Our staff consists of hard working and dedicated volunteers. We truly appreciate their passion for helping birthmoms through their positions at BirthMom Buds.
Melanie Mosberg, Retreat Coordinator
Melanie is birthmom of Sarah Grace who was born in May of 2004 and placed in an open adoption. She joined the BirthMom Buds staff in 2005 as the Pregnant and Placing Coordinator and later became the BirthMom Buds Retreat Coordinator. Melanie received the honor of being named the first ever BirthMom Buds Buddy of the Year in 2010.
Melanie has her bachelor degree in human and community services and master’s degree in social work and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Monika Zimmerman, Newsletter Coordinator and Blogger
Monika became a birthmom at 34 years old. She currently lives near Tacoma, WA, with Nick, her partner and daughter’s birthdad. They enjoy an open adoption with their daughter and her parents, who live near Portland, OR. Monika joined the BirthMom Buds staff as a blogger in 2011 and became the Newsletter Coordinator in 2012.
In addition to the work that she does with BirthMom Buds, Monika has written guest posts for a number of blogs and also keeps a blog of her own called Monika’s Musings.
Destiny Kroeber, Forums Manager
Destiny became a birthmom at the age of 16 when she placed her son, Dustin, in a semi open adoption in January of 2002. She joined the BirthMom Buds staff as the Forum Manager in 2007. Destiny was honored with the BirthMom Buds Buddy of the Year award in 2012.
Destiny resides with her boyfriend, Bart, and their dog, Gideon, in Utah.
Natasha Ilys, Pregnant and Placing Coordinator
Natasha earned her Bachelor’s from Portland State University with a major in Women Studies. She also volunteers as a talk line advocate with Backline. In her free time she enjoys writing, taking pictures and exploring Portland, Oregon, where she resides.
Our bloggers write about their adoption story and issues pertaining to adoption on the BirthMom Buds Blog.
Teri is a birthmom from the closed adoption era and blogs about closed adoption and reunion from a Christian perspective. You can read Teri’s posts here.
Lisa is also a birthmom from the closed adoption era and writes about closed adoption and writes about the ups and downs of being a birthmom in reunion. You can read Lisa’s posts here.
Monika became a birthmom in 2009 and blogs about open adoption and current adoption issues that she is passionate about. You can read Monika’s posts here.