About the Founder
Christine M. Stroble, Ph.D.
Christine Maria Stroble, Ph.D. (Dr. Chris Maria), is the founder of Teen Moms Anonymous. In 2020, Dr. Chris Maria founded Teen Moms Anonymous because she knew from her research, professional, and personal experience that there was a need to minister to teen mothers who are trauma survivors.
She also knew the effectiveness of community-based support group programs like Codependents Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery. As a trauma survivor, Dr. Chris Maria had attended several CoDA meetings and completed the 12-Step program with Celebrate Recovery.
In the same way that Codependents Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery bring together people, who share a common bond, to support each other in healing, Dr. Chris Maria wanted to create a community-based support group program to bring together teen mothers, who share a common bond, to support each other in healing.
She created Teen Moms Anonymous, a Christ-centered, community-based support group program for teen mothers who are trauma survivors. We are a safe place in the community where current and former teen mothers (1) can meet with their peers, (2) find emotional and moral support, and (3) begin their journey of healing from trauma. Our program focuses heavily on education as a means to heal from trauma. Knowledge is access to change.
Dr. Chris Maria is a former public-school English teacher and college professor. She received her Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research area focuses on improving education for teen moms (pregnant and parenting students).
Today, along with leading this ministry, Dr. Chris Maria is an author and keynote speaker. She is the author of Helping Teen Moms Graduate: Strategies for Families, Schools, and Community Organizations (Feb. 15, 2023, Rowman & Littlefield), and her inspirational memoir Trauma and The Church: A Memoir (published under Dr. Chris Maria, Forthcoming 2024). Click here to request her as a speaker.
Charlotte Wright, M.Ed
Glenda Boone, Ed.D.
Tracy McCauley, MA
Domestic Violence Survivor and Advocate/Coach