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.

Erica Guthaus
Doula Liaison

In early 2004, working as a full time nanny, Erica quickly understood that the rest of her life would be dedicated to equipping, encouraging and supporting growth in families and the amazing people who work with them. After the birth of her first child in 2005, she realized just how challenging the transition into parenthood could be. She was exhausted and lonely. Making connections usually meant stretching so far outside of her comfort zone that it often didn’t feel worth the effort. How amazing it would have been to receive support from MomsBloom back then!

Now, over 10 years later, Erica has personally experienced the trials and excitement of bringing home a new baby four times and walked alongside countless growing families. As a doula, she has had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced birth professionals in West Michigan as well as studying with Childbirth International and Mercy In Action. Erica works hard to blend her personal and professional experience into being a doula that works with a welcoming heart and open mind. As a result, she is passionate about making doula support accessible to everyone, regardless of personal circumstances and works tirelessly to further that mission. She is excited to join the MomsBloom team and bring that energy to the Community Based Doula Pilot.


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

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.