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At Briggs & Barrett Project, we believe that our strength lies in our team—the passionate individuals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant safety. From our co-founders to our board members and program coordinators, each team member brings a unique set of skills and a shared commitment to our cause.

Meet Our Team

The Heart and Soul Behind Our Mission

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Melissa West & Allison Uecker

the Visionaries

Inspired by their own experiences and driven by the memory of their sons, Briggs and Barrett, Melissa and Allison founded Briggs & Barrett Project. Their leadership guides our mission to educate, support, and provide hope to families navigating the challenges of SIDS and infant safety.

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the Strategists

Board Members:

Our board members play a critical role in shaping the direction of our projects and ensuring we meet our goals. They bring expertise from various fields, united by a common purpose to serve our community and support our mission.


Brittany Melby-Heimes

Executive Director

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Emily Afrank


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Dani Myers-Noelle

Vice President

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Karie Langhorst


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Sheila Koss


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Michelle Hawkins

Director of Social Media

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Katelyn Tegeler Hurlbert

Director of Owlet® Care

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Kendra Gasper

Director of Owlet® Care

Program Coordinators and Specialists:

the Implementers

Dedicated to the success of our individual programs, these team members work tirelessly to bring our initiatives to life, ensuring that each project reaches its intended impact.

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Mandy Paustian

Owlet® Shipments

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Alyssa Conyers

Coordinator of BBCrashers

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Malerie Wilmes

Coordinator of BBCrashers

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BBCrashers Team

Amanda Wagner, Melyssa Dexter, Malerie Wilmes, Alyssa Conyers, Michelle Hawkins, Jessica Rogat, Mindy Potts

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Nellie Urban

Founder of Meyer's Retreat

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Coordinators of BBKids

Nicole Owens, Jessica Rogat, Katy Smith, Brittany Melby, Nicole Lange

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Leah Russell

Corporate Outreach

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Nicole Hasebroock


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Mary Ritz

Briggs's Grandma, Dedicated Volunteer

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Ann Stubbs

Office Volunteer

Our Esteemed Business Partners

Our esteemed business partners play a crucial role in extending our reach, enhancing our resources, and amplifying our impact. We are truly grateful for the contributions of our volunteers, partners, and community members who join us in our mission. Their support and involvement are the backbone of our success.

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Tracee Larson

Website & Graphic Designer

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Jonny Mocha

Website Designer, Copywriter

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