Our Team

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Elizabeth Balder
Interim Executive Director

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!

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Katie Reitemeier
Program Coordinator

Katie joined the MomsBloom team 8 years ago in order to empower new parents with the resources they need to experience more of the joy of new parenthood. She has worked in oncology and end-of-life care for 30 years, serving the last 12 years as an Oncology Massage Therapist at Spectrum Health Butterworth. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Ethics from MSU and a BA from the University of Michigan.

 

Katie first served MomsBloom as a Board Member. Having received strong family support during the first days of welcoming her own 3 kids, she could understand the challenges families could face without such support. Her desire to work more directly with families made the transition to Program Director a natural one because her skills for active listening and advocacy have equipped her to build strong matches between MomsBloom families and volunteers. She facilitates all new referrals for the Flourishing Families program and recruits, trains and supports the development of our volunteer team.


Volunteers

Jenn Palm
Social Media Manager

Jenn joined MomsBloom as a volunteer in 2012, when her son was only one year old. She had experienced great support when her son was born and wanted to “pay it forward.” Volunteering with Flourishing Families with a young child was a difficult balance, so she looked for other ways to support MomsBloom. Jenn graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations, and is now completing the graduate program in Communications. Her graduate research interests include narratives/storytelling as a means of healing, women’s issues in the media, and social media’s impact on social justice issues. She uses her knowledge of social media, digital marketing, and technical writing to help forward the MomsBloom mission.

Terree Brncick
Lakeshore liaison

Terree lives in Holland and began volunteering with MomsBloom three years ago when she first heard about the program.  Remembering how challenging that time was when her daughter was born, the idea of helping other moms through those first few months resonated with her.  She loves the variety of experiences volunteering brings, whether cuddling a newborn, folding a load of laundry or lending a listening ear.  She’s also honored to know that she’s touched the lives of families living in her own community.  Terree is a registered nurse with experience in many settings including intensive care, pre- and postoperative care and connecting postpartum moms to services in the area.  She enjoys Pilates, walking her dog, doing projects around the house and spending time with her husband and 13 yr old daughter.