POEM, Inc. (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) was founded in 2005 by three women, all survivors of postpartum depression (PPD) and sole leaders of a group known at the time as Depression After Delivery of Central Ohio (D.A.D.). In 1986, D.A.D. Ohio was founded in concert with the creation of the national D.A.D. support network. In 1987, then First Lady of Ohio, Dagmar Celeste, became involved stemming from her experience with PPD. From ensuing state funds, a statewide, multi-disciplinary professional advisory board, task force, and numerous support groups were created. After the change in leadership in 1991, state funding, involvement from healthcare professionals, and the support groups gradually disappeared. D.A.D. was run solely by the few volunteers who continued to distribute brochures, take calls in their homes, developed a website and facilitated support group meetings.
Following the Andrea Yates family tragedy in 2001, both awareness and fear of maternal mental illness began to grow. Many women who attended the group or called for telephone support were not only coping with the illness, but were often misled with the fear of being a danger to their children. A decision was made to create an organization to meet the needs of mothers and families desperate for support and information. As time and personal finances permitted, the women began training as the Ohio coordinators of Postpartum Support International (PSI), an all-volunteer organization that serves as the world's leading authority on perinatal mental health. PSI education, combined with the knowledge of the significant gaps in services and awareness across Ohio, led the women to found the state's only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide support, information, and advocacy for mothers and families in Ohio at risk for or experiencing pregnancy and postpartum depression, adjustment difficulties, and other maternal mental health issues. POEM is the only organization in Ohio that connects the dots between the families, providers, researchers, governmental agencies, academia, and other support organizations.
Board of Directors
Amy Trenor Burt
Co-founder, Director of Operations
POEM, Inc. Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms
Amy joined the support group that is now POEM in 2002. She serves as the Director of Operations for POEM and is a co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International for the state of Ohio. Amy was part of a panel that co-authored the PSI publication "Developing a Sustainable Perinatal Support Network in Your Community." Amy has 3 children and is a two-time survivor of postpartum depression. She brings her experiences and knowledge to the bi-weekly support group meetings she facilitates and in coordinating efforts of statewide coordinators of the POEM group and volunteers.
Amy continues teaching Special Education for the Columbus City Schools as she has for the past 15 years. Here she teaches children with moderate, severe, profound mental retardation and Autism.
Amy received her BSEd from Ohio University and her MA from Ohio State University.
Co-founder, Executive Director
POEM, Inc. Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms
Tonya Fulwider began involvement with postpartum depression social support after her own experience with perinatal illness in 1998. She currently serves as the Executive Director and co-founder of POEM, Inc. (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms), co-chair of the Franklin County Maternal Depression Task Force, a state of Ohio coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) and PSI Regional Coordinator for the six-state Central Region. Tonya lectures regularly on the topics of perinatal mental health and social support and co-authored the PSI publication “Developing a Sustainable Perinatal Support Network in Your Community.” Tonya and her husband David are the parents of Veronica and Sarah.
In prior experiences, she was employed as the decorative artist and muralist for a Columbus area painting firm. Additionally, she held the positions of General Manager, Banquet and Conference Manager and Service Coordinator in the restaurant and hospitality industries in the Columbus and Dayton areas for 11 years. Tonya received her BA in Political Science and Communications from The Ohio State University.
Senior Associate, SS&G
Mary is a senior associate in the assurance services department of SS&G.
Her experience lies in auditing, review, compilation, and accounting services across varying industries ranging from small entrepreneurial businesses to large corporate consolidations and nonprofit organizations including work on nonprofits with sizeable foundations. Mary also performs audits of employee benefit plans, with an emphasis on defined contribution plan engagements. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors in accounting and her Masters of Accounting from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio as well as a member of the OSCPA and the AICPA. Mary is also the treasurer of Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM), a nonprofit organization in Ohio.
Maggie is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder.
She also has over 10 years of marketing experience, currently working as an Account Supervisor for The Well @GSW, a new Health and Wellness offering within GSW Worldwide. Maggie is a Certified Wellness Specialist through The American College of Wellness and is a member of the American Counseling Association, The Ohio Counseling Association, and The Ohio Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. Maggie brings a unique and relevant combination of marketing and clinical experience to the Board to reveal a deep understanding of how to effectively reach women suffering with perinatal mood disorders.
Maggie has a BS in Organizational Communications from Ohio University and MA and EdS degrees from Seton Hall University in Counseling Psychology.
Eileen Maher, MD
Pediatrician, Olentangy Pediatrics
Eileen Maher has been a board member of P.O.E.M since 2007.
She is a graduate of The College of The Holy Cross and received her medical degree from Ohio State University in 1981.She has been practicing pediatrics since 1981 and is a partner at Olentangy Pediatrics. Eileen and her husband Bill are the parents of three children. Eileen is also involved in volunteer efforts as a member of The Christ Child Society.
Pink Tank Division of GSW
Marcee joined GSW in 2004 to lead the Women’s Health Group. In 2005 she was named Executive Creative Director of the Columbus office. During that time, Marcee developed a point of view for marketing health and wellness to women that has grown into the Pink Tank division of GSW, made official in January 2008. Pink Tank fills a much-needed gap for health and wellness brands who want to motivate female influencers, whether they are patients, consumers, caregivers or professionals.
Marcee’s background is in writing and creative direction. Her 20 years of consumer experience in Chicago include leading the Kraft Foods business at JWT as senior vice president, deputy executive creative director and producing award-winning work for General Mills and other major brands at DDB, as vice president/creative director. Marcee has extensive experience in building brands and creating marketing efforts to and about women.
Non-profit Development Consultant
Jennifer Tewell serves as the CEO of Jennifer Tewell Consulting and is passionate about nonprofit organizations that are impacting the community. She has over six years experience in the nonprofit sector and has raised more than a quarter million dollars through event fundraising and membership initiatives. Jennifer has the keen ability to break huge projects into manageable pieces and execute, with her “make it happen” work style. She specializes in cost effective solutions and is a master at streamlining processes – especially communications and technology. Recently she managed the online activities for an advocacy campaign that resulted in restoration of 38.3 million dollars in the Ohio Biennium budget for aging.
Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Communications, Associates of Arts degree and is a Certified Trainer in several social service based curricula. She presently serves on the Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM) Board of Directors.
Assistant Development Director
St. Thomas More Newman Center
Colleen has nearly 12 years of experience working in marketing communications as a business, economic development and fundraising writer and editor. Since 2009, Colleen has worked as the Assistant Director of Development at St. Thomas More Newman Center, where she oversees direct mail appeals, acknowledgements, online giving programs, the Buckeye Catholic newsletter and other special projects. A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Colleen has also worked for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the OSU Annual Giving Office. Her philanthropic passion lies in helping organizations that support the health and well-being of children and families. When she's not learning to golf, chasing her toddler or traveling, Colleen lives in Clintonville with her husband Brian and son Aidan.
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