Board of Directors- Job Descriptions and Current Members

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.  What is the commitment?

Attend monthly meetings.  Serve a minimum of a one-year term.  All Board of Directors members serve in another role or on a committee.  Attend Lamaze functions.  A full job description is available upon request.

Time commitment 

2. When are meetings typically held? 
Board meetings are typically scheduled for the third Thursday from 6:30-8:30.  Committee meetings are coordinated based on member’s schedules, typically held in the mornings.

3.  What other board and community functions and events do board members usually support?
Board members are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend most of our community events (i.e. Silent Auction in the fall, Big House Big Heart, rotating community events to work the table as a Lamaze rep). Most of these are family-friendly events and on the weekends.

4.  Fundraising:  What is the fundraising cycle and what fundraising events do board members usually support and how? 

Board members are asked to contribute throughout the calendar year to events (i.e., asking friends to sponsor them in Big House, attend our events, make donations). Board members have contributed in a variety of ways. Some have written a check in December (no minimum), some work lots of events and get their support networks to donate/participate, and most do a combination of the above.

6.  Experience:  Do I need to have previous board experience? 

Most of the people on our Board have not had previous Board experiences, but experienced people are welcome.  We appreciate passion and commitment for our mission and vision.


7.  What do I do if I am interested?

Contact us at info@lamazefamilycenter.org or 734-973-1014 with questions, or email your resume with a letter explaining where your interest falls.  We will provide you with a full Board Member job description and set up a meeting.

 Thank you!   

Job Description

 

Volunteer Committee Member Openings

Committee members need not be on the Lamaze Board of Directors as well. 

Development Committee Member

This committee works on overarching fundraising initiatives, assisting in the process of raising funds and securing resources so Lamaze can fulfill its mission.  Members help identify and solicit donors and coordinate special events.  Some members may also be on the Special Events subcommittee.  

Special Events Subcommittee Member

This committeeplans and implements fundraising events (i.e. Open House in March, Big House Big Heart in April, Silent Auction in October). 

Governance Committee Member

This committee develops the foundational leadership of Lamaze by recruiting, orienting, and training committee and Board members.  This Committee also leads the board’s leadership development efforts, ensuring effective board processes, structures and roles.  Experience in recruitment, public relations, training or Human Resources especially helpful. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

1.  What is the commitment?

 

Attend monthly meetings.  Serve a minimum of a one-year term.  All Board of Directors members serve in another role or on a committee.  Attend Lamaze functions.  A full job description is available upon request.

Time commitment

2. When are meetings typically held? 

Board meetings are typically scheduled for the third Thursday from 6:30-8:30.  Committee meetings are coordinated based on member’s schedules, typically held in the mornings

3.  What other board and community functions and events do board members usually support?

Board members are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend most of our community events (i.e. Silent Auction in the fall, Big House Big Heart, rotating community events to work the table as a Lamaze rep). Most of these are family-friendly events and on the weekends.

4. What is the fundraising cycle and what fundraising events do board members usually support and how?

Board members are asked to contribute throughout the calendar year to events (i.e., asking friends to sponsor them in Big House, attend our events, make donations). Board members have contributed in a variety of ways. Some have written a check in December (no minimum), some work lots of events and get their support networks to donate/participate, and most do a combination of the above.

6. Do I need to have previous board experience?

Most of the people on our Board have not had previous Board experiences, but experienced people are welcome.  We appreciate passion and commitment for our mission and vision.

7.  What do I do if I am interested?

Contact Board Chair at jrlubeck@gmail.com or 734-973-1014 with questions, or email your resume with a letter explaining where your interest falls.  We will provide you with a full Board Member job description and set up a meeting.

 

 

Current Board Members

 

 

Mindy Magee- Board Chair

Heidi Wenger-Treasurer

The Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor was a valuable and welcoming resource for Heidi when she moved to the area shortly before the birth of her first son.  Since that time, she has participated in several classes with one or both of her sons, including infant CPR, Mother’s Groups, and Parent Toddler Playgroups.  Heidi received her MBA in finance from Michigan State University and has worked in finance in the automotive industry for 11 years.  She is excited to work with an organization which provides such great support for the surrounding  communities.  

                                                     

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson-Secretary

Abbie received her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Although her education and job as Program Coordinator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan focus on social work with older adults, her role as mother to two young boys (born in 2006 and 2008) allowed her to grow familiar with nearly every program offered by Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor, from childbirth prep to breastfeeding, Infant/Child CPR to baby sign classes, not to mention the invaluable new moms’ groups. Abbie brings 10 years of experience in non-profit program development and marketing to her position as Board Secretary and Marketing Specialist. Her other interests include musical theater, dance, writing, photography, spending time with her family and friends, and chocolate.

 

Members at Large

 

 

 

Ann Marie Weitzel

 

 

Bonnie Kerber

Bonnie first became involved with Lamaze Family Center with the birth of her first child in 2001.  In the years to follow she would have two more children and would develop a true connection to the special place that Lamaze is.  Her Mothers’ Group and Toddler Group provided much needed support, friendship and inspiration. She joined the Board of Directors in 2009 serving primarily in the role of special events and fundraising.  In 2012 she moved into the position of Marketing Manager. Her role involves marketing Lamaze and our classes throughout the Ann Arbor community. She considers one of the biggest perks of her job getting to see the many adorable little babies come through the door each day as her own, sadly, are no longer so little. 

Honorary Members

Timothy R.B. Johnston, M.D.

 

Tim Johnston is the Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System. He also serves as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, women's studies, and as research professor in the center for human growth and development. Tim's clinical interests include prenatal care and women's health, and his research interests include fetal behavior and international women's health issues. He has visited Africa several times to assist in the training of physicians and midwives in Ghana. In 1977, Tim and his wife Jo attended Lamaze classes in Ann Arbor in preparation for the birth of their first child. Tim is a strong supporter of the mission and work of the Lamaze Family Center, and the positive impact it has on area women and their families.

Helen Kang Morgan, M.D. --UM Hospital Liason