Join a Committee

Standing Committees

Interested in working with and learning more about MMBA? Serving on a committee is one way to do that. See one that might be a good fit? Email our Executive Director Kim Updegrove to express interest and learn more about the roles and responsibilities. Serving on a committee is another way to support good outcomes for vulnerable infants, and for those interested in playing an even bigger role, committee service can be a stepping stone to serving on the Board of Directors. We need all talents - please join us!

Executive

Responsibilities:

  • Hire and evaluate Executive Director
  • Act on behalf of Board during interim between Board meetings
  • Oversee development of annual budget, operating plan, and program evaluation
  • Ensure good communication and expectations between the Board and MMBA

Chair: Julia Weatherby

Membership: Secretary Carolyn Kenney, Past President Amanda Koellhofer, Treasurer John Thornborrow

Finance

Responsibilities:

  • Engagement of the organization’s Auditor and support of the audit process
  • Oversee financial and accounting practices, including review of financial policies and controls
  • Act as a sounding board for the Executive Director and Board of Directors when making significant financial decisions
  • Review the annual budget of the organization and provide feedback and comment
  • Support the Committee Chair as the financial liaison to the MMBA Board of Directors
  • Support MMBA’s sustainability through the analysis of financial feasibility of potential new products, and pricing structures

Chair: John Thornborrow

Membership: Marianne Baker Bolduc, Marshall Cothran, Chris Earthman, Carolyn Kenney

Research

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research to quantify and optimize the unique therapeutic, nutritional benefits of human milk
  • Develop and distribute a donor human milk product optimized for very low birth weight preterm infant
  • Review and approve all requested research efforts involving MMBA resources
  • Design and prepare a processing lab that meets FDA requirements
  • Identify and negotiate with potential research partners and teaching institutions
  • Survey and collaborate with partner hospitals on additional product lines for MMBA to develop
  • Coordinate with Development Committee to fund research projects and equipment purchases
  • Recruit appropriate committee members from Board of Directors as well as community

Chair: Peter Untalan

Membership: Frank Cho, Jennifer Goetz, Sonny Rivera, John Thornborrow

Governance & Nominations

Responsibilities: 

  • Establish a bi-monthly meeting schedule to discuss board development needs
  • Develop an annual process to identify, recruit, and orient new board members
  • Establish mechanisms to communicate with committee chairs about potential board candidates
  • Work with staff to maintain an up-to-date prospective board member information packet, board orientation process, and board director's notebook
  • Establish a historical archive (on-going record) of board members, terms of service, and brief biographies (including photos) to be used in appreciation ceremonies and annual giving solicitations
  • Establish a basic slate of expertise that is necessary to maintain a healthy diversity on the BOD (i.e. lawyer, controller, neo, LC)
  • Review bylaws and recommend changes, ensure that board policies conform with by laws
  • Identify equipment needs
  • Coordinate with Development Committee to fund research projects and equipment purchases

Chair: Mike Crowe

Membership:  Marianne Baker Bolduc, Tom Nesbitt, Marshall Cothran

Ethics

Responsibilities:

  • Establish an ad hoc meeting schedule to discuss milk banking issues, including, but not limited to the allocation of scarce resources, the use of human milk for nontraditional clients, the use of human milk for other research purposes, and the provision of charitable care
  • Establish a framework by which staff and Board members can make decisions about the allocation of resources, both milk and money

Chair: Jennifer Goetz

Membership: Marianne Bolduc Baker, Barbara Wilson Clay, Kari Ann Roy, Sonny Rivera

Go Big Committee

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning to reach goal of having every Level 3 and 4 NICU provide donor human milk

Membership: Jennifer Goetz, Julia Weatherby, Carolyn Kenney, Jana Sharp-Sanders