About Us

Our Mission:
Tucson Moms is dedicated to providing support to children and their care givers through friendship, playgroups, education, community outreach, and volunteering within a casual, family-focused environment.

Tucson Moms History


Tucson Moms was started in 2000 by two moms; Lisa Locke and Elizabeth Boccardo. Lisa moved to Tucson from Northern California and started looking for a support group immediately. Not having much luck, she suggested to a group of moms she had connected with to start up a group here in town to offer support, guidance and friendship to the Tucson community. From this idea, the very first Tucson Moms playgroup was born! All of the women committed to volunteering and helping get the fledgling group off the ground.


In its first year, Tucson Moms was quickly established as a non-profit organization, and a website, brochure and newsletter were started within the first few months. The brochure was distributed throughout town much like it is today; to pediatrician offices, libraries, park and recreation classes, and the like. Many community groups and businesses were supportive with helping hand out the brochure, but word of mouth is what really grew Tucson Moms and in the first year, over 100 moms became members.


Playgroups were formed based on location and the year a child was born. These first groups met at Udall, Fort Lowell, and Mehl Park and were for babies born in 1997, 1998, and 1999. It's hard to believe some of those babies are in high school now! A regular Moms Night Out, an evening educational series, yearly community project, and regular philanthropic activieis followed to help add to the Tucson Mom experience.


Today, we operate very much in the same way we did in the year 2000. We offer support and friendship to moms, children and the entire family as well as philanthropic support to the Tucson non-profit community. We hope you and your children will join us!


Meet Our Co-Directors


Shayna has served as the Tucson Moms Community Outreach Director as well as the East 2018 playgroup leader for the past two years.  

Shayna is a Tucson native who earned her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a stay at home mom, she worked as a high school science teacher and dance team instructor. 

In addition to spending time with her family, Shayna enjoys capoeira, tutoring math, and volunteering for Make a Wish Foundation. Joining Tucson Moms has allowed her to form lasting friendships and has given her the opportunity to meet wonderful people in our community.

Shayna Walton

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Elyse Marshall

Elyse has been an active member of Tucson Moms for the past four years serving as co-leader of the East All Ages group as well as holding the position of registrar on the Tucson Moms board.

An Arizona native, Elyse was born and raised in Phoenix. She received a degree in nutrition at The University of Arizona and decided to stay in Tucson after graduation.

Married to Kevin for nine years, they have two beautiful, fun loving children, Hanna and Wyatt. Together they enjoy family hikes and cheering on their favorite football teams. Elyse also enjoys cooking and baking.


Passionate about community service, Elyse is a member of the Junior League of Tucson and 100+Women Who Care Tucson. She has found Tucson Moms to be an important support system and is excited about sharing it with others. 

Tucson Moms Volunteers

Board of Directors:

February 2019 - January 2022







Community Outreach Director

Education Coordinator

New Member Development Director

Newsletter Editor

Paralegal Consultant

Social Media Coordinator

Sponsorship Director 

Member at Large (Founder)

Member at Large (Founder) 

Member at Large

Member at Large

Member at Large

Volunteer Positions:​


New Member Development Comm.

Newsletter Co-Editor

Newsletter Contributor

​Event Planning Co-Director

​Event Planning Co-Director

Event Planning Committee

​Playgroup Leaders:

Central All Ages

East All Ages

Northwest 2018

Northwest 2020

Oro Valley

Weekend Playgroup

Social and Support Group Leaders:

Brunch Club

Book Club

Kids Book Club

Healthy Moms

Dads' Circle

Moms Supporting Moms

Shayna Walton

Jennifer Spain

Jennifer Spain

Amy Pertile

Shayna Walton

Meagan Schultz

Mary Angle

Lexie Prust

Brooke Streicher

Shayna Walton

Shayna Walton (interim)

Lisa Locke

Elizabeth Boccardo

Rachel Hess

Kim Williams

Elyse Marshall

Jenny Sipe




May Gomez

Courtney Hyatt


Katie Berry

Paloma Lazaro

Mary Angle

Jennifer Spain, Sean Burleigh,     

     May Gomez and Erin Dodson

Kelly Evans and Amanda Radke

Angela Cooper

Nicole Coy


Amy Pertile and Jackie Hale

NEEDED (Currently rotating)

Ashley King

John Streicher

Ashley King