Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Amy has been passionate about the birth world since her eldest daughter was born in 2006. In 2008 she decided to turn her passion into a career and became a doula (professional birth assistant). Since then she’s had the privilege of holding space for over 200 families as they journey through the rite of passage of birth and fall in love with their babies. She has been a certified labor doula (CLD) through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association) since 2009. Amy loves continually learning! Every family she works with, conference she attends, or article she reads teaches her more about her craft as a birth worker and businesswoman.
Amy has struggled, strived, and worked tirelessly on [M]otherboard since 2013 because she believes wholeheartedly that we can make a real difference in the lives of birthing families.
Amy has a wide range of experience including:
Hospital, birth center, home and water birth
Successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
Using positions to turn malpositioned babies using techniques described in Spinning Babies® and the Miles Circuit (spinningbabies.com and milescircuit.com)
Sibling and Teen Support
Induction for medical reasons
Cesarean, including family centered cesarean
OBs, Midwives (both CNMs and CPMs), and Family Practice doctors
Medicated and unmedicated births
Amy is also a professional artist. I have been creating birth, motherhood/parenthood, and other related artwork since 2010 (www.mandalajourney.com). Amy puts her BFA in Illustration to good use at [M]otherboard, creating many of the original medical illustrations you will see within the site.
Chief Technology Officer
Tynan is a lifelong technologist, entrepreneur, and trusted advisor. His leadership in healthcare technology has been anchored over the last fourteen years in the technology consultancy he founded, Commerce Kitchen, which builds lean mobile and web-based software in Digital Health. The technology group has won multiple awards under Tynan’s leadership, and has supported innovative new healthcare platforms for Allscripts, DaVita, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Stallergenes Greer, and US Oncology. In order to bring sustainable technology innovation to these world-class organizations, Tynan has focused on building a cross-functional and dynamic partner ecosystem that enables delivering progressive technology at speed. This partner ecosystem now fuels the digital health venture studio, Firepoint Studios, which Tynan is a founding partner of. Its capabilities span executive strategy & forecasting, business model development, agile change management, innovation readiness, HIPAA secure cloud-based platform development, and solution distribution.
Tynan is also an advisor to startups in San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, and beyond, looking to interface with larger healthcare systems either as customers or partners. He advises startups through Boomtown and Innosphere in Colorado, and serves as a delegate for the Aspen Institute in its efforts to build startup cultures and innovation hubs in developing countries around the world.
Through it all, Tynan aims to bring innovation in quality of care, cost-containment, and quality of life to the clients and partners he works with. He is a passionate believer in teams and culture, and works side by side his teams to promote prosperity, employee autonomy, creative thinking, risk-taking, and the power of open communication.
RN and Healthcare Liaison
Sara has worked as a bedside RN for 10 years in a variety of settings, but her passion has always been maternal health, especially working with people surrounding labor and birth. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her BSN, and has received several nursing certifications including OB-RNC in inpatient OB nursing (I take this exam next Tuesday so I’m not certified until I pass), RN-BC in medical-surgical nursing, as well as C-EFM in fetal monitoring.
As an educator and advocate for patients and their families, she empowers birthing people to make informed decisions about their care during the birth process. Sara believes [M]otherboard Birth is an essential tool for anyone pregnant or considering pregnancy. In her professional opinion, we provide a valuable tool to help families become better educated about the available options and procedures during their labor and birth. She desires to bring patients/families and their health care providers together, not only improving patient satisfaction but also reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.
Founder and Chief Design Officer
Andy started his career in Boston as a Project Manager for a Software as a Service (SaaS) company. This experience gave him critical skills needed to manage Cross Functional Teams with Executive level visibility. During this work Andy often became frustrated with product usability and design. He used this as an opportunity to work with the Product Management team and set the foundation for his full-time move into product design.
In 2009 Andy jumped headfirst into product management and design for the first time. He had the incredible privilege of working with a small team to bring a brand-new product to market. On this team he worked as the Product Designer, Product Manager, and SCRUM Master. While an incredible challenge, they were successful in bringing a new product to market and helping to fuel his company’s launch to a successful IPO.
In 2011 the company opened a new office space that focused on selling and servicing Andy’s products. During this time he officially moved to a full time User Experience Designer role that allowed him to take ownership of all products at his company.
2013 was the year Andy and Jen had their first daughter. Andy created the first [M]otherboard, hoping it would help them communicate with staff and stand out from the crowd. The nurses were really excited about it when they checked in to the hospital. Jen was an absolute rockstar and Amy supported them through the process as their doula. Andy and Amy feel fortunate to have forged that initial connection and are excited to continue working together to improve both [M]otherboard and our maternity system.
In 2015 Andy moved back into an R&D role with an eye to the future. He is excited to be working on [M]otherboard and believe it has great ramifications in improving healthcare.