The Milk Bank Board of Directors
The Milk Bank provides pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) by prescription or physicial order to hospitals and outpatients throughout the United States. Premature and ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care unites (NICUs) are our highest priority.
Since 2007, I have served as the Executive Director of The Milk Bank, formerly Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank. I have a long history of advocacy for infant and child nutrition and health care. I received my Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University, completed my Dietetic Internship at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and have been a Registered Dietitian for over 23 years. I received my Master of Public Affairs from IUPUI, and am currently a PhD Candidate in Philanthropic Studies through the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. I spent over 11 years in public service with both the Arkansas Department of Health and the Indiana State Department of Health before I moved to the nonprofit sector. I see the milk bank as the perfect blending of my interest in infant nutrition, my love for public health, and my knowledge of nonprofit organizations. I see the potential to create better health outcomes for infants and children as I work to help The Milk Bank reach our greatest potential through growth and expansion and progress towards a time when all babies that need it will have access to the gift of mothers milk. Melissa Harkins-Rose is Associate General Counsel, Litigation for Indiana University Health. Her primary role is managing malpractice and general litigation for IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Methodist Hospital. Melissa has practiced in the areas of personal injury defense, insurance law, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and health care law. Prior to her legal career Melissa was a registered nurse for six years. Melissa graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a bachelor’s in nursing and received her law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2002. Melissa is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. Melissa is the mother of two daughters and supporter of breastfeeding. Melissa supports access to and availability of safe donor breast milk to families and babies as a means to receiving the best nutrition on earth.
Sena currently serves as board president for The Milk Bank. She is the director of partner solutions for RocketBuild in Indianapolis. Sena has extensive experience in sales, marketing and business development. In her current role, Sena is responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies, as well as expanding the customer base to surrounding geographies. Sena has served as a member of The Milk Bank’s board of directors since 2015 and she is a former milk donor. Sena lives in Pendleton, Ind. with her husband and son.
I am currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist at IU Health Indiana University Hospital working with the Obstetric Intensive Care Unit, Mother/Baby unit, Newborn Nursery and Special Care Nursery. My past experience includes 12 years of perinatal nursing. I have worked as a bedside nurse in labor and delivery, antepartum, postpartum and newborn nursery and also as an in hospital lactation consultant. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Nursing degree and a Masters of Nursing degree, I am a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Most importantly I am the mother of a wonderful son now in elementary school. I believe The Milk Bank is an amazing resource and am excited about the opportunity to serve as on the board.
Kathy is a registered nurse with certification in High-Risk Neonatal Nursing and she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has over 40 years of experience with 29 years as a NICU nurse in five different states and now works as an IBCLC at Riley Hospital for Children. Her passions include working with special needs babies and their mothers to assist them with breastfeeding and assisting mothers with providing breastmilk for babies who are unable to breastfeed. Kathy is a member of the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, the International Lactation Consultant Association, the US Lactation Consultant Association, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Indiana Perinatal Network.
Eric and his family relocated to Indianapolis in October of 2007. Upon arriving to Indianapolis Eric took a position with CSO Architects, Inc. where he now leads the Interior Design vision for the firm. As a leader within his firm he mentors young designers, works as a project manager, and establishes and solidifies client relationships. In addition, he also has the responsibility to represent the company’s mission, “To provide world class quality, service and innovation with total design to enhance and contribute to our clients’ success.” Like his professional career, Eric takes contributing to his community very seriously, and in particular children in need. His passion for helping children of the community made the decision to join The Milk Bank an easy one. In addition to his role with The Milk Bank, Eric also serves The United Way of Central Indiana as an Emerging Leader Steering Committee member.
I am a board certified pediatrician working as a pediatric/NICU hospitalist within the IU Health system. Since completing my pediatric residency at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2006, I have had a wide range of clinical experience as a NICU/Newborn hospitalist ranging from well newborn nurseries to Level 3 neonatal intensive care units. Within the IU Health system my responsibilities include attending deliveries, caring for newborns in Level 2 and well newborn nurseries, providing prenatal counseling, and resident teaching at various hospital locations.
I am the nurse manager for Maternity Services at Community Hospital North. I have 15 years experience in perinatal nursing, and I have spent the last 9 years in management. My passion for nursing practice has led me to pursue a graduate degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and I will complete my degree in May 2015. I enjoy bringing evidenced based practice to the bedside, and supporting the work and mission of The Milk Bank is an important and unique way to do that. I proud to serve as a new board member in 2014.
Sarah is a nurse at the Marion County Public Health Department and an associate faculty member at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Her main area of service is helping primarily low-income populations to access health care, while also providing services in the home setting. At MCPHD, Sarah serves on both the Tuberculosis team as well as the Refugee Health team. She is a breastfeeding mother who is passionate about the importance of breastmilk for infant development and maternal child bonding. Sarah works to educate her clients on these benefits, while also providing breastfeeding support. She joined the board of the Indiana Mother’s Milk Bank in January of 2014 and also serves as a volunteer for Exodus Refugee Immigration.
Dr. Beaver is published author in Servant Leadership. She is an avid learner who is motivated, responsive, and energetic with over fourteen years of experience in the healthcare field. Dr. Beaver’s expertise has been focused in the area of regulatory affairs and compliance, with an emphasis on Meaningful Use and PQRS. She utilizes her passion and expertise in Organizational Leadership to cultivate collaborative environments mentoring and motivating team members and leveraging her strengths in strategic analysis, networking, research, and program development to maximize revenue and reduce costs. Her passion for fragile infants began in her teens when she volunteered in the infant unit at Riley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Beaver is a member of the Greenleaf Center of Servant Leadership and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Milk Bank.
Kiamesha became a milk bank board member shortly after the birth of her first daughter. She breastfed both of her daughters, is a past milk donor and a donor milk recipient. Kiamesha believes in the work and mission of this organization. Colom is a partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate transactions, real estate lending, commercial loan documentation and related business transactions. Colom has closed numerous SBA, USDA and conventional commercial loans for commercial lenders. Her extensive base of knowledge covers an array of commercial loan types, including government guaranteed lending, asset based line of credits, term loans, real estate transactions (acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, leasebacks) and construction loans. She lives in Pike Township with her husband and daughters. She is also a board member of LaPlaza and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Myka is a senior manager of audit services with Ernst & Young, LLP in Louisville, Ky. She primarily serves non-profit and healthcare entities in Kentucky and southwest Ohio. Her experiences range from small non-profit organizations, such as foundations, to multi-hospital health systems. Myka has assisted her clients in a variety of complex accounting matters, such as acquisitions and bond offerings. She is experienced with non-profit financial reporting, as well as the audit and compliance requirements for entities receiving federal grants and awards. She is a graduate of Indiana University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She lives in Crestwood, Ky. with her husband and two sons.
Stephanie Miller is the communications specialist for The Formula at Kiwanis International. Her primary function is ensuring the growth and success of Kiwanis International through clear and effective communication. Her professional passion is not only impactful communication but also fundraising, where she has over 10 years of experience in the field. Stephanie graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in communications, specializing in public relations. Stephanie lives in Noblesville with her husband Josh and daughter Ellason.