Board of Directors

Amber Erickson
Co-Chair

Amber is Director of Performance and Quality Improvement for the West Michigan Partnership for Children. She is responsible for designing and implementing the continuous quality improvement process for foster care agencies in Kent County. Her areas of expertise include evaluation capacity building, client engagement, and data reporting for program utilization. She earned both a Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Social Policy and Evaluation, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Amber’s previous experience includes community organizing and advocacy work with nonprofit organizations across the state.

In 2013, Amber delivered healthy twin boys and immediately discovered the life-changing and all-consuming nature of motherhood. The transformative experience of becoming a mother of multiples led Amber to MomsBloom in an effort to assist other parents with building the support system they need to navigate the highs and lows of early parenthood. Amber is grateful and proud to serve on the Board of Directors for MomsBloom, an organization that is making the community a better place through building strong, healthy families.


Tera Wozniak Qualls
Co-Chair

Tera is Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Realty Group and Digital Marketing Specialist with Tiny Blue Sky. She also co-hosts and produces a podcast for female and female identifying entrepreneurs.

In her past Tera ran the nonprofit consulting firm, Momentum for Impact, and served as the director of communications and advancement for the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University and as communications manager for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

In 2007, she founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids, the first professional organization specifically for young nonprofit professionals in the city. Tera has blogged professionally about the issues of young nonprofit professionals and generational shifts in the sector. Her writing includes Social Citizen, where her blogs are now housed at terawozniakqualls.wordpress.com; various blogs for Independent Sector’s NGen program; blogging for Idealist.org’s Nonprofit Career Month; and an article titled “Beyond Succession Planning: Strategies to Engage the Next Generation” for the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s monthly membership publication.


Valerie Nelson
Treasurer

Valerie is honored to serve as the Treasurer of the Board for MomsBloom. She is grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact with mothers in her neighborhood and city.

Valerie attended Calvin College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She earned her CPA license while working for Arthur Andersen in Grand Rapids and then joined the growing health care community as the CFO of Life EMS Ambulance.

Valerie and her husband experienced two miscarriages before having their healthy son. About two months after his birth, Valerie was diagnosed with post-partum anxiety and struggled through a long (but full) recovery. It took her and her family completely off guard and her desire is that mothers would have a place they can turn for support when they are struggling.

Valerie found MomsBloom through an MLive article about the organization and went through volunteer training before being asked to join the board of MomsBloom. Her experience with miscarriages and post-partum anxiety made her want to be a support and encouragement for other moms going through the same situation. MomsBloom was a perfect fit.

Valerie and her husband now have a second son, and while she struggled with postpartum anxiety again, it was less severe due to the knowledge she gained after her first birth, as well as helpful resources she learned about through MomsBloom.


Caitlin Hopkins

Caitlin is excited to contribute to an organization as inspiring and impactful as MomsBloom. She is ready to channel her energy and creative into helping the mothers in our community to be healthy, happy and successful parents for their little ones and themselves.

Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Grand Valley State University. She has a minor in spanish language and has used her second language during her time as a volunteer at The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and The Literacy Center.

Like many women in their late 20s, Caitlin has had many friends and family experience various aspects of becoming and being a parent. Through miscarriages, infertility, child birth and divorce, she has seen first hand all that can come between a mother and the precious moments she has with her children. Although she hasn't experienced them first-hand, she can see the affect that body changes and hormones can have one a woman and wants to be a positive agent of change to keep a community conversation going about how we can best support and celebrate the women who are building the next generation, one child at a time.


Carrie Kolehouse

Carrie Kolehouse joined the Board of Directors in 2017 after leading the BloomAwards committee in 2015 and 2016. A mother of two, Carrie is currently an Account Executive/Media Planner at Media Place Partners, and has worked in marketing at AHC+Hospitality as the Senior Marketing Manager and at BISSELL as a Digital Content Specialist. Her career started in TV news as an Associate Producer and Reporter for WOODTV8 while she was attending Grand Valley State University. Carrie's passion for supporting mothers of young babies was ignited by her own experience with postpartum depression, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to positively impact other mothers through serving MomsBloom.


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*If you are interested in joining the MomsBloom Board of Directors, please complete the secure and confidential form below. Email bloom@momsbloom.org or call us at 616-828-1021 with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Board Interest Application

  • Contact Information

    Please email bloom@momsbloom.org or call 616-828-1021 if you have any questions.
  • Education and Employment

    You may attach your resumé in lieu of this section only, if you prefer.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    PDF or Microsoft Word documents only.
  • Leadership and Community Experience

  • Personal

    Please provide 2 personal references.
  • What special skills and qualities would you contribute to MomsBloom (special skills and qualifications you have acquired from employment, previous volunteer work, or through other activities)?
  • Statement of Intent

    Please attach a brief summary (not to exceed one page) as to: Why you want to serve on the MomsBloom Board of Directors. All applications must contain this to be considered.
  • Board Member Expectations

    Board members are expected to: 1. Attend monthly board meetings held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00pm. 2. Attend additional events, board activities and trainings as requested. 3. Serve on at least on committee annually. 4. Serve as a Community Ambassador on behalf of MomsBloom. 5. Make an annual donation (or services in kind equivalent to) $200 to MomsBloom.
  • Our Policy

    It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age or disability. Thank you for completing this application and for your interest in volunteering with us! Sincerely, MomsBloom