President: Amanda Koellhofer, B.A.
A former donor mom, Amanda brings more than 15 years experience in marketing and event planning to the MMBA board. After graduating from UT Austin, she enjoyed a sales and marketing career with Dell, NetQoS and Solarwinds before staying home to be a full-time mom to her twin boys. Amanda has also served on boards of the American Marketing Association, Austin Chapter, and the TLLC Child Development Center. She is involved in her church and dedicated to service — especially for kids and families. Amanda loves to read, spend time with family and friends, and travel with her family.
“I learned about the Milk Bank when I had a freezer full of breastmilk near expiration that my twins would not need. I discovered the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and I am so proud of the donations I made. The volume of milk that would feed my boys for a few days could feed many sweet babies fighting for their lives for much longer. My breastfeeding days may be gone, but not my passion for saving the lives of babies with a critical need for donor milk. The community created through mothers donating milk, families supporting our Charitable Care program, babies thriving because of another mother’s gift, and recipient family’s appreciation is simply beautiful.”
President-Elect: Julia Weatherby
Julia Weatherby is a healthcare technology professional currently developing and teaching classes through AGE of Central Texas to educate seniors and caregivers on managing their medical information using technology. Julia was previously senior project manager in the Medicaid program at Texas Health and Human Services Commission and senior IT consultant for IBM’s healthcare industry clients. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health & Science University, and a computer science degree from St. Edward’s University. Julia enjoys travel, photography, and collecting eggs from her backyard chickens.
"I support the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, because I believe every new parent should have the best alternative available for their child if they can't provide their own breast milk. I want to see MMBA, breastfeeding, and milk banking continue to grow so that worldwide, we can meet the need of every child who is in need of breast milk. I want to see donated breast milk continue to be available, safe and affordable for all fragile infants in need.”
Secretary: Carolyn Kenny
Carolyn is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Austin. She came to MMBA as Board Fellow in the MBA program at UT Austin, which matches graduate business students with local non-profit organizations. Her bioengineering background was a good match, and she worked with the board on the ongoing challenge of increasing milk supply to meet growing demand. From this project as well as a NICU tour, Carolyn learned about the challenges recipients face and the profound impact receiving human donor milk has on their ability to thrive. She lives in Austin with her husband and her dog.
"I volunteer for the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, because I believe the donor human milk we provide can save babies lives, improve their long-term health, and have a positive impact that extends to their families and communities. The work performed every day at MMBA embodies Margaret Mead’s wisdom, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ I am inspired by the generosity and passion of MMBA’s staff and volunteers and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the MMBA board."
Treasurer: John Thornborrow
Managing Partner at Vitesse Capital Partners, John brings to the MMBA Board of Directors twenty years of executive financial management experience. He has served in a variety of financial and operations roles in public and private technology companies. He is active in the Austin-area social impact investing space in the healthcare and education technology sectors. He serves on the boards of directors at Mission Capital, Charity Dynamics, DiscoverHope Fund, and the Austin Community College Foundation. He earned an M.B.A. from UT Austin.
“I love the mission of MMBA, because it exemplifies the commitment of families in the community supporting other families. Moms volunteer and donate human milk that nourishes tiny preemie babies in need. And MMBA insures that this life-saving milk is safe and effective for these at-risk infants.”
Laurie Beck, RN, MSN, IBCLC
Laurie has over twenty-five years experience in hospital postpartum, nursery, and NICU nursing and as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice and hospitals. Recipient of a Master's in Nursing from Corpus Christi State University, she served as adjunct professor for Texas A&M University Nursing program for eleven years. She has also served as president and board member of the U.S. Lactation Consultants Association. Laurie lives in Corpus Christi where she maintains a private IBCLC practice and serves as Lactation Program Coordinator at Driscoll Children's Hospital.
“As a nurse, mother, and IBCLC, I have learned over the years how important breast milk is for all babies. Not all families are well informed on the benefits of breastmilk, however, so parents need education and support to make the best decisions for their family. For fragile babies in a hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, prescribed donor milk from a milk bank is the next best thing, if mom's own milk is unavailable. Breastmilk is a limited and very precious resource, so we need more healthy mothers to breastfeed and donate.”
Michael Crowe is a partner with the law firm of Husch Blackwell, LLP. Michael graduated from the UT School of Law and, for over twenty years, has focused his legal energies almost exclusively on healthcare law and policy. He is married to the talented and effervescent Hope Morrison and has three wonderful daughters; Sarah, 27, Amelia, 16, and the tallest, Natalie, 14. Michael enjoys mowing the yard and watching TV.
“I first heard of the milk bank from Hope, who made sizable deposits after our daughter Amelia was born. Fast forward sixteen years to my law school buddy, Marianne Baker-Bolduc, explaining the history and mission of the milk bank, and asking if I wanted to get involved. I was thrilled to be asked, and am honored to serve this life-saving organization.”
Jennifer Goetz, MD
Jennifer Goetz is a neonatologist with Mednax, Inc. whose primary practice location is St. David's Medical Center. She joined the MMBA board of directors in January 2014. Jennifer obtained her medical degree at the University of Louisville in 2007, then completed a pediatrics residency and neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She also earned an M.A. in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago. In Austin since 2013, brings her passion for hands-on clinical care to her patients in the NICU. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
"I see firsthand, every day, the beneficial effects of donor human milk for our smallest and sickest babies.”
Nan Kinzler holds a Masters in Architecture from UT Austin. She has over 35 years of experience in both residential and light commercial construction and architectural design. In 2007 she opened her own consulting and construction management firm, Small House Productions.
"While I first became involved with MMBA by providing input to the building design committee; I had an earlier awareness of the need for donor breast milk - while visiting a friend at the NICU, where her son had been born extremely prematurely (26 weeks). Though she was able to provide milk for her son, there were other babies, that were receiving donor milk. I'm excited to be involved with such a crucial program and am looking forward to helping to increase awareness of the continuing need for breast milk donors, and to help broaden the base of financial supporters - especially where the building fund is concerned."
Jana Sharpe-Sanders is the daughter of Dr. George Sharpe, one of the cofounders of the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and the Milk Bank has been a very important part of her life from the beginning. Since Dr. Sharpe’s passing in 2006, Jana has increased her involvement with the Milk Bank, becoming a milk donor in 2009 after the birth of her second child. Jana works in physical therapy in the Austin area, and is married with two daughters: Kira, 10, and Keelin, 5.
Audelio (Sonny) Rivera, Jr., MD
Neonatologist, Pediatrix Medical Group/St. David’s Medical Center
Immediate Past President: Peter Untalan, MD
Peter has been providing neonatalogy services with the Pediatrix Medical Group of Austin since 2002. He is driven to ensure the best care to infants, children, and their families. Dr. Untalan, a strong supporter of the power of nutrition and breast milk, served as the President of the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin from 2010-2015. He received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and performed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Peter is thankful for the constant support of his wife Sydney and three children, Antonia, Pedro, and Frances.
“Working with the milk bank is a life mission, because I want to ensure the best nutrition is readily available for our most at-risk babies.”
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