Smitten Support 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.
Jennifer and her husband recently moved to North Carolina from Boston. They are both excited and terrified that their daughter has started kindergarten. Jennifer loves to visit museums, ski, and explore the country with her family. In her free time, she sings her heart out in a local women’s chorale.
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.
Kelly is a nonprofit professional, specializing in child and family health and safety programs. As Link Manager at the Children’s Cancer Association, she draws on her diverse experience in program management, communication, and development in healthcare and education settings to aid families in their journey through pediatric cancer treatment.
Kelly is a mom to two amazing children and loves to spend time with family and friends and make life beautiful.
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.
Laura’s most important job, and passion in life, is raising her two children, Jackson and Kate, alongside her husband, Mike. Both her medical training and love for being a mom have led her to become a strong advocate for safe sleep. She believes that sleeping boxes are an important tool to help families keep their young ones safe. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and keeping an eye on the latest in baby style.
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.
Liz is a mom of two precious daughters – one of whom traveled with her to Ghana at only three months old. When she isn’t soaking up time with her family, she loves to travel, eat, and spend time with a group of fabulous, strong women.
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.
She and her husband Charles are proud parents to their toddler, Olivia. In her free time, Christina loves to explore the world with her family. Closer to home, she enjoys reading, movies, and cooking and eating with friends and family.
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.
Amber is a mommy to two amazing girls. On nice days in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she and her family can be found hiking or enjoying the bounty of a local farmers market. During the rainy season, she enjoys hanging out at home, cooking, sewing, and watching movies.
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.
Nicole is a traveler at heart, most recently journeying to Alaska. She loves leisurely drives in beautiful places, trying new restaurants, and good times with friends. She also enjoys roller skating in Central Park, reading at the beach, hiking and biking in the Hudson River Valley, and weekend ski trips.