INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — You may see Jackie Peacock around town with her children, out with her husband, or with other moms of Incline Village at the beach or in the back yard. What you might not see, however, is the behind-the-scenes work she has done with the MOMS group, connecting families and forming friendships around North Tahoe.Peacock has been involved with MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) for four years. In that time, the group’s membership has doubled, and Peacock has helped plan various playgroups and parties, while still finding time to volunteer for other groups.MOMS, founded in 1988, strives to provide “emotional, informative, and social support for families and children through playgroups, parties, and community events,” its mission states. Playgroups (determined by age) meet regularly and do different activities, allowing both the children and the moms to relax and connect with other families in the community.Peacock has internalized the mission of the group, and works tirelessly every day to make sure the moms, children and families of Incline Village and North Tahoe stay connected.“In such a small community, I think it’s important for the child to develop a sense of community at a young age and see that being role-modeled through the moms,” Peacock said.In fact, the sense of community is what brought Peacock and her husband, Eric, to Tahoe seven years ago from Pennsylvania.“Eric and I got married in 2004 and decided we loved the West Coast but wanted to have the same small-town feel, similar to where we both were raised, to start our family and raise our own children,” Peacock said of the move. “We also love the outdoors and Tahoe seemed like the perfect fit for us, and it has been for the past seven years.”Peacock started participating in MOMS when she was pregnant with her daughter, Chloe, now four. She was made leader of her daughter’s group, and due to her success with that group, was asked to become president the next year.“I work really hard with the MOMS group,” Peacock said of her commitment to the group. “What makes MOMS group successful is participation and involvement.” The group meets anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the age of the children. The group also hosts several larger events throughout the year, including barbecues and moms’ nights out.“Every month we add a few more members. The bigger group lends itself to more energy,” Peacock said of the 120 families that are now a part of MOMS.Peacock has worked with children for much of her life. She has a masters degree in counseling psychology from SUNY Albany, and worked as a school counselor for seventh and eighth graders for six years in Southern California.“I’ve worked with kids my whole life,” Peacock said.Her own children, Chloe and Drew (2), are both involved in MOMS. While the children benefit tremendously and make countless new friends in the group, the mothers also are able to meet other moms and families. Peacock has met many close friends through the group, including Caroline Kaplan. The duo has known each other for the past several years and work together at MOMS.“She leads by example. She doesn’t just say something — she does it,” Kaplan said of her friend. “She’s very enthusiastic and hard-working.”While Peacock’s main focus is the MOMS group, she is also involved in the Homework Help program for Incline Village elementary-age students, as well as being the co-chair of Lake Tahoe School’s Crystal Ball Auction. Most recently, she became a member of the Lake Tahoe School marketing committee.With all this on her plate, Peacock still finds time to spend with her own family.“In addition to MOMS group, she gives her all to everything,” Kaplan added. “Anything she does, she gives 150 percent. She really is a doer. Lake Tahoe is very lucky to have her.” Peacock plans to remain involved with the group, as well as with other activities her children participate in, as long as she can. “It’s always been about the kids for me,” Peacock explained. “I’m always going to be involved with the kids and what they’re doing. That’s just who I am.”
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