our team of experts
Jennifer Baer, MA Counseling
Jennifer Baer has a Master’s in Counseling from Wake Forest University and is a nationally certified counselor. Over the past eleven years, she’s lived around the country assisting adults and children in need in a diverse range of settings. She’s directed a counseling center in a private school in North Carolina, matched volunteers and children in a mentorship program in Hawaii, and provided counseling and assessments for students on the autism spectrum in Michigan. She has a passion for health and wellness education with a special interest in positive psychology.
Laura Bix, PhD
Dr. Bix is the Principle Member of Dr. Bix Packaging Consultants, LLC. In both this role, and in her role as a Professor, and Associate Director at MSU’s School of Packaging, her work focuses on quantifying the interface between people and packaging with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes.
Dr. Bix has served as the US expert to ISO/TC 122 WG9, a guideline aimed at creating inclusionary packaging for several years, and as the Vice-Chair of ASTM Committee D10.32, the Committee on Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging, from 2004-2008. In 2008 she was named one of the Medical Device Industry’s most notable people by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine.
Amanda Gorga is part owner of Lightning Ridge Enterprise, a family investment company. She led the philanthropic arm of the company for four years and is committed to promoting health and safety in her community. Before she became a mother of her two beautiful girls, Amanda was the co-captain of the University of Michigan Women’s Swim Team and winner of the Frank Barnard leadership award.
Laura Howe is a triple board-certified physician in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Allergy/Immunology. Laura attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the University of Michigan. Currently, Laura practices medicine in beautiful Traverse City, MI.
Liz Kaselitz, MSW
Liz Kaselitz has a masters degree in social work with a concentration in health. She has worked as a clinical research project manager for the University of Michigan Health System for more than five years. She has managed various projects looking at the influence of social support and cultural norms on health outcomes. Her most recent project is examining the outcomes of moms and babies in rural Ghana surrounding childbirth and postpartum care. Liz brings expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, project organization and management, and communication management to the board.
Christina Kim is a financial advisor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She joined her firm, Edward Jones, after returning to the area in 2008. In her current role, she assists local families and businesses with wealth management, as well as retirement and legacy planning. She has also long been involved with community organizations providing support and enrichment for youth.
Amber Nyssen, MBA
Amber Nyssen studied Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University. She started her career as a manufacturing engineer at a tier-1 supplier to the commercial vehicle market. She went on to hold roles in project management, quality, and operations management. After completing her MBA at Portland State University, she and her husband lived in India for almost a year while setting up a facility for her company. Amber now leads the supply chain and quality groups for a portable machine tools company just outside of Portland.
Nicole Traxler Wright
Nicole Traxler Wright brings a decade of strategic planning and project management experience in government relations, fundraising, and healthcare. Nicole currently works for one of New York City’s largest healthcare providers. She specializes in organizational planning.