Our Team

Behind every great organization, there’s a strong team of leaders that stand behind and push its mission forward. At The Milk Bank, our team rallies around our babies, families, and the community.

Freedom Kolb

Executive Director

Freedom Kolb, Executive Director

Servant leader and community organizer are the roles I have built my career around, but the job I cherish most is mom to three amazing, fierce daughters. I know first-hand the challenges with medical scares, breastfeeding challenges, juggling work-life balance, and the importance of finding a support system. That is why with more than 22 years in the philanthropic sector around the country, I am delighted to join the lifesaving work of The Milk Bank! I see our work as pro-women, pro-children, pro-family and an investment in our collective public health.

I am so proud of the high clinical and customer service standards this organization has achieved and will be working toward leveraging these strengths to serve even more children and rally support for the most vulnerable infants. I invite everyone to join us at The Milk Bank and consider how you can lend time, talent, or treasure to combatting the staggering infant mortality rate.

When I’m not in work mode you can find me at the barn, sporting events, or advocating for equity and inclusion around the Central Indiana community.

fkolb@themilkbank.org

Sarah Long

Sarah Long

IBCLC, Clinical Director

Sarah Long

Sarah Long, IBCLC, Clinical Director

Since my relocation from the UK to the USA in 2008, I have worked tirelessly to create a career in the field I feel so passionately about. I graduated in 1997 from the University of Birmingham, Central England, with a Bachelors in Midwifery. My career as a Registered Midwife in the UK allowed me the honor of delivering and supporting moms in an incredible life event-birth. My passion for breastfeeding really began when I became a mother.

The challenges I faced along the way taught me that all moms need good community breastfeeding support. This inspired me to increase my knowledge in lactation to enhance my practice as a Midwife. Following my immigration to the United States, I am proud to say I achieved my goal of becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Since then, I have been employed as a hospital-based IBCLC and provided private home visits as a Lactation Consultant.

I am happy to say I found my calling here at The Milk Bank, where I can help support a population of moms and babies, who without a doubt will receive the unique gift of mother’s milk.

slong@themilkbank.org

Jami Marvin

Jami Marvin

CLS, Production Director

Jami Marvin

Jami Marvin, Production Director

After my daughter was born in 2010, she spent a month in the hospital for brain surgery. During that time, the only thing that I could think to do was to breastfeed. It wasn’t easy in the beginning. She was taken to a separate hospital just a few hours after birth, while I was recovering from a c-section.

I had just a couple of hours with her immediately after birth where we did skin-to-skin and she did latch and begin to nurse but it wasn’t for very long. I began my breastfeeding journey using a pump in a hospital miles away from my baby, just as many of our donors do. However, in my mind, since I couldn’t go through the surgery for her, I knew that I was giving her the best chance I could at getting through the surgery as a healthy baby girl. She made it through just fine and my husband and I realized the benefits that breastfeeding offered our daughter. I was able to use my knowledge of food service standards, and my love and passion for breastfeeding to start working at The Milk Bank.

Since then, I have had two healthy little boys who were lucky enough to come to work with me at The Milk Bank every day until they were six months old. The opportunity to continue our uninterrupted breastfeeding journey for that long, and be a working mom was the best of both worlds. The support during my pregnancies and breastfeeding journeys with them has been amazing! I have loved working at The Milk Bank for the last 7 years and I look forward to growing with the organization.

jmarvin@themilkbank.org

Jenny Pemberton

Jenny Pemberton

Business Director

Jenny Pemberton

Jenny Pemberton, Business Director

Why would a woman without children want to work with breast milk? I heard variations of that question more than once when I announced to family and friends that I had taken a job at The Milk Bank. I guess it was a legitimate question considering that all of my “babies” have four legs and fur and I had spent nearly twenty years working in Information Technology and Analytics. My answer was simple, I was tired of helping corporations make money, and I wanted to help make a difference in peoples’ lives.

I had heard about The Milk Bank several years ago from a friend and was impressed with the amazing service they provide. I’ve always had a passion for helping those in need and when I found out The Milk Bank was hiring, I knew I needed to be a part of this incredible organization and, as luck would have it, they felt I would be a good addition to their staff. I know that I have found my new calling.

I’m amazed by the brave, strong, passionate women who work here and am so proud to not only call them my co-workers but also my friends. Every day I am inspired by them and reminded that The Milk Bank is about more than just breast milk, it’s about the compassion offered to a bereaved mom as she deals with life (and her milk) after losing her child, it’s about the support given to a mom that has spent day in and day out with her baby in the NICU, it’s about the encouragement given to a mom who is about to take her first (or second or third…) baby home from the hospital. Amazing things happen here every day.

When I’m not at The Milk Bank you can find me creating art in my stained-glass workshop, planning our next travel adventure, or planting and harvesting apples, pumpkins and other vegetables for various local farmer’s markets and the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch at the farm my husband and I own and operate, Ducky Meadow Farm and Orchard.

jpemberton@themilkbank.org

Jenna Streit

Jenna Streit

Advancement Director

Jenna Streit

Jenna Streit, Advancement Director

Moments after my youngest daughter was born, we knew she needed a short stay in the NICU. A nurse turned to me and asked if I would like her to receive donor milk or formula. While my heart was aching that I wouldn’t be immediately nursing my daughter, I was grateful to choose donor milk. It made me feel like another mom had my back. A donor mom provided milk so that my daughter and I could rest, recover, and heal. This gratitude sparked my interested in joining The Milk Bank.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with supporters who are passionate about breastfeeding and chestfeeding, improving infant mortality, want to support bereaved families, and want to ensure fragile infants have access to life-saving breast milk.

In my free time, you can find me chasing chickens, spending time with my daughters and husband, and experimenting in the kitchen.

jstreit@themilkbank.org

Lauren Duncan

CLS, Clinical Programming Coordinator

Lauren Duncan, CLS, Clinical Programming Coordinator

I’ve always known that breastmilk is best for babies, but it really hit home when my first child, Michael, was born just shy of 24 weeks gestation. Due to his extreme prematurity, I knew what he needed most was my milk, so I pumped like it was my job! Sadly, Michael was very sick and passed away when he was a month old and I was left with lots of milk that I knew I couldn’t just throw away, so I asked about donating. I am so grateful that this was an option! Donating my milk in his memory was an incredible part of my healing and it was comforting to know that the milk I had made just for him and his needs would go to other sick babies with needs similar to his. Since then, I have given birth to a healthy baby girl who I was able to successfully breastfeed.

In my free time, I enjoy time at the gym, reading, gardening, trying new recipes, and spending time with my husband and daughter, as well as my Brittany Spaniel, Charlie. I have a passion for living a healthy, active lifestyle and plan to become a Certified Nutritionist so that I may help support women who are seeking a healthier lifestyle.

Working at The Milk Bank has truly been a dream come true! I am honored to have the opportunity to work with our amazing and selfless donors and know that the important work we do is making a difference.

lduncan@themilkbank.org

Diane Wade

Diane Wade

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Diane Wade

Diane Wade, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

While my career began in Human Resources, I am a lifelong volunteer committed to serving family & youth-centered organizations. I stayed home while my three children were young and logged a total of two and a half years of breastfeeding, where I came to appreciate why breast milk is referred to as “liquid gold!” I am in awe of our donors, who are giving a truly precious gift.

I knew that when I returned to work, I would pursue my passion for the nonprofit sector. In 2017, I received my graduate certificate in nonprofit management from IUPUI’s O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs and my Masters in Public Affairs in 2020. I love putting those skills to work every day, developing relationships with community organizations, connecting with volunteers, and sharing the stories of our incredible milk donors

When I need to recharge, I love going to concerts, listening to podcasts, cooking, and hanging out with my family, which includes our Bernedoodle, Wendell. I am honored to work alongside my colleagues at The Milk Bank doing the important work of supporting moms and babies!

dwade@themilkbank.org

Jennifer Reese

Office Operations Specialist

Jennifer Reese, Office Operations Specialist

I graduated from Butler University in 2008 with my bachelor’s degree and went on to become an “odd job” queen, doing everything from working in restaurants and various offices, to face painting for the Indiana Pacers. I finally landed in a small corporate office as a staff accountant where I worked my way up over the course of nine years, learning accounting and business. I was absolutely overjoyed when I was able to come aboard the team here at TMB in 2019 and apply my skill set to help an organization that I truly believe in.

I had known about The Milk Bank for years through family ties, and my husband and I have loved to be connected and lend our support in any way we have been able. The Milk Bank became especially important to me, personally, after my first son was born in 2015. I was headed back to work full-time but was set on reaching my breastfeeding goals of providing at least one year of breast milk for my son. I showed up at The Milk Bank with nothing but my breast pump and 5,000 questions about how to make it all work, and with the support of the Breastfeeding Resources & Assistance @ TMB (BRA) program, I was able to get the answers and help I needed to succeed in reaching (and exceeding!) those goals.

jreese@themilkbank.org

Brock Badgley

Laboratory Specialist

Brock Badgley, Laboratory Specialist

I’ve worked in a few fields before I started at The Milk Bank. I worked in the food industry for the majority of my working life. The Milk Bank has given me the chance to make the world a better place with the skills I’ve developed while working at my other jobs. Getting to help put families at ease and just helping babies in general has been awesome and it really makes every day better!

bbadgley@themilkbank.org

Samantha Powell

Donor Specialist

Samantha Powell, Administrative Assistant

While studying social work and criminal justice at IUPUI, I also interned at the Indiana Women’s Prison. There, I saw the racial inequities of maternal healthcare in the prison system up close. I care about The Milk Bank because providing babies with safe donor milk is a great way to lower infant mortality and empower families!

When you visit The Milk Bank, you’ll meet me at the front desk. When I’m not at work I enjoy caring for my “jungle” of 60 plus houseplants and long hikes with my dog. Another passion of mine is cooking and baking delicious food for friends and family members!

spowell@themilkbank.org

Lauren Zuber

Advancement Specialist

Lauren Zuber, Advancement Specialist

After over a decade of spending my career in some combination of client services, communication, and community building I am thrilled to have found my way to The Milk Bank. Though I was familiar with the concept of donor milk, my initial first-hand experience with The Milk Bank camewhen my son was born a month early. The hospital offered us donor milk to supplement. It was such a relief to know that mothers who came before me had people like my son and I in mind. I’ll never know the mothers who helped me feed my son, but I am incredibly grateful for their gifts and the relief they gave me in those first post-partum days. I am proud to work with The Milk Bank team and to support donor milk as a tool to increase healthy equity and reduce infant mortality.

Outside the office you can find me pushing a stroller on the sidewalks and walking trails of my neighborhood, tending to my army of houseplants, knitting, reading, and making progress on my 100-year-old fixer upper house.

lzuber@themilkbank.org

Toni Joyner

Advancement Intern

Toni Joyner, Advancement Intern

As a Purdue University student studying Kinesiology, you may be wondering why I am here. Don’t worry, my friends and family have asked me the same question. I was looking for a summer internship to keep me busy, and I found myself here. To be honest, I had never heard of a milk bank before I started this internship, but I am very passionate about health equity and empowering women, and it turns out The Milk Bank is too. I am excited to spend the summer here soaking up knowledge and wisdom from my wonderful colleagues. My goal is to one day open a gym and I think that this internship will be a great learning experience for me. I am very grateful to be here.

When I am not studying or working you will find me at the pool, in the gym, eating, taking a nap, hanging out with my friends, or playing with my neighbors. I am very passionate about clean eating and breaking down barriers for women in fitness.

tjoyner@themilkbank.org

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