Meet The Team

moms mental health initiative team
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Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist

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Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE is MMHI’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. She has been advocating for perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 20 years of professional experience including her work as child advocacy program coordinator, life coach, family support specialist for perinatal couples and crisis pregnancy counselor. Sarah is a Certified Family Life Educator, advocate and  speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. Born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, Sarah is a cheesehead at heart but spent many treasured years as a Hoosier. She currently lives in Ozaukee County and is a proud mom of two. She enjoys playing soccer, being active, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and taking her rescue dogs for hikes. 

Board Of Directors

Kristi Rapp works for Advocate Aurora. She serves as Moms Mental Health Initiative’s Board of Directors Co-Chair.

Alissa Begin, board co-chair. Northwestern Mutual

Alissa Begin is a Premier Practice Consultant, Senior Manager, Field Marketing at Northwestern Mutual. She started with Northwestern Mutual in the fall of 2020, providing strategic marketing consulting to Private Client Group firm’s through out the country.  Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual she was a Director of Client Services for GMR Marketing for 9+ years. Alissa moved to Milwaukee from Minneapolis, MN where she started her career as a Human Resources professional. She received her Master of Arts, in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  Alissa is an active member in the Mental Health Community of Southeastern Wisconsin, serving on the Board of Directors as Co-Chair of Moms Mental Health Initiative, Milwaukee.

Ashley is an Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer at First Midwest Bank, a division of Old National Bank.  She joined First Midwest Bank through the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Park Bank in June of 2020.  Through her role at First Midwest, Ashley commercial loans and treasury management services to privately held companies in the metro Milwaukee area.  Ashley moved to Milwaukee from eastern Iowa where her career in the banking industry began.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.  Ashley serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of Moms Mental Health Initiative, Milwaukee. 

Megan Nazaret Milwaukee Moms Mental Health Initiative

Megan Nazaret is on the Board of Directors for Moms Mental Health Initiative and is a fierce advocate for perinatal mental health. She lives in Mequon with her husband, her two sons, Adrian (8) and Wilbur (4), and her bearded dragon, Orangie. Megan takes care of her mental health through medication, therapy, Pilates, volunteering, and reading. She is passionate about reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness and helping people feel less alone in their struggles.

Staff

Casey White joined Moms Mental Health Initiative at the start of 2021 as Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining the staff, Casey utilized Moms Mental Health Initiative’s resources as she navigated her own perinatal mental health journey. She left a career as an investigative reporter in television news to serve people through non-profit work. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. Casey and her husband Drew made Milwaukee home in 2015, and have since welcomed their two sons into the family.

Board & Staff photography by El.Le Photography