, making it waterproof, and adding an elastic band to secure it gently to a toddler’s tiny wrists. She invented three playful penguins, CJ, Gaga, and Niki, to adorn the exterior.
gLovies® (Patent Pending) is the first in a line of My Mom Knows Best products, developed to help parents and caregivers keep their children well and happy.
Our second “Get Ready to Learn Mom” is Jill Starishevsky, Author of My Body Belongs to Me.
Jill Starishevsky is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where she has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Outside the courtroom, Jill’s fondness for writing led her to create www.thepoemlady.com, where she pens personalized pieces. Her mission to protect children, along with her penchant for poetry, inspired My Body Belongs to Me. A mother of two, Jill is also founder of www.HowsMyNanny.com, a service that enables parents to purchase a license plate for their child’s stroller so the public can report positive or negative nanny observations.
Jill wrote My Body Belongs to Me to teach children that they don’t have to endure abuse in silence. Parents and educators should use it as a tool to facilitate an open dialogue with youngsters.