Staff

Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH
Executive Director
512-579-3972

Reporting to the board, Kim is responsible for all mission-directed activities, financial and personnel management, and fund raising. She also oversees all clinical aspects of the milk bank, including donor screening, milk processing and nutritional analysis; provides education and outreach to hospitals, community and professional organizations; and collaborates with US and international researchers on the nutritional effects of human donor milk for the vulnerable infant. She also supervises student interns from Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas Tech, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Kim serves on the board of directors of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), which sets standards for donor milk banks, acts as liaison to governmental agencies, and facilitates development of new milk banks. She chairs the HMBANA Guidelines Committee and serves on its Executive Committee as immediate past president of the board.

A Certified Nurse Midwife, Kim holds master’s degrees in both Public Health and Nursing. As a Nurse-Midwife in New Haven, CT, she delivered 532 babies, provided well-woman care, and served on the graduate faculty of the Yale University School of Nursing. For ten of the past twelve years, she has participated in teams of Advanced Practice Nurses and graduate students who provide clinical care to women and children in rural villages in Belize.

 

Laura Tankersley
Milk Donor Program Coordinator
512-579-3978

Laura is a native Texan who got to Austin as quickly as she could. She received her BA in Studio Art in metals and jewelry. She has worked as an executive director of Keep Brazos Beautiful for many years. Laura started as the MMBA milk donor program coordinator in July 2015 and loves talking to all of our generous milk donors. Laura has two grown sons, a grand baby on the way, three cheesy dogs- Velveeta, Gouda, and Mozzarella, and three cats Vespa, Sake, & Sumi. Laura is an avid gardener, rock hound, and foodie, eating her way around Austin's amazing food culture.

 

Melissa Fuentes
Program Coordinator
512-494-0800

Melissa is a native Austinite who attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships. Before joining MMBA in 2012 as the program coordinator, she managed a toy library for twelve years. Melissa works with hospitals and outpatient families that receive donor human milk, handles the organization's billing and human resources needs, acts as liaison to the board of directors, and assists the executive director in fulfilling our mission. Melissa lives in Round Rock with her husband, two sons, and her Golden Retriever, Maggie. She enjoys home improvement projects, reading, queso, and cheering for the Texas Longhorns!

 

Alison Rogers
Senior Program Assistant + Volunteer Coordinator 
512-494-0800

Alison grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts and moved to Texas on a bit of a whim in her early twenties and never left! With a background in advertising, she spent a good deal of time in the corporate world, and then joined her first non-profit in 2007, learning very quickly that this was where she belonged. She is the proud mother to a remarkably delightful teenage daughter, Violet, and a smelly pug, Matilda.

 

Laura Torres
Clinical Assistant
512-579-3977

Laura grew up in Austin and is keepin' it weird! She's been working at MMBA for over three years. At MMBA, Laura follows up with our donors and processes milk in our milk processing labs. Outside of work, she loves being a mom to her eight-year-old daughter.

 

Jessica Field
Milk Processing Technician
512-579-3979

Jessica is from the great city of Austin, TX and earned  her BS in Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin . At MMBA, Jessica is in charge of pasteurizing all of our donated milk once it is bottled. This ensures that our milk is safe for the babies who need it most - we couldn’t do what we do without her! When she’s not at work in the lab, Jessica loves to read, run, hike and get crafty. She is also the proud mom of two wonderful, sweet little girls.

 

Andrew Reynolds
Operations Manager
512-579-3970

Andrew grew up in Waco, TX, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwestern University in Georgetown. He has worked all sorts of jobs, with a background in maintenance and food services, in addition to interning for non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. and here in Austin. At MMBA, Andrew manages inventory, incoming and outgoing milk, and also manages equipment and facilities. Outside of work, Andrew and his girlfriend spend much of their time eating. They are expecting a baby in June-- it will be the cutest baby you've ever seen he is the cutest baby you've ever seen.

 

Chad Jacob
Pasteurization Technician
512-494-0800

Chad grew up in Houston until he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, and has since never left the city. He supervises the pouring in the middle lab, making sure all milk gets safely processed and does his best to keep the student staff and volunteers entertained. Chad is an avid indoorsman who enjoys videogames, 80s music, hard-boiled noir and really anything that keeps him from going outside--it's way too bright out there.


 

Meghan Betz
Executive Assistant
512-579-3984

Meghan has lived in Austin for many years and, aside from the ever-growing traffic, really does love this city and all that it has to offer! With a degree in human development, she has worked in the non-profit world for quite some time and in many different capacities. At MMBA, she tracks financial contributions and acknowledgements, grant deadlines, and assists with event planning to help fulfill the mission of the milk bank. She was drawn to the milk bank ever since she first learned about it from a friend (who happens to be a repeat milk donor!).



Hope Hanna
Operations Technician
512-579-3973

Hope is a "born and raised" Texan from the Dallas area and is currently pursuing her degree in psychology. At MMBA, she assists with maintaining inventory and upkeep of equipment. For fun, she enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and daydreaming about becoming the next "Iron Chef."

 

Kelsey Heineman
Community Manager
512-579-3971

Kelsey grew up in New Jersey (the northern part, not the shore), before attending Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she earned an BA in both Media Communication and Dance & Performance Studies. Since moving to Austin in 2013, she has decided to continue her academic career, working towards an MS in Strategic Communication online at Purdue University, and also continuing to dance. When not working, you can almost always find Kelsey taking classes at Ballet Austin or running anywhere there is shade. At MMBA, Kelsey handles communications and outreach to strengthen and expand our donor and community network. Kelsey loves hot chocolate (even in the insane Texas heat), is the proud owner of two kayaks, and is irrationally excited for the reboot of Gilmore Girls.

 

Sue Ellen McNally
Local Milk Courier 

Sue Ellen has been in Texas since the 80's, but still carries her Tennessee accent. She has retired from working for the State of Texas where she held many positions, the last position being an educational director for one of the state agencies as well as being the wellness coordinator. At MMBA, Sue Ellen works as our local courier picking up milk donations and delivering that lifesaving milk to the infants who need it in our area. Sue Ellen has a variety of passions but her family and four legged friend, Vincent, are at the top of her list. Sue Ellen is also an esthetician on the side and knows that "Variety is the spice of life!"

 

Lindsay Carr
Milk Donor Program Assistant 
512-579-3975

Lindsay grew up in Toledo, OH, before attending Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL where she earned her BA in both Psychology and Business. Since moving to Austin in May 2016, she has decided to continue following her passions with nonprofits. At MMBA, Lindsay follows up with potential donors and aids in the organization of the Milk Donor Program. When not working, you can almost always find Lindsay playing with her two cats, volunteering at APA or running around Town Lake. 

 

Tedrah Robertson
Development Director
512-579-3984

Tedrah is a proud first generation Texan with deep southern roots.  Like many, she relocated to Austin to pursue her Bachelors at The University of Texas, and decided to stay. After spending nearly a decade working in the Texas Legislature, Tedrah made a shift to the non-profit sector where she has spent the last eight years focusing on public affair issues.  At MMBA, Tedrah will head up our fundraising efforts—with particular focus on our Charitable Care program, research efforts, and capital campaign.

In addition to her Bachelors, Tedrah holds a Masters in Legal Studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is also actively involved in a variety of civic and cultural organizations, including the Junior League of Austin,  and is a former MMBA volunteer. Tedrah is the proud mother of one adorable little boy, and considers herself lucky to be the wife of one remarkable husband. 

Outside of her professional interests, Tedrah enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, logic puzzles, and a good book with cup of tea on a rainy day.