Board of Directors

Carrie Kolehouse
Board President

A mother of two, Carrie is currently Director of Operations at Media Place Partners, and was previously the Senior Marketing Manager for AHC+Hospitality and Digital Content Specialist at BISSELL. 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 the continually humbling experience of motherhood. She began serving as a MomsBloom volunteer in 2013 and led the BloomAwards committee for two years before joining the board.

 

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 postpartum 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 postpartum 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.

 

Courtney Hilbert
secretary

Courtney Hilbert is the mother of 3 girls, a nurse-midwife, and Director of APP (Advanced Practice Providers) Services in Women’s Health at Spectrum Health. In her 12 years as a nurse-midwife she has taken care of thousands of moms during pregnancy and the postpartum period and has seen firsthand how important a strong support system is for women during this transformational time of life. She has also seen women suffer immensely from postpartum mood disorders and knows that early detection and treatment lead to better outcomes for moms and their families. Courtney has been referring her patients to MomsBloom for years and is honored to serve as a board member and board secretary.

 

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.

 

Elizabeth Balder

Elizabeth joined MomsBloom in November of 2017, after spending 9 years working in the non-profit world in San Francisco, Chicago and West Michigan. In 2009, she was told she would not be able to have a family without taking extreme measures (hormone therapy and surgery). She was completely surprised when she found out she was pregnant in 2016 without even trying. She struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum during her whole pregnancy and faced many challenges during the birth of her little miracle. Once her son arrived, she lacked the support she needed. She vowed to find ways to support other moms so that they don't have to endure the same circumstances.  She was so excited to hear about MomsBloom and the support that was offered, and even more elated to join the mission. She is so happy to help us grow!

 

Danielle Boog

Danielle is a pediatric occupational therapist working with children and their families for over 6 years. When the opportunity to join MomsBloom presented itself, Danielle was excited to join this organization that provides such needed support for new mothers. As a mother of four herself, she understands how challenging this stage of life can be as well as how crucial support and resources are to the whole family. Danielle is committed to assisting mothers in their new role as well as the whole family grow and develop through many of the joys and challenges of life.

 

Daniel Spisak

Dan is a Vice President with Bank of America leading a commercial client team.  He is a father of two and relocated to Grand Rapids in the fall of 2014.  After having his second daughter without the luxury of having family nearby, he knows how difficult the first few months can be without a local support system.  He is dedicated to providing moms the resources necessary for happy and healthy homes.

Prior to his experience with Bank of America, Dan worked at Chase in the business banking in Metro Detroit.  He attended the University of Dayton and graduated with degrees in both Finance and Operations Management.

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