More often than not, when you hear the word “power mom” an image pops up of a woman wearing high heels and a business suit with a kiddo by her side. But it’s 2016 and that’s no longer the case. We uncovered 14 San Diego moms who are redefining motherhood in their own way. They are teachers, lawyers, STEM advocates, even planners, Girl Scout leaders, music teachers, chocolatiers, authors, and much more. What’s the one thing they have in common? They are moms, first and foremost. Click through the slideshow to read all about 14 San Diego power moms.

Christy Heiskala, Victim Advocate

Christy Heiskala gave up a long and lucrative career to start anew, teaching child sexual abuse prevention and advocating for victims. As a victim advocate, this La Mesa mom helps parents navigate the very complicated process if their child has been a victim of negligence or abuse. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for kids whose parents are going through dependency court. Her passion grew out of advocating for the conviction of a local teacher who was molesting his second and third grade students for seven years. Christy worked tirelessly to assure the instructor had his teaching credential revoked, ensuring countless kids be spared. Christy lives in La Mesa with her husband, biological daughter (Jaiden, 17); step-daughter (Kaya, 14); step-son (Lee, 17); two CASA kids who are boys under the age of 5; and two large dogs.

photo courtesy of Christy Heiskala

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— Leah R. Singer